I’ve actually done a pretty good job of not buying more books this month, and I don’t think I’ve added many to by Goodreads list, so it feels like the perfect time to get rid of a few books from my list. I’m starting my internship in a few weeks too, so I don’t think I’ll have much time to read, which means sticking to the books I really want to get through!
The rules are simple:
- Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
Modern Lovers by Emma Straub
Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring.
I thought I owned this book but it turns out when I went to check it was another book with a similar colour scheme. Ooops. That being said I like the ‘where they are now’ premise and how parenting has changed them. KEEP.
Lyrebird by Cecilia Ahern
Life is in two parts: who you were before you met her, and who you are after.
A documentary crew discover a mysterious young women living alone in the mountains of West Cork. Strikingly beautiful she has an extraordinary talent for mimicry, like the famous Australian Lyrebird. The crew, fascinated, make her the subject of her story, and bestow the nickname upon her.
When they leave, they take Lyrebird with them back to the city. But as she leaves behind her peaceful life to learn about a new world, is she also leaving behind a part of herself? For her new friend Solomon the answer isn’t clear. When you find a rare and precious thing, should you share it – or protect it…
There are some Cecilia Ahern books I’ve loved (Where Rainbows End and If You Could See Me Now) and others I haven’t enjoyed as much. One I DNFed back in the day before I even had a book blog. But I like the way in which she intertwines the more surreal, magical elements into the ordinary and this sounds like a perfect example of this. KEEP.
Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith
Why are books so very powerful?
What do the books we’ve read over our lives – our own personal libraries – make of us?
What does the unravelling of our tradition of public libraries, so hard-won but now in jeopardy, say about us?
The stories in Ali Smith’s new collection are about what we do with books and what they do with us: how they travel with us; how they shock us, change us, challenge us, banish time while making us older, wiser and ageless all at once; how they remind us to pay attention to the world we make.
I’m a fan of short stories, and I’m in love with most libraries I walk into, so this seems like the perfect combination. Ali Smith’s writing is always playful and different so I don’t feel like I can pass this one up! KEEP.
In and Out the Goldfish Bowl by Rachel Trezise
Depicting the hard, brutal edges of childhood, this novel reveals grown-ups who fight, steal, get drunk, and get arrested—and then give kids a hard time for taking drugs.
I don’t remember adding this book to my Goodreads list, and the summary doesn’t give me many clues. From the reviews it seems to be a semi-autobiographical account of growing up in the Rhondda valleys. I might read it one day, but I don’t think it will be soon. So for now, its GO.
Other Kinds by Dylan Nice
The stories in Other Kinds are about a place. They are stories about the woods, houses hidden in the gaps between mountains. Behind them, the skeletons of old and powerful machines rust into the slate and leaves. Water red with iron leeches from the empty mines and pools near a stone foundation. The boy there plays in the bones because he is a child and this will be his childhood. He watches while winter comes falling slowly down over the road. Sometimes he remembers a girl, her hair and the perfume she wore. These are stories about her and where she might have gone. He waits for sleep because in the next story he will leave. The boy watches an airplane blink red past his window. From here, you can’t hear its violence.
This is another book that I can’t remember adding, and nothing in the summary really grips me. GO
So there, two books gone! Not bad, considering my track record? What books are you adding to your TBR this week?