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Monday, August 11, 2014

TTT: To Read or Not to Read

The Broke and Bookish

To read or not to read, that is the question.

I own all of these books yet I am not sure if I really want to read them. What do you think? Do you think I should read any/all of these books?

1. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. I read the second book in the series, The Year of the Flood, out of order. Now do I go back and read the first?

2. Drift by Rachel Maddow. I am a Maddow fan but I have put this book aside for so long I am not sure if it will be worth the effort.

3. Hate List by Jennifer Brown. Weirdly I lost this book after I bought it for my library so I had to buy a new one out of my own pocket. I found it a year later in a bag in the closet. Now it sits on my bookshelf untouched.

4. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore. I really liked Fire and Graceling but I am not very interested in attempting this book after so much time.

5. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. I bought this book for book club then the club decided to NOT read it. Should I read it anyway?

6. Thunderstruck by Erik Larsen. I really enjoyed Larsen's The Devil in the White City. This one sounds like it is nonfiction murder mystery. What's not to like?

7. Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex by Mary Roach. I found Roach's book Stiff to be so interesting and surprisingly funny. I didn't like her book Spook at all. This one sounds good but I'm not sure I want to take the time.

8. Cross Roads by Wm. Paul Young. The author of The Shack, which I liked. This book has been languishing on my bedside table for two years.

I'm sure there are other books tucked here or there around the house, so far removed from me that they really aren't on the TBR pile anymore.


  1. What I do is read a certain number of pages, usually around 50, and if it hasn't caught my interest at that point,I abandon it. I didn't know Larsen had another book out. I need to see what that one's about!

  2. Jennifer Brown is one of my favorite contemporary YA authors! My favorite is her latest, Torn Away, but Hate List is tied with Bitter End for a close second. It's pretty tough, subject-matter wise, but if you're in the mood, I seriously recommend it.

  3. The only book I've read on your list is Hate List. I absolutely love it. Jennifer Brown is a great writer.

  4. Yes, read O&C. It's okay that it is out of order. Such a great writer and such a strong story.

    Here's my list of Books I'm Not Sure I Want to Read.

  5. I haven't read any of these so I'm really no help! But I have heard good things about Cashore's books, I believe. Thanks for stopping by!

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

  6. Well, I haven't read any of these either! But, I will say that after going back and forth with Hate List, I DO definitely want to read it. I have just heard too many good things about it not to!

    -Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

  7. My vote is that you read Hate List, not because I think it's the best one on the list, but because it's the one I've read. And it was really good!


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