Read or skip #4

READ OR SKIP

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.

RESULTS FOR PREVIOUS READ OR SKIP

READ: 8-11
SKIP: 12
Not good, I only managed to ditch 1 out of 5 last week!

 

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READ OR SKIP #4

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Yeah, finally getting into 2012!!

12) Leave Me Alone: I’m  Reading

  • Book about books
  • A good friend of mine loved it
  • BUT the general Goodreads rating is low
  • And some readers mention all the autobiographical elements, which don’t interest me
    SKIP

13) Running the books

  • One day, I watched a fascinating documentary about having inmates play The Tempest, so the topic is of great interest
  • BUT several readers mention the book needs serious editing. I hate books that are not well written
    SKIP

14) Poustinia

  • How come I haven’t read this one yet??
    READ – asap

15) Time Was Soft There

  • I visited the charming Shakespeare & Company Parisian bookstore, and definitely want to know more about it
    READ

16) Paris to the Moon

  • I usually love that type of books
  • BUT I have read a lot of these, maybe too many?
  • The general rating is low, but several of my friends have read and loved it
    SKIP?

What do YOU think? Should I really skip 12 and 13? What would you do for 16?

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

 

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10 thoughts on “Read or skip #4

  1. I’ve now added Poustinia to my “Want to Read” shelf, so clearly I’m moving in the wrong direction! 😄
    I sort and cull my physical shelves from time to time, but I haven’t gone back over virtual shelves. So I see it is a nice way to be reminded of those few books we actually want to read sooner than later.

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    • And it feels really good to get rid of “clutter”, and leave more room to books you REALLY REALLY want to read. I just requested Poustinia from my library. I just finished Earthen Vessels, by Bunge on Personal Prayer according to the Fathers. I will report passages of it on my https://myrtleskete.com I’m running a bit behind n this, still reporting there on my previous book, the wonderful Prayers by the Lake. So now I’m going to read the life of Elder Leonid of Optina. I like the Optina Fathers, but I have never read them all in order, so this is volume 1

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  2. I have been following this thing you are doing. I rarely remove titles from my TBR lists. I think if I was interested enough to add a title I might still like it. But one thing I do is use those lists for when it is my turn to suggest books for reading groups. If a title is something a particular group might like, I suggest it. If it gets picked then I read it and am usually glad I did. Just thought I would share that tip for any of your followers who attend reading groups.

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  3. Paris to the Moon is a keeper! Gopnik writes with great humor and presents a wonderful view of everyday life in Paris from the point of view of Americans who are trying to make sense of it all.

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