Hi book friends! Guess what I found over the holiday weekend??? A weekly meme that is perfect for me. It’s all about going through your TBR and seeing which books you still want to read and which books you’re better off getting rid of. As the husband and I purge all our unwanted and unused STUFF, this is the perfect companion for me.
Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there. (I created my own graphic but do not claim any credit for the meme).
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Thanks to Lenore @ Celebrity Readers for dropping this on my to-do list 🙂 I’ve already decided to create my own challenge/meme to tackle my physical bookshelf but I’ve been looking for a way to cleanse (or purge) my Kindle TBR. Over the last … 8+ years I’ve been book blogging (over 5 or 6 different book blogs), my Kindle library has exploded beyond my control. I rarely look beyond the first 100-ish books on there and have so many books sitting unread. It’s time to TAKE CONTROL of my Kindle!
>>> Right now, this likely isn’t going to be a weekly feature but I need to focus on
downsizing my Kindle library so I actually READ them <<<
How it Works
- Head over to your Goodreads TBR shelf (in my case, my Kindle library).
- Start with books purchased/added FIRST (the ones that have been there the longest)
- Take the first 5 or 10 (or more!) books. Note: if you do this every week, start where you leave off.
- Read the synopsis of the book.
- Time to decide: does it stay or does it go?
The Starting Line … over 4K!
As of this post (Down the TBR Hole #1), my Kindle library has 4,080 items on it. This includes Kindle Unlimited books (10 of those) and any review books I may have acquired. The first purchase on my Kindle was December 14, 2012 … almost 9 years ago!! I’d say this project is well overdue, wouldn’t you?
It’s just like ripping off a band-aid, right? Let’s get started!
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – GOES
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne – GOES
The Odyssey by Homer – GOES
I went through a serious classics buying phase when I bought my first Kindle. You know the books – the ones you really SHOULD have just because their classics. The problem is, I don’t like reading classics. The language confuses me and I spent more time frustrated than I do entertained by the story.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – GOES
Kissed in Paris by Juliette Sobanet – STAYS
Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren – STAYS
While I love watching the Sherlock Holmes movies and TV shows, the book is just too dense for me. As for my first two (and unfortunately, only two) keepers out of this round – I’m keeping Waterfall because TIME TRAVEL and Kissed in Paris still sounds like a cute romance that I’ll read.
i2 by James Bannon – GOES
Roselynde by Roberta Gellis – GOES
Messages by John Michael Hileman – GOES
Honestly, what in the world made me think I would like a psychological thriller? I don’t think I added i2 because of the cover so something in the synopsis must have grabbed my attention. All I see now is PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER and every bit of me says TOSS. Sorry.
Roselynde was probably one of my historical fiction phase choices but now it just doesn’t really appeal to me. And Messages was definitely a cover buy. It looks cool and the model looks like one of my favorite actors but other than that, the book doesn’t appeal.
Round 1 Totals
New Kindle Total
I still have a LONG way to go but this felt AMAZING! As I go through these books, I’m adding them to a shelf on Goodreads (the ones I keep). So whenever I’m looking for a new book to read, I can scroll through the shelf and find something.