Jackie's Forget Me Nots

No vase can overflow if you never fill it up.

Created by Lia @ Lost In A Story

Down The TBR Hole is a meme that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read. It’s a fun way to clean up your shelf to make room for new ones. Each Saturday, I’ll share ten books that have been on my to-be-read shelf for the longest and then decide whether I’m keeping them or not.


  1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. 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.
  4. Read the synopses of the books
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?
    Alright, let’s do this!


∗All books are affiliate links to Amazon

The Books

The Little Match Girl
by Hans Christian Andersen, Rachel Isadora (Illustrator)

Date added to my TBR: Nov 17, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: I adored this story when I was young. You can read it HERE. In French, it’s called ” La Petite Marchande d’Allumettes”. I wanted a copy just for old times sake but perhaps someday I will find it, just not on a virtual shelf.
Verdict: Will not keep

Icing on the Lake by Catherine Clark
Date added to my TBR: Nov 19, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: I want to read it but it seems a bit immature for me. It’s about a young girl who wants to meet a handsome young man and perhaps fall in love. I so want to read a good Christmas book that hasn’t been done before. *sigh
Verdict: Will Keep

The Smurfs Movie Novelization by Stacia Deutsch
Date added to my TBR: Nov 19, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Again I thought I could relive my childhoods favourite little blue smurf fantasy but I don’t think this one is the same as it used to be. The Smurfs are not in their element and it just seems too LA or whatever giant city this is. I adored Gargamel and Azrael his cat. I have read so many adventures of the Smurfs as a child.
Verdict: Will Not Keep

Baby, It’s Cold Outside
(When I Fall in Love) by Susan May Warren
Date added to my TBR: Nov 20, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: This looks promising but I fear it might be a bit too depressing to deal with. 5 people with broken hearts. Who likes a bah humbug, Scrooge? I don’t. Will Stella rekindle her Christmas spirit after losing her son?
Verdict: Will Keep

Come Sunday by Isla Morley
Date added to my TBR: Nov 21, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: An exercise in empathy for an emotionally scarred mother who is dealing with the loss of her daughter and growing up with an alcoholic father. Ugh! Life and all that you know, that is so prevalent in the world.
Verdict: I will keep this on my virtual shelf until I read the damned book because I have a real physical one.

Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu and Erin Mcguire (Illustrator)

Date added to my TBR: Nov 21, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Okay?! I mean just look at that cover and just by the title what does it remind you of? It screams Hanzel and Gretel and I love it!
Verdict: Will Keep

If Only You Knew by Claire Allan

Date added to my TBR: Nov 23, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: I don’t like purple shoes.
Verdict: Will Not Keep

The Puppy That Came for Christmas: How a Dog Brought One Family the Gift of Joy by Megan Rix

Date added to my TBR: Nov 23, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Make no mistake, I don’t hate animals but I am not an animal lover. It’s fine for someone else to take care but not me. However, I remember adding this to my shelf because it was recommended.
Verdict: Will Not Keep

My Mistress’s Sparrow is Dead: Great Love Stories, from Chekhov to Munro by Jeffrey Eugenides (Editor), Harold Brodkey, William Trevor, Guy de Maupassant, Gilbert Sorrentino, Vladimir Nabokov, Lorrie Moore, Mary Robison and more…

Date added to my TBR: Nov 23, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: A compilation of love stories. I love LOVE stories and this book suggest to read this in my single bed, (although I have a queen size). It would seem I am the perfect candidate for this book because I’m single. Great.
Verdict: Will Keep

The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy

Date added to my TBR: Nov 23, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: If you are attracted to Simon Van Booy’s books and like to read Love stories I suppose this one will titillate your fancies. I have yet to read one of his novels even though I got “Everything Beautiful Began After” from my secret Santa years ago.
Verdict: Will Not Keep

So there you have it. I am keeping 5 out of 10 this week.

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