Down the TBR Hole #12

I got this from Lost in a Story, and is a super fun (and simultaneously productive) tag to help you whittle away at those never-ending TBRs!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books (I’ll keep doing 15, since it seems to work well for me!)
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  • Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

So right now I’m at 866 (woo, didn’t add any to the list while on a mini hiatus), so let’s keep powering through!!

  1. Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind by  
    V.S. Ramachandran. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. I think this was from when I still wanted to have a psychology minor in college. Obviously, that didn’t pan out well! I think I’ll remove it.
  2. We Got the Neutron Bomb: The Untold Story of L.A. Punk by Brendan Mullen. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. I really wanted to be a music journalist growing up; reviewing albums, interviewing artists…all that jazz. And punk was, and still is, my genre of choice. I think I’ll keep this one for now.
  3. Let It Blurt: The Life and Times of Lester Bangs, America’s Greatest Rock Critic by Jim Derogatis. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. See the blurb above as to why I’m keeping this one for now, even though a lot of the reviews tend to lean towards hating Derogatis.
  4. Redemption Song: The Ballad of Joe Strummer by Chris Salewicz. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. Joe died right before The Clash could get back together and tour again, and I’m forever sad about that. Keep.
  5. Get in the Van: On the Road with Black Flag by Henry Rollins. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. Henry Rollins has been at my home venue multiple times and I never get to goooooooooo. Keep.
  6. Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. I act like a major grouch all the time, but I promise, I’m actually a sap inside. I’m like a freakin maple tree, I can be so sappy. I need to read this, since I’m in a much better place now than I was last year. Keep.
  7. Juliet, Naked by Nick Hornby. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. I loved High Fidelity. I love Hornby’s style. I just don’t see myself reading and enjoying this one though. Remove.
  8. Songbook by Nick Hornby. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. Again, I just don’t see myself actually enjoying his musings on 31 songs he likes…remove.
  9. Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story by Chuck Klosterman. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. He’s one of the top music/pop culture critics, and this book sounds actually awful? Remove.
  10. Life by Keith Richards. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. The only thing I can really associate this with is that my “musician” ex didn’t know who Keith Richards was before a coworker lended him a copy of this book, and he didn’t even bother opening it. I’ll read it, but I don’t really need it on my TBR list? Remove.
  11. John Lennon: The Life by Philip Norman. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. This is one of those books that will haunt me forever until I actually read it. Keep.
  12. And I Don’t Want to Live This Life: A Mother’s Story of Her Daughter’s Murder by Deborah Spungen. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. No joke, I was really into the Sid and Nancy story when I was a teenager. But now I think it’s just…depressing. Nancy sucked. Sid sucked. Remove.
  13. Slash by Slash. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. I just…don’t see myself caring enough to actually read it? Remove.
  14. Come As You Are: The Story of Nirvana by Michael Azerrad. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. I mean, Heavier Than Heaven is one of my favorite biographies. So I need to keep it.
  15. Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison. Added October 31, 2011.
    1. Clearly, I am here for YA lit. Cheesy romance? YUP! But this synopsis falls flat for me. Why do we still think glasses are ugly? Remove.

Removal rate: 53%. Still going strong!!00

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