down the tbr hole – week one

little alice fell down the hole, bumped her head and bruised her soul.

lewis carroll, alice in wonderland

hello again, my friends. recently i saw ngoc @ with love, from ngoc (who, by the way, has an amazing blog) do this meme, and it seemed like a pretty effective way to wear down my tbr. so, i’ve decided that from now on, i’ll being doing this once a week, and hopefully, i’ll finally be able to get my tbr under control!

lia @ lost in a story is the original creator of this meme. here are the rules, taken from her blog post:

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?

alright then, without further ado, let’s start sorting!


An ocean voyage of unimaginable consequences… Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago. Be warned, however: If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more. Find another companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as I lived it.

i remember reading avi’s city of orphans back when i was a small kid, and loved it. the writing was beautiful and the characters were well-developed. it was around this time that i started using goodreads, which probably explains why this book is #1 on my to-read shelf.

i haven’t read anything by avi since then, but since i loved city of orphans so much, i think i’ll probably enjoy this as well. so, the decision has been made – i’m keeping this on my tbr.


The first epic novel by George and Harold, the co-stars of Dav Pilkey’s mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series. Now with super-cool foil covers! Shiny! Fun! Oh, no! It’s not enough that George and Harold have invented Captain Underpants, the greatest superhero of all time, and that they’ve also saved the world FIVE times! They defeated Dr. Diaper! They punished Professor Poopypants! And they whacked the wicked Wedgie Woman! What task could be worse?!!? This one: As punishment, the boys have to write a 100-page report on “good citizenship,” and they have been specifically ordered NOT to write another comic about Captain Underpants. So what do they do? Aha! Meet Super Diaper Baby–the most powerful peewee to pack a punch. With Pilkey’s typical over-the-edge humor, Super Diaper Baby will have kids laughing until soda comes out their noses.

when i was younger, i loved dav pilkey’s captain underpants series. 10-year-old chloe thought those books were wacky, fun and hilarious. when the movie came out, i watched it, and well, i don’t know whether it’s because the story is presented in movie form, or that i’ve grown up, but i didn’t feel the satisfaction i used to get when reading captain underpants books. soo this one… goes.


Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises – and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna’s first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays – and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed…

i’ve already decided that i’m keeping this on my tbr. first off, this has been made into a STUDIO GHIBLI film. i’m a sucker for all things studio ghibli, and i’d like to read the original story the film is based on. also, this has an average rating of 4.28 stars on goodreads, and people have said that it’s perfect for all ages. so if 10-year-old chloe decided that this was something she’d like, i don’t see any reason why 15-year-old chloe shouldn’t give this a try.


Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

i think i marked this book as “want-to-read” when the movie adaption came out. and oh my goodness, at first i struggled to decide whether i should keep it or let it go. on one hand, many, many people (including my mom) loved it, but on the other, it isn’t the type of book i usually go for. but in the end, my fomo got in the way, so i’ve decided to keep it.


6 short pages of An Imperial Affliction, the book read by Hazel Grace in The Fault in Our Stars, written by John Green as a P4A perk.

so, umm, this “book” is six pages long, and not for sale. as much as i want to read this, i can’t find it anywhere. sooo this goes.


current tbr count: 1250 ; books let go: 2

there’s a decrease of 0.16% in the number of books on my tbr monster pile, which is a pretty small amount, but we’re off to a good start, if i do say so myself.

how many books are there on your tbr? do you struggle with dropping books from your tbr? (to be honest, i felt bad when doing so.) let me know in the comments ♡ (also, if you also do this meme on a regular basis, feel free to leave me the link to your most recent post :D)


3 thoughts on “down the tbr hole – week one

  1. Great post! I have like, way too many books on my TBR, lmao—just counted and it was 835 (not including the maybe shelf, which makes it 1015). Sometimes I think of clearing it, but then I’m just like ‘meh, not feeling it,’ haha. Glad you got a few books off your TBR 💕💕

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    1. ughhh same i’m always “not feeling it”. i’ve used goodreads since 2013 and over the years i’ve accumulated SO many books on my tbr, and sometimes they’re genres i’ve already grown out of. i’m just too lazy to clear it (until now) lol! i wish you the best of luck on managing your tbr 😂

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