Down The TBR Hole

I have seen this everywhere and I thought, I have over a 1000 books on my Goodreads TBR,  I think I really need to do this tag.  Some of the people I have seen doing this are Perfectly Tolerable and Bookmark Your Thoughts.

Just to let you know, before I did this post I went through my Goodreads TBR, which was around 1500 books and did an initial review to get it to a nice number to start with.  Also, I have added into this whether I already own the book because that may influence my decision. 

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 remove it?

 

Pirates! by Celia Rees

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  No

Synopsis

“Nancy Kington, daughter of a rich merchant, suddenly orphaned when her father dies, is sent to live on her family’s plantation in Jamaica. Disgusted by the treatment of the slaves and her brother’s willingness to marry her off, she and one of the slaves, Minerva, run away and join a band of pirates.

For both girls the pirate life is their only chance for freedom in a society where both are treated like property, rather than individuals. Together they go in search of adventure, love, and a new life that breaks all restrictions of gender, race, and position. Told through Nancy’s writings, their adventures will appeal to readers across the spectrum and around the world.”

Opinion

I think this book sounds interesting, but at the end of the day I will probably not read this.

Verdict

GO

 

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson.jpg

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  No

Synopsis

“For nineteen-year-old Harriet Morton, life in 1912 Cambridge is as dry and dull as a biscuit. Her stuffy father and her oppressive aunt Louisa allow her only one outlet: ballet. When a Russian ballet master comes to class searching for dancers to fill the corps of his ballet company before their South American tour, Harriet’s world changes. Defying her father’s wishes and narrowly escaping the clutches of the man who wishes to marry her, Harriet sneaks off to join the ballet on their journey to the Amazon. There, in the wild, lush jungle, they perform Swan Lake in grand opera houses for the wealthy and culture-deprived rubber barons, and Harriet meets Rom Verney, the handsome and mysterious British exile who owns the most ornate opera house. Utterly enchanted by both the exotic surroundings and by Rom’s affections, Harriet is swept away by her new life, completely unaware that her father and would-be fiancé have begun to track her down…”

Opinion

My sister loves this author and swore I would love this.  I do love ballet and books about ballet, so I think I will trust her opinion.  Hopefully it can be trusted…

Verdict

Keep

 

Ophelia by Lisa M. Klein.jpg

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  No

Synopsis

“He is Hamlet, Prince of Denmark; she is simply Ophelia. If you think you know their story, think again.

In this reimagining of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy, it is Ophelia who takes center stage. A rowdy, motherless girl, she grows up at Elsinore Castle to become the queen’s most trusted lady-in-waiting. Ambitious for knowledge and witty as well as beautiful, Ophelia learns the ways of power in a court where nothing is as it seems. When she catches the attention of the captivating, dark-haired Prince Hamlet, their love blossoms in secret. But bloody deeds soon turn Denmark into a place of madness, and Ophelia’s happiness is shattered. Ultimately, she must choose between her love for Hamlet and her own life. In desperation, Ophelia devises a treacherous plan to escape from Elsinore forever . . . with one very dangerous secret.

Lisa Klein’s Ophelia tells the story of a young woman falling in love, searching for her place in the world, and finding the strength to survive. Sharp and literary, dark and romantic, this dramatic story holds readers in its grip until the final, heartrending scene.”

Opinion

I have not read Ophelia and even though the story sounds great, I think I will have to say no.  Just because I have no idea about the original story.  I may add it back in the future because I plan to read all of Shakespeare’s plays.

Verdict

GO

 

Song of the Sparrow by Lisa Ann Sandell

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  No

Synopsis

“The year is 490 AD. Fiery 16-year-old Elaine of Ascolat, the daughter of one of King Arthur’s supporters, lives with her father on Arthur’s base camp, the sole girl in a militaristic world of men.

Elaine’s only girl companion is the mysterious Morgan, Arthur’s older sister, but Elaine cannot tell Morgan her deepest secret: She is in love with Lancelot, Arthur’s second-in-command. However, when yet another girl — the lovely Gwynivere– joins their world, Elaine is confronted with startling emotions of jealousy and rivalry. But can her love for Lancelot survive the birth of an empire?”

Opinion

I am a sucker for Arthurian tales.  I love the idea of another girl in love with Lancelot.  It would be a great perspective.  I am very intrigued about this now…

Verdict

Keep

 

A Curse Dark As Gold by Elizabeth C. Burns

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  No

Synopsis

“Charlotte Miller has always scoffed at talk of a curse on her family’s woollen mill, which holds her beloved small town together. But after her father’s death, the bad luck piles up: departing workers, impossible debts, an overbearing uncle. Then a stranger named Jack Spinner offers a tempting proposition: He can turn straw into gold thread, for the small price of her mother’s ring. As Charlotte is drawn deeper into her bargains with Spinner-and a romance with the local banker-she must unravel the truth of the curse on the mill and save the community she’s always called home.”

Opinion

I really don’t know about this book.  It is very interesting and I love the story of Rumpelstiltskin, but I am unsure.  You know what, because I am unsure, let’s just get rid of it. 

Verdict

GO

Total Books at Start   1000

Books Removed   3

Books Added Since Last Post   0

Final Books on TBR   997

 

Ok so that was harder than expected… I am so excited to keep doing this.  My aim is to do it on Tuesdays, but no promises.  My goal is to get the reading down to a healthy 200-300 books.  I think I can than get through those and it isn’t as scary.

What do you guys think of my picks?  Have you read any of these books? How big is your TBR?

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