Down the TBR Hole #3 || Book Meme

My third Down the TBR Hole post! Writing these feels mildly therapeutic as not only am I tidying up my never ending to-read list, but it’s also nice to write to a template of sorts, which doesn’t require too much thinking or creativity. I also feel like it’s nice to have a break just from book reviews or monthly updates, and this also brings some structure to the blog as well. Hope you enjoy this post!

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 Buried Giantby Kazuo Ishiguro

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Date Added: 25th December, 2015

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads): The Romans have long since departed, and Britain is steadily declining into ruin. But at least the wars that once ravaged the country have ceased. The Buried Giant begins as a couple, Axl and Beatrice, set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen for years. They expect to face many hazards – some strange and other-worldly – but they cannot yet foresee how their journey will reveal to them dark and forgotten corners of their love for one another. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge and war.

Verdict: KEEP

I genuinely have been meaning to read this book for a while now and recently bought it from a local charity shop. So it is on my bookshelves, just waiting for the right time to read it! 


 Book #2 | “Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things” by Jenny Lawson 

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Date Added: 25th December, 2015

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads): In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest.

There are so many people out there struggling with depression and mental illness, either themselves or someone in their family—and in Furiously Happy they will find a member of their tribe offering up an uplifting message (via a taxidermied roadkill raccoon). Let’s Pretend This Never Happened ostensibly was about embracing your own weirdness, but deep down it was about family. Furiously Happy is about depression and mental illness, but deep down it’s about joy—and who doesn’t want a bit more of that? 

Verdict: GO

I honestly can’t remember why I added this book to my to-read list. Maybe it was generating some hype around the time, or someone recommended it to me. But I never picked it up and don’t know if I will. I do like the occasional memoir, but it’s not my first choice. This will have to go for now, but if I come across it again I might give it a shot.


Book #3 | “Castle in the Air” by Diana Wynne Jones

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Date Added: 26th December, 2015

Synopsis
(taken from Goodreads): Far to the south of the land of Ingary, in the Sultanates of Rashpuht, there lived in the city of Zanzib a young and not very prosperous carpet dealer named Abdullah who loved to spend his time daydreaming. He was content with his life and his daydreams until, one day, a stranger sold him a magic carpet.

That very night, the carpet flew him to an enchanted garden. There, he met and fell in love with the beauteous princess Flower-in-the-Night, only to have her snatched away, right under his very nose, by a wicked djinn. With only his magic carpet and his wits to help him, Abdullah sets off to rescue his princess…

Verdict: KEEP

As I decided to keep the first books of the series, I think it’s sensible to keep the second one. I definitely want to read the trilogy sometime soon! 


Book #4 | “House of Many Ways” by Diana Wynne Jones

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Date Added: 26th December, 2015

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads): Charmain Baker is in over her head. Looking after Great-Uncle William’s tiny cottage while he’s ill should have been easy. But Great-Uncle William is better known as the Royal Wizard Norland, and his house bends space and time. Its single door leads to any number of places—the bedrooms, the kitchen, the caves under the mountains, the past, and the Royal Mansion, to name just a few.

By opening that door, Charmain has become responsible for not only the house, but for an extremely magical stray dog, a muddled young apprentice wizard, and a box of the king’s most treasured documents. She has encountered a terrifying beast called a lubbock, irritated a clan of small blue creatures, and wound up smack in the middle of an urgent search. The king and his daughter are desperate to find the lost, fabled Elfgift—so desperate that they’ve even called in an intimidating sorceress named Sophie to help. And where Sophie is, can the Wizard Howl and fire demon Calcifer be far behind?

Verdict: KEEP

Once again, same as with the second one, I will keep the third book in the series as well.


Book #5 | “Swing Dance” by Scott Cupit

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Date Added: 26th December, 2015

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads): With all things vintage enjoying a boom worldwide, swing dancing has well and truly swung back into fashion. From vintage festivals and tea dances to weekend socials and hundreds of weekly classes held around the world, multiple forms of the dance that was created in 1930s Harlem by Frankie Manning are growing ever more popular. Swing Dance explores the vibrant contemporary swing-dancing scene, looking at the different dance styles and the associated culture, community and fashion. Illustrated with vintage and contemporary photography, as well as specially commissioned step-by-step guides, it provides everything you need to know, whether you fancy kicking up your heels in the Charleston or mastering the Lindy Hop ‘swing out’.

Verdict: KEEP

I’m definitely keeping this and reading it when I get my hands on it! I’ve flicked through it before and it’s a great introduction into swing dance, its culture, style, and so on. Scott is an inspirational dancer and teacher, and I’m so happy he published this!


Books Removed
1 out of 5

This time I seem to have kept way more books that the last two times! They all deserve to be read and sound intriguing. Hopefully next time I can remove a few more so that I can add some new ones haha.

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

Happy reading!

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