Down the TBR Hole: Round #4

Down the TBR Hole was created by Lost in a Story  to sort through your tbr pile. The rules are you go through a number of books on your tbr and decide if they should stay or go from your TBR.

I’m back at it and today I’m doing books 45-70. My TBR is currently at 478 and I write this and man we need to cut that down so I’m hoping I can be more harsh in this round but I’m terrible at being harsh so …… rip me

So these posts are pretty long now thanks to me having to do 25 books so lets just get into it!


46: Beyond Carousel by Brendan Ritchie: This one I received from the publisher and I plan on reading it pretty soon since I already read book one. Verdict: remains on tbr

47: Breath by Tim Winton: The struggle is real with me and old Timmy. I LOVE his writing style, but his books are honestly so .. macho boyish? Most the time I can’t connect to the main character who’s undergoing some internal struggle about beocming a man but I WANT TO. Anyway, his books are perfect summer reads and I own this so keeping and hopefully reading soon. (Also this book won a Miles Franklin Award and my mum liked it even more then Cloudstreet which is his most popular book so ??)

48: The Princess Bride by William Goldman: This one is a classic and I know it’s supposed to be amazing and funny and all that but I don’t feel super compelled to read it. I have decided to try the movie first. Verdict: delete from tbr, possibly re-add

49: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters: I own this and it’s wlw thieves so obviously I plan on reading this. Verdict: remains on tbr

50: North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell: Okay I watched the Netflix series and got super into it and I love Victorian Literature so y e s. Verdict: Remains on tbr

51: A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4) by George R.R Martin: I’ve read two of the ASOIAF books and I definitely want to continue on with the series. Verdict: remains on tbr

52: Boy meets Boy by David Levithan: I’ve never read a David Levithan book but he seems like such a staple and I’ve been thinking about reading this eventually so keeping for now. Verdict: remains on tbr

53: The Boy in Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne: This has been on my tbr for years and honestly it was because it was a classic and so well known but I doubt I’ll ever read this. For one, it’s too sad. And also, I don’t like the perspective it centres and so I just think if I WAS going to read a Holocaust story it wouldn’t be this one. Verdict: remove from tbr

54: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R Martin: I’ve started this before on audio and will finish eventually. easy save. Verdict: remains on tbr

55: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: This is a classic I actually intend on reading eventually. Definitely staying. Verdict: remains on tbr

56: Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder: This has been on my tbr for quite a long time and I think I’ve just lost interest in ever reading it. Verdict: remove from tbr

57: Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay: This is on my tbr because I saw an amazing and super scary production of it and I was so shooked and impressed with the play I had all these grand plans to read it which never came to fruition. I don’t think I’ll ever read it. Verdict: Remove from tbr

58: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: I LOVE the movie so much and I still feel like I need to read the book eventually. Like, I feel an obligation due to my love for the movie. Verdict: remains on tbr

59: Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane: I thought I’d read this because everyone has and Culture but realistically I haven’t even seen the movie yet and I kinda would like to do that first because it’s supposedly better then the book? So removing for now. Verdict: removed from tbr

60: Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson: So conflicted on my Brando Sando feels. I think I will remove for now until I’ve decided. Verdict: removed from tbr

61: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: I just bought this and I’m so excited to start it ! Verdict: remains on tbr

62: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire is one of my favourite plays ever and I’ve been wanting to read/watch more from Tennessee Williams so this is still a good choice. Verdict: remains on tbr

63: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf: I want to read this so badly not gonna lie. Virginia Woolf is an icon? Verdict: Remains on tbr

64: The Invisible Man by H.G Wells: Honestly this is another classic I thought I’d read but don’t think I’ll ever get to. Also I’ve seen some not so great reviews of it. Verdict: removed from tbr

65: The Town and the City by Jack Kerouac: I hear this is basically the book version of Kill Your Darlings so ……… I am highly tempted. Verdict: remains on tbr for now

66: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: This is some peoples favourite classic, and one of my friends irl loved this book. I really want to get to it sometime. Verdict: remains on tbr

67: The Sky Inside by Clare B. Dunkle: This has been on my tbr for years and I’ve never thought about getting it out the library and I probably never will. Verdict: remove from tbr

68: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle: OKAY THE BBC ROBIN HOOD WAS MY FAVOURITE THING EVER AND I NEED TO READ ROBIN HOOD FOR REAL. Verdict: Stays and oml I need to read this soon

69: The Outsiders by S.E Hinton: I know this is a super well loved classic but I also know that the author is SUPER homophobic, which is off putting. I kindaaa wanna read it because I know the gay community has like .. claimed Ponyboy? And I know it’s supposed to be so good but I don’t know if I’ll ever get to it. Verdict: Removing for now. 

70: The Crucible by Arthur Miller: Okay I owned this book for a full year and never read it and then I got rid of it so why is it still on my tbr in all honesty. Also, I don’t like Death of a Salesman. Verdict: removed from tbr


Well my tbr is now sitting at 468 so we’re down another ten. It would be nice to get back to 400 but we will see. I’m pretty happy with this purge I feel like I was pretty realistic with what I was and wasn’t going to read. Does anyone feel like when they go through their tbr they tell themselves they’ll read everything event though you know you won’t?

As always, let me know you’re thoughts. I’ll be back on Tuesday for round #5 of the Purge

xo jamieson

4 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole: Round #4

  1. The Outsiders was pretty good. I remember reading it back in high school. However, I was completely unaware of the homophobia surrounding the author.
    The Princess Bride is good as well but you got to be like in the mood for it. It can be really dense but it’s worth the read if you ever do decide to read it. My dad adores the movie so I saw it first before I read the book.
    Boy Meets Boy was amazing. A little bit unrealistic at times but it was so touching and just awesome.


  2. oh, I’d totally recommend the movie of the Princess Bride. it’s fantastic!! also, I randomly just saw the Crucible yesterday 🙂 it was good, but I honestly always prefer seeing plays to reading them. all the plays I’ve read and enjoyed have been supplemented by seeing them.

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    1. I think I’m gonna watch it sometime, I’ve heard it’s supper funny and just really good in general? Though, I’m terrible at getting to movies so we’ll see. Y e a h I mean the Crucible is supposed to be really good but I always have to read the scripts before the play because barely *any* plays come to Perth (though I always try to go to the ones that do) I’ve seen and read his other play Death of a Salesman and I don’t love it. If it ever did come I’d probably go see it and read it though just because might as well

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      1. IT’S ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES. and yeah, me too, I’m terrible at actually seeing them.

        And lol, I’ve mostly just seen a ton of high school plays and small companies doing plays. We have a lot of that in SF, I guess 😄


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