Down the TBR Hole: Round #3

So I’m not great at math (not my thing) but I recently whipped out my calculator and figured out that in order to sort my entire TBR by the end of this year I need to go through fifty books per week. I ran a poll asking for opinions and it came back saying I should do this post twice a week until the end of the year – which I will. So now I’m going to have this post on my usual Tuesday and then either on Thursday or Friday.

And when 2018 starts I’ll have a brand new, freshly sorted tbr pile.   SOoo because this is now got ALOT more books in the post, I’m not going to go as in depth about why they’re staying or going.

My tbr is currently at 487 books and this is books 20-45



21: The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock: it’s short, and it seems pretty sweet and I know a whole bunch of my friends absolutely LOVED IT. Also the cover is soooo freakin nice.  Verdict: it stays

22: Where Future Ends by Peevy Parkerhouse: This one has been on my tbr for a long long time and I still haven’t got to it. I considered deleting it but ultimately I still want to give it a go. If I don’t read it in 2018 I’ll probably delete. Verdict: it stays but last chance

23: Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: I just got this one from the library and I’m really excited to start it. Verdict: definitely stays

24: The Deal (Off Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy: This is a really popular fake dating series and I kinda am on the fence because I don’t love pure romance books but I do already own the ebook of this so there’s that. And also one of my irl friends loved this series.  Verdict: stays for now

25: What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler: This has been on my tbr for ages and never once have I ever seriously considered reading it. Honestly I just don’t like reading rape stories much? I understand why they can be important I just don’t … like them. And I’m especially wary when written by a man. This book is probably fine I just don’t want to read it anymore. Verdict: removed from tbr

26: The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6) by Brandon Sanderson: Hmm I’m so conflicted because I loved Mistborn but since then I’ve found out some things about Brandon Sanderson and I’m still unsure if I’m comfortable reading his books. Regardless, I haven’t read book one of the spin off series so I’ll take this off my tbr anyway and possibly re-add it if I do end up reading the series. Verdict: removed from tbr

27: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt: This is another book I’ve heard so so many good things about and the Australian paperback is just so freakin pretty everytime I go to the store I think to myself how I should buy this. This ones really short so I think I’m going to save it for a readathon. Verdict: remains on tbr

28: The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon: hmm another one I’m on the fence about. On one hand, I completely forgot this was on my tbr which tells me it doesn’t have a compelling premise or reviews. On the other, when I saw it was there I instantly remembered how many good reviews I HAD seen and why i added it in the first place. verdict: stays for now but last chance

29: Kiatana’s Journey (Creatures of the Lands #1) by Natalie Erin: I can’t even remember when or why I added this to my tbr. Verdict: remove from tbr

30: The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg: This one feels like a staple lgbt+ ya book and I swear everyone has read it. I’m not super keen about the premise but I also want to read this because ownvoices gay representation? Verdict: keep on tbr for now

31: Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra: I currently have this book out of the library and I want to read it pretty soon. Verdict: remains on tbr

32: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge: Eh, I don’t exactly remember adding this to my tbr, I don’t recall seeing any good reviews of it from my friends and I don’t really find myself intrigued from reading the synopsis now. Verdict: delete from tbr

33: We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Yes definitely want to read this and pretty much have already half read it. I should just read this soon so it’s knocked off my tbr since it’s so short. Verdict: remains on tbr

34: The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co #1) by Jonathon Stroud: I’m currently listening to this on audible and was quite into it but decided to put on hold just because I wasn’t feeling like ghosts – but it’s staying. Verdict: remains on tbr

35: How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C Lillis: Ok I was going to delete this off my tbr but then I saw so many positive reviews from people I Trust I had to keep it. Verdict: remains on tbr

36: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin: I’ve heard SO MUCH about this series both good and bad and I know the new one has just come out making all the hype return and in all honesty I’m super hooked on it cover wise? I’d like to try this series not gonna lie ….  Verdict: remains on tbr

37: The Moon Dwellers by David Estes: I can’t remember what this is about or why I added it but I do know I added it literally years ago and never felt compelled to read it so bye. Verdict: remove from tbr

38: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: ARRRRRRRGHHH screams because this is one of those books I KNOW I should read and I know my freakin mum loved this book and everyone loves this book and it’s a work of art ec cetera BUT I just feel no motivation to read it even though I kinda want to? oh my lord I don’t know what to do with this. I think I’ll tentatively keep on my tbr, watch the movie and decide from there. Verdict: remains on tbr

39: Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards #2) by Scott Lynch: Yes!!! planning on reading this very soon because I really got into book one by the end. Verdict: remains on tbr

40: The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen: I’m so excited to read this short story collection it sounds incredible and I think it won or was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize? So there’s that. Also the cover is super minimalist but I fucking love it. Verdict: remains on tbr

41: A Midsummers Nights Dream by William Shakespeare: I’ve actually seen this performed live TWICE. (One was steampunk themed it was so lit) anyway I don’t feel any need to read this because a: the play is pretty straightforward and b: I don’t love AMND? Verdict: delete from tbr

42: Red Dragon (Hannibal Lector #1) by Thomas Harris: I added this when I was obsessed with the Hannibal tv show but realistically I don’t think I’ll read it? The show was fucking awesome but I know that the book isn’t really anything like that and I just can’t see me every actually reading this. Verdict: remove from tbr

43: A Thousand Good Prayers by Yiyun Li: This is a short story collection by a Chinese author we studied this year at university and I loved the two we looked at in class so I am interested in reading some more. Verdict: remains on tbr

44: Matthew Flinders Cat by Bryce Courtney: My Grandad loved this book and okay I feel guilty I said I would read it but never did but it just seems kinda boring. Sorry but it’s gotta go. Verdict: delete from tbr

45: Epic (Epic #1) by Conor Kostick: This has been on my tbr for years and I’ve never seriously thought about reading it so I don’t think I ever will. Verdict: remove from tbr


Well my tbr now stands at 478 which means I deleted nine books of 25 this time. That isn’t tooo bad. I feel like I should probably be more harsh but I’m just so bad with telling myself I’ll get to these books …. one day

Thats all for the trip down the tbr hole! I’ll be back with another post either Thursday or Friday. As always, let me know if there’s anything that should stay or go despite my verdict

xo jamieson

6 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole: Round #3

  1. 1. idk if I influenced any of these tbr keeps but I stand by my adoration of Where Futures End and Smell of Other People’s Houses!! also you are going to love HTRAMH (and you know the sequel / companion is f/f enemies to lovers right? it’s a FAV.)

    2. I really loved Crimson Bound but ik it’s super polarizing ://

    3. I think I read something about Porcupine of Truth a while back relating to this straight boy harassing a wlw the whole book? Bill Konigsberg wrote Openly Straight, which is super popular and I liked a decent amount, but that one… idk, maybe it’s decried by the narrative, I won’t judge either way, just thought you might want to know :/


    1. You 10000% influenced The Smell of Other Peoples Houses & Where Future Ends. Your reviews came up and I was literally like Aw shit gotta read it

      Idk I just don’t have any real motivation to read it? It’s just one of those books I know I’ll never read bc I wanna read a million things more. I wasn’t in the community when it was hyped so I just like … don’t care? I guess

      Ok yeah didn’t know that thanks for the info. I know lots of people loved OS I just hate going into the closet stories even ov ones which is my issue notebooks but I just don’t wanna read them. I’ll check out the link but idk im not super motivated to read it anyway so I might just delete

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      1. yes i hope you love those so much. and i missed the hype for CB too 😦 but yeah I rlly don’t like closet stories either. they’re just so not my thing.

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  2. this is such a fun post to read through!!! i lovedlovedloved We Should All Be Feminists so i’m glad it’s staying 😀


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