Daily Archives: June 6, 2019

Down the TBR Hole 20


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 Ghost Club cover The Ghost Club by David Fenton

Man, I do like cover of this one. Magicians? Seances? The story feels a little muddled, but it’s very much up my alley. KEEP, though it seems like the author has pulled it from distribution.

The Two Hotel Francforts cover The Two Hotel Francforts by David Leavitt

I’ve read and enjoyed David Leavitt in the past, but to be honest, I’m not sure I’m ever going to get around to this. Literary fiction feels so very plain to me these days. GO.

A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts cover A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts: A Collection of Deliciously Frightening Tales by Ying Chang Compestine

A collection of Chinese ghost stories described “as a window into the history and culture of China and an ode to Chinese cuisine.” I don’t know why I haven’t read this already. KEEP.

The Traveller in Black cover The Traveller in Black by John Brunner

I think I added this to my TBR because it’s one of those foundational works of fantasy, but upon rereading the blurb and a little extra info about Brunner and The Traveller in Black, I’m not really interested in this now. GO.

Dr. Mutter's Marvels cover Dr. Mutter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

I’m still interested in book, so KEEP, but I think I’m a little scared to read it. The early days of medicine sometimes make me amazed that any of us survived at all.

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