Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 3

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 3
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! (post may contain affiliate links)

The Books:

 

Into the Wilderness by Sara DonatiInto the Wilderness by Sara Donati
Date Added:
 June 18, 2009

Weaving a tapestry of fact and fiction, Sara Donati’s epic novel sweeps us into another time and place…and into the heart of a forbidden affair between an unconventional Englishwoman and an American frontiersman.

It is December of 1792. Elizabeth Middleton leaves her comfortable English estate to join her family in a remote New York mountain village. It is a place unlike any she has ever experienced. And she meets a man unlike any she has ever encountered – a white man dressed like a Native American, Nathanial Booner, known to the Mohawk people as Between-Two-Lives. Determined to provide schooling for all the children of the village, she soons finds herself locked in conflict with the local slave owners as well as her own family.

Interweaving the fate of the Mohawk Nation with the destiny of two lovers, Sara Donati’s compelling novel creates a complex, profound, passionate portrait of an emerging America. (Goodreads)


This was a title I added from the Ultimate Reading list. Guess I had good intentions, but the excerpt I read didn’t convince me to keep this one.

VERDICT: Let It Go

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Then She Found MeThen She Found Me by Elinor Lipman by Elinor Lipman
Date Added: June 19, 2009

April Epner teaches high school Latin, wears flannel jumpers, and is used to having her evenings free. Bernice Graverman brandishes designer labels, favors toad-sized earrings, and hosts her own tacky TV talk show: Bernice G! 

But behind the glitz and glam, Bernice has followed the life of the daughter she gave up for adoption thirty-six years ago. Now that she’s got her act together, she’s aiming to be a mom like she always knew she could. And she’s hurtling straight for April’s quiet little life…. (Goodreads)


Not sure where I saw this one but I like the excerpt, so it stays.

VERDICT: Keep

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Good GriefGood Grief by Lolly Winston by Lolly Winston
Date Added: June 19, 2009

Thirty-six-year-old Sophie Stanton desperately wants to be a good widow-a graceful, composed, Jackie Kennedy kind of widow. Alas, she is more of the Jack Daniels kind. Self-medicating with ice cream for breakfast, breaking down at the supermarket, and showing up to work in her bathrobe and bunny slippers-soon she’s not only lost her husband, but her job, house…and waistline. 

With humor and chutzpah Sophie leaves town, determined to reinvent her life. But starting over has its hurdles; soon she’s involved with a thirteen-year-old who has a fascination with fire, and a handsome actor who inspires a range of feelings she can’t cope with-yet. (Goodreads)

Another title I added from the Ultimate Reading List. I liked the excerpt so will keep it on the list.

VERDICT: Keep

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The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Date Added:
 June 19, 2009

In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet that will come to be known as Rakhat. 

While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question what it means to be “human”. (Goodreads)

Added from the Ultimate Reading List, I didn’t really care for the excerpt so will let this one go.

VERDICT: Let It Go

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The Plot Against America by Philip RothThe Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Date Added:
 June 19, 2009

When the renowned aviation hero and rabid isolationist Charles A. Lindbergh defeated Franklin Roosevelt by a landslide in the 1940 presidential election, fear invaded every Jewish household in America. (Goodreads)

Since I’m not really a fan of alternate histories, not sure why I added this one to my list. Too bad, because I’m pretty sure I’ve never read Philip Roth. Letting it go.

VERDICT: Let It Go

 

This week’s stats:  Keep 2, Let Go 3
Total stats:  Keep 4, Let Go 11

Previous posts:

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 1
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 2

 

 

0 thoughts on “Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 3

  1. Despite having a GR page I've yet to get around to sorting out any shelves but anything to lessen my TBR mountain has to be a good thing. Amongst all of the other books I've read this year 20 were off this pile … only things I've probably added that amount (and more) so its as big as ever.

    Anyway, of your list I'd keep Into the Wilderness, Good Grief and possibly The Sparrow and let the rest go.

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