Now why are these books on my TBR? #TopTenTuesday

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is:

Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why



My TBR list on Goodreads stands at 2779 books at the moment of writing. And some of these titles have been on the list since 2007! (Are you on Goodreads too?) Actually, as I was looking over my Goodreads TBR list, I realised that I did indeed know why quite a few were on that list – some are classics so I had probably added them in an attempt to read more classics (so much for that happening). And some are books that have been on my physical shelves for a while.

But here are some I’m puzzled by:


Madness under the Royal Palms: Love and Death behind the Gates of Palm Beach – Laurence Leamer

Eh, I decided to remove it from my list. I really have no idea why this is here, at all! I added it in 2009. I am so not going to read it.


Things Kept, Things Left Behind – Jim Tomlinson

This is a short story collection, and now that I’m reading its synopsis, it does sound interesting – working-class, small-town America. I’m going to hang on to this one.


Three Trapped Tigers – Guillermo Cabrera Infante, translated from the Spanish by Donald Gardner and Suzanne Jill Levine

Another interesting one that I do not remember anything about, but is somehow on my list. I’m intrigued enough by this “more modern, sexier, funnier, Cuban Ulysses” to leave it on my list, but I doubt I’d ever read it. I’ll probably make another list like this in 2030 and go, huh, what is this now?


The Drop Edge of Yonder – Rudolph Wurlitzer

There is nothing really in the synopsis that would make me go, huh, I’m going to read this. Instead there is the dreaded (at least in my view) term “Western”. I’m saying bye to this one.


The Bolter: Edwardian Heartbreak and High Society Scandal in Kenya – Frances Osborne

Now this apparently has to do with Nancy Mitford’s novels so I guess that may have been why I put this on the list? Hey so maybe I do know the reason for some of these after all… but I am still taking this off the list.


Angels of the Universe – Einar Már Guðmundsson, translated from the Icelandic by Bernard Scudder

Another interesting one. An Icelandic novel first published in 1993. I added this in 2009 so maybe it was because of the Icelandic financial crisis??


Listen: 29 Short Conversations – Corey Mesler

Wow this book has 5 reviews on Goodreads. Now how did I ever learn about this book? I wish I knew!

One thing I’ve learnt after going over my old list is I should do this more often, weeding out the strays, but also trying to read some of them!

Have you read (or even heard of) any of these? Let me know!


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


  1. I haven’t heard of any of these books, so I can’t help you! I generally add books because they’re written by a favorite author, they utilize tropes I like, or they just sound interesting. At first glance, I might not be able to tell you why I added them, but if I look closer, I usually can. Of course, I have just under 5000 books on my main TBR list on Goodreads, so there are probably some puzzlers on there somewhere! Regardless, I did a different topic this week.

    Happy TTT!



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