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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Getting serious about reducing my TBR list

I had an hour to kill today. Why not drop by the library? While there I decided to check out a book or two. Why not, it is a library after all? I left with nine books in tow, all but one of them from my TBR list and I managed to place holds on a whole bunch of other titles that should be coming my way soon. Why so many books, you ask? Well, I am quite good at adding books to my TBR list and not so good at removing them (aka reading them.) Today I decided to do something about that. I may not decide to read each of them, or indeed to read all of each, if that makes sense. But I will have touched each one, and opened it up, and, with any luck, find my list shorter by eight books!

The Haul:
  • The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown by Mac Barnett and Sarah Jacoby
  • What to Read and Why by Francine Prose (Isn't that a great literary name?)
  • Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience compiled by Shaun Usher (Super big and heavy but I'm already a third of the way through this one!)
  • Nanaville by Anna Quindlen
  • It Ended Badly: 13 of the Worst Breakups in History by Jennifer Wright (I am predicting that this one is the least likely to be carefully read. I predict quick perusing ahead.)
  • Cicada written and illustrated by Shaun Tan (Sound the trumpet. This one is complete and it ended with a laugh.)
  • The Book of Books: Explore America's 100 Best-Loved Novels as Featured on the PBS Series--The Great American Read (Wait. This one wasn't on my TBR but should have been, is now!)
  • The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees written and illustrated by Don Brown
  • Little Pierrot: Vol 1, Get the Moon written and illustrated by Alberto Varanda
Best go. I have some reading to do!

3/14/2020---Lucky I got to the library when I did. They have closed the library due to the corona virus for at least three weeks. Whew!


  1. Letters of Note is one I may read, the title alone gets my interest. You have a good idea in rounding up a bunch of your TBRs in this way.

  2. I don't have as much on my TBR list because I've been flying a lot and have burned through several books en route.

  3. My TBR pile always gets pushed aside for my latest library reads, too. Good luck whittling away at yours! :)

  4. Why are we so good at adding books to our TBR lists and shelves?! I get a bit overwhelmed by it sometimes, especially when I see books on my shelves that have been there for far too long.

    1. I dd books to my TBR because I read great reviews by folks like you then I don't immediately go out and search for a copy. Laer I can't remember why I added it or don't really want to read it any more since it is not being talked about by anyone any more. Ha!

  5. I read and reviewed "It Ended Badly" which I found highly entertaining and enlightening. It's narrative nonfiction that reads quickly. I've book talked it to my students and it has picked up circulation.

    1. Maybe I added it to my TBR because of your review. I don't know how else I would have heard about it. Now I'll have to give it more than a cursory look.


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