Down The TBR Hole #4

Here we go again, let’s get this TBR down to a realistic list…

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?

Note:  A little rule for myself, I must remove at least one book.

 

Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  Yes

Synopsis

“Anne’s own true love, Gilbert Blythe, is finally a doctor, and in the sunshine of the old orchard, among their dearest friends, they are about to speak their vows. Soon the happy couple will be bound for a new life together and their own dream house, on the misty purple shores of Four Winds Harbour.

A new life means fresh problems to solve, fresh surprises. Anne and Gilbert will make new friends and meet their neighbours: Captain Jim, the lighthouse attendant, with his sad stories of the sea; Miss Cornelia Bryant, the lady who speaks from the heart — and speaks her mind; and the tragically beautiful Leslie Moore, into whose dark life Anne shines a brilliant light.”

Opinion

I need to finish this amazing series.  Enough said.

Verdict

Keep

 

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  No

Synopsis

“When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction.

In North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fuses individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale creates one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature.”

Opinion

I have heard so many good things about this book, so I need to read it.  Also I am obsessed with Jane Austen books, and I have heard this is similar to those, with a Downton Abbey feel to it.  So I need to read this…

Verdict

Keep

 

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  Yes

Synopsis

“The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behaviour – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humour and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.”

Opinion

I have been told this is one of the best books of all time, and everyone talks about it and I am so out of the loop.  I think I need to read this, just based off that.

Verdict

Keep

 

The Greater Gatsy by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  No

Synopsis

“The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his new love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.”

Opinion

I love this movie, and I have always said I want to read this.  So I need to read this soon…

Verdict

Keep

 

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Date Added  1 January 2017

Owned  No

Synopsis

“Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago’s journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognising opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.”

Opinion

I added this because it was a classic, but now actually reading more about it, I have lost interest.  I may read this in the future, but at this present time, I am not interested.

Verdict

Go

Total Books at Start   994

Books Read   0

Books Started   1

Books Removed   1

Books Added Since Last Post   0

Final Books on TBR   992

 

YAY! I finally got it down, after it has been at 994 for ages.  I am so happy it is slowly going down.  How many books do you have on your TBR?

 

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