Down the TBR Hole #5

My Goodreads TBR needs desperately to be cleaned out, so I’m doing these posts until I feel it’s manageable, or until I’m back at the beginning of the list.

The Rules

  • 1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  •  2. Order on ascending date added.
  •  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  •  4. Read the synopsis of the books.
  •  5. Time to Decide: keep it or should it go

I’m adding my own twist on this and adding a 6th piece: if I’m on the fence about a book after reading the synopsis, I’ll read the preview of a book and make that part of my decision.

Onto the books.

The Luminaries

#1 The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

[Goodreads Link]

So, there was a time in my life where books like this were almost all I wanted to read, but I’ve realized since then that my tastes are not what books like this require of a reader. Frankly, books like this just don’t entice me like they used to, and the fact that it’s over 800 pages means I’d have to be convinced I’d love it to even pick it up, and the fact is that… I’m not convinced, so.

Verdict: LET GO

Far from the Tree

#2 Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

[Goodreads Link]

Okay, so, this isn’t at all my usual taste in reading material, but it is one I was interested in because I love reading about families. I read the first couple pages of the preview because the synopsis had me on the fence, and it definitely seems like something I’d like to read, so.

Verdict: KEEP

Milkman

#3 Milkman by Anna Burns

[Goodreads Link]

I’ve seen reviews of this book that have been all over the place. Books that people either love or hate with little in between do usually intrigue me, if only to find out on which side of the spectrum I’ll fall. It’s been awhile since I thought about this book (I think probably since I added it to by Goodreads in March) but the synopsis is definitely something that intrigues me a little bit. This will likely be a book I get from the library if I end up picking it up, but I don’t think I’m willing to part with it from my Goodreads TBR just yet.

Verdict: KEEP

The Silence of the Girls

#4 The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

[Goodreads Link]

Listen, myth and legend and fairy tale retellings are my jam. I’m not really one to read a lot of retellings of the popular stories like Cinderella and Snow White because those have been done to death and I just don’t like reading the same thing over and over, but the only retelling I’ve read of The Iliad is Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles which is one of my favorite books of all time. Briseis is a character that intrigued me in that retelling and the fact that Pat Barker has decided to give her her own story and her own voice in The Silence of the Girls? Sign me the fuck up. Honestly, why the fuck haven’t I read this yet?

Verdict: KEEP

If We Were Villains

#5 If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

[Goodreads Link]

Okay, so, I am not a fan of comparison marketing at all. I have been let down too many times (The Devouring Gray being compared to The Raven Cycle), or I’ve loved the books and actually decided they were unfairly marketed as being for fans of a series it’s not at all like (The Magicians being compared to Harry Potter.) So, the fact that this book is compared to The Secret History has me intrigued and somewhat hesitantly optimistic, but it also has me thinking it either won’t be anywhere as good or else won’t be anything like it. I do plan on giving this a chance, but I have recently seen some negative reviews of it that have me second-guessing that choice so I may decide against reading it in the future.

Verdict: KEEP (for now)

So, in total I’m keep 4 books and letting go of 1. This has been a very… slow cleaning process of my Goodreads shelves. Maybe I’ll get lucky and hit a jackpot soon and get rid of 5 books in one go? But probably not.

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