Down the TBR Hole #8

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.


Hello, reader!

It has been a minute since I’ve done a Down the TBR Hole post, hasn’t it? So let’s try not to judge me too harshly when we see the current state of my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf 😅 Last round, I ended with 615 books on my TBR. Since then, we’ve started an entire new year and the news about shiny, new books has been hitting me left and right! How am I to resist when there are so many fantastic sounding books just waiting to find their way onto my shelf? Well… at least my virtual one… #bookbuyingban.

That being said, there are now 628 books on my TBR and I’m sure that number will only grow over the coming months 😂 So let’s see if we can rein it in just a smidge by going through some of the books that have been hanging out there for what feels like eons. It’s time for round eight!


The Giver by Lois Lowry

I feel like I’m one of the few people that got through school without having to read this book. Not that I was assigned this book and never read it. I saved that for Dickens *glares at Great Expectations* No, I just never had an English class where this was require reading. The premise sounds interesting, though, and it’s only around 200 pages. It hits the sweet spot where I’m just intrigued enough and it’s just short enough, that it gets to stay on the TBR.

Verdict: Keep


Not on Fire, but Burning by Greg Hrbek

I have no idea why I added this book to my TBR. Having read the synopsis… I still have no idea why I added this book. For something that sounds like it could be a groundbreaking, genre-bending tale, the synopsis left me feel very meh. I dunno… it just doesn’t appeal to me and I can’t really put my finger on why. But, as it stands, I think it’s time for it to go.

Verdict: Remove


The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

Look, the only reason this book gets to stay is because

  • I own it
  • I would, at some point, like to get my s*** together

This book seems like it could potentially help me with that later point, lol. Also, it’s super short, so why not?

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #7

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.

Verdict: Keep

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.

Verdict: Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #6

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 saw my TBR sitting at 618 books after I went on a little bit of an adding spree 😅 Did I manage to keep the TBR additions to a minimum this week? Welp, the current number of books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf are… 621 books. So… not terrible? I should probably just accept that this is just who I am as a person, lol. Still, it’s not as bad as last week and I’m still getting books I’m no longer interested in off my TBR. I count that as a win!

With that said, let’s jump into round six!


Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Kicking things off with another classic! I have to admit, growing up on Disney films, Peter Pan was one of my least favorite of all of them. And yet I’m still intrigued by the story. Perhaps the source material will prove to be more interesting to me? Who knows, but I’m willing to find out!

Verdict: Keep

America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart

Here’s a little fact about me: I absolutely loved The Daily Show when Jon Stewart was the host. I used to watch it religiously! So I’ve been wanting to read this book for awhile. I find Jon Stewart’s brand of humor matches mine quite well and it makes topics I typically find kind of boring become interesting. Which means this one gets to stay until I eventually get it read.

Verdict: Keep

The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting

This is another one of those books that I added to my TBR because I loved the movie so much. I’m talking about the older Dolittle movie, way before Eddie Murphy and the more recent one. A story about a man that can talk to animals seems like it would be right up my alley! I can’t tell you how many times little Kerri wished she could talk to all her pets, lol. I’m honestly not sure what to expect from this book as it was originally published in the 1920s, but I’m interested enough to find out.

Verdict: Keep

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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

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Down The TBR Hole #4

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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

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Down the TBR Hole #3

Hello, reader!

Normally, Mondays are the days that I do my #5OnMyTBR post. I felt like catching up on my Down the TBR post, though, since I didn’t do one last week. Mostly because of I was in a stress spiral that made me want to hide in my blankets whenever I was home, heh. But! Now my source of stress has been removed and I can get back to being a more functional human being!

That being said, let’s take a look at the status of my Want To Read shelf on Goodreads. Last round, I ended with 616 books on my shelf. As of today, there are 614 books on my shelf so… go me? I attribute this to the fact that I went through and got rid of some duplicates, which I need to remember to do more often. Either way, I’m doing well! Let’s see if we can cut that down even more!


The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Not gonna lie, I started this book at one point ages ago, had to return it to the library, and never finished it. But, what I did read I was really enjoying! This book just got lost in the shuffle that is my ever-changing, ever-expanding TBR. What I do know is that I definitely want to finish this book at some point in time.

Verdict: Keep

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

I mentioned in my last Down the TBR post that I’m just not feeling the Palahniuk these days. I went through a phase where his brand of weirdness was something I could get behind. The last Palahniuk book I read, however, left me feeling very meh. After reading the synopsis for this one, I don’t think this is the book that will make me change my mind.

Verdict: Remove

Cujo by Stephen King

This is one of the classic King books that I’m just not sure about. On the one hand, I’m sure it’ll be horrifying. Just the thought of your dog going mad with rabies and murdering everyone makes me shudder. But I dunno if I want to read that. I have to say, of all of King’s old books, this is the lowest on my priority list. Soooo…

Verdict: Remove

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

I love Shakespeare. I’ve read quite a few of his plays. I took various classes dedicated to his plays in college.

And, yet, I have approximately ZERO interest in reading The Tempest. I don’t know what it is about this particular play, but it sounds like an absolute snoozefest. And this is coming from someone who loves Shakespeare’s histories. Maybe one day I’ll change my mind, but, for now…

Verdict: Remove

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

This is the second book in the Dirk Gently series. I read the first book AGES ago and, honestly, remember absolutely nothing about it. Well… I remember liking it, but that’s it. That being said, I think I need to re-read the first book before continuing with the series and, until that happens, I guess book number two can stay. Now, if/when I do re-read the first book and I end up not liking it, this one will probably drop off the TBR.

Verdict: Keep

Under the Dome by Stephen King

Another Stephen King! Spoiler alert: there are two more before I’m done with this Down the TBR 😂 I remember at some point in my 20s, I decided that I wanted to read ALL of Stephen King’s books, not realizing just how prolific he is as a writer. So I added a ton on Goodreads, without really knowing what half of them were about. This is one of the ones that I wasn’t sure about but, after reading the synopsis, it’s one I’m definitely interested in.

Verdict: Keep

Timeline by Michael Crichton

I have no idea how this book ended up on my TBR. I did love Jurassic Park, so perhaps I added it because this is the same author? Either way, after reading the synopsis, I wasn’t sure about keeping it around. Time travel in books can be very hit or miss for me. But a lot of my Goodreads friends have rated it five stars, so now I’m intrigued.

Verdict: Keep

Dreamcatcher by Stephen King

He’s back! And this one I remember adding when I realized it was where the movie of the same name came from. The movie was terrible. I was hoping the book would be much better. After reading the synopsis and looking at some reviews, though, this may not be the case… Either way, I’ve lost all interest in picking this one up.

Verdict: Remove

Christine by Stephen King

And again! Honestly, I have a lot of King on my TBR, lol. Though this one is a classic, it is legit about a killer car and, like… bleh. It’s not even in the top five of King books I want to read. It just doesn’t sound like something I’m going to enjoy, so I think this is one I’ll give a pass.

Verdict: Remove

The Salmon of Doubt by Douglas Adams

This is a bit of a weird one. I thought it was the third book in the Dirk Gently series, but it appears to be a biography… memoir… thing? And I’m not a huge fan of most memoirs, if I’m being honest. I do love Douglas Adams… but I think I’m gonna give this one a miss for now.

Besides, even if this is the third Dirk Gently, I haven’t even read the second (see above)!

Verdict: Remove


And now for the numbers!

Starting total: 614
Removed: 6
End total: 608

We’re almost under 600, y’all! I did quite a purge this round. I never realized how many books I have on my TBR that I have no interest in anymore, lol. I’m excited to have another round done. I’ll see you next week!

And, as always, happy reading!

Down the TBR Hole #2

Hello, reader!

I’m continuing my TBR cleansing journey today with another Down the TBR Hole! Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story. As a reminder, here are the guidelines:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 or 20 or however many you’re feeling) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Last week, I ended with 619 books. This week, I’m starting with 620 books… so apparently I added a new book sometime within the last week! I honestly don’t even pay attention to when I add books, I swear. Let’s see if I’ll be cutting anything out this round!


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

I’m realizing that I have a lot of Gaiman on my TBR. I tend to get along better with his middle grade fiction (I love Coraline!), so I’m pretty exciting about reading this one. Besides, the premise is so interesting… a boy raised in a graveyard by ghosts? Yes, please!

Verdict: Keep

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

I can’t really remember why I added this book in the first place. Perhaps because I had a vague interest in Bladerunner, the movie based on this book? Perhaps because it’s a sci-fi classic? Maybe it filled a prompt for a readathon? Either way, I have about zero interest in this book now.

Verdict: Remove

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Down the TBR Hole #1

Hello, reader!

In an effort to get my Goodreads Want to Read shelf under some kind of control, I’ve decided to join in on a post I’ve seen around the blogosphere: Down the TBR Hole! I first came across this post on Ellie @ Read to Ramble’s blog, though quite a few people in our Twitter group chat participate, as well. After reading their posts and watching my TBR swell, I thought it was time to join in on the fun.

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story and here is the basic premise:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 or 20 or however many you’re feeling) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Sounds simple, right? Hopefully, this will help me to clean up my TBR a bit because I know there are books on there that I don’t even remember adding, lol. It’s time to curate my space and make my Want to Read shelf a little more reflective of books I actually plan on reading.

Currently, my Goodreads TBR has 621 books on it. The plan is to do 10 books with each post and, hopefully, bring that number down. With that being said, let’s get started!


Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

I don’t need to read the synopsis for this one to know it’s staying. This is my TBR white whale, that book that will forever stay until I finally conquer it. I love the musical and I think I’ll love this book, as well.

Verdict: Keep

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

I’m noticing I have a fair amount of classics right at the beginning of my TBR. I was apparently in some kind of mood when I joined Goodreads back in 2011, lol. Anyways, this is a classic that I’m actually still very much interested in reading. I do love a good book about books, even if this one is based in a world where book burning is sanctioned.

Verdict: Keep

Atonement by Ian McEwan

This is a historical fiction that got on my radar because of the movie… that I never watched. Look, I never said my TBR additions made sense! I distinctly remember one of my best friends loving the movie, reading the book, and loving that, too. So… I bought it. Which is pretty much the only reason Atonement is staying on my TBR, tbh. I’m determined to get through all the books that I own!

Verdict: Keep

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