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Down the TBR Hole #1: Yikes

by Aleen @ Lampshade Reader

I saw this meme over at burstingwithbooks.com and decided to go with it just because of the hopelessness of my Goodreads TBR list. It needs a little nip and tuck and maybe this will help me achieve that goal. Here’s hoping. Currently I have 2414 books on my to-read shelf. YIKES! and that number is actually growing. Heh.


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?

I’m going to start it easy and analyze 5 books.

“You are now a member of the Guild. There is no return.” Two hundred years after he was about to die on a Napoleonic battlefield, Nick Falcott, soldier and aristocrat, wakes up in a hospital bed in modern London. The Guild, an entity that controls time travel, showers him with life’s advantages. But Nick yearns for home and for one brown-eyed girl, lost now down the centuries. Then the Guild asks him to break its own rule. It needs Nick to go back to 1815 to fight the Guild’s enemies and to find something called the Talisman.

This is the first book that I added to my TBR shelf in 2013. *sigh* Dang, it still sounds good to me. I love time travel books so….


The next four books were added in my Pride and Prejudice variations phase. I would still like to read those kinds of books so let’s see what we have here…

In this imaginative retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Amanda Grange now tells the classic story through the eyes of its compelling romantic hero, Fitzwilliam Darcy—in a series of revealing letters that casts a sparkling new reflection on the manners and morals of the landed gentry in 19th-century England…


Here, for the first time, are the letters written by the exceedingly proud and stubborn Mr. Darcy, covering the life-changing events that defined him—from the death of his father, to his control of his Derbyshire estate of Pemberley to his conflicted courtship with the lively, intelligent, and delightfully willful Elizabeth Bennet. Try as he may, he cannot deny his attraction to this woman with fine eyes, a playful spirit, a mind of her own… and an embarrassing family that is frankly, and utterly, beneath him. But it is Elizabeth who controls both their destinies, and whose surprises will change Darcy’s life yet again. (less)

Although this one sounds interesting, it just doesn’t appeal to me anymore.


Fitzwilliam Darcy is a man with a great many secrets to keep, one involves his sister, and the other involves his heart. The problem is, he cannot just keep the secrets. They demand attention, and action, and in hopeless times, a good man does not always think things through, even when he is desperately trying to do the right thing for the two most important women in his life.

In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy arrived in Ramsgate before his sister could leave with George Wickham. Things are not so easily remedied in this two-volume variation.

This story contains scenes of a mature nature between a happily married couple.

Confession: I actually own this one. In all of it’s hulking 791 page-ness. What the heck was I thinking. It’s been sitting on my bookshelf forever. Honestly, I don’t think I will read it. But I have no choice but to…


Perfect Fit is a modern fairy tale featuring the characters of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Billionaire William Darcy is burdened with maintaining his family’s legacy following the tragic deaths of his parents, and must also attempt to restore his young sister’s spirit after becoming the victim of Internet luring by a former family friend. Elizabeth Bennet is a popular author of young adult mystery novels. She began writing as a way to escape first the behavior, and then the memory, of a dominating former lover. These two lonely people meet at a wedding, over a broken shoe, and learn that once upon a time can lead to a happy ending. This low-angst story contains scenes of a mature nature. Linda Wells is also the author of Chance Encounters, Fate and Consequences, Memory and Imperative.

Obviously, I was also on a Linda Wells kick. I like modern re-tellings, but really I have no interest in this one anymore so…



In the second volume of this variation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Fitzwilliam Darcy has survived threats to his mind and body, exposure of his deepest secrets, and endless challenges from his family. He could never have come so far without Elizabeth Bennet by his side. She has accepted and excelled in the position she has taken, and is the reason why he is so clearly the Master of Pemberley. Now he must finish the task he began the day they took their vows. He must safeguard his sister while protecting his estate, his family, and their future. Hope is their byword, love is the key.

Alright, y’all I just realized that my tastes have changed a lot in 4 years. Since I haven’t read Vol. 1, I don’t think I’ll keep this one. If I ever get to the other one and like it, I’ll re-add this to my list. But for now it’s goodbye.


Overall, that’s 2 out of 5 books that I’m keeping on my shelf. Not a bad start. This somewhat feels cathartic and I’m glad I saw this meme. I just know that’s it’s going to take awhile for me to purge the unwanted books. I probably won’t get to do this every Monday, but that’s the goal for now. 🙂

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herding cats & burning soup

Ack. Yeah, I don’t know that I could do this. lol I tend to hold on to my real books and ebooks I just let them collect and don’t worry about it. lol

Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such

What a great idea! I really need to do something like this, as I have several lists that are out of control. Good luck!

Geybie's Book Blog

Yay, what an interesting idea. I need to do this as soon as possible. My to be read list is long but not as long as yours. OMG I’m speechless, more than 2000 to read books? Wow. I hope you manage to shrink the pile.

Anyway, I love the sound of the books you choose above.

Jess@Fairday's Blog

This meme is such a great idea! I haven’t read any of the books you were deciding about- but I had fun reading your verdicts. #getsocial17 (sorry, a little late finishing getting around to everyone)

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books

You ditched more than you kept so I’d call that a success! 🙂 I did a massive weed-out of my GR TBR last year and I think it’s now at about 500. Still a lot but better than it was!


I did a totally book count of physical TBR pile in January. I need to do a check in soon to see what my progress has been. I fell like I’ve read a lot but who knows. lol New books are always coming in. I could just be treading water.

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Mary Kirkland

That’s an interesting idea. That’s a lot of books to be on a tbr list.


I fell in love with this meme when I saw it on Bursting with Books as well! I’m literally writing my first post for it right now {in between reading blogs}. I’m scheduling mine to go live next week.

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