Down the TBR Hole #24

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Down the TBR Hole was started by Lia over at Lost in a Story.  All book covers are linked to Goodreads unless otherwise noted.

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 will be repeating this process until I’ve filtered out my entire TBR.  My TBR pile is up to 730 books.  I continue to find more books to add to my wish list!

This week’s five books:

Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip – KEEP.  An orphan found and raised by a palace librarian?  Yes, please and thank you!

Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh – KEEP.  I have wanted to read this book ever since I saw the movie well over a decade ago.  Why I haven’t read it yet, I don’t know.

Cassette From My Ex by Jason Bitner – KEEP.  I love music, mix-tapes/play lists, and books about both.

The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker – KEEP.  I have attempted to read this brick twice now since starting this blog.  The first time, I was distracted by so many other books, and the second time, I was into it until I suddenly wasn’t.  I will give it one more try at some point, so it’s staying on my shelf for now.

The Vanishing Children of Paris by Arlette Farge and Jacques Revel – GO.  I picked this one up from a History book sale while I was in college.  It seemed interesting at the time, but after rereading the synopsis, the only thing interesting about it is that it’s about Paris, and that’s just not enough for me anymore.

My to-read shelf is down one to 729 books.  Let’s hope it doesn’t get any bigger by next week when I start with book #161.

6 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #24

  1. Ohmygoodness. I haven’ heard of Alphabet of Thorn, but this sounds like a thing I must read! Where did you find this book originally? I’ve totally added it to my TBR.

    What makes you so certain you will be able to finish the Dorothy Parker book some day? I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer, I just am curious since you’ve DNF’d it twice…

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    1. I’m not exactly sure of where I found Alphabet of Thorn, but I do remember picking up the book because the author was recommended to me by a friend from a book club I used to be in. I only remember that because the recommendation was a result of my love for Juliet Marillier.
      I’m not actually all that certain I’ll eventually finish the Dorothy Parker book. I love her poetry (it’s wonderfully sarcastic!), but after a while, the short stories start to be depressing instead of satiric. She had a very bleak view of romance and men, which is often humorous (the movie “Down with Love” comes to mind), but starts to wear me down because there really aren’t any upsides or happy endings (unlike “Down with Love”). I’m willing to try, though 🙂

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      1. I only just learned of Juliet Marillier recently. But now that I know her name, I feel like I’m hearing her all over the place! As a neophite to her works, where would you recommend I start?

        Hm. I can understand your slowing down with Parker’s book then. I struggle with satire in general because it can often be too depressing for me. I need something uplifting when I read!

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