Down the TBR Hole #1 || Book Meme

I’ve been seeing this book meme on quite a few blogs and decided that it would be a great way to not only create some new content for my own blog, but also tidy up my to-read list on Goodreads! Currently, I have 630 books on my TBR and I probably don’t even know what half of these are… So here’s to purging!

The Creator and the Rules:

This was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

  1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  4. Read the synopses of the books.
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?
  6. Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

Book #1 | “The Casual Vacancy” by J. K. Rowling

Date Added: 14th September, 2015

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads): When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils… Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations.

Verdict: GO

I’ve had this on my bookshelves for ages now and I just never get round to reading it. The plot sounds… okay, I guess? I think there are too many good books out there to spend time on “okay” books.

 Book #2 | “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Dianne Wynne Jones 

Date Added: 21st September, 2015

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads): Sophie has the great misfortune of being the eldest of three daughters, destined to fail miserably should she ever leave home to seek her fate. But when she unwittingly attracts the ire of the Witch of the Waste, Sophie finds herself under a horrid spell that transforms her into an old lady. Her only chance at breaking it lies in the ever-moving castle in the hills: the Wizard Howl’s castle.

To untangle the enchantment, Sophie must handle the heartless Howl, strike a bargain with a fire demon, and meet the Witch of the Waste head-on. Along the way, she discovers that there’s far more to Howl – and herself – than first meets the eye. 

Verdict: KEEP

I absolutely love the film, and usually the book is way better than the film version, so I have to give this book a chance! The story is so magical and I love being transported to a whole new world to immerse myself in. 

Book #3 | “Look Who’s Back” by Timur Vermes

Date Added: 28th November, 2015

Berlin, Summer 2011. Adolf Hitler wakes up from a 66-year sleep in his subterranean Berlin bunker to find the Germany he knew entirely changed. Hitler is immediately recognised as an impersonator of uncommon skill. The public assumes the fulminating leader of the Nazi party is a performer who is always in character, and soon his inevitable viral appeal begets YouTube stardom, begets television celebrity on a Turkish-born comedian’s show. His bigoted rants are mistaken for a theatrical satire exposing prejudice and misrepresentation, and his media success emboldens Hitler to start his own political party and set the country he finds a shambles back to rights. 

Verdict: GO

I tried reading this book a couple of years ago, and after 50 or so pages I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe I should give it another chance, but it’s not that appealing to me anymore. Will have to give this one a pass. 

Book #4 | “The Improbable War: China, the United States and Logic of Great Power Conflict” by Christopher Coker

Date Added: 11th December, 2015

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads): The Improbable War explains why conflict between the USA and China cannot be ruled out. In 1914 war between the Great Powers was considered unlikely, yet it happened. We learn only from history, and popular though the First World War analogy is, the lessons we draw from its outbreak are usually mistaken. Among these errors is the tendency to overestimate human rationality.

History also reveals that war evolves continually. The next global conflict is likely to be played out in cyberspace and outer space and like all previous wars it will have devastating consequences. Such a war between the United States and China may seem improbable, but it is all too possible, which is why we need to discuss it now.

Verdict: GO

I think I added this book as something I “should” read to better my knowledge on politics and conflict. But it’s been nearly six years since its release and so many things have changed between the USA and China. I should probably replace this with something more recent. 

Book #5 | “A Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking

Date Added: 20th December 2015

Synopsis: Stephen Hawking’s classic work has become a landmark volume in scientific writing, with more than nine million copies in forty languages sold worldwide. That edition was on the cutting edge of what was then known about the origins and nature of the universe. But the intervening years have seen extraordinary advances in the technology of observing both the micro- and the macrocosmic worlds. These observations have confirmed many of Professor Hawking’s theoretical predictions in the first edition of his book, including the recent discoveries of the Cosmic Background Explorer satellite (COBE), which probed back in time to within 300,000 years of the universe’s beginning and revealed wrinkles in the fabric of space-time that he had projected. Eager to bring to his original text the new knowledge revealed by these observations, as well as his own recent research, Professor Hawking has prepared a new introduction to the book, written an entirely new chapter on wormholes and time travel, and updated the chapters throughout.

Verdict: KEEP

I added this quite a while ago, but it’s still a book I definitely want to read. Space fascinates me, even though I barely understand anything. I definitely think this will be an interesting, but a hard, read. 

Books Removed
3 out of 5

This was a really enjoyable exercise and a great way to review books that I added years ago. They might still peak my interest later on, but for now I’m happy to finally start tidying up my to-read list! Hopefully, this will become a weekly or at least a bi-weekly post. 

Have you read any of these books? What did you think?

Happy reading!

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