Down the TBR Hole #1


I’ve seen this floating around the internet, so I wanted to give it a try. It was created by Lost in the Story, and it looks like a lot of fun. I’ll be using my personal GoodReads account for this, so we’ll see how this goes.

Anyway, I KNOW I had a GoodReads account before this, but I think I made it when I had temporarily deleted my FaceBook, so I honestly don’t remember the login. Anyway, my point is that if I can ever figure out how to get into my first account, I might purge from there too….just for fun. 🙂

Anyway, it works like this:

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




A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly, added Jul. 6th 2012

I honestly had forgotten what this was about, but I remember hearing about it in a young adult lit class I took in college. Anyway, it has a lot of things that I think I would like. One, it’s historical fiction (set in 1906 and is inspired y a murder). Two, it’s a mystery (a sixteen year old girl is given letters to burn by a guest at a hotel, and then that guest turns up dead).  Three, apparently there’s some romance and I’m totally down for that.

Status: Owned

Decision: Keep

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, added Jul. 6th 2012

Hmm…Okay, so I at least recognized A Northern Light, but this? No idea. It’s about a girl (young woman?) named Cassandra who has recently lost her grandmother, Nell. She inherits a book of dark fairy tales from her grandmother and this leads her “on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family, and their past”. Anyway, I was honestly bored just reading the synopsis because it sounds like nothing interesting really happens.

Status: Don’t have

Decision: Remove


The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey, added Jul 6, 2012

Don’t remember this one either, but judging from the synopsis, I know why I added it. It’s a Jane Eyre retelling, and I LOVE Jane Eyre. However, it seems to be an exact retelling, just set in in 50s/60s instead. Gemma’s father dies. She goes to live with her aunt who hates her. She’s sent to school. She becomes a governess for a rich dude. I’m all for a retelling, but it sounds like this is going to border on plagiarism.

Status: Don’t have

Decision: Remove


Les Miserables by Victory Hugo, added Jul 6, 2012

This is on my list because it’s a classic, but based on the synopsis, I’m not sure if I’d like it. Plus I can’t get over the musical (which I stopped after 30 minutes). So I don’t know. I’m undecided about this. I want to read it because it’s a classic, but it’s also incredibly long, and I’m not sure if it even interests me.

Status: Don’t have

Decision: Keep (for now)


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, added Jul 7 2012

Okay, I actually started this one because everyone recommended it to me after it became a show. However, I made it through like maybe a hundred pages. I’m  not crazy about the fact that the MC is ALREADY MARRIED. And I hated the sex scenes. So obviously, this will be an easy decision for me…

Status: Own

Decision: Remove (and trade in to the used bookstore)


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