Down The TBR Hole #1

Okay, so I was looking for more blogs to follow and I came across Lia@Lost in A Story and her amazing idea to keep going through your Goodreads TBR 5 or even 10 books at a time and see if you decide to keep them or delete them. I immediately loved the concept! I don’t know about you but I keep adding new books to the list and now that there are 1141 books, I rarely go back to check them out and sometimes, I don’t even know what are they about, why I added them and whether they are what I like to read or not.

Now, what you need to do, just as intructed on the blog:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre 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 should it go?

So, without further ado, let’s get started!

Midnight's Children MIDNIGHT’S CHILDREN by Salman Rushdie

SYNOPSIS: Born at the stroke of midnight, at the precise moment of India’s independence, Saleem Sinai is destined from birth to be special. For he is one of 1,001 children born in the midnight hour, children who all have special gifts, children with whom Saleem is telepathically linked.
But there has been a terrible mix up at birth, and Saleem’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns. As he grows up amidst a whirlwind of triumphs and disasters, Saleem must learn the ominous consequences of his gift, for the course of his life is inseparably linked to that of his motherland, and his every act is mirrored and magnified in the events that shape the newborn nation of India. It is a great gift, and a terrible burden.

VERDICT: Hm, OMG? This sounds amazing? Or at least like it has the potential to be amazing! Why haven’t I read it yet?  Definitely KEEP!

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend THE DUFF by Kody Keplinger

SYNOPSIS: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.

Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

VERDICT: This one is fairly popular. I’ve heard so many great things about this book so I definitely want to read it. KEEP!

number9dream NUMBER9DREAM by David Mitchell

SYNOPSIS: In outward form, number9dream is a Dickensian coming-of-age journey: Young dreamer Eiji Miyake, from remote rural Japan, thrust out on his own by his sister’s death and his mother’s breakdown, comes to Tokyo in pursuit of the father who abandoned him. Stumbling around this strange, awesome city, he trips over and crosses—through a hidden destiny or just monstrously bad luck—a number of its secret power centers. Suddenly, the riddle of his father’s identity becomes just one of the increasingly urgent questions Eiji must answer. Why is the line between the world of his experiences and the world of his dreams so blurry? Why do so many horrible things keep happening to him? What is it about the number 9? To answer these questions, and ultimately to come to terms with his inheritance, Eiji must somehow acquire an insight into the workings of history and fate that would be rare in anyone, much less in a boy from out of town with a price on his head and less than the cost of a Beatles disc to his name.

VERDICT: Now this definitely sounds mysterious and intriguing, my cup of tea! KEEP! (I’m afraid I’m going to keep everything, lol)

RoomROOM by Emma Donoghue

SYNOPSIS: To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.

VERDICT: I really want to read something by this writer and I want to start with Room. I’ve been putting it off for years now! I should definitely read it sooo KEEP!

The Great Gatsby THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

SYNOPSIS: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.

VERDICT: Naturally, KEEP. I want to know what it is about that book that made it a classic.

And Then There Were None AND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie

SYNOPSIS: First, there were ten – a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal – and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

VERDICT: Aghhh, shame on me I haven’t read it yet! Been on my shelves forever! KEEP KEEP!

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium, #1) THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by Stieg Larsson

SYNOPSIS: Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.

VERDICT: KEEP! Luckily, I haven’t seen the movie so I’ll still be able to read it. (Because I usually can’t read a book I’ve seen a movie of, ouch)

The Perks of Being A Wallflower THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

SYNOPSIS: Read the cult-favorite coming of age story that takes a sometimes heartbreaking, often hysterical, and always honest look at high school in all its glory. Now a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a funny, touching, and haunting modern classic.

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

VERDICT: NOT KEEP. I’ve seen the movie and oh boy did I find it extremely boring… So, not only have I already seen the movie first (which makes the reading experience to me not possible) but I also have been postponing this book forever because… I don’t know, not feeling like reading it.

Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1) BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY by Helen Fielding

SYNOPSIS: Meet Bridget Jones—a 30-something Singleton who is certain she would have all the answers if she could:

a. lose 7 pounds
b. stop smoking
c. develop Inner Poise

“123 lbs. (how is it possible to put on 4 pounds in the middle of the night? Could flesh have somehow solidified becoming denser and heavier? Repulsive, horrifying notion), alcohol units 4 (excellent), cigarettes 21 (poor but will give up totally tomorrow), number of correct lottery numbers 2 (better, but nevertheless useless)…”

Bridget Jones’ Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.

Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you’ll find yourself shouting, “Bridget Jones is me!”

VERDICT: KEEP! I’m very curious about whether I’ll like it or not, especially the writing.

Gone with the Wind GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell

SYNOPSIS: Gone with the Wind is a novel written by Margaret Mitchell, first published in 1936. The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia, and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction era. It depicts the struggles of young Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to claw her way out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman’s March to the Sea. A historical novel, the story is a Bildungsroman or coming-of-age story, with the title taken from a poem written by Ernest Dowson.

VERDICT: I don’t even need to think about it twice, KEEP! I’ve been told to read this book soooo many times! It’s just that it’s too big and kinda scary? :c

Well, that was the tenth and final book for this list. I’ve managed to remove one so I guess yaaaay haha I can somehow feel that I’ll be terrible at this. But seriously, don’t they all sound nice?

Let me know if you have read any of those and if you thought I made the right decision about them!

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18 thoughts on “Down The TBR Hole #1

  1. Loved: GWTW, Bridget Jones Diary, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, TGWTDT, The Great Gatsby, Room, and of course And Then There Were None. Duff is on my shelf, but I haven’t heard of Number9dream. It sounds interesting. I’m on the fence about Midnight’s Children, because I’ve read a couple of Rushdie’s books, and while I thought they were okay, they didn’t quite live up to the hype surrounding him.

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    1. I also don’t remember how I came across Number9Dream but the synopsis sounds intriguing.
      Oh, I’ve never seen anyone talk about him before so I’m not sure what to expect from him. The synopsis does sound interesting though which is why I kept it on the list and on Goodreads I’ve noticed that there are very mixed reviews. I hope that if I ever get to it, it won’t be very disappointing.
      About The Perks of Being A Wallflower, have you watched the movie? Would you recommend it for someone who did not really like the movie?

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  2. This is a great idea! The last time I made a selection I simply looked at the rating and everything under a general score of 3.80 was meant to go. It didn’t make so much difference really in my readlist lol. I’ve read Room and I’m so glad you decided to keep because it was a 5 star read for me! I’d like to read The Duff now too.

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    1. It iiis, right? I just had to see the concept to adhere immediately! I also used to rely on the rating but when a synopsis is interesting, it just is even with a low rating haha! I’m sooo looking forward to reading Room because I also can’t wait to read The Wonder too and I feel like I should read Room, that came out first, before.
      I’ve practically only heard good things about The Duff! I hope you’ll enjoy it if you ever pick it up. 😀


  3. Heh, at least you got rid of one 🙂 My ‘tbr’ pile on Goodreads is all stuff I already own, which is terrifying – but does mean I’d actually have to physically throw out (or ‘delete’, I suppose!) a book, which seems… wrong?! 😉


  4. You’ve added some really interesting books to your TBR! I’ve read The DUFF but didn’t like it, though I did admittedly enjoy the movie… and Room is another one whose movie I enjoyed, though I’m not super interested to read the book as I’ve heard mixed things. And like you, I didn’t like the Perks of Being a Wallflower movie and just don’t think I’d like the book, given how… pretentious it sounds like. 😛

    I would, however, strongly recommend And Then There Were None! There’s a reason why Agatha Christie’s murder mysteries are so popular. 😉


    1. My sister loved the movie and she’s been urging me to watch it ever since but I can’t watch a movie before reading the book so gotta wait. :p I haven’t really heard much negative reviews about “Room” so I’m really curious as to why it would be disliked. Haven’t watched the movie though!
      Right? Oh, for a moment I thought I was the only one because the book and the movie are present in pretty much everyone’s favorites list! Never understood why! The characters are not even likable and I felt nothing while watching it.
      I’ve started reading “The Mysterious Affair at Styles” when I was younger, I guess at 13 and it was in french but I never got to finish it because I’ve stopped reading at that time. I do remember really enjoying her writing though and that was only but a translation so I guess I’ll super-enjoy the english version. I’m really looking forward to re-discovering her world. Still wanna read her work in chronological order though so I’ll probably start with “The Mysterious Affair at Styles”. I don’t know where in the list “And Then There Were None” but I suppose it’s a long road before getting to it 😂


  5. I love this idea! It’s so great because I often just tag books onto my TBR without a ton of thought into them. This makes me TBR list so much more thought out!! And The Great Gatsby is one of my all time favs!


    1. Glad you loved it! That was my first impression when I saw this meme, sounds exactly like me haha! It only takes a few Haul posts and videos for me to end up with 50 new books in my TBR and most of the time, I end up forgetting that I’ve added them. I really don’t know why I keep postponing reading The Great Gatsby but hopefully I’ll get down to it sometime!

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