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.
|The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
As often as this book has gone on my readathon lists, you’d think I’d have gotten to it by now. Or decide that I’m never going to get to it. Still, I like the premise of this book: sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of a will, one’s a murderer. KEEP.
|The Troupe by Robert Jackson Bennett
I think I’m off the combination of vaudeville/circuses and urban fantasy. I always have such high hopes and they never work out. GO.
|The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett
This quote alone is what’s KEEPing this on my list: “something of a magic trick in itself—a 1990s love story with the grace and charm of a nineteenth-century novel” (Newsweek).
|The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
This book has a vibe similar to The Westing Game. Considering that I haven’t gotten to that book yet (see above), I think I’ll let this one GO.
|Art and Artifice and Other Essays of Illusion by Jim Steinmeyer
The only reason that I don’t already own this book is because a few of the essays have ended up as material in Steinmeyer’s other books. But eventually one day I’ll want to read the bits I haven’t already read. KEEP.
Anyone have any experience with any of these? Any arguments for KEEP or GO?