Down the TBR Hole #26

It’s been a very long time since I’ve done one of these posts and I completely lost track of all my previous stats for this, so I’m going to change it up a little bit. From now on, each down the TBR hole post will contain up to 10 books from my current Goodreads TBR that I’m getting rid of. So I will go through the whole TBR each time and choosing 10 that I am no longer interested in reading. I currently have 294 books on my Goodreads TBR and I kind of want to get it down to under 100 as soon as possible whether it’s by reading the books that I’m interested in or removing the ones I’m not interested in.

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I’ve had Rainbow Rowell books on my TBR for 4 years now and I have not read even one. I just don’t read contemporaries that much. I might end up picking one of her books if I’m ever in the mood for a contemporary, but they’re such well known books, I don’t need to have them clutter my TBR.

Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Again, as with Rainbow Rowell… I just don’t reach out for contemporaries. I have read her If I Stay duology and I enjoyed it. So she’s definitely an author I will keep in mind if I’m looking for a contemporary, but again, doesn’t need to be on my TBR.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Are you spotting a trend here?

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

I’m just not interested. I’m not even sure that I ever was. Not sure how this ended up on my TBR.

Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

I’ve heard a lot of meh things about this book from people that I trust and I was slightly disappointed by The Wrath and the Dawn. So I’m just no longer interested in this.

Slayer by Kiersten White

I heard that this is kind of disappointing. I was excited about it, but I don’t really want to read a bad Buffyverse book. It would upset me too much.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I do not feel any desire to read this.

Angelfall by Susan Ee

I’ve had this on my TBR for about 4 years and I just never cared to pick it up. So I think it’s time to say goodbye.

The Shadow Queen by C. J. Redwine

I’ve had this on my TBR pretty much since it came out and I haven’t picked it up and I’m probably not going to.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Another one that’s been on my TBR for years. I think I’m just going to watch the show if I really want to experience this story.

 

Down the TBR Hole #23

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

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Books: #221-230

Last week’s final number: 330 | Current number: 335 | This week’s final number:  331 | Total books removed so far: 95| Total books kept so far: 141 | Books added since I began: 118 | Books read from my TBR: 37


Noted From the Underground, White Nights, The Dreams of a Ridiculous Man and Selections From the House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I only added this book because a friend of mine gave me a copy of Notes From the Underground and The Double. But I really don’t see myself reading is anytime soon, and this isn’t even the anthology that she gave me so…

Verdict: Goes

The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

See above.

Verdict: Goes

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

One of these days, I’m going to finish this series, gosh darn it!

Verdict: Stays

Night of Cake and Puppets by Laini Taylor

Zuzana is such a great character and I really like her in the series, even though we don’t get to see her much. So I definitely want to read this.

Verdict: Stays

The Queen’s Army & Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky by Marissa Meyer

These are two Lunar Chronicles short stories that I want to read, but I also have the bind-up of all the short stories in the series on my TBR, so I will remove these.

Verdict: Go

The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer

The next four books are novels and novellas all from the Lunar Chronicles which is a series I definitely want to continue with, so to save myself some time, I’ll group them all together.

Verdict: Stay

 

Books I Own But Haven’t Read #2

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Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Curie

I won this book in a giveaway and quite frankly I don’t have a lot of interest in reading it. As far as I recall, it’s a contemp about unrequited love. Which doesn’t really appeal to me.

Opere (Works) Barbu Stefanescu Delavrancea

I honestly don’t even know which of the author’s works are contained in this volume. This is an assigned reading in school type of book and I never got assigned it, so I never read it. But I do own it.

The Double & Notes From the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

This book was given to me by a friend who studies literature at uni because she had accidentally bought two copies. I haven’t read it yet, but I do really want to read Dostoyevsky and I feel like this is a good place to start, because these are two relatively short works, so they’re not as intimidating.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection by Arthur Conan Doyle (4 vol)

I’ve read a portion of the Sherlock Holmes stories. I haven’t read all of them yet, so I still class these as unread. But I have them. Four glorious volumes of Sherlockness and I will read them entirely… eventually.

Relativity: The Special and General Theory by Albert Einstein

I actually just got this book. I got it as a birthday present from my parents (well, I bought it but with my parents’ money). So I feel no guilt about this.

The Novel of the Nearsighted Teen by Mircea Eliade

I’ve actually almost finished reading this book. I have like 50 pages left or something. I don’t know why I stopped, because I actually really enjoyed it. I think it was just that I moved away to uni as I was reading it and for some reason I didn’t bring it with me. And then too much time went by and I just ended up not finishing it. But I will. I plan to.

Poezii (Poems) by Mihai Eminescu

I’ve read some of the poems. But to be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of this guy. Like, he’s supposedly the greatest Romanian poet but… there are several others I much prefer to him.

Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Estes Pinkola

This is another book that I only just got. I received it as a birthday present from a friend. So I don’t feel super guilty about it, but I would like to get to it soon, because it’s one of my friend’s favourite books.

Le Bossu (The Hunchback) by Paul Feval

I started reading this book as a sort of nod to my years of reading French cape and sword type adventures. But they just don’t grip me like they used to anymore. So I actually never got too far with this one. It is technically my grandmother’s book. But as with most books that I “borrow” from her, it just sort of became mine.

Spiral by Roderick Gordon and Bryan Williams

This is the 5th book I believe, in the Tunnels series. I’ve read the first 4 books I think a long time ago, and then stopped. Actually, I think at the time, only 4 had come out. In any case, my brother recently acquired the 5th one. I’m probably not going to read it though, to be fair because I don’t remember that much of the first 4 books and I don’t really feel like re-reading them.

Dow the TBR Hole #12

This meme was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

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Books: #111-120

Last week’s final number: 355 | Current number: 360 | This week’s final number: 357 | Total books removed so far: 44 | Total books kept so far: 74 | Books added since I began: 73 | Books read from my TBR: 13


Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

While I feel like I might want to read this book at some point, I don’t see myself doing so anytime soon, so I think for now I’ll remove it for decluttering purposes.

Verdict: Goes

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I find the themes of this novel to be interesting, but I don’t think I would have the patience to read it just because it feels like the kind of book that doesn’t have much of a story. It’s more a presentation of what society was like then. Which is interesting, but personally I get really bored reading those kinds of books. I assimilate this kind of story much better in a film format, which is visual and also doesn’t take as much time. Im sure there must be film based on the book which I might check out, but I doubt I’ll ever read the book.

Verdict: Goes

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This is one of those books that I’m either going to really love or I’m not going to like it at all. But I do want to give it a go and see which one it’ll be.

Verdict: Stays

Confessions of an English Opium Eater by Thomas de Quincey

This is a book that really interests me. I’m very interested in addiction and the psychology behind it and this sounds like a very candid snapshot into the psyche of an addict.

Verdict: Stays

Persuasion by Jane Austen

I want to read this one. You probably already know that I love Pride and Prejudice, but I haven’t actually read any other of Austen’s books. So I would like to.

Verdict: Stays

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I’ve said it before that Dostoyevsky intimidates the heck out of me. But at the same time, his books seem so insightful and interesting, I really do want to read them. It’s just a matter of me getting over the intimidation. So I’m going to keep it.

Verdict: Stays

Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

Erm… I was a bit on the fence with this one. It has a pretty cover. And involves archery, which are bonuses. Also, it’s a standalone YA dystopia which is not something you really see. Buuut… it is YA dystopia, and I have very low tolerance for that genre these days and top two reviews on Goodreads are 1 star reviews… which isn’t a good sign. If the top reviews were all good, I might have kept it, but I don’t think I will.

Verdict: Goes

The Odyssey by Homer

I do want to read this at some point. I actually own it, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet. But I’m gonna. Eventually.

Verdict: Stays

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Definitely want to read.

Verdict: Stays

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

I’ve actually started reading this book and the only reason I haven’t finished it is because I don’t actually own it. I should really remedy that situation.

Verdict: Stays

 

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