Down The TBR Hole is a meme set up by Lia at LostInAStory & involves deciding whether to keep or remove certain books from your TBR list. The meme works by going to your GoodReads to-read shelf, selecting “ascending” on date added, taking the first 5 (or how many you would like) books, reading their synopsis & then deciding whether to keep them on your TBR or to get rid of them. I’ll be doing this meme using my to-buy list, as my to-read list only includes books that I already own; after Down the TBR Hole #1 I was left with 257 books on my to-buy list & it’s now gone up to 264 *cries into pillow at my hopelessness*… lets see if I can shift some more books than last time!
Travis Miller has a machining job, a cat named Elwood, and a pathetic love life. The one bright spot in his existence is the handsome guitar player he sometimes passes on his way home from work. But when he finally gathers the courage to speak to the man, Travis learns that former novelist Drew Clifton suffers from aphasia: Drew can understand everything Travis says, but he is unable to speak or write.
The two lonely men form a friendship that soon blossoms into romance. But communication is only one of their challenges – there’s also Travis’s inexperience with love and his precarious financial situation. If words are the bridge between two people, what will keep them together?
Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.
So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan—and Susan begins to love Ada and Jamie. But in the end, will their bond be enough to hold them together through wartime? Or will Ada and her brother fall back into the cruel hands of their mother?
An 11-year-old boy living in Memphis in 1959 throws the meanest fastball in town, but talking is a whole different ball game. He can barely say a word without stuttering, not even his own name. So when he takes over his best friend’s paper route for the month of July, he knows he’ll be forced to communicate with the different customers, including a housewife who drinks too much and a retired merchant marine who seems to know just about everything.
The paper route poses challenges, but it’s a run-in with the neighbourhood junkman, a bully and thief, that stirs up real trouble–and puts the boy’s life, as well as that of his family’s devoted housekeeper, in danger.
Set in the deep American South between the wars, it is the tale of Celie, a young black girl born into poverty and segregation. Raped repeatedly by the man she calls ‘father’, she has two children taken away from her, is separated from her beloved sister Nettie and is trapped into an ugly marriage. But then she meets the glamorous Shug Avery, singer and magic-maker – a woman who has taken charge of her own destiny. Gradually, Celie discovers the power and joy of her own spirit, freeing her from her past and reuniting her with those she loves.
When Vicky Cruz wakes up in the Lakeview Hospital Mental Disorders ward, she knows one thing: After her suicide attempt, she shouldn’t be alive. But then she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With stories and honesty, kindness and hard work, they push her to reconsider her life before Lakeview, and offer her an acceptance she’s never had.
But Vicky’s newfound peace is as fragile as the roses that grow around the hospital. And when a crisis forces the group to split up, sending Vick back to the life that drove her to suicide, she must try to find her own courage and strength. She may not have them. She doesn’t know.
In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means “Who Fears Death?” in an ancient African tongue.
Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny – to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture – and eventually death itself.
After one of the comments I received last time I want to start including explanations for why I’ve decided to make the decisions I have; Speechless has obviously been on my to-buy list for an exceedingly long time, & the reason for that is my inner-psychologist… I studied psychology at university & my course looked at aphasia, & other similar conditions – Speechless was recommended by someone I knew at uni & I think it’s only right that I do eventually read it. The War That Saved My Life has also been on my to-buy list for a very long time, & that’s because of it’s disability element & it’s historical setting; I definitely still want to read it.
Paperboy is staying on my list because I had a slight stutter during part of my teen years; it was an anxiety thing that I’ve mostly got past now, but it’s still something I care about. I very nearly decided to remove The Color Purple, but when I re-read the synopsis for the purpose of this paragraph I realise I was removing it for the sake of removing something from my to-buy list, but that’s dumb because I do want to read this. Plus, it’s one that my mum said I would enjoy so it would feel rude to not pick it up eventually.
I’m taking The Memory Of Light off of my to-buy list because I feel like it would be a painful read, even if it was still an enjoyable one – I don’t mind books that include mental health/depression stories, but in certain cases it’s a bit too difficult for me to stomach when it’s the soul focus of the book. Who Fears Death is a book that I’m ashamed about not reading yet; it’s been on my to-buy list for a long time & it’s one I really do need to buy.
Again, I didn’t do a very good job of removing books – but these books have been on my to-buy for a long time & there has to be a reason for that! I think I’ll start to remove more as I get to the more recent additions to the list. At the end of today’s Down the TBR Hole I’m left with 263 books on my to-buy list! For the GoodReads pages of each book you can click on the covers.