Down The TBR Rabbit Hole #2

My last rabbit hole trip was a big success; I had a lot of comments on social media and in person about what ones I should have kept on and what ones I should add to my TBR list (although that does defeat the object of this task but, hey, I’m a sucker for books!) It was so much fun so I thought I would give it another shot but this time, instead of going in order, I’m picking a random page on my TBR list to spice it up a bit.

So, if you haven’t read my first trip down the rabbit hole, you can take a look here https://cariadllyfr.wordpress.com/2017/08/11/down-the-tbr-rabbit-hole-1/ because we’re going to carry on the list from book 6. If you don’t know what the rabbit hole tag consists of, here is a brief overview:

This idea came from Lia at https://lostinastory.blog and here’s how it works:

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 blurb of the books
5. Decide: keep it or should it go?

Book 6: The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

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This classic has always intrigued me, I think its the portrayal of the sexes and how they are treated by society when accused of adultery as well as the character Hester Prynne herself. This is just a classic that has been overshadowed by others but I will read it, it has to go up my list just to satisfy my curiousity.

Verdict: Keep

Book 7: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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Urghh… Dickens. I will admit that I have only read Oliver Twist which I studied in Uni and I didn’t enjoy it and I really didn’t take to his style of writing. I know this will be an unpopular decision because 1. it is Dickens who is so loved and revered and 2. I have heard this is one of his best but I don’t think I can put myself through it.

Verdict: Dropped

Book 8: Paradise Lost by John Milton

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This has been classed as the greatest epic poem of the English Language (although that crown was meant to have been given to Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene) and, as an English Literature graduate and as a soon-to-be English Literature and Creative Writing Masters student, I should really read this but, at this point in my life, it really doesn’t peak my interest. I feel this will be one for my later years.

Verdict: Dropped

Book 9: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

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This has been on my TBR list for a while and I am still dying to read it! I’m going to bite the bullet and make it my next read, after I have done all of my Masters reading like a good little student (on my 2nd book, have 5 books to read and start in 3 weeks…help!)

Verdict: Keep

Book 10: Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

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I tried to read this once in my youth but it never gripped me. I haven’t picked it up since but I think my son would like this when he’s a bit older so I will wait for a few years and then read it with him.

Verdict: Dropped

And so we have come to the end of the second trip down the TBR Rabbit Hole and, every time I do this, I feel so cleansed! So, do you agree with my decisions or are there ones on the list that you would have kept on the TBR list?

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