Down the TBR Hole – TBR Wednesday

This is a popular tag, so I thought I’d give it a shot! If you’re like me, your TBR list is so long that you’ll never get through them all. Here are 5 books on my TBR list. Have you read any of them? Are any of my keeps worth bumping to the top of my TBR list? Let me know!

1. Thunder Dog by Michael Hinge on with Susy Flory
Publish Date: August 1, 2011
# of Pages: 231
Goodreads Rating: 3.93
Date Added to TBR: October 9, 2011

Description (from Goodreads): Faith. Trust. Triumph.

I trust Roselle with my life, every day. She trusts me to direct her. And today is no different, except the stakes are higher. Michael Hingson.

First came the boom the loud, deep, unapologetic bellow that seemed to erupt from the very core of the earth. Eerily, the majestic high-rise slowly leaned to the south. On the seventy-eighth floor of the World Trade Center’s north tower, no alarms sounded, and no one had information about what had happened at 8:46 a.m. on September 11, 2001. What should have been a normal workday for thousands of people. All that was known to the people inside was what they could see out the windows: smoke and fire and millions of pieces of burning paper and other debris falling through the air.

Blind since birth, Michael couldn’t see a thing, but he could hear the sounds of shattering glass, falling debris, and terrified people flooding around him and his guide dog, Roselle. However, Roselle sat calmly beside him. In that moment, Michael chose to trust Roselle’s judgment and not to panic. They are a team.

Thunder Dog allows you entry into the isolated, fume-filled chamber of stairwell B to experience survival through the eyes of a blind man and his beloved guide dog. Live each moment from the second a Boeing 767 hits the north tower, to the harrowing stairwell escape, to dodging death a second time as both towers fold into the earth.

It’s the 9/11 story that will forever change your spirit and your perspective. Thunder Dog illuminates Hingson’s lifelong determination to achieve parity in a sighted world, and how the rare trust between a man and his guide dog can inspire an unshakable faith in each one of us.

Why is this book on my TBR list?: I love feel-good books about animal companions, but realistically I’m never going to read this.

Verdict: Gone

2. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marionimg_2360
Publish Date:
October 28, 2010
# of Pages: 240
Goodreads Rating: 3.93
Date Added to TBR: October 9, 2011

Description (from Goodreads): ‘R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.

Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.

This has never happened before. It breaks the rules and defies logic, but R is no longer content with life in the grave. He wants to breathe again, he wants to live, and Julie wants to help him. But their grim, rotting world won’t be changed without a fight…

Why is this book on my TBR list?: I don’t read a lot of zombie fiction, but this one intrigued me. Also, I believe one of my Goodreads friends rated it favorably at the time. This is a short book, so I’ll plow through it one of these weekends.

Verdict: Keep

3. Touch by Alexi Zentner
Publish Date: April 4, 2011
# of Pages: 272
Goodreads Rating: 3.69
Date Added to TBR: October 9, 2011

Description (from Goodreads): In Sawgamet, a north woods boomtown gone bust, the cold of winter breaks the glass of the schoolhouse thermometer, and the dangers of working in the cuts are overshadowed by the mysteries and magic lurking in the woods. Stephen, a pastor, is at home on the eve of his mother’s funeral, thirty years after the mythic summer his grandfather returned to the town in search of his beloved but long-dead wife. And like his grandfather, Stephen is forced to confront the losses of his past.

Touch introduces you to a world where monsters and witches oppose singing dogs and golden caribou, where the living and the dead part and meet again in the crippling beauty of winter and the surreal haze of summer.

Why is this book on my TBR list?: I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes the cover really sells the book. The cover is so pretty! I know this book has gotten mixed reviews, but I’d still like to read it.

Verdict: Keep

4. Signs of Life by Natalie Taylor
Publish Date: April 12, 2011
# of Pages: 320
Goodreads Rating: 3.80
Date Added to TBR: October 9, 2011

Description (from Goodreads):
“I know. I know. No one says it but I know…” —from Signs of Life

Twenty-four-year-old Natalie Taylor was leading a charmed life. At the age of twenty four, she had a fulfilling job as a high school English teacher, a wonderful husband, a new house and a baby on the way. Then, while visiting her sister, she gets the news that Josh has died in a freak accident. Four months before the birth of her son, Natalie is leveled by loss.

What follows is an incredibly powerful emotional journey, as Natalie calls upon resources she didn’t even know she had in order to re-imagine and re-build a life for her and her son. In vivid and immediate detail, Natalie documents her life from the day of Josh’s death through the birth their son, Kai, as she struggles in her role as a new mother where everyone is watching her for signs of impending collapse. With honesty, raw pain, and most surprising, a wicked sense of humor, Natalie recounts the agonies and unexpected joys of her new life. There is the frustration of holidays, navigating the relationship with her in-laws, the comfort she finds and unlikely friendship she forges in support groups and the utterly breathtaking, but often overwhelming new motherhood. When she returns to the classroom, she finds that little is more healing than the honesty and egocentricity of teenagers.

Drawing on lessons from beloved books like The Color Purple and The Catcher in the Rye and the talk shows she suddenly can’t get enough of, from the strength of her family and friends, and from a rich fantasy life—including a saucy fairy godmother who guides her grieving—Natalie embarks on the ultimate journey of self-discovery and realizes you can sometimes find the best in yourself during the worst life has to offer. And she delivers these lessons, in way that feels like she’s right beside you in her bathrobe and with a glass of wine–the cool, funny girlfriend you love to stay up all night with.

Unforgettable and utterly absorbing, Signs of Life features a powerful, wholly original debut voice that will have you crying and laughing to the very last page. (less)

Why is this book on my TBR list?: I really enjoy memoirs, and I added this book to my TBR list when I was on a memoir kick. Rereading the description, it still sounds like a book I’d enjoy, but there are so many books I’d rather read.

Verdict: Gone

5. I Am The Chosen King (Saxon, #1) by Helen Hollick
Publish Date: March 1, 2011
# of Pages: 592
Goodreads Rating: 4.11
Date Added to TBR: October 9, 2011

Description (from Goodreads): In this beautifully crafted tale, Harold Godwinesson, the last Saxon King of England, is a respected, quick-witted man both vulnerable and strong, honorable and loving-and yet, in the end, only human. After the political turmoil and battles leading up to 1066, we all know William the Conquerer takes England. But Helen Hollick will have readers at the edge of their seats, hoping that just this once, for Harold, the story will have a different ending.

Why is this book on my TBR list?: As soon as I read the description and reviews for this book, I knew I needed to read it. I’ve since purchased it, and it’s currently hanging out on my Kindle, waiting to be read.

Verdict: Keep


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