Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #1

After reading the lovely Aria’s blog post at, I thought I should take a look at my Goodreads TBR list. I am guilty of simply throwing books on to the pile and never getting around to reading them so I thought a little sort through my TBR list might do the world of good and bring my TBR list down to a more manageable size, or it will simply make space for me to add more books which, let’s face it, is more likely.

This idea came from Lia at and here’s how it works:

1. Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
2. Order on ascending date added.
3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
4. Read the blurb of the books
5. Decide: keep it or should it go?

Book 1: Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood


My first instinct was to remove this but then I read the synopsis again and I have to admit I am intrigued. I haven’t read any of Atwood’s work and I think, from what I’ve heard, The Handmaid’s Tale is quite intense so maybe this will be a nice introduction into her writing.


Book 2: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie


I bought this book because it was on a list of ‘Books Everyone Must Read Before They Die’ and Salman Rushdie is such a prominent literary figure, however, the synopsis doesn’t appeal to me at all. I will read it one day, just not right now.

Verdict: Dropped

Book 3: Lord of the Flies by William Golding


Another classic that I just haven’t found time to read yet. The premise has always intrigued me but I’ve been a bit too nervous to read it because I have heard mixed things about it. I think I’m going to take the plunge.

Verdict: Keep

Book 4: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


I’m starting to see a recurring theme with these books, apparently I wanted to catch up on my classics when I first started Goodreads. Anyway, this book has always been one that I have been itching to read so I think I will have to put it on my list to read in the next few weeks.

Verdict: Keep

Book 5: The Trial by Franz Kafka


Another classic from the ‘Read Before You Die’ list and I have actually attempted to read this one. I started it and found that it is a book that you simply have to keep reading, if you put it down it’s hard to get back into the flow of it. I think there are other books that I want to give my time to more than this one at the moment.

Verdict: Dropped

So there you have it, the first five books on my Goodreads TBR list finally sorted through! I think this is a great idea to get you started, I may even do another one for the books I have more recently added.

If you decide to do one, please tag me in your post so I can see which books you have kept or dropped.

Happy sorting!


2 thoughts on “Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #1

  1. This is such a great idea! I don’t actually add books to my Good Reads TBR very often but I’m sure there are a few in there I could probably get rid of!


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