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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 Magician's Wife cover The Magician’s Wife by Brian Moore

The plot has a kinda-sorta historical seed in Robert-Houdin’s visit to Algeria, which is interesting to me. I’ve become a little leery of fictional magicians, but I think I’ll KEEP this one on my list longer. Plus it’s available from Hoopla. I might actually get to it one day!

52 Ways To Magic America cover 52 Ways To Magic America by James Flint

This one is on the opposite end of availability. Maybe it’s more easily gotten in the UK. It’s blurbed at the British answer to Carter Beats the Devil, but it seems much more mainstream and it is contemporarily set. It’s also touted as being well-researched, so I will KEEP it.

The Worst Hard Time cover The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

The Dust Bowl is something I find fascinating, but don’t know nearly enough about. This was a Nonfiction November recommendation from 2014. Given it’s wide library availability, I’m pretty sad with myself that I haven’t read it yet. KEEP.

The Rabbi and the Hit Man The Rabbi and the Hit Man: A True Tale of Murder, Passion, and Shattered Faith by Arthur J. Magida

I read Magida’s The Nazi Séance (about a Jewish psychic who becomes one of Hitler’s advisors) a couple years back. It was pretty good and the subject of this books seems as eclectic. But if I’m honest with myself, I don’t think I’m ever going to get to this one. GO.

Gretel and the Dark cover Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville

A bit of what I said about The Rabbi and the Hitman goes for this book as well. It’s not that I’ve totally changed my mind and this book is now unappealing; its that its just not compelling enough when I have a couple hundred other books in my queue. GO.

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