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Down the TBR Hole #23


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.

Seer of Shadows cover The Seer of Shadows by Avi

If I remember correctly my niece likes Avi quite a bit. This story, with its history of photography, still interests me. KEEP, though it being YA has been a deterrent thus far.

Arthur & George cover Arthur & George by Julian Barnes

Oh, this is fiction. I am mistaking it for another book, I think. Doyle for the Defence, maybe? GO.


Man from Beyond cover The Man from Beyond by Gabriel Brownstein

Another fiction with Arthur Conan Doyle? Once upon a time I put these on my TBR, but that was before a lot of Arthur Conan Doyle nonfiction. GO.

Chaucer's Tale cover Chaucer’s Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury by Paul Strohm

I was ready to send this one packing, that I’d never get to it. But the blurb is really compelling. I love hearing about history as the backdrop for specific people or places. KEEP.

Deadwood cover Deadwood by Pete Dexter

Instead, I think this is going to be the history I’m never going to get to. GO.

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