Down the TBR Hole #1 || Book Meme

Hello beautiful people!

As mentioned last week, the Top 5 Wednesdays are on a hiatus for the summer … so I though I would start doing WWW Wednesday and Down the TBR Hole posts! I’m REALLY hoping these Down the TBR Hole posts will clean up my TBR pile … it’s getting out of hand!!

This was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story — she has a new blog though called Sunflowers and Wonder!

The Rules

  1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  4. Read the synopses of the books.
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?
  6. Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

I don’t plan to do this every week, but we shall see. Also, I’m going to start with 5 or 6 as going through 10+ books seems rather daunting ha-ha!

Book #1 | 1984 by George Orwell

Date Added: January 18, 2015

1984 is a dystopian science fiction novel focusing primarily on the downfall of government control (totalitarianism in this case) and the need for freedom.

I’m always saying I want to read more Orwell, since I love his essays and Animal Farm … but I never get around to this. Luckily a friend let me borrow the novel … but a while ago … so I have MORE of an excuse to not only read it but sooner rather than later. AND the ratings are great for this novel.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #2 | The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Date Added: January 18, 2015

An award winning historical fiction novel, The Book Thief follows a young girl’s journey during WWII. Not only is this book about literature, but it’s about seeing how there are more complexities to the atrocities of WWII than “Germans = bad” … it’s just not that black and white, folks.

Honestly, a HUGE part of me wants to read this … but every time I pick it up, I just … can’t? I’m going to be ONE OF THOSE and watch the movie … #sorrynotsorry

Verdict: GO

Book #3 | A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Date Added: January 18, 2015

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a classic Christmas story about the true meaning of the Christmas spirit — giving thanks, loving one another, and kindness. A continually popular story, Dickens’ novel continues to be retold through multiple entertainment formats.

I’m one of those weirdos who actually likes Dickens’ writing. So I’m DETERMINED to read this … THIS CHRISTMAS!

Verdict: KEEP

Book #4 | The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Date Added: January 18, 2015

Alice Walker’s The Color Purple is an incredibly popular classic novel, discussing true horrors in the lives of two sisters. Misogyny, repressed sexuality, colonialism, missionary endeavors, racism, domestic violence and poverty are some of the many topics discussed in this novel.

I added this when I was doing women’s studies in an English Literature course. But after reading SO many beautiful yet horrific novels on this topic, I had to step back. Maybe one day I’ll pick this up, but not today.

Verdict: GO

Book #5 | Anne of Green Gables (Book One) by L.M. Montgomery

Date Added: January 18, 2015

An ordered Canadian classic, Anne of Green Gables follows the hilarious adventures of orphan Anne Shirley … an avid dreamer and progressive young girl. Moving in with her new adoptive family, Anne learns what life’s like outside of the orphanage and the beauty behind what a true family is.

My mom and I used to watch the Megan Follows TV movie adaptation when I was little … I wanted to be Anne’s best friend. Now that I finally have the entire special collector’s edition (thank you, vintage stores), I plan to actually READ her adventures.

Verdict: KEEP

Books Removed

2 out of 5 books removed

Not too bad for my first Down the TBR Hole post. For next time, I’m going to attempt 10 books rather than 5 … I just didn’t feel like thinking too much for this round ha-ha!

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26 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #1 || Book Meme

    1. I’m very excited for those!!! I loved the films as a kid so I can’t wait to see how I feel about the books ❤

      Usually I never pass up a book and watch the movie instead, but I just have no desire to read it. I haven't been enjoying heavy content with reading as much. Movie wise it isn't as hard … but I get too emotional book wise. Bad excuse ha-ha!

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  1. I read the Book Thief two years ago, and honestly I wasn’t a big fan of Markus Zusak writing style. It read and felt as a required reading. I loved the characters and the story, but wasn’t a big fan overall.
    If you’re looking for books about WWII, nazi regime, etc. I’d recommend «All the lights we cannot see» instead.

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    1. Yea … I was saying to Kristin @ Kristin Kraves Books that I just have little desire to read something so heavy in content … I emotionally can’t handle it at the moment lol! But I think it’s a good book to have out there and plan to watch it.

      I’ve heard wonderful things about “All the Lights We Cannot See”! I might try later this year, but I don’t feel like crying non-stop at the moment ha-ha! Thanks for the rec!


  2. I’m so happy that you started with this meme, I’ve also been doing it for a while and I’ve already let go more than 30 books from my TBR, so I’m sure it’s a great help! 😊 I won’t lie, it hurts a little to see you et go The Book Thief, but it’s ok if you just don’t going to read it, I recommend you a lot the movie is INCREDIBLE, I cry every time I see it, but it’s worth it 👏🏻😍❤️

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    1. Thanks! I actually loved seeing your posts on it so felt like it would be fun to do! I’m glad it has ACTUALLY been helping you … I need to declutter the TBR SO BADLY! There are SO many that I know I won’t read lol!

      It was a BIG decision to let that one go, but I’m glad I did. I’m excited to see the film adaption — I’ve heard good things about it!

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  3. This reminds me that I really should get back to doing these again as it was a great way to reduce my TBR pile. I’ll have to try and figure out where I got to so that it’s not just “keep, keep, keep!”

    I’m very glad A Christmas Carol was kept – it’s such a great book and as you said, a perfect read at Christmas. I’m not a big fan of his work, but I adore A Christmas Carol.

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    1. That’s what I’m hoping for! My TBR is so bad right now …

      I’m so excited for A Christmas Carol … every year, I say I’m going to read it … and then I honestly just forget about it. I’m going to actually add it to my TBR 2019 list so I remember this time around.


  4. The Book Thief is a wonderful, wonderful book – so powerful! I was blown away by what a masterful use of language and atmosphere. I saw the movie and enjoyed it but don’t remember much. The effect on the book on me is much more lasting. Really give it another try!

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  5. 1984 and A Christmas Carol are both very good–The Book Thief I found disappointing. And Anne of Green Gables is an absolute delight. So, you get this internet-stranger’s seal of approval on your choices! 😀

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    1. Ooo! Good to know I made good choices keeping those two! I really need to get on reading them ha-ha!

      I feel like there’s a big mix of people who either adore The Book Thief or found it disappointing. I’m going to pretend I would’ve been the latter ha-ha!! I can’t wait to start Anne … as someone whose family is from the East Coast, I feel like I HAVE to read it.

      And lmfao!! I feel like that when I comment on peoples’ posts all the time 😀 Thank you very much for your stamp of approval! 😉

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  6. I’ve read the Color Purple, it’s a hard hitting read and she wrote it with all the accents so that makes it even harder to get into. I read it in high school, probably not the best time to read it. Maybe one day I’ll re-read it!
    I really need to read Anne of Green Gables!! One day!!
    I haven’t seen the Book Thief but the book was really good! I hope you enjoy the film! ☺️

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    1. I may pick it up eventually, but I just can’t ha-ha! I took a women’s rights literature course and a Caribbean literature course (women and queerness was the course) and I had ENOUGH of crying in every single book lol! I think these books are powerful and important, but I think it was just an overload that I never got over ha-ha…

      I hope to get into the books this summer or fall! I have SO many books i want to read!! It’s INSANE!

      Thanks! I’ve heard that the film was actually well done — YAY!

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      1. Oh man, I can only imagine! I feel you, you can only do so much of that at a time!
        Ohhhhh I feel you, I keep going to bookstores in the UK and I’m like nope! I can’t keep buying books! So far I’ve bought 3 books in a week and I have another week here, and that doesn’t include the books I brought with me from home 🙃🙃
        Same! I have yet to watch it though 😅

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  7. Yay, I’m so happy you kept Anne of Green Gables! It’s one of my all time favorites, I love Anne and Gilbert and Avonlea and everything about it. I hope you enjoy, and that you like the rest of the series if you keep on reading it!

    Ahh, I do have to say that I kind of hated 1984.🙈It was required reading, so maybe that influenced my decision, but it was also one of the most irritating books I have ever read. It is a classic though, so I don’t think the world shares my opinion lol.

    Happy reading!

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    1. I’m really excited to read Anne! I loved the movies and I even enjoyed the cartoons as a kid. My grandpa bought me an Anne of Green Gables porcelain doll as a kid from the East Coast and I still have her (she’s at my parent’s place, and I’ll probably give her to either my own kid if I have one or to one of my friends’ kids). Have you watched the new Anne show?

      i feel like 1984 would’ve been something I disliked in high school but appreciate now. There are a number of books I disliked and now really enjoy … taking English Lit as my undergrad definitely helped with that lol!

      And thanks, love!

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      1. Ahh, an Anne doll! That’s so awesome. One of my dreams to go to Prince Edward Island, even though I know Avonlea doesn’t actually exist there.😂I have watched the first season of the new Anne show!! I liked it, even though it wasn’t really that true to the books. It was cinematically really beautiful, though. Do you want to watch it in the future?

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      2. She’s super pretty 😀 They’re all in the basement, which i feel bad for (yes … I feel as though my inanimate objects are real and have feelings … I’m an adult) so I think I’m going to clean them up next time I visit my parents and have them in one of the bedrooms. I have no room for my Anne one or I would actually bring here (though my friend would be freaked out by her … a doll thing lol).😂

        I watched the first season but I haven’t seen the second yet, since it’s not on Netflix. I think the girl who plays Anne does a really good job.

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  8. I’ve had the same issue with The Book Thief. It sounds SO great and EVERYBODY loves it with such a passion, but I just CANNOT for the life of me get into the book. I’ve tried so many times. I’ve owned it for years and years. My copy even has a velvety cover and is super floppy. There should be nothing in my way to enjoy it. But somehow…

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