Jul 31 2017

Down the TBR Hole Week 7

Down The TBR hole meme

I mentioned how great doing this has been, how much I’m learning from it. (See post.)

During the #GetSocial17 hop, I found a blog (thanks Amy of bursting with books) participating in Lia’s “Down the TBR Hole” meme.
From the Lost in a Story blog:

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well, that’s going to change!

  • 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?

Going through your tbr one-by-one makes you more aware of what’s on there. (Get excited again for books you forgot about.)

I’m going to combine this chore/ activity with the books on my Amazon Wishlist as well as my Goodreads TBR. I read an average of 50 books a year. Currently, it would take me about 6 years to read all the books on my Amazon wishlist of books and 17 years to get through my Goodreads TBR. That’s just not realistic, especially since there are bound to be new books I’ll also want to read!

Wanting to read a book and wanting to buy a book aren’t necessarily the same (which is one reason we have libraries). That’s why I’m judging each of these books for both my Amazon and Goodreads lists.

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My Wolf Protector (Wolf Town Guardians Book 2)
by Rose Wynters
April 28, 2014

Separated mates. A Native American. This is up my alley!

#735 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > United States > Native American
#1285 in Books > Literature & Fiction > United States > Native American
#8632 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Romance > Paranormal > Werewolves & Shifters

Judgement 1:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

My Wolf King: A Werewolf Romance Novel (Wolf Town Guardians Book 1)
by Rose Wynters
April 28, 2014

I’m sure I added this because it’s book one and I had an interest in book two. Maybe if I read the other, and really enjoy it, I’ll put this back on the list. Otherwise, for now, it’s being cut.

Judgement 2:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

Hans Christian Andersen: Complete Fairy Tales (Illustrated)
by Hans Christian Andersen
May 20, 2014

I’m torn. I really want to read these stories. However, the reviews state that this anthology is compiled out of logical order. That’s no good.

Judgement 3:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

Smiley’s People
John Le Carre
May 20, 2014

I think I was looking for a book from 1979 and recognized this author’s name. But it’s third in the series, so I’m removing it for now.

Judgement 4:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

by Alex J. Cavanaugh
June 1, 2014

It’s Alex, so it stays. I have to catch up on reading the ones I have first, and then I’ll be back to grab a copy of this.

Judgement 5:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept

The Indians of New Jersey: Dickon Among the Lenapes
by M. R. Harrington
June 17, 2014

It’s about my tribe. It stays.

Judgement 6:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

The Delaware Indians: A History
by Professor C. A. Weslager
June 17, 2014

Allow me to repeat myself… “It’s about my tribe. It stays.” In fact, I’m just putting all of these here because it’s all the same reasoning. I went add-crazy on June 17, 2014!

William Penn’s own Account of the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians, Tercentenary Edition
by Albert Cook Myers, John E. Pomfret

The Lenape of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Ontario (Library of Native Americans)
by Anne Dalton

The Lenape (Indian Jrs.) (Junior Library of American Indians)
by Joshua D. G. Wilker

Mythology of the Lenape: Guide and Texts
by John Bierhorst

The Lenape or Delaware Indians: The Original People of New Jersey, Southeastern New York State, Eastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware and parts of western Connecticut
by Herbert C. Kraft

Grammar of the language of the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians
by David Zeisberger, Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen

Lenape Indian cooking
by Nora Thompson Dean

The Lenape-Delaware Indian Heritage, 10,000 BC to AD 2000
by Herbert C. Kraft

Prehistoric Cultures of Eastern Pennsylvania (Anthropological Series (Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission))
by Jay F. Custer

Judgement 7:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Kept or Added

Gods Behaving Badly: A Novel
by Marie Phillips
June 19, 2014

For reasons beyond me, the one on my wishlist isn’t there anymore, but has relocated to another Amazon link. That’s… whatever. Not the first time I’ve see this. So, technically, I removed it and then readded it!

Being a Greek god is not all it once was. Yes, the twelve gods of Olympus are alive and well in the twenty-first century, but they are crammed together in a London townhouse-and none too happy about it.

Sounds hilarious!
The category choices seem odd.

#107 in Books > Literature & Fiction > British & Irish > Contemporary
#462 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Fantasy
#2539 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary Fiction > Literary
#313 in Books > Literature & Fiction > British & Irish > Contemporary
#9920 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Paranormal & Urban
#10847 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Contemporary

Judgement 8:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

All’s Fair in Love and Lion
by Bethany Averie
June 20, 2014

After all, fairy-tales are just stories, not reality.

However, when Monroe Dubay steps out of her dreams and into her apartment, she’s forced to rethink the whole concept of what’s real and what’s fairy-tale. But believing means she’ll have to choose between everything she knows, or give it all up for the unknown.

It sounds like the show “Once Upon a Time” so I’m still interested.

Judgement 9:

AWL: Kept | Goodreads TBR: Added

Guardian Dragons (Aarabassa World Book 1)
by Catherine L Vickers
June 21, 2014

I don’t know. Kind of interesting, but I’m not sure.

Judgement 10:

AWL: Removed | Goodreads TBR: (wasn’t there)

Have you read any of these books? Have you ever added books because they are about your heritage?

Tune in next Monday to watch as I fall even fruther…

Down The TBR hole


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  1. I tried to clear my TBR on Goodreads and wound up reading a book I’d shelved, but had never gotten around to. The Goldfinch was a 700 pager and daunting when I had so much going on. However, I read it, so thanks to your nudge, I’m down one on my list!
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    1. Woo hoo! Books love to be read. Glad I was able to help make that happen. 😉

  2. I still have to do this when I have time. You should be thoroughly informed about your tribe if you get through those books. The nearest I’ve come to a book about my heritage is Brighton Rock!
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    1. Sometimes I read books like this to see how accurate it is against what I’ve been told. But, given my tribe was scattered to so many places, it’s hard to know what’s real and not. Plus, our people passed stories and history down mostly by word of mouth, so it’s easy for those who wrote things to change them. And there’s the added bonus of three or four different European nations settling the area, all with their own languages, and no “Rosetta Stone” to speak of… so yeah, lots of information, not all of it true.

  3. Goodness, all of those are new to me. My TBR list is actually shrinking since I haven’t been online as much, and therefore am not as informed as normal on all the amazing new releases coming out. Truth, I’m down to about 20 titles on my kindle, which is some kind of record. You do 50 books a year? I don’t typically count all the picture books I read to my littles, but I do try to read a minimum of 60 novels a year, currently at about 53 for 2017. It’s just way too easy to pull one up on an electronic device and read while waiting for stuff to happen, you know? But at this rate, I’m going to have to get back in the groove if I don’t want to run out of titles in the next year or two.
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    1. I only count books that I write a review for. A few years ago, I was terrible about leaving reviews. I didn’t like that about myself, especially as an author. BUT I changed that bad habit! Now I make sure I’ve reviewed books that I’ve read, even if it takes me a long time to get through them all.

  4. I think it was last year I removed a bunch of books from my Goodreads TBR list. I haven’t added much back, but I should go through it again. This was a nice reminder.
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  5. Oh I know a few doing these meme now. Ahhh so hard! But probably a good thing. I’d need it mostly for Amazon wishlist. I add EVERYTHING in sight there it seems. lol Nice job pruning the pile!
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    1. Thanks! Yeah, it’s been really good. And if it weren’t for you and your GetSocial, I might never have stumbled upon this. So thanks again! 🙂

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