TBR List Declutter: Week 8

As of this week, I’ve gone through more than 10% of my original 750-title TBR. Motoring right along with ten more from March 9, 2010, from the book of books.

Wondering what this is all about? Check out the introductory post.

Titles 71-80:

#71: A Long and Happy Life by Reynolds Price

Date added: 03/09/2010

Why is it on my TBR? I interned at Duke University Press in my youth, and I first learned about Reynolds Price there. He’s regarded at Duke much the way Wallace Stegner is regarded at Stanford (although Price never won a Pulitzer).

Do I own it? No.

Verdict: Keep, but with reservations. It’s set in North Carolina, which, having lived there and having family there from way back, I find interesting. Also, I feel like I ought to read something he’s written because…I’m not sure why. This one seems as good a novel to read as any of his, but I’m not sure how I feel about reading yet another novel by a man written from a woman’s perspective.

Project list: none.

#72: Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon

Date added: 03/09/2010

Why is it on my TBR? I think I put it on the list because I liked the title.

Do I own it? No.

Verdict: Go. If I want to read Pynchon, I think I’ll start with something shorter before committing to 776 pages.

Project list: n/a

#73: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

Date added: 03/09/2010

Why is it on my TBR? I’m pretty sure it’s here because I thought I ought to read Salman Rushdie, but I didn’t want to read The Satanic Verses (only because I’d heard so much about it already).

Do I own it? No.

Verdict: Keep. Interesting premise, and even the people who didn’t review it highly seemed to at least appreciate it. Oh, and magical realism.

Project list: none.

#74: The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields

Date added: 03/09/2010

Why is it on my TBR? Probably because it won the Pulitzer. (Or rather, Shields won a Pulitzer for this book.)

Do I own it? No.

Verdict: Keep. It sounds really interesting and people whose opinions I often share liked it.

Project list: none.

#75: The Volcano Lover: A Romance by Susan Sontag

Date added: 03/09/2010

Why is it on my TBR? Susan Sontag is one of those writers I’m supposed to read, right?

Do I own it? No.

Verdict: Go. The synopsis didn’t catch me and neither did the reviews.

Project list: n/a

 #76: Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone

Date added: 03/09/2010

Why is it on my TBR? Maybe because it won the National Book Award?

Do I own it? No.

Verdict: Keep (B list). It’s quite different from what I usually read, and it might be interesting.

Project list: none.

#77: Waterland by Graham Swift

Date added: 03/09/2010

Why is it on my TBR? No idea.

Do I own it? No.

Verdict: Go. This doesn’t appeal to me, and I have no idea why I put it on the list to start with.

Project list: n/a

 #78: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Date added: 03/09/2010

Why is it on my TBR? I think I’m the only person who hasn’t read this book.

Do I own it? No.

Verdict: Keep. Since I added it to the list, I’ve read two other books by Amy Tan (The Bonesetter’s Daughter and The Hundred Secret Senses). In those, I enjoyed the mix of the magical and the mundane, and I’m curious to see what Tan does in this novel.

Project list: none.

#79: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler

Date added: 03/09/2010

Why is it on my TBR? I have read a few books by Anne Tyler, and I find them easy to read but not insubstantial.

Do I own it? No.

Verdict: Keep. This will be a nice one to read between heavier tomes.

Project list: none.

#80: Sent for You Yesterday by John Edgar Wideman

Date added: 03/09/2010

Why is it on my TBR? No idea.

Do I own it? No.

Verdict: Keep. It’s set in Pittsburgh, it’s described as mythological, and the reviews are stunning.

Project list: none.


Three more titles off the list for a total of 19 out of 80 titles crossed off (2.4% of the original TBR).

I must admit, this is getting a little tiring. Maybe I should put a little less thought into the next ten books.

 

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