Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #1: Conquer Your TBR

Before I was a writer I was a reader. Although I don’t read as prolifically as I once did, I’m always on the look-out for a good book. This is why my Goodreads TBR list has 214 titles. Whaaaat?! It’s safe to say there are books on there I don’t even remember. It’s time to clean  off the shelf so when I ran across this meme on Boston Book Reader via Lost in a Story I knew it was for me. I’m jumping in. 


    Here are the guidelines:

  • 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?


Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St.Vincent-Millay by by Nancy Milford
This is the very first book I put on my Goodreads TBR list back in 2010. I see two of my friends and two authors I follow have given it rave reviews. St. Vincent-Millay was the first poet I remember whose poetry I actually liked and it’s due to my Aunt Linda giving me a book of her collected works when I was a teen. But, besides her work, she was a pioneering woman of her age, breaking barriers and living life on her own terms. No way I can drop this book off the list. In fact, I think I’ll move it to the top of my list.

Judgement: Keep!

7428663Nox by Anne Carson

There are only so many books one can read in their life and I can think of many poetry books I’d rather read than this one.

Judgement: Go

3686 Truth and Beauty by Ann Patchett

I really like to read about relationships between women, about the lives of women, the choices they make, how they make their way in the world. I’ve heard good things about this book and I still want to read it.

Judgement: Keep

7961474Swan by Mary Oliver

I will always keep Mary Oliver on my TBR list. Her poetry fits right in with my interests in the natural world and mindfulness.

Judegment: Keep

6441265 Meditation as Contemplative Inquiry by Arthur Zajonc

I’ve found Depak Chopra’s meditation teaching to be a good fit for me right now. (See my recent “Morning Meditation” posts.) I’m sure Mr. Zajonc has wonderful things to say but, for now, I’ll pass on this book.

Judgement: Go


What Matters Most by Luanne Rice

This looks and sounds like a romance novel which is not my thing. I don’t know why I put it on my TBR.

Judgement: Go


Where We Know: New Orleans as Home by David Rutledge (editor)Mark Folse (Goodreads Author) (contributor)Ray Shea (Goodreads Author) (contributor)

I have friends with stories in this anthology. I plan  to read it some day.

Judgement: Keep

359770House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubuss III

I’ve heard good things and, rereading the synopsis, it sounds intriguing.

Judgement: Keep





Daughters by Paule Marshall

After  reading the reviews I’ve decided to nix this one. After all, I am downsizing.

Judgement: Go


Twenty Stories by Kristin Fouquet

Another New Orleans based book, this time of flash fiction – a genre I love to read. I never get tired of reading about my city so this is a no-brainer.

Judgement: Keep

10 down, 204 to go! 

5 thoughts on “Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #1: Conquer Your TBR

  1. I’m having a look at my Goodreads right now. Only 20 books to read there, and the last five are your recommendations. I’ve got my Booklist on my blog though where people leave their favourites. I wonder if you’ve ever seen it. It’s one extensive list. If you have a favourite book or you can narrow them down to say 10, I’d be grateful for your input.

    As for my first ten books added to TBR, here they are. And I shall not delete anything. I like to believe that all I ever save is saving-worthy. You can help me decide which of these I should read first though. 😉

    The Elegance of the Hedgehog
    by Barbery, Muriel

    Jeanette Winterson
    by Onega, Susana

    The World and Other Places: Stories
    by Winterson, Jeanette

    Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility
    by Carse, James P.

    Verse für Zeitgenossen
    by Kaléko, Mascha

    Far Tortuga
    by Matthiessen, Peter

    The Cruel Sea
    by Monsarrat, Nicholas

    Special Topics in Calamity Physics
    by Pessl, Marisha

    Night Film
    by Pessl, Marisha

    Trustee from the Toolroom
    by Shute, Nevil

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    1. The Elegance of the Hedgehog is very good and anything by Jeanette Winterson gets a big thumbs up from me, although I haven’t read the two you mention. I’m not familiar with the others. Hope this helps! I’ll definitely take a look at your book list. Happy reading!

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      1. Oh, Jeanette is the favourite. I’ve been reading her ever since Sexing the Cherry fell into my lap and it became my most loved book of all times. On my list one book is about her (no idea if it’s any good) and the stories are by her. The Hedgehog is winking at me from the shelf, might just be next. And yes, pleeeaaaase, have a look and contribution to the list. Thank you, Charlotte!

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      2. Oh, indeed, I have read it. Or Lighthousekeeping. Or Passion. Or PowerBook which made me move to Italy (well, help) and write her an open letter which she might have read or not. Mary Karr is not a familiar name. Will be on the lookout. Thank you!


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