Down the TBR Hole #11

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?

Here we go!!! Hopefully, I get rid of more than 2 books this week–but it will really depend on what I encounter!

1. How to Make Dances in an Epidemic: Tracking Choreography in the Age of AIDS by David Gere

IHow to make Dances know I added this when I was working on my undergrad honors thesis in English, because that’s when I was reading a lot about the beginning of the AIDS crisis (I wrote my thesis on the interplay between Angels in America, politics, philosophy, and sociology–and a lot of that context was found in research on the 1980s and AIDS). However, the dance aspect, which is a lot of the book, no longer draws me as it once did.

Verdict: Go.

2. Rethinking Juvenile Justice by Elizabeth S. Scott & Laurence Steinberg

Rethinking Juvenile JusticeI like the idea of this book, but the reviews make me think it won’t be as good as I think it will be. I’ll have to look for more books on this topic…

Verdict: Go. (to maybe come back)





3. The Jesus of Suburbia: Have We Tamed the Son of God to Fit Our Lifestyle? by Mike Erre

Jesus of SuburbiaI love the concept of this book, but after reading the summary, it sounds like something that will just reinforce things I already believe. Therefore, I’m not really learning anything from it, or stretching myself to debate new ideas. So, likely not going to read it.

Verdict: Go (I’m 3 for 3!)


4. On the Outside Looking In: A Year in an Inner City High School by Cristina Rathbone

On the Outside looking inThis is another case of a book I’d really like to read–but only if I could go back and read it before I became a teacher. When I’m adding books to my shelf these days, I’m more looking for things outside of myself–not to come home and rehash what I’ve been doing all day (even if I’m dealing with third graders rather than high schoolers). Though maybe I need to start a professional reading list…for summers…

Verdict: Go.


5. Redeeming Childhood: Letting Children Be Children in Our Achievement-Oriented Society by William Crain

Reclaiming ChldhoodAnother book where I like the philosophy–but it seems more geared towards parents than educators (based on reviews), and it also centers around theories I’m familiar with now (6 years after I added it to my to-reads shelf).

Verdict: Go.


6. Full of Grace: A Journey Through the History of Childhood by Ray Merritt

Full of GraceThis book is not what I thought it was. It seems less text-based and more photo-based. It also seems like a collection of writings instead of an actual history.

Verdict: Go.


7. A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby K. Payne

A Framework for PovertyI’ve read Payne’s work before and it’s really interesting to me. I have a copy of this and will eventually get to it.

Verdict: Keep.



8. Boys in Poverty: A Framework for Understanding Dropout by Ruby K. Payne & Paul D. Slocomb

Boys in PovertySimilar seeming to the previous book, this is more focused on education and boys. I’m very interested in this because I teach mostly boys in my school and I’m always looking for ways to get them to buy-in to education (and hopefully that carries over as they get older).

Verdict: Keep.

9. Sidewalk by Mitchell Duneier, photos by Ovie Carter

SidewalkThis is an ethnography that covers 5 years in the lives of poor black men working on the streets of Greenwich Village. The reviews are all excellent. I think I will definitely be keeping it.

Verdict: Keep.


10. From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America by Beth L. Bailey

From Front porchI think we have now entered the random sociological book section of my reading list. This is an older book (initially published in 1989), but seems to cover the history of white middle-class courtship from the 1920s to the 1950s. I’m still vaguely interested..and it’s pretty short, but I’m also pretty sure I’ll never get around to it.

Verdict: Go. 


So, that’s another week of my to-read shelf. I’m pretty proud that I got rid of about 7 books this week! Tune in next week for more :). As usual, let me know if I should’ve kept any of these or if you’ve read them/recommend them.





3 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #11

  1. I agree with all of your go choices on this list and added your three keeps to my TBR! I haven’t encountered Payne before. You might also be interested in Pushout as a companion read to Boys in Poverty.


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