Down the TBR Hole | 8/15

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 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?

The Well of Loneliness

I’m definitely keeping this one. It’s lesbian fiction and I know that I want to see if I like it. Plus, I own it and it’s been on my shelves for years.

Verdict: Keep


Salammbô

Thanks Goodreads for having NO DESCRIPTION. I had to Google it until I found something that told me what it was about. But, it sounds interesting? But I’ve read something by Flaubert and I don’t know if he’s my kind of author.

Verdict: GO! (to maybe shelf)


Swann's Way (In Search of Lost Time, #1)

Admittedly, meta fiction doesn’t usually interest me. So, I don’t think this one will work for me.

Verdict: GO!


The Perfect Prince: The Mystery of Perkin Warbeck and His Quest for the Throne of England

Perkin Warbeck is very interesting. Usually, he’s a footnote of Henry VII’s reign (which is eclipsed by Henry VIII’s in general) and I rarely see it mentioned at all. So, I want to read something that’s about it.

Verdict: Keep


After Midnight

It sounds interesting, but when I see it’s blurbed by Koontz I get a bit nervous. That and I don’t know how well it’ll have aged.

Verdict: GO!


Shades of Grey (Shades of Grey, #1)

Yeah, this looks like it would have been my thing in 2014, which was when I added it. Now? I’ve been Fforde a try and I don’t think he’s for me.

Verdict: GO!


Catherine the Great: Love, Sex, and Power

This is more recent than the other Catherine the Great biography I’ve read. It sounds a bit more updated, which is something that I like the sound of.

Verdict: Keep


A Royal Passion: The Turbulent Marriage of King Charles I of England and Henrietta Maria of France

I’ve read a little bit about their relationship, but not much. But I think it’d be an interesting read because this is an interesting period in general.

Verdict: Keep


The Fears of Henry IV: The Life of England's Self-Made King

I’ve never read anything about Henry IV. I think that it’s time to remedy that.

Verdict: Keep


The Romanovs: The Final Chapter

Massie is a great Russian historian. However, whenever I see his name I think about how old the thinking in the book might be. But, still, it sounds interesting because it focuses on finding the bodies and the DNA that proved we finally found all of them.

Verdict: Keep


Last TBR: 1536

Books kept: 6

Books removed: 4

Current TBR: 1530

What can I say? I have a weakness for historical nonfiction.

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Down the TBR Hole | 7/26/19

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 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?

Les Liaisons dangereuses

I literally have no clue what this is about but it’s described as scandalous and caused a lot of outcry when it was published. Count. Me. In.

Verdict: Keep


Death Watch (The Undertaken, #1)

Eh. On one hand, it sounds like my kind of thing. On the other, it kinda doesn’t. So, I’m really torn on this one.

Verdict: GO!


Middlemarch

You know what I’ve finally realized? I really don’t want to read this.

Verdict: GO!


The Myth of Sanity: Divided Consciousness and the Promise of Awareness

I don’t like the use of multiple personality since it brings to mind DID. I knew someone with that diagnosis and this author already pisses me off by taking that phrase and trying to twist the meaning. It’s like the word “cult”; it’s highly charged with a certain popular meaning that doesn’t match the academic one.

Verdict: GO!


Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, And Other Sex Offenders

With the profession that I’m going into, I’ll probably be running into sex offenders often. Whether through their survivors or identifying people who have gone through that trauma or actually working with people who are sex offenders. (Not a population I want to work exclusively with, but you never know the client who will walk through your door.) So, I’ll see about reading this.

Verdict: Keep


The Anatomy of Evil

I think that the idea is interesting — 22 levels of evil — but I don’t know how it’ll pan out in the end. It could either be very good or very bad.

Verdict: Keep


Man's Search for Meaning

I think this is one of those books that I’ll pick up when I’m feeling very depressed and just need some glimmer of hope.

Verdict: Keep


The Seventh Wife of Henry VIII : Katherine Willoughby, The Woman who Almost Became his Last Queen

This book sounds like a huge reach. Because, from my knowledge, Katherine Willoughby wasn’t going to be married by Henry VIII. She was the widow of his best friend, Charles Brandon. I doubt that he would have done that since they died within a couple years of each other.

Verdict: Keep (for the laughs)


King Hereafter

This is a novel about the real Macbeth. I think that sounds fascinating. And I’m going to have to see if I can find it through my library!

Verdict: Keep


Elizabeth Woodville: Mother of the Princes in the Tower

I really want to read a biography about Elizabeth Woodville. She’s one of those women who has lurked in the background of many Wars of the Roses books I’ve read. And I want to know more about her specifically.

Verdict: Keep


Last TBR: 1541

Books kept: 7

Books removed: 3

Current TBR: 1536

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“We are on the edge of a golden world!”

If anyone gets why I did an Anne Boleyn gif here you win my friendship. But! Going down more! I feel like I’m doing better at reading off my actual TBR and removing books when I don’t like the sound of them. Trying to be more mindful, here.


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Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 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?

Tommy's Tale

Doesn’t look like my thing anymore.

Verdict: GO!


Madame de Pompadour: A Life

I want to read another biography about Madame de Pompadour. The other one I read wasn’t what I wanted it to be and this one has a slightly better rating.

Verdict: Keep


Henry: Virtuous Prince

Believe it or not, I’ve never read a book by Starkey. I’m kinda hesitant because of his iffy reputation. Still, I’d like to give him a go.

Verdict: Keep


The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)

I have no idea why I added this book to my TBR.

Verdict: GO!


Singularity

This looks okay. I read Obscura as an ARC (same author) and I enjoyed it. But I don’t feel a pull to read it.

Verdict: GO!


The Vines

Again, I don’t know why I added this. I’ve never really been interested in Christopher Rice as an author. His stuff doesn’t sound like my thing.

Verdict: GO!


The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher

I know that Hilary Mantel is a good author. But I just want her to get off her butt and finish the Thomas Cromwell trilogy, you know?

Verdict: GO!


Brainwash: The Secret History of Mind Control

I’ve burnt myself on poli-sci nonfiction. So, will I read this one day? Maybe. Right now? Nope. In the near future? Probably not.

Verdict: GO!


Look Behind You

Eh? Looks like I’d get annoyed by it within minutes.

Verdict: GO!


Henry VIII: Man and Monarch

This one sounds super interesting. I like the idea of different authors writing different pieces about Henry’s life.

Verdict: Keep


Last TBR: 1552

Books kept: 3

Books removed: 7

Current TBR: 1541

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Next couple of months, I’m going to get this thing down to 1499!


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Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 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?

Unsinkable: The Full Story Of The RMS Titanic

I’ve always had a small obsession with the Titanic. Always. Ever since I was a kid. And, I really would like to read this, even though it’s small for a full history.

Verdict: Keep


The Book of Strange New Things

The reviews for this aren’t thrilling. And the description sounds pretty boring. It’s one of those I could like, but it just doesn’t sell itself well.

Verdict: GO!


The Peripheral

Eh? Sounds like a Black Mirror episode, but in a boring way.

Verdict: GO!


Creed

Meh? Sounds a bit boring.

Verdict: GO!


Doomed Queens

I’ve read too many books like this one tbh.

Verdict: GO!


The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany

This is one of those books I really want to read, even though it’d take me about three to six months.

Verdict: Keep


Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII

I’ve heard iffy things about this book. Lots of mixed reviews. I’m going to remove it for now, but one day I might read it anyways.

Verdict: GO!


Falls the Shadow (Falls the Shadow #1)

The reviews for this one aren’t that great, but that cover is fantastic.

Verdict: GO!


Fearscape (Horrorscape, #1)

I’ve been wanting to read this for ages and I have it on my Kindle. I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.

Verdict: Keep


The Last Queen

I’d rather read about Juana in a nonfiction book.

Verdict: GO!


Last TBR: 1560

Books kept: 3

Books removed: 7

Current TBR: 1552

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I shock myself sometimes by actually keeping my damn TBR down so much.


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Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 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?

A Duty to the Dead (Bess Crawford, #1)

I think this was back when I thought Charles Todd was a good author. Now? Nah.

Verdict: GO!


Carved in Bone (Body Farm, #1)

I’d rather read about actual body farms and the things they’re finding.

Verdict: GO!


The Magician

Doesn’t sound that interesting tbh.

Verdict: GO!


Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery

I love Eric Ives. He did an amazing biography of Anne Boleyn so I know that I’ll be checking this book out at some point.

Verdict: Keep


The Children Act

This sounds like McEwan before he got really weird with his last couple of books.

Verdict: Keep


A Dangerous Method: The Story of Jung, Freud & Sabina Spielrein

I’ve tried to read this multiple times and I just don’t think that it’s going to happen.

Verdict: GO!


What's Left of Me (The Hybrid Chronicles, #1)

This still sounds absolutely amazing tbh.

Verdict: Keep


A Burnable Book (John Gower, #1)

Historical fiction written by a historian???? Sign me tf up.

Verdict: Keep


Consumption

I don’t know? It doesn’t look like I can get it anywhere but I’m still mildly interested in it.

Verdict: GO! (to my maybe shelf)


Fateful

Okay so some kind of paranormal romance set on the Titanic? Nah, man.

Verdict: GO!


Last TBR: 1580

Books kept: 4

Books removed: 6

Current TBR: 1560

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Let’s just keep it going down!


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Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 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?

Because She Loves Me

I’ve been wanting to read this forever, but I’ve never gotten around to it. Reading the description still has me very interested in it!

Verdict: Keep


The Dying Game: A Curious History of Death

I’ve already read Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach and I had a practicum in hospice. So I don’t really know how much more I can learn about the history of death and the things that happen to bodies.

Verdict: GO!


Trainspotting

You know what? I’ve just not interested in this book.

Verdict: GO!


A Journal of the Plague Year

This is one of those books I want to read because it’s a first-hand account of plague. Yet, I also know that it’s going to be super boring and detailed and my eyes might start bleeding while I read.

Verdict: GO!


The Haunted Hotel: A Mystery of Modern Venice

Eh. I dunno. It doesn’t sound that interesting to me.

Verdict: GO!


Mystic River

I’ve wanted to read this book forever, but I know that it’s very hard to read and will probably scar me emotionally. So, I’ve been saving it for the right time. That time just hasn’t come yet.

Verdict: Keep


Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1)

While I really like the cover, I don’t think I’d like the book.

Verdict: GO!


Third Girl

It’s Poirot, so I’m going to read it.

Verdict: Keep


The Palace Job (Rogues of the Republic, #1)

A heist book? You know I’m going to read it. I just need to find a copy.

Verdict: Keep


Parade's End

I think I wanted to read this because of the miniseries. Years later, I’ve never watched the miniseries or read this book.

Verdict: GO!


Last TBR: 1593

Books kept: 4

Books removed: 6

Current TBR: 1580

The count continues to go down! I’m doing my best to read books off my TBR, so I think that really helps. Or when someone likes my “review” for a book and I don’t recognize the title, I go to see what the book is. Usually I remove it from my TBR!


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Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 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?

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Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 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?

Also, I’m doing another impromptu life update at the end of this post. Yes, it’s related to my sister.

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Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 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?

Continue reading

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

IT WORKS LIKE THIS:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 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?

Continue reading