Removing 2 Books from my TBR Pile | Down the TBR Hole

The other day I stumbled upon this new meme. It is hosted by Lia @LostInAStory. The aim is to declutter your Goodreads TBR shelf. You sort them from first added to last added and go through it in parts. Read the synopsis and decide whether or not you want to keep them. I’m also sharing in which folder the books I’m keeping will be placed. ‘To be read’ are books I own already, ‘Wishlist’ are books I want to buy so I can read them soon, and ‘After’ are books I want to read that I’m less eager to get to. My Goodreads TBR shelf currently, has a total of 350 books. This is a lot, especially when you consider I only made my Goodreads account a year ago (in January of 2016).

“Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!”

For me, the aim of this meme is to reduce my current TBR down to the books I actually think I will get to soon. Most books I am removing from my TBR are books I still want to get to someday, just not in the near future. For instance, I am removing a lot of classics because I feel like I am not YET in a place where I can enjoy reading them.

Schermafbeelding 2017-06-28 om 21.55.32The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

“Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch—and there’s always a catch—is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson’s novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don’t want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo.”

#1 – Added January 24, 2016
I haven’t watched the movie but was intrigued by how mysterious the synopsis sounded. And I still am!
Verdict: KEEP (Wishlist folder)

Schermafbeelding 2017-06-28 om 21.50.04Dark Places

“Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice” of Kinnakee, Kansas. She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.”

#2 – Added January 24, 2016
I have watched the movie for this one, which makes me less interested to read it. After having read Gone Girl, I want to pick up other books by Gillian Flynn. But it it’s not going to be this one.
Verdict: REMOVE

Schermafbeelding 2017-06-28 om 21.50.53Sharp Objects

“Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: she must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows, a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims—a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story—and survive this homecoming.”

#3 – Added January 24, 2016
As explained above; I want to read more books by Gillian Flynn. I think this will be a better fit because I don’t know anything about this story yet.
Verdict: KEEP (Wishlist folder)

Schermafbeelding 2017-06-28 om 21.52.15This is Where it Ends

“10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity High School finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve.
10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class.
10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open.
10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting.
Told from four different perspectives over the span of fifty-four harrowing minutes, terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.”

#4 – Added January 24, 2016 
This book caught my attention because 1. It’s a book by a Dutch author that got translated into English and 2. It’s about a school shooting. I think this topic is very important in today’s society. BUT, I’ve read a lot of reviews saying the shooter didn’t get a voice at all and there wasn’t really a reason as to why te shooting happened. I lost interest in it because of this.
Verdict: REMOVE

Schermafbeelding 2017-06-28 om 21.53.13Darkly Dreaming Dexter

“Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened — of himself or some other fiend.”

#5 – Added January 24, 2016
I’ve watched the Dexter Tv show and enjoyed it (except for the very last episode… it was terrible). While watching I kept thinking “this would be a great book”. Only to find out later that those books actually existed. I’ve also heard that the books have a totally different storyline. So still excited for it!
Verdict: KEEP

Total amount of books removed so far: 2 out of 5

Schermafbeelding 2017-07-12 om 02.17.41
How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf?
Is it as out of control as mine?


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