Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:
- Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
- Order by Ascending Date Added
- Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or let it go?
This month’s blog theme seems to be getting my TBR under control, which means it’s a perfect time to try this meme, which I came across @ Bursting with Books. Since I have 697 books on my to-read shelf on Goodreads, let’s get right to it!
#1 – The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin
George Orr is a man who discovers he has the peculiar ability to dream things into being — for better or for worse. In desperation, he consults a psychotherapist who promises to help him — but who, it soon becomes clear, has his own plans for George and his dreams.
The Lathe of Heaven is a dark vision and a warning — a fable of power uncontrolled and uncontrollable. It is a truly prescient and startling view of humanity, and the consequences of playing God.
This one’s staying. Le Guin is one of my favorite authors, and I saw the movie adaptation of this years ago. It wasn’t great, but I have no doubt the book will be better. The only reason I haven’t read it yet is that I don’t own a copy and I’m trying to read my own books for Mount TBR this year! I know I can get this from my library through Overdrive, so I plan to as soon as I hit that magical 150-book goal.
#2 – 8: The rest of the The Sandman compilation volumes
Of course I’m keeping these! I own them all already, and I’ve got them down on my list for Beat the Backlist 2017. Neil Gaiman? Also one of my favorite authors. If I weren’t concentrating on some of my physical books right now (these are in my digital collection) I’d probably be through them by now.
#9 – H is for Hawk, by Helen McDonald
When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer—Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood—she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White’s chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself “in the hawk’s wild mind to tame her” tested the limits of Macdonald’s humanity and changed her life.
Heart-wrenching and humorous, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer’s eccentric falconry. Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine to achieve a distinctive blend of nature writing and memoir from an outstanding literary innovator.
This sounds fantastic, and didn’t I just say a few days ago I wanted to read more nonfiction? I’ve had mixed luck with memoirs in general, but I almost always love reading about animals. So this one I’ll keep.
#10 – Trick, by Natalia Jaster
There is a rule amongst his kind: A jester doesn’t lie.
In the kingdom of Whimtany, Poet is renowned. He’s young and pretty, a lover of men and women. He performs for the court, kisses like a scoundrel, and mocks with a silver tongue.
Yet allow him this: It’s only the most cunning, most manipulative soul who can play the fool. For Poet guards a secret. One the Crown would shackle him for. One that he’ll risk everything to protect.
Alas, it will take more than clever words to deceive Princess Briar. Convinced that he’s juggling lies as well as verse, this righteous nuisance of a girl is determined to expose him.
But not all falsehoods are fiendish. Poet’s secret is delicate, binding the jester to the princess in an unlikely alliance . . . and kindling a breathless attraction, as alluring as it is forbidden.
I guess I’m not shaving any books off my TBR this week, because this is staying, too. A fantasy-romance, well-reviewed, diverse characters, independent author? I’m here for all of that.
Have you read any of these and have an opinion you want to share? Let me know in the comments if you think I’ve made a mistake!