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Extended TBR: Down the TBR Hole 2.0


Welcome back to Down the TBR Hole, the meme created by Lia at Lost in a Story to help us all take back control of our TBR piles. I’ve decided to tackle my Extended TBR shelf and it currently stands at 127 books. That’s actually up from the last time because I obviously added some more books.


So how does it 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?

Without further ado, let’s just get into it.

33507Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne.

Date added – 27th November 2015

The year is 1866 and the Pacific Ocean is being terrorized by a deadly sea monster. The U.S. government dispatches marine-life specialist Pierre Aronnax to investigate aboard the warship Abraham Lincoln. When the ship is sunk by the mysterious creature, he and two other survivors discover that the monster is in fact a marvelous submarine—the Nautilus—commanded by the brilliant but bitter Captain Nemo. Nemo refuses to let his guests return to land, but instead taking them on a series of fantastic adventures in which they encounter underwater forests, giant clams, monster storms, huge squid, treacherous polar ice and—most spectacular of all—the magnificent lost city of Atlantis!

Thoughts – All I knew is that this was a book I wanted to read at some stage because it is a classic and Imagineers took a lot of inspiration from Jules Verne’s stories for the original design of Discoveryland at Disneyland Paris. I’m still intrigued by it now, especially on reading the synopsis. The question is whether I want to read it in English or the original French.

Do I own it? – No.
Move to to-read shelf – No
Decision – keep.

17822199Wordsmiths and Warriors: The English Language Tourist’s Guide to Britain by David and Hilary Crystal.

Date added – 27th November 2015

Who formed and shaped the English language? David and Hilary Crystal take us on a journey through Britain to discover the people who gave our language its colour and character; Saxon invaders, medieval scholars, poets, reformers, dictionary writers. Part travelogue, part history, this beautifully illustrated book is full of unexpected delights.

The book relates a real journey. David and Hilary Crystal drove thousands of miles to produce this fascinating combination of English-language history and travelogue, from locations in south-east Kent to the Scottish lowlands, and from south-west Wales to the East Anglian coast. David provides the descriptions and linguistic associations, Hilary the full-colour photographs. They include a guide for anyone wanting to follow in their footsteps but arrange the book to reflect the chronology of the language. This starts with the Anglo-Saxon arrivals in Kent and in the places that show the earliest evidence of English. It ends in London with the latest apps for grammar. In between are intimate encounters with the places associated with such writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Wordsworth; the biblical Wycliffe and Tyndale; the dictionary compilers Cawdrey, Johnson, and Murray; dialect writers, elocutionists, and grammarians, and a host of other personalities.

Among the book’s many joys are its the diversity that allow warriors such as Byrhtnoth and King Alfred to rub shoulders with wordsmiths like Robert Burns and Tim Bobbin, and the unexpected discoveries that enliven every stage of the authors’ epic journey.

Thoughts – I must have added this at the beginning of my interest in linguistics and the evolution of English as a language. I don’t know how I feel about it at the moment because I am not reading similar books, nor am I likely to with the reading mood I’m in.

Do I own it? – No.
Move to to-read shelf – No
Decision – go.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. 2623

Date added – 27th November 2015

In what may be Dickens’s best novel, humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of “great expectations.” In this gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, the compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; Estella, whose beauty is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride.

Thoughts – I know I have read excerpts of this in the past so it is a book I would eventually like to read in its entirety. It is also one of the big Dickens novels so if I was to read any more, I should probably start with it first.

Do I own it? – Yes.
Move to to-read shelf – No
Decision – keep.

31463Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy.

Date added – 27th November 2015

Independent and spirited Bathsheba Everdene has come to Weatherbury to take up her position as a farmer on the largest estate in the area. Her bold presence draws three very different suitors: the gentleman-farmer Boldwood, soldier-seducer Sergeant Troy and the devoted shepherd Gabriel Oak. Each, in contrasting ways, unsettles her decisions and complicates her life, and tragedy ensues, threatening the stability of the whole community. The first of his works set in Wessex, Hardy’s novel of swift passion and slow courtship is imbued with his evocative descriptions of rural life and landscapes, and with unflinching honesty about sexual relationships.

Thoughts – Another big classic that I’ll admit at being a little hesitant and apprehensive about reading. I don’t tend to read a lot of big classics anymore so looking at them fills me with dread, It also doesn’t help when I get a couple of family members asking me have I read such and such classic yet as if it is a requirement. However, it is one I do plan on reading at some point, just not right now.

Do I own it? – No.
Move to to-read shelf – No
Decision – keep.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orcey.

Date added – 27th November 2015

Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine. His friends and foes know him only as the Scarlet Pimpernel. But the ruthless French agent Chauvelin is sworn to discover his identity and to hunt him down.

Thoughts – Okay, so this is one book I’ve been hearing about for a while. I think I might have even seen a bit of the tv dramatisation. However, it is not a classic that is right at the top of my list to read.

Do I own it? – No.
Move to to-read shelf – No
Decision – Go.

That is that.

I don’t think 2 out of 5 books is too bad. In fact, that is pretty good for me.


Have you read any of these books?
What are your thoughts?

Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!



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