Down the TBR Hole #1 – Decluttering my TBR

I’ve seen Zuky @ The Book Bum do this frequently and I decided to join in because I love the idea of this! I have way too many books on my TBR (and I keep adding more) and this really helps me figure out which books I REALLY want to read and which ones I will most likely never get to!

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  • 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?


The Kill Order (The Maze Runner #0.5) by James Dashner

I was dying to read this prequel when I first finished the TMR series! But now….. I’m not so sure anymore. This basically explains what life before the Maze was like – how the disease spread and the world changed. It’s been a while since I read the Maze Runner books and I really am not interested in finding out the backstory of the whole thing anymore. Also, this has nothing to do with Thomas. I don’t believe I will ever pick this up.

Decision: BYE BYEEE!!!

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

I actually thought this decision was going to be quite simple (and a clear NO) when I read the synopsis. But then I scrolled down and saw that so many of my Goodreads friends gave this book a 4 or 5 star rating. So now I really want to know what that is all about.

Decision: Initial BYE turned into KEEP



Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

I have the whole series in my TBR so I just summed up all 5 books into 1 😀 I have seen the first movie and parts of the second one and I liked them (but only because Logan Lerman is a BABE). But I know that basically everyone who has read the books hates (?) the movies soooo I do intend to read the books one day (just not in the near future!).

Decision: KEEP



Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Well, I am not so sure about this book. I’ve heard a lot of people rave about this one for YEARS. So then I bought it a couple of years ago but never actually got around to reading it. And now that I’m more invested in the whole bookish world, I’ve seen quite a few people say negative things about this one. So, I really don’t know. I mean, I own this one so I might actually read it one day. So for now…… this will stay.

Decision: Keep

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

KEEP KEEP KEEP KEEP! I feel like this is JUST the book for me! I am an English Major and a true fangirl, I love fanfiction and I just feel like I will be able to relate to the main character SO MUCH!

Decision: Definite KEEP!

Wow, so far I’ve only removed ONE book from my TBR! I can’t wait to do this again!

Thanks for reading!

Jackie x

Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? Did you hate them? Are any of them on your TBR as well? What do you think of my decisions? Let’s chat in the comments!

31 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #1 – Decluttering my TBR

  1. Great post! I love doing these to sort out my tbr, like you said, it makes it much clearer what I have on my shelf. Sometimes you get weeks where you don’t get rid of anything but that’s fine, just means you’ve got some excellent books to read!!

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    1. Yes, that’s so true! I loved doing this and I’ll definitely continue in the future! I also love reading these when other people do them to see which books people are keeping… and if
      I like the sound of it, I can add it to my ever-growing TBR pile! 😀

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  2. Oh my gosh, you MUST read The Lightning Thief! Rick Riordan is the best. 👌 And also, I hate the movies??? They don’t stay true to the books at ALL.

    I’m not sure about reading Rainbow Rowell’s books. I know she’s a great author (and person, so I’ve heard), but something about her books make me… twitch. XD

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    1. Omg how did I not know that? I thought the movies were awesome 😀 I guess I’ll have to read the books and see for myself because I HATE when a book-to-movie adaptation doesn’t stay true to the book GRRR!
      Hahaha, I’ve only read Eleanor & Park (I can’t make up my mind about it – I liked it but on the other hand I didn’t lol) but I liked her writing and I need to check out her other books to form a real opinion! 😀

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  3. I haven’t read The Lightening Thief yet either! I bought the box set so that me and my daughter could read them together and we still haven’t gotten around to it. Just when I was thinking I was the only one in the world that hasn’t read this series! lol

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  4. Great list!! Will Grayson, Will Grayson is probably one of my favorite books. I enjoyed every bit of it both times I read it!! Percy Jackson was also a ton of fun and there are other books written in that world that are still on my TBR pile. So many books so little time! I also need to read Fangirl! Definitely some good keepers on this list!

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  5. I personally really didn’t like Will Grayson Will Grayson, but I think that’s mainly because I don’t like John Green’s books in general. I hope you end up enjoying it!
    Ahhhh please read the Percy Jackson books soon!!! They are super quick reads and so amazing! Definitely much better than the movies haha.

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    1. Yeah I have mixed opinions when it comes to John Green’s books but we’ll see! 🙂
      And I’ll probably read Percy Jackson in the summer and take like the whole series with me on holiday!! 😂 I’m so excited to see how much they differ from the movies, I always thought they were the same!

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  6. I’ve read Fangirl a couple of times and each time I learn something I like or dislike about it that I didn’t think about last time. Overall, though, I give it 4 stars. It’s my favorite of Rowell’s books.

    I’ve read three of the Olympians series so far and I like it well enough so far. Riordan has a nice, funny voice that keeps me interested and makes me smile when I read it.

    I think you did a good job! It’s hard to let go of any books on a TBR, but hey, one step (or book) at a time.

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    1. Ah yeah I get that so often with books! Especially when I read other people’s reviews after I’ve finished a certain book and they mention (“negative”) things I missed while reading!
      I’m very excited to read the Percy Jackson series! I feel like they’re just my cup of tea 🙂
      And thanks a lot! You’re totally right 😀

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