I have encountered the problem that got me to an out of control TBR. NEW BOOKS. I watch a lot of booktube channels, read lots of book blogs, partake in reading discussion groups and over the course of one month I added 43 books to my TBR, essentially undoing all of the progress I had already made and then adding some more.
I guess I have to go about thinking of this project as more of a revolving list. I know myself and I will always be finding new books to love and read but I also need to face the fact that I, unlike Hermione Granger, do not have a time turner and cannot make more hours in the day to read.
For those of you just joining us, check out my first Down the TBR Hole to see what it’s all about.
Cut the Third
Everyone Worth Knowing by Lauren Weisberger
Goodreads Synopsis: “Bette Robinson is a twentysomething Emory graduate who shunned her parents’ hippie ideals in favor of a high-paying yet excruciatingly boring job at a prestigious investment bank. One day, after a particularly condescending exchange with her boss (who sends her daily inspirational e-mails), Bette walks out on her job in a huff. After a few weeks of sleeping late, watching Dr. Phil and entertaining her dog Millington, Bette’s uncle scores her a job at an up-and-coming public relations firm, where her entire job seems to revolve around staying out late partying and providing fodder for clandestine gossip columns. What follows is one episode after another of Bette climbing up the social ladder at the expense of her friends, family, and the one guy who actually seems worth pursuing.”
Judgment: KEEP – I was a big fan of The Devil Wears Prada and this sounds something similar to that and similar to Meg Cabot who is a favorite.
Goodreads Synopsis: “Social Media. You’ve heard the term, even if you don’t use the tools. But just how big has social media become? Social media has officially surpassed pornography as the top activity on the Internet. People would rather give up their e-mail than their social network. It is so powerful that it is causing a macro shift in the way we live and conduct business. Socialnomics charts this shift from the forefront.”
Judgment: TOSS – Another book I bought for my job and really don’t want to read anymore.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Goodreads Synopsis: “Harriet Vanger, a scion of one of Sweden’s wealthiest families disappeared over forty years ago. All these years later, her aged uncle continues to seek the truth. He hires Mikael Blomkvist, a crusading journalist recently trapped by a libel conviction, to investigate. He is aided by the pierced and tattooed punk prodigy Lisbeth Salander. Together they tap into a vein of iniquity and corruption.”
Judgment: KEEP – I’m going to keep this but I don’t see myself getting to this one soon. In fact, I think this book is in my storage unit.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Goodreads Synopsis: “When Jacob Jankowski, recently orphaned and suddenly adrift, jumps onto a passing train, he enters a world of freaks, drifters, and misfits, a second-rate circus struggling to survive during the Great Depression, making one-night stands in town after endless town. A veterinary student who almost earned his degree, Jacob is put in charge of caring for the circus menagerie. It is there that he meets Marlena, the beautiful young star of the equestrian act, who is married to August, the charismatic but twisted animal trainer. He also meets Rosie, an elephant who seems untrainable until he discovers a way to reach her. ”
Judgment: TOSS – I bought this “back in the day” when it first came out and I was really excited about it. Looking at it now I just don’t care about this anymore.
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
Goodreads Synopsis: “The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years—except Biff, the Messiah’s best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work “reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams” (Philadelphia Inquirer).
Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior’s pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there’s no one who loves Josh more—except maybe “Maggie,” Mary of Magdala—and Biff isn’t about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.”
Judgment: KEEP – I’ve read a couple of Christopher Moore books and I really enjoyed the humor in them and they were a pretty quick read.
A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore
Goodreads Synopsis: “Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy with a normal life, married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. They’re even about to have their first child. Yes, Charlie’s doing okay—until people start dropping dead around him, and everywhere he goes a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Charlie Asher, it seems, has been recruited for a new position: as Death.
It’s a dirty job. But, hey! Somebody’s got to do it.”
Judgment: TOSS– This storyline just doesn’t seem as appealing as the other book on my list.
Penelope by Rebecca Harrington
Goodreads Synopsis: “When Penelope O’Shaunessy steps into Harvard Yard for the first time she has lots of advice from her mother. “Don’t be too enthusiastic, don’t talk to people who seem to be getting annoyed, and for heaven’s sake, stop playing Tetris on your phone at parties.” Penelope needs this advice. She is the kind of girl who passes through much of her life with coffee spilled on her white shirt, who can’t quite tell when people are joking, and who, inevitably, always says the wrong thing. But no amount of coaching will prepare Penelope for the people she meets at school.
Capturing the social hierarchy of Harvard, gloriously skewing the various college types, and skillfully parodying the pretentiousness of academia, Penelope is the ridiculous, snarky, brilliantly funny story of one of the most singular, memorable heroines in recent fiction. ”
Judgment: KEEP – I sound a little too much like the main character except I did not get into Harvard. This sounds good and relatable.
Below Stairs: The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired “Upstairs, Downstairs” and “Downton Abbey” by Margaret Powell
Goodreads Synopsis: “Brilliantly evoking the long-vanished world of masters and servants portrayed in Downton Abbey and Upstairs, Downstairs, Margaret Powell’s classic memoir of her time in service, Below Stairs, is the remarkable true story of an indomitable woman who, though she served in the great houses of England, never stopped aiming high. Powell first arrived at the servants’ entrance of one of those great houses in the 1920s.”
Judgment: TOSS – As much as I would like to read this. I know that I’ll never get around to it and I probably wouldn’t get all the way through it.
Room by Emma Donoghue
Goodreads Synopsis: “To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world. . . . It’s where he was born, it’s where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Room is home to Jack, but to Ma it’s the prison where she has been held for seven years. Through her fierce love for her son, she has created a life for him in this eleven-by-eleven-foot space. But with Jack’s curiosity building alongside her own desperation, she knows that Room cannot contain either much longer.”
Judgment: TOSS – I know that this is a super popular book, but I just could never get into it. I bought it for a book club and never went that month because I didn’t read the book.
The Likeness by Tana French
Goodreads Synopsis: “Detective Cassie Maddox returns to unravel a case even more sinister and enigmatic than the first. Six months after the events of In the Woods, an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl? A disturbing tale of shifting identities, The Likeness firmly establishes Tana French as an important voice in suspense fiction. ”
Judgment: KEEP – I’m going to keep this temporarily. This is the sequel to a book I haven’t read yet. I plan to read it this year and if I hate the first one, this one will go as well.
Starting TBR: 309
- Added: +41
- Shortlist: 0
- Tossed: -5
New TBR Total: 347
Well, all I can say is that I got rid of 5, so there’s that. I don’t feel so great about this batch.
Until next time…
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