Down the TBR Hole #11

One of the newer memes that I found and fell in love with is Down the TBR Hole by Lost in a Love Story. I found this meme featured on Bursting with Books and had never seen anything like it, but I loved the concept. Essentially you go through your Goodreads TBR shelf and take another look at the books that have been hanging out there for a while. You then determine whether you want to keep the book on your TBR or remove it.

As I was starting to put together my version of this project meme, I started to find other similar ones, like Perspective of a Writer‘s Keep it or Skip it. As I liked the name, I decided to keep mine to the premise created in Down the TBR Hole:

  • 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?

As I have over 3000 books on my TBR shelf right now, I anticipate this project will take me well into 2018 to complete!

Here are this week’s selections:

Mediterranean Summer: A Season on France's Côte d'Azur and Italy's Costa Bella

Mediterranean Summer by David Shalleck
Nonfiction; Food; Travel
Added January 19, 2012

An alluring, evocative summer voyage on the Mediterranean and into the enchanting seaside towns of France’s Côte d’Azur and Italy’s Costa Bella by a young American chef aboard an Italian billionaire couple’s spectacular yacht.

Having begun his cooking career in some of New York’s and San Francisco’s best restaurants, David Shalleck undertakes a European culinary adventure, a quest to discover what it really means to be a chef through a series of demanding internships in Provence and throughout Italy. After four years, as he debates whether it is finally time to return stateside and pursue something more permanent, he stumbles on a rare opportunity: to become the chef on board Serenity, the classic sailing yacht owned by one of Italy’s most prominent couples. They present Shalleck with the ultimate challenge: to prepare all the meals for them and their guests for the summer, with no repeats, comprised exclusively of local ingredients that reflect the flavors of each port, presented flawlessly to the couple’s uncompromising taste— all from the confines of the yacht’s galley while at sea.

Serenity’s five-month journey starts on the French Riviera, continues along Italy’s western coast to Amalfi, crosses the Tyrrhenian Sea to Sardinia, up to Corsica, and back to St. Tropez for the season-ending regatta. Shalleck captures the glittery Riviera social scene, the distinctive sights and sounds of the unique ports along the way, the work hard/play hard life of being a crew member, and the challenges of producing world-class cuisine for the stylish and demanding owners and their guests. An intimate view of the most exclusive of worlds, Mediterranean Summer offers readers a new perspective on breathtaking places, a memorable portrait of old world elegance and life at sea, as well recipes and tips to recreate the delectable food.

Verdict: Remove

The Foremost Good Fortune

The Foremost Good Fortune by Susan Conley
Nonfiction; Travel; Memoir
Added January 19, 2012

In 2007, American writer Susan Conley moves to Beijing with her husband and two young sons. Six months later, she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Set against the fascinating backdrop of modern China and full of insight into the trickiest questions of motherhood, this wry and poignant memoir is a celebration of family and a candid exploration of mortality and belonging.

Verdict: Remove

360 Degrees Longitude: One Family's Journey Around the World

360 Degrees Longitude by John Higham
Nonfiction; Travel; Memoir
Added January 19, 2012

After more than a decade of planning, John Higham and his wife September bid their high-tech jobs and suburban lives good-bye, packed up their home and set out with two children, ages eight and eleven, to travel around the world. In the course of the next 52 weeks they crossed 24 time zones, visited 28 countries and experienced a lifetime of adventures.

Making their way across the world, the Highams discovered more than just different foods and cultures; they also learned such diverse things as a Chilean mall isn’t the best place to get your ears pierced, and that elephants appreciate flowers just as much as the next person.  But most importantly, they learned about each other, and just how much a family can weather if they do it together.

Verdict: Remove

So Many Books, So Little Time: A Year of Passionate Reading

So Many Books, So Little Time by Sara Nelson
Nonfiction; Writing; Memoir
Added January 19, 2012

Sometimes subtle, sometimes striking, the interplay between our lives and our books is the subject of this unique memoir by well-known publishing correspondent and self-described “readaholic” Sara Nelson. From Solzhenitsyn to Laura Zigman, Catherine M. to Captain Underpants, the result is a personal chronicle of insight, wit, and enough infectious enthusiasm to make a passionate reader out of anybody.

Verdict: Keep

The Whole Package

The Whole Package by Cynthia Ellingsen
Fiction; Contemporary; Romance
Added January 19, 2012

For lifelong friends Jackie, Cheryl, and Doris, life hasn’t turned out according to plan. But after a drunken night sampling the delights at a strip club for women, the ladies stumble upon an ingenious idea and open up The Whole Package-the world’s first restaurant staffed exclusively by very attractive men. Mixing business with pleasure can be risky, but for these three best friends, getting a little bit outrageous just might be what it takes to make their mark in the world.

Verdict: Remove

OK, so 4/5 removed this week for a total of 35/55. Of course I’m still over 3000, but we’ll get there {I hope!}.

**All covers link to Goodreads; all titles link to Amazon {affiliate}

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