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Culling The Extended TBR.


Today I’m back with a book meme that I have not done for months and one I want to get back into. It is called Down the TBR Hole and it was created by the lovely Lia over at Lost in a Story. The first time I did this, I was tackling my to-read shelf on Goodreads and the initial number of books stood at 358. It now stands at 56 books and I love it! It feels better and so much more manageable when it’s that size. Nearly all of them are books I own on my shelves so they are ready to be picked up whenever I’m in the mood for them.

This time, I’ve decided to tackle my extended-TBR shelf and it currently stands at 107 books. Nearly all of the books on here are those that I class as “future reads” and ones I hope to get to at some point. It has been a while since I created this shelf so it wouldn’t surprise me if I have books on there that don’t interest me anymore.

So, how does the meme work?

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf (or whatever one you’re working off)
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre 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?

This time I’m also going to add when I added it to the shelf, whether I own it and if I keep it, do I promote it to my to-read shelf.

I sense this will be a really long post so I’m going to pick 5 books.

Let’s go!

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L’Étranger by Albert Camus
Date added – 25th August 2014

Synopsis – Meursault will not pretend. After the death of his mother, everyone is shocked when he shows no sadness. And when he commits a random act of violence in Algiers, society is baffled. Why would this seemingly law-abiding bachelor do such a thing? And why does he show no remorse even when it could save his life? His refusal to satisfy the feelings of others only increases his guilt in the eyes of the law. Soon Meursault discovers that he is being tried not simply for his crime, but for his lack of emotion – a reaction that condemns him for being an outsider. For Meursault, this is an insult to his reason and a betrayal of his hopes; for Camus it encapsulates the absurdity of life.

Thoughts – It’s a book that was always talked about throughout my school and university education. It’s up at the top as being one of those French books you have to read and I never got around to it. Even now when I’m thinking of French books to read, it’s not the first book that comes to mind.

Do I own it? – Yes (on Kindle)
Move it to to-read shelf – No.
Decision – Go, for now.

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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Date added – 25th August 2014

Synopsis – Composed of seven tales, each one accompanied by a poem, The Jungle Book introduces a lush, colorful world full of adventure and danger. The first three tales include some of the most charming and unforgettable characters in literature—the man-cub Mowgli, the black panther Bagheera, the wise brown bear Baloo, and the ruthless tiger Shere Khan. The other four tales each tell the story of a different animal, such as the travels of the white seal Kotick; the battle between the courageous mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi and the deadly cobra Nag; Toomai and the elephant dance; and the camp animals of the queen’s guard.

Thoughts – I’ve intended to read The Jungle Book for years. I grew up constantly watching Disney’s animated classic and the 90s spin off tv series called Jungle Cubs and so the story has always been in my mind. I’ve also visited Rudyard Kipling’s house at Bateman’s in East Sussex. It’s certainly time I acquaint myself with the original text, and see what’s different. Plus, when I get around to working on my Jungle Book posts, I might then be able to include some book-related content.

Do I own it? – Yes (on Kindle)
Move it to to-read shelf – No
Decision – Keep

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
Date Added – 25th August 2014

Synopsis – This extraordinary historical novel, set in Medieval Paris under the twin towers of its greatest structure and supreme symbol, the cathedral of Notre-Dame, is the haunting drama of Quasimodo, the hunchback; Esmeralda, the gypsy dancer; and Claude Frollo, the priest tortured by the specter of his own damnation. Shaped by a profound sense of tragic irony, it is a work that gives full play to Victor Hugo’s brilliant historical imagination and his remarkable powers of description

Thoughts – I do remember actually starting to read this but all that sticks in my mind is where I was when I was reading it – on a bus going into Lancaster town centre after I’d done a spectacularly bad job in my end-of-year French oral exam.  Digression aside, reading a classic like this is always something I wanted to do. It’s a classic I wanted to add to my classics repertoire, and I still feel that way even now. It’s one of those books that became sidelined when I eventually got to France and I needed my comfort books instead. So what to do with it now? Hmm. Well as I said, I am still interested. Also, as Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of my favourite films, it would be great to pick up the original classic and see the extent to which Disney Disneyfied it. Whether I plan to read it in the original French or in English is also another matter entirely.

Do I own it? – Yes (on Kindle)
Move it to to-read shelf – No
Decision – Keep

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Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Date Added – 16th January 2015

Synopsis – In this outlandish, outrageous triumph of Scandal fiction, a new Lady Audley arrives at the manor: young, beautiful – and very mysterious. Why does she behave so strangely? What, exactly, is the dark secret this seductive outsider carries with her?

A huge success in the nineteenth century, the book revels in an anti-heroine – with her good looks and hidden past – who embodied perfectly the concerns of the Victorian age with morality and madness

Thoughts – I know I must have added this when I wanted to read to more Victorian classics. Looking at the synopsis again, it is something I truly would want to read especially if Lady Audley is an anti-heroine. It’s not something we really hear about either so I’d love to discover what it’s all about.

Do I own it – No
Move it to to-read shelf – Only once I’ve bought a copy
Decision – Keep

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Middlemarch by George Eliot
Date added – 17th January 2015

Synopsis – Life in Middlemarch is a study in provincial life, indeed. Young Dorothea Brooke has high hopes in life, but soon settles in marriage. As it turns out, her much older husband is not what she really needs to accomplish her noble deeds in life.

Meanwhile, a young doctor moves to town but has a hard time fitting in. He finds himself settling in marriage, too. It begs the question, why marry at all, or why not wait for love?

All is not lost; Dorothea finds friendship in her husband’s cousin, but jealousy ensues. What will happen when her husband dies but leaves a provision in his will, causing Dorothea to lose her inheritance if she marries the cousin? Can she live happily ever after?

Thoughts – Another Victorian classic (one that deals with provincial life) and as a huge fan of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Cranford, I feel that this might be a great classic for me. The only reason why I might hesitate to pick it up is because the book is a brick.

Do I own it? – Yes, in paperback
Move it to to-read shelf – Yes
Decision – Keep

And that is that.

I didn’t do a very good job of culling my extended-tbr shelf if I am keeping four out of five books. Nonetheless, the books are to blame for sounding interesting and right up my street in terms of classics.


Have you read any of these classics?

What do you think?

Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!




5 thoughts on “Culling The Extended TBR.”

    1. Yeah, that’s the one that surprised me the most when I read the synopsis. Hopefully it will be one I remember to pick up when I’m in a classics mood.

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