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:
- Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf from oldest to new
- Pick the first 5 or 10 (or whatever number you choose, depending on how large your list is) books you see
- Decide whether to keep them or get rid of them.
RESULTS FOR PREVIOUS READ OR SKIP
16, 17, 20: skip
21: maybe read
Read the others for sure.
READ OR SKIP #6
Let’s try again 8 titles today. And again, I’m super grateful for your input.
19) A History of the World in 100 Objects
- “Neil MacGregor’s A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a bold, original approach to human history, exploring past civilizations through the objects that defined them.”
Sounds like a great way of revisiting History.
20) How to Travel with a Salmon
- Eco’s essays are fantastic!
- BUT I’m wandering if they would be too much like in Chronicles of a Liquid Society, even possibly some essays exactly the same. The titles of the essays look different, but the content may be the same.
21) How Proust Can Change Your Life
- I love Proust and read the whole of In Search of Lost Time, so I thought it might be a good way of revisiting it.
- BUT: what book is that really? Is that really literary criticism? Or too much on the light side, closer to self-help.
22) The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee
- Not sure why, but I’ve always been fascinated by John Dee and would like to read a biography.
- BUT is it the best biography on him??
23) The Paris Enigma
- Another Paris World Fair mystery, I think I’ll pass. I enjoyed this one a lot.
24) Bird Sense
- As an avid birder, I have lots of books about birds on my TBR, and I can’t read them all. Should I keep this one? I does sound excellent.
Birders, I need your input!
25) The Story of English in 100 Words
- And I have a lot of books on my TBR on the English language!!
- A reader writes: “Entertaining and light history of the English language in a listicle format.” Is it too light??
- Oh, how funny 2666 ends up being #26 here!!
- It’s a HUGE book, but I have heard so much about Roberto Bolaño, I absolutely want to read it one day!
- Any shorter book by him you recommend I read?
Hmm, do you notice a word SKIP shows up only once today!
What do YOU think? Should I also skip 20 and 21? Or any other? If yu had to skip one, which one would it be?
HAVE YOU READ THESE?
READ OR SKIP?
I ALSO WELCOME SUGGESTIONS
FOR GOOD BOOKS ON SIMILAR THEMES
Skip all but 2666. I have not read it and I may never get to it, but all those other books will probably not tell you much you don’t already know.
hmm, interesting perspective! Thanks, I’ll seriously reconsider my list.