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Down the TBR Hole 16


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 Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale

I have a soft, soft, soft spot for con men. Which explains this book and the next. Both of which I’m KEEPing. (Happily, this one is available at the digital library!)

The Big Con cover The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man by David W. Maurer

Not only am I interested in the type of person that is a con man, but what vulnerabilities make the average person fall for their schemes. KEEP.

You Will Never See Any God cover You Will Never See Any God: Stories by Ervin D. Krause

I can understand why this ended up on my wishlist: midwest writer with Nebraska ties. But man, this just seems grim. I don’t think I can do grim right now. GO.

Illusion Show cover Illusion Show: A Life in Magic by David Bamberg

A magician’s autobiography.

alt text The Secret History of Las Vegas by Chris Abani

I was interested in crime novels set in Vegas, but the yen has somewhat passed. GO.

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


Writer, publisher. Hobbies include reading, studying magic & illusions from a historical/theoretical perspective, and playing ultimate frisbee.

2 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole 16

  1. Oh, I haven’t known about this meme! I’ll have to try it, because my TBR is getting seriously out of control. (Of course, I also have to resist adding The Secret History of Las Vegas, because that would defeat the purpose. LOL.)

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