Culling the TBR Pile 3

A blogger called Lia from Lost in a Story created a kind of meme thingy called Down the TBR Hole that aims to cut your TBR pile of the books you no longer want to read and remind yourself of the ones you do want to read.

The process:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5-10 (or more if youre feeling adventurous) books.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Culling the TBR Pile This Week:

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza

I’ve lost interest in this, and re-reading the blurb simply didn’t excite me. It’s got to go.

Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger

I’m not super excited by this anymore, but my library has a copy, so I’m culling it from my to-reads and shifting it over to my library shelf.


Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

Most of my Goodreads friends have rated this 4 or 5 stars and someone even mentioned it’s a retelling of The Little Mermaid set in Plymouth and a ghost story, and someone else mentioned it’s not your typical YA paranormal romance, but even so, re-reading the blurb just doesn’t excite me enough to want to keep it. It’s going.

The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

I… OK, OK, how do I explain this? I LOVE ASSASSIN BOOKS. I love ROMANCE in assassin books. I love it when one of them is the assassin and the other is the mark and they fall in love, magical or not. OK, so this one, which also has a magic girl who can’t control her powers, an arranged marriage she ran away from, and a ROMANCE ASSASSIN. Guys, I gotta keep this one. This got me excited to read again.

Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

A girl who can see the past, a mermaid, a boy they save and have to steal his soul? I’m so into this, I still need to read it. It’s staying.


Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

My local library has a copy of this but since it’s the third in a series of which I have not read the first, I’m taking it off my list.

Of Poseidon

So this is the third mermaid book in this session of Culling the TBR Pile, and it reminds me that I went through a phase where I was looking for all the YA mermaid books I could find. And while this book has a 4.04 community rating on Goodreads, those friends I picked out whose reading taste is similar to mine and whom I trust have mostly given it 1 star. So I’m getting rid of it.

Velveteen by Daniel Marks

Oh no, no, I can’t do it. After reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase and realising I really fucking hate purgatory stories (which are different to ghost stories, which I love), I just can’t face dealing with a dead teen who has the hots for her ‘co-worker’ in limbo. It’s out of here.

The Sweetest Spell by Suzanne Selfors

I had to think long and hard about this because I don’t think it’s going to be a 5 star read (but I could be mistaken and I HOPE I AM) but the premise just sounds so awesome, a girl who can churn milk into chocolate and has a special bond with cows. According to others it’s a silly, fun fairy tale retelling of The Ugly Duckling, and I do want to keep this one.

The Princess and the Hound

Yes, I love princess books, but this one is from the point of view of the prince. And while I think Harrison is a fine enough writer, I do recall reading The Rose Throne and not being very invested, and also Tris and Izzie got terrible reviews. It’s going.


Removed: 7

Kept: 3

What do you think? Should I have kept any books? Have you read any, and what did you think of them? Let me know in the comments!


About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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2 thoughts on “Culling the TBR Pile 3

    1. Nemo

      Thanks for letting me know about Mila 2.0.

      One of the things I noticed I was doing that was making my to-reads list huge was adding all the sequels and eentire series of books before I’d even read and enjoyed the first. So that’s why I removed Kemmerer’s book. I do have the first one in ebook form (I think, maybe it’s a library book, can’t recall) so if I enjoy it I’ll be happy to continue on with the series, but in the meantime sequels to unread first books are being removed from my list.

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