To be read no more! #1
I originally caught wind of this idea on the Too Much of a Book Nerd blog, though apparently it all started on the Lost in a Story blog. Wherever it came from, it seemed like a fun way to take on the daunting task of paring down the old ‘to be read’ list. Now if only someone could find me an enjoyable way to do laundry I’d be all set.
HOW IT WORKS
- 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?
American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
I always kind of dug the movie. It was unique and that ending really messed with my mind. I was good to leave it at that. Maybe it would be better to not read the book and thus no end up comparing the two. Then a friend read the book (he had also watched the movie first) and told me I had to read it, because it was way better than the movie (well, duh!) However, that was a while ago and it still hasn’t ranked high enough in the TBR to get cracked open.
Stay or Go? It stays for now, but I have my eye on, Ellis!
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Honestly, I feel bad saying it, but I can’t remember what made me want to read this in the first place. It certainly doesn’t sound like a bad book, but I can’t get all the way through the synopsis before I just want to be done with the whole thing. Maybe it was the claimed similarities to Orwell’s 1984, which I’m a fan of, but I just can’t get excited about reading this any longer.
Stay or Go? It’s gone!
The Sheep Looks Up by John Brunner
This was another that I didn’t remember putting onto my TBR in the first place. Again, it doesn’t seem like a bad book, but I guess my tastes of changed. This one promises a ‘nightmare society’ where everyone is suffering from one thing or another and specifically mentions a high infant mortality rate. Not sure what place I was in when I added this book to my TBR, but that just sounds way too depressing now.
Stay or Go? Gone.
The Blade Itself (The First Law #1) by Joe Abercrombie
I’m starting to doubt this is actually my TBR list! Pirates fighting Vikings and a blade wizard who might be a fraud. I don’t know. Sounds like a Jean Claude Van Damme movie I saw once, and not one of the ‘good’ ones.
Stay of Go? Gone.
White Walls by H.M.C.
A ha! I remember putting this one on the list! This one has an unfair advantage since H.M.C. is a friend from a mutual writing group. I’ve done some beta reading for her, and she’s a talented writer.
Stay or Go? This psychological thriller stays on the list!
How’s your TBR list? Cutting down, or beefing up? What methods do you use to pare down, and how do you select which book to read next when the time comes?