Jackie's Forget Me Nots

No vase can overflow if you never fill it up.

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Down The TBR Hole is a meme that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read. It’s a fun way to clean up your shelf to make room for new ones. Each Saturday, I’ll share ten books that have been on my to-be-read shelf for the longest and then decide whether I’m keeping them or not.

HERE ARE THE RULES TO FOLLOW:

  1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  4. Read the synopses of the books
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?
    Alright, let’s do this!

It looks like this week there are a bunch of older classics that I will probably never read. The three I have on my real bookshelf are Anna Karenina, Lolita and Crime and Punishment that I will be keeping.

 

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The Books


The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: It sounds like a Jonah and The Whale tale. A fisherman’s battle with a giant fish.
Verdict: Will not keep


The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Uhm ya. no. I have no doubt it is a good piece of literature. I believe there is a hell and it is a place where all the fallen angels are including Lucifer. Hell scares me.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: I thought the guy was sick when I read the first two chapters. I put it away after that. I have it on my real bookshelf though so I plan on reading it still.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


Crime and Punishment: A Graphic Novel by David Zane Mairowitz
Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Oh it’s a graphic novel!
Verdict: Will Not Keep


For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: I’ve been to Spain and anyway I am not interested in knowing about the Civil war times.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Unless I was supposed to read it for school or something important like writing an essay on it, although I could anyway, I just don’t see myself ever reading it, unfortunately.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: It’s a thick and long story as I bought it for a readathon once but I never read it :/ It’s a book that I want to finish reading someday because it’s Leo Tolstoy! It’s Russian!
Verdict: from my virtual shelf I Will Not Keep It.


East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: A modern retelling of the book of Genesis? Hell to the No! I very much know what happens to Cain and Abel, Thank you very much.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: I have never finished an Ayn Rand novel, unfortunately. It sounds like an interesting premise and I would be curious to see what happens to Howard Roark and how he deals with the offending woman who loves him marrying his worst enemy.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Date added to my TBR: Nov 14, 2011
My thoughts after reading the blurb: Not interested. Somebody isn’t happy with who she is I assume.
Verdict: Will Not Keep


The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald
Date Added: Nov 14, 2011
My Thoughts after reading the blurb: A look into the 1920’s era which was way before my time and I’d settle on a much newer time like the 60’s and 70’s.
Verdict: Will Not Keep

So there you have it. I’m getting rid of all of them from my Goodreads TBR shelf.

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2 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole

  1. I had to read Old Man and the Sea, Crime and Punishment, and The Great Gatsby in High School. I didn’t much care for The Great Gatsby and I hated the other two!! (Tho C&P in graphic novel form might be a bit better because it would be a whole lot shorter?)

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    1. Jackie says:

      Thanks for the heads up. Now I won’t bother. However, you sure read a lot of classics in high school 🙂 That’s good.

      Liked by 1 person

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