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Down the TBR Hole #2 – This Might Take Longer Than I Thought

July 12, 2021
Down the TBR Hole

Happy Monday, book friends! Who’s ready for another round me of purging books I barely remember I own and probably will never read? MEEE!!! Honestly, it was so freeing to be able to get rid of books that I knew I wouldn’t read and to be reminded of little gems that I have. I started writing this post the same day the first one went live.

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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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This week, I’m taking a look at some more classics I thought I would read but honestly, probably never will, some romances, and an anthology. I’ve started adding the books I keep to Amazon collections, as well as my Goodreads shelf, so it’s super easy to track them as I go.

Honestly, if you haven’t jumped Down the TBR Hole before, I highly recommend it! You’ll be left with a bookshelf that you actually want to read from.

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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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This week’s contenders …

Midnight Surrender Anthology - Charlotte Abel
Tess of the d'Urbervilles Down the TBR Hole
The Secret of Ella and Micha Down the TBR Hole

The Verdict?

Midnight Surrender (a Paranormal Romance Anthology) by Charlotte Abel – GOES
Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy – GOES
The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen – GOES

Honestly, none of these holds any interest for me now. I’m not an anthology fan (unless it’s for a really good cause like the limited-edition Cocktales from 2018!) And I decided I needed to read Tess of the d’Urbervilles after one of my favorite characters from … some movie or TV show … referenced the book. It’s bad that I can’t even remember anymore, isn’t it?

I’m sad to see The Secret of Ella and Micha go because honestly, that’s a really pretty cover. But a pretty cover doesn’t make a great book.

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Bah, Humbug Heather Horrocks
Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
The Fallen Star - Jessica Sorensen

The Verdict?

Bah, Humbug! by Heather Horrocks – STAYS
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte – GOES
The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen – GOES

Bah, Humbug! still sounds just as cute as it did when I first bought it. And with our Christmas in July read-a-thon going on RIGHT NOW (and coming in at just 96 pages), it’s the perfect book for me to read this month! (and last I checked, it was FREE on Kindle!)

As for the other two … Wuthering Heights was another book I thought I absolutely HAD to read because it was a classic. Seriously, am I the only one who thinks I HAVE to read classics, just because they’re classics?

And The Fallen Star was another of those pretty covers (except for the one with the eyeball … that was just creepy) that just didn’t appeal to me anymore. Sorry, Jessica.

A Christmas Carol Illustrated
Runaway Heart Claudy Conn
Smokeless Fire Samantha Young

The Verdict?

A Christmas Carol: Illustrated by Charles Dickens – GOES
Runaway Heart by Claudy Conn – STAYS
Smokeless Fire by Samantha Young – STAYS

Another classic I thought I absolutely HAD TO READ … is anyone else seeing a pattern here?

Runaway Heart really has me intrigued and that cover! Oh my gorgeous. This one is staying (yes, for more than just the cover!). I’m also keeping Smokeless Fire and I look forward to reading that, as well.

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Uh-oh … Amazon, you’re dumb

A little glitch … remember how in the introductory post, I told you I started with 4,080 books? Well, that’s because Amazon is dumb. Many of us book bloggers end up with book formats known as Docs. And Amazon (in all their wisdom) keeps them separate. Yep. And this book blogger didn’t stop to think that the grand total only included Amazon BOOKS. No Docs. (oh, and I deleted all my samples – there were only about 35 of them but I’m not taking credit for a sample!)

Soooooo … adjusting the New Kindle Total to include Docs, as well. This is going to take longer than I thought …

And the New (Adjusted) Totals Are …

Books Removed
Books Kept
New Kindle Total

I still have a LONG way to go but this felt just as AMAZING as last time! As I go through these books, I’m continuing to add them to a shelf on Goodreads (the ones I keep).

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

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Kissed in Paris
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Round 2 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 Wendy Williams July 12, 2021 at 4:37 pm

    Well done! A little bit every week and you’ll get through that long list. I tried to read Wuthering Heights earlier this year, and I gave up and watched the movie. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Bookstacks & Golden Moms July 17, 2021 at 8:42 am

      I struggle with classics … my brain just doesn’t understand the language. I’m intrigued to watch the Wuthering Heights movie, as well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply DJ Sakata July 19, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Heathcliff is a grump and broke my heart. I’m still holding a grudge against him from reading this one in high school ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Reply Whispering+Stories July 19, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    I find it hard to get into the classics these days. I tried Wuthering Heights and a Christmas Carol and didn’t get more than a few pages with each.

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

      I struggle with the language barrier. And with all the tension in the world, I read to have fun and enjoy, not struggle.

  • Reply Kate @ Bitch Bookshelf July 21, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    You made some tough decisions – good for you!

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