Down the TBR Hole (Week 9)

Week 9! Still at it! 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. Leviathan 
by Scott Westerfeld
Publish Date: October 6, 2009
# of Pages: 440
Goodreads Rating: 3.91

Description (from Goodreads): Prince Aleksander, would-be heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, is on the run. His own people have turned on him. His title is worthless. All he has is a battletorn war machine and a loyal crew of men.

Deryn Sharp is a commoner, disguised as a boy in the British Air Service. She’s a brilliant airman. But her secret is in constant danger of being discovered.

With World War I brewing, Alek and Deryn’s paths cross in the most unexpected way…taking them on a fantastical, around-the-world adventure that will change both their lives forever.

Why is this book on my TBR list?: A lot of my Goodreads friends had read this book back when I added it! It still looks like a great book.

Verdict: Keep

2. The Invisible Bridge
 by Julie Orringer
Publish Date: January 25, 2011
# of Pages: 758
Goodreads Rating: 4.19

Description (from Goodreads): Paris, 1937. Andras Lévi, a Hungarian-Jewish architecture student, arrives from Budapest with a scholarship, a single suitcase, and a mysterious letter he promised to deliver. But when he falls into a complicated relationship with the letter’s recipient, he becomes privy to a secret that will alter the course of his—and his family’s—history. From the small Hungarian town of Konyár to the grand opera houses of Budapest and Paris, from the despair of Carpathian winter to an unimaginable life in labor camps, The Invisible Bridge tells the story of a family shattered and remade in history’s darkest hour.

Why is this book on my TBR list?: Yet another book I don’t remember adding. This book sounds good, and it got really good reviews, but I doubt I ever read it.

Verdict: Gone

3. Moloka’i 
by Alan Brennert
Publish Date: October 4, 2004
# of Pages: 405
Goodreads Rating: 4.15

Description (from Goodreads): This richly imagined novel, set in Hawai’i more than a century ago, is an extraordinary epic of a little-known time and place—and a deeply moving testament to the resiliency of the human spirit.

Rachel Kalama, a spirited seven-year-old Hawaiian girl, dreams of visiting far-off lands like her father, a merchant seaman. Then one day a rose-colored mark appears on her skin, and those dreams are stolen from her. Taken from her home and family, Rachel is sent to Kalaupapa, the quarantined leprosy settlement on the island of Moloka’i. Here her life is supposed to end—but instead she discovers it is only just beginning.

Why is this book on my TBR list?: Every time I see this book, I get excited. How have I not read it yet? I really need to make this book a priority in 2018!

Verdict: Keep

4. Shelter Me
 by Juliette Fay
Publish Date: January 1, 2009
# of Pages: 448
Goodreads Rating: 3.87

Description (from Goodreads):
Four months after her husband’s death, Janie LaMarche remains undone by grief and anger. Her mourning is disrupted, however, by the unexpected arrival of a builder with a contract to add a porch onto her house. Stunned, Janie realizes the porch was meant to be a surprise from her husband—now his last gift to her.

As she reluctantly allows construction to begin, Janie clings to the familiar outposts of her sorrow—mothering her two small children with fierce protectiveness, avoiding friends and family, and stewing in a rage she can’t release. Yet Janie’s self-imposed isolation is breached by a cast of unlikely interventionists: her chattering, ipecac-toting aunt; her bossy, over-manicured neighbor; her muffin-bearing cousin; and even Tug, the contractor with a private grief all his own.

As the porch takes shape, Janie discovers that the unknowable terrain of the future is best navigated with the help of others—even those we least expect to call on, much less learn to love.

Why is this book on my TBR list?: This book was recommended to me by a friend. Re-reading the description though, it sounds good, but meh, not worth the keep.

Verdict: Gone

fullsizeoutput_4d55. The Long Goodbye 
by Meghan O’Rourke
Publish Date: April 14, 2011
# of Pages: 306
Goodreads Rating: 3.91

Description (from Goodreads): What does it mean to mourn today, in a culture that has largely set aside rituals that acknowledge grief? After her mother died of cancer at the age of fifty-five, Meghan O’Rourke found that nothing had prepared her for the intensity of her sorrow. In the first anguished days, she began to create a record of her interior life as a mourner, trying to capture the paradox of grief-its monumental agony and microscopic intimacies-an endeavor that ultimately bloomed into a profound look at how caring for her mother during her illness changed and strengthened their bond.

O’Rourke’s story is one of a life gone off the rails, of how watching her mother’s illness-and separating from her husband-left her fundamentally altered. But it is also one of resilience, as she observes her family persevere even in the face of immeasurable loss.

With lyricism and unswerving candor, The Long Goodbye conveys the fleeting moments of joy that make up a life, and the way memory can lead us out of the jagged darkness of loss. Effortlessly blending research and reflection, the personal and the universal, it is not only an exceptional memoir, but a necessary one.

Why is this book on my TBR list?: I’m a sucker for a good memoir, which is how this book got a spot on my TBR list! It’s a keeper!

Verdict: Keep


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