Down the TBR Hole #5

Down The TBR Hole is a meme created by lost in a story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

The rules:

  • 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?

Picking up from where I left off:

Cannery Row – John Steinbeck

Book cover of "Cannery Row' by John Steinbeck

I’m not sure why I put this book on my TBR, seeing as I’m not the biggest Steinbeck fan. I did enjoy his East of Eden book, well, parts of it. But I certainly don’t go out of my way looking to read more of his stuff. I find his writing so-so for me, with moments of interest. This story is apparently not even a coherent story. It’s mostly a slice of life with lots of side-vignettes in it to give the reader an idea of this particular place and the people that live there. It could be an interesting read, but I’m not particularly drawn to it.

Verdict: GO

Different Seasons – Stephen King

Book cover of "Different Season" by Stephen King

Oh, yeah, another of my Stephen King picks! I have quite a few of his books on my TBR. I swear, I am going to read his work some day. I am. This book is a combination of four short stories, one of which is The Shawshank Redemption one (you know the film!). I didn’t know, however, that all four stories in this collection have been made into films. I guess that’s just the power of King’s work, nearly everything he writes eventually gets translated to the big screen. Perhaps that’s something to do with his genre? Perhaps people would rather see, than read, the horror he imagines? I don’t know, but I am still interested in digging into this book.

Verdict: KEEP

A Scanner Darkly – Philip K. Dick

Book cover of "A Scanner Darkly" by Philip K. Dick

I know I’ve put several of Dick’s books on my TBR, mostly because a lot of what he writes gets translated into film, and it’s my personal mission to read the book before seeing the movie in these circumstances. I totally forgot about this one, but having read the premise – an undercover cop trying to make a drug bust ends up addicted to the drug – sounds interesting and dark. I’ve read a couple of Dick’s other works and I am curious about how I’ll feel about this one, because I haven’t been in-love with his writing, despite how ground-breaking he is in the Sci-Fi world.

Verdict: KEEP

The Forsyte Saga – John Galsworthy

Book cover of "The Forsyte Saga" by John Galsworthy

A classic! And one that has a mini series of it! It’s clearly my M.O. I find aspects of this story interesting – it’s a social satire about a rich family and the rebellious woman who marries into it, chaos ensuing. I think I’d probably like it, but it’s also several books long, this is just the compendium of that! So I don’t know if I feel interested enough to spend my time reading all of this. I might just make an exception and watch the mini series to see if it is, in fact, interesting to me. I don’t want to waste my time reading about a bunch of snobby rich people that I probably won’t like (which is my least favorite thing in a book!) even if it is satire! Not worth it!

Verdict: GO

The Other Life – Susanne Winnacker

Book cover of "The Other Life" by Susanne Winnacker

I completely forgot about this book and what it was about. Re-reading its synopsis, I know why I put it on my TBR. A post-apocalyptic world where the main character has to fight to survive and is joined by a potential love interest…oh boy! While the premise sounds really cool, this book is also part of a series, a duology. I don’t know if the premise is enough to get me to embark on this series. I do think it could potentially be the kind of book I love, but I don’t know if I’m interested enough to go out on a limb for it. I’d be curious if any readers here have heard of this book/read it. If you have, let me know if it’s worth keeping? I’ll consider it.

Verdict: GO

The Stories of Ray Bradbury – Ray Bradbury

Book cover of "The Stories of Ray Bradbury" by Ray Bradbury

I love, love, love Ray Bradbury and I’ve read several of his short stories, many of which are required reading in school. I bought this book a while ago for my dad because he’s also a big Bradbury fan. The book contains 100 of Ray Bradbury’s short stories. I am definitely going to read it at some point, but I will probably treat it like a project – read a story a day kind of thing. Anyways, I’m not taking it off my TBR, that’s for sure!

Verdict: KEEP

The Men Who Stare At Goats – Jon Ronson

Book cover of "The Men Who Stare At Goats" by Jon Ronson

I’ve read two of Ronson’s books already (The Psychopath Test, and So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed) and really loved them. I think Ronson is probably one of my favorite non-fiction writers. This book I put on my TBR after seeing the movie of the same title (Yes, I know, I did things out of order! But in my defense, when I saw the movie, I had no idea it was based on a book, and the title alone would make for bizarre reading!). The movie was quite strange, but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume the book is going to be weirder. Truth is stranger than fiction, right? Anyway, I’m actually pretty excited about this one and I hope to read it soon.

Verdict: KEEP

The Marriage Plot – Jeffrey Eugenides

Book cover of "The Marriage Plot" by Jeffrey Eugenides

I have a couple of Egenides’ book on my TBR, mostly because he has some pretty famous books (I’ve read The Virgin Suicides and did not like it, one bit). So this and the next book on my list I probably picked at the same time. I think the premise of this story sounds interesting – an English major in a love angle with two very different guys, while studying marriage plots of two famous women writers: Austen and Eliot. I definitely am intrigued and not quite ready to pass on this one, even though I wasn’t a fan of the other book I read by him.

Verdict: KEEP

Middlesex – Jeffrey Eugenides

Book cover of "Middlesex" by Jeffrey Eugenides

While I was interested in The Marriage Plot, I don’t find myself interested in the plot of this book. I’m not one to pick up family sagas and the time period of this one isn’t appealing to me, either. Prohibition-era America isn’t all that interesting to me. I am a bit curious about the “family secret” plot of this story, but I don’t think it’s enough to compel me to read this one, too. I might just see how I like The Marriage Plot first and if the writing appeals to me on that one, then I might consider this one again.

Verdict: GO

What They Do in the Dark – Amanda Coe

Book cover of "What They Do in the Dark" by Amanda Coe

I must have put this on my TBR because it’s compared to We Need to Talk About Kevin, which I also have on my TBR. It’s one of those “dark, catastrophic childhood” dramas that come with a twist. I think this book has a twist or “shock value” ending, from what I can tell of other people’s reviews. While it sounds like an interesting story, I’m not sure I’d connect well with either of the two main girls, spoiled Gemma or feral Pauline. Because of that, I think I’ll let this one go. I’m sure I can find dark stories like this one that have better reviews.

Verdict: GO


Kept: 5

Discarded: 5

First time for everything – I ended up in a tie for kept and discarded. I’m still pretty happy with the result of this. The books I’ve kept are still appealing to me, and that’s what’s important. It’s not trying to get rid of as many books as I can on my list, it’s paring down books so that my list only consists of books I want to spend time on. I feel like I’ve been doing pretty well with sticking to this. This will be a long journey for me yet.


So, what do you think? Any books I cut that you wouldn’t? Any books that I’m keeping that aren’t worth my time? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you. See you next week for another meme post.

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