Down the TBR Hole #10

Down the TBR Hole

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?

I love this practice. It’s definitely become one of my MUST write weekly blog posts, and I find it helpful. It’s also making me want to start organizing my Goodreads shelves a bit better–but that’s a ways down the road. Probably.

1. The Lost Religion of Jesus: Simple Living and Nonviolence in Early Christianity by Keith Akers

Lost Religion of JesusSo, this is a more scholarly work, but I’m still interested in it talking about what Jesus and his religion really looked like in his time and place. I have a feeling I’ll find some interesting thoughts here.

Verdict: Keep.



2. Simpler Living, Compassionate Life edited by Michael Schut

Simpler LivingAnother book of Christian thought, this one focused on what the title talks about. It’s also a practical guide in how to make your life more simple, and I’m still interested in those concepts.

Verdict: Keep.


3. The King’s English: Adventures of an Independent Bookseller by Betsy Burton

Kings EnglishThis is a memoir about starting, owning, and running an independent bookstore. If I had unlimited resources, I feel like that would be my dream job.

Verdict: Keep.


4. Getting by on the Minimum: The Lives of Working Class Women by Jennifer Johnson

Getting by on the MinimumI’m still wanting to read this. Perhaps alongside Nickel & Dimed

Verdict: Keep.




5. Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur by Halima Bashir, Damien Lewis

Tears of the DesertThis is the memoir of an African woman who became a doctor and started to speak out about what was happening in her country after treating rape victims from her village who were attacked by the Janjaweed. I can’t get rid of this one, either.

Verdict: Keep.


6. Among Schoolchildren by Tracy Kidder

Among SchoolchildrenThis is a nonfiction book about an investigative journalist who followed a teacher in a fifth grade class for a year. While I’m sure it’s a great book, I really don’t need to read a book that is basically my life.

Verdict: Go.



7. Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy and the New Science of Desire by Martin Lindstrom

BuyologyEven though it’s now 7 years old, I still think this book about advertising and psychology looks super interesting.

Verdict: Keep.




8. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

FreakonomicsAgain, it’s an older book I know, and I’ve heard many things about it, but I can’t bring myself to delete it.

Verdict: Keep.




9. American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, & the Crime of the Century by Howard Blum

American LightningThe synopsis of this true-crime book just kind of makes me feel meh, so I will not be reading it.

Verdict: Go.




10. Things I’ve Been Silent About: Memories by Azar Nafisi

Things I've Been Silent AboutThis is a memoir written by Azar Nafisi, author of Reading Lolita in Tehran. I’m still going to read this. I really enjoyed the other book.

Verdict: Keep.



Thoughts on my decisions? Read any of these?? Did I add to your TBR? Let me know in the comments!


4 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #10

  1. “I really don’t need to read a book that is basically my life.” Lol!

    I’ve read some similar to your first two that you might like better, I’ll have to see if I have a record of them in my book notebook. Nickel and Dimed is still definitely worth reading, even though it’s a bit older. I read it alongside Studs Terkel’s Working.

    I added Tears of the Desert to my TBR. If you like Buy-ology, there’s a book called the Paradox of Choice that might interest you.

    Read Freakonomics and the follow-up and honestly, unless you are really into economics, watching the documentary instead will provide you with the same info in a much more entertaining format. And I don’t say that lightly, as normally I am a book-instead-of-movie person!

    These posts are so much fun! I have never embarked on a TBR cleanup (although I have an Amazon wishlist that I update monthly), but am living vicariously through yours! I hope my long comments on these aren’t irritating you.

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    1. You are definitely not irritating me at all!! I like these posts because I wind up featuring books in genres/topics I don’t really otherwise highlight and I love seeing what other people think about books I should keep/get rid of. It’s also given me some ideas for goals I need for next year because I can see some areas I’m not reading as much in (and that I really used to enjoy), especially with nonfiction. I always appreciate your insight and recommendations! 🙂

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