Down the TBR Hole #2 || Book Meme

Another week, another Down the TBR Hole post! I really enjoyed writing this up a couple of weeks ago and tidying up my Goodreads to-read list (which still keeps on getting longer and longer). This week I’m taking 5 books again and reviewing if I want to keep them, or if they should be removed from my TBR. Hope you enjoy it!

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 | Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Powerby Rachel Maddow

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Date Added: 20th December, 2015

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads): Written with bracing wit and intelligence, Rachel Maddow’s Drift argues that we’ve drifted away from America’s original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. To understand how we’ve arrived at such a dangerous place, Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today’s war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring the disturbing rise of executive authority, the gradual outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us, and even the changing fortunes of G.I. Joe. She offers up a fresh, unsparing appraisal of Reagan’s radical presidency. Ultimately, she shows us just how much we stand to lose by allowing the priorities of the national security state to overpower our political discourse.

Verdict: GO

I think this would be a really interesting read, but I’m sure that there are some books that have more up-to-date information. This version needs to go, but I’ll make sure to find something relevant and newer in relation to America’s ongoing war issues. 


 Book #2 | “The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli 

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Date Added: 20th December, 2015

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads): As a young Florentine envoy to the courts of France and the Italian principalities, Niccolò Machiavelli (1469–1527) was able to observe firsthand the lives of people strongly united under one powerful ruler. His fascination with that political rarity and his intense desire to see the Medici family assume a similar role in Italy provided the foundation for his “primer for princes.” In this classic guide to acquiring and maintaining political power, Machiavelli used a rational approach to advise prospective rulers, developing logical arguments and alternatives for a number of potential problems, among them governing hereditary monarchies, dealing with colonies and the treatment of conquered peoples.

Verdict: KEEP

I added this book back when I studied politics, as I found the excerpts to be quite interesting and relevant to my essays. I’d say it should go, but I think I’ll keep it and read it as it’s only 140 pages.


Book #3 | “Jazz Dance: The Story of American Vernacular Dance” by Marshall W. Stearns, Jean Stearns

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Date Added: 20th December, 2015

Synopsis
(taken from Goodreads): “The phrase jazz dance has a special meaning for professionals who dance to jazz music (they use it to describe non-tap body movement); and another meaning for studios coast to coast teaching ‘Modern Jazz Dance’ (a blend of Euro-American styles that owes little to jazz and less to jazz rhythms). However, we are dealing here with what may eventually be referred to as jazz dance, and we could not think of a more suitable title.

“The characteristic that distinguishes American vernacular dance–as does jazz music–is swing, which can be heard, felt, and seen, but defined only with great difficulty. . . .”

Verdict: KEEP

Even though I don’t dance as much swing as I used to, I still love jazz music, the dance, and the culture. I will definitely keep this book and make a point of reading it sometime soon.  


Book #4 | “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding

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Date Added: 24th December, 2015

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads): At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable novel about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart.”

Verdict: GO

I don’t know where to begin with this book… I started it last year and I really tried to finish it, but gave up, which happens so rarely. I just found the writing so bad, the story line dull, and the dialogue was naff. There wasn’t a single thing that I liked about this book. I read about half of it and couldn’t make myself finish it. It has to go for now, but one day maybe I will actually read the whole thing.


Book #5 | “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson

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Date Added: 24th December, 2015

Synopsis: It all starts on the one-hundredth birthday of Allan Karlsson. Sitting quietly in his room in an old people’s home, he is waiting for the party he-never-wanted-anyway to begin. The Mayor is going to be there. The press is going to be there. But, as it turns out, Allan is not… Slowly but surely Allan climbs out of his bedroom window, into the flowerbed (in his slippers) and makes his getaway. And so begins his picaresque and unlikely journey involving criminals, several murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police. As his escapades unfold, we learn something of Allan’s earlier life in which – remarkably – he helped to make the atom bomb, became friends with American presidents, Russian tyrants, and Chinese leaders, and was a participant behind the scenes in many key events of the twentieth century. Already a huge bestseller across Europe, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared is a fun and feel-good book for all ages.

Verdict: GO

I did start reading this book a couple of years ago, but after a couple of chapters I just couldn’t get into it. The humour and the writing style were just not my type. It has to go as there are so many great books out there and I know I won’t be able to read them all no matter how much I’d love that.


Books Removed
3 out of 5

I know it’s only the second post/declutter session, but I like how my to-read list is becoming more organised and tailored to what I enjoy now.

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

Happy reading!

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