Down the TBR Hole #5

Hello, reader!

It’s time for a new round of Down the TBR Hole! This is where I go through my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf and do a bit of cleaning up. If you want to see the full description of what this post is all about, check out my first round HERE.

Last round, I ended up with 609 books left on my Want to Read shelf. Before we talk about how many books are currently on my shelf, I should mention that just got my 2021 Always Fully Booked reading planner (made by Little Inkling Designs). Why is that relevant? Well, each month has a page where you can write down books releasing that month. So I went through and wrote down my most anticipated reads for each month (so far) and, in the process, found a few more.

Which is why there are now 623 books on my Want to Read shelf 😬 The endless struggle of a booklover, eh? Let’s see if we can trim that down a tad this round!

The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

Honestly, I don’t even need to re-read the synopsis for this one to know my verdict. I’ve had a desire to read this book since stumbling across in a Barnes & Nobel ages ago. The cover drew me in, but the premise of a King Arthur retelling told through the eyes of the women involved captured my imagination. I don’t know why I still haven’t picked this one up, but it’s one I want to get to eventually.

Verdict: Keep

Ever After: A Cinderella Story by Wendy Loggia

This book is based off the movie of the same name. I put this book on my TBR because I absolutely adore that movie. Honestly, it’s one of my favs! The thing is, I’m not sure I need to read the novelization of the screenplay. I don’t tend to enjoy that, to be quite frank. The movie is great on it’s own… I don’t really feel the urge to read the book, as well. I’m sure it’s good, but I think this one will be a pass.

Verdict: Remove

V for Vendetta by Steve Moore

Well, this is a case where I’m removing this from my TBR but also not? Because, apparently, I added both the novelization of the screenplay and the actual graphic novel on which the movie is based to my Want to Read shelf. And, as mentioned above, I’m not really interested in screenplay novelizations 🤷🏾‍♀️ There was a time when I had no idea the graphic novel existed, so perhaps that’s how this one ended up on the TBR? Who knows. All I know is that this is a super easy choice, lol.

Verdict: Remove

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

Another Bill Bryson! He shows up a lot on my TBR, to be honest. This is actually his memoir, his book about growing up in Iowa in the 50s, so I am definitely intrigued. If he brings the same brand of humor and heart to this book that he does to his others novels, I feel like this will be right up my alley. I’m not a huge memoir fan, but I’m willing to give this one a go.

Verdict: Keep

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Haaaaaa, so… this series and I have a history. I read the first three (I think?) books in this series and then violently rejected the whole thing. I don’t remember why I adamantly refused to finish the series as I remember loving The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. All I know is that I never finished the series and now I kinda want to. I found a bind-up of the entire Chronicles at one of our local indie bookstores and couldn’t resist. Now I just need to pick it up and actually read it.

Verdict: Keep

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

I feel like I probably guilt-added this book to my TBR. Like… it’s a classic that I feel like I should have read by now. But, if we’re being honest, I have no real interest in this story. I hated the movie as a kid. I know there are like a bajillion books in this series. I have no desire to even start, let alone try and read them on. Maybe they’re great. Maybe they blow the movie out of the water (wouldn’t be surprised…), but I can’t wrangle up any real desire to find out.

Verdict: Remove

I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

Gonna be honest, I don’t even remember what this book is about. Let me take a peek…

…Okay, I’m intrigued. It sounds like generic YA, but it also came out awhile ago, so I feel like it’ll probably be a product of it’s time. Still, as intriguing as the synopsis may be, I honestly don’t see myself picking this book up any time soon. There are so many incredible books that I’m eager to read and this one… well. Let’s just say it doesn’t spark joy.

Verdict: Remove

Fablehaven by Brandon Mull

This one has been on the TBR for a loooong time. I was originally drawn in by the cover, as often happens with me, lol. But I do think it sounds like an interesting story. It sounds like it will be filled with magic and magical creatures, which I do love in my fantasy novels. And it sounds whimsical af. I love me a good dose of whimsy! I’m not sure how good of an idea it is to jump into yet another series that I’ll probably take years to finish, but I’m still intrigued.

Verdict: Keep

Revolting Youth by C.D. Payne

This is the sequel to a book I read forever ago, it seems. And now? I really have no interest in reading it 😬 The first book, Youth in Revolt, was enjoyable. I had a good time reading it. But it’s not something that I talk about a lot and sometimes I even forget that I read it! So clearly it wasn’t that captivating. And, with all the books on my TBR that do capture my interest, this one is really just taking up space.

Verdict: Remove

Inkspell by Cornelia Funke

Now this sequel is like the exact opposite of the last book. I read the first one forever ago and I still think about it! I read Inkheart after seeing the movie during a rather intense Brendan Fraser phase.

Don’t ask…

I really enjoyed the movie, but felt like the book would probably be ten times better. In this instance, I was right! I absolutely adored the book and I’ve been meaning to continue on with the series for awhile now. So this is an obvious choice!

Verdict: Keep

And now for the numbers!

Starting total: 623
Removed: 5
End total: 618

Remember how I said that, one day, I would get that number under 600? Yeeeaaaaah 😅😂 Still, that’s another round done and my TBR is slowly losing all the riff-raff. We’ll see if I can manage to not add anything else to my TBR from now to next week. Let me know what you think of my choices!

And, as always, happy reading!


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