Down the TBR Hole #2


I saw this tag on Geronimo Reads, and it was originally created by Lost In A Story.  It’s a way to go through your TBR and eliminate books you’re no longer interested in.  I have hundreds of unread books (not an exaggeration), and my reading tastes have changed a lot since I started buying books regularly, so I really need to do this!

I posted part one last Saturday.

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Here’s how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order on ascending date added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Read the first few pages of each book  (I added this one)

I have several “to-read” shelves on GR, so I’m sticking to my “tbr-owned” shelf for now.

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Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, #1) by Louise Rennison

I read the first few books in this series when I was in high school and loved them. I’ve been afraid to reread because I wasn’t sure if how well the humor would age.  I read the first few pages and laughed three times, so I had nothing to worry about. Good thing, so I own the entire series.

Conclusion: KEEP

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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

To be honest, I only own this because I have several from this Penguin collection, and they look nice together on my shelves.  I don’t have any plans to read it, but I’m going to hold onto it until I decide to part with the whole collection.

Conclusion: KEEP

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Hurt Go Happy by Ginny Rorby

I tend to buy anything with deaf characters, which means I probably have a lot of books on my shelf with deaf characters that I’m not even interested in.  I haven’t read this in its entirety, but I’ve loaned it out to several of my high school students, who have enjoyed it.  I don’t have my own classroom, so most of the books I read with and loan out to students come from my personal collection. Everything middle grade level and above is stored with all my own books.

Conclusion: KEEP


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My Sister’s Voice by Mary Carter

Another title I picked up because it has a deaf main character. The premise of this is interesting, and I do like that the author is an interpreter, so the ASL and Deaf culture in the book are probably at least somewhat accurate. But, I really don’t read a lot of adult contemporary unless it’s romance. I read some of the longer, detailed reviews for this on Goodreads, and it sounds like the plot progression and resolution aren’t something I’d enjoy.

Conclusion: TOSS

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The Fever by Megan Abbott

I read the first few pages and didn’t have a clear decision, so I went to Goodreads to skim so review from my friends.  I realized this book has an average 2.3 start rating from my friends, and barely 3 stars from reviewers in general. One thing that stuck out to me from most of the reviews is that the mystery has a big build up, and then virtually everyone is left disappointed and saying, “that’s it?!”

Conclusion: TOSS

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Two more titles for the donation bin! This feature has been great so far and helping me reduce my unread TBR.

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Do you get rid of books you haven’t read? How do you decide which titles to keep and which ones to purge from your shelves? 

One thought on “Down the TBR Hole #2

  1. Yay, glad to see you continuing on with the meme! I read the first of the Georgia Nicolson books a long time ago and watched the movie and remember enjoying it alot! Yay on knocking books off the TBR!


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