That Dreaded TBR #20

I’m back with another instance of That Dreaded TBR. After this one I’m going to take just a little break from this one and work on some other content! Last week I managed to remove four of the five books, which is great. Hopefully this week I can remove a few more!

Part One / Part Two / Part Three Part Four / Part Five / Part Six / Part Seven / Part Eight / Part Nine / Part Ten / Part Eleven / Part Twelve / Part Thirteen / Part Fourteen / Part Fifteen / Part Sixteen / Part Seventeen / Part Eighteen / Part Nineteen

I originally saw this on Becky’s Book Blog

Rules

Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
Order on ascending date added.
Take the first 5/10/however many books. If done again, start from where you left off.
Read the synopses of the books
Decide: should it stay or should it go?

The Master and Margarita – Mikhali Bulgakov

This one actually does sound really intriguing. Originally written in Russian, and translated since, according to the blurb this book couldn’t be released until the 60s, and it was a censored edition that came out. I’m absolutely fascinated by the different portrayals of the devil/Satan etc, and this one, set against the backdrop of 1930s Russia, still catches my interest.

Status: Keep

One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel García Márquez

Although I’ve largely removed some ‘classics’ from my Want to Read, it’s usually because they don’t capture my interest. I think at the time I added this and the previous book, I was looking for classics outside the Western UK/US types. This is a book I’ve heard of often but actually know little about, and it is, apparently, the book that ‘defines’ magical realism. I’m definitely still keen on reading this!

Status: Keep

Snow White – Donald Barthelme

This sounds like the exact type of “literary” writing I try my hardest to avoid. Let’s face it, if I want a deconstruction of a Disney Princess, I want it from someone who isn’t a cis man. The blurb, too, doesn’t really give an indication of what the plot might be, except for Snow White is “seductive”. This definitely seems the type of book I’d throw across the room fairly early on.

Status: Gone

The Confessions of Nat Turner – William Styron

A narrative about a slave confessing as he awaits death in Virginia. This feels like it could be on shaky ground, even if it was (apparently?) ground breaking when released, it feels like one of those books that would just read poorly now, with how much more we understand. A book about a slave from a mid-20th Century white man, like Snow White above, really doesn’t interest me.

Status: Gone

Slaughterhouse-Five – Kurt Vonnegut

I didn’t actually hear about Vonegut until I was at university, and it was because another student was doing their dissertation on him. I remember liking the ideas and listening as they talked about this book and Vonnegut’s others, and it must have stuck in my head because I added this to the Want to Read over a year after graduating. I still want to check this one out, eventually.

Status: Keep

2 out of 5 gone, which isn’t too bad! And we’re still in August 2013, which seems to be a point when I was looking for more ‘classic’ type books to read. As I have done this 20 times now, I’ve gone through 100 books. Now, Slaughterhouse-Five is number 53 on my Want to Read, which I think is really good going! I’m going to focus on getting some other content out for the time being, but hopefully when I come back to this I can get rid of even more.

As always, if you agree/disagree with any choices, or have read any of these, I’d love to hear about it!

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