Down the TBR Hole #1

Down the TBR Hole is a blogging meme created by Lost in a Story, and I’ve decided to take part. I’m feeling especially motivated to do this after completing the My Blog’s Name in Books Tag/recently facing my TBR, and although I knew my Goodreads TBR was overwhelming, I decided I want to clean it up a bit. So here we are.

This is how it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order by [ascending] date added.
  • Take the first 5 books (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous)
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Since this is my first go, I’m taking it easy by choosing just five books. And they are:

Sorting out my Goodreads TBR Week#1

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

Even with the mixed reviews, I’m still interested in reading this for myself.

Verdict: Keep

Girl Walks Into a Bar…: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle by Rachel Dratch

Part of one of the best eras of Saturday Night Live – I don’t remember adding this book but I’m glad I did!

Verdict: Keep

Not My Father’s Son by Alan Cumming

I first saw Alan Cumming in the 1999 Disney TV movie adaptation of the Broadway musical Annie (which I watched nearly everyday as a child), and have always enjoyed his appearances in various shows and movies. His book sounds affecting, and although I don’t tend to gravitate towards heavy non-fiction, I’m still incredibly drawn to this one.

Verdict: Keep

Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

I’ve enjoyed many of David Sedaris’ pieces in The New Yorkerand I still very much look forward to reading this.

Verdict: Keep

Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe

I’m guessing I added this book because of Parks and Recreation, but I have no interest in reading it.

Verdict: Discard

Based off this list it may seem like I love biographical non-fiction, although it is probably one of the genres I am least likely to reach for (this will become apparent in future Down the TBR Hole posts). Anyway, if you’ve read any of these books, let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts.



  • Diana

    I think “Into the Wild” is very much worth the read especially since it is a true story. The film is also good. For me, Rob Lowe’s book looks interesting. I really believe that Lowe could have been bigger than Tom Cruise. His looks were and are certainly as great. His scandal in the late 1980s really meant his downfall and without it he could have made it really big.

    • Kelsey @ There's Something About KM

      That’s good to know – about the book and film! And I’m not sure I agree about Rob Lowe – he’s had a pretty successful career post-scandal. Either way, I went through a phase where I was a bit obsessed with celebrity memoirs/autobiographies, and I think I overdid it because they really don’t interest me now. 😝

      • Diana

        Pretty successful? 🙂 No decent director wanted to cast Lowe for years after the scandal. He was either in bad films or playing barely noticeable roles in mediocre films. What I meant is that he could have really been the lead in iconic films similar to the likes of “Top Gun” or “Rain Man” or “Dances with Wolves” with maybe Oscars under his belt. That is where everyone expected him to be prior to the scandal. I mean the man was in “The Outsiders” where Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise also started their careers.

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