Down the TBR Hole #34: Books 561-580

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).

Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

The Vegetable Butcher by Cara Mangini
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

The Vision by Tom King and Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Something New by Lucy Knisley
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

The Universe of Us by Lang Leav
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Quarter Life Poetry by Samantha Jayne
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Stuff I’ve Been Feeling Lately by Alicia Cook
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Night Sky with Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Even This Page is White by Vivek Shraya
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

The Rain in Portugal by Billy Collins
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Field Guide to the End of the World by Jeannine Hall Gailey
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Behind Closed Doors by BA Paris
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
keep (physical TBR)

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Date added: Dec 13, 2016
remove

Ruling: 10/20 removed

Did I make good choices? Were there any I should’ve kept? I’m kinda on the fence about some of the poetry collections.

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September Reading Wrap-Up: Too many books and too many distractions

  • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
  • Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
  • Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • My Life With Bob by Pamela Paul
  • New Boy by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • It’s Not Like I Planned It This Way by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Please Don’t Be True by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • Invincible Summer by Alice Adams
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Other Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Love Works by Janice Mirikitani
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets: The Complete Illustrated Poems by William Shakespeare
  • People Kill People by Ellen Hopkins

  • Lumberjanes: Between the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Brooke A. Allen
  • Sunburn by Laura Lippman
  • Kimi ni Todoke vol. 4 by Karuho Shiina
  • In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It by Lauren Graham
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  • Emma vol. 3 by Kaoru Mori
  • Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak, Maarta Laiho
  • Nothing Happened by Molly Booth
  • Horimiya vol. 4 by Hero
  • A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza
  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The most embarrassing thing I did this month was read the Lumberjanes graphic novels out of order by accident!! I didn’t realize this until just now when I was typing up my list of books read above (I even missed it in my review!)

September was honestly a haze. I don’t remember much; work has been really stressful. I feel like I didn’t really read anything substantial this month and maybe that’s for the best because I had a hard time concentrating on what I was reading, regardless of the format. Everything I read this month were short, easy reads.

My entire reading pattern could be boiled down into one word: distracted. I can’t even begin to describe how many books I started this month and are sitting in a large stack on my nightstand. I haven’t published that many blog posts but almost all of my drafts are half-written and just bland.

Even right now, I’m forcing myself to write this knowing I’m going to post it a week after I planned. If this wasn’t a reoccurring monthly post, I probably would’ve skipped it.

I did read some really great books this month. I fell back in love with the Lumberjanes, a series I read for the first time a couple years ago when the comics were first being published. In though I read them out of order, they were such fun and unique reads and coming off of a struggling summer working at camp, I definitely needed a series to remind me of why I loved it. I’m very excited to go back and read the one I skipped over!

I also had a few surprising reads. I was not expecting to love A Man Called Ove as much as I did; it was funny but also depressing at perfect intervals and honestly was probably the book I needed to read the most this month. There were some parts of the story I didn’t like, and some of the suicide attempts were difficult to read but overall I really enjoyed it and was not expecting to cry at the end.

My favorite book of the month was A Quiet Kind of Thunder. I hadn’t heard anything about this book before I read it, but honestly it messed me up in the best way possible. I loved the characters, thoroughly enjoyed the plot line and the character development and I definitely cried my way through it.

I definitely overshot my book buying budget this month, not too bad with the actual amount of money since most of them were used books, but I’m ran out of bookshelf space years ago and the stacks on my floor can probably kill me. Not to mention the amount of time I have to read all of these books. What can you do.