And we’re back with another Sunday of removing books I have no intention of reading off of my Goodreads ‘to-read’ shelf! This is my second week of participating in the “Down the TBR Hole” challenge created by Lost in a Story. After a successful first week, I’m looking forward to continuing to tidy up my overwhelming ‘to-read’ shelf while trying to remember why I added many of these books in the first place.
I confess that I have added even more books onto this shelf since my first purge, but at the moment, I do have good intentions of reading them. So even if this challenge is meant to make your ‘to-read’ shelf more manageable, mine never seems to actually get any shorter. It’s the thought that counts, right?
Before we begin, here is a refresher of the guidelines:
- Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
As with last week, I’m going to do another 10 because I’m typing this up on a Friday night (to schedule for Sunday) and I’m clearly a very exciting person. Here we go!
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (1947) – KEEP
I’ve been meaning to read this book for sooo long, especially after reading (and crying) over The Book Theif. I’m keeping this on my to-read shelf because it’s obviously an important book historically. Many seem to have read The Diary of a Young Girl as part of their school curriculum so I know quite a few people that read this book when they were the same age as Anne when she wrote it. I envy them since this was never something we were encouraged to read at any point in school. A shame, really.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (1961) – KEEP
Did this movie terrify anyone else when they were younger? I remember finding it extremely unsettling but I think I felt that way about most stop-motion animation. I couldn’t watch The Nightmare Before Christmas without being thoroughly creeped out until I was a teenager. The reason I’m going to keep this children’s classic is due to the influence of my boyfriend who mentioned enjoying this book as a child. Roald Dahl lived and wrote in a village near the town we currently live in and near where my boyfriend grew up, so if I’m going to read any of his books I think it should be this one!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl (1964) – PASS
While James and the Giant Peach stays, I think I’ll pass on any other children’s books I have on my ‘to-read’ shelf. They are admittedly not something I will seek out, but wouldn’t pass on if I happened to have a copy nearby on a lazy afternoon. I’m also fairly certain I read this at one point when I was younger but I honestly can’t remember. Despite passing on the book, I still absolutely love the film with Gene Wilder.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (1831) – KEEP
I added this book to my ‘to-read’ shelf after travelling to Paris with my sister in 2014. When we were there we visited what is now my favourite place in the world, the independent bookstore Shakespeare and Company. I thought an appropriate book to purchase here was The Hunchback of Notre Dame, especially since we had been to the cathedral earlier that day and it was visible from the front of the bookstore. Here’s me holding up my copy out front of Shakespeare and Company with Notre Dame in the background:
It was the highlight of our trip and I’m dying to go back. Side note: How was 2014 FOUR years ago? It feels I was just here yesterday. I could gush all day about this bookstore as well as Paris. So I will definitely not be removing this from my ‘to-read’ shelf.
The Princess Bride by William Goldman (1973) – PASS
I’m never going to read this and I’m okay admitting that. I don’t really have a reason why. I must have watched the movie and automatically added the book to my ‘to-read’ shelf afterwards. I don’t think I ever really had any intention of reading it.
The First Wives Club by Olivia Goldsmith (1992) – PASS
It’s weirdly out of character that I ever marked this as ‘to-read’. I don’t even remember adding this to my shelf, did I click it by accident? This is an easy Pass.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (1936) – KEEP
This is an incredible movie. If you haven’t seen it before and you have four hours to spare, I definitely recommend it. This book is NOT short which is why I haven’t read it yet. Like numerous other classics, the length intimidates me. But it’s an incredible story and I hope to someday find the time to read it. It’s also one of my mom’s favourites, so I have to keep it!
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert (2006) – PASS
This is another case of “I’ll never read this/why is it even on my ‘to-read’ shelf to begin with?”. I’ve never watched the movie and I probably never will. Another easy Pass.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathanial Hawthorne (1850) – KEEP
I really liked The House of the Seven Gables by Nathanial Hawthorne which is probably why I added this book. This is another one that I believe was required reading for a lot of schools, but was never included in my curriculum. Also, I think I’ve watched Easy A with Emma Stone about a thousand times so I should probably read the book it was loosely based on.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote (1958) – KEEP
This is a short story/novella so it’s something I could easily read in an afternoon. I’ve never watched the entire movie but someone did show the last 10 minutes of it for a class presentation in my undergrad. So I have an out of context understanding of how it ends, but I don’t think that’ll matter too much.
That was a decently successful week 2! I didn’t get rid of as many as I did last week, but I have managed to say goodbye to four out of the ten books, which isn’t anything to sneeze at. And those were books that definitely needed to go. So this has been another productive ‘Down the TBR Hole’ and I’m looking forward to doing this again next week! Disagree with any of my decisions? Let me know in the comments!