Conquer Your TBR #1

As of this post, I have 635 Books I Want To Read on goodreads.com! Now it’s time to be ruthless and figure out why I put it on the list and if I still want to read it. 🤔

Lia at Lost In A Story started this challenge back in 2016! If you want to play along here are the rules:

• Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf

• Sort by date added/reverse order

• Take the first 5 (or 10) books

• Read the synopsis of the books

• Decide to keep it or let it go


Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Date Added: March 2012

Thoughts: Based on the reviews, it doesn’t look like my type of book. The premise sounds interesting but the style of writing may be too gimmicky for me.

Verdict: Remove 🚫

The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay

Date Added: March 2012

Thoughts: I added this book because of Sarah’s Key also by this author. Even though the average review is 3 stars, I’m still interested in this story.

Verdict: Keep ✅

A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay

Date Added: March 2012

Thoughts: Another book added because I enjoyed Sarah’s Key. Based on the reviews, I’m afraid I’ll be disappointed. I don’t care to read about “whiny” characters.

Verdict: Remove 🚫

Paper Towns by John Green

Date Added: March 2012

Thoughts: I haven’t read any John Green novels and so many people say The Fault In Our Stars is better so I’m going to remove this one. Reviews say it’s formulaic and repetitive.

Verdict: Remove 🚫

Souvenir by Therese Fowler

Date Added: March 2012

Thoughts: This is the debut novel of this author. I previously enjoyed Exposure and Reunion so I’m keeping this on the list.

Verdict: Keep ✅


I’m curious to know if you disagree with any of my choices?

Or agree?

Any of these I should give a second chance to?

Tell me in the comments!

Jaymi at OrangeCountyReaders

Life’s too short to read boring books amirite?

6 thoughts on “Conquer Your TBR #1

      1. The writing is good but I think it was more the approach the author took to deal with the story. I typically don’t like books that use real-life tragedies as a “dramatic backdrop” so to speak but this was a really sensitive treatment of the grief caused by 9/11. I also really like books that are written for adults with children as the protagonists and in this case, I think it helped created a sense of innocence in the face of the aftermath of the tragedy.

  1. I loved The Fault in Our Stars so much, I gave my copy to every reading friend of mine and got them to read it. But, I haven’t read another John Green since because every other synopsis has sounded almost the same.

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