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.
Alright, let’s review where we were at the end of the last round. I ended round six with 617 books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf. Honestly, that number seems to be the norm for my TBR, lol. Every time I take books off, I somehow manage to add enough to stay right around there. Case in point, my TBR is currently sitting at 618 books. Only one added book, though, so that’s a plus! I’ve done much better this past week, haha. But now, it’s time to try to bring that number down (and keep it down).
Let’s jump into round seven!
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
I remember when this book came out and it was just everywhere. I’m going to be honest, I was first intrigued because I heard there was a tiger involved, lol. But I never picked it up because literary fiction I have a complex relationship. And then movie came out and I could not get through it. It makes me nervous to actually pick up the book. I’m still drawn towards this story, though, so I think I’ll keep it around a little bit longer.
It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet by James Herriot
Upon reading the synopsis of this book, I think I’ve already read it??? It says that this is the next book after All Creatures Great and Small and I read all of James Herriot’s books about his life when I was a kid! But I don’t remember this being the title… so now I’m confused. I suppose the best way to find out is to re-read it which I’m certainly not adverse to! Perhaps it’s time to re-read all of his books for nostalgic purposes.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
When I was a kid, I absolutely loved the animated movie, The Wind in the Willows. It wasn’t until I was well into adulthood that I realized it was based on a book! I’ve wanted to read it for awhile and, at the same time, I’m afraid it will never live up to my love for the movie. Still, it sounds so cute and it’s pretty short. I always really do want to read more classics and this is definitely a classic.
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Oh, this one is definitely staying! I’ve been wanting to read this series for ages! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Robin Hobb’s writing and I can’t wait to experience it for myself. This book kicks off her first of many trilogies, so it’s naturally on my TBR. I want to eventually read all of her books, but I have to start somewhere. I also just bought all three books of this trilogy so I kind of have to read them now, right?
Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers
We’ve arrived at yet another classic that I added because I loved the movie as a kid. With this one, however, my interest has definitely waned. Though I’m curious about the source material for the movie, I don’t know if I’ll ever actually end up reading this. It’s so low on the priority list as to be virtually non-existent. Which I suppose makes this choice pretty simple.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is one of those classics that I feel like I should have read back in high school. I honestly don’t know how I managed to graduate without eventually having to read this book. Got lucky, I guess 😂 Jk, I have no idea whether this book is good or not. The question is whether or not I’m still interested in reading it. And, honestly, the answer is no.
Once Upon a Crime by P.J. Brackston
I have no idea how this book ended up on my TBR as I don’t even remember adding it, lol. Apparently my subconscious went on an adding spree because this does sound like something I would enjoy. It has fairytale characters with a twist, which is a thing I love! I mean, who wouldn’t want to read a book about a grown up Gretel solving crimes? I know I do!
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
Sigh, this book. I added it on a whim when I discovered it was being published. I loved the original Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series and was kind of excited about getting another book starring Lisbeth Salander. But, as time has gone on, my interest has severely waned. I don’t know. I think the original trilogy was fantastic and I don’t know that it needed more books, in my opinion. Perhaps one day I’ll give it a go. For now, though, there’s a lot of other books I’m far more interested in.
Armada by Ernest Cline
I added this book pretty soon after reading Ready Player One, which I loved! All I knew was that it had a video game element to it and that’s one of my favorite tropes in books. I think I bought this right around when it came out, but never got around to actually reading it. I also haven’t heard much about it in the way of reviews though a quick scroll through Goodreads shows it wasn’t… well-received. Still, I own it and I’m interested, so it gets to stay.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Well, I can tell you already that this one is definitely staying. I love the premise of this story though I know it’s probably going to make me cry. I mean, it’s narrated by Death and it’s set during WWII, soooo…. Either way, I’ve heard great things about this book. I definitely want to pick it up sooner rather than later.
And now for the numbers!
Starting total: 618
End total: 615
Well, I’m keeping a lot more books this go-around, but they are all books I am excited for! And, ultimately, isn’t that the point? A more curated TBR that reflects what I actually want to read. Let me know what you think of my choices!
Until next round, happy reading!