I’ve been in such a habit of only posting on Tuesday’s-Thursday’s that I realized Monday and Friday aren’t getting the attention they deserve! Mostly it’s probably because Monday’s suck and Friday’s I’m too excited about the weekend to get around to blogging. However, I thought today would be a great day to clean out the ol’ TBR pile (especially since I’ve been adding to it). Down the TBR Hold was originally created by Lost in a Story and here’s how it works:
Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous – but I never am) books
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: keep it or should it go?
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
First, I went through all the rules to this meme and this is the first one I needed to decide to keep or leave and I didn’t even remember adding this to my TBR at all (apparently I did so on February 20th of 2018). Boy howdy, how could I forget a synopsis like this?! Wow, not only a gripping story about a woman staring an execution in the face and the family that houses her but it’s based on a true story as well. Past that, it’s set in Iceland and I love reading new stories set in places I’ve a) never been and b) never read about either! I’m so jazzed about this book that I already put in a request to my library. VERDICT: Obviously keep!
I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
A number of years ago one of my very best friends was diagnosed with schizopfreniform (which is when a patient presents symptoms of schizophrenia for a significant amount of time within a month, but not for the 6 months required for a diagnosis). It generally either falls off into major depressive disorder (generally with episodes of psychosis) or is diagnosed as schizophrenia. It was a heavy and difficult time for everyone involved. Things have markedly improved on all fronts but it’s still something that’s an active part of our lives. I’ve recently added a few books on the matter, of people dealing with it first hand, either personally themselves or someone they love because I’m always trying to actively learn more. However, as I mentioned earlier I’ve also been in a weirdly emotional place so I’m not sure this is right for me at this moment. I’ve added a collection of essays recently on the matter that I think will be more up my alley than this read – despite it’s great reviews. VERDICT: Hasta luego (for now).
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
I don’t know where this book came from or why I even added it considering it’s so far outside of the realm of what I normally read. Granted, that might be just why I added it since last year that’s exactly what I was trying to do. In revisiting this synopsis, I’m honestly kind of confused what the book is even about but from what I can gather it’s some kind of odd-ball family saga. Family saga’s are honestly not my cup o’ tea and this one, despite some of my favorite GR users loving it, just isn’t really fitting in with where I’m at with my reading right now. VERDICT: Bye Felicia.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
This was actually on my short list of books to read earlier this year – but as you’re all aware at this point, I fell into a book slump and have gotten very little reading done. However! Despite this seeming like a “love it or hate it” novel (and with these I tend to fall into the ‘not a big fan’ category) it’s still really high on my list. While prose is rarely at the top of my list, it’s not ever too far down it either. What really shines through in many of the reviews I’ve read is that the writing and story crafting is stunning and lovely. So I think I need to re-re-visit this baby and move it on up the TBR! VERDICT: Request from library ASAP.
Station Eleven by Emily St. Mandel
This freakin’ book y’all. I actually started and then “paused” it last year and I found myself incredibly bored by it. However, I honestly was less than 50 pages into it so that’s probably my own fault. Despite it’s intriguing synopsis and stellar reviews I’ve had a hard time revisiting it. I actually own the book so I feel like I can’t remove it from my TBR just yet but it’s definitely gonna stay pretty low on my list of books I’ll be picking up in the near future. VERDICT: Keep ya cause I own ya (and maybe donate you later)
Well there you have it folks, continually whittling away at my ever growing TBR. Have you read any of these titles? If so, do you agree or disagree with my choice to keep or toss? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know!