Down the TBR Hole: Trying to Get Rid of Books?!?

Down the TBR Hole Meme

I saw Stephanie @ Teacher of YA doing this, and I absolutely LOVED the idea. My Goodreads TBR has far surpassed 600 books and is rather quickly approaching 700. Yeesh! Although I’m sure I will not be as successful as Stephanie was (she managed to get rid of all of the ones she had picked out), as I’m a sentimental little mushroom (my mom would tell you otherwise- I’m brutal when it comes to cleaning house and deciding what to get rid of) and I just CAN’T SAY GOODBYE TO MY BABIES, OKAY. I NEED THEM ALL. ALL 700. NO, THAT IS NOT GREEDY AT ALL. Ahem. Let’s see, how do we do this?

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

The Princess Curse by Merrie Haskell

Twelve princesses suffer from a puzzling (if silly) curse, and anyone who ends it will win a reward. Reveka, a sharp-witted and irreverent apprentice herbalist, wants that reward. But her investigations lead to deeper mysteries and a daunting choice—will she break the curse at the peril of her own soul?

This isn’t a hard decision for me. It’s a middle grade book that I wanted to read years ago. Although I love middle grade, it is often not as rich as books written for older audiences in order to ensure that they are comprehensible to everyone. I have no idea why I wanted to read this one so badly. This one can go!

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

It began with Eragon… It ends with Inheritance.
Not so very long ago, Eragon — Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider — was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.
Long months of training and battle have brought victories and hope, but they have also brought heartbreaking loss. And still, the real battle lies ahead: they must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no one can. There will be no second chance.
The Rider and his dragon have come further than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king and restore justice to Alagaësia? And if so, at what cost?

This is a really difficult decision for me. I read the first three a couple of years ago (I believe) and totally loved them. However, they are EXTREMELY long and take a while to get into. I’ve been putting this one off for ages because it is 850 pages. Now, of course, I’ve mostly forgotten the plots of the previous books, but I do believe there is a short summary at the beginning of the book, so I should be okay on that front. If it were any other book, I’d replace this one with the first one in the series, so that I could binge the whole thing, but I really don’t think that’s going to happen. Still, everyone who’s read it seems to really enjoy this book, and I hate to leave a series unfinished. I think I’ll keep this one!

The Mother-Daughter Book Club by Heather Vogel Frederick

The book club is about to get a makeover….

Even if Megan would rather be at the mall, Cassidy is late for hockey practice, Emma’s already read every book in existence, and Jess is missing her mother too much to care, the new book club is scheduled to meet every month.

But what begins as a mom-imposed ritual of reading Little Women soon helps four unlikely friends navigate the drama of middle school. From stolen journals, to secret crushes, to a fashion-fiasco first dance, the girls are up to their Wellie boots in drama. They can’t help but wonder: What would Jo March do?

This book looks super cute, and although I don’t know anyone who’s read it, I still definitely want to pick it up. The only reason I really haven’t read it yet is because my library doesn’t have it, and I’ve simply yet to pick up a copy. However, I did see something that said you should read Little Women first before you read this one, and since I haven’t read Little Women yet, I may just have to do that! This one’s a keeper.

Five Kingdoms: Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull

On Halloween below a haunted house, Cole Randolph wanted to have fun (and maybe get to know Jenna Hunt a little better). But he dives after friends whisked away to The Outskirts.
The five kingdoms lie in between – wakefulness and dreaming, reality and imagination, life and death. Some people are born there. Some find their way there from other worlds.
And once people are in the Outskirts, they find it very hard to leave.
With the magic of the Outskirts starting to unravel, Cole and an unusual girl named Mira must rescue his friends, set things right in the Outskirts, and hopefully find his way back home…before his existence is forgotten.

This book definitely sounds interesting. I loved the Fablehaven series when I was younger (which reminds me, I should totally reread those), but honestly, I just don’t think I’ll ever get around to reading this. I don’t want to force myself to read it, and I just don’t feel like it’s really that special or different from all of the other middle grade fantasy books out there. This one can go!

The Copper Gauntlet by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

Callum Hunt’s summer break isn’t like other kids’. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren’t heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.
It’s not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.
Call escapes to the Magisterium — but things only intensify there. The Alkahest — a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic — has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes — and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.
As the mysteries of the Magisterium deepen and widen, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take readers on an extraordinary journey through one boy’s conflict — and a whole world’s fate.

The Copper Gauntlet is the second book in the Magisterium series. I read The Iron Trial not too long after it first came out, and really enjoyed it. I think both Holly Black and Cassandra Clare are amazing authors, and I’d definitely like to continue on with this series. It appears as though the conclusion to the series is coming out next year, so I will most likely wait until it comes out and binge the whole series. This one I can keep!

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

I loved Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver as well as her Delirium trilogy (which I totally want to reread), but most people seem to consider this their least favorite Lauren Oliver book, or at least kind of meh. I like the plot idea, but it does sound a lot like Nerve (which I didn’t read, but watched the movie- sorry not sorry), so I’m okay with skipping this one. It can go!

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

“Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions. She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

As long as I’ve known about it, I’ve always loved that quote from Einstein. It is so genius and yet so obvious that it just makes sense. I don’t know anyone who’s actually read this book, but I’ve been hearing about it a little bit recently. It seems like a heartwarming middle grade read, and for whatever reason, it reminds me of Counting by 7s, which I totally loved. I think this is a keeper!

The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer

Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she’s found it her mother says it’s time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.
After her mother’s sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she’s never met. She can’t imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.
Lyrical, poignant and fresh, The Secret Hum of a Daisy is a beautifully told middle grade tale with a great deal of heart.

This book sounds sad and heartbreaking and beautiful. Maybe it’s just my experience, but I don’t usually see this in middle grade books. Most people seem to have really enjoyed this one, so I think I’ll have to check it out! This one I’ll keep.

Floors by Patrick Carman

Charlie had his chocolate factory. Stanley Yelnats had his holes. Leo has the wacky, amazing Whippet Hotel.

The Whippet Hotel is a strange place full of strange and mysterious people. Each floor has its own quirks and secrets. Leo should know most of them – he is the maintenance man’s son, after all. But a whole lot more mystery gets thrown his way when a series of cryptic boxes are left for him . . . boxes that lead him to hidden floors, strange puzzles, and unexpected alliances. Leo had better be quick on his feet, because the fate of the building he loves is at stake . . . and so is Leo’s own future!

This book actually sounds rather cute. However, it doesn’t sound like the MOST compelling story ever, and I don’t desperately need it in my life. It can go!

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.
In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.

I like this book’s synopsis. It sounds super interesting. However, I did pick it up from the library one time and gave the beginning a try, and it just didn’t really interest me that much. I’m not opposed to this book, but as of yet, I haven’t seen any reason (or review) that makes me desperately want to read it. It can go!


Eek! That’s ten! I was able to get rid of five out of ten of the books I went through! That’s even better than I was hoping for. 🙂 I’ll definitely have to do this more often; heaven knows I need it! Let me know if you’ve done this/plan to do it, or if I’ve made a serious mistake with any of these books! With most of these, I had a really tough time deciding, because I haven’t really heard anyone’s opinion on them. Tell me what you think! Did you like this meme? I’d love to hear from you! XD

Lots of Love, Amy ❤

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17 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole: Trying to Get Rid of Books?!?

  1. I think you rocked it!! Good job!! 50% gone!!!
    I’m so happy you tried it and now I’m hooked…I’ll be waiting for all your installments!
    And good choices. You thought about them and looked at the reviews. You seriously did great. 😊😊😊

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