Read or skip #1

READ OR SKIP

I decided to start this meme, inspired by book blogger Davida, at The Chocolate Lady’s Book Review Blog, herself inspired by a couple of other bloggers (see here for instance). I plan to post about it on Saturdays, except the 1st Sat of the month, when I usually feature another meme.

The rules are simple:

  1. Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf from oldest to new
  2. Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see
  3. Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.

READ OR SKIP #1

#readorskip

read or skip #1

Along the years, I have edited a lot my Goodreads TBR, but as you can see, we are still going back to history, as my oldest titles were added 8 years ago… So I thought this exercise would be well worth it. And I need your help!

1) The Thirteenth Tale

  • Bloggers have been recently raving about her latest book, Once Upon a River!
  • “a love letter to reading”
  • a historical mystery, it seems
  • BUT 400 pages, so it better be very good
    READ

2) Love in the Time of Cholera

3) Fingerprints of the Gods: Evidence of Earth’s Lost Civilization

  • “Connecting puzzling clues scattered throughout the world, Hancock discovers compelling evidence of a technologically and culturally advanced civilization that was destroyed and obliterated from human memory”. That’s compelling, even though I may consider it at the edge of nonfiction and fantasy, or pure madness!
  • I read his The Sign and The Seal, and was captivated by it
  • Very high rating
    Probably READ

4) The Rest is Noise

  • “The end result is not so much a history of twentieth-century music as a history of the twentieth century through its music”. That could be an interesting and original overview of the century, especially as I like music
  • High rating
  • BUT big book
    Probably READ

5) So Many Books, So Little Time

  • A book about books!
  • My friend Readerbuzz loved it
  • BUT there are tons of similar and more recent books out there, with a higher rating
    Probably SKIP

So now, I need your input, especially for #3, 4, and 5 to finalize my decision.
I will inform you of my final choice when I publish the next post for this meme.
I have created a poll on Twitter for #5. Please go and vote

HAVE YOU READ THESE?
READ OR SKIP?
I ALSO WELCOME SUGGESTIONS
FOR GOOD BOOKS ON SIMILAR THEMES

 

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11 thoughts on “Read or skip #1

  1. Love in the Time of Cholera is my favorite of his books (100 Years of Solitude was rough going for me). I also have The Thirteenth Tale on my Kindle, but haven’t had a chance to read it, although I loved her Bellman & Black! Don’t know the others.

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    • Thanks for confirming. So I take it that Love in the Time of Cholera is easier than 100 Years of Solitude? Actually, when I finally decided to look for a genealogy of the characters online and I printed to have it with me as I read along, it went more smoothly

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  2. I would not know. Probably skip, (very good choices on the ones you have decided to read), but I don’t know. The music one since you love music, maybe.
    (This is a good idea. I am going to purge my Goodreads to be read list someway or another)

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  3. I read So Many Books, So Little Time in July, 2004 (pre-blog, so no link.) In my reading log I wrote that it is great. “She is very different from me…but we both read and love books. We both struggle with marriage, family, work and our weight. We are both driven.” I vote for that to be your third book. It is only 242 pp and a fast read.

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