Down the TBR Hole | #3

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lia @ Lost in a Story

Welcome to the third instalment of Down the TBR Hole! I’ve been having a great time with Down the TBR Hole so far and am loving getting my GR shelves in better order. I’ve been adding a lot of books to my TBR recently though so I have a lot of organizing to do to keep it contained!

How it works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 books)
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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more happy than not
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

Added: July 15th 2016

I really loved They Both Die at the End which was my first Silvera book and I want to read more of his work so this is a definite stay!

Verdict: Keep! ✅

Deadline: March 2019



Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

Added: January 5th 2017

Non-human intelligence is one of my favourite topics to study and read about. I love the sound of this book and want to find time to actually read it. I’m going to keep it for now but if it’s not read by the deadline then it’s going!

Verdict: Keep for now! ✅

Deadline: June 2019

hidden figures

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Added: January 5th 2017

I added this just after the film was released but never got round to watching the film or reading the book (major fail). As much as I would like to read this and learn more about these important women, I’m not sure if I will realistically have time at the moment

Verdict: Go! ❌


black and british

Black and British by David Olusoga

Added: January 5th 2017

My relationships with this book is terrible because I have owned it since I started blogging and have only read a chapter of it so far. In my defence, it is a HUGE book… This one is so important that it will be on my keep list indefinitely until I finish it!

Verdict: Keep! ✅


aloha betrayed

Aloha Betrayed by Noenoe K. Silva

Added: April 5th 2017

I read some of Noenoe K. Silva’s work during the last year of my degree and I want to read this so badly. It’s such an important book but I haven’t made time for it. It’s a definite keeper that I plan to read for Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May.

Verdict: Keep! ✅

Deadline: June 2019

from a native daughter

From a Native Daughter by Huanani-Kay Trask

Added: April 5th 2017

Another hugely important book by another great academic. I love Trask’s work and this is a must read for me. Another one I’d like to read for AAPIHM

Verdict: Keep! ✅

Deadline: June 2019



Nightlights by Lorena Alzarez

Added: April 9th 2017

I can’t remember who it was that I saw talking about this but its an adorable graphic novel that’s stuck in my ever since. One of my goals this year is to read more graphic novels and I want this to be one of them if I can get a copy of it

Verdict: Keep! ✅

Deadline: May 2019

the whale rider

The Whale Rider by Witi Ithimaera

Added: May 14th 2017

Another Pacific Islander book that has been on my TBR for a long time and that I’m desperate to read. I had hoped to read this for AAPIHM last year but didn’t have enough time, but it’s a definite read for this year.

Verdict: Keep! ✅

Deadline: June 2019

if we were villains

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

Added: June 24th 2017

This is one that I would probably discard but I’ve heard nothing but raving reviews about it and I kind of want to see what all the fuss is about? Plus, I know they have a copy of it at my local library so it’d be easy to obtain!

Verdict: Keep for now! ✅

Deadline: March 2019

the gentlemans guide

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Added: June 28th 2017

I’ve been deliberating this one for a good while and you know what? I think it’s never going to happen. I gave into the hype but I really don’t tend to like books about aristocratic queers and/or hedonistic lifestyles so… I’m gonna let this one go

Verdict: Go! ❌


Keep with deadline: 7/10 (70%)
Keep: 1/10 (10%)
Go: 2/10 (20%)

So, I realize this has not been very successful in helping me get rid of many books on my TBR list but I think it’s helped me work out what books are important to me and ones that I really want to read. I think the problem with a lot of these is that although I really wanted to read them when they were added, I didn’t do anything to make it happen? I’m hoping that by setting these deadlines and assigning particular books to themed months it will help me actually make time for them!

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10 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole | #3

  1. The Gentleman’s Guide is so good though! It’s one of my favourite books.

    It’s a really good idea to give yourself a deadline. I’m curious how that will work out 😀


  2. More Happy Than Not is on my TBR as well. It’s going to be the deciding book for me when it comes to Silvera to be honest. I absolutely loved – and cried my eyes out – They Both Die At The End, but I really, really did not like History Is All You Left Me so.. we’ll just have to see. 🙂

    As for The Gentleman’s Guide.. I didn’t like the main character and that did me in, haha. Can’t blame you for kicking it off the TBR. I still am excited about the sequel though, since that’s another POV.


  3. I really loved More Happy Than Not, it was so good and also wrecked my heart haha. I actually want to reread it this year, it was so good. I read Gentleman’s Guide, but I did not understand the hype. I didn’t think it was as great as everyone was saying it was.


  4. Nightlights by Lorena Alzarez looks so cute! I need to see if I can find a copy at my library. I took off my hidden figures from my TBR too. I had wanted to read it but then decided not to. If we were villains have such a pretty cover. I’ve never seen it before but its gorgeous.


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