Tackling the TBR #22

Happy Monday! Today I’m taking a look at the next ten books on my TBR (to be read) list, hoping to weed out any that I no longer want to read. There’s a lot of variety in this batch, so stick around and maybe you’ll find something to add to your own list!

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Explanation: It has become apparent that my TBR (to be read) list has gotten nearly out of hand. Therefore, I have decided to do a post featuring ten books from it approximately every other week. As I go through the list, I will evaluate each book and decide whether or not it still belongs. Who knows, perhaps as my list (hopefully) shrinks, you will find a few books to add to your own!filligree page divider

The last time I did a Tackling the TBR post was May 3. At the end of that post, my TBR list contained 829 books. Today it has 849. I have gone through 240 books.

Not by Sight#241.  Not by Sight by Kate Breslin

Synopsis: With Britain caught up in WWI, Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, has declared himself a conscientious objector. Instead, he secretly works for the Crown by tracking down German spies on British soil, his wild reputation and society status serving as a foolproof cover.

Blinded by patriotism and concern for her brother on the front lines, wealthy suffragette Grace Mabry will do whatever it takes to assist her country’s cause. When she sneaks into a posh London masquerade ball to hand out white feathers of cowardice, she never imagines the chain of events she’ll set off when she hands a feather to Jack.

And neither of them could anticipate the extent of the danger and betrayal that follows them–or the faith they’ll need to maintain hope

Comments: I don’t quite understand the symbolism hinted at in this description, but this book (and its author) come highly recommended, so I’ll probably give it a chance eventually.

Decision: Keep

All My Days#242.  All My Days by Jenn Faulk

Synopsis: Awkward and shy Mia spent her whole life believing that she would never fall in love. Meeting the right man would be nothing short of a miracle straight from God, and she certainly wasn’t counting on that happening, which was why she was so surprised when she found Ethan. Ethan had high expectations for his future, and none of them included meeting someone. Despite his father’s insistence that he keep his mind and his heart focused on work, he couldn’t stop himself from asking questions about why Mia had come into his life just as his future was about to begin, wondering what God had planned for them.

Comments: I may be edging toward slightly jaded, but I’m tired of hearing stories about “I never thought it would happen to me!” awkward/shy girl gets everything she secretly hoped for in a handsome, perfect man.

Decision: Remove

Coffee Cake Days#243.  Coffee Cake Days by Amanda Tero

Synopsis:  Meg has finally graduated and has the time she’s dreamed of for months: time to “sit at the feet of Jesus” and soak up His Word as she seeks what future plans He has for her. She soon runs into a problem: her family. Unwanted interruptions and household duties tear her away from the time she longs to spend in the Bible. Journey with her as she strives to learn the balance of spending time in God’s Word and applying it to her daily life.

Comments: I own an ebook copy of this novella, and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it. Maybe I’ll keep it in mind when school starts back up if I find myself wanting something quick to read.

Decision: Keep

The Promise of Dawn (Under Northern Skies, #1)#244.  The Promise of Dawn (Under Northern Skies #1) by Lauraine Snelling

Synopsis: When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive in Minnesota from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own.

Signe tries to trust God but struggles with anger and bitterness. She has left behind the only life she knew, and while it wasn’t an easy life, it wasn’t as hard as what she now faces. When a new addition to the family arrives, Signe begins to see how God has been watching over them throughout their ordeal. But after all that has happened, can she still believe in the promise of a bright future?

Comments: I’m torn on this one; on the one hand, Snelling is a classic author whose books I usually enjoy, and the plot sounds like it has potential. On the other hand, it’s just not as compelling as some, and my to-read list is so long these days.

Decision: Remove

Orphan Island#245.  Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder

Synopsis: On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts. And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them—and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again.

Today’s Changing is no different. The boat arrives, taking away Jinny’s best friend, Deen, replacing him with a new little girl named Ess, and leaving Jinny as the new Elder. Jinny knows her responsibility now—to teach Ess everything she needs to know about the island, to keep things as they’ve always been. But will she be ready for the inevitable day when the boat will come back—and take her away forever from the only home she’s known?

Comments: Vaguely interesting concept, but no thanks.

Decision: Remove

A Simple Way to Pray#246.  A Simply Way to Pray by Martin Luther

Synopsis: When asked by his barber and good friend, Peter Beskendorf, for some practical guidance on how to prepare oneself for prayer, Martin Luther responded by writing this brief treatise first published in 1535. A Simple Way to Pray is a fresh modern translation bringing us Luther’s practical instruction, using Luther’s I.T.C.P. method of prayer. This method anchors prayer in the catechism or other biblical texts, but allows the Holy Spirit to prompt thoughts via the Word, which may be chased more freely by the mind at prayer. 

Comments: I’m sure this is worthwhile, but I read so many theology books and this one just isn’t jumping out at me as one to go on the top of the list. Plus, it would probably be difficult to find anymore.

Decision: Remove

Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm#247.  Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

Synopsis: First published in 1903, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is the charming and classic children’s novel beloved the world over. Written by the American author and educator Kate Douglas Wiggin, it is the story of young and poor Rebecca Rowena Randall, who goes to live with her spinster aunts in the town of Riverboro when she is ten years old. Rebecca’s father had died three years before and the family farm had become heavily indebted. In order to ease the burden on her widowed mother, Rebecca is sent to live with her lonely aunts at their farm and there she spends the next seven years till she becomes an adult. Rebecca brings her youthful enthusiasm and imagination to their quiet life and often clashes with her stern Aunt Miranda. Yet, Rebecca finds love and acceptance with her Aunt Jane and she grows up to be a proper and intelligent young lady who never loses her sunny outlook and kind heart. 

Comments: Apparently this is a classic, but I hadn’t heard of it until a few years ago! Several people in the blogosphere have recommended this book as on par with Anne of Green Gables, which I adored as a child, so I added it to my list. I’m not certain I’ll ever actually get to it, but I can’t bring myself to take it off my list yet.

Decision: Keep

The Old River Road (Long Lake Legacy, #1)#248.  The Old River Road (Long Lake Legacy #1) by Hailey Rose (writing as Ivy Rose)

Synopsis: 1885 – When seventeen-year-old Clara Boutwell married her dashing coworker, William McDonald, she was convinced her life was near perfect. The journey before them as newlyweds in the great city of Chicago was promising and exciting. But a frightening disease soon takes William in its grip, forcing them to the clean air of the western frontier in a desperate attempt to save his life. But pioneering doesn’t prove to be easy, with miles between neighbors instead of fences. On the eastern Washington prairies, the McDonalds face hardships and trials in a new world where everything is tested, from physical endurance to emotional strength—down to their relationship and faith in the Lord.

This novel tells the incredible true story of Clara and William, the great-great grandparents of the author, in a sweet narrative full of laughter, tears, and the struggles of an early pioneering family. Prepare yourself to share in their experience as you read this account of a pioneer family in Washington state, and see their lasting legacy that has endured into the fifth generation.

Comments: This premise has me hooked, and the fact that it’s about the author’s ancestors makes it even more intriguing. Definitely keeping it on my list.

Decision: Keep

If Only It were Yesterday (A Season Passed, #1)#249.  If Only It Were Yesterday (A Season Passed #1) by A. M. Heath

Synopsis: Liz Cooke has two problems in life: Her social media is filled with brewing political conflict and her idea of a perfect man seems to have gone extinct a century ago. Inspired by the contents of an antique trunk, Liz dreams she time-travels to 1885. As she sets out to enjoy the Victorian era in all its glory, armed with knowledge gleaned through historical novels and period dramas, will she find the past to be all that she thought? And does the right man for her exist only in her dreams or has he been in her life all along?

Loosely inspired by Alice in Wonderland, A.M. Heath brings you a fun read chock-full of humor and whimsy with a special message for the avid reader in all of us.

Comments: I just bought a copy of this a few weeks ago, despite it being on my list for more than a year. I’m looking forward to reading it soon(ish). As in, hopefully before the end of the year.

Decision: Keep

A Place at Our Table (Amish Homestead #1)#250.  A Place at Our Table (Amish Homestead #1) by Amy Clipston

Synopsis: Along with his volunteer work at the local fire department, running his Amish farm keeps Jamie Riehl busy. He barely has time to eat at the family table, never mind find someone to date. But when he meets Kayla Dienner, he is smitten.

Kayla tries hard to deny her attraction to Jamie. After all, she’s spent the last year discouraging her younger brother, Nathan, from becoming a firefighter. The death of their older brother in a fire a year ago is fresh in her mind—she can’t bear the idea of putting her heart on the line every time the sirens blare. Then tragedy strikes, and Jamie wants to extinguish any flame between him and Kayla. Can Kayla set aside her own fears to save the love she was determined to deny?

Comments: What a tangle this appears to be! Not one I think I would enjoy parsing.

Decision: Remove

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Ending number of books on TBR list: 844

I’m wondering if doing this every week instead of approximately every other week might help me get a handle on my ever-growing list. I can vaguely remember the days when I tried to keep my want-to-read list under 500 books, and now look at it! It doesn’t help matters that bring in library school means you come across a lot of good books, but don’t have time to read said books.

Are there any books that stick out from your to-read list? What’s on your bookish radar generally this week?

Until the next chapter,

Jana

5 thoughts on “Tackling the TBR #22

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  1. I keep adding books onto my tbr lists. One day I should combine them. I borrow most of mine from the library, so if they don’t have them they get crossed off the list. I have heard of Rebecca at Sunnybrook Farm and Anne of Greengables but never read either. Time I did.

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    1. I’m the same way with using the library for the vast majority of books I read. Typically the ones I buy are ebooks by indie authors I want to support and who my library doesn’t carry. Even that is fairly rare for me, although there have been a few more in the past year or so than previously.

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