Down the TBR Hole #8


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Books: #71-80

Last week’s final number: 351 | Current number: 362 | This week’s final number: 358 | Total books removed so far: 31 | Total books kept so far: 45 | Books added since I began: 52 | Books read from my TBR: 4

Freeze Frame by Heidi Ayarbe

I’d forgotten about this book or what it’s about. But it sounds really cool and it has really high ratings.

Verdict:  Stays

Last Night I Sang to the Monster by Benjamin Alire Sanez

First of all, this book has such a cool title! Secondly, once again, it sounds really interesting and it has really high ratings.

Verdict: Stays

Life as I know It by Melanie Rose

It sounds like a fun, quirky contemp. But I just don’t see myself picking it up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

The Legend of Sigurd and Gurdun by J. R. R. Tolkien

To be perfectly honest, I don’t know when and if I will read this book. However, it’s Tolkien and I own it and I just can’t bring myself to remove it.

Verdict: Stays

Jumanji by Chris van Allsburg

This sounds like a fun little book. But I’ve seen the film and I don’t have any particular desire to read the book.

Verdict: Goes

A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nasar

I really loved the film and I would like to read the book as well.

Verdict: Stays

The Pursuit of Happiness by Chris Gardner

I’ve seen the film many times and I really love it. However, I’ve heard that the book itself is not that well written and I feel like I know the story, I know the struggles that this man went through. So I don’t think I will be picking it up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

I certainly want to read this. Though it is the second book in the series. I should probably read the first one first.

Verdict: Stays

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks

I’ve seen the film. And I liked it. It was good, but I did have some problems with it. I’ve read one Nicholas Sparks book before and it was okay, but I’m not a huge fan. So, I don’t think I’ll be reading this.

Verdict: Goes

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I’ve also seen the film for this and really enjoyed it. Plus, I really liked The Great Gatsby, so I want to give this a try as well.

Verdict: Stays


Down the TBR Hole #7


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Books: #61-70

Last week’s final number: 353 | Current number: 354 | This week’s final number: 351 | Total books removed so far: 26 | Total books kept so far: 39 | Books added since I began: 38 | Books read from my TBR: 2

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

I kinda still wan to read this, even though it’s been such a long time since I’ve read this genre. I used to love it though, it used to be what I read most of. And yes, I somehow never read this.

Verdict: Stays

Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes

I like philosophy and I like Descartes, so I’m interested in reading this.

Verdict: Stays

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I’m very torn with this one. On the one hand, I would like to read it. On the other hand… this book is HUGE. I’m more than just a little intimidated by it and I don’t see myself reaching out for it anytime soon. I think for the time being, I will remove it. We’ll see if it gets added back.

Verdict: Goes

A House Without Windows by Stevie Turner

This book sounds absolutely fascinating.

Verdict: Stays

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

I’m interested in reading this. Particularly that the show has not come out and I’ve heard mixed and controversial reviews about it.

Verdict: Stays

100 Quotes to Make You Think by Wolfgang Riebe

I love quotes, but I don’t feel like this is a book that needs to be on my TBR. It just clutters it up.

Verdict: Goes

The Best Book of Puns

Again, like with the quotes one, it’s a cool book to own, but I don’t see why it should be on my TBR.

Verdict: Goes

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

I really do want to read this.

Verdict: Stays

Speak by Laurie Hals Anderson

This sounds like a very good and powerful book.

Verdict: Stays

Crank by Elen Hopkins

I’ve never read an Elen Hopkins book, but I really want to and this sounds really good.

Down the TBR Hole #6

I have a brief respite before my final exam of the year, so I decided to do a quick post. This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.


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Books: #51-60

Last week’s final number: 357 | Current number: 358 | This week’s final number: 353 | Total books removed so far: 21 | Total books kept so far: 39 | Books added since I began: 34 | Books read from my TBR: 1

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Since this is one of the great American classics, I want to give it a try, even though… I don’t see myself doing that in the near future. Still for now I will keep it.

Verdict: Stays

One Good Dog by Susan Wilson

I had completely forgotten what this book is about. But I read the synopsis and it sounds absolutely amazing!

Verdict: Stays

The Last Dog on the Hill: The Extraordinary Life of Lou by Steve Duno

I love dog stories and animal stories in general. They’re so touching and beautiful and I just love them. However, I don’t really see myself reading this anytime soon. There are so many dog books on my TBR and I’m realistically not going to read all of them. Maybe I will come across this book at some point and read it, bot for now it has to go.

Verdict:  Goes

Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search-and-Rescue Dog by Susannah Charleson

Another one that I just don’t see myself picking up anytime soon. I feel like this would work so much better as a film or documentary, than a book.

Verdict: Goes

Amazing Gracie: A Dog’s Tale by Dan Dye and Mark Beckloff

Okay, I was on an animal binge when i added all of these. And while these still sound so lovely, I would rather see a film/documentary about this kind of autobiographical stories.

Verdict: Goes

Saving Gracie: How One Dog Escaped the Shadowy World of American Puppy Mills by Carol Bradley

My own dog was born in one such place where they overbreed their dogs and treat them horribly. When we first got him, he was in pretty bad shape. His fur had fallen off in places due to flea infestation, his tail had been horribly chopped off and he was quite emotionally traumatised. In fact, it took him a couple years before he started acting like a happy, healthy dog. So I feel like I want to read this book.

Verdict: Stays

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Oh man… I don’t even know. Dostoyevsky intimidates the crap out of me. But on the other hand… I really do want to read his work at some point. I’ll keep it for now.

Verdict: Stays

 Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

I’m a big fan of Dickens, as you may know, so I do plat to read this.

Verdict: Stays

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

I have actually never read The Three Musketeers. And this is a sequel to that, so for now I will remove it. If I ever do read The Three Musketeers and find myself craving some more, I will get back to this.

Verdict: Goes

The Inventor’s Son: The Beginning by S.B. James

This is a prequel novella to a steampunk series that I haven’t read. So… until and unless I read the series, I don’t think there is much point in keeping this.

Verdict: Goes


Down the TBR Hole #5

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.


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Books: #41-50

Last week’s final number: 350 | Current number: 361 | This week’s final number: 357 | Total books removed so far: 16 | Total books kept so far: 34 | Books added since I began: 32

Cismigiu et Comp. by Grigore Bajeanu

I actually own this book. But I don’t really see myself reading it anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

I’m not really much into dystopia anymore these days, but I’ve heard some really good reviews about this from people I trust and I’ve heard that it’s got more of a post-apocalyptic vibe to it, than a dystopia one. So I will keep it for now.

Verdict: Stays

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

I’ve only read Replica by Lauren Oliver, but I did enjoy it and this book sounds like it has a really cool concept. So I will give it a try.

Verdict: Stays

The Fever Code by James Dashner

I have no interest in reading this book anymore.

Veridct: Goes

The Journal of Curious Letters by James Dashner

I still really like the sound of this series every time I read the synopsis, so I’m going to give it a shot.

Verdict: Stays

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

I loved the film when I was younger. I watched it so many times. But I don’t see myself reading this. I’m happy with what I got from the film.

Verdict: Goes

My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse

I keep forgetting about this book, but then I read the description and it just sounds so hilarious. I need to sit down one afternoon and read this.

Verdict: Stays

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson

I don’t read biographies much, but this is one that I really do want to read because it just seems very funny.

Verdict: Stays

 Padurea Spanzuratilor by Liviu Rebreanu

I somehow highly doubt I will ever read this. Unless I have nothing else to read. And let’s be honest, when will that happen?

Verdict: Goes

Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I don’t know, I just… I have no interest in reading this book. I tried to summon some because it’s such a well loved book, but I just… don’t want to read it.

Verdict: Goes


Down the TBR Hole #4

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. I wasn’t too bad this week. Only dded one book since last week.


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Books: #31-40

Last week’s final number: 353 | Current number: 354 | This week’s final number: 350 | Total books removed so far: 11 | Total books kept so far: 29

The Winds of Winter by G. R. R. Martin

I’ll be reading this. If it comes out while I’m still young enough to see.

Verdict: Stays

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

I don’t reach for humour books that often, but I do really enjoy them and this is one that I definitely want to read.

Verdict: Stays

Books 2 & 3 in the Hitchhiker’s  Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Another humour series I definitely want to read.

Verdict: Stays

Shit My History Teacher DID NOT Tell Me by Karl Wiggins

This sounds really fun. I think I would really enjoy it, but at the same time, I don’t see myself picking it up anytime in the near future.

Verdict: Goes

Secrets of the Realm by Bev Stout

Another book that I feel like I would enjoy if I ever got to reading it, but I doubt I’ll pick it up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

Words Are Our Sorcery by Karl Wiggins

I don’t even know why I added this in the first place. It’s poetry…

Verdict: Goes

The Abduction of Grace by Anthony Hulse

This definitely sounds interesting. I don’t read as many mysteries as I would like. I love them so much, I don’t know why I don’t read them more often.

Verdict: Stays

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

I think I’m giving up on this one. I’m sure I will love the story, but the book is massive and Victor Hugo has a very descriptive writing style and I don’t think I could commit to reading this. I think I’ll just watch the musical like the rest of the world.

Verdict: Goes

Jack: A Life of C. S. Lewis by George Sayer

I’m very torn with this one. On the one hand, I really love Lewis and I’m curious to learn more about him. On the other hand… I don’t know if I’ll pick this up anytime soon.

Verdict: Stays for now

Down The TBR Hole #3

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. I wasn’t too bad this week. Only dded one book since last week.


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Books: #20-30

Last week’s final number: 353 | Current number: 354 | This week’s final number: 353 | Total books removed so far: 7 | Total books kept so far: 23

Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

I have seen the film several times and books about WWII are some of my favourites! I will be reading this.

Verdict: Stays

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

This sounds like a fun contemp series, but I barely read contemp standalones. I doubt I will pick this up anytime soon.

Verdict: Goes

The Infernal Devices Manga by Cassandra Clare and Hye-Kyung Baek

This is one of my favourite series and definitely my favourite Cassandra Clare series. Reading it in manga form sounds awesome!

Verdict: Stay

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare



Verdict: Stays

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

See above.

The last Hours series by Cassandra Clare

See above.

Down the TBR Hole #2

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.


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Books: #10-20

Last week’s final number: 337  | Current number: 355 | This week’s final number: 353 | Total books removed so far: 6 | Total books kept so far: 14

Monster Volume 1 by Naoki Urasawa


I still very much want to read this manga. I love the anime. I just need to buy it. That’s the problem. So many books to buy, so little money. Still, I will get it. Eventually.

Verdict: Stays

The Mosquite Coast by Paul Theroux


This book has a sentimental significance for me. I still haven’t read it, but I do want to. I added it at someone’s recommendation years ago and I can’t bring myself to get rid of it. It does sound like a great read. Hopefully, I’ll get to it soon.

Verdict: Stays

Lord of the Flies by William Gording


I have wanted to read this book for so long. And every time I remember about it, I ask myself why I’ve not read it yet. So… yeah.

Verdict: This one stays as well

The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Am I the only one who finds the author’s last name to be ironic? When I was a kid, I had this VHS with The Never Ending Story. It was an animated version. I adored it. I watched it on repeat every day, all day. It was crazy. Of course I want to read the book. I just need to. I can’t get rid of this!

Verdict: Stays

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

*sigh* I wonder if I will remove even one book from my TBR today. I adore the Princess Bride film. I really want to read the book. I can’t toss it away.

Verdict: Stays

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Hmmm… I really enjoyed the film. I really liked the story. But I don’t feel any intense desire to read this book. I am satisfied with what the film provided. So I think at last, I will remove something!

Verdict: Goes

How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

I love this story. And I do want to read it, but I don’t think it’s necessary to have it on my TBR. This is one of those books that I will see one day somewhere and read it in 15 minutes. So I will remove it for de-cluttering purposes.

Verdict: Goes

Perfume: The Story of a Murder by Patrick Suskind

I saw this film and it was so weird. I really liked it. And I’m really interested to read this book, because I enjoy stories that are just a little bit fucked up.

Verdict: Stays

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

I love satire and I really enjoy Oscar Wilde as a writer. I am very interested in reading this play.

Verdict: Stays

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

I don’t know what to do about this one. I really love the film. And I feel that I’m very content with what I got from it. And I’ve kind of heard mixed things about the book, so I don’t really want it to ruin the story for me. Then again… I do like forming my own opinions and I really love this story.

Verdict: Stays for now



Down the TBR Hole #1

My TBR shelf on Goodreads is ridiculous. And I keep adding to it. And adding to it. And adding to it. So I decided to join this meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story because honestly I don’t even know what I have on my TBR shelf. And I need to get it under control.

This is how it works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

There are currently 341 books on my Goodreads TBR shelf. Here we go.

 Purgatorio and Paradisso by Dante Aligheri.

I will keep both of these because it is an ambition of mine to read The Divine Comedy and I’ve almost finished reading Inferno and I’m going to finish all of them. I actually really enjoy the story, it’s just that it’s in verse and that makes it difficult for me to concentrate. But I will do it.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.


This is actually a book that I started reading a long time ago, but I do not own it so I never got to finish it. And I really enjoyed it and I do plan on buying it and reading it, so this will stay as well.

Youth Without youth by Mircea Eliade


Ughhh… I’m so torn with this one. On the one hand, I really enjoy Mircea Eliade. He has very intellectual books and this sounds really interesting. On the other hand… I don’t feel like I will reach for it anytime soon. I will have to say this one goes. For now at least. Maybe some day, I’ll add it back. But for now, it goes.

Looking for Alaska by John Green


I fully intend to read this book. I just need to buy it. I love John Green and this is probably one of his most discussed books. So I’m definitely keeping this.

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck


Ehhh… it has a pretty cover and I love tigers… but I have heard a lot of really bad reviews, so it goes.

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga


I really want to read this book. Every time I read the synopsis, I’m like “Why have I not read this yet?”. So it stays.

Mind Games by Terri Terry


This one goes. I was really into dystopian a few years back when i added it, but reading the synopsis now… I really don’t think I’d be able to get into this book. I read Slated, another one of Terri Terry’s series, and I liked it. But I didn’t love it even then when I was into dystopia. So yeah, bye.

The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie


I really enjoy reading Agatha Christie. But the way I read her books is I see one and I’m like “Oh, I haven’t read Agatha Christie in a while. Let’s read this.” My grandmother owns most if not all of her books, so I always lend them from her. I don’t feel like there’s any point in cluttering my TBR shelf with any of her books. All her books are on my TBR and I don’t need a reminder of it. So I will remove this, just for de-cluttering purposes.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


I feel like this is such a classic. I can’t bring myself to remove it. I want to read it. I really do. So, I’m keeping it for now.

This is it for my first trip down the TBR hole. I now have 337 books on my TBR shelf. I wonder how many I’ll have by next week when I dive in again.