Conquering My TBR – Down The TBR Hole #1

Hey guys! In August I tried to challenge myself and have my sister pick my TBR for the month. I think it’s fair to say that I failed, but to see more about how that went check out my August Wrap Up. However, I did like the fact that I read some of the books that had been on my shelves for a long time and would not have picked up last month otherwise. So, to keep up with that idea I am going to conquer my TBR with the Down the TBR Hole challenge every month! I also have around 450 books on my TBR and that number just keeps growing, so I am looking forward to cutting that number down and cleansing my vast TBR list to something a bit more manageable.

This was created by Lia at Lost In A Story and you can find the original post here. Basically, the Down the TBR Hole challenge goes like this;

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf,
  • Change the order to ascending date added,
  • Take the first 5 (in my case, 10) books,
  • Read the synopses of the books and decide if you want to keep it or if it should go.

But I’m going to make things interesting. Because I really enjoyed reading some books that had been on my TBR for a long time, I have decided that every month I will read one of the books that I choose to keep from each month’s Down the TBR Hole challenge. I will try to make a decision at the end of every post but that decision might change throughout each month so be sure to keep up with my monthly wrap ups to see which book I end up reading.

1. Misery by Stephen King

So this is the first book I added to my goodreads shelf that I have not yet read. I know that I added it as I was supposed to read it for a gothic fiction class in university but never got round to it. I know that this book is highly reviewed and I would definitely love to pick it up one day, but I’m just not yet quite sure when.

The Verdict: Keep



2. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is a difficult one for me. The story certainly interests me and its a story that most people will read during their lives. But I’ve been meaning to read this book for longer than I can remember and so perhaps it’s the pressure of reading it that is putting me off. With that being said, I do intend to one day read this.

The Verdict: Keep



3. Animal Farm by George Orwell

Aha! A theme emerges! Yes, I have a lot of modern classics on my TBR, which is ironic considering I’ve barely read any. For such a long time I felt such a pressure to read the things I thought I should be reading instead of reading the books I wanted to read and so I abandoned all classics completely. But again, I know the messages in Orwell’s books are so interesting and inspired and they’re not something I want to miss out on. However, Animal Farm is not high up on my list, and at the same time it is certainly not a book that I will forget.

The Verdict: Go


4. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

This is a sequel to a book I read way back in 2014, The Rosie Project. I really enjoyed that book – about an autistic man falling in love with a woman on a hunt to track down her father – and for a long time it was one of my favourites. However, that feeling has passed and this is no longer a story or a group of characters I care about. I think I just waited too long to continue with the series.

The Verdict: Go


5. Greatcoat by Helen Dunmore

This was a book that was recommended to me by a friend years ago. It sparked my interest enough to pick up a copy, but I never seemed to want to reach for it and finally read it. Now, it sounds interesting, sure, but I have so many other books I would rather read and this one just doesn’t feel important to me.

The Verdict: Go



6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Oh look, another classic!

For most of my life I never thought I would be interested in Pride and Prejudice, but a little while ago I caught the end of the 2005 movie starring Keira Knightley and I was hooked. This is definitely a classic I plan on picking up at some point, but like the others it just depends on when.

The Verdict: Keep



7. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

I read an extract of this book during my GCSE years. That’s over 5 years ago and yet I’m still clinging onto the few pages that I remember falling in love with. Part of me knows that it’s time that I let go of this book, but I am always trying to venture out and try some more non-fiction and getting rid of this book would be a step in the opposite direction.

The Verdict: Go



8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Another book that I wish I had already read. The premise of this book fascinates me and it is such an easy decision to keep this book.

The Verdict: Keep





9. The Axeman’s Jazz by Ray Celestin

I must say, the premise for this book is fantastic. It is so unique and fascinating and is definitely what made me pick this book up in an airport book shop. But after reading the first few chapters I could not get into the novel. I decided to put it down to pick up at a later date, but I feel like my interest in this book has unfortunately passed.

The Verdict: Go



10. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

So this is a bit of a cheat for this list but it’s justified. The tenth book on my list was actually The Mime Order, the 2nd book in this series. I decided to swap this book with the 2nd book, especially considering they were only a few positions away from each other, because I feel like it would make more sense to judge the first book in a series first.

I have read this book before and I remember a lot about it – I remember that it was released on my birthday and my mum managed to get a copy early so I was able to open it as a gift while on holiday. I remember absorbing this book, devouring and and falling in love with it.

What I do not remember is literally everything about the plot. I want to re-read it though, and I am excited to move onto the next books in the series.

The Verdict: Keep


So that is my first Down the TBR Hole challenge complete! I am taking 5 out of the 10 books I looked through off my TBR list and I am super happy with that outcome! This month I am going to try and read The Bone Season, but I might turn to Misery instead. I’m looking forward to picking up one of these long awaited books and I am so happy I did this challenge.

What books would you have chosen differently? Have you read any of these books?

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4 Replies to “Conquering My TBR – Down The TBR Hole #1”

  1. Gosh I really need to do this haha.
    I finally FINALLY read Pride & Prejudice and oh man, I hated it. I just don’t get on well with classics.
    Cora |

    1. Oh really? That’s sad! I hate it when I don’t like a book as much as I expect!

  2. I absolutely love Down the TBR Hole, I’m so glad you’ve started! I used to do them every week, but I fell out of the habit. I love the idea of reading the keeps too- if I end up picking it up again, I might have to try that!
    I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird and Pride and Prejudice and they are both AMAZING but a bit hard to get into. I highly recommend listening to the audiobooks. Enjoy!

    1. Oh I hadn’t thought of reading the audiobooks! What a great suggestion, thank you so much!

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