Down the TBR Hole #20

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:

1) Mind Change: How Digital Technologies are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains – Susan A. Greenfield

This is one of those books that probably answers the question I always ask myself about what affect is my phone or my computer time having on my body, but specifically my brain. I would be interested to know where this book might lead and whether or not I really want to know the answer, since I use the computer a lot at my job and I certainly use my phone all the time…I might take this book off for now, but with the full intention of maybe returning to it later on, if I find myself in the right mood to search out the answers for this question.

Verdict: GO

2) Tales From Both Sides of the Brain: A Life in Neuroscience – Michael S. Gazzaniga

I guess I must have been on a brain book kick – two in a row! Apparently this book would be a pretty go-to if you want a more in-depth look at Neuroscience, since Gazzaniga is a renowned neuroscientist. I do think it would be interesting to read about all the crazy things that happen in the brain. It seems like such a complicated and still mysterious organ, one that we obviously can’t live without. I would hope that this book would be written in such a way that I, a layperson with hardly any scientific background, could read it and understand. But for now, I think I’ll let this one go. I must be over my brain book kick!

Verdict: GO

3) I Regret Everything – Seth Greenland

I…have absolutely no idea why I have this book on my TBR. Not only does it not really sound like the kind of book I would read at all, it also only has 402 ratings and 67 reviews. I don’t know where I would ever have come across this book…I mean, it probably could be pretty interesting, and well-written. But I don’t know what struck me about it to begin with, except for maybe the title…that does sound like something I’d give a look at!

Verdict: GO

4) An Appetite for Violets – Martine Bailey

This book sounds like it could be so many things! The main character is a cook, she just want’s to settle down, but then there’s a new wife in the house, who then goes on a trip to Italy, and the cook decides to keep a journal, and then there’s a murder…and her journal might be important in solving the case…But it’s not straight murder-mystery, it’s primarily historical fiction. I think I could have been interested in this in a certain time, but I just don’t know. I am unfamiliar with the author and I’m not sure the premise sounds interesting to me anymore. I think it just sounds like there are too many things going on.

Verdict: GO

5) We Are Pirates – Daniel Handler

I’m just going to say that I don’t really like the books Handler writes for adults…they’re just too weird. I absolutely love his Series of Unfortunate Events books and his YA novel, Why We Broke Up. But I don’t really like his other works. This one sounds like it could be cool…but I feel like I’ll be let down a bit when it comes to the pirates situation. I really only like my pirates one way: like super old-fashioned, historical-fiction pirates. Not modern day pirates. Which it sounds like this would be. So I think I probably put this book on my TBR based on the fact that it could be awesome and pirates are involved…but I probably didn’t think this through.

Verdict: GO

6) Rotters – Daniel Kraus

This book sounds so intriguing. I’m trying to figure out how grave-robbing will be linked up with the story of a young man coming to terms with his mother’s death and essentially meeting his father for the first time and having to learn to live with him. I feel like this book will be a seriously character-driven book, but I almost don’t mind if it also has a macabre underlining. What is with the mentioning of grave-robbing?! I am still intrigued, and therefore this book shall remain on my list.

Verdict: KEEP

7) Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death – James Runcie

I started watching the PBS Masterpiece of this series a while ago. I didn’t realize that it was based on a book series, for some reason, until I was already really involved in the show! So yeah, I retroactively placed this on my TBR. I still mean to read it, because I’m very curious about what the differences are between book and show. Especially now that the show has gone well beyond the books, I believe. But, I hope that I’ll like the books, because I do like the show and I’d hate to not enjoy the books, too.

Verdict: KEEP

8) Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays – Tina Packer

I have always been interested in Shakespeare. I think his plays are fascinating and I absolutely love his writing. He was a brilliant playwright. My thesis paper that I had to write in undergrad was about the women of Shakespeare’s plays, specifically Ophelia, Desdemona, and Lady Macbeth. I’d be interested to read this book, to see how much overlap there is between what my paper focus was and where Packer takes this idea.

Verdict: KEEP

9) Knightly & Son – Rohan Gavin

Oooh, yeah I forgot about this book! A father/son detective duo! This book sounds like it could be so much fun! And, if I like it, there’s a whole series, too! The only thing is that since it’s a middle-grade book, it could be a miss, for me, since I don’t tend to like middle-grade mystery books as much as adult mystery books. But who knows! This book has a decent rating. And because it’s middle-grade, I’m inclined to give it a go, since it doesn’t usually take me as long to read as adult books.

Verdict: KEEP

10) Living Like Ed: One Man’s Guide to Living an Environmentally Friendly Life – Ed Begley, Jr.

I’m always looking for some good environmental living books. I’m a big believer in going green and doing my part to reduce my carbon footprint, as well as my waste-footprint. I’ve read several books already on the subject and each book always gives me new insight into living this kind of life. It is still another thing to practice it. I feel like I’ve definitely made strides since my initial awareness, but I’m always looking for more information and how other people attempt this. So I’m excited to see what Begley has to say.

Verdict: KEEP


Kept: 5

Discarded: 5

Even-steven again! I find it funny that I had five books in a row that I didn’t want to read anymore and then 5 books that I’m still interested in. My shelf is one weird place…


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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