Ravenclaw Down the TBR Hole – February 2019


It’s my second Down The TBR and I’m really excited – after last month, I found that there are several books on my TBR that I REALLY want to read, so going back through has made me actually read some of my backlist books!

I know that most people for this use their Goodreads Want To Read list, but I haven’t had my goodreads for very long, so it’s not at an unmanageable number…yet. So instead, I used my TBR jar that has slowly been collecting book titles for about two years. I emptied it out, cleared away the books I had already read and forgotten to remove and was left with over 130 titles. So, lets get started!

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story as a way to get your TBR down to a more manageable number. If you see any books I should keep, definitely let me know! Some of these I know very little about, so if it’s really amazing, I’ll put it back in my jar!

How it works:

  • 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?

I’m going to be doing this slightly differently, I’m going to use the slips from my jar, in a random order, and then looking them up on Goodreads to decide if they stay or leave! I’ll be doing ten books a month, so this will let me go through almost the entire jar before the end of the year!


All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

I added this book because I really liked the cover, and then everyone kept telling me just how great it was. I pick it up in the store all the time, but always decide on something better, more popular, more intriguing, etc. When I pulled it out of my jar, I had every intention to remove it from my list, however, when looking this up on goodreads for this list, I noticed that this is being made into a movie – so I think I’ll give it one more go and see how it plays out!

Final Decision: Keep – for now

1984 by George Orwell

I added this one eons ago, because so many people have told me that it’s a must-read. I try to read classics whenever I can, because I think that we can learn something from them. That being said, with the current political climate in my country, I know that I absolutely cannot take this book off my TBR anytime soon! Here’s hoping I can read this one in the coming months!

Final decision: Keep!

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

This book looks interesting, which is why I added it to by TBR. It seems really unique and different….but contrived at the same time. I also just found out that this is the first in a series, and while I love a good fantasy series, I’m just not ready for that type of commitment right now. This one is just going to have to go.

Final decision: Remove!

The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

I added this to my TBR a long time ago, and I don’t really remember why – I think it might have been on a Buzzfeed list somewhere, so I added it because of the pretty cover. I reread the synopsis from goodreads, and I’m HOOKED! This is definitely staying on my TBR!

Final decision: Keep!

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

I added this book because I really liked the movies, so I’ve been wanting to read the books….however, I’ve DNFd this one twice already. I just don’t think that the Robert Langdon series is for me. Maybe some day, but as of now, it’s just not me.

Final decision: Remove!


Final Thoughts: I’m really glad that I’ve gone through these! There are so many books on here that I’m super excited to read, and doing this reminded me of them! I didn’t remove that many this time around, but I’m ok with that! It just makes me excited for the books that I am keeping.

What do you think? Are there any books you think I should keep on my TBR?

Happy reading!

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