(ALL SYNOPSIS TAKEN FROM GOODREADS)
I found out about this meme because Kris Marie from Boston Book Reader does it regularly on her blog! (Updated to her most recent one!) It, however, originated with Lost in a Story that deserves all the recognition for starting this great meme for the book blogging community!
The purpose of this meme is to go through your TBR (I am using GoodReads at first and then plan on going through my home books after!) and decide if you are going to keep the book or if you are getting rid of it on your TBR! For a more formal understanding here is the original wording from the first “Down the TBR Hole” by Lost in a Story:
Anyway, 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
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
Currently, I have 323 books on my GR TBR, so I have decided to go through five of the books on the list at a time. I am hoping to get it lowered to at least only 200 by the time this is over. Wish me luck, I am going to need it! I will also be keeping track of the number of books that I remove from my GR TBR during this process, so that a final statistical number of removed titles is available because well I can and I want to see how many I removed after all is said and done. 🙂
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
by Susin Nielsen
Synopsis: Darker than her previous novels, Susin peoples this novel about the ultimate cost of bullying with a cast of fabulous characters, dark humour, and a lovable, difficult protagonist struggling to come to terms with the horrible crime his brother has committed.
Decision: When did I add this? I have no clue, sorry bye!
Reason: I literally remember nothing about this book. I must have saw someone review it at some point and added it, but for now this goes away!
Synopsis: Santa Claus is the King of Forever, Land of the Immortals. When one special boy writes to Santa asking what no other child has ever asked, a miracle occurs: Santa and Mrs. Claus are blessed with a daughter. But the birth of Holly Claus also brings about a terrible curse–from an evil soul named Herrikhan. Holly’s heart is frozen, and the gates to Forever are locked, barring exit or entry.
As she grows into a beautiful and selfless young woman, Holly longs to break the spell that holds her people hostage. With four faithful and magical animal friends, she escapes to the wondrous world of Victorian New York, where she will face countless dangers, adventures, and a miracle all her own.
Reason: While it is isn’t the holidays, it does sound like the perfect holiday read and I still want to read it based on the synopsis. It remains until the holidays when I see if I actually get around to reading it!
Synopsis: Kids who get called the worst names oftentimes find each other. That’s how it was with us. Skeezie Tookis and Addie Carle and Joe Bunch and me. We call ourselves the Gang of Five, but there are only four of us. We do it to keep people on their toes. Make ’em wonder. Or maybe we do it because we figure that there’s one more kid out there who’s going to need a gang to be a part of. A misfit, like us.
Skeezie, Addie, Joe, and Bobby — they’ve been friends forever. They laugh together, have lunch together, and get together once a week at the Candy Kitchen to eat ice cream and talk about important issues. Life isn’t always fair, but at least they have each other — and all they really want to do is survive the seventh grade.
That turns out to be more of a challenge than any of them had anticipated. Starting with Addie’s refusal to say the Pledge of Allegiance and her insistence on creating a new political party to run for student council, the Gang of Five is in for the ride of their lives. Along the way they will learn about politics and popularity, love and loss, and what it means to be a misfit. After years of getting by, they are given the chance to stand up and be seen — not as the one-word jokes their classmates have tried to reduce them to, but as the full, complicated human beings they are just beginning to discover they truly are.
Decision: This stays.
Reason: I have a soft spot for James Howe, especially because I love his Bunnicula series. I also happen to own a copy of this book, I just haven’t gotten around to reading it.
Synopsis: The 7th son of the 7th son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby’s father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a newborn girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son, Septimus?
The first part of this enthralling new series leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters, clever charms, potions and spells, and a yearning to uncover the mystery at the heart of this story…who is Septimus Heap?
Reason: This just doesn’t sound like the type of book that I want to read right now or in the near future. It could be a great book, but the synopsis doesn’t draw me in the same way as some others on my list do.
Synopsis: Dublin, 1962. Within the gated grounds of the convent of The Sisters of the Holy Redemption lies one of the city’s Magdalen Laundries. Once places of refuge, the laundries have evolved into grim workhouses. Some inmates are “fallen” women—unwed mothers, prostitutes, or petty criminals. Most are ordinary girls whose only sin lies in being too pretty, too independent, or tempting the wrong man. Among them is sixteen-year-old Teagan Tiernan, sent by her family when her beauty provokes a lustful revelation from a young priest.
Teagan soon befriends Nora Craven, a new arrival who thought nothing could be worse than living in a squalid tenement flat. Stripped of their freedom and dignity, the girls are given new names and denied contact with the outside world. The Mother Superior, Sister Anne, who has secrets of her own, inflicts cruel, dehumanizing punishments—but always in the name of love. Finally, Nora and Teagan find an ally in the reclusive Lea, who helps them endure—and plot an escape. But as they will discover, the outside world has dangers too, especially for young women with soiled reputations.
Told with candor, compassion, and vivid historical detail, The Magdalen Girls is a masterfully written novel of life within the era’s notorious institutions—and an inspiring story of friendship, hope, and unyielding courage.
Reason: There is a movie entitled “The Magdalene Sisters” that is similar to this book and because I enjoyed the movie and its historical context so much, I want to read this still. I honestly am glad that this was brought back to my attention, as it seems to fit more with the reading I would want to do sooner rather than later.
REMOVAL: 2 out of 5
KEPT: 3 out of 5
TOTAL REMOVED TO DATE: 16 (moving on up still!)
MY GOODREADS TBR TAB: 317/319(I removed some since my last total it appears, since it was at 323 at the end of my last one.)