Down the TBR Hole #4

Down the TBR Hole is a blogging meme created by Lost in a Story. You can see my previous post here, and continue reading for my latest attempt at decreasing the number of books on my too-long TBR list.

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?

In July I kept all ten books. Let’s see how I fare this month…

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

You know, the debate I’m having with myself about whether to remove this book or not might indicate that I should remove it. But like usual, the small part that wants to keep it wins out.

Verdict: Keep

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

I don’t have much to say about why this is on my TBR, other than I [obviously] want to read it.

Verdict: Keep

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 

I’m told that this American classic cannot be passed by, so on my TBR it stays.

Verdict: Keep

A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean

I likely added this particular edition because I figured if I enjoyed A River Runs Through It I might enjoy reading other things written by Norman Maclean. I have yet to discover the truth of this speculation, but I would still like to.

Verdict: Keep

Persuasion by Jane Austen

This is one of the last two (I think) Jane Austen novels I haven’t read. So…

Verdict: Keep

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

.I’ve been wary of starting this book because I love Kristin Hannah’s previous novels and I’m worried about being disappointed. This fear is likely silly, but it has manifested nonetheless. And no, I haven’t read The Great Alone yet either.

Verdict: Keep

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

The premise of this book still has my attention.

Verdict: Keep

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne


Verdict: Keep

Atonement by Ian McEwan

I briefly described my reason for keeping Ian McEwan on my TBR in this post.

Verdict: Keep

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

I wish I could remember what led me to add this book, because it’s not something I’m interested in reading now.

Verdict: Discard

And my TBR shrinks by one book – a very minor success but a success nonetheless! 😆

Sound off about my decisions in a comment below.

6 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #4

  1. Darlene says:

    These are all amazing books and you will not be sorry you kept them. Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen book and everyone should read The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. It will never leave you. I have read all of them except The Nightingale (including All Quiet on the Western Front which I loved.)

    • Kelsey @ There's Something About KM says:

      This is so great to hear. Persuasion and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas are probably the two books here that I’m most excited about! And I’ve read some great reviews of AQOTWF, but novels about real-life wars (in any capacity) are just not for me.

  2. Kristina says:

    eek xd well, one is better than nothing!
    though I recognize some as being obviously classics (except the american one, as im not..) and another few I’ve seen around — none of those I really “heard of” or read, so I can’t say much about them 😅 just not for me, personally.

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