Down the TBR Hole #2 || Book Meme

Hello beautiful people!

After seeing that my TBR list on Goodreads is over the 600 books mark … I’ve decided I’m DEFINITELY going to attempt to do this every Friday. IT NEEDS TO SHORTEN!!

Last week, I posted little blurbs about them and why I wanted to keep or not keep them. Due to my impatience, I’m just going to post a snippet of the synopsis with a short reason why I kept or removed it afterwards.

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 #6 | The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas



Date Added: January 18, 2015

Synopsis: In 1815 Edmond Dantès, a young and successful merchant sailor who has just recently been granted the succession of his erstwhile captain Leclère, returns to Marseille to marry his Catalan fiancée Mercédès. Thrown in prison for a crime he has not committed, Edmond Dantès is confined to the grim fortress of If. There he learns of a great hoard of treasure hidden on the Isle of Monte Cristo and he becomes determined not only to escape, but also to unearth the treasure and use it to plot the destruction of the three men responsible for his incarceration.

Brief Thoughts: During undergrad, I read A LOT of classical novels, and this was one of the few I didn’t get to. But now? I just don’t have the patience for a long a** book like this!

Verdict: GO

Book #7 | The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway



Date Added: January 18, 2015

Synopsis: The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, The Old Man and the Sea has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.

Brief Thoughts: Again, undergrad introduced me to Hemingway and I fell in love with his writing (which SUCKS since I found out later he’s apparently racist and homophobic … yes, yes … the TIMES … but I hate that excuse … UGH!). However, so many of my friends who know me well have said NOT to read this … apparently, it doesn’t reflect how great his writing can be. So due to that (and not because he’s a *insert bad word*), I’m dropping it. I’ll stick with the books I already love and his short stories.

Verdict: GO

Book #8 | The Fellowship of the Ring (#1) by J.R.R Tolkien



Date Added: January 18, 2015

Synopsis: The first part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure THE LORD OF THE RINGS

In a sleepy village in the Shire, a young hobbit is entrusted with an immense task. He must make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ruling Ring of Power – the only thing that prevents the Dark Lord’s evil dominion.

Thus begins J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tale, which continues in The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

Brief Thoughts: For YEARS, I’ve been determined to read this … and I don’t. Soooooo … I’m attempting to find an audiobook to read-a-long with … because I want to so bad! Thus … it stays … for now.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #9 | Dracula by Bram Stoker



Date Added: January 18, 2015

Synopsis: This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

The aristocratic vampire that haunts the Transylvanian countryside has captivated readers’ imaginations since it was first published in 1897. Hindle asserts that Dracula depicts an embattled man’s struggle to recover his “deepest sense of himself as a man”, making it the “ultimate terror myth”.

Brief Thoughts: I forget HOW it happened, but Alex @ the paperback piano and I had mentioned how we KEEP meaning to read this but don’t. So we decided we’re going to buddy read it this October … YAY!

Verdict: KEEP

Book #10 | The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (#3) by Arthur Conan Doyle



Date Added: January 18, 2015

Synopsis: “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” is a collection of twelve detective stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous literary creation, Sherlock Holmes. Contained within this collection are the following tales: A Scandal in Bohemia, The Red-headed League, A Case of Identity, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Five Orange Pips, The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle, The Adventure of the Speckled Band, The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb, The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor, The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet, and The Adventure of the Copper Beeches.

Brief Thoughts: I don’t know how book #3 was put here before book #2 … but whatever. Either way, I’m DETERMINED to read all of these books! I already read book #1 for a school course and my friend bought me the COMPLETE collection … I mean the novels and stories and behind the works collection … so it’s happening.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #11 | Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson



Date Added: January 18, 2015

Synopsis: Peg-legged pirates, colorful parrots, and plundered riches – they’re all here in Robert Louis Stevenson’s original seafaring adventure.

When young Jim Hawkins decides to follow a map to buried treasure, he must befriend or outsmart memorable characters such as pirate Long John Silver, captain Billy Bones, and island man Ben Gunn. Mutinous plans, mysterious deaths, and a tangle of double crosses keep Jim guessing all the way to the prize.

Inspired by real-life seafarers, Stevenson captures the adventurous spirit of the times and the imagination of readers, young and old alike.

Brief Thoughts: I loved the movie adaptations of this as a kid, so I wanted to read the novel. And as MUCH as I want to love this … I’m BORED! I think I’m going to one day listen to the audiobook version but as of now, it’s a no-go.

Verdict: GO

Book #12 | The Three Musketeers (#1) by Alexandre Dumas



Date Added: January 18, 2015

Synopsis: Alexandre Dumas’s most famous tale— and possibly the most famous historical novel of all time— in a handsome hardcover volume.

This swashbuckling epic of chivalry, honor, and derring-do, set in France during the 1620s, is richly populated with romantic heroes, unattainable heroines, kings, queens, cavaliers, and criminals in a whirl of adventure, espionage, conspiracy, murder, vengeance, love, scandal, and suspense […] With a plot that delivers stolen diamonds, masked balls, purloined letters, and, of course, great bouts of swordplay, The Three Musketeers is eternally entertaining.

Brief Thoughts: I’m pretty much obsessed with most adaptations of The Three Musketeers and have always planned to read this … I honestly forgot about it. So it remains!

Verdict: KEEP

Book #13 | The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm



Date Added: January 18, 2015

Synopsis: For almost two centuries, the stories of magic and myth gathered by the Brothers Grimm have been part of the way children — and adults — learn about the vagaries of the real world. 

Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow-White, Hänsel and Gretel, Little Red-Cap (a.k.a. Little Red Riding Hood), and Briar-Rose (a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty) are only a few of more than 200 enchanting characters included here. 

Lyrically translated and beautifully illustrated, the tales are presented just as Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm originally set them down: bold, primal, just frightening enough, and endlessly engaging.

Brief Thoughts: Technically, I’ve already read a BUNCH of the Grimm stories for a Children’s Literature course. But I really want to be able to say I’ve read them all … I also just love how dark they are … yes, I’m a weirdo like that.

Verdict: KEEP

Book #14 | Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens



Date Added: January 18, 2015

Synopsis: A gripping portrayal of London’s dark criminal underbelly, published in Penguin Classics with an introduction by Philip Horne.

The story of Oliver Twist – orphaned, and set upon by evil and adversity from his first breath – shocked readers when it was published. After running away from the workhouse and pompous beadle Mr Bumble, Oliver finds himself lured into a den of thieves peopled by vivid and memorable characters – the Artful Dodger, vicious burglar Bill Sikes, his dog Bull’s Eye, and prostitute Nancy, all watched over by cunning master-thief Fagin […]

Brief Thoughts: As much as I love this story and Dickens, I have absolutely NO desire to read this book.

Verdict: GO

Book #15 | The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson



Date Added: January 18, 2015

Synopsis: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is the original title of a novella written by the famous Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson that was first published in 1886. The work is commonly known today as The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, or simply Jekyll & Hyde. It is about a London lawyer named John Gabriel Utterson who investigates strange occurrences between his old friend, Dr Henry Jekyll, and the evil Edward Hyde.

Brief Thoughts: I TECHNICALLY read this in undergrad … but I don’t really remember reading it? I remember the story, but I think I more skim read it and analyzed it since my course load was a mess. I thought I would one day return to it, especially since I was in the musical adaptation. But I just don’t have that desire to read it anymore.

Verdict: GO

Books Removed in this Post: 5 / 10

Total Books Removed: 7 / 15

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20 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #2 || Book Meme

  1. If you can get your hands on it, there’s a fabulous Lord of the Rings audio drama starring Ian Holm as Frodo. It’s honestly my favorite adaptation of the series ever. (And it’s way more fun than the actual books, yeah, I said it…)

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  2. You got a lotta classics on this list! I’ve read Dracula and it was very dense and dry, but maybe you’ll enjoy it more than me!
    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was an interesting read, wasn’t my favourite but I’m glad I read it. I own Oliver Twist, but who knows when I’m ever going to read it.
    The Hobbit was really good! 😀
    I want to read all the Sherlock Holmes books too! 🙂

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    1. Yeah … I read a bunch of classics during school and loved them, so I added a bunch I didn’t get to on Goodreads … but now? I’m just not feeling a lot of them lol. I loved the Hobbit! A main reason why i’m keeping LOTR ha-ha!

      Oh man!!! They’re so good! I’m also a sucker for bromance ha-ha!

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      1. Ah, I get it. It’s like you go through these phases, I know I went through a classics phase, that’s why I ended buying a bunch, plus they ALWAYS have that buy 3 for 10 at Chapters and I fall every time 😩
        I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings, but it’s not something I’d want to read again.

        I’ve only heard good things about Sherlock so one day!

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    1. Well that’s good to know. I used to be HUGE into the classics but now I just find them a pain in the butt (not all but some). I can’t wait to read them all! I have a few in a collection that I had for school but I want a full collection of the Grimm Fairytales! There’s a few antique and used bookstores in Ottawa so i’m going to see if the collection is there 😀

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  3. I’ve removed Oliver Twist and the Count of Monte Christo from my tbr as well. I do LOVE Dracula and the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, so I hope they’re hits for you when you get to them! I actually have a copy of an audiobook for Fellowship of the Ring that I can send to you, if you’d like! The person who recorded it, included sound effects and music, so it’s a really immersive experience! ❤

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    1. I can’t wait to buddy read Dracula with The Paperback Piano! I have such a divide between my friends on liking and hating it, so I’m excited to see how I feel 🙂 Sherlock is just … LOVE. I also can’t wait to finish all the stories!

      Ooooo … I may have to take you up on that. Maybe I would enjoy that instead of attempting to read it! If you don’t mind, i would love to try the audiobook version!

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      1. I cannot wait to see what you and Alex think on the book! It took me a while to get through, but I loved the atmosphere and characters so much! The Sherlock Holmes books are some of my favorites. Hoping the remaining books are a huge hit for you!!!

        I can email you the files for Fellowship immediately! ❤

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      2. I plan to talk with Alex about our “pacing” of it soon (ish). Normally, I would just finish it in a day or two, but I feel like I’m going to have to ease myself into this one.

        And thank you! I just saw it in my inbox and I plan to try it out when I get home this evening 🙂

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