Down The TBR Hole #6

Hello readers!

I am finally back to my usual posting schedule or rather I am trying my best to get back, anyway. So, here’s another feeble attempt to remove some books from my TBR. I haven’t felt like reading much but I am never comfortable removing anything from my TBR as you are well aware, let’s how well I do this.


The Creator and the Rules

This was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story — she has a new blog though called Sunflowers and Wonder!

  1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books.
  4. Read the synopses of the books.
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?
  6. Keep track of where you left off so you can pick up there next week!

Book #1

The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

Summary : From the internationally acclaimed winner of the Man Booker Prize, a sweeping new novel that explores richly complex relationships between fathers and sons as it spans seven transformative decades in England, from the 1940s through the present

In the fall of 1940, with the world at war, a young man arrives at Oxford to study engineering, though his sights are already set on joining the Royal Air Force as a pilot. Handsome, charismatic, a powerful athlete and oarsman, David Sparsholt seems at first unaware of the effect he has on others–especially on the lonely and romantic Evert Dax, son of a celebrated novelist, himself also destined to become a writer. While the Blitz rages in London, Oxford exists at a strange remove from the action: a place of transience and uncertainty, the fears and rigors of the blackout both encouraging and concealing unexpected liaisons. Between these two young men of very different backgrounds an unusual friendship develops, one whose consequences will unfold over the many years that follow.

Alan Hollinghurst’s masterly new novel evokes the intimate lives of three generations of Sparsholts in a sequence of vividly rendered episodes: a childhood holiday in Cornwall; eccentric social gatherings at the Dax family home; the adventures of David’s son Johnny, in pursuit of love and a career as a painter in 1970s London. Changes in taste, morality, and private life are explored in a group portrait of friends brought together by art, literature, and love. Champions of the Modern live to see modernity itself becoming history, while more personal, life-changing crises and scandals–including that which gives this novel its title–recede into the past, leaving their ambiguous traces. And as gay men and women live in increasing freedom and openness, and the gay scene evolves into new forms and possibilities, The Sparsholt Affair becomes a meditation on human transience, even as it expresses the countervailing longing for permanence and continuity.

Witty, tender, epic in scope yet rich in observation, The Sparsholt Affair is a dazzling new work of fiction by a writer justly hailed by the Wall Street Journal as “one of the best novelists at work today.”

Verdict: Keep!

It’s part of my #startonmyshelfathon and I am not willing to part with it as of yet. I am still intrigued by the summary and I am hoping that I do end up reading it this year.

Book #2

Eagle’s Guard (Eagle Rider Saga, #1) by Lindsey Stirling

Summary: “Well, enjoy your afternoon in the real world,” said Aiden, giving her a big grin. “I’m going for an adventure.”

Seventeen year old Aiden has done what few others ever achieve: he has taught himself to wield the eighteen magical runes. He dreams of adventure, yet he feels trapped in his life as a cloakmaker’s apprentice. Then one day, amidst the flames of a burning building, Aiden has a chance encounter with an Eagle Rider—one of the elite magical guardians of the kingdom. When the Eagle Riders go missing, Aiden finds himself caught up in a conspiracy surrounding a long dead wizard.

Untrained and torn apart from his family, Aiden must embark on a dangerous journey in the hope of rescuing the few people powerful enough to save them all.

Verdict: Remove

I have no memory of this place, my inner Gandalf jumped out. Seriously, I don’t know anything about this and I don’t have a copy of it anyway. So it might have to go for now. I mean, if you don’t even remember why you added the book and have no interest after reading the summary.

Book #3

Neither here Nor there: Travels in Europe by Bill Bryson

Summary : Bill Bryson’s first travel book, The Lost Continent, was unanimously acclaimed as one of the funniest books in years. In Neither Here nor There he brings his unique brand of humour to bear on Europe as he shoulders his backpack, keeps a tight hold on his wallet, and journeys from Hammerfest, the northernmost town on the continent, to Istanbul on the cusp of Asia. Fluent in, oh, at least one language, he retraces his travels as a student twenty years before.

Whether braving the homicidal motorist of Paris, being robbed by gypsies in Florence, attempting not to order tripe and eyeballs in a German restaurant, window-shopping in the sex shops of the Reeperbahn or disputing his hotel bill in Copenhagen, Bryson takes in the sights, dissects the culture and illuminates each place and person with his hilariously caustic observations. He even goes to Liechtenstein.

Verdict: Keep!

I have the physical copy and I am still very much interested in reading this one so this one stays!

Book #4

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

Summary: In this witty and warm-hearted account, Peter Mayle tells what it is like to realize a long-cherished dream and actually move into a 200-year-old stone farmhouse in the remote country of the Lubéron with his wife and two large dogs. He endures January’s frosty mistral as it comes howling down the Rhône Valley, discovers the secrets of goat racing through the middle of town, and delights in the glorious regional cuisine. A Year in Provence transports us into all the earthy pleasures of Provençal life and lets us live vicariously at a tempo governed by seasons, not by days. 

Verdict: Remove

To this day, I have not been able to acquire this book and I have to admit that while I do want to read it, I also wanted it because of its cover! Alas, it’s been too long and I am probably not going to read it.

Book #5

Sappho by Sappho, Mary Bernard (Translator), Dudley Fitts (Foreward)

Summary: These hundred poems and fragments constitute virtually all of Sappho that survives and effectively bring to life the woman whom the Greeks consider to be their greatest lyric poet. Mary Barnard’s translations are lean, incisive, direct–the best ever published. She has rendered the beloved poet’s verses, long the bane of translators, more authentically than anyone else in English. 

Verdict: Keep!

Do I have a copy of this book? No, no I don’t. Should it automatically be removed based on that? Maybe. However I will not let go of this dream, I shan’t.

Books Removed in this Post: 2/ 5

Total Books Removed: 10/ 394

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