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Cleaning Up My TBR: Down the TBR Hole #4

I joined Goodreads a few years ago, way before I started blogging, so my profile is kind of a mess.  I really want to clean it up so I can make better use of it.  I thought what a better way to do that than to join the Down the TBR Hole meme started by Lia @Lost In a Story! I am going to do it once a month instead of weekly, and hopefully make my Goodreads a pleasant place to be again. 🙂

Here is 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?

Down the TBR Hole #4

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 151

Acclaimed by many as the world’s greatest novel, Anna Kareninaprovides a vast panorama of contemporary life in Russia and of humanity in general. In it Tolstoy uses his intense imaginative insight to create some of the most memorable characters in literature. Anna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as the wife of Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature – with tragic consequences. Levin is a reflection of Tolstoy himself, often expressing the author’s own views and convictions.

Throughout, Tolstoy points no moral, merely inviting us not to judge but to watch. As Rosemary Edmonds comments, ‘He leaves the shifting patterns of the kaleidoscope to bring home the meaning of the brooding words following the title, ‘Vengeance is mine, and I will repay.

My Thoughts: This one is actually on my TBR for this year, and I have wanted to read it for so long.  This one was easy for me.  Verdict: KEEP


128029A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns is a breathtaking story set against the volatile events of Afghanistan’s last thirty years—from the Soviet invasion to the reign of the Taliban to post-Taliban rebuilding—that puts the violence, fear, hope, and faith of this country in intimate, human terms. It is a tale of two generations of characters brought jarringly together by the tragic sweep of war, where personal lives—the struggle to survive, raise a family, find happiness—are inextricable from the history playing out around them.

Propelled by the same storytelling instinct that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once a remarkable chronicle of three decades of Afghan history and a deeply moving account of family and friendship. It is a striking, heart-wrenching novel of an unforgiving time, an unlikely friendship, and an indestructible love—a stunning accomplishment.

My Thoughts: I really enjoyed The Kite Runner, but for some reason I really don’t have any desire to continue on with A Thousand Splendid Suns… I know I would probably like it if I read it, but there are so many other books that are going to take priority. Verdict: TOSS


Life of Pi by Yann Martel4214

Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

My Thoughts: I added this because everyone seems to love it, but to be honest I’m just not that interested in reading it.  Verdict: TOSS


1103Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan county, a girl named Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an emotional match that will last a lifetime. The laotong, Snow Flower, introduces herself by sending Lily a silk fan on which she’s painted a poem in nu shu, a unique language that Chinese women created in order to communicate in secret, away from the influence of men.

As the years pass, Lily and Snow Flower send messages on fans, compose stories on handkerchiefs, reaching out of isolation to share their hopes, dreams, and accomplishments. Together, they endure the agony of foot-binding, and reflect upon their arranged marriages, shared loneliness, and the joys and tragedies of motherhood. The two find solace, developing a bond that keeps their spirits alive. But when a misunderstanding arises, their deep friendship suddenly threatens to tear apart.

My Thoughts: I think I added this because my mom had it at home… It’s definitely not something I am particularly interested in anymore.  Verdict: TOSS


Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult14866

In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn, color your hair, watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a family of five….In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world, or you can just jump off it. In nineteen minutes, you can get revenge. 

Sterling is a small, ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens — until the day its complacency is shattered by a shocking act of violence. In the aftermath, the town’s residents must not only seek justice in order to begin healing but also come to terms with the role they played in the tragedy. For them, the lines between truth and fiction, right and wrong, insider and outsider have been obscured forever. Josie Cormier, the teenage daughter of the judge sitting on the case, could be the state’s best witness, but she can’t remember what happened in front of her own eyes. And as the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show, destroying the closest of friendships and families. 

Nineteen Minutes is New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult’s most raw, honest, and important novel yet. Told with the straightforward style for which she has become known, it asks simple questions that have no easy answers: Can your own child become a mystery to you? What does it mean to be different in our society? Is it ever okay for a victim to strike back? And who — if anyone — has the right to judge someone else?

My Thoughts: I like Jodi Picoult most of the time.  This book sounds like it would probably be really good, but I just feel like I have so many other books that I am more drawn to.  Maybe I’ll get to this eventually, but as of right now… Verdict: TOSS


What do you think about my decisions? Was I too ruthless this time?  Did I toss some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments!
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Top Ten Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday: Ten Authors I’d Love to Meet

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There are so many authors whose brains I would like to pick.  Listening to authors talk about their work and careers is so fascinating.  I got the chance to meet one of my favorite authors, Kristin Hannah, at her book signing for The Great Alone earlier this year, and it was such a cool and new experience for me.  I definitely want to attend more of them.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl is Ten Authors I’d Love to Meet.


J.K. Rowling

I can’t even imagine how I would react.  I would be so completely starstruck and flabbergasted.  I would definitely cry.  She is my queen.


Patrick Rothfuss

I just want to pick his brilliant brain.  I’ve watched so many videos and interviews with him, and I feel like he is such a cool dude.  I also kind of want to shake him to find out where his third book is….


Ken Follett

I love him so much.  He wrote some of my favorite books of all time, and I just want to hear him talk about them.  I also love that he writes about strong women and flawed characters.


Jane Austen

I feel like she was such an interesting woman.  I am only a recent fan, and the more of her work I read, the more I love her.  I feel like she must have been so sassy and fierce in her time and I would love to talk to her.


Meg Cabot

Meg is the author who has had the longest impact on my life, as I have been reading her books FOREVER.  Another one I would probably cry upon meeting, she has created some of my most well loved fictional characters and her books always feel like coming home.


J.R.R. Tolkien

As the avid fantasy lover that I am, how could I not want to meet Tolkien?  He was the father of my favorite genre and The Lord of the Rings is pure genius.  Any tidbits I could get from him would make my inner nerd freak out.


Kate Morton

I found Kate Morton last year, and she quickly became one of my favorite authors.  From following her on social media, she seems like the coolest person, and I feel like we have a lot in common and would get along really well.


Sarah J. Maas

The worlds and characters this woman creates.  Incredible.  I would LOVE to hear all about her process and ask her all of my questions.


Katharine McGee

I love The Thousandth Floor series.  It’s clever and addicting.  Katharine McGee seems really fun, and I love how active she is with her interactions with fans on social media.


Kendare Blake

I want to hear how she came up with the idea for Three Dark Crowns and her whole thought process while writing.  I’m still reeling from the third book, and I have so many questions!!


Victoria Aveyard

I want so much more information about The Red Queen universe!! I’m not ready to be done! I would also love to hear her thoughts about turning it into a film because the writing and the plot are so cinematic.


What authors would you like to meet? Do you agree with my list? Let me know in the comments! ❤