Down the TBR Hole #1

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I saw this tag on Geronimo Reads, and it was originally created by Lost In A Story.  It’s a way to go through your TBR and eliminate books you’re no longer interested in.  I have hundreds of unread books (not an exaggeration), and my reading tastes have changed a lot since I started buying books regularly, so I really need to do this!

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Here’s how it works:

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

I’m also adding another guideline for myself:

  • Read the first few pages of each book

I have several “to-read” shelves on GR, so I’m sticking to my “tbr-owned” shelf for now.

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The Bride Wore Size 12 (Heather Wells #5) by Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors, and this is probably my favorite series of hers. This is the last book in the series, and I still haven’t read it. I’m not sure why. Maybe I just don’t want the series to end. I’ll definitely be reading it eventually. Maybe I’ll reread the entire series before I do.

Conclusion: KEEP

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The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life As An Experiment by A.J. Jacobs

I own several of A.J.’s books because their premises are intriguing. I read his book about reading the entire encyclopedia when I was in college, and remember finding it amusing and entertaining.

The first few pages of this one start out with the author describing his children’s hot nanny, and then exclaiming that he can’t believe she doesn’t have a boyfriend. With her reluctant permission, he sets up an online dating profile for her and in his own words “experiments as a hot woman,” catfishing the men who respond to the profile.  Yikes and yawn.

Conclusion: TOSS

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25I’m A Stranger Here Myself: Notes On Returning To America After Twenty Years Away by Bill Bryson

I’ve read and enjoyed a couple books by this author (via audiobook), and picked this one up from a thrift store for less than $1 several years ago.  I remember that I’ve tried to starting this one twice, and both times I got bored less than 50 pages in.  The receipt that I had used to bookmark it the last time was from 2011, so that tells me a lot about how motivated I am to pick up this book.  The premise is interesting to me, so I think I’ll try again in the future with the audiobook and see if I enjoy that better.

Conclusion: TOSS

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10747850You Don’t Look Like Anyone I Know: A True Story of Family, Face Blindness, and Forgiveness by Heather Sellers

I have an ARC of this from 2010, way before I started blogging, so who knows how I acquired it.  I’ve held onto it because the idea of facial blindness is fascinating to me.  I read the first chapter and the writing didn’t pull me in. The author focused a lot on family drama and her relationship issues with her parents.  I’d probably be better off finding a documentary or reading an article from someone who has this condition if I want to learn more.

Conclusion: TOSS

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228579Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

I remember one of the AP English classes at my high school did a bunch of interesting projects around this book. My class didn’t read it, so I’ve been curious to see what it’s all about.  The introduction of this book is so long.There is a forward, preface,  publisher’s note, and an introduction chapter, and those take up the entire first quarter of the book. I can tell this is way too long-winded. I skimmed the preface and introduction, but I can tell this isn’t one I’ll enjoy.

Conclusion: TOSS

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That’s 4/5 books to drop from my mountainous TBR. Sometimes I feel guilty purging books I’ve purchased without giving them a real chance. I feel like this tag is letting me dive into the books a little more before tossing them aside, so I don’t feel bad about parting with them after that.

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Do you get rid of books you haven’t read? How do you decide which titles to keep and which ones to purge from your shelves? 

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