Culling the TBR Pile 20

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:

Beware the Wild (Beware the Wild, #1)

Natalie C Parker

This doesn’t really appeal to me anymore, and the reviews from my friends all seem to be kind of middle ground rather than the higher 4s and 5s. Sorry book, you’re getting culled.


Wicked Games (Wicked Games, #1)

Wicked Games by Sean Olin

This sounds like a really good guilty pleasure! I know, I know: people should not feel guilty for what they like to read, and I’m not here to defend myself. But this one still sounds really intriguing because it’s the kind of situation (boyfriend cheats on jealous girlfriend) that makes a really basic drama for adults, but putting teenagers with their underdeveloped emotional resilience  makes it all the more interesting. This one is staying.

If the Magic Fits (100 Dresses, #1)

If the Magic Fits by Susan Maupin Schmid

I don’t ever recall seeing this before, so I was surprised it was on m to-read list, especially as it appears to be for a middle grade audience, which I do read on occasion, but I’m primarily YA. This does sound like a really cute concept and I’d love to buy it for any kids I know (I don’t know any kids) so for now this one is getting culled.

Violet Storm (Modi #1)

Violet Storm by Anna Soliveres

No thank you. This one is getting culled.

Never Ever (Never Ever, #1)

Never Ever by Sara Saedi

I don’t think I have the patience for a Peter Pan retelling told in this way. This one is getting culled.

Playing Hurt

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler

I no longer am interested in reading this book since it’s about a girl who meets someone new while still with her boyfriend. Not for me. This one is getting culled.

Queen in Exile

Queen in Exhile by Donna Hatch.

I was dithering backwards and forwards on this one because PRINCESS and MAGIC appeared in the same blurb, but the truth of the matter is that I’m not longer excited to read this, and it’s getting culled.


Wildwing by Emily Whitman

I would have been more interested if this was a modern day girl swept back in time but it’s already a period piece and then it becomes a historical. I’m no longer interested in reading this. This one is getting culled.


Phantom's Dance

Phantom’s Dance by Lesa Howard

I’m pretty sure this was self-published (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but I still really really want to read this Phantom of the Opera retelling. This one stays.

A Wicked Thing (A Wicked Thing, #1)

A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

I really enjoyed Thomas’  Long May She Reign so I’d like to keep this Sleeping Beauty retelling as well. This one stays.


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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