Daily Archives: May 23, 2019

Down the TBR Hole 19


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.


Preparing the Ghost cover

Preparing the Ghost: An Essay Concerning the Giant Squid and Its First Photographer by Matthew Gavin Frank

Science, history, and giant squids. KEEP.


Frankly Disillusioned cover

Frankly Disillusioned by Dean Metcalfe

I have not yet tired of reading the biographies and memoirs of magicians-who-aren’t-Houdini. KEEP.


Houdini & Lovecraft cover

Houdini & Lovecraft: The Ghost Writer by Ron Wilkerson

Speak of the devil… I suffer from Houdini fatigue and buddy celebrity fiction fatigue*, so this is GO for me.

*Lovecraft was the ghostwriter on “Imprisoned with the Pharaohs,” a story published by Weird Tales and originally attributed to Harry Houdini. The magazine and Houdini wanted to be mutually beneficial to each other and Lovecraft needed the money.


The Bone Key cover

The Bone Key: The Necromantic Mysteries of Kyle Murchison Booth by Sarah Monette

Bride of the Book God 2 recently reviewed this book and I remembered that it was on my TBR. KEEP!


Guns of August cover

The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

I should read this book. Knowing more about the beginning of WWI would be a good thing. By all recommendations, this is one of the best. KEEP.

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