Culling the TBR Pile 13

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:

FrostFire (Ruan, #2)

Frostfire (Ruan #2) by Zoe Marriott

I haven’t even read the first one, Ruan, yet, and I have a rule where I don’t add sequels to books I haven’t read. This one is getting culled.

The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation, #1)

The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

Even though I my library doesn’t have a copy, according to the generally positive reviews of my friends this is short and sweet, and even though it’s available to purchase on The Book Depository and Amazon Kindle, it’s a little steeper than I normally like to pay. However, I can still keep my eye on second hand bookshops so I want to keep a record of wanting to read this. This one stays.

The Last (Endling #1)

The Last by Katherine Applegate

I added this in 2013 and it’s only just been published in 2018. Applegate wrote the Animorphs series and is uniquely skilled at telling a story through animal/alien eyes, so I’m keeping this one.

Cold Spell (Fairytale Retellings, #4)

Cold Spell by Jackson Pearce

I went through a stage where I wanted to read everything Jackson Pearce had ever written but I’m well and truly over it now, and while I love fantasy and fairytale retellings, this one no longer holds the appeal. I’m culling it at this point, but if I really love the two books in the series before this one, I’m happy to re-add it.

Before Midnight: A Retelling of Cinderella

Before Midnight by Cameron Dokey

This is the start of my fairytale retelling obsession, but since this book ins’t easy to source and there are literally (figuratively) a million fairytale retellings coming out every day I’m happy to skip this one, so I’m culling it (and… um… the other six Dokey books I added in quick succession).


Removed: 3

Kept: 2

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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