Down the TBR Hole #36: Books 601-620

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Fun Camp by Gabe Durham
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
remove

The Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
remove

Art Girls are Easy by Julie Klausner
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
remove

Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
remove

Can You Say Catastrophe? by Laurie Friedman
Date added: Jan 2, 2017
remove Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #36: Books 601-620”

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Down the TBR Hole #18: Books 241-260

Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” has helped me whittle down my massive virtual TBR, or at least get me thinking critically about what books I’m actually going to read. I’ve realized I’ve added a lot of books in 2012 and 2013 that I’ve never read and will probably never get around to reading!! There’s also a ton of books that I added in the moment that I’ve never even thought of since then.

“Down the TBR Hole” works like this: order your Goodreads “to be read” shelf with the oldest books first and remove the ones you’re no longer interested in reading. I’ve added in two of my own personal rules: if I have multiple books in a series I’ll only keep the next (or first) one I have to read, and I’ll remove complete works or collections (unless it’s a collection I already own).

Londoners by Craig Taylor
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
keep

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
keep

J. M. Coetzee: A Life in Writing by J.C. Kannemeyer
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
remove

J.M. Coetzee and the Life of Writing by David Attwell
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
remove

Cultural Amnesia by Clive James
Date added: Oct 19, 2015
keep Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #18: Books 241-260”

Down the TBR Hole #8: Books 71-80

If you’re caught up with my last Down the TBR Hole post then you’ve witnessed my struggle with how to continue drafting these TBR Holes because honestly, that’s where I’ve been heading: down a deep dark hole.

I started doing Lia from Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” many months ago, and I’ve decided to continue them. At first they were fun because it felt like a game to try and see if I could beat how many I removed from the previous post. It quickly became more of a chore; I was thinking too hard, spending too much time on tedious graphics or boring explanations on why I’m keeping or getting rid of the book.

To be honest, if I was reading my own posts as a stranger, I would probably just skim through it. That’s not exactly the type of content I’d like to be creating.

Moving forward, I’m formatting my TBR Holes more simply. A photo of the book, the title, author, date I added it (because it’s funny for me to see how long some of these books hovered in my mind!) and if I’m keeping it or tossing it. Maybe I’ll add some commentary to the end, who knows!!!! #YOLO

My decisions to keep or remove a book follow Marie Kondo’s decluttering technique: hold it in your hands and if it brings you joy, keep it; if it doesn’t get it out of your life.

Because I’m eager to get through my Goodreads shelf, I’m going to be posting these once a week every Thursday.

Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #8: Books 71-80”

TBR BustAThon Round One TBR

After a long, accidental, but necessary hiatus from blogging I am back with some lofty aspirations that I will hopefully follow through with! (I mean, New Year’s resolutions don’t even start in February anyway, January is just practice.)

I found TBR BustAThon, a readathon hosted by The Bookworm in Me and Libby Reads which is perfect for me and my ever-growing TBR. There are 7 different challenges, and you’re allowed to double-up on challenges, but not triple-up (meaning you can count a book no more than twice). It takes place February 4th-10th and runs every other month for the first full week.

The challenges are:

  1. Read a book that has been on your TBR pile for more than two years.
  2. Read a banned book.
  3. Read a 400+ page book.
  4. Read a YA contemporary.
  5. Read a book with pink and red on the cover.
  6. Read a popular book you haven’t read yet.
  7. Read a book released between November 2017 and January 2018.

Unfortunately, the book I’m currently reading is a library book so it will not count towards this challenge and it’s due back in a few days so I’d like to finish it before then (yay procrastination!). Keeping in mind that I have about 120 pages of my current book to finish, I set aside four books that would complete all the challenges with the expectation that I’ll finish at least one book and get about halfway through another book. Continue reading “TBR BustAThon Round One TBR”

Down the TBR Hole #06: Books 51-60

New Year, same old me!

This is my sixth installment of Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole” and it makes me feel good to see my TBR shelf whittle down to dust. (That’s a lie. It sits at 1,401 books. I add books faster than I can remove them.) The concept of the challenge is to go through your oldest books on your “Want To Read” shelf and toss out the books you’re no longer interested in reading.

Seeing the first page of my to-read shelf on Goodreads consist solely of books I already own is extremely invigorating. When I go to pick up a new book, I’m focused on reading the ones that I’ve had sitting around for a while. Not only does it give me a chance to clean out (one of my favorite activities), it gives me motivation to read the books I’m eager about keeping. Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #06: Books 51-60”

NYT Bestsellers Birthday Challenge 2001

[This was written like, three weeks ago but silly me forgot to schedule it so it never posted!!!!]

If you’d like to catch up with my shenanigans, you can read my guidelines in this post.

For my October books, I chose to read The Deep End of the Ocean, Conversations with God, The Poisonwood Bible, and The Art of Happiness. I ended up DNFing The Deep End of the Ocean about 125 pages into it. It took me almost the whole month to read that much, and I realized it just wasn’t interesting to me. I felt like I was required to read it for the challenge (even though I DNFed a book last month), but also it slowed down reading other books because I felt I had to read the books in chronological order. Because I felt like I had to read them chronologically, it also meant I didn’t finish the other three books by the time the month ended. Moving forward, I’d still like to read them in chronological order, but I’m not going to waste three weeks of my time forcing myself to finish a book I’m not enjoying. Therefore, I had to revamp my original plan.

Originally, I wanted to get through the years 1993-2018 before my birthday, ultimately ending with reading a 2018 my birthday week. If that happens, I’ll be psyched. However at this point in time, it’s a little unrealistic. Continue reading “NYT Bestsellers Birthday Challenge 2001”

Down the TBR Hole #04: Books 31-40

Confession: I’m addicted to Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole.” It’s my favorite way to procrastinate because I feel like I’m being productive at the same time! I love cleaning out my life.

The gist is to clean out your probably overgrown Goodreads “to-read” shelf. Order the books in ascending order, and go through the oldest ones first to decide if they’re going to stay or go. It makes me happy to see that my whole first page of “t0-read” books are actually books that I want to read!

This is my fourth attempt, and I’ve passed up on 11 out of 30 books–almost half! Right now, I have 1,235 books on that shelf, which have been accumulating since 2012. That number just sounds overwhelming and sometimes I wish I could just wipe it clean but that makes me ~nervous~ Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #04: Books 31-40”

Down the TBR Hole #03: Books 21-30

Well this is my third attempt at Lost in a Story’s challenge “Down the TBR Hole.” It’s simple, quick, and forces you to really become intuitive with your gut reactions! I love it.

The gist is this:

  • Open up your “to-read” shelf on Goodreads
  • Order the books with the date ascending (oldest books first)
  • Go through each book and decide if it stays on or if you’re moving on to bigger and better things

My TBR is more of a mountain. I have literal stacks of books piled up on the floor because my bookshelf is overflowing. I just love books. I just want to read everything!

My last two tries at this have gone so-so. I’ve dumped a total of 6 out of 20 books, which isn’t bad. I’m excited to go more in-depth in my quest to flush out my life.

At the end of my last trial, I had 1,156 of books on my “to-read” shelf. Currently I have 1,168, so I’ve added about a dozen. I’m not overwhelmed 😅 Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #03: Books 21-30”

Down the TBR Hole #02: Books 11-20

This is my second attempt at Lost in a Story’s “Down the TBR Hole,” which makes you question your most intimate life decisions from the past four years.

Actually, it just makes you set your Goodreads “to-read” shelf with the oldest books first, and then go through about ten books a time and decide if you’re going to keep it or not. But like, it basically the same thing. We’re cleaning out of hopes and dreams from the past few years.

I’m being dramatic, but it’s justified. At the end of my last attempt I had an even 1,100 books on my “to-read” shelf. Currently, I have 1158. I’ve added a few 😐 Books are being produced faster than I can read!! Slow down!!

I cheated and skimmed ahead at these ten books and idk these are going to be h a r d to narrow down. They’re all classics that I feel more or less obligated to read at some point in my life. It’ll be an emotional adventure. I’m just gonna write off the record here we go. Continue reading “Down the TBR Hole #02: Books 11-20”

NYT Bestsellers Birthday Challenge 1997-2000

If you’d like to catch up with my shenanigans, you can read my guidelines in this post.

For my September books I chose to read The Bridges of Madison County, Like Water for Chocolate, Politically Correct Bedtimes Stories, and Primary Colors. I read 3 out of the 4; I DNF’ed Primary Colors around 50 pages in. It was confusing, and I couldn’t really get into it. I may pick it up to read again one day, but right now my time is too limited to be focusing on books that I’m just not into. My favorite book of the choices was Like Water for Chocolate.

In October I’ll be reading four books from 1997-2000. I’ve listed each bestsellers list, the four books I’m choosing from, any books I’ve already read, any runner’s up (books I find particularly interesting, or books that I’d prefer to read rather than the ideal four), and my entertaining commentary to keep you from getting bored and clicking on a different post!

NYT Hardcover Bestsellers Week of March 23, 1997

Fiction:

#1: The Partner by John Grisham
26 weeks on list: The Deep End of the Ocean by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Already read: The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

Nonfiction:

#1: Murder in Brentwood by Mark Fuhrman
50 weeks on list: Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
Already read: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

I’m super psyched to have already two books off the list this year. Granted, they’re pretty popular books but I’m holding onto this confidence booster and gripping it until my knuckles turn white! The Celestine Prophecy is also still sitting on the NYT Bestsellers a comfy 154 weeks later. Honestly, that gigantic three digit number is urging me to read but I just honestly don’t think I’ll like it and I don’t want to waste my time reading it. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is also still sitting on the Bestsellers List a year later. I’m disappointed to find none of these four books truly interest me this go-round. By process of elimination I’ve chosen The Deep End of the Ocean. It seems like something I might enjoy, but I’m not entirely sold on it. Continue reading “NYT Bestsellers Birthday Challenge 1997-2000”