Down The TBR Hole #4

Hello, reader!

I realized last night that I didn’t do a Down the TBR Hole round last week. I also added quite a few books to my TBR last week. I think I’m doing this wrong, lol. Let’s take a look at the numbers, shall we? On my last round of Down the TBR Hole, I ended up with 608 books on my Goodreads ‘Want To Read’ shelf. Today, I have 614 books… 😬

Let’s just be upfront, this is going to be an on-going theme, y’all 😂 Every time I finish one book, I feel like I add four more to the TBR! But it’s time to focus and see if we can pare the list back down a bit. On to round four!

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Y’all, I don’t know why this book is on here. I mean… I do because I added a lot of classics to my TBR when I first joined Goodreads. At the same time, though, I really don’t know why I went with this particular one. I started yawning just reading the synopsis.

Hahaha, just kidding! But only a little… Though this book may be absolutely delightful, I’m just not feeling it.

Verdict: Remove

PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives by Frank Warren

Do you remember PostSecrets? Anyone? It was is (I didn’t realize it’s still a thing!) a website where people send in postcards with their deepest, darkest secrets. It was wildly popular a few years ago which lead to this and other books getting published. I always thought it was such an interesting concept, which is how it ended up on my TBR. As someone who spent a lot of time on the website, however, I feel like I have probably seen the postcards that would be found in this collection. Reading it at this point would be kind of redundant 🤷🏾‍♀️

Verdict: Remove

The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America by Bill Bryson

I legit just talked about this book! I am a fan of Bill Bryson’s writing and I’m still looking forward to picking this one up. I love travelling and I am kind of fascinated by small towns in America. This should be a win-win!

Verdict: Keep

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

Welp, since I kept The Silence of the Lambs and this book is technically the first in the series, it kind of has to stay, doesn’t it? I do like a good bit of backstory, so I’m looking forward to reading about the early days of Hannibal. Depending on how these two books shape out, I might be adding the rest of the series to the TBR! Which is completely against the spirit of this exercise buuuuut… can’t be helped 😂

Verdict: Keep

Thinner by Stephen King

At some point, I’m sure I actually wanted to read this book. Honestly, it probably ended up on the TBR strictly because it’s by Stephen King. Having re-read the synopsis, though, this sounds… less than interesting. Maybe one day, when I have literally nothing else to read, this can make another appearance on the TBR. For now, though…

Verdict: Remove

Lost by Gregory Maguire

Alright, so… back in the day, after I read Wicked (this author’s book that inspired the Broadway musical), I went on a bit of a Gregory Maguire binge. I love a good fairytale retelling and I really got on with his writing style and the twists he put on classic tales. That’s how this book ended up on my TBR. It sounds rather creepy but it’s also inspired by one of my least favorite authors: Charles Dickens. Still, I was definitely intrigued by the synopsis, so we’ll forgive it’s unfortunate connections.

Verdict: Keep

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Not gonna lie, I added this book after watching the movie. I loved that stupid, nonsensical movie! Just seeing this on my TBR kind of makes me want to watch it again, lol. My desire to read this book, however, has kind of waned. Perhaps I don’t want anything competing with the movie for my Fantastic Mr. Fox-love, ya know? Either way, if I stumble across this book at some point, I’ll probably pick it up, but I don’t think it needs a dedicated spot on my TBR.

Verdict: Remove

Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire

The story behind this book is much the same as Lost! The fact that this is a Snow White retelling, however, makes it slightly more intriguing. The reviews on this are pretty dismal, but I still find myself wanting to pick this one up. One person’s trash is another’s treasure, after all! Unless, of course, I hate it. Then it’s just all trash 😂 Still! I’m willing to give it a try.

Verdict: Keep

I Am America by Stephen Colbert

I love Stephen Colbert, so this one is kind of a no-brainer. He’s dry sense of humor just fits with mine so well! I used to love his “news” show on Comedy Central. I would watch that and the Daily Show religiously! Though this book has gotten buried in the pile that is my TBR, I’m still very much interested in picking it up. One day!

Verdict: Keep

True Grit by Charles Portis

Look. I added this after seeing the movie because I, a self-proclaimed hater of Westerns, found myself really enjoying it. I have since tried reading other Westerns and… yeah. The genre and I just don’t click, y’all. I don’t know what it is. I just find them incredibly boring, even when their are high stakes involved. So, no offense, True Grit, but I think it’s time to ride off into the sunset.

Verdict: Remove

And now for the numbers!

Starting total: 614
Removed: 5
End total: 609

One day, I’ll get it under 600, lol. It would also help if I actually started reading some of these books, I suppose… *cough* Either way, let’s see if I can manage to make it to next week without adding more books than I removed today 😂 Wish me luck, y’all!

And, as always, happy reading!


6 thoughts on “Down The TBR Hole #4

  1. I loved the Fantastic Mr. Fox movie, and it’s pretty different from the book. I liked the movie better and don’t think you’re missing out if you don’t read it.

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