Down the TBR Hole #4

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So last week, I managed to get this down to 760 books and throughout the week I’ve managed to get it down to 752 which means that not only have I already achieved my goal of 755, but I should be able to get it down to 750! I managed this by having a wee clear out of some sequels of books I didn’t enjoy (I was originally just looking to get rid of a few to balance out ones I added, but ended up finding more to remove than I thought!)

Anyway, let’s look at the books this week!



So we’re still at the point I was in my historical fiction phase and although I really like Boudica, I’m not sure if I’m really in the mood for reading a huge trilogy about her.

Verdict: REMOVE


More historical fiction. I’ve read quite a few of the books in the Tudor series and I think this is one of the only ones I haven’t read but again, not really in the mood for it and I don’t even think I own it.

Verdict: REMOVE


So this is a sequel series to another one that I’ve read and loved and for some reason just never got around to reading. I remember loving the first one and it includes weather magic which is something I adore. I would go request this straight away, but I think I want to re-read the first duology to remind me of the world and characters.

Verdict: KEEP


So this is another historical fiction novel, this time about pirates, however the author is one I really enjoy and I actually own this book and I’m always more reluctant to remove books I own as I’d have to physically get rid of the book (as if I take it off Goodreads but leave it on my physical TBR that’s just cheating). I think this is one that can stay but that might get removed later if I’m in desperate need of trimming my TBR.

Verdict: KEEP


More historical fiction! I promise we’re almost finished with it now. This is another book I own so again I feel that I should keep it. It was also a gift from my mum so I’d also feel bad about getting rid of it without at least trying to read it.

Verdict: KEEP


I’ve managed to get rid of two books this week which brings us down to 750 for the week which is fantastic. I’m super proud of that number and hopefully, I’ll be able to keep up this pace and hit my goal of 700 books sooner than I thought.

Looking at the books for next week, I think I might struggle getting rid of them which means I need to try and read as much this week as possible!

Have you read any of these books? Do you agree with my choices? Any books you’d recommend based on what I kept?

Down the TBR Hole #3

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Yep! It’s that time again! Last week, my TBR list was at 768 books after completing this however I did a bit of cleaning on it (I had some duplicates on it that I removed) I’m now at just 763 which means I only need to remove three books this week to keep on track for my target of reducing it by five every week!

So, time for the books!



Pretty sure I just added this based on the name. It’s a historical fiction novel set in Wales however it’s super long and I have no urge to read it at all.

Verdict: REMOVE


So this is another Arthurian book that I added during my Arthurian phase and although it’s meant to be very good, I just don’t really have any urge to read it either. Maybe once I start reading Arthurian books again I’ll want to read more, but until then there’s no point leaving it on my list.

Verdict: REMOVE


It’s a classic and I really enjoy Russian literature so this is definitely staying. I think the only reason it’s been on my TBR for so long is that I haven’t got around to buying it yet (as I know getting a good translation is super important)

Verdict: KEEP


Another Arthurian one, although this is a medieval classic and so I’m torn on whether to get rid of this or not. As I’ve already gotten rid of a couple, I think I’m going to keep this for now.

Verdict: KEEP


That’s right, I’ve not actually read this despite knowing how short it is. It’s one of those “Oh yes, I should really get around to reading that” books that I never do. So, because of this I shall make it a priority to read it.


So, after all that I’ve removed two books from my TBR which brings me down to 761 books. Because my goal is to remove five every week that means I need to either start a book today to get it off my TBR or get rid of another one from somewhere in my TBR pile. Luckily, I have Saga volume 3 on my TBR list and so not only will I be able to start that today, but I can also finish it so that will bring me down to 760!

Looking ahead at next week, it looks like there are several books I want to keep which means I’ll need to read several from my TBR list in order to hit 755 by next Monday. Fingers crossed I can keep this pace up as this is really helping me reduce my TBR pile (and helping stop me adding too many new ones to it)

Have you read any of the books from this week? Do you agree with my decisions? Let me know!

Down the TBR Hole #2

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So! I’m back with another edition of Down the TBR Hole! For more information about it, you can either see my other post or read the introduction by Lia, the creator of this tag.

At the end of my last one, my to-read list was 770 books and I’m glad to say that it’s remained at that! (I did add some, but then I read some too so it balanced out). I’m here with another five books and hopefully can remove some more of those too!



So as I mentioned last time, I was in a bit of a historical fiction mood when I first joined Goodreads and so added a lot of historical fiction novels to my TBR list. This one is by an author I’ve read and enjoyed however it’s been on here for ages as I’ve just not got around to it. I was originally going to remove this, but I changed my mind and decided that I’d rather remove it by reading it.



592167This is a book I added back while I was at University because it was relevant to my studies. I’ve read extracts of it and I always planned on going back and reading the entire thing once I’d graduated and had more spare time.

Verdict: KEEP





Well, as I mentioned last time, I’m interested in Arthurian Literature and this is one of the must-reads. I’m half tempted to remove this as it’ll probably still be a while until I read it, but it’s one of those “eventually I’ll read it” books so I feel because it’s essentially a classic, I can let it stay.

Verdict: KEEP



185407This is another book I added due to University – I took a class on the History and Philosophy of Science and one of my essays was focused on Darwin and on this book. Again, I read extracts but never read the entire thing and it was another I planned on coming back to. However, I don’t own this and remember it being huge and so I feel there’s no point in keeping it on my list. If I change my mind, I can add it back again later.

Verdict: REMOVE



When I first started adding things to my TBR pile, I went through and added all the books that I owned along with all the books my ex had and this is one of those books. As we’re no longer together, I figure there’s no point keeping this on here. I do have another book by this author on my TBR which I actually own, so if I enjoy that then I might re-add this but for now, I’m unlikely to read it.

Verdict: REMOVE



So, I’ve removed two, kept two and requested one from the library to get it off my list by reading it. I think that choosing one of the books I’m keeping to read soon is another good thing as it’ll help me get books off my TBR list even faster that just removing the ones I don’t want. I’ve a habit of mostly just reading the books I recently added due to forgetting about older ones on my list and so this will help me get around to reading those instead of always focusing on the newer books.

My TBR list is currently at 768 and I’m now setting a new goal to help reduce it faster. I’m aiming to reduce it by five books every week and so that means that I will need to read several books too to help do that and avoid adding new books to it (I can still read new books of course, they’d just go straight to my currently-reading pile). That means that in future, along with the five that I’ll keep/remove in order of them being added, I’ll also remove some from random points in the list or mention ones from the list that I’ve now read and removed that way. This might be a bit ambitious but I’ll try it for at least until I hit 750 and see how effective it was.


Anyway! Have you read any of these books? Do you have anything to say about them that might change my decisions? Let me know!

Down the TBR Hole #1

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So, this is a meme I’ve seen floating around for quite a while and I keep meaning to join it as my Goodreads TBR pile is currently 772 books and so I’m sure I can definitely reduce that a bit!

The Meme was started by Lia and the rules are:

  • 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?



Arthurian Romances by Chrétien De Troyes

So, I’m a big fan of Arthurian literature and this is definitely a key text to read for that. I’ve just never actually got around to reading it.

Verdict: KEEP




The White Mare by Jules Watson

So, I added this because it’s a historical fiction trilogy set in Celtic Britain and well, that does sound super fun as I enjoy historical fiction and love to study Celtic Britain (and Ireland). 

However, this has been on my list for ages and I don’t own it yet and don’t read as much historical fiction anymore

Verdict: GO



A Scots Quair by Lewis Grassic Gibbon

So this is a trilogy and the first book, Sunset Song, is a massive classic where I’m from as that’s where it’s set. Not only that but my sisters were both extras in a recent film of Sunset Song so I really, really need to get around to reading this.

Verdict: KEEP



Fell by David Clement-Davies

So this is a sequel to The Sight which I read years ago and adored and when I joined Goodreads, I discovered there was a sequel. However, it’s been six years and I’ve still not actually got the book yet and although it sounds interesting, I’ve pretty much forgotten what happens in The Sight so I’d have to re-read that first.

Verdict: GO


History of the Highland Clearances by Alexander MacKenzie

Well, there’s not much to say about this. It’s non-fiction about an important event in Scottish History. It’s quite a dense book as I’ve tried to read it a couple times but it’s so important I’m determined to eventually get through it!

Verdict: KEEP



So, I’ve managed to get my TBR list down to 770 books now. My goal is to eventually get it to under 500 books. Fair warning, when I first joined Goodreads I had recently got my Kindle so added a lot of classics to my TBR pile and was in a big Historical Fiction phase. That and of course as my favourite genres are Sci-Fi and Fantasy, the books I added in those genres mostly got read so there’s not many left at the beginning.

Have you read any of these? Have I made you want to add any to your own TBR pile? Let me know!