Down the TBR Hole #1

I discovered a great concept (via PerfectlyTolerable) from Lost In A Story called “Down the TBR Hole”

I have been using Goodreads to help organize my books for about 4 years and over those 4 years, I have amassed a 318 book long To-Be-Read (TBR) list. After four years some of these books are probably not up my alley anymore. In order to put my mess of a bookcase (and 10 boxes in storage) in order, I will once a month chose ten books from my TBR list and godown the TBR hole.

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

I want to take it a step farther and separate my books into Keep, Toss, and Short List. My short list is the books that I want to read in the nearer future. Shortlist books will be featured prominently in my bookcase, keepers will fill in the rest of the bookcase or be put in storage, and toss will be donated to charity.

First Cut

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Goodreads Synopsis: “The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.”

Judgement: Shortlist – This is one of the categories on my PopSugar Challenge so I hope to read this a soon!


The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

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Goodreads Synopsis: “When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity, and unexpected revelations?

Judgement: Toss – I was so excited for new material from J.K. Rowling but I have never been able to pick this book up.

Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner

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Goodreads Synopsis: “For twenty-eight years, things have been tripping along nicely for Cannie Shapiro. Sure, her mother has come charging out of the closet, and her father has long since dropped out of her world. But she loves her friends, her rat terrier, Nifkin, and her job as a pop culture reporter for The Philadelphia Examiner. She’s even made a tenuous peace with her plus-size body. But the day she opens up a national women’s magazine and sees the words “Loving a Larger Woman” above her ex-boyfriend’s byline, Cannie is plunged into misery…and the most amazing year of her life. From Philadelphia to Hollywood and back home again, she charts a new course for herself: mourning her losses, facing her past, and figuring out who she is and who she can become.

Judgement: Keep – I still think this sounds like a good read. I think this might be a good summer or vacation read.

The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella

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Goodreads Synopsis: “Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She’s made a mistake so huge, it’ll wreck any chance of a partnership. Going into utter meltdown, she walks out of her London office, gets on a train, and ends up in the middle of nowhere. Asking for directions at a big, beautiful house, she’s mistaken for an interviewee and finds herself being offered a job as a housekeeper. Her employers have no idea they’ve hired a lawyer–and Samantha has no idea how to work the oven. She can’t sew on a button, bake a potato, or get the #@%# ironing board to open. How she takes a deep breath and begins to cope–and finds love–is a story as delicious as the bread she learns to bake. But will her old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?”

Judgement: Keep – I am a Sophie Kinsella fan and I really like her other books, so think I will keep this book on my TBR list.

Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

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Goodreads Synopsis: “When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed.

Judgement: Keep – Again I really like Sophie Kinsella. This sounds funny and a little bit like the movie Overboard which I enjoyed.



Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella

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Goodreads Synopsis: “Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Normal professional twenty-something young women don’t get visited by ghosts. Or do they? When the spirit of Lara’s great-aunt Sadie-a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance-mysteriously appears, she has one request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie’s possession for more than seventy-five years, because Sadie cannot rest without it.

Judgement: Toss – Love the author but this plotline just doesn’t call to me like the others.


Playing James by Sarah Mason

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Goodreads Synopsis: “Plucky beat reporter Holly Colshannon has a flair for the dramatic, a nose for trouble, and the remarkable ability to smile through any indignity—though her latest assignment is about to test her mettle. Newly “promoted” to crime reporter for the Bristol Gazette, she must shadow the unsmiling (though undeniably delicious) Detective James Sabine through his action-packed days, and then capture all the danger and thrills of a cop’s life in a daily column for the rag.

Judgement: Keep – This sounds very reminiscent of Castle, which I love as a Tv show!


Metro Girl by Janet Evanovich

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Goodreads Synopsis: ““Wild” Bill Barnaby’s dropped off the face of the earth and big sister Alex heads for Miami, Bill’s last known sighting, on a harrowing hunt to save her brother … and maybe the world. Truth is, Alex has been bailing her brother out of trouble since they were kids. Not that Bill’s a bad sort. The more that he acts first and thinks later. Unfortunately, this time around, Wild Bill will be Dead Bill if Alex doesn’t find him in time.

Judgement: Keep – I really like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum books and I’m hopeful about another series.


Motor Mouth by Janet Evanovich

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Goodreads Synopsis: “Barney is a woman with a taste for speed, a talent for breaking rules, and knows too much about cheating. First, there was boyfriend NASCAR racer Hooker and a salesclerk. Now an unlikely winner has to be cheating. Another spotter calls for help, trapped. Their drooling St Bernard leaves his teeth marks on a corpse. They are on the run, suspected of murder.

Judgement: Keep – This is really a maybe and it’s dependent on if I like Metro Girl.



Dismantled by Jennifer McMahon

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Goodreads Synopsis: “Henry, Tess, Winnie, and Suz banded together in college to form a group they called the Compassionate Dismantlers. Following the first rule of their manifesto—”To understand the nature of a thing, it must be taken apart”—these daring misfits spend the summer after graduation in a remote cabin in the Vermont woods committing acts of meaningful vandalism and plotting elaborate, often dangerous, pranks. But everything changes when one particularly twisted experiment ends in Suz’s death and the others decide to cover it up.

Judgement: Keep – I have read 3 Jennifer McMahon books and I have like 2 of the 3. I think she is a very good writer and I am generally a fan of her work.


  • Shortlist: 1
  • Tossed: 2
  • Kept:

New TBR Total: 315

Have any of you read any of these books? What do you think of my choices?

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4 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #1

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  3. I agree on the JK Rowling. I recently removed it from my TBR list too. I’ve never read anything by Sophie Kinsella, but the Undomestic Goddess sounds good. Time to add that to my list.

    I think I have one or both of those Janet Evanovich books in my Little Free Library. If you want a free physical copy let me know and I’ll check.


    1. Oooo Thanks for the offer. I’m pretty sure I have both of them. When I worked at Borders, I didn’t make money, I just bought books so I have a storage unit full of books.


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