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Down the TBR Hole #3


This is a meme started by Lia at Lost in a Story. The “rules” are:

  • 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?

I’m modifying this a little since my to-read shelf is a mess of books that are mostly in storage. Instead, I’m going to look at my wishlist—all those books I add on a whim during my travels around the book blogging community—and weed out the ones that don’t quite sound as good now. The “keepers” I’m going to look for at online libraries or add to my Amazon wishlist.

alt text The Last Love of George Sand: A Literary Biography by Evelyne Bloch-Dano

Do you know how many books by George Sand that I already own that I haven’t read? (Spoiler: It’s more than one.) GO.

alt text Goldenland Past Dark by Chandler Klang Smith

Do you know how many books about circuses/carnivals that I already own that I haven’t read? (Spoiler: It’s more than one.) GO.

alt text Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Robertson Davies’ Deptford Trilogy has a magic connection and I’ve heard good things about it since adding it to my list. And it’s available through Open Library. KEEP.

alt text Elephants in the Distance by Daniel Stashower

Yes, we’re getting into a portion of my list that is heavily influenced by magic. I’ve read some Stashower in the past and found him to be okay and I have The Beautiful Cigar Girl on my shelf. But I’m KEEPing this one. Way out of print though.

alt text Masters of Mystery: The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini by Christopher Sandford

Oh, this friendship. One of my favorite authors and my 10th favorite magician. I have books on Houdini. I have books on Doyle. Still want to read this one. KEEP.

Anyone have any experience with any of these? Any arguments for KEEP or GO?