Down the TBR Hole – 01

I’M FINALLY DOING IT. After seeing this post countless times weekly, I’ve decided today that I’m going to take the plunge and *finally* start culling some books off my Goodreads TBR! At the moment of writing this my “Want-to-Read” list sits at 1,010 books. I’m almost certain that 80% of these books were added to my list this year when I fully immersed myself in the book community. I was indiscriminately hitting that “want-to-read” button with every blurb I liked the sound of, regardless of whether it was in or out of my comfort zone! But the time has come for me to take a good hard look at this list because am I really going to read 1,010 books?! I’d obviously love that but I also know that I’ll never stop adding books to my tbr (because duh) so… It’s time to start cutting down! I kind of want to kick this off with a bang but maybe I’ll ease into it and start with five books. Is this an excuse to avoid saying bye to books? Absolutely not! 🤔

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly book meme created by the wonderful Lia @ Lost in a Story that attempts to organize our ridiculously long Goodreads TBR list by choosing either to keep or eliminate the books we’ve saved on there. Here’s how it works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go

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Requiem for a Dream by Hubert Selby Jr.

I loved this movie and it has haunted me for years! It’s always one of the first things I associate Jared Leto and Jennifer Connelly with. This combo is probably one of the reasons why I want to read this book (not even sure if I read the blurb when I added it). That said, I’m not really sure if I want to read it anymore. It sounds interesting, but I’m not scrambling to get it.

Verdict: Bye-bye-bye!

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Trainspotting (Mark Renton #2) by Irvine Welsh

Don’t shoot but I’ve never actually watched this movie yet and that’s because I wanted to read the book first. I had a sample on my Kindle a peek at and wow, what do you call it when something is written how it’s spoken? I have nothing against it, but I know I’ll be spending 90% of the time not only trying to work out what’s being said but I’ll also be trying to get the accent JUST RIGHT in my head and it’ll drive me insane! I think this might be better on the big screen?

Verdict: Bye-bye-bye!

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Catch-22 (Catch-22 #1) by Joseph Heller

This is a classic I’ve been meaning to read for a while. I got a copy as a gift from a family friend who knew I loved reading about 9 years ago now? Oopsies! I think this book just intimidates me because I’m worried that I either won’t get it or I’ll be bored by it. Which would be worse? Lol I also didn’t realise that it was a series until just now! I hope this doesn’t end on a cliffhanger?!

Verdict: Keep!

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Something Borrowed (Darcy & Rachel #1) by Emily Giffin

I remember when this came out as a movie and I was so excited to watch it but I told myself I’d read the book first. All these years later, I still haven’t done either. After reading this blurb again, I’m just shaking my head. I just don’t do cheating and I don’t want to normalise or excuse it. So… Yeah. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Verdict: Bye-bye-bye!

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The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

I’ve been trying to figure this out for a while now but my brain can’t seem to recall at all. I am almost certain that I read this book when I was in MS or HS but I really can’t remember if I did or not. When I read the blurb some distant bells did go off but I don’t know if that’s me being convinced that I have read it or if it’s because I actually recognise the premise? I want to (re)read it though!

Verdict: Keep!


Well, that wasn’t as painful as I expected! I thought I’d struggle to take books off my list because I have issues with letting go, but I’m proud of how decisive I was! It also feels kinda freeing! LOL

Have you read any of these books? Do you find it easy to cull your TBR list? Leave me a comment and let’s chat!

16 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole – 01

    • FINALLY after saying that I need to do this for months! Haha I just had to take the plunge and honestly it felt so good to kick some titles off my shelf hahaha 😂Will definitely have to pick up Joy Luck Club soon!


  1. the joy luck club is one of my most favorite books so i’m so glad you’re keeping it. no lie i’ve read it at least three times and it never gets old. this is a really great prompt and one I definitely have to do!
    great post my love.

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    • Yay! I’m so glad to hear that Amanda 😍 I’m pretty sure I read it when I was younger but I’m really embarrassed to admit that I can’t remember. So will definitely be (re)reading it again and hopefully soon! 🥰


  2. Catch 22 sucks!! Okay this is 14/15 year old me talking but I’m still holding that grudge 😂😂😂😂😂 The only one I’d keep on that list is Amy Tan. Trainspotting can choke with that weird dialogue. Who could be dealing with that effort. I kicked it off my TBR years ago lol! The film is excellent though.

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    • That is exactly what I’m worried I’ll think about Catch-22! Haha I think I’m holding on to reading it because I got the copy from someone whose opinion means a lot to me but yeah… Haha let’s see how it goes 😂 Omg Trainspotting’s dialogue was bloody confusing! I’m so glad that I checked out the sample coz pfff… That would’ve sent me mental haha I think I’d much prefer the movie so I’ll check it out sometime 😛

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