down the TBR hole, week 4

I’ve missed a few weeks of this so I’m excited to get back into it for this Sunday. The last time I posted a ‘down the TBR hole’ I went through 15 books off of my to-read shelf on Goodreads which was huge and felt amazing. Though I won’t be able to do as many this week I’m happy to return to the original number of 5 for today. You’ll notice a reoccurring theme of books this week, they’re all from the nineteenth-century!

Here are the rules once again and a quick 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 the trip down memory lane begin!

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (1847) – KEEP
I’m starting off with a really tough one. I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages — long before I had a Goodreads account. I think I even bought a copy of it years ago that was likely donated to a second-hand bookshop, unread. Is there a reason I’ve delayed reading it for so long? Possibly. But I think I’m going to keep it on my to-read list anyway. After re-reading the synopsis and some of the reviews on Goodreads it does sound pretty good… maybe I’ll actually get around to reading it one day.



The Complete Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson (1835) – KEEP
I’m keeping this because many of these stories are such a huge part of my childhood and I’d love to read a book full of them. I’m going to keep my eyes peeled for a copy next time I’m in a used bookstore.




The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886) – KEEP
I have had so many opportunities to read this book, we’ve just never crossed paths at the appropriate time. I hope I’ll get to eventually, it’s a classic I would love to finally read. My only real exposure to it is the old Macaulay Culkin movie The Pagemaster .




Black Beauty by Anna Sewell (1877) – PASS
The movie is wonderful and its a truly lovely story. But I don’t think I’ll ever read the book.






Northanger Abbey by Jane Austin (1817) – PASS
Every time I see a Jane Austin book I can’t help but sigh. I’ve mentioned my confused relationship with this author before on my blog. I just can’t get into her novels, I don’t know why. So whenever one comes up I’m just going to remove it off my to-read list for the time being. 




Two out of five books removed this week. I’m glad I was reminded of a couple books I think I’ll actually get around to reading this year. So this challenge is for more than just eliminating books off my to-read list!

Let me know what you think of the books I’ve passed on. Are either of them one of your favourites? Do you think I’m crazy for getting rid of them? Let me know in the comments!

3 thoughts on “down the TBR hole, week 4

  1. Birgit says:

    Black Beauty is a great book and I love Fairy Tales and I have the complete tales of Anderson but be prepared for something. completely different from the movies because the endings are usually really sad. In fact, I think Anderson suffered from bi polar disorder just because his works are so bloody depressing

    • Ashley says:

      They’re soo sad and different. I read a few when I was younger and I was shocked. But also super intrigued! I’d love to read as many of them as I can. 🙂

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