Down the TBR Hole #6: It’s Been a While…

Here’s another edition of Down the TBR Hole, a meme created by Lia at Lost in a Story where we decide whether to keep or remove books on our TBR.

The rules for Down the TBR Hole:
  • 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?

I’ve switched it up some and will only list the books I plan to remove from my Goodreads TBR. Those with a green Kick Off are ones I’ll probably change my mind on and read at some point.

Batch #1

Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading: Finding and Losing Myself in Books by Maureen Corrigan

A memoir about the author’s love of reading and the books and authors that influenced her.

I’ve since forgotten about and lost interest in this.

Kick Off
Fifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton

A YA romance novel about a girl who meets a boy who works in a bookstore and falls for him.

It sounds like a really sweet story and I’ll probably read it since I’m interested in romance this year. But for now,

Kick Off
Understanding Novels by Thomas C. Foster

A nonfiction book about how to understand and dissect novels.

I enjoyed reading Foster’s books, How to Read Literature Like a Professor and How to Read Novels Like a ProfessorUnderstanding Novels sounds similar to How to Read Novels Like a Professor, so I don’t think it’s something I need on my TBR anymore. By the way, if you are interested in enriching your reading by developing your critical reading skills, I suggest that you check out Foster’s two “How to” books I mentioned above. There were entertaining too.

Kick Off
The Outcasts by John Flanagan

The first novel in a YA fantasy series set in the Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice world, however this series focuses on a different set of characters from the Skandians band.

I haven’t yet read his Ranger’s Apprentice novels, so if I read those and enjoy them, then I’ll read this.

Kick Off
Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly

Seems to be a YA romance novel about a girl who falls in love for the first time.

Eh…not interested.

Kick Off
Batch #2
My Mistake by Daniel Menaker

The memoir of a former book editor at the New Yorker.

No longer interested in reading it.

Kick Off
Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom by Ursula Nordstrom, ed. by Leonard S. Marcus, illus. by Maurice Sendak

The biography of noted children’s book editor Ursula Nordstrom, who worked on children’s classics such as Where the Wild Things Are and Charlotte’s Web.

I was interested in these memoirs, bios, and autobios of editors and other book publishing professionals back when I thought I’d work in book publishing, but my career path has since changed so I’ve lost interest.

Kick Off
The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti by Rafael Schacter

A coffee table book about street art and graffiti.

Whenever I get a coffee table, I’ll get this.

Kick Off
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

A contemporary literary novel about a group of teenagers who become friends and how their lives change over the years.

I think I was interested in this because of the cover.

Kick Off
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata, illus. by Julia Kuo

A middle-grade novel about making your own luck. Seems to be about a Japanese-American girl who has to stay with her grandparents when her parents travel to Japan because of an emergency.

This does sound good so I might change my mind about it later.

Kick Off 
Batch #3


Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

A biography of Christopher Johnson McCandless, a.k.a. Alexander Supertramp, who gave up his worldly possessions to live in the wild.

I’m no longer interested in reading it.

Kick Off
A Most Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud & Sabina Spielrein by John Kerr

A history book that looks at friendship and collaboration between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung and the influence of Sabina Spielrein.

I’m still kind of interested in this, but I’ll watch the movie instead. It’s highly likely that the movie will make me want to read the book.

Kick Off
Winter Solstice Winter by E.J. Squires

A YA fantasy novel about an adopted peasant girl in the Viking-inhabited Northlandic Kingdom who’s kidnapped by an evil empress she often dreams about…

Kick Off
The Mapmaker’s Daughter by Laurel Corona

A historical fiction novel set in 1492 Spain about the daughter of a Jewish mapmaker who’s trying to decide whether or not to stay true to her Jewish identity after King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella issued an order to expel all Jews who refuse to convert to Christianity.

Hmm…no longer interested.

Kick Off
The Memory Witch by Heather Topham Wood

A YA fantasy novel about a girl whose mother makes a bargain with a witch to take away memories of the first 8 years of the girl’s life in exchange for servitude.

Another one I’m no longer interested in reading.

Kick Off

All done.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them.


13 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #6: It’s Been a While…

    1. Lol I’m not that ruthless. This was the only way I could remove them because listing them here means that I still have a list of them somewhere that I can still refer to.

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  1. Into the Wild got kicked off!!! 😮 What made you pass on that? Saw some negative reviews? Story isn’t interesting to you anymore? I’ve heard great things about it and hope it’s as good as it sounds whenever I get the chance to try it out. Nice clean-up nonetheless! 🤣

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    1. Lol. Yea, for now it’s off. Didn’t read a negative review, I just assumed that I probably won’t like it much. But it’s possible that it’ll find it’s way in my hands anyway.

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  2. Those YA romances sound so familiar 😀 But I have to admit, I was eating them up in my early teens and they are all kinda the same! I’d agree with you though, they sound sweet, but not interested anymore.


  3. I should kick off all the books in my TBR because I never read anything out of the list . New books are so intriguing and sound better than anything on the TBR list . But that’s a nice post and I haven’t read anything in that . I guess I should widen my reading lol


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