Down the TBR Hole 31

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 Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

This book is over 20 years-old, but I feel that it’s probably the foundational work of skepticism that should be more widely read. That said, I haven’t read it! KEEP.

HOUDINI UNBOUND: Espionage in Russia

HOUDINI UNBOUND: Espionage in Russia by David Saltman

I really do enjoy books about magic history, but man, am I over Houdini. GO.

You Will Not Have My Hate

You Will Not Have My Hate by Antoine Leiris

This is very possibly an important book about not letting one tragic event dictate life. But I’m going to be honest: I’m never going to get to it. I’m never going to be in the mood for this book. GO.

Beartown (Beartown, #1)

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

I’m kind of on the fence about this one. For some reason, I thought it was nonfiction. But it’s by the guy who wrote A Man Called Ove, which I haven’t read, but is liked by pretty much everyone I know. I think I’ll KEEP Beartown for now.

Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City

Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City by Kate Winkler Dawson

I will also admit that I’m a sucker for a historical serial killer, especially one that takes advantage of outside circumstances. KEEP.

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

2 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole 31

  1. Carl V. Anderson

    I would recommend starting with A Man Called Ove or My grandmother told me to tell you she’s sorry, when trying Backman. The later is my favorite of his thus far. Such a good book.

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