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Down the TBR Hole – #5

Hi everyone!

Down the TBR Hole is a meme hosted by Lia at Lost in a Story and is all about regaining control of your TBR. It is as simple as sorting your Goodreads to-read list into date order, starting with the oldest first, selecting the books and deciding whether to keep on your TBR or to remove.

I have had some success with this, as I have given away a few books. I also love being reminded of some of the books that I own – it certainly helps when selecting my next books for Off the Shelf!

So let’s get started…

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair – Joël Dicker


Brief synopsis : The mysterious disappearance of a 15 year old girl is the subject of a cold-case investigation.

Why did I buy it? I remember this book being everywhere – it was so hyped. I enjoy trying out different genres, and remember that this was at a time when everyone was talking about crime and mystery thrillers. Having re-read the full Goodreads blurb this books still fascinates me.

Verdict : Keep

Room – Emma Donoghue


Brief synopsis : The heart-breaking story of Jack and his Ma who live in a single, locked room.

Why did I buy it? This was another book that seemed to be everywhere at the time that I bought it. I have managed to avoid watching the recent film adaptation as I did not want the book ruined.

Verdict : Keep

The Sealed Letter – Emma Donoghue


Brief synopsis : This book is based on a real life scandal from 1864. It is a tale of secrets, betrayal and secret love.

Why did I buy it? I have to be honest, I am not sure if this book really appeals any more. I will see how I get on with Room before I decide.

Verdict : Keep

Before I Die – Jenny Downham


Brief synopsis : Tessa has a few months to live and compiles a list of the ten things to do before she dies.

Why did I buy it? I am intrigued by this book. Sometimes it is nice to read a book and have a good cry (I am looking at you A Monster Calls!) so I will keep this one on hand for that.

Verdict : Keep

The Sixth Wife – Suzannah Dunn


Brief synopsis : Katherine Parr survived Henry VIII to find true love with Thomas Seymour – only to realise that her love was based on a lie.

Why did I buy it? I love historical fiction, particularly about the Tudors. I already have quite a few Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir on my list, so I am not sure that I would ever actually read this one.

Verdict : Giveaway

Two Brothers – Ben Elton


Brief synopsis : A heartrending story of two brothers growing up under the darkening shadow of the Nazis.

Why did I buy it? I have never read anything by Ben Elton and this caught my eye as it is so different to my memories of him as a comedian. This still looks like the sort of story that will keep you on the edge of tears throughout.

Verdict : Keep

Black Ice – Becca Fitzpatrick


Brief synopsis : A riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming.

Why did I buy it? This was given to me as a gift, largely based on the fact that I had read Hush, Hush a few years earlier. To be honest, I am not really sure about this one   any more, but I do not want to give away a gift without even trying.

Verdict : Keep

The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan


Brief synopsis : One day in a Japanese slave labour camp in August 1943.

Why did I buy it? This was enormously hyped when it was published. A Booker Prize winner, it appears to be a harrowing story about the cruelty of war.

Verdict : Keep

We are all Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler


Brief synopsis : What if you grew up to realise that your father had used your childhood as an experiment?

Why did I buy it? This is one of those books that captures your attention when you read the blurb. I am still keen to read this one and see what it is all about.

Verdict : Keep

The French Lieutenant’s Woman – John Fowles


Brief synopsis : A classic love triangle

Why did I buy it? As this is a classic, I will keep until I am ready to read. I will get round to it at some point 😊

Verdict : Keep


Have you read any of these books? Do you have any tips for getting your TBR under control? Let me know in the comments below.

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3 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole – #5

  1. I love this meme! I wish I could use it to shorten my TBR but alas, I always end up adding more books to it afterwards so it’s kind of pointless for me xD
    My tip is to wait a day or so before adding a book to your TBR. It actually forces you to think whether you really want that book or not. Like going home without buying that one cute top you saw at the mall; you probably won’t even want it the next day.
    Great post!

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    1. I must admit these posts have not helped me to curb my purchasing habit at all 🤣 I am sure I am adding to my TBR quicker than I am reducing. I like the idea of waiting 24 hours before making a purchase – I will give that a try 😀


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