Top Ten Tuesday #31: Down the TBR Hole #2

Haha!!! Top Ten Tuesday has provided me with another opportunity to do a Down the TBR Hole post.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but is now managed by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic:

Books I’ve Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading

Which is perfect for another edition of Down the TBR Hole, a meme created by Lia at Lost in a Story where we decide whether to keep or remove books on our TBR.

The rules for Down the TBR Hole:
  • 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?
Batch #1

The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor

A short story collection that focuses on the experiences of seven Black women living at Brewster Place, “a bleak inner-city sanctuary.”

I’ve probably had this on my TBR since college when I read Naylor’s Linden Hills, which I loved. I still would like to read The Women of Brewster Place, so this one I’ll —

Keep
Sir Gawain and the Green Night trans. by Simon Armitage

A popular 14th-century epic poem about Sir Gawain, one of the knights of King Arthur’s Round Table.

….and that’s all I know about it. I’ve considered removing it from my TBR over the years because I don’t get on well with poems, epic or otherwise, but I do have a copy of it on my bookshelf and it’s hard for me to let go of a book I bought, so for now it’s a —

Keep
Sex and the Single Girl by Helen Gurley Brown

A self-help book that provides advice to young women about sex, health, success, and other topics. The book was first published in 1962 and was written by Helen Gurley Brown, who served as editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine for over 30 years.

I placed this on my TBR back in the day because I was curious about Brown and the fact that it’s a book of advice for women published in the early 1960s. I wanted to see how it was written and what exactly Brown says in it. I even have a copy of it on my iPad; but I’m no longer interested in it, so —

Kick Off
God Carlos by Anthony C. Winkler

A historical fiction novel about Europeans visiting Jamaica in search of gold but finding the gentle Arawaks instead.

I’m no longer interested in reading this, unfortunately.

Kick Off
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz

A book of short stories that are tied together by the character Yunior, who appeared in Díaz’s The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which I read and loved years ago.

I don’t know when I’ll get to it, but I’d like to read this book. Actually, I just want to try another novel by Díaz because I really liked The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.

Keep

Batch #2
Chuck Close: Face Book by Chuck Close

A middle-grade interactive biography of the artist.

I placed this on my TBR way back when because I like Close’s artwork and wanted to know more about him. I still do, but I’m no longer interested in reading this particular book, so I’m gonna remove it.

Kick Off
Vagina: A New Biography by Naomi Wolf

A nonfiction book about the vagina and female experiences.

Yea… I’m no longer interested in this one. I think I placed it on my TBR because the title sounded cool to me.

Kick Off
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry by Jon Ronson

A nonfiction book that seems to start by exploring a possible hoax being played on the world’s top neurologists before moving on to discuss mental illness.

That’s what I got from the synopsis, but the title does make the book sound fascinating. It’s still one I’d like to read.

Keep
We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider (illus.)

A book of illustrated essays by satirical cartoonist Tim Kreider that asks “big questions about human-sized problems: What if you survive a brush with death and it doesn’t change you? Why do we fall in love with people we don’t even like?”

I was going to kick off this book until I realized it’s illustrated. I guess I forgot that. I don’t even know where I learned about it to know why I placed it on my TBR in the first place.

Keep
The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann

A middle-grade steampunk gothic fantasy novel about a changeling boy who gets noticed…

Okay, I read the synopsis and still don’t know what the story is about; but I still want to read it. Bachmann was a teenager when he wrote it (I forgot how old), which, including the awesome cover, made me add the book to my TBR way back when. He reminded me of Christopher Paolini, who started writing the Inheritance Cycle series as a teen.

Keep

And that’s another one done. 🙂

Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what you thought of them.

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #31: Down the TBR Hole #2

  1. I’ve seen The Psychopath Test on bookstores all the time, it really looks intriguing, though slightly intimidating for someone who prefers “real science” (aka chemistry and biology, the subjects I’m majoring in hahaha). These books are always very insightful though.

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    1. Lol, I’ve read parts of it and it seems like a quick read. I was quickly hooked on it.
      Yea, I prefer the “soft sciences” so I always gravitate to books like these.

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