Down the TBR Hole #1

The original creator of Down the TBR Hole is Lost In A Story and I found the wonderful book tag over at Feed the Crime – the idea is to help slim down your Goodreads TBR…. cause mine really, really needs some help!

The “Rules”:
– Go to your Goodreads to be read shelf
– Order on ascending date added
– Take the first 5 books
– Read the synopses of the books
– Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks 

A man with a faded, well-worn notebook open in his lap. A woman experiencing a morning ritual she doesn’t understand. Until he begins to read to her. An achingly tender story about the enduring power of love.

I’ve been a GoodReads user for about 8 years and I can’t even remember a moment in time where I popped this book on my TBR – I think this challenge is pretty helpful so far!! I’m not confident or really thinking I’d ever get around to reading this one. I’m inclined to keep it but… I can add it back if I ever feel the need!

We Were Liars – E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

Just from the blurb itself this one definitely captures me! I really enjoy mystery books and stories which keep me guessing…. definitely have to keep this one just on the GoodReads reviews and synopsis! A lot of my friends have rated it highly so I’m excited to give it a try.

Grow Up – Ben Brooks

Jasper wants to get on in the world, but he’s got a lot on his plate: A-levels, his mother pushing him to overachieve, weekly visits to his psychologist, comedowns, YouTube suicides and pregnant one-night-stands. Then there’s his stepdad – the murderer.

This is definitely a cut down synopsis because boy, that was a long one! I’m honestly not sure on this one. It sounds interesting and I absolutely love the cover; it looks absolutely beautiful (I’m a total sucker for designs like this one). However, I’m honestly debating whether I’ll even get the time to read this one and whether the story will keep me entertained as a contemporary. Sadly, I’m quite picky about YA contemporary ‘coming of age’ stories similar to this one. I think it’s something that I might pick up later, but in the spirit of this challenge – goodbye!

Little Women – Louisa May Alcott

Generations of readers young and old, male and female, have fallen in love with the March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s most popular and enduring novel, Little Women. Here are talented tomboy and author-to-be Jo, tragically frail Beth, beautiful Meg, and romantic, spoiled Amy, united in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.

A classic! It’s quite rare for those to appear on my TBR list; I read a lot of Shakespeare and the Bronte sisters when I was growing up and I decided quite quickly that those were enough of the classics for me. To be honest, my prior experiences as an adult reading classics haven’t been great – the first book I ever DNF’d was Catcher in the Rye, however, I feel like Little Women could be a different type of classic for me, one that I may actually finish reading. It’s historically a feminist novel and that’s certainly something that I stand by, so why not give it a chance?

Catch 22 – Joseph Heller

The novel is set during World War II, from 1942 to 1944. It mainly follows the life of Captain John Yossarian, a U.S. Army Air Forces B-25 bombardier. Most of the events in the book occur while the fictional 256th Squadron is based on the island of Pianosa, in the Mediterranean Sea, west of Italy. The novel looks into the experiences of Yossarian and the other airmen in the camp, who attempt to maintain their sanity while fulfilling their service requirements so that they may return home.

I think the only reason this even was on my GoodReads is because it’s a classic. I’m reading over the synopsis again and honestly wondering why I would even slightly be interested. I’m not one for any sort of entertainment (books, movies, etc) based on war, though Band of Brothers is a rare exception. For someone who was slightly more interested after the synopsis, it would remain. However, I’m definitely not that person!


I have to say, that was quite therapeutic! I’d highly recommend any of you with very long TBR lists on GoodReads (and Amazon, cause I definitely have a long list over there too!) to give this challenge/clear out a go. I really enjoyed it! Let me know what you thought of my ‘Go’ choices – would you have kept them? As always, thank you so much for reading. See you soon!

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