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Down the TBR Hole 30


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.

Can & Can'tankerous cover Can & Can’tankerous by Harlan Ellison

I own a lot of Harlan Ellison. This collection boasts “ten previously uncollected tales.” I’m fairly sure I haven’t read some of them… So, KEEP!

Sun Never Sets cover The Sun Never Sets by Cate Caldwell & Matt Pearson

I have so much genre literature actually written in 1899 on my TBR list, but this steampunk man-to-the-moon story still sounds rather charming. KEEP.

 Medusa's Gaze and Vampire's Bite cover Medusa’s Gaze and Vampire’s Bite: The Science of Monsters by Matt Kaplan

I’m not sure there is really much science in monsters, but it’s a concept that intrigues the ten year-old in me. Plus, Medusa doesn’t get enough monster love. KEEP.

Champions of Illusion cover Champions of Illusion: The Science Behind Mind-Boggling Images and Mystifying Brain Puzzles
by Susana Martinez-Conde & Stephen L. Macknik

Don’t I own this book? Or have I read it? I think maybe I have. GO from my Wishlist.

Bunk cover Bunk: The True Story of Hoaxes, Hucksters, Humbug, Plagiarists, Forgeries, and Phonies by Kevin Young

I really want to read this. Why haven’t I? Maybe during the 20 Books of Summer. 😬  KEEP.

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.

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