Down the TBR Rabbit Hole was created by Lisa at Lost In A Story. She’s since cleaned up her TBR list (go Lisa!), but has inspired others to work on their TBR lists. I saw this meme over at Lampshade Reader and decided to take the plunge!
How to participate:
- Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
- Order by 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 let it go?
My Goodreads TBR list is mostly books I own but haven’t read yet, so I’m going to use my wishlist instead. Starting off with 113 titles on my wishlist and maybe if I get that cleaned up, I’ll move on to my Amazon list next!
The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist
Date Added: June 5, 2009
One day in early spring, Dorrit Weger is checked into the Second Reserve Bank Unit for biological material.
She is promised a nicely furnished apartment inside the Unit, where she will make new friends, enjoy the state of the art recreation facilities, and live the few remaining days of her life in comfort with people who are just like her.
Here, women over the age of fifty and men over sixty-single, childless, and without jobs in progressive industries – are sequestered for their final few years; they are considered outsiders.
In the Unit they are expected to contribute themselves for drug and psychological testing, and ultimately donate their organs, little by little, until the final donation.
Despite the ruthless nature of this practice, the ethos of this near-future society and the Unit is to take care of others, and Dorrit finds herself living under very pleasant conditions: well-housed, well-fed, and well-attended. She is resigned to her fate and discovers her days there to be rather consoling and peaceful.
But when she meets a man inside the Unit and falls in love, the extraordinary becomes a reality and life suddenly turns unbearable. Dorrit is faced with compliance or escape, and…well, then what?
I had totally forgotten about this one, but the synopsis sounds too intriguing to let go!
The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris
Date Added: June 8, 2009
Tim Farnsworth is a handsome, healthy man, aging with the grace of a matinee idol. His wife Jane still loves him, and for all its quiet trials, their marriage is still stronger than most.
Despite long hours at the office, he remains passionate about his work, and his partnership at a prestigious Manhattan law firm means that the work he does is important.
And, even as his daughter Becka retreats behind her guitar, her dreadlocks and her puppy fat, he offers her every one of a father’s honest lies about her being the most beautiful girl in the world.
He loves his wife, his family, his work, his home. He loves his kitchen. And then one day he stands up and walks out. And keeps walking.
The Unnamed is a dazzling novel about a marriage and a family and the unseen forces of nature and desire that seem to threaten them both. It is the heartbreaking story of a life taken for granted and what happens when that life is abruptly and irrevocably taken away.
While this one still sounds intriguing, it’s not intriguing enough for me to want to keep it.
Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg
Date Added: June 11, 2009
In this new novel, beloved bestselling author Elizabeth Berg weaves a beautifully written and richly resonant story of a mother and daughter in emotional transit.
Helen Ames – recently widowed, coping with loss and grief, unable to do the work that has always sustained her – is beginning to depend far too much on her twenty-seven-year-old daughter, Tessa, and is meddling in her life, offering unsolicited and unwelcome advice.
Helen’s problems are compounded by her shocking discovery that her mild-mannered and loyal husband was apparently leading a double life. The Ameses had painstakingly saved for a happy retirement, but that money disappeared in several large withdrawals made by Helen’s husband before he died.
In order to support herself and garner a measure of much needed independence, Helen takes an unusual job that ends up offering far more than she had anticipated. And then a phone call from a stranger sets Helen on a surprising path of discovery that causes both mother and daughter to reassess what they thought they knew about each other, themselves, and what really makes a home and a family.
While I’ve enjoyed other books by Elizabeth Berg, I don’t think I’ll enjoy this one as much.
VERDICT: Let It Go
Killing Kiss by Sam Stone
Date Added: June 11, 2009
He’s looking for a girl; not just any girl, and dark-haired, brown-eyed Carolyn is the one.
But does Gabriele Caccini, a student at Manchester University, really know what he wants? When a beautiful, curvacious blonde comes into his life he starts to question his motives and emotions; even a seventeenth century vampire can do that.
Alone in the modern world, limiting his feeds to one a year to avoid detection, Gabriele reflects on the origins of his immortality and questions why it is he who should have the vampire gene, when over 400 women have not survived his killing kiss …
But at a house party, a fellow student spikes Gabriele’s drink with drugs and his self indulgent musings are suddenly turned upside down …
Just not in the mood for vampires right now, so this one was easy.
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
Date Added: June 18, 2009
Celebrating the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s David, New American Library releases a special edition of Irving Stone’s classic biographical novel – in which both the artist and the man are brought to life in full.
A masterpiece in its own right, this novel offers a compelling portrait of Michelangelo’s dangerous, impassioned loves, and the God-driven fury from which he wrested the greatest art the world has ever known.
I probably added this one when I wanted to start reading more classics. Read an excerpt and decided that this one wasn’t for me.