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?

It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged–but I’m trying to get back on track for the New Year. So, here we are, back at my Goodreads to-read shelf (which is now over 3,000 books…). Here goes nothing!

1. How to Be Alone by Jonathan Franzen

How to Be AloneA collection of essays from Jonathan Franzen, I’m a bit unsure of this one. After reading through some reviews, I’m not sure I’ll ever really be motivated to get to this one, when there are so many other essay collections I want to get to.

Verdict: Go.


2. Consider the Lobster and Other Essays by David Foster Wallace

Consider the LobsterThis essay collection still looks interesting to me, so I’ll hope to get to it one day. I don’t think I’ve ever actually read any David Foster Wallace.

Verdict: Keep.



3. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Essays and Argument by David Foster Wallace

A Supposedly Fun ThingI don’t think I can get rid of this one either. The reviews are so good.

Verdict: Keep.



4. Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings by Mark Twain

Letters from the EarthThis doesn’t seem like a widely known Twain work, but it looks like it’s worth a read.

Verdict: Keep.



5. Here is New York by E. B. White

Here is New YorkI have never been to New York, but this is supposed to be one of the best essays ever written about it. I’m not going to keep it–but I’m going to file it away in my pocket for in case I ever visit and want something to read about it beforehand.

Verdict: Go.

6. What Now? by Ann Patchett

What NowAnn Patchett is wonderful. She lives in Nashville (like me) and owns one of the best indie bookstores I’ve ever been in. I’ve loved her fiction, and never tried her essays. This is about 100 pages, and looks delightful.

Verdict: Keep.


7. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin 

The Fire Next TimeI need to read this. It will likely make a good readalong with The Fire This Time, edited by Jesmyn Ward (also on my shelf).

Verdict: Keep.



8. The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois

The Souls of Black FolkI’ve been meaning to get to this one for awhile, as well. Maybe in 2018. I also just snagged a free Kindle version of it.

Verdict: Keep.



9. Regarding the Pain of Others by Susan Sontag

Regarding the pain of othersI’ve read Susan Sontag writings before, I think. I’m interested in this essay about images of war and suffering and how they affect us.

Verdict: Keep.


10. AIDS and Its Metaphors by Susan Sontag

AIDS and its metaphorsAn essay on perceptions of illness, and how metaphors and myths surrounding them affect patients and caregivers.

Verdict: Keep.


So, I kept a lot this week, BUT a lot of them were shorter essays, so I feel okay with it. Did I make any bad choices?? Let me know in the comments!



7 thoughts on “Down the TBR Hole #12

  1. I love reading these posts of yours. I am always introduced to new literature! I am a bit embarrassed to say that the only author I’ve read on this list is Twain. However, I certainly have the rest of these authors on my TBR. None of these books, though…

    I have Infinite Jest on my TBR. Let’s be honest, I don’t know if I’ll ever get to it. I love the idea of reading DFW, but that’s quite a challenge to read! I’d love to hear what you think of these collections. Perhaps this is a better way to absorb my DFW? Or at least it might be more manageable…

    I haven’t read any Patchett yet either. Where do I start?


    1. I love Ann Patchett! I really loved Bel Canto by her. The writing is so lyrical (but its been a very long time since I actually read it). Other people swear by The Magician’s Assistant, which is also very good. I don’t think you could go wrong with either of those!

      Also, I’ve never read Infinite Jest either. An online group I’m a part of is doing a read along in January–but I think I may pass on that. I really have to be in the mood to read things (plus I have a book club book & another buddy read to get to–so there’s that).

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      1. I am with you on mood reading, for sure! I know I’ll need some sort of external mortivation to read Infinite Jest— and more than just a read along I think. O_o

        Thanks for the suggestions! I’ve got both the Patchett books you’ve recommende don my TBR now. I’m looking forward to it.


  2. You have a great idea with the partner read of The Fire Next Time and The Fire This Time. I believe the DuBois is one I haven’t read either, if you wanted to do a buddy read some time this summer that might be fun!

    I probably would have ditched the Twain (his nonfiction is so hit and miss) and the first Foster Wallace (because if you read and like the one with the really good reviews, you’ll likely add this one back in), but as always, your TBR lists are fascinating.


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