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Down the TBR Hole #1

Hey there everyone!

I have just discovered this meme thanks to Amy at Bursting with Books! I really like the concept of going through my TBR and cutting out some of the books..although it may be a painful experience, I think it needs to happen!

I have 437 books on my “to-read” shelf on Goodreads..which I think is a little bit of a problem..Now I am going to cheat a little bit and not include books by my favourite authors that I will be reading, as I am (slowly) getting through all of their books. there is a total of 159 of those (did I say I was going to get through them slowly?) So therefore, there is going to be a total of 278 books that I will be including in this challenge!
This is how it works:

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

the helpThree ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. . . .

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed

The Verdict: This book has been on my goodreads’ shelf since June 2013. I haven’t seen the movie either, and when I come across it in bookstores, I seem to just keep putting it back on the shelf, so I think its time for this one to go!


mao's last dancer From a desperately poor village in northeast China, at age eleven, Li Cunxin was chosen by Madame Mao’s cultural delegates to be taken from his rural home and brought to Beijing, where he would study ballet. In 1979, the young dancer arrived in Texas as part of a cultural exchange, only to fall in love with America-and with an American woman. Two years later, through a series of events worthy of the most exciting cloak-and-dagger fiction, he defected to the United States, where he quickly became known as one of the greatest ballet dancers in the world. This is his story, told in his own inimitable voice.

The Verdict: This one is tough to decide on. I originally added it because it was about a dances, and I love everything to do with dance..but re-reading the synopsis, I just don’t think I will ever be interested enough to ever pick it this one i’m thinking is going to go.


atonementOn a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

The Verdict: This one has been on my TBR for aggeeeesss! (since June 2013 to be exact) and although I haven’t gotten around to it, it still seems like it would be a great read..and its a classic! So I am going to keep this one!


secret keeper.jpg 1961: On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can’t wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything.
2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds – Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy – who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatefully entwined.
Shifting between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present, The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, theatre and thievery, murder and enduring love

The Verdict: I actually own this one, and it has been on my shelf just as long as it has been on my TBR. But the fact that it is physically in front of me, might mean that I will get to it at some stage, therefore I think I am going to keep this one 🙂 


forgotten garden.jpgA tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book; a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, “Nell” sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go

The Verdict: I don’t even remember when (or why) I put this book on my TBR..maybe I had a thing for Kate Morton at the time – as this is the second book by her in a row on my list – who knows. But I re-read the synopsis and I’m not too impressed..and it isn’t too much to look at, so I think this one has to go!


Okay bookworms, that is 5 books from my TBR and out of the five, it ditched 3. I am feeling good about this! I have a very long way to go, but I am confident that I can do it! What books have you recently scratched from your TBR lists? Have you read any of the ones I have mentioned in today’s post? What do you think??

Thanks for hanging out, and reading all about my TBR clean-up. I will have another one of these all ready for you next week, so don’t miss it!
Until next time, happy reading!

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