Down the TBR Hole #4

Week four, y’all! I am back with this challenge from Bookmark Your Thoughts in which I am going through my Goodreads to-read list and cleaning house!

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 synopses of the books.
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?
  6. Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week

Here are my next ten!

Book 1: The Wind in the Willows

The Blurb: Meet little Mole, willful Ratty, Badger the perennial bachelor, and petulant Toad. Over one hundred years since their first appearance in 1908, they’ve become emblematic archetypes of eccentricity, folly, and friendship. And their misadventures-in gypsy caravans, stolen sports cars, and their Wild Wood-continue to capture readers’ imaginations and warm their hearts long after they grow up. Begun as a series of letters from Kenneth Grahame to his son, The Wind in the Willows is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie. This Penguin Classics edition features an appendix of the letters in which Grahame first related the exploits of Toad. 

The Verdict: Dismiss. I started this a while back but never quite got into it, so I decided I’d revisit it, but I think I’m ready to just let it go.

Book 2: Six Nonlectures by E.E. Cummings

The Blurb: The distinguished American poet and painter in celebrated Charles Eliot Norton “non Lectures” delivered at Harvard, presents “an aesthetic self portrait of one whole half” (the writing half) “of this and no other indivisible ignoramus as is” In so doing, he vividly contrasts the world of his infancy and childhood and youth with our present “underworld”; he evolves “a strictly amateur anthology, or collection of poetry which…I dearly love”; and he quotes extensively from his least known writings including numerous essays two plays and a Soviet Russian diary- revealing himself anew as a forthright partisan of individuality.

The Verdict: Dismiss. This is another one I added for a lot of literary buzzwords and in an effort to seem exceptionally well-read and interesting. I have since stopped equating my well-readness with reading things I don’t really want to read.

Book 3: Evangelium Vitae, the Gospel of Life

The Blurb: The Gospel of life is at the heart of Jesus message. Lovingly received day by the Church, it is to be preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture.

The Verdict: Keep! I love a lot of Pope St. John Paul II’s writings, and always try to learn more about my faith, so this is still on the list!

Book 4: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

The Blurb: Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude is a sustained meditation on that which goes away—loved ones, the seasons, the earth as we know it—that tries to find solace in the processes of the garden and the orchard. That is, this is a book that studies the wisdom of the garden and orchard, those places where all—death, sorrow, loss—is converted into what might, with patience, nourish us.

The Verdict: Dismiss. Just doesn’t quite speak to me how it used to…

Book 5: We Were Liars

The Blurb: We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

The Verdict: Dismiss. Not reading much YA these days.

Book 6: Americanah

The Blurb: Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland.

The Verdict: Keep!

Book 7: A Moveable Feast

The Blurb: Hemingway’s memories of his life as an unknown writer living in Paris in the twenties are deeply personal, warmly affectionate, and full of wit. Looking back not only at his own much younger self, but also at the other writers who shared Paris with him – James Joyce, Wyndham Lewis, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald – he recalls the time when, poor, happy, and writing in cafes, he discovered his vocation. Written during the last years of Hemingway’s life, his memoir is a lively and powerful reflection of his genius that scintillates with the romance of the city. 

The Verdict: Dismiss. Just not as interested in it as I once was.

Book 8: The Discarded Image

The Blurb: Hailed as the final memorial to the work of a great scholar and teacher and a wise and noble mind, this work paints a lucid picture of the medieval world view, as historical and cultural background to the literature of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

The Verdict: Keep. This is an era that interests me told by a writer I love, so I just have to commit to it!

Book 9: Mere Christianity

The Blurb: In the classic Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis, the most important writer of the 20th century, explores the common ground upon which all of those of Christian faith stand together. Bringing together Lewis’ legendary broadcast talks during World War Two from his three previous books The Case for Christianity, Christian Behavior, and Beyond Personality, Mere Christianity provides an unequaled opportunity for believers and nonbelievers alike to hear this powerful apologetic for the Christian faith. 

The Verdict: Keep, because I’m honestly shocked I still haven’t read it!

Book 10: How Not to Die

The Blurb: From the physician behind the wildly popular website, How Not to Die reveals the groundbreaking scientific evidence behind the only diet that can prevent and reverse many of the causes of disease-related death.

The Verdict: Dismiss. I always shelve nonfiction but I never really want to pick it up, and most of the nutrition information I’d need is Googleable these days…

The week’s tally: 4 stay, 6 go

Removed so far: 13

WOW! This was a huge week for nonfiction, and definitely the most I’ve cleared out in one of these posts yet! Stay tuned for next week as well 🙂


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