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It’s Friday! That means it’s time for another Down the TBR Hole post yay! Yesterday I spent the whole day reading to finish my OWLs and I finally completed the last book with about 20 minutes to midnight, phew! I’ve been a very busy bee today, but I’m so happy to be back to do this post.

As usual, if you want to find out more about why I do this post every week, where it comes from, and what are the rules to take part and purge your TBR, head over to my first Down the TBR Hole!

While writing this, I haven’t peeked at the Goodreads shelf yet, but I already know that I’ll have added a tonne of books to my TBR. I’ve been really busy lately, so I haven’t had any time whatsoever to keep clearing out the sequels, so I suppose I’ll need to find time soonish because if not I’ll just be going back and forth forever.

I’m starting this week at 4,454 books (last week I stopped at 4,435, so right now I’m crying) and as usual, I’m going through the next 20 books on this shelf, starting at #119 and when I think of the number of books from now to the end of this list, I just… need a lot of caffeine. I’ve decided to start being stricter on myself, so let’s see where that gets me!

GOODREADS “WANT TO READ” SHELF

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10

My friend Fiona from Fi’s Bibliofiles recently read this book and really enjoyed it, and I’ve been more in the mood for this type of read lately. I did remove her first book in a previous post, but I feel like giving this one a shot!

KEEP

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

The End of Your Life Book Club

I thought that this one was fiction when I added it to my TBR, so that’s a shame. Last year I read Tuesdays with Morrie, and even though I did enjoy it, it isn’t really my “non-fiction cup of tea”. This one does seem really uplifting and emotional, but I don’t think it’s something I want to read at the minute.

REMOVE

I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman

I Was Born for This

You already know what I’m going to say, don’t you? I’ve read Heartstopper Volume 1 and 2 and loved them, I’ll soon be picking up Volume 3 too. I really want to read all of Alice Oseman’s books, but as this one is one of the later books, I’m going to only keep the first one, Solitaire, on my TBR until I get a chance to read it, but I will be coming back for more!

REMOVE

Melmoth by Sarah Perry

Melmoth

OMG!!!! My hot water bottle/microwave cuddly toy Mammoth is called MELMOTH! Sorry, I’ll calm down now aha, and don’t judge okay! Ohhhhh! I’ve never read this blurb before, but this book actually sounds really good! I love me some historical fiction, especially with some mystery, so it sounds right up my street! Apparently this is some type of folklore or legend story and it just sounds like a great read.

KEEP

Ohio by Stephen Markley

Ohio

I have no idea why this book would be on my TBR and I don’t remember adding it. Also, I didn’t even get through half of the synopsis because it just sounded meeeh, so I’m going to do myself a favour for once.

REMOVE

She Would be King by Wayétu Moore

She Would Be King

I’ve seen this a lot, or at least, I’ve seen the title thrown about on Twitter lately aha! I do like historical fiction and magical realism, and the plot actually sounds a lot like some other books I’ve read and loved but it also doesn’t do much for me, so once again, I’m going to make my life easier and remove this one for the time being.

REMOVE

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World

Uhmmm, okay… Didn’t know I had this on here either. But I have to say that this book sounds really great. I have Lolita on my TBR but I’ve just never picked it up, but I do really enjoy true crime, so maybe if I read this one first, I’ll be more likely to pick the classic up? We shall see.

KEEP

Darius the Great is Not Okay (#1) by Adib Khorram

Darius the Great Is Not Okay (Darius The Great, #1)

I’ve had this one on my TBR for quite a while and I’ve also heard a lot of people talk about it. Right now, I’m really not in the contemporary mind-frame or mood and even though I think that this could be good, it’s just not pulling me in.

REMOVE

Girls of Paper and Fire (#1) by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire #1)

I have this book at home already and I think I bought it right when it came out, but I’m pretty sure it was a cover buy because it’s the first time I’ve read the blurb. I’m a fantasy fan so this definitely appeals to me and I’m going to try to get to it soon.

KEEP

What If It’s Us (#1) by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

What If It's Us (What If It's Us, #1)

I also have the book at home and bought it last year for the Buzz Word Readathon hosted by Kayla from Books and Lala. I bought about 10 books for that readathon and only read about 3 of them. I’ve read They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera and I really enjoyed it, so I’m definitely going to give this one a shot too!

KEEP

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie

Ohhh! I’ve wanted to read this book for so many years! I actually have the audiobook on Scrib’d so I think that my trip home to France will be the perfect chance to get this one started. I’ve heard such amazing things about it and I really need to give it a shot!

KEEP

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

Broken Things

I think this was a cover-add as well and I only needed to read the first line of the synopsis to know that I want to pick this up. I recently read A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro and I really enjoyed it, ever since I’ve been craving some YA mystery and I just know that I’m going to love it!

KEEP

Milk and Vine: Inspirational Quotes From Classic Vines by Adam Gasiewski and Emily Beck

Milk and Vine: Inspirational Quotes From Classic Vines

I read Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur last year, and sadly, I was really underwhelmed. I’ve heard so many people gush about it and I just didn’t get it. I do love some of her poems, but I believe the ones I like are from her other book. I don’t really want to endure this one, especially because it’s a parody of Milk and Honey and I just don’t feel the need to do that to myself.

REMOVE

Rest in the Mourning by R.H. Sin

Rest in the Mourning

I can’t remember adding this book to my TBR and unless it’s one of the very long due author requests I’ve gotten through my Instagram for a ridiculous number of poetry books, I don’t really feel like reading it. I think that I could enjoy this book if I gave it a go, but I don’t feel like this type of poetry at the moment.

REMOVE

The Upside of Faling Down by Rebekah Crane

The Upside of Falling Down

I can’t remember adding this one to my TBR shelf either and I honestly don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone speak about it. I do like the odd romance book, but this isn’t the type of romance that I would pick.

REMOVE

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

From Lukov with Love

Again, I don’t know how this got on the list, I must have been in my romance binge period. I suppose that the main reason why this book doesn’t do anything for me is that it is a sports romance about ice skating and although I enjoy watching ice skating, I don’t think I can handle a whole book about it, so I might take it off the list for now.

REMOVE

Crown of Midnight (#2) by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

I read Throne of Glass last year and even though I was quite disappointed and underwhelmed by it, I’m determined to keep going with the series because so many people have told me that past book 3 it’s amazing. I have the short story collection at home as well, so I think I might read that one before rereading the first book in the series to remember what it was about before picking the next one up.

KEEP

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

I Was Here

I have a lot of Gayle Forman books on my TBR because I saw If I Stay (it’s a film right, I’m not dreaming this up?) and I wanted to read the book, so I’ll take off all the latest books by this author and only keep If I stay because the first two she wrote don’t interest me.

REMOVE

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines

Oh, here goes the YA contemporary “I love John Green” moment of my TBR, I wondered when it was going to get here. I read Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and loved them all, so of course, I added all his other books didn’t I? This book just sounds like a bunch of fun and I’ve already messed up the reading order with the other books, so I might as well just keep his books on the list (because I know I want to read them all) and skip them next week so I can go onto the next ones!

KEEP

This week, out of the 20 books I worked through, I was able to remove 10 books! I’m quite happy about that, and after taking off some more books by the same authors, my Goodreads “Want to Read Shelf” is now down to 4,438 books (sigh of relief). I still have such a long way to go, but if I remember correctly, next week’s books are during my John Green period where I added books left and right, so we might get a tonne more shifted! Next week, I’ll be starting off at #132.

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoyed this post! See you soon, stay safe,

Ellie xx

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26 Comments

  1. Great post again! I am excited to get started with Alice Oseman’s books!! Also I have to read Girls of Paper and Fire, Sadie and What If It’s Us. Also Throne of Glass is one of my favorite series.

    1. Thank you!!! I think I did really well today, there were one or two that I struggled to remove but I don’t think I would have gotten to them soon aha! Oh, I can’t wait to reread book 1 and continue the series then! We have a lot of books in common on our TBRs 🤣💕

  2. I’m ashamed to say I have not read any of those books. I guess I would have excluded the Lollita one as well. I watched part of the movie and could not go on. Happy reading! 😉

  3. What if it’s us and Sadie were so good! I read Will Schwabe’s book because he was coming to my town and it was really good but that’s because for me it was relatable. My grandma and I talk about books we read all the time and we read this one together.

  4. Melmoth !! Had a good chuckle about this one. Don’t you forget to get him home safely!

  5. Great post! Well done for cleaning up more of your TBR!
    The only book on this list I’ve read is Crown of Midnight. Personally I think this is the book in the ToG series when it gets really interesting. It’s very different from the first book, which I really liked because I thought the 1st was just OK. But the third book is when I fell in love with the series.
    If you read the rest of the series I hope that you enjoy it Ellie 🙂

    1. Thank you! Ohh, I’m really looking forward to it then because book 1 was sort of meeeh! I’m definitely going to keep going though, thank you for telling me! 🙂

  6. I love reading these! I would like to read The Woman in Cabin 10 at some point too!

    1. Aww thank you! I’m looking forward to it! We’ll have to tell each other our thoughts when we pick it up! 🙂

  7. This is my favorite series that you do, I loved this!! I’m ngl, I looked up ‘Ohio’ and I think it’s going on my GR tbr. I’m worried it might end up being a little cliche, but it seems interesting! I got ‘Milk and Vine’ as a joke gift one year from a friend and tbh I loved it because it was funny BUT it’s definitely better as a joke than it is as an actual book lol

    1. Awwwww!!!!! Oh yay! I’m so glad that I can help you to find books! Yeah that’s what I was thinking too ahaha! Thank you!! 😊😊

  8. I love this Down The TBR posts, this is such an original concept. I might try to do it soon! I also have many books on my TBR and I could also remove some. How good to see you kept Crown Of Midnight! I think the books of this series keep getting better as you read them

    1. Thank you hun! I love making them! You should definitely give them a go! Yes! I really need to continue the series!! ❤

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