That Dreaded TBR #21

Yep, I’m back with this again! It’s always nice to revisit the older books on my TBR and see if there are any I am just no longer interested in.

You can check out Part Twenty here which also has links to the previous posts.

I originally saw this on Becky’s Book Blog


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?

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou

I’m not usually a ‘classics’ person or even a memoir person, but this is a key text, when discussing anything, and it’s one I really truly should have read by now. Though maybe it’s good I haven’t read it earlier – I think my appreciation for something like this would be deeper in my thirties than it would have been, say, a decade ago.

Status: Keep

Deliverance – James Dickey

288 pages of men travelling into the wilderness. Originally published in 1970, so it’s going to be fairly outdated. This just doesn’t grab me. I have seen the film, at university with a room full of students – the boys went very very green during particular scenes – and I can’t imagine the book gripping me, really. Man vs Nature can be a bit…yawn for me.

Status: Gone

The Complete Stories – Flannery O’Connor

I don’t think I’ve ever actually read anything by O’Connor. Maybe that was why I was drawn to this complete collection. It’s a big one, Goodreads states it’s 555 pages and was originally published in 1955. Like many other books I thought I wanted to read a few years ago, this feels like it has a high chance of being outdated. Still, I do like a good short story, so maybe I should give this one a go.

Status: Keep

Rocannon’s World – Ursula K. Le Guin

Another classic writer I really should have read by now. Whether or not this is a good starting point, I’m not entirely sure, and it’s possible I do have one of her books in one of the many, many boxes of books we have around here. This definitely seems like it could be intriguing, if maybe a touch outdated, but I’d still like to try it.

Status: Keep

Dead Living – Glenn Bullion

And of course it wouldn’t be long before we were back to zombies. This one doesn’t seem to offer anything particularly new or interesting. It was published in 2011, and that kind of seems, to me anyway, like there was a lot of writers rushing out zombie books to jump on the train. I don’t think I’d find this to be very enjoyable.

Status: Gone

So there we have it. 2 out of 3 gone, which isn’t too bad. Maybe one day my Goodreads want to read shelf will actually be at a manageable level! A quick glance at the next lot of books shows we’re back to zombies, and I’m intrigued to see if any of these still stand out to me as ones I’d want to read. As always, if you agree or disagree with my choices, or have read any of these, do let me know!

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