I’ve seen a fellow blogger start this tag to help purge the never-ending list of books to be read. You can check the original post here.

There’s currently 206 books on my TBR list on Goodreads. Some of them have been there for years, so maybe it’s time to check if I’m still interested in reading them all. For now I’m just gonna check the first 20 books that were added to the list and I will split the process in four blog posts of five books each. Let’s see how many of those 20 stay.

This is how it works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

So book, number one on my TBR shelf is Places In The Dark by Thomas H. Cook

“It is autumn 1937 when a mystery woman appears in Port Alma, a sea village nestled on the chilly coast of Maine. A fragile, green-eyed beauty, the woman arrives with little more than the clothes on her back and a wealth of unspoken secrets.
Before a year goes by, she will flee Port Alma on the same bus that brought her there. But before she goes, she will irrevocably alter the lives of two brothers — leaving one dead, and the other perched on the edge of madness.
There is much that Dora March has hidden.
But in Port Alma, Maine, there are other secrets, too…”

Keep it or leave it? Keep it
This book is unfinished business for me. Thomas H. Cook is one of my favourite authors. I read a sample of this book some time ago and I loved it, it’s sad that I wasn’t able to get my hands on a copy yet, but I’ll make it a promise to read it before the end of the year.


Book number two is The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

“This rousing sea adventure follows a New England boy, Pym, who stows away on a whaling ship with its captain’s son, Augustus. The two boys, who find themselves repeatedly on the brink of discovery or death, witness many hair-raising events, including mutiny, savagery, cannibalism, and frantic pursuits.”

Keep it or leave it? Keep it
I’m not a big fan of Edgar Allan Poe’s stories, some are better than others, but it’s not usually my type of thing. However, having heard the eerie coincidental story of poor Richard Parker who apparently shared a name and a bad fate with the Richard Parker in the book, this is a must read for me.


Book number three is An Anctarctic Mystery by Jules Verne

“Published in this edition as An Antarctic Mystery but also known as The Sphinx of the Ice Fields. In this novel we follow as strange a journey as can be, as strange as it is, it’s nowhere near as strange as what they will find waiting at its end…”

Keep it or leave it? Keep it (for now)
This book was written in response to the previous book I mentioned, so I guess my reading it depends on whether I enjoy that one or not. I’m inclined to say I’ll read it anyway, because I do enjoy Jules Verne’s books.


Book number four is The End Of Eternity by Isaac Asimov

“Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a man whose job it is to range through past and present Centuries, monitoring and, where necessary, altering Time’s myriad cause-and-effect relationships. But when Harlan meets and falls for a non-Eternal woman, he seeks to use the awesome powers and techniques of the Eternals to twist time for his own purposes, so that he and his love can survive together.”

Keep it or leave it? Keep it
I actually got this book a few days ago and hope to start it as soon as I finish what I’m currently reading. I’m really looking forward to it, I’ve heard good things about it and it’s written by Isaac Asimov, so it should be good. I’ll probably post my thoughts on it here when I’m done.


Book number five is Futility (or the Wreck of the Titan) by Morgan Robertson

“Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan is a novel which was originally written and published in 1898 by Morgan Robertson. This novel is the story of an ocean liner, called the Titan, which sinks in the North Atlantic ocean after hitting an iceberg. There are many similarities between this novel and the facts in the sinking of the Titanic fourteen years later. Morgan Robertson revisited his work in 1912 after the sinking of the Titanic and made the ship larger as well as changing the ending of the story.”

Keep it or leave it? Keep it
As you can see, I have a thing for Reading books connecting to real events. I don’t really expect much of this book, but I am curious to see just how much of the story is similar to the what happened to the Titanic. As far as I know, this book didn’t do very well until after the Titanic sunk and some modifications were made to make it seem like it was an eerie prediction and increase its appeal. I have my problems with that, so I’m aiming to find an original version of this story pre-Titanic sinking to see how it holds up.



Author: themelodyinwords

My name is Ayelen, I'm 27 and I currently live in Germany, but I'm from Argentina. I've loved reading since I was a kid. I read a lot of different genres, but I love sci-fi and thrillers the most.

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