Down the TBR Hole #13

Welcome folks to the thirteenth round of Down the TBR Hole! That’s right, I’ve somehow reached unlucky number thirteen of this blog post series and I kind of can’t believe it. The previous twelve posts from 2017 have really helped to clean up my Goodreads TBR and start to get it to a point where it’s a little more honest and realistic about what books I’m ever actually going to read rather than just saying I want to read. I hope to continue this spirit well into 2018 so, for now at least, Down the TBR Hole is staying as a semi-regular feature!

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my twelfthmy eleventhmy tenthmy ninthmy eighthmy seventhmy sixthmy fifthmy fourthmy thirdmy second or my first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Why is it there? Honestly? Not even sure… I’m sure there was a stage at which I kept seeing Jonas Jonasson books everywhere, online and off-line, so I guess I must have added this then. Since then, I haven’t really heard anything super inspiring or encouraging about Jonasson’s books and I’ve never had the urge to buy this so I guess that answers the next couple of questions…
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. Don Juan by Lord Byron

Why is it there? I must have added this at the point I was studying Byron at school or university, because I feel like there’s no other reason for me to have done so. As it turned out, I liked studying Byron enough but not enough to actually actively pursue any of his stuff other than what I’d been assigned as required reading. I think that says it all really… especially since I graduated from my BA back in 2014 and my MA in 2015 and I still haven’t read any more Byron in the interim.
Do I own it? Yes (in one of my many literature anthologies, I’m sure)
Verdict? Ditch

3. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Why is it there? It’s an alternative history set at the time of the Napoleonic Wars about a pair of magicians (I presume, the titular characters)… like why wouldn’t this be on my TBR? It also apparently is inspired by like Romantic literary tropes and stuff and is written in the style of a 19th century novel. I’m all about that.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #12

Welcome folks to the twelfth round of Down the TBR Hole. I know, I know, it’s crazy to think I’ve reached the twelfth round of this little project but I think it has produced some great results and, as we’re getting to the end of the year and I’m thinking about spring cleaning my TBR ready for the New Year, I anticipate doing a lot of ditching of books in the remaining weeks of 2017! For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my eleventhmy tenthmy ninthmy eighthmy seventhmy sixthmy fifthmy fourthmy thirdmy second or my first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Why is it there? Pretty much everyone I’ve ever seen review this novel has commented on how impactful and life-changing it is – but there’s one problem, I have a sort of knee-jerk hatred for the word ‘impactful’ since I think it’s come to be a pretty redundant word due to how often it is used nowadays. I digress but basically… people say this is really good but can’t tell me why. That infuriates me so it turned me off the book without it really being the book’s fault. I’m also not a huge fan of child narrators so… there’s that too. Will I ever actually read a JSF book? Honestly? Probably not, eek!
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. Fragile Things: Short Fictions & Wonders by Neil Gaiman

Why is it there? I adore Neil Gaiman’s novels but I’ve never read any of his short stories, let alone his short story collections. I went through a phase of just adding all of Neil Gaiman’s writing onto my TBR list and this collection is no exception.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

3. It’s Not Me, It’s You by Jon Richardson

Why is it there? As a comedian, Jon Richardson is brilliant, he’s just so funny and I relate to quite a lot of his comedy routines (in particular the whole ‘you can have a putter and a leaver living together but you can’t have two leavers or they will die of dysentery’) so I’m sure his book will be filled with just as much petty moaning as his routines – perfect!
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

 

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Down the TBR Hole #11

Welcome folks to the eleventh round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my tenth!, my ninthmy eighthmy seventhmy sixthmy fifthmy fourthmy thirdmy second or my first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. The Girl at the Lion d’Or by Sebastian Faulks

Why is it there? Much like Engleby from the last Down the TBR Hole, I don’t actually remember when (or why) I added this to my TBR but any of that interest I did have has been completely lost, to the point where I don’t even remember what this about. Having checked out the synopsis, I’m none the wiser, or more inclined to pick it up to be honest… yikes.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Ditch

2. Enduring Love by Ian McEwan

Why is it there? It’s highly likely that after adding Atonement to my TBR, I went through McEwan’s other novels and added some to my Goodreads TBR. Much as is the case with the book above, I don’t remember when or why
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

3. The Once and Future King by T.H. White

Why is it there? I definitely added this to my TBR during my Merlin/general Arthurian phase in my early teens. Nowadays, I don’t really have a huge interest in these legends anymore. I’m sure the interest will come back around (like fashion) but for now I’m happy to leave this one alone.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

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Down the TBR Hole #10

Welcome folks to the tenth round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my ninthmy eighthmy seventhmy sixthmy fifthmy fourthmy thirdmy second or my first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier

Why is it there? As you may have gathered, I quite like Daphne du Maurier’s books. Rebecca is one of my all-time favourites and I’ve recently been trying to branch out and collect/read her (many) other novels. This is one of those. It’s apparently Gothic = great. It apparently features time travel which um, yes please? I’m intrigued about how that fits in with what I’ve come to expect from du Maurier’s writing.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

2. The King’s General by Daphne du Maurier

Why is it there? Well it’s Daphne du Maurier and, if you need to know why that matters, then read no. 1 more closely.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

3. The Glass-Blowers by Daphne du Maurier

Why is it there? Uh, yeah, see above.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #9

Welcome folks to the ninth round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my eighthmy seventhmy sixthmy fifthmy fourthmy thirdmy second or my first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. Blood and Sand by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez

Why is it there? I have no memory of this place this book… I suspect I stumbled across the author and then proceeded to add his bibliography as another of his novels, The Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, was ditched during my last round
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux

Why is it there? Having now seen the musical on Broadway (and planning to see it in the West End later this year), I feel like I owe it to the musical to read the source material. I hear it’s nothing short of ridiculous and dramatic and I am definitely here for that.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

3. The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith

Why is it there? My lovely friend Sarah bought me this for my birthday last year, under the recommendation of her dad I believe, and I just love it when people buy me books as a surprise. I’m rather ashamed that I haven’t got to this one yet but seeing as how I know precisely nothing about it, I’m sure it will be novel and I look forward to finally getting to it, hopefully sooner rather than later!
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #8

Welcome folks to the eighth round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my seventhmy sixthmy fifthmy fourthmy thirdmy second or my first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

Why is it there? I’m a slight completionist, and I am still slightly ashamed that I have an MA with Distinction in Early modern literature but I still haven’t read all of Shakespeare’s plays. This is one of the number that I haven’t read, though I’m aware of the story behind it, and I love the modern adaptation of it via 10 Things I Hate About You – an excellent film and, if you say otherwise, I will fight you on it.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

2. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare

Why is it there? See above comment. Interestingly, I have no idea what happens in A Midsummer Night’s Dream – this play is one of the few of Shakespeare’s that I haven’t seen some kind of adaptation of, and I know nothing about its plot. I’m really intrigued to finally get to this (hopefully soon) so this has to stay on my TBR.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

3. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Why is it there? I likely saw this on a ‘best books of all-time’ list or was inspired by Rory Gilmore’s rather impressive book collection which must include this book. A few months back a bunch of Booktubers did a readalong of this and I was interested in it, but I never even bought a copy so I could join in. Looking back, I think that was a sign that I don’t want to get to this quite enough for it to stay on my TBR list. A readalong is likely the only way I’ll be motivated enough to read a book that’s so huge so maybe if I see one sometime soon, I’ll have a change of heart but, until then, I think this one can go. I might end up watching the film though.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

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Down the TBR Hole #7

Welcome folks to the seventh round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my sixthmy fifthmy fourthmy thirdmy second or my first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

Why is it there? I have no clue. I think at one point one of the Spanish exchange students we had in school found out I studied literature and asked if I’ve read Don Quixote because it was required reading at their high school and so I felt like a fraud because I hadn’t read it, and knew nothing about it. Skip to 5 years later and I still haven’t read it, nor do I know anything more about it. I think it might be time to let it go…
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Ditch

2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Why is it there? As followers of this blog may know, I am still in the midst of a War and Peace readalong (I think everyone else is finished but I got derailed by a holiday and now I’m struggling), so obviously once that’s over I need another ridiculously long book to move onto – this seems to fit the bill. Because what do you do after you’ve read a bloody long Russian classic? Read a bloody long French classic, obv.
Do I own it? Yes
Verdict? Keep

3. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Why is it there? Back when I realised my view of literature was extremely Anglo-centric, I decided to actually add some French and Russian novels to my TBR list – this was one of the latter. I know precisely nothing about this story, and I haven’t read Dostoyevsky’s other famous novel Crime and Punishment, but I hope to sometime in the future.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #6

Welcome folks to the sixth round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my fifthmy fourthmy thirdmy second or my first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on there. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Why is it there? I’ve read classics, but my knowledge of modern classics is deeply lacking, especially when it comes to American modern classics – this is one of those. I was re-encouraged to keep this on my TBR by Liz, because she read it recently and said it had become one of her favourite books. That seems like reason enough to check it out.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

2. Animal Farm by George Orwell

Why is it there? Again, my knowledge of modern classics is lacking. I never did manage to finish 1984 but I really want to read some Orwell. Mercifully, Animal Farm is rather short, so it requires low commitment and it’s definitely one of those books that people say you should read.
Do I own it? No
Verdict? Keep

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Down the TBR Hole #5

Welcome folks to the fifth round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my fourthmy thirdmy second or my first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Outside of doing these posts semi-regularly I have also been culling my TBR list at random points when I’m bored – all of this is good in terms of getting my TBR to a reasonable amount of books but it also means that these posts are getting harder for me to do as I’m beginning to really agonise over whether to ditch or keep books on their. Not that any of this is a bad thing! Let’s get going on the 10 books under scrutiny today…

1. Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Why is it there? completely miss the boat on this book/series – it was released when I was (what) primary school age and probably the right target audience for it. It’s a young-adult steampunk dystopia-y book about (I think) mobile/train city states that hunt each other and compete for resources. Like… why haven’t I read this already? It’s a mystery, frankly.
Do I own it? N
Verdict? Keep

2. The Woman in Black by Susan Hill

Why is it there? I’ve never read any Susan Hill, but I think some of my school friends who were in a different English class to me studied I’m the King of the Castle when I did Lord of the Flies by William Goldman. Anyway, the point is, when the film of this starring Daniel Radcliffe started doing the rounds I was reminded again of Susan Hill’s existent so I added this book to my TBR. When it comes down to it, I’m not a fan of scary films or stories, so I’m getting doubtful that I will ever be brave enough to pick this up.
Do I own it? N
Verdict? Ditch

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Down the TBR Hole #4

Welcome folks to the fourth round of Down the TBR Hole. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out my third roundmy second round or first round post or check out Lia at Lost in a Story who is the creator of this wonderful meme/project.

I’m trying to make this a regular feature of my blogging schedule because it’s good to regularly reevaluate if/why you want to read a book – that way you don’t come back to your TBR years later and have no clue why a title piqued your interest in the first place. I’ve also added a summary of results bit at the bottom of each round so I can track how many books I’ve kept and ditched from my TBR shelf in each round and overall.

Just a reminder of how this works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Let’s get going on the 10 books… 

1. Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

Why is it there? I haven’t had that much luck with the Brontes so far. I thought Jane Eyre was just ok (I enjoy the critical theory surrounding the novel more than the story itself) and I wasn’t a fan of Wuthering Heights. Even so, I have been frequently told that Anne Bronte may just be the Bronte for me so I’m willing to give her books a go. That being said, I think I’m going to remove this one from my TBR, just because there’s another Anne Bronte book that interests me more and if I don’t succeed with that one then there’s no point in keeping this one on there. I can easily re-add it later if Anne proves to be the Bronte for me.
Do I own it? N
Verdict? Ditch

2. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

Why is it there? North and South is one of my favourite novels and Gaskell’s work really intrigues me so I’m curious about this one. Kirsti from Melbourne on my Mind (one of my new favourite booktubers) always speaks so highly of this book that I have to pick this one of Gaskells up next. And considering I’m much more likely to read this than Cranford, I think this one definitely deserves to keep its place on my Goodreads TBR shelf.
Do I own it? N
Verdict? Keep

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