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Down the TBR Hole 14


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.

Empty Mansions cover Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune by Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell Jr.

Nonfiction about a 19th century industrialist family. I was going to say “go” but I’m sucked back in. KEEP.

A Very British Murder cover A Very British Murder by Lucy Worsley

On the other hand, this one doesn’t *quite* seem as interesting as when I added it. I think I’d rather just read Victorian literature. GO.

The Golden Day cover The Golden Day by Ursula Dubosarsky

Hmm… Yeah… I can kind of see why I added this to my list, but sounds a little more literary than I care for. GO.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell cover Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Look, we all cave to peer pressure sometimes. Adding this book to my TBR list is an example. I know a lot of people have enjoyed this book, but I doubt I’m ever going to want to invest the time in this 1000 page behemoth. GO.

Budapest cover Budapest by Chico Buarque, Alison Entrekin (Translation)

Wait, what? GO.

Kind of a Monday bloodbath in the TBR Hole…

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