Daily Archives: December 4, 2017

Down the TBR Hole #6

#NonFicNov is over. 🙁 Back to our regularly scheduled programs. 👍


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 Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

So, I’m a writer. I’ve been writing for years. I’ve had Bird by Bird on my TBR for years. My first thought GO because, do I *need* to read another book about writing? But, you know, maybe I do. KEEP.

alt text The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero by William Kalush, Larry Sloman

Houdini. My 10th favorite magician. I’ve read a couple books about Houdini and I own a couple that I haven’t read. But this one is one of the quintessential Houdini bios. KEEP.

alt text The Supernatural? by Lionel A. Weatherly, John Nevil Maskelynet

There are going to be a lot of “research” books that I’m going to KEEP. This is one of them…

alt text Psychic Mafia by Allen Spraggett, LaMar Keene

…And this is another. Both of these books were highly recommended to me, but I haven’t yet taken the monetary plunge to acquire them. KEEP.

alt text Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell

Despite the well-regarded author and the interesting use of Thomas De Quincey, I have so many similar books on my wishlist and in my queue. It’s also falling victim to the four “keeps” before it. GO.

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