Down the TBR Hole (Week 5)

Week 5! Cruising right along! 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. Practical Magic 
by Alice Hoffman
Publish Date: August 5, 2003
# of Pages: 286
Goodreads Rating: 3.8

Description (from Goodreads): The Owens sisters confront the challenges of life and love in this bewitching novel from New York Times bestselling author Alice Hoffman.

For more than two hundred years, the Owens women have been blamed for everything that has gone wrong in their Massachusetts town. Gillian and Sally have endured that fate as well: as children, the sisters were forever outsiders, taunted, talked about, pointed at. Their elderly aunts almost seemed to encourage the whispers of witchery, with their musty house and their exotic concoctions and their crowd of black cats. But all Gillian and Sally wanted was to escape.

One will do so by marrying, the other by running away. But the bonds they share will bring them back—almost as if by magic…

Why is this book on my TBR list?: I added this book because I loved the movie! I still want to read this one someday.

Verdict: Keep

2. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
by N. K. Jemisin
Publish Date: February 25, 2010
# of Pages: 427
Goodreads Rating: 3.83

Description (from Goodreads): Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle.

Why is this book on my TBR list?: I added this book because another Goodreads friends had it ranked highly. That said, I doubt I ever get to it.

Verdict: Gone

3. The Day the Falls Stood Still
 by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Publish Date: March 16, 2010
# of Pages: 736
Goodreads Rating: 3.83

Description (from Goodreads): “People have been telling stories about warriors for as long as they have been telling stories. Since Homer first sang the wrath of Achilles and the ancient Sumerians set down their tales of Gilgamesh, warriors, soldiers, and fighters have fascinated us; they are a part of every culture, every literary tradition, every genre. All Quiet on the Western Front, From Here to Eternity, and The Red Badge of Courage have become part of our literary canon, taught in classrooms all around the country and the world. Our contributors make up an all-star lineup of award-winning and bestselling writers, representing a dozen different publishers and as many genres. We asked each of them for the same thing—a story about a warrior. Some chose to write in the genre they’re best known for. Some decided to try something different. You will find warriors of every shape, size, and color in these pages, warriors from every epoch of human history, from yesterday and today and tomorrow, and from worlds that never were. Some of the stories will make you sad, some will make you laugh, and many will keep you on the edge of your seat.”

Included are a long novella from the world of Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, a new tale of Lord John by Diana Gabaldon, and an epic of humanity at bay by David Weber. Also present are original tales by David Ball, Peter S. Beagle, Lawrence Block, Gardner Dozois, Joe Haldeman, Robin Hobb, Cecelia Holland, Joe R. Lansdale, David Morrell, Naomi Novik, James Rollins, Steven Saylor, Robert Silverberg, S.M. Stirling, Carrie Vaughn, Howard Waldrop, and Tad Williams.

Many of these writers are bestsellers. All of them are storytellers of the highest quality. Together they make a volume of unforgettable reading.

Why is this book on my TBR list?: So many great authors contributed to this book!

Verdict: Keep

4. Unsaid
 by Neil Abramson
Publish Date: August 4, 2011
# of Pages: 353
Goodreads Rating: 4.02

Description (from Goodreads):
As a veterinarian, Helena had mercifully escorted thousands of animals to the other side. Now, having died herself, she finds that it is not so easy to move on. She is terrified that her 37 years of life were meaningless, error-ridden, and forgettable. So Helena haunts– and is haunted by– the life she left behind. Meanwhile, David, her shattered attorney husband, struggles with grief and the demands of caring for her houseful of damaged and beloved animals. But it is her absence from her last project, Cindy– a chimpanzee who may unlock the mystery of communication and consciousness– that will have the greatest impact on all of them.

When Cindy is scheduled for a research experiment that will undoubtedly take her life, David must call upon everything he has learned from Helena to save her. In the explosive courtroom drama that follows, all the threads of Helena’s life entwine and tear as Helena and David confront their mistakes, grief, and loss, and discover the only way to save Cindy is to understand what it really means to be human.

Why is this book on my TBR list?: I don’t remember adding this book to my TBR shelf, but I’m glad I did. It seems like a sweet story (and a real tear-jerker!)

Verdict: Keep

5. The Dressmaker of Khair Khana 
by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
Publish Date: 2011
# of Pages: 288
Goodreads Rating: 3.69

Description (from Goodreads): [No description in Goodreads.]

Why is this book on my TBR list?: I remember hearing a lot about this book around the time I added it, but I don’t think this is a book I’ll be picking up anytime soon.

Verdict: Gone


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