Down The TBR Hole


I’ve seen this meme going around for a while and I felt like doing some spring cleaning at least in digital form if nothing else so I figured why not try this. The oldest stuff on my want to read list on GR is from years ago anyway! Down The TBR Hole was created by Lia @ Lost In A Story.

“Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!”

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) 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’m going to start with only 5 books to avoid making this post horribly long since I tend to ramble, so here we go!

7552700Mass Effect: Retribution by Drew Karpyshyn

I’m a huge fan of Mass Effect and I’ve already read the two earlier books so there’s not question about this one. Especially since thanks to Aks I already have it sitting in my bookshelf just waiting for me to have time to pick it up!

This book apparently takes place right after the second Mass Effect game and focuses on characters who are already familiar from the two earlier books so it should be interesting. I swear I’ll read this one day.

The book stays!

177250The Mirror of Her Dreams by Stephen R. Donaldson

This book seems to be about a bored rich girl who ends up going to a fantasy world because some guy shows up to her room through her mirror and asks her to follow him back to his world to save it? …It actually sounds kinda fun.

I’m pretty sure this book ended up on my list because it was a pick on Felicia Day’s book club at some point ages ago, so I could probably watch that episode to refresh my memory of what the book is supposed to be like, but at least based on the description I’ll allow it to stay on my TBR.

The book stays!

24039396Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa

I’m kinda indecisive with this one. It’s about a girl and her gay best friend and another guy who becomes friends with both of them and they all seem to have a bunch of issues. It sounds like it could be nice, but I feel like it might also be heavier than I think.

…to be honest since this book has been on my list since 2015 and I’ve never actually got it, it’s pretty unlikely I’ll end up picking it up anytime soon, so might as well remove it.

The book goes!

6227080The Stolen Throne by David Gaider

Yay it’s another video game book! I’ve also had this in my actual physical bookshelf for ages now, so I’m definitely going to read it at some point when I’m in the mood for it.

This book is a prequel to the Dragon Age games so I don’t know why it’s taking me so long to get to it (and the other Dragon Age books too). It’s about Alistair’s father King Maric and also Loghain who’s basically the villain of Dragon Age: Origins so that should at least be interesting.

The book stays!

16793Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Oh that’s actually kinda pretty cover! Sadly the description doesn’t sound that interesting though… I’ve actually never read anything by Neil Gaiman (unless we count Good Omens) so I wouldn’t even know what to expect from him, but a guy going on some random quest to win the love of a girl sounds a bit too basic fantasy for me.

Sorry Stardust, you won’t be my introduction to Neil Gaiman.

The book goes!

So, 3/5 books got to stay on my list! I doubt it would have gone differently even if I hadn’t already owned the Mass Effect and Dragon Age books since I love those game series a lot so my opinion on them is very biased.

Feel free to try and change my mind about the two that I dropped if you’ve read them/know they’re good!

Also, this is kinda fun so should I do more of these?


10 thoughts on “Down The TBR Hole”

  1. I love this idea and boy, do I have a long TBR list.

    As for Neil Gaiman, my first and favorite book of his is The Graveyard Book about a little boy named Nobody Owens, Bod for short, who is raised in a graveyard full of ghosts. I had never read anything like it.


      1. Maybe, I’ve heard it’s got some really weird stuff in it 😂 I’ve also been thinking about getting his Norse Mythology because I saw a really pretty paperback copy in the book store!

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      2. Lol, yeah, it is super weird. I enjoyed it though! Norse Mythology is good too! Try also his anthologies. For lighter fare, check out The Graveyard Book. Neverwhere is good too, it’s fantasy but not as ordinary-sounding as Stardust!


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