Down the TBR Rabbit Hole January

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 wish list instead. Starting off with 113 titles on my wish list and maybe if I get that cleaned up, I’ll move on to my Amazon list next!



Bel Canto by Ann Patchett Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
Date Added: June 19, 2009

In an unnamed South American country, a world-renowned soprano sings at a birthday party in honor of a visiting Japanese industrial titan. 

Alas, in the opening sequence, a ragtag band of 18 terrorists enters the vice-presidential mansion through the air conditioning ducts. 

Their quarry is the president, who has unfortunately stayed home to watch a favorite soap opera. And thus, from the beginning, things go awry.

Added from the Ultimate Reading List, I didn’t care for the excerpt so am letting this one go. Honestly, I’m not sure what I was thinking when I added this one as it isn’t something I’d normally pick up to read. My 2009 self was weird….




HappenstanceHappenstance by Carol Shields by Carol Shields
Date Added: June 19, 2009

These two unique novels tell the stories of Jack and Brenda Bowman during a rare week apart in their many years of marriage. 

Jack is at home coping with domestic crises and two uncouth adolescents, while immobilized by self-doubt and questioning his worth as a historian. 

Brenda, travelling alone for the first time, is in a strange city grappling with an array of emotions and toying with the idea of an affair. 

Intimate and insightful yet never sentimental, Happenstance is a profound portrait of a marriage and the differences between the sexes that bring life – and a sense of isolation – into even the most loving of relationships.

Told from both the wife and husband’s points of view, this one sounds intriguing! I’ve read Carol Shields before and liked her, so keeping this one.




Eight by Katherine Neville Eight by Katherine Neville
Date Added: June 19, 2009

Computer expert Cat Velis is heading for a job to Algeria. Before she goes, a mysterious fortune teller warns her of danger, and an antique dealer asks her to search for pieces to a valuable chess set that has been missing for years…

In the South of France in 1790 two convent girls hide valuable pieces of a chess set all over the world, because the game that can be played with them is too powerful….

I really wish I could sit down with 2009 Me and ask why she put all these books on our wish list. Maybe she was trying to stretch our reading boundaries? Whatever the reason, letting this one go as I didn’t care for the storyline or the excerpt.




Fast Forward by Judy Mercer Fast Forward by Judy Mercer
Date Added: June 19, 2009

The dream jolts her awake. In the hazy, gray glint of a Los Angeles dawn, it leaves her feeling anxious, disconnected…Her memory has vanished. 

She doesn’t know if Ariel Gold, the name on a California driver’s license, is hers. All she knows in her panic is that she is badly cut and bruised; she is in a house that has been viciously ransacked; and, on a crumpled heap of clothes, there is a blood-caked shirt – and a gun.

The excerpt on this one had me hooked from the first page! I immediately liked Ariel and wanted to know who she was, why she lost her memory, and what happened to her. Definitely a keeper!




See Jane Run by Joy FieldingSee Jane Run by Joy Fielding
Date Added: June 19, 2009

What do you do when you don’t know who you are…

Jane has lost her memory.

…Where you are…

Jane is found walking the streets wearing a blood-stained dress with $10,000 in the pocket.

…What you’ve done?

Unable to get answers from her husband, Jane is forced to seek the truth about her accident on her own. But the truth doesn’t always set you free . . .

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you trust?

Another amnesia story. I’m a sucker for amnesia stories, so keeping this one as well.




This week’s stats: Keep 3, Let Go 2

Total stats: Keep 7, Let Go 13

Previous posts:

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 1
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 2
Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 3

4 thoughts on “Down the TBR Rabbit Hole 4

  1. As I think I've mentioned before I don't have a to be read shelf on my GR's page but I certainly have an ever increasing TBR mountain of books begging to be read.

    Of the books featured here I agree … I'd let go Bel Canto and keep Fast Forward and See Jane Run.
    I'm not too sure about The Eight or Happenstance though which I might have let go but then again …

  2. Honestly, I'm too chicken to try this with the books sitting on my TBR shelves! Much easier for me to do this with books I don't actually own yet. 🙂

  3. I know! I really should purge my books, but I hate the thought of getting rid of them. Makes me nervous, like I'll hurt their feelings if I don't want to keep them. ha!

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