Down the TBR Hole is a blogging meme created by Lost in a Story. You can see my previous post here, and continue reading for my latest attempt at decreasing the number of books on my too-long TBR list.
This is how it works:
- Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order by [ascending] date added.
- Take the first 5 books (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous)
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
In August I kept nine out of the ten books. Let’s see how I fare this month…
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
I missed out on reading this in high school, but I do still want to read it.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
A book about reading and family stretched over many years; I’m still very much interested in reading this.
A Short HIstory of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
I’m guessing I added this book because I read A Walk in the Woods. The only problem with that is I didn’t enjoy A Walk in the Woods, and although I usually try not to judge an author by just one of their books, in this case I’m not trying very hard.
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
I’m more interested in reading this book than ever before.
At Home: A Short HIstory of Private Life by Bill Bryson
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
This is a biography from a Pulitzer Prize-winning author about a figure I know very little about. It has sort of mixed reviews but I’m looking forward to reading it for myself.
The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck
This is another book that has me completely stumped as to why I added it to my TBR – because I really don’t have any interest in reading a non-fiction account of The Oregon Trail. I think I might have been intrigued by the fact that the author took on the journey himself, but it doesn’t interest me anymore.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
I added this book because Molly Shannon is in the movie, and I wanted to be familiar with the source material before watching the film adaptation. However, I’m not really interested in either anymore, so…
Let’s Pretend THis Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
As with many books at the very bottom (beginning?) of my Goodreads TBR, I’m not sure why I added this one. The summary sort of sparks my interest now so I think it’s a keeper.
Naked by David Sedaris
One day I will finally read a book by David Sedaris. Will this one be the first? You’ll have to stick around to see.
I have decreased my TBR by four books – and this is officially the most successful Down the TBR Hole post yet! Come back next month as I try to knock a few more books off my TBR list.
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