Culling the TBR Pile 19

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:

A Wounded Name

A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison

I’m not really feeling this Hamlet retelling starring Ophelia, so unfortunately, this one is getting culled.

Siren's Song

Siren’s Song by Heather McCollum

Despite the dodgy – and truly horrendous – cover, I’m actually still really intrigued by the idea of this teen girl who can seemingly affect people with her singing voice, so I still really want to read it. This one stays.

The Stepsister's Tale

The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett

Although this is a Cinderella retelling I have wanted to read it quite badly for years. It’s about time I tracked down a copy, I think. This one stays.

I, Iago

I, Iago by Nicole Galland

Confession time! I think Iago is one of literature’s greatest villains – if only because he’s so damn charming but also he wins, in the end, so yeah. Sorry, spoilers. So I’d still love to red this book from his point of view, giving a deeper backstory and motivations. So, this one stays.

The Break-Up Artist (Break-up Artist, #1)

The Break Up Artist by Philip Siegel

Great concept! But from what I can tell form my friend’s reviews, totally offensive. So, no thanks. This one is getting culled.

Dissonance (Dissonance, #1)

Dissonance by Erica O’Rourke

Look, I’m sure there’s nothing wrong with this book, and it has a pretty cover, but I’m just not into finding more multiverse books than I already own, so… sorry. This one is getting culled.

Don't Touch

Don’t Touch by Rachel M Wilson

Although this was one of my Waiting on Wednesdays a long time ago, I’m just not feeling I want to read this YA issues contemporary. This one is getting culled.

Free to Fall

Free to Fall by Lauren Miller

I do really want to read Miller’s Parallel, but I’m no longer interested in reading about a girl breaking free of cyberworld pressures, so this one is getting culled, too.

The Coldest Heart (Into the Blind, #1)

The Coldest Heart by Helen Rena

I’m no longer interested in reading a book about a girl who can only see out of her boyfriend’s eyes. This one is getting culled.

Say Her Name

Say Her Name by James Dawson

I’m no longer interested in reading this book about Bloody Mary’s revenge or whatever, and quite honestly I don’t ever remember adding it to my list because I don’t like scary, bloody books? OK, this one is getting culled.


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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