down the TBR hole, week 3

I’m still sick, so this week’s Down the TBR Hole is my attempt at distracting myself while I wait for the cold & flu medicine to take effect. My boyfriend is also sick so our flat is a bit of a quarantine zone at the moment. There’s been a bug going around for the past couple weeks so it was only a matter of time before it hit our household. At least the worst of it is conveniently happening on the weekend! Fingers crossed that we’re both feeling better for work on Monday.

So while Kitchen Nightmares is playing in the background, I’m going to attempt to do 15 books this week instead of the 10 I have been doing for the past couple weeks. I was inspired to do more books this week after reading Destiney @ Howling Libraries ‘Down the TBR Hole’ post from last week! The more I delete books off of my to-read shelf on Goodreads, the more I want to KEEP deleting books. It’s a bit addicting and I feel nice and cleansed while the number of books I never intended to read goes down, down, down…

As always, here is a refresher of the rules and a shout out to Lost in a Story for creating this challenge.


  • 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?

Let’s begin!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin (1813) – PASS
I really don’t love Jane Austin. I feel terrible saying this for a number of reasons. One of them being that Jane Austin is my best friend’s favourite author. I’ve tried quite a few times to read her books but I always quit after 10 or so pages, I just can’t get into her writing style. Should I try again? Probably. But I’ve tried SO many times. Maybe it’s time to give up?



Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell (2005) – PASS
This movie is one of my favourite guilty pleasures. I read Julia Child’s autobiography My Life in France a few years ago and it was instantly one of my favourite new books. So seeing Meryl Streep play her so well in the film was an absolute delight (and Stanley Tucci is fantastic in it as well). But honestly, my least favourite part of the film is Julie. I’m both rooting for her while also telling her to get over herself the entire time. Do I really want to read the book this movie was based on? Not really. I want more Julia Child, not more Julie Powell. But seriously, the film is one of my favourites and I just turned Gordon Ramsey off to put it on. 

Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes (1996) – PASS
I don’t remember adding this. I read the synopsis and it doesn’t really sound like something I’ll jump on reading anytime soon. It sounds lovely but not for me.




Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise (2005) – PASS
This must have been added around the time I first read My Life in France by Julia Child. The synopsis sounds somewhat interesting, but I’m not interested enough to keep it on my to-read list.



Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932) – KEEP
I really really want to read this. I read 1984 a few years ago and it honestly terrified me more than any other book I’ve ever read. So I’m happy to have this as my first ‘keep’ for the week!




So far 4/5 have been removed so far. Not bad! Let’s do another 5. 

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963) – PASS
I’m sure this is a lovely book but I’m going to pass. I don’t even remember adding this (which seems to be a reoccurring theme.)



Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969) – KEEP
I have a copy of this book somewhere back at my parent’s house in Canada. I started reading it when I was in grad school but I didn’t have enough time to finish it. So I’ve had my eye on this one for a while!




The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (1989) – KEEP
I’ve been meaning to read this for a while. I had a friend recommended it to me when I was in my undergrad and I should have read it before I went to grad school because I ended up specialising in medieval architecture and really didn’t want to read a fictional book on it while I was writing my thesis. My thesis was on the stonemasons and the sculpture of Wells Cathedral, which was a bit too similar to the plot of this book. The cathedral in Pillars of the Earth is based both on Salisbury Cathedral (which my thesis supervisor had done work on) and Wells Cathedral so the entire thing hit too close to home. So now that I have moved on from academia I think it’s time to finally start this series. I have a feeling I’m going to enjoy it.

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (1957) – KEEP
I honestly can’t tell you what this book is about.  All I know is that people seem to have extremely polarising opinions of it: while some LOVE it, others absolutely hate it. Like, I have seen some real seething hatred for this book. There doesn’t seem to be any in between. So, of course, this means I have to read it to find out which side of the fence I’m on! 



The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (2008) – KEEP
Keep, keep, keep! How have I not read this yet??? 





This batch wasn’t as successful, I only managed to delete 1/5 books. Since I have time and I don’t feel well enough to do anything else, let’s do one more set of 5! 

The Stand by Stephen King (1978) – KEEP
I’ve tried reading this book at LEAST twice. Anytime I try it’s at the worst possible time when I’m unbelievably busy and can’t possibly dedicate time to it. But I’ve read a good 200ish pages and I really loved it, so I need to eventually make time to get through the whole thing. I love Stephen King so I know it’ll end up being a new favourite. I feel like this is something I’ll read this summer.



The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (2003) – KEEP
I really want to read this. I borrowed A Thousand Splendid Suns by the same author from my mom, so once I read that one I’ll pick up a copy of this!




The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell (2004) – KEEP 
I don’t remember adding this, but after reading the synopsis and some of the reviews I think I’m going to keep it! Any medieval historical fiction will likely stay on my ‘to-read’ shelf.




The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939) – PASS
Will I ever actually read this? Probably not. I’m sure it’s an important book but I honestly have no interest in actually reading it. As a side note… did anyone watch Veggie Tales when they were growing up? Remember the Grapes of Wrath (who never take a bath?)




A Year on Ladybug Farm by Donna Ball (2009) – PASS
This sounds a bit boring. I also don’t remember adding it to my shelf, so I’ll pass.





This batch a was a bit more productive than the last with 2/5 books passed on!

So I actually managed to go through 15! In total, I passed on 7/15 books which has cleared up a ton of space on my to-read shelf. I’m feeling very productive this week!

Are there any books I passed on that you think I should give a chance? Let me know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “down the TBR hole, week 3

  1. Aimee (Aimee, Always) says:

    Gosh, I love this meme! My GR TBR is wayyyy too long. D: I need “space” for more new books. 😉

    I totally agree with keeping The Graveyard Book! I haven’t read any of Gaiman’s books yet (I know! I feel guilty as heck), but I have watched the Stardust movie and fell absolutely in love with it!!! <3

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

    • Ashley says:

      Thanks for your comment, Aimee! I’m so sorry for my extremely delayed replied, I’ve been soo busy the past few days.

      I love this meme as well! I’m sad I missed out on doing it this Sunday but I’m looking forward to cleaning off my to-read shelf again this weekend! I don’t know how I haven’t read The Graveyard book yet, it’s been on my to-read shelf for so long. If you liked Stardust then you should definitely check out his other books! I recommend starting with Neverwhere before tackling the beast that is American Gods. 🙂 His short stories are fantastic as well!

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