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Down the TBR Hole 32

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.

An interesting side-note: Four of today’s books were added to my Wishlist during NonFicNov 2017!

The Circus Fire cover

The Circus Fire: A True Story of an American Tragedy by Stewart O’Nan

My interest in magic extends to related arts, like the circus. This story still sounds good to me: I know little about “big top” circuses. KEEP.

Life in Code cover

Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman

Reading the Goodreads summary, I think I’d like to read Ullman’s Close to the Machine instead, though I suppose there might be some overlap between the two. GO for now.

Dust Bowl Girls cover

Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team That Barnstormed Its Way to Basketball Glory by Lydia Reeder

KEEP and extra bookmark since this book is related to the Be the Expert/Become the Expert topic I want to cover next week for NonFic November!

Endurance cover

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

Honestly, I don’t know when I’m going to get to this book, but every time I see it on a NonFic November list, still want to read it. KEEP for now.

Better Angels of Our Nature cover

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

Arguably an important book, but realistically not one I’m going to get to in the near future. I’m also not sure I can keep with this topic for 800 pages. GO.

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