Taming my TBR

Taming my TBR: Part 2

Taming my TBR

Hello word birds, it’s time for another edition of my new series, in which I systematically destroy my TBR list in an attempt to get it under control. This week our five books feature (as promised) lesbian nuns, Gentleman Jack, poetry, ghosts, and a book so popular that I’m sort of ashamed that I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

*points blade towards the dawn*



The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister: You might know her better as Gentleman Jack, but before the show was the diary. A collection of her thoughts and experiences detailing her loves and lovers, her challenges and passions. Unfortunately I was only able to find a couple of pages worth of excerpts to base my judgement on, but from what I read, it seems enjoyable enough.

Notable Quotes:

“…Every wish that love inspires and every kiss and every dear feeling of delight shall only make me more securely and entirely yours.”

“…Burnt…. Mr. Montagu’s farewell verses that no traces of any man’s admiration may remain.”

Final Verdict: Keep It.

A Darker Shade final for Irene

A Darker Shade of Magic, by V. E. Schawab: Kell has a jacket and the ability to travel between Londons, because there are several. I haven’t even finished reading the excerpt and I can tell I’m going to like this one. I’m here for Kell and his different colored eyes and his multi faceted coat. I may very well buy this for myself this week, because color me intrigued.

Notable Quotes:

“A life worth having is a life worth taking.”

“For the ones who dream of stranger worlds.”

Final Verdict: Keep It.


kicking habit
Kicking the Habit, by Jeanne Cordova: Cordova grew up in Southern California, in a Republican-centric suburb that left her naive to the GBLTQ community. This is described as a coming of age story, with a lot of focus on the Catholic Church and the upheavals it went through in the 60s. I has raised half Catholic, which is to say my father was a Recovering Catholic (his words, not mine), so I’ve always had this nebulous, hole-ridden grasp of the religion. It’s left me curious about it in a way that makes me want to read about others who have moved on from that life. Unfortunately there isn’t an excerpt for me to read anywhere online, so I’m basing my choice on reviews, I guess. Of which there aren’t many, sooo…

Notable Quotes:

Oh no! Goodreads doesn’t have any for me to look at! We’re really not getting a lot to go one here.

Final Verdict: Keep It.

Ghostland, An American History in Haunted Places, by Colin Dickey: It seems to be less of a collection of information and stories about haunted places and more of a discussion as to why we we find certain places so haunting, why we make up the tales of the dead that we do, and what parts of our past give birth to these dark stories. I’ll admit I was hoping for a spook factor in reading this, but I might be getting a history lesson instead, which is fine in it’s own way. Dickey seems like an intelligent and thoughtful individual, I’m willing to wonder around the U.S. with him.

Notable Quotes:

“A city obsessed by its ghosts seems to be weighted down by a conflicted view of the past. Something close to melancholy: a weight it can’t quite let go of, a lingering sadness. And though we don’t often think of the United States in these terms, this melancholy is as much a part of our history as our triumphs.”

“Assume, then, that every nightmare you’ve ever had in a hotel was a cry for help, some violence from the past reaching out to you.”

Final Verdict: Keep it.

Lullabies, by Lang Leav: I’ve been meaning to read more poetry, but it’s hard for me to find ones that really click with me. So often what others consider fantastic I consider… horrid.  Maybe I’m picky, maybe other people aren’t picky enough. I just get tired of those sparsely worded poems comparing vaginas to fruit and talking about the way sunlight looks at four PM on a Tuesday. Life is deeper then that, and not everything is a vagina. But I’m distracting myself. I think I’ll like Leav’s poetry, though some it seems more like tiny vignettes then poems, her words are relatable.

Notable Quotes:

“I wanted everything because I didn’t want anything enough.”
“I still search
for you in crowds,
in empty fields
and soaring clouds.
In city lights
and passing cars,
on winding roads
and wishing stars.”

Final Verdict: Keep it.

So we ended up keeping all of them this week, though I’ll admit, I almost kicked Kicking the Habit just because of the lack of excerpts to base my judgement on. Join me next time for a look at more gay, WWII, squirrels with swords, and Charles de Lint.



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