Down the TBR hole #1

So I was looking for something to write that wasn’t just a review, as I have just been bombarding you guys with reviews lately, and I reached out to ask my fantastic blogging group for help! I will link all their blogs after my post so you can check them all out. The have been such an awesome and supportive group. Of course they came through with some awesome ideas and one I just had to give a try!

The lovely Candyce from The Book Dutchesses had posted her 25th Down the TBR hole and it just sounded like such a fun way to sift through the depths of my Goodreads TBR shelf and finally do some tidying!

This was originally started by Lost in a Story (Blog currently offline) and it works like this:

Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.

Order on ascending date added.

Take the first 5 (or 10 or 15 or 20, if you’re feeling adventurous) books.

Read the synopses of the books.

Decide: keep it or should it go?

Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there Later

I have to admit I am a bit of a Goodreads hoarder. I tend to add just about anything I see or hear to my To Read shelf and I never tidy it. So That means I have a total of

329 Books

on my shelf. Some of these are books I own and I just want to have a place holder for the specific edition so when I move it to currently reading I can easily access it so that edition via mobile (as Goodreads needs some work on that). Others are books that I have heard about while listening to podcasts, booktube, browsing twitter.

Storm Front
‘Richard Castle’
Date Added: Feb 2015

Oh a TV tie in, that’s an embarrassing start! I loved Castle and I have to admit I kind of enjoyed the tie in books. They were fun and basically more of the TV show, an easy going beach read. However, its been a while since this series ended and I haven’t watched for it for a while and I don’t own this book so I don’t think I will every pick it up


The Testing Series
Joelle Charbonneau
Date Added: Feb 2015

Yes I added the whole series and I have actually read them all and I have been meaning to re-read them ever since. These are in the same realm of dystopian YA focused around university education. Its kind of similar to Divergent but I actually preferred it (as it doesn’t contain lazy un-researched science- yes that is shade at Alliegent) .

I read it during studying for my MRes, I think travelling home for the holidays if I remember correctly and I just really enjoyed them. I do still want to read them again so I think they have to be kept.


Royal Assassin
Robin Hobb
Date Added: May 2015

This is another keep! As I will be joining in on the Elderlingalog which starts next month. As this is book 2 in the series I think we will be reading this one in April/May! so it will be off my To-Read shelf then, I guess.


A Criminal Magic
Lee Kelly
Date Added: Nov 2015

Oh this is the first tough one. I really kind of like the sound of the synopsis, magic, 1920s, gangs but it has been on my TBR for almost 5 years and it doesn’t appear to be available anywhere even amazon so I think it has to be removed!


Fall of the Gas Light Empire Books #2 and #3
Rod Duncan
Date Added: Feb 2016

I have read the first book in this series and it has been a good long while but I remember enjoying it. Goodreads said I gave it 3 stars and I remember going to request the second one from my library and them not stocking it (despite having the 3rd on file) so I never continued. It was an interesting sort of steam punk mystery, with some great world building. I think if i was to read these I would have to read the first book again though. I think they are a keep, but just for now


The Master Magician
Charlie M. Holmburg

Another one! I have read the first two and then never continued. I do own this on my kindle! and its got the audio in kindle unlimited so I really have no excuse why I haven’t finished it yet. So it is a keep but I think I will have to think aobut giving myself a deadline on the ones I own.


Oh I didn’t do so well at the whole clearing the shelf did I! only removing 2 out of the 10. It did remind me of some great books I have to read, and some that may need to be reassessed later.

Here are some awesome bloggers from my Bloggers group chat that helped me out with suggestions and you should defiantly go check out:

Of course there is Candyce of the Book Dutchesses whom I pinched this idea from, Ellie from ReadToRamble who suggested I pinch Candyce’s idea, and Kat from KBookreviews who gave me ideas for some awesome tags I will be doing very shortly. Thank you all you are all awesome!

What has been sitting languishing on your To Read shelves on Goodreads?
I would love to chat all things bookish with you! You can comment down below or find me on Twitter or Goodreads!

Happy Reading!

8 thoughts on “Down the TBR hole #1

  1. Hehe great post! Though you didn’t remove many books (I am a hoarder too 😂), it’s great that this reminded you of some you did want to pick up! Also Thank you so much for mentioning me, hun, you’re so sweet! 😊💜🥰

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