Culling the TBR Pile 27

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:

Welcome to the first Culling the TBR Pile for 2020! It’s a new year, and a new decade, so I’m going to start off strong by knocking some more books I no longer want to read off my ever-expanding TBR list!

State of Grace

State of Grace by Hilary Badger

Isn’t this cover cool? The girl kind of looks like Kristen Stewart. This Garden of Eden fraudulent utopia still does sound interesting, but I’m afraid there are other pretties out there calling my name. This one is getting culled.

Wuthering Bites

Wuthering Bites by Sarah Gray

So although I do love Wuthering Heights (not for the romance – ick!) I just don’t think this could make it better anymore? Maybe when it was first published and everyone was Twilight crazy, but it no longer appeals to me – not because of the idea of Heathcliff being a vampire, but because I read some reviews that said the inserted stuff was quite poorly done. Maybe if I ever find this in a second hand bookshop I’ll give it a go, but right now, it’s getting culled.


Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Didn’t they make a TV show out of this? Yeah, anyway, I am no longer interested in the drama of a ballet school unless it’s got murder in it, so this one is getting culled.

The Hit List

The Hit List by Nikki Urang

What’s the difference between this book and the last one, which you culled, I hear you ask? The short answer is: Drama, misogyny, feminism, and more drama. And sometimes I just have a craving for trash. This one stays.

Breaking Pointe: A Ballet Novel

Breaking Pointe by Miriam Wenger-Landis

Oh look, another ballet book! Someone was going through a phase. Yeah, this one doesn’t have enough drama. It’s getting culled.

A Very Young Dancer

A Very Young Dancer by Jill Krementz

Oh for god’s sake past Nemo from 2015, get over this obsession with DANCE. This one is getting culled.

Far From You

Far From You by Tess Sharpe

Turns out this book is available in my state’s library system, so I am not culling this one, just moving it to a different list.

Boyfriends with Girlfriends

Boyfriends with Girlfriends by Alex Sanchez

Maybe when this was first published in 2011 it was more groundbreaking, but I just don’t think I have the energy for this diverse but plotless novel. It’s getting culled.

Emily's Ghost: A Novel of the Brontë Sisters

Emily’s Ghost by Denise Giardina

I don’t even remember adding this bastardisation fictionsalised account of Emily Bronte’s life, and now I’m quietly horrified and culling this from my TBR pile as quickly as possible.

Perchance to Dream: Classic Tales from the Bard's World in New Skins

Perchance to Dream by Lyssa Chiavari (ed)

This book is too hard for me to track down, and considering I have only heard of one of these “hottest names in YA today” (which is the only reason I added it), I’m willing to cull this one, let it go, and move on.



Removed: 8

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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