Down the TBR Hole is sponsored by Lia @ Lost in a Story. It’s also reminding me of books on my TBR I forgot about.

Here is what you do:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve had time to properly blog, so I’m excited to get back to it! Here goes!

1. Jesus: Uncovering the Life, Teachings, and Relevance of a Religious Revolutionary by Marcus Borg

Jesus BorgThis book is a theologian I like’s take on the historical Jesus. I am a Christian, albeit a very liberal one, but I have always been fascinated by the idea of the humanity of Jesus and his place in history. I’m not sure I’ll get to it soon, but I’m having a hard time getting rid of this one.

Verdict: Keep


2. Courageous Conversations about Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools edited by Glenn Singleton

Courageous conversationsI added this book to my TBR for the content the title describes. After reading the synopsis and some of the reviews, it really seems like a book that should be read as part of a course or with other educators. So, while I’m not keeping it…I may maintain knowledge of it somewhere in my professional files if my school starts looking for some extra PD reads. (Or I may keep it & file it on a professional resources list I keep up with).

Verdict: Go (for now)

3. Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

Lies My Teacher Told MeThis book is about all the nuances of American history that textbooks and teachers like to ignore, in favor of teaching sanitized versions of history. I’m still really interested in reading this book, especially because I’ve enjoyed others like it (e.g. A People’s History of the United States).

Verdict: Keep

4. A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki

Different MirrorAnother history book that re-examines our history, the one tells the story of America from colonization up to 1992, but from the perspective of marginalized people. I can’t in good conscience delete this one, because for me, it’s really important to understand that the white narrative is not the correct or even only one. This is the kind of nonfiction that I live for, basically.

Verdict: Keep.

5. The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggeman

Prophetic ImaginationThis is another theology book, but one that has lost its luster for me over the years. Also, the reviews were mixed enough that I think I may not get to it.

Verdict: Go.



6. White Privilege: Essential Readings on the Other Side of Racism edited by Paula S. Rothenberg

White PrivilegeThe title pretty much says it all–I think this one’s a keeper. These issues should have always been important, but feel even moreso right now.

Verdict: Keep.



7. The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism, & White Privilege by Robert Jensen

Heart of WhitenessAfter re-reading the information about this book and the reviews, I think I’ll be picking it up sooner rather than later. It’s a quick read about white privilege, what it looks like, and how it perpetuates a system where none of us are fully human until we recognize that all are fully human.

Verdict: Keep.

8. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher’s Life by Parker Palmer

Courage to TeachThis book is a spiritual look at teaching–and no longer really up my alley.

Verdict: Go.




9. Deculturalization and the Struggle for Equality: A Brief History of the Education of Dominated Cultures in the United States by Joel Spring

DeculturalizaionLooking at the synopsis, I realize now that this book is more of a textbook, which I generally don’t read in my spare time. The reviews also weren’t great–and not because people disagreed with the content. It sounds like it would be a rehash of other books on my TBR, so I’m not too keen.

Verdict: Go.

10. Releasing the Imagination: Essays on Education, the Arts and Social Change by Maxine Greene

Releasing the ImaginationThis book is a collection of essays about imagination and social change. It sounds like Greene uses a lot of allusions to literature, art, and poetry to make her points, and I think this would be a really interesting read.

Verdict: Keep.


So another week going Down the TBR Hole, and I managed to get rid of 4 books. Not too shabby, but not great. One thing I have learned is that nonfiction obviously sits on my TBR a lot longer than fiction, which means I should probably make more of an effort to get to it. I really love doing this meme! Did I make the wrong choice on any of these? Let me know in the comments!






9 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #6

  1. I DNF’d the Bruggeman some time ago so would have to agree with you on that one. The Takaki just went onto my TBR.

    It’s difficult with nonfiction books. I usually complete at least two adult nonfiction books a month, but there are still so many more that I want to read! One thing that has helped me, is looking at what do I really want to read, versus what nonfiction am I holding on to because I feel like I should read it. From the look of your list above, you’re already doing a good job on that!

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  2. I always love these posts– it’s interesting for me to see what books people decide to keep and let go. I love the themes I see across these books. I am all about what you like to read! Since you’ve done this a few times, how do you know where to start on your GR TBR list? I imagine I might forget which books I’ve already decided to keep or let go…


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