Down the TBR Hole #1 || my goodreads is the actual definition of a “mess”

Hi friends, and happy Wednesday!

So, here’s the thing: my TBR is absolutely atrocious and not at all organized or kept-up-with in any way, by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t think I’ve even attempted to fix my to-read list since joining Goodreads. There’s no system for it.

Basically, if I see an interesting book online through blogging or a friend recommends a book to me, I look it up on Goodreads and throw it on over to my “to-read” shelf where it most likely never sees the light of day ever again.

Okay, so maybe I’m being a bit dramatic, but I joined Goodreads some time around 2015. That means that I’ve been adding books to my shelves for the past four years, which has ultimately resulted in me putting 202 books on my to-read list.

202 books. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I scrolled through my TBR, picked a book, and read it soon after. I’m not even sure that I’ve ever done that.

What good is my TBR if I don’t even know how to use it???

*And cue the Down the TBR Hole meme.*

Basically, the meme itself forces you to take a dreaded stroll through your TBR on Goodreads and decide if you’re still interested in a specific book. So, (hopefully) each week, I’ll attempt to not be horribly indecisive about books I haven’t thought about in actual years and decide which books to keep and which books should go.

Maybe my TBR can be more realistic?? A girl can dream, right?

Here’s to hoping I’m able to cut down on some books that no longer interest me and find some hidden gems that I 100% forgot about.

P.S. If you click the titles, you’ll be taken right to their Goodreads page!


🌸 Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.

🌸 Order on ascending date added.

🌸 Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) 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 should it go?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Even though it hasn’t officially been dubbed as a traditional “classic” book, I still feel like I really need to read this one for myself. I have seen the movie but, as I’m sure we all can attest to, books are VERY different from their movies. The story itself is realistically dark, and I really would like to give it a go.

~ KEEP ~

Independent Study by Joelle Charbonneau

I remember reading the first book of this series forever ago and absolutely LOVING it, but for some reason, reading the synopsis now doesn’t really interest me. I still think that the first book had a really unique take on a typical YA dystopian, but I’m not sure that its sequel would wow me??

~ GO ~

The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry

I have the most specific memory of gushing over this cover in the bookstore every time I saw it, but I somehow managed to completely forget what the book was even about. The story itself sounds strange and intriguing, so I’m here for it. Not to mention, I already own it on ebook, so maybe I should actually give it a go…

~ KEEP ~

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Here’s my dilemma with this book: a few years back, everyone and their mother was talking about it, so I was dying to read it. And in the 3 years since adding it to my TBR, I always glance over it in the store. Or, if I do pick it up to read the synopsis, I don’t feel completely pulled by the story. That goes to say that reading the synopsis now isn’t exactly striking my fancy. BUT, I still have this strange urge to read it?? I genuinely have no idea what to do with this one. Help me out here? Do you think I should give Cinder a chance???


Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Truthfully speaking, this one isn’t even up for debate. The synopsis still sounds as good to me as it did back in 2016, and I can’t believe that I haven’t started this series yet.

~ KEEP ~

Have you read any of the books I’ve been slacking on? Have any of them become your favorite? What should I do about Cinder? Tell me everything you think about the books mentioned here! Let’s chat!

21 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #1 || my goodreads is the actual definition of a “mess”

  1. Ahh, the struggles of a TBR. I use mine pretty often to decide what books I’m checking out from the library, but I definitely relate to it getting large and unmanageable way too quick.😂I read the first book in the Independent Study series too (I can’t remember the title?? it was long ago) and then didn’t love the rest of the series, so I think you made the right decision on that one haha! I haven’t read the others you mentioned, except for Cinder- which I liked, but didn’t love the rest of the series.

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    1. That’s really smart to use it for what you check out at the library! I’m actually a horrible human being that doesn’t use the wonderful local library that I do have, but I’m actually hoping to renew my card there soon. 🙈 Maybe then I’ll finally use my TBR more?

      I’m glad to hear I made the right decision on the rest of that series! I actually went out and bought Independent Study right after finishing the first one, so it’s just definitely collecting dust right now 😂 And I’ve actually heard very similar opinions about Cinder! It seems that a lot of
      People like the first book, but then the series starts to dive a little.

      Thank you so much for always being so unbelievably kind, Olivia! Your comments are always so sweet and make my day—thank you for checking out my post! 💜

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  2. I relate to title so much ‘my goodreads is the actual definition of a mess’ because SAME!! I never organise it and I’m too scared too!! haha!!
    I want to read The Perks of Being A Wallflower too because as you said it feels like a classic. Plus I liked the film and want to see what it is originally like in the book. I’ve never read the Red Queen series but it has always been one that interests me– it is on my goodreads too!!
    I have read Cinder and the whole series— I did get it for the hype as sci-fi and retellings aren’t always my favourite things or what I usually go for but I think they were good and read like a YA fantasy tbh. For me Cinder and Scarlet for average reads but the last two were really good so in the end I was glad I read it. I don’t know if that helps or not!! ahah!!
    Great post!! Best of luck with sorting your goodreads out!! 😉

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    1. LOL! Opening up my goodreads for this post was actually terrifying because I haven’t organized it in any way, so I definitely understand you.

      That’s exactly how I feel about Perks! I really did love the movie, and it just feels like one of those books that I absolutely HAVE to experience, you know?

      And that definitely helps! I’m not one to typically grab a sci-fi or retelling either, so I’m really happy to hear your perspective on it! I definitely do think I’ll still give it a chance because of the hype that surrounded it when it first came out.

      And thank you, Sophie! 💜💜


  3. I’ve read all of these (minus Independent Study) and I’m glad to see you’re keeping Perks, it was a really good read and fast-paced too!
    I’m also glad to see your keeping The Love that Split the World, the plot was quite different from anything I’d read.
    I would definitely recommend Cinder (and the whole series) if you’re on the fence about it, maybe take it out from the library? I read this series (like a lot of other books) through the library.
    As for the Red Queen series, the first book is actually good, but the series goes downhill from there. Maybe you’ll like them more than me. If you read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts! 🙂

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    1. That’s so awesome to hear that you’ve read a majority of these! And I’m really hoping to get to Perks sometime soon. I’m pretty sure that it was the first book I added on goodreads, so it’s been a long time coming. And I’m glad to hear that you enjoyed The Love that Split the World! The synopsis itself sounds really different from other YAs, so I’m excited to know that the book holds up to that as well.

      That’s such a wonderful idea to take Cinder out from the library; thank you! And I’ll definitely be sure to share my thoughts on the Red Queen series if I make it to them.

      Thank you for sharing all of your thoughts, Meghan! I loved hearing them!

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      1. You’re very welcome! Anything to help a fellow book lover! 😀

        I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about these books! I don’t know a lot of people who read The Love that Split the World so I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

        I’m a very big advocate of libraries! I’m always telling people to see if they can get books there if they’re not 100% committed to buying a book! 🙂

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    1. LOL! Yes, I’m definitely hoping that it’ll help me organize my Goodreads at least a little. And that’s so interesting that you feel the same way about Cinder! Like I said, people always talk so highly about it, but I’m never fully in the mood for it, I guess? And I hope you enjoy Red Queen when you get a chance to read it!!

      Thanks, Becky ❤️

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  4. Hm I’m not really sure on Cinder, I think it was an okay read for me? But then again it’s been so long I kinda forget about it… Red Queen was such a disappointment for me though, I don’t think there are other books that give me such a bitter taste other than Red Queen :/

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    1. That’s totally understandable! I often forget about the books I read if they weren’t terribly influential. And oh man, I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t like Red Queen as much as you would’ve like to!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read my post and comment though; it means the world to me!


  5. I pesonally adore the Lunar Chronicles series, so I would recommend reading Cinder, but I’m very biaised hahaha. I think in the end, it really comes down to a gut feeling and, if you’re still hesitant, maybe it means you are not ready to remove it from your list just yet? 🙂
    Ahhh The Love That Split The World! I have had this book on my TBR for AGES now, I really should read it eventually as well, it sounds so good 🙂
    Happy reading! ❤


    1. We’re all 100% biased about our favorite books, so I don’t blame you there! Cinder has been on my list for so long, so I definitely will read it. And I really like your perspective of me being hesitant translating to me not being ready to remove it! I definitely don’t think I’m ready to!
      I’m excited to hear that you feel the same about The Love That Split The World! I just remembered hearing about it when it first came out and falling in love with the storyline, so I’m surprised that I have yet to pick it up.

      Thank you for stopping by and dropping a comment, Marie! You’re always so sweet! ❤

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      1. I really hope you will enjoy it when you finally get to it 🙂
        And yees! there are some books I’m so, so impatient to read and years later, they are still on the tbr…. aerm. too many books to read haha 🙂
        Of course, I love reading your posts! ❤

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  6. I can only personally say that I really like The Perks of being a wallflower (the diary format might not be for everyone, but I genuinely liked the storsy), Cinder (the sequels are even better, but this first book was easy to read and a lot of fun to me, I liked the unique retelling style) and Red Queen (I just really love this and the characters soooo much) 😍💕

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    1. I totally understand why the diary format may not be for everyone, but I’ve actually noticed that I have been gravitating towards books with a more unconventional way of being told, so maybe I’ll pick it up soon? I’m glad to hear that you liked Perks though!

      I love hearing all of your thoughts on Cinder and Red Queen! Honestly, you being excited and briefly talking about them makes me want to pick them up right now!

      Thank you so much for stopping by and dropping a comment, Caro! You’re so kind! ❤

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