Down the TBR Hole #19

Down the TBR Hole was originally created over at 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
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!
Book cover showing a small airplane flying over a deserted beach

Globetrotter Diaries: Tales, Tips and Tactics for Traveling the 7 Continents by Michael Clinton
Published:  February 16, 2013
On TBR Since:  February 16, 2013

As much as I love both travelling and reading about travelling, I’m not entirely sure why this was even on here.

Stay or Go: Go

Book cover showing an illustration of an open human mouth

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach 
Published:  January 4, 2013
On TBR Since:  February 27, 2013

Mary Roach is another automatic stay for me. Her writing is just so much fun.

Stay or Go: Stay

Book cover with blue ichthys with feet and the words "The Happy Atheist"

The Happy Atheist by P.Z. Myers
Published:  January 1, 2013
On TBR Since:  March 9, 2013

I kind of love the cover, but I think I can skip the book.

Stay or Go: Go

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O My America!: Six Women and Their Second Acts in a New World by Sara Wheeler
Published:  January 1, 2013
On TBR Since:  March 9, 2013

Now this is a travel book I definitely still want to read.

Stay or Go: Stay

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Gates of Excellence: On Reading and Writing Books for Children by Katherine Paterson
Published:  1981
On TBR Since:  March 18, 2013

This is a collection of essays and articles that falls into Professional Reading.

Book cover with orange background and a dandelion in the base of a light bulb

Stay or Go: Stay

Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
Published:  March 1, 2013
On TBR Since:  March 22, 2013

This is one of a number of business books that will start appearing in the TBR. Letting it go.

Stay or Go: Go

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Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss
Published: February 26, 2013
On TBR Since: March 22, 2013

I am really torn on this one. I suspect it’s going to make me really mad. But I’ll keep it on for the moment.

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Stay or Go: Stay

The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece by Roseanne Montillo
Published: February 01, 2013
On TBR Since: March 22, 2013

I have absolutely no recollection of ever hearing about this book. But it sounds fascinating.

Stay or Go: Stay

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Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Published: 2008
On TBR Since: March 30, 2013

Yeah, I’m going to read it. Eventually.

Book cover with the word "DRiVE" in red text

Stay or Go: Stay

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink  
Published: December 29, 2009
On TBR Since: March 30, 2013

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Pink’s work. This still sounds good.

Stay or Go: Stay

Seven to stay, 3 to go. Ending last week: 1807. Beginning this week: 1830. (That’s a subject for another post.) Ending this week: 1827.

Visit my to-read shelf to see how very far I still have to go!

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