Down the TBR hole is a weekly meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story. Its goal is to pare down your TBR weekly by going through 5-10 books, starting at the beginning of your TBR. I’ve been seeing it around, and seeing as my Goodreads to-read shelf currently has 2,850 books, I think it’ll be a fun way to slim that down a bit. (It gets so big because I see/hear about books & just add them…and I’ve been meaning to clean it up for awhile now). I’m also going to go through 10 at a time, just because I have so many to get through!
It works like this:
- Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
So…here goes nothing. When I start at the very beginning of my to-reads shelf, we’re going all the way back to 2011.
Anything Goes by John Barrowman
This is John Barrowman’s first memoir. I’ve been in love with him since I first saw Torchwood. I’ve also read his second memoir and quite enjoyed it. I really would like to locate this on audio, quite honestly.
The Children in Room E4: American Education on Trial by Susan Eaton
This book was written by an investigative journalist after spending 4 years at an all-minority student school in Connecticut. Since I’m a teacher, and journalistic non-fiction is my favorite kind to read, and school segregation is still a highly important issue in the field, I think I’ll still likely get to this one someday.
NPR Classic Driveway Moments: Radio Stories that Won’t Let You Go by National Public Radio
This is on audio, but somehow it just doesn’t appeal to me as much as it used to. I don’t think I’ll get to it.
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
This is the story of Jesus’ whole life as told by his resurrected best friend, Biff. It’s supposed to be very funny and entertaining, and I’ve heard really good things. I know I have several Christopher Moore books on my list, and I just can’t let this one go.
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Okay, so real talk, The Time Traveler’s Wife is one of my ALL TIME favorite books. \When I added this, I added it purely because it was by the same author. I’ve heard very mixed reviews about this one, and I’ll admit that the synopsis doesn’t necessarily call out to me. While I’m sure it will continue to be on my radar, I think I’m going to table it for now.
Verdict: Go (for the time being)
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
Mary Roach is an author I frequently add to my TBR and yet, I don’t think I’ve ever actually read anything by her. Her topics are just so randomly interesting. However, at this time, reading about cadavers makes me squirm a bit, and I think I may explore some of her other works first.
Can We Talk About Race?: And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Tatum’s other book about race and education, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, was excellent. This one was written 10 years ago, but still relevant, as I find that institutional racism has changed little for the better and mostly for the worse. This one also comes in at a rather short 147 pages, so it’s definitely worth a read.
Crossing Over to Canaan: The Journey of New Teachers in Diverse Classrooms by Gloria Ladson-Billings
Ladson-Billings also wrote another wonderful book about education and diversity called The Dreamkeepers. I’m pretty sure I added this book after reading that one. This book follows 8 new teachers in a program called Teach for Diversity and seems to offer concrete strategies for enhancing education in diverse classrooms. Even though I’m about to enter my 7th year of teaching, it never hurts to learn some more.
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Tara O’Shea
I love pop culture essays a lot. This collection includes essays (all written by women) exploring different aspects of the Whoniverse, which is right up my alley. It’s worth noting that Lynne M. Thomas also has edited collections about women and comics, gaming, and the Whedonverse.
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
This is the perfect example of a book added to my TBR simply because it’s a classic. The story admittedly doesn’t really interest me & it feels good to get that off my chest.
So that’s my first time Down the TBR hole! After going through these 10 books, I’ve whittled my TBR shelf down from 2,850 to 2,847. I kept 6 books, but totally added Chicks Dig Gaming to my TBR, thus negating one I got rid of. I may not be very good at this, but I think it’ll get easier as I go.
Have you read any of these books? Did I make the wrong choice on any of them? Let me know what you think!