Down the TBR Hole #17

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!

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

Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children’s Literature by Leonard S. Marcus
Published: May 1, 2008
On TBR Since: January 4, 2013

Professional Reading that I have been meaning to read forever.

Stay or Go: Stay

The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of FantasyThe Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy by Leonard S. Marcus
Published: February 14, 2006
On TBR Since: January 4, 2013

This is part of my TBR Pile Challenge list, so I should probably get cracking on it.

Stay or Go: Stay

Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom edited by Leonard S. Marcus
Published: March 31, 2000
On TBR Since: January 4, 2013

I was clearly on a Leonard Marcus kick of some sort.

Stay or Go: Stay

The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal
Published: December 29, 2011
On TBR Since: January 4, 2013

I’m pretty sure I’ve read books that cite this book, and that’s why it ended up on my TBR.

Stay or Go: Go

Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment by Katrina Kenison
Published: January 8, 2013
On TBR Since: January 9, 2013

Not feeling this one anymore.

Stay or Go: Go

Jews and WordsJews and Words by Amos Oz
Published: November 20, 2012
On TBR Since: January 9, 2013

This one does still sound interesting.

Stay or Go: Stay

Mindfulness in Plain English Mindfulness in Plain English by Henepola Gunaratana
Published: January 25, 1992
On TBR Since: January 9, 2013

Kind of a classic on meditation.

Stay or Go: Stay

The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling The Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling by Stephen Cope
Published: September 25, 2012
On TBR Since: January 11, 2013

This is another one I suspect might make its way back onto the TBR at some point, but it’s going for now.

Stay or Go: Go

The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age The Parent App: Understanding Families in the Digital Age by Lynn Schofield Clark
Published: October 9, 2012
On TBR Since: January 31, 2013

This hits topics on both the personal and the professional side.

Stay or Go: Stay

Prairie Silence: A Memoir Prairie Silence: A Memoir by Melanie Hoffert
Published: January 8, 2013
On TBR Since: January 31, 2013

I never got around to this memoir when it was new, and I don’t think I’m going to.

Stay or Go: Go

Four going, and six staying. Chip, chip, chip.

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Down the TBR Hole #16

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!

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

The Violin: A Social History of the World's Most Versatile Instrument The Violin: A Social History of the World’s Most Versatile Instrument by David Schoenbaum
Published: December 10, 2012
On TBR Since: December 26, 2012

Fun fact: I played violin from fourth grade through my first year of college. Every now and again, I still take it out of the closet and give it a go.

Stay or Go: Stay

Generosity: An Enhancement Generosity: An Enhancement by Richard Powers
Published: September 29, 2009
On TBR Since: January 3, 2013

Powers is an automatic add to my TBR. And it seems I went on an adding spree at the beginning of 2013.

Stay or Go: Stay

The Echo Maker The Echo Maker by Richard Powers
Published: November 1, 2006
On TBR Since: January 3, 2013

Same as above.

Stay or Go: Stay

The Time of Our Singing The Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers
Published: Jan 22, 2003
On TBR Since: January 03, 2013

This is part of my TBR Pile Challenge list.

Stay or Go: Stay

Genie Genie by Richard Powers
Published: November 8, 2012
On TBR Since: January 3, 2013

Stay or Go: Stay

The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 2 The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 2 by Neil Gaiman
Published: October 1, 2012
On TBR Since: January 3, 2013

Neil Gaiman is a favorite author, and Sandman is where it all started for me.

Stay or Go: Stay

The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 1 The Annotated Sandman, Vol. 1 by Neil Gaiman
Published: January 27, 2011
On TBR Since: January 3, 2013

Stay or Go: Stay

The Battle Of The Sun The Battle Of The Sun Jeanette Winterson
Published: November 2, 2009
On TBR Since: January 3, 2013

Another favorite author.

Stay or Go: Stay

Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles Weight: The Myth of Atlas and Heracles by Jeanette Winterson
Published: October 5, 2005
On TBR Since: January 3, 2013

This one is also on my TBR Pile Challenge list.

Stay or Go: Stay

The Theory of EverythingThe Theory of Everything by J. J. Johnson
Published: October 1, 2012
On TBR Since: January 3, 2013

I’ve enjoyed the other books of Johnson’s I’ve read, but I’m not drawn to this one.

Stay or Go: Go

Only one book going this week. Some weeks are like that, I guess.

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Down the TBR Hole #15

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!

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

The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail – But Some Don’t by Nate Silver

Published: September 27, 2012
On TBR Since: October 9, 2012

I’m pretty sure I started this at some point, and then had to return it to the library before getting back to it.

Stay or Go: Go

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Published: November 27, 2012
On TBR Since: October 24, 2012

Just not feeling this one anymore.

Stay or Go: Go

Fear: Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm by Thích Nhất Hạnh

Published: January 1, 2012
On TBR Since: October 24, 2012

I think I may need to read this one as soon as I’m done with the Woodward book.

Stay or Go: Stay

The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond

Published: October 19, 2012
On TBR Since: October 24, 2012

The moment has passed.

Stay or Go: Go

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman

Published: September 27, 2012
On TBR Since: October 24, 2012

I’m considering making this part of my Classics Club adventure.

Stay or Go: Stay

Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are by Jack Kornfield

Published: December 6, 2011
On TBR Since: October 29, 2012

Oh, man. I tagged this for a task in the 2016 Read Harder Challenge and still didn’t get to it. Time to let it go.

Stay or Go: Go

Reflections: On the Magic of Writing by Diana Wynne Jones

Published: May 3, 2012
On TBR Since: November 7, 2012

I had totally forgotten about this. Now that I’ve been reminded, I still want to read it.

Stay or Go: Stay

The Myths of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky

Published: January 1, 2012
On TBR Since: November 26, 2012

There are other, similar books on my TBR that I’m more interested in.

Stay or Go: Go

The Great Agnostic: Robert Ingersoll and American Freethought by Susan Jacoby

Published: December 3, 2012
On TBR Since: November 26, 2012

This one still sounds interesting, and it may dovetail with some Classics Club reading.

Stay or Go: Stay

Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts

Published: January  21, 2013
On TBR Since: November 30, 2012

I actually listened to the audiobook of this a while ago, though I never recorded it in GoodReads. I’d still like to give it a re-read.

Stay or Go: Stay

The Last Explorer: Hubert Wilkins, Hero of the Great Age of Polar Exploration by Simon Nasht

Published: September 6, 2006
On TBR Since: December 14, 2012

Me and my polar explorers. What can I say?

Stay or Go: Stay

Scott of the Antarctic: A Life of Courage and Tragedy by David Crane

Published: January 1, 2005
On TBR Since: December 14, 2012

Same as above, really.

Stay or Go: Stay

Half and half – 5 going and 5 staying this week.

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Down the TBR Hole #14

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!

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

Comic-Con and the Business of Pop Culture: What the World’s Wildest Trade Show Can Tell Us About the Future of Entertainment by Rob Salkowitz

Published: May 17, 2012
On TBR Since: August 22, 2012

This is more of an academic business book than popular non-fiction, which is not what I’m looking for.

Stay or Go: Go

Dreamland: Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep by David K. Randall

Published: August 6, 2012
On TBR Since: August 23, 2012

There are several books on sleep hanging out on my TBR, so I can let this one go.

Stay or Go: Go

The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean

Published: September 1, 2005
On TBR Since: August 28, 2012

Not to be confused with David Grann’s The White Darkness, which comes out this month. And which is also on my TBR. One word: Antarctica.

Stay or Go: Stay

Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children’s Literature by Philip Nel

Published: January 1, 2012
On TBR Since: August 28, 2012

This one falls under Professional Reading.

Stay or Go: Stay

Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room by David Weinberger

Published: January 1, 2012
On TBR Since: August 31, 2012

“Now that the facts aren’t the facts”… and this book is from 2012. Still feels important.

Stay or Go: Stay

The Well at the World’s End: The Epic True Story of One Man’s Search for the Secret to Eternal Youth by A.J. Mackinnon

Published: July 28, 2010
On TBR Since: September 12, 2012

I might come back to this one eventually, but it goes for now.

Stay or Go: Go

The Story of Ain’t: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published by David Skinner

Published: October 9, 2012
On TBR Since: September 26, 2012

This book got a mention on the Dictionary War episode of the Annotated podcast. I went to add it to my TBR and discovered it was already there.

Stay or Go: Stay

Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans by David Niose

Published: July 17, 2012
On TBR Since: September 26, 2012

I think too much time has passed on this particular one.

Stay or Go: Go

The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling by Quinn Cummings

Published: August 7, 2012
On TBR Since: September 26, 2012

Another stunt memoir that I’ve kind of lost interest in since I put it on the list.

Stay or Go: Go

The Impossible Rescue: The True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure by Martin W. Sandler

Published: February 14, 2012
On TBR Since: September 27, 2012

Hey, an 1890s Artic expedition sneaked into the list!

Stay or Go: Stay

Half and half – five going and five staying – this week.

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Down the TBR Hole #13

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!

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

The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to their Younger Selves by Sarah Moon

Published: May 1, 2012
On TBR Since: July 4, 2012

There are some authors I already love in this, and I’m looking forward to reading a little bit from authors I’m curious about.

Stay or Go? Stay

Soundings: The Story of the Remarkable Woman Who Mapped the Ocean Floor by Hali Felt

Published: July 17, 2012
On TBR Since: July 5, 2012

I here for science history in general. Little-known women in science are even better.

Stay or Go? Stay

The Wild Princess: A Novel of Queen Victoria’s Defiant Daughter by Mary Hart Perry

Published: July 31, 2012
On TBR Since: July 5, 2012

This is the first in a series that I’m not really interested in anymore.

Stay or Go? Go

Happier at Home: Kiss More, Jump More, Abandon a Project, Read Samuel Johnson, and My Other Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life by Gretchen Rubin

Published: January 1, 2012
On TBR Since: July 5, 2012

It sounds like a stunt memoir, but I think Rubin goes a bit deeper than just that.

Stay or Go? Stay

A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans

Published: October 2012
On TBR Since: July 5, 2012

This sounds very similar in concept to The Year of Living Biblically, but different in tone. While I do love a good stunt memoir, I don’t think this one is for me.

Stay or Go? Go

The Obesity Myth: Why America’s Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health by Paul Campos

Published: May 01, 2004
On TBR Since: July 12, 2012

The description of this is similar to the next book on the list, so I’m going to let this one go and keep the other.

Stay or Go? Go

Health at Every Size: The Surprising Truth About Your Weight by Linda Bacon

Published: October 11, 2008
On TBR Since: July 12, 2012

Keeping this one and dropping the Campos book, though I’ve switched editions to the 2010 revised edition.

Stay or Go? Stay

The Perfect Mile: Three Athletes, One Goal, and Less Than Four Minutes to Achieve It by Neal Bascomb

Published: April 2004
On TBR Since: July 26, 2012

Still interested in this bit of running history.

Stay or Go? Stay

A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York by Liz Robbins

Published: October 1, 2008
On TBR Since: July 27, 2012

I definitely still want to read this, but it’s probably going to be a while.

Stay or Go? Stay

Astray by Emma Donoghue

Published: September 5, 2012
On TBR Since: August 22, 2012

I’ll read almost anything by Donoghue (still not reading Room, thanks very much), so this stays.

Stay or Go? Stay

Seven staying on the list, three going off. I’m never, ever going to reach the end of the list.

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Down the TBR Hole #12

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!

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

Running the Edge: Discover the secrets to better running and a better life by Adam Goucher
Published: Sep 05, 2011
On TBR Since: Jun 10, 2012

This is more of a self-help book than a running book. The library doesn’t own a copy, and I don’t see myself buying it anytime soon.

Stay or Go? Go

Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World’s Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler by Jessica Speart
Published:Mar 17, 2011
On TBR Since:Jun 11, 2012

Nature/science true crime, along the lines of The Feather Thief, which I loved.

Stay or Go? Stay

Coming of Age on Zoloft: How Antidepressants Cheered Us Up, Let Us Down, and Changed Who We Are by Katherine Sharpe
Published:Jun 05, 2012
On TBR Since: Jun 13, 2012

This looks like more of a memoir than I thought it was. I should really read it before it gets completely out of date.

Stay or Go? Stay

Darwin’s Ghosts: The Secret History of Evolution by Rebecca Stott
Published:Jan 01, 2012
On TBR Since:Jun 13, 2012

Oooh, science history!

Stay or Go? Stay

All Roads Lead to Austen: A Yearlong Journey with Jane by Amy Elizabeth Smith
Published: Jun 01, 2012
On TBR Since: Jun 13, 2012

I will read some Austen at some point. Promise.

Stay or Go? Go

Skulls: An Exploration of Alan Dudley’s Curious Collection by Simon Winchester
Published: Oct 09, 2012
On TBR Since: Jun 18, 2012

I’m pretty sure I had this confused with a different book. Well, that’s embarrassing.

Stay or Go? Go

Dead Men by Richard Pierce
Published: Mar 01, 2012
On TBR Since: Jun 18, 2012

Antarctic fiction drawing on the doomed Scott expedition? Yes, please.

Stay or Go? Stay

What We Brought Back: Jewish Life After Birthright: Reflections by Alumni of Taglit-Birthright Israel Trips by Wayne Hoffman
Published: Sep 2010
On TBR Since: Jun 25, 2012

Fun fact: I went on a Birthright trip at the end of 2001. It was an experience made slightly more challenging by the fact that I was in a walking cast for a broken metatarsal. I’m very curious about this book.
Stay or Go? Stay

Better Nate Than Ever (Better Nate Than Ever #1) by Tim Federle
Published: Feb 05, 2013
On TBR Since: Jun 26, 2012

I’m super-late to the party on this one, I know.

Stay or Go? Stay

You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too by Tammy Strobel
Published:Aug 21, 2012
On TBR Since:Jun 28, 2012
I was given an ARC of this at a conference. That ARC is long gone, and there are other similar books I’m more interested in these days.
Stay or Go? Go

Four going, six staying. That seems to be my usual count!

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Down the TBR Hole #11

I started this post back in June, and then took an unplanned hiatus. But we’re back!

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!

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

The Lure of Long Distances by Robin Harvie
Published: April 1, 2011
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

I love a good running memoir, especially ones from amateur athletes, so this sounded ideal. After reading some of the reviews, though, I don’t think I’m going to get to it.

Stay or Go? Go

The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear by Seth Mnookin
Published: January 25, 2011
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

I’m pretty sure this book will make me both angry and sad, and I’m also pretty sure I need to read it.

Stay or Go? Stay

Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire by Simon Winchester
Published: December 31, 1985
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

As much as I <3 Simon Winchester, I’ve already listened to parts of the abridged audiobook edition, and I think I’m going to give this one a pass.

Stay or Go? Go

Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth by James M. Tabor
Published: January 1, 2010
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

The topic sounds so good, but the writing… not so much.

Stay or Go? Go

A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique & American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz
Published: June 30, 2008
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

I should probably actually read The Feminine Mystique before this one, so I think it’s going to hang out in the TBR for a while yet.

Stay or Go? Stay

Taking My Life by Jane Rule
Published: October 11, 2011
On TBR Since: March 28, 2012

I’m a little apprehensive about this one because it was an unfinished manuscript published posthumously, which always gives me pause. But I think I’ll keep it.

Stay or Go? Stay

When We Were Outlaws: A Memoir of Love and Revolution by Jeanne Cordova
Published: October 18, 2011
On TBR Since: March 28, 2012

A memoir of a turbulent – and not all that far in the past, really – time.

Stay or Go? Stay

Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past by Peter Boag
Published: August 2, 2011
On TBR Since: March 28, 2012

This looks like it’s going to be pretty academic (unsurprising, given it’s published by a university press), but still interesting.

Stay or Go? Stay

Turing’s Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe by George Dyson
Published: January 1, 2012
On TBR Since: April 4, 2012

Another one where the idea sounds interesting, but it appears to be executed better elsewhere.

Stay or Go? Go

Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics by Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim
Published: March 2, 2012
On TBR Since: May 31, 2012

This still sounds like a pretty good cross-section of my interests.

Stay or Go? Stay

Four to go, six to stay. Chipping at the backlist, even though I’ve definitely added more than four books to the other end of the TBR in the last week.

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Down the TBR Hole #9

Down the TBR Hole was originally created over at Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, you’re 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!

My to-read shelf: 1050 titles

Reading Women: How the Great Books of Feminism Changed My Life by Stephanie Staal

Published: January 31, 2011
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

The reviews on this one are pretty rough. Probably best to skip the memoir and just read those books instead.

Stay or Go? Go

Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage by Stephanie Coontz

Published: May 18, 2005
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

My wife and I were married in a church ceremony in 2005; the state of California joined the party three years later. (And then left the party, and then came back, thanks to a US Supreme Court ruling – that was an interesting little roller coaster.) This still looks like good reading.

Stay or Go? Stay

All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular Age by Hubert L. Dreyfus

Published: January 4, 2010
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

The gaps in my reading are large and strange. Name a classic, and it’s entirely possible I haven’t read it. (Unless it’s Shakespeare, which I took more than one college course on.) Not out of any conscious aversion; I seem to have had an unusual high school required reading list. And while I took a comparative literature survey course on “Masterpieces of Western Culture”, we read selections from anthologies, not whole works. So, I have a back-burner project of actually reading The Classics, and this book looked like it might be helpful. The reviews on it are definitely love-it-or-hate-it, though, and it looks like it’s not quite what I want.

Every time I look at that cover, I think of Douglas Adams’s Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Poor whale.

Stay or Go? Go

On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind’s Hard-Wired Habits by Wray Herbert

Published: January 1, 2010
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

A little pop-neuroscience.

Stay or Go? Stay

Finders Keepers: A Tale of Archaeological Plunder and Obsession by Craig Childs

Published: January 1, 2010
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

The subject is interesting, but I don’t think this is one for me.

Stay or Go? Go

Braintrust: What Neuroscience Tells Us About Morality by Patricia S. Churchland

Published: January 1, 2011
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012
More neuroscience. Yep.

Stay or Go? Stay

 

Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed by Sally M. Walker

Published: October, 2010
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

Antarctica. For kids.

Stay or Go? Stay

 

Peace Is Every Breath: A Practice for Our Busy Lives by Thích Nhất Hạnh

Published: January 1, 2011
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

Stay or Go? Stay

 

Scott, Shackleton, and Amundsen: Ambition and Tragedy in the Antarctic by David Thomson

Published: 1977
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

An older book on the Heroic Age of Exploration. I actually don’t think I need to read this particular one.

Stay or Go? Go

 

Nomansland by Lesley Hauge

Published: June 15, 2010
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

I keep thinking this book is older than it is. Possibly, I have it confused with another book.

Stay or Go? Go

 

5 out, 5 stay in. New to-read shelf: 1045 titles.

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Down the TBR Hole #8

Down the TBR Hole was originally created over at Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, you’re 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!

My to-read shelf: 1055 titles (Why, yes, that is more than I started with last week. At some point, this will start to shrink, right?)

Antarctica: Life on the Ice by Susan Fox Rogers (Ed.)

Published: September 28, 2007
On TBR Since: March 9, 2012

Like I’m going to get rid of an Antarctic essay collection.

Stay or Go? Stay

No Horizon Is So Far: Two Women And Their Extraordinary Journey Across Antarctica by Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft
No Horizon Is So Far: Two Women And Their Extraordinary Journey Across Antarctica

Published: September 1, 2003
On TBR Since: March 9, 2012

Arnesen and Bancroft were the first women to cross Antarctica on foot. Antarctic adventure memoir. I need to read this book.

Stay or Go? Stay

Penguins and Golden Calves: Icons and Idols in Antarctica and Other Unexpected Places by Madeleine L’Engle

Published: 1996
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

I’m just gonna take this from the GoodReads summary: “Despite protests and warnings from friends and family, author Madeleine L’Engle, at the age of seventy-four, embarked on a rafting trip to Antarctica.”

Stay or Go? Stay

Yarn: Remembering the Way Home by Kyoko Mori
Published: 2009
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

Knitting memoir. I was definitely on-brand putting things on my TBR that particular day.

Stay or Go? Stay

Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature by Brian Switek

Published: 2010
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

I’ll probably come back to this one someday, but for now, it goes.

Stay or Go? Go

The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books, edited by by Jeff Martin and C. Max Magee

Published: March 1, 2011
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

A collection of essays on “the future of books” that is now seven years old.

Stay or Go? Go

The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time by David L. Ulin

Published: June 1, 2010
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

I’m just not feeling this one anymore. Too many other things I’m more interested in reading.

Stay or Go? Go

Becoming Shakespeare: The Unlikely Afterlife That Turned a Provincial Playwright into the Bard by Jack Lynch

Published: June 12, 2007
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

The “Annotated” podcast episode on “Saving Shakespeare” has reignited my interest in this one.

Stay or Go? Stay

On the Ice: An Intimate Portrait of Life at McMurdo Station, Antarctica by Gretchen Legler

Published: October 25, 2005
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

Antarctic memoir. That’s all.

Stay or Go? Stay

Runners on Running: The Best Nonfiction of Distance Running by Rich Elliott (Ed.)

Published: November 5, 2010
On TBR Since: March 10, 2012

Another one that I might come back to one day, but today is not that day.

Stay or Go? Go

Four out, six stay in.  New to-read shelf: 1051 titles. Until I add more books in, like, 10 minutes.

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Down the TBR Hole #7

It’s back, my friends! Life has been more interesting than usual of late, and the blog has suffered. So has my TBR, since I have fallen down a cozy mystery rabbit hole of late. But that’s another post!

Down the TBR Hole was originally created over at Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, you’re 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!

My to-read shelf: 1042 titles (I told you my TBR was suffering.)

The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan_Buettner

Published: January 1, 2008
On TBR Since: Mar 09, 2012

I’ve read a bunch of articles drawing from this book over the years.

Stay or Go? Go

The Forgotten Founding Father: Noah Webster’s Obsession and the Creation of an American Culture by Joshua Kendall

I’m going to skip this one.

Published: April 14, 2011
On TBR Since: March 09, 2012

Stay or Go? Go

The Compassionate Mind: A New Approach to Life’s Challenges by Paul Gilbert

There are other books on mindfulness in my TBR that I’m more interested in.

Published: March 26, 2009
On TBR Since: March 9, 2012

Stay or Go? Go

Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other by Sherry Turkle

Another topic where there are newer books.

Published: 2011
On TBR Since: March 9, 2012

Stay or Go? Go

The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human by V. S. Ramachandran

I just recently put The Power of Different on my TBR (thanks for that, Jeff at Book Riot!), and I think I’ll read that one instead of this.

Published: January 17, 2011
On TBR Since:March 9, 2012
Stay or Go? Go


Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Speaking of Jeff at Book Riot… he and Rebecca have talked so much about this book that I really have to read it now. And then I can finally listen to their “Better Living through Books” podcast, too!

Published: October 25, 2011
On TBR Since: March 9, 2012

Stay or Go? Stay

The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards by William J. Broad

According to the reviews, this one was “controversial”. I’m intrigued.

Published: January 1, 2012
On TBR Since: March 9, 2012

Stay or Go? Stay

Shackleton’s Stowaway by Victoria McKernan

I keep confusing this book with other books about Antarctic voyage stowaways (I love that that is/was even a thing, really). This is a fictionalized account, not a history.

Published:February 8, 2005
On TBR Since: March 9, 2012

Stay or Go? Go

Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman

Just not feeling this one.

Published: June 1, 2010
On TBR Since: March 9, 2012

Stay or Go? Go

The Coolest Race on Earth: Mud, Madmen, Glaciers, and Grannies at the Antarctica Marathon by John Hanc

Antarctica. Marathon. Yes, please.

Published: January 1, 2009
On TBR Since: March 9, 2012

Stay or Go? Stay

Seven out, three stay in. New to-read shelf: 1035 titles

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