Down the TBR Hole #7

Down the TBR Hole is a blogging meme created by Lost in a Story. You can see my previous posts as well as the books I’ve discarded so far 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?

October was my best month yet for taking books off my TBR; here’s to hoping November is just as successful.

I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

Not much to say about this book except I still want to read it.

Verdict: Keep

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Same goes for this book.

Verdict: Keep

Primates of Park Avenue by Wednesday Martin 

Whatever about this book appealed to me enough to add it to my TBR is no longer present.

Verdict: Discard

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt

Good for my post-undergraduate self for adding this. However, it’s no longer a book I want to spend time on.

Verdict: Discard

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

Although there is quite a bit of sadness surrounding this book, I’m still looking forward to reading Marina Keegan’s words.

Verdict: Keep

So You’ve Been Publicly SHamed by Jon Ronson

This book is nearly five years old, and by now I’ve watched, read, and listened to so much press about it. Therefore, I don’t think it’s going to be something I’ll ever read.

Verdict: Discard

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

Like I mentioned in my last TBR Hole post, there’s no need for me to have every David Sedaris book on my TBR when I have never read one. So I’ve already kept a couple, and am discarding the rest.

Verdict: Discard

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the MAnson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi

I’m assuming that when I added this I knew little about Charles Manson and his crimes. But by now I know more about both, and am not interested in reading any more.

Verdict: Discard

A Room of One’s Own by virginia Woolf

I got a good part of the way through this a couple years ago, and am still interested in finishing it – eventually.

Verdict: Keep

The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan

I read and enjoyed Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, so I’m hoping to have the same experience with this book.

Verdict: Keep

I’m not unhappy with an even KeepDiscard split, so I’m calling #7 of this series a success. Come back next month as I try to knock a few more books off the list.

Sound off about my decisions in a comment below.


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