Culling the TBR Pile 6

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:

The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff

I was going through a fantasy phase (is it a phase if it’s your life?) but I think this now might be too middle-grade for me, so I’m going to cull it.

Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers

There are plenty of other high school teen girl bully books out there that are probably in my local library. By all accounts this is a wonderful book, it doesn’t excite me anymore, so it’s going to go.

The Thirteenth Princess by Diane Zahler

If I wasn’t trying to cull my shelves, I’d keep this one, because it’s a retelling of 12 Dancing Princesses where the thirteenth princess is actually disguised as a kitchen girl, which yes, it does sound awesome and yes, it is a princess book but I’ve really gotta be tough with my decisions so I’m culling this one.

3:59 by Gretchen McNeil

While I think Gretchen McNeil is super cool (professional opera singer, circus performer and voice over artist! Plus her novel TEN was made into a Lifetime movie) and while I still enjoy thrillers, this concept isn’t exciting me anymore. I’m culling it.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

I am sure there is nothing wrong with it, I just don’t want to read it anymore. I’m looking for a book that will rock my world, not just give it a little tremble. This one is getting culled.

Bewitching (Kendra Chronicles #2) by Alex Flynn

I am removing sequels to books I have not yet read. If I enjoy the first book in the series, I’ll add the sequel at that time. This one is getting culled.

Towering by Alex Finn

Yes, I do love fairytale retellings, but this one hasn’t got a great average rating on Goodreads nor particularly high ratings from my friends, so I’m going to cull it.

Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst

I want to support Sarah Beth Durst because she writes stand-alones, but this one doesn’t excite me anymore, despite its great feedback from my Goodreads friends. I’m culling it.

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

I still really want to read this book. It’s about the aftermath of a school shooting where the main character is the shooter’s girlfriend and she’s implicated because she helped him write a list of thing they hate, which is how he picked his victims. I just still really want to read it. This one is staying,


Removed: 8

Kept: 1

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 6

  1. Eilonwy

    Ugh, I need to cull my GR to-read shelf, too. I haven’t dared to add any books to it in months because it’s so long. This method of looking at them 10 at a time by date is a really good one!

    On your list, I would have kept Some Girls Are since that’s one I keep meaning to read. Otherwise, just be ruthless. 🙂

    1. Nemo

      I try to do it once a week or once a fortnight. Since I have to visit each book’s page to check reviews, I can also check if it’s at my library.

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