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.
- Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5-10 (or more if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
Culling the TBR Pile This Week:
Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Maybe at the time this was published in 2013 it could have been new or interesting or vaguely unique, but I can already taste how bland and unoriginal this novel is compared to what I’ve already read before, and I’m not longer interested in ‘girl with amnesia meets mysterious boy who knows her secret before she does’ type books. I mean it’s literally been done before a million times and, according to my friends on Goodreads, better. Besides, I already know what this is about and now I’ve completely lost interest. This is getting culled.
The Karma Club by Jessica Brody
I must have been going through a phase because this is the same author as above. And just like I’m over the paranormal or light sci fi tope of the girl with amnesia who’s secretly something more, I’m also not drawn to this bullying book anymore. Simple revenge books aren’t enough for me right now, they have to be tipped with something else – like a curse, as with The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw. I mean, I like Mean Girl books, but this just doesn’t entice. It’s getting culled.
Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
Similarly, for whatever reason I originally wanted to read this, I can’t find it now. I still like ghost stories, but I’m not interested in this. It’s getting culled.
Leap of Faith by Jamie Blair
I’ve actually been thinking about this book a lot recently, and I did really want to read it. It isn’t even sold in Australia, and I saw the ending annoyed a lot of people because it wasn’t really resolved. The publisher cut the original ending and wanted to extend the book into a duology (which I HATE when stories are unresolved just to sell a second book) but the second book never came, and although I don’t blame the author because it looks like it was done against her wishes, I’m no longer interested in reading this and it’s getting culled.
The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley
This must have been added during the phase when I was looking for YA fantasy with princesses as leads, which, in the past couple of years, have become dime a dozen. I’ve also read that this is little more MG than YA and I’ve changed my mind and am no longer interested in reading. This one is getting culled.
Removed: 5 (whoo! I was ruthless this time.)