Read it or Ditch it: The Tale of Despereaux

read it or ditch it

“Read it or Ditch it” is a new weekly feature I’ll be doing each Monday on the blog. The goal is to force myself into making a decision regarding some titles on my TBR pile. Each week I’ll select a book that has sat unread on my shelves for longer than a year and ask the question “Read it or Ditch it?”. If I still want to read it, then by posting it here I’m claiming that I’ll read it by the end of the year. If I’m no longer interested in the book, then this is a send off to the title since I’ll either be donating or selling it.

At the end of the year, I’ll do a round-up post to see how I did. If there are any titles that I said I’d read, but still didn’t, then I’ll either donate or sell those. Hopefully, doing this will help me reach my goal of only 100 books sitting unread on my TBR pile by the end of 2016.



The Tale of Despereaux
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Published: 2003
Genre: Middle Grade
Length of Time on TBR Pile: About 7 years.
Read it or Ditch it?: Ditch it

I don’t read a whole lot of middle grade books. While I’m sure this one is excellent, I’m just not interested in reading it anymore. So, I’m donating it.

Back Cover Description:

Welcome to the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse who is in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in the darkness and covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl who harbors a simple, impossible wish. These three characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives. What happens then? As Kate DiCamillo would say: Reader, it is your destiny to find out.


10 thoughts on “Read it or Ditch it: The Tale of Despereaux

  1. I tried to read this one to my oldest son several years ago as a bedtime story, but we both got bored with it and had to set it aside, never to return to it. Not a bad book by any means, just not for us.

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