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.
|Ratcatcher by James McGee
I’m still a little intrigued by a story of Regency era crime, but will I actually ever get to it? Probably not. GO.
|The First Psychic: The Peculiar Mystery Of A Victorian Wizard by Peter Lamont
I’ve only read two books by Peter Lamont (The Rise of the Indian Rope Trick and Magic In Theory), but he’s one of my favorite writers on magical subjects. KEEP.
|Extraordinary Beliefs: A Historical Approach to a Psychological Problem by Peter Lamont
Same as the above. KEEP. Alas, these two books are “out of print”-ish. Extraordinary Beliefs is available in a Kindle edition for the scholarly price of $21.49.
|Pantomime by Laura Lam
At a certain point I added a lot of circus novels to my pile. None have stuck around, but I’m KEEPing Pantomime. It feels like the kind of YA I enjoy every once in a while.
|Fadeout by Joseph Hansen
There are two things that led to my adding this book in the first place: the main character is “an insurance investigator who is contentedly gay.” Emphasis is mine. An investigator who isn’t police (or a not-related-to-investigation profession) and a gay character who isn’t tortured by it. KEEP.
Only one cut. Slow week. Anyone have any experience with any of these? Any arguments for KEEP or GO?