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Down the TBR Hole #1 – Let’s Get Cleansing!

July 5, 2021
Down the TBR Hole

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.

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 <<<

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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?
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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!

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A Tale of Two Cities
the mysterious island
The Odyssey

The Verdict?

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
Kissed in Paris
Waterfall Lisa T. Bergren

The Verdict?

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.


The Verdict?

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.

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Round 1 Totals

Books Removed
Books Kept
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.

Megan’s bookshelf: down-the-tbr-hole-keepers

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Kissed in Paris
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Round 1 complete! What books on your TBR have been there forever? Has your Kindle grown out of control like mine? Let me know in the comments below and let’s chat!

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  • Reply Laura @Through Raspberry Colored Glasses July 5, 2021 at 1:30 pm

    It’s a good idea. I know I have bunches from long ago too. Good luck with your challenge.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms July 5, 2021 at 1:49 pm

      I knew I had quite a bit on my Kindle but didn’t know how many books I had from the beginning that I had no desire in reading anymore LOL.

  • Reply Whispering+Stories July 5, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    A good clear out is needed now and again.

  • Reply Wendy Williams July 5, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    This is such a good idea! I have to do this soon myself. And I feel the same way you do about the classics… I know I should read them, but they are hard on my brain. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms July 5, 2021 at 6:53 pm

      It’s nice to hear that, as I feel kinda bad about not wanting to read them. I really should … most of my brain knows this. But I just don’t want to. I read for entertainment, not for work. Thanks for taking the time to comment ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Greg July 5, 2021 at 8:02 pm

    This is fun! I have the same problem with classics. They don’t always work for me, or I need to be in the mood. I did buy the Blu-ray of Mysterious Island because I loved the movie as a kid haha, but I’m nt sure the book would work for me either.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms July 5, 2021 at 9:01 pm

      That’s the same way I am – I’m great if I can experience them visually. But my brain doesn’t like to interpret the language.

  • Reply DJ Sakata July 5, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Excellent progress. This would take me forever and I confess that I seem to add quicker than I can purge, I fear I am hopeless. I have 4496 on mine.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms July 10, 2021 at 8:22 am

      My total is definitely going up. I have a feeling the purging is going to have to get stronger if I’m ever going to make a dent.

  • Reply Jo July 5, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    This sounds like a great challenge to participate in – and absolutely terrifying. My Kindle library is at 544? But I VERY rarely purchase ebooks unless they are free. So I have quite a few classics that were free, and MANY independently published/self-pubbed books that were free, etc…

    Maybe I’ll give this a try? Or maybe I’ll just keep working on my overwhelming physical TBR books… ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms July 10, 2021 at 8:23 am

      I’m trying to do both at the same time, tackling my physical TBR and my digital one. It’s definitely a challenge. Best of luck with your physical TBR!!

  • Reply Nadene July 6, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    I need to this as well. Like you I am not a fan of classics.

  • Reply Ellie Warren July 7, 2021 at 11:56 am

    I have a special “depths of kindle” shelf on Goodreads for all those ebooks I technically own but don’t particularly want to read any more. I guess one day I might have a particularly hard challenge prompt that one of them is perfect for.

  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf July 11, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    You made some good decisions. I struggle with removing books from my TBR list. I always feel like Iโ€™ll get to them one day.

  • Reply Robin Loves Reading July 17, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    It would take me a solid week to plow through everything On Goodreads and my Kindle. Thankfully the device itself has a lot of space LOL.

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms July 25, 2021 at 8:27 am

      I have no hope of reading everything on my Kindle. I’m hoping to cull it down to something more manageable and only keep the books I intend to read.

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