Reading Lists

Down the TBR Hole #3


This weekly tag, created by Lia over at Lost in a Story, is to help tackle your TBR pile on Goodreads. Honestly it’s an ongoing struggle with me to keep this in control and be realistic about how many books I can actually read. So, here’s my first go at this tag and a quick look at the first five books in my TBR. Feel free to join in! (Be sure to keep up with where you left off for next week!)

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
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Books:

1.Their Eyes Were Watching God

Reason for adding: This is one of the “big four” I’ve heard about in black literature for so long. (The other three being The Color Purple, Beloved, and Raisin in the Sun). As a lover of minority stories and voices of course this is going to be on my list, and it’s going to stay there until I read it. Keep!

2.The God of Small Things

Reason for adding: Honestly, I’m not sure. It probably was when I was cruising through the Asian literature part of Goodreads and got added with several others I’ve either read or removed. Since I don’t know much about this book I’m probably going to save it for a later date, or wait and see if I get a recommendation. Pass!

3.Eleanor and Park

Reason for adding: I think I went on a mad adding spree of all of Rainbow Rowell’s books at one point. I have this on my June TBR pile to read with the ever-present Erin Green so we can talk about the fetisization of Asian men in the book, I’ve heard a lot about that, but I’ve also heard that time wise when the book is taking place it makes sense. So, stay tuned for a future Diss Track! Keep!


Reason for adding: I loved Animal Farm, and since this is another “classic” novel that every English major gets hit with it got thrown into the pile of TBR. Of course, Erin has it on his list too, so this will be another buddy read for June. So, keep!

5.The Poisonwood Bible

It’s about colonization. It’s about white oppressors. Honestly it seems like everything I would want in a book, and would be impactful. But it’s also been on my list for about three years, and only one person I know personally has ever talked about it. For the sake of all the books I want to read and enjoy in the here and now this is a pass!


So, with the beginning of my reading list a little more streamlined I’ve been trying to focus on reading some of the books that I’ve left on the list. So far I’ve read Carry On and The Wrath and the Dawn, as well as some others from deeper in my TBR. I’ve got several of the early books slated for reading in June though!


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