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Down the TBR Hole #1

Hello bookworms!

I have decided to see if I can actually let go of the books from GoodReads tbr. Yes, Some of them have been there for a while now and they haven’t been read. I am not even sure which books have been added in the last two years. The list is 394 strong, so we have ways to go as this is the first post. I might do this monthly or bimonthly.

Let’s see if this actually helps me keep my tbr contained and tidy. (I am probably expecting too much from this, aren’t I?)

The Creator and the Rules

This was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story — she has a new blog though called Sunflowers and Wonder!

  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 synopses of the books.
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?
  6. Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!


Book #1
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Randsom Riggs

Summary: A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow-impossible though it seems-they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows. 

Verdict: Keep!

This book has been on my tbr since I started on GoodReads. Yeah. I have yet to start or finish a single book in the series. However! I do still want to know how I feel about the book, I might give it a try this month and see how it goes. So for now,  I am keeping it on my tbr.

Book #2
The Fall of Arthur by J. R. R. Tolkien

Summary:The Fall of Arthur recounts in verse the last campaign of King Arthur, who, even as he stands at the threshold of Mirkwood, is summoned back to Britain by news of the treachery of Mordred. Already weakened in spirit by Guinevere’s infidelity with the now-exiled Lancelot, Arthur must rouse his knights to battle one last time against Mordred’s rebels and foreign mercenaries. Powerful, passionate, and filled with vivid imagery, this unfinished poem reveals Tolkien’s gift for storytelling at its brilliant best.

Christopher Tolkien, editor, contributes three illuminating essays that explore the literary world of King Arthur, reveal the deeper meaning of the verses and the painstaking work his father applied to bring the poem to a finished form, and investigate the intriguing links between The Fall of Arthur and Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

Verdict: Remove

It’s with deep pain that I am letting this one go. For one, I don’t have a physical copy of the book and I am very adamant about having physical copies of any Tolkien books. So, maybe if and when I actually get around to buying it, I would add it to my tbr again. I think. Please, I am sorry, Professor.

Book #3
The Lost Road and Other Writings (The History of Middle-Earth, #5) by J. R. R. Tolkien

Summary: Once again, editor Christopher Tolkien satisfies the hunger of his father’s fans for more of the magical storytelling that has made The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy the most successful fantasy novels of all time.

Verdict: Keep!

Why? Because I have the actual physical copy, it might take me a while to get to it because I do not have any of the earlier books in the series but! I am trying to do my best to the series in my tbr this year onward, so fingers crossed.

Book #4
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, and Sir Orfeo by J. R. R. Tolkien

Summary:Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl are two poems by an unknown author written in about 1400. Sir Gawain is a romance, a fairy-tale for adults, full of life and colour; but it is also much more than this, being at the same time a powerful moral tale which examines religious and social values.

Pearl is apparently an elegy on the death of a child, a poem pervaded with a sense of great personal loss: but, like Gawain it is also a sophisticated and moving debate on much less tangible matters.

Sir Orfeo is a slighter romance, belonging to an earlier and different tradition. It was a special favourite of Tolkien’s. The three translations represent the complete rhyme and alliterative schemes of the originals. 

Verdict: Keep!

I am gonna keep it because I do have a physical copy and it’s slim book, I should be able to read it in a day or two. So…yeah, it’s still something I have interest in and it’s by Tolkien so…of course, I am gonna keep it.

Book #5
The Greek Myths by Robert Graves

Summary: *The definitive and comprehensive edition of Robert Graves’s classic retelling of the Greek myths*

‘Icarus disobeyed his father’s instructions and began soaring towards the sun, rejoiced by the lift of his great sweeping wings. Presently, when Daedalus looked over his shoulder, he could no longer see Icarus; but scattered feathers floated on the waves below…’

These are the greatest stories ever told – the labours of Hercules, the voyage of the Argonauts, Theseus and the minotaur, Midas and his golden touch, the Trojan War and Odysseus’s journey home – brought together into one epic and unforgettable story.

Ideal for the first time reader, it can be read as a single page-turning narrative, while full commentaries as well as a comprehensive index of names make it equally valuable for anyone seeking an authoritative and detailed account of the spectacular stories that make up the bedrock of Western literature.

The Greek Myths is a classic among classics, a treasure trove of extraordinary tales and a masterful work of literature in its own right.

Verdict: Keep!

If I am honest, I have already read at least a part of it and what I have read, I have loved. This book is such a comprehensive look at Greek mythology that I had to have it. My love for Greek mythology will probably never really wane, so I am going to keep it.

Books Removed in this Post: 1/ 5

Total Books Removed: 1/ 394

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