Resistance is Futile…
It’s got to stop, I tell you! It’s simply GOT TO STOP!!!
Oh, I do beg your pardon! It’s just that, as I wander virtually through the blogosphere, peeking at the pictures, getting outraged at the politics, laughing at the humour, I try – I really try very hard – not to read all the fabulous reviews of fabulous books that you people out there tempt me with every single day! But it’s no use – as my body double* Seven of Nine would doubtless say ‘Resistance is Futile’.
And the result is that this week my TBR pile finally topped the 100 mark, and that doesn’t include all those 99p Kindle buys that seemed like such a good idea at the time…
So, what’s to be done?
I gathered together a top-level think tank (me and the cats basically, who think I spend far too much time reading already when I could be worshipping them instead) and this is what we’ve come up with….
Each week I will note all the recommendations that have piqued my interest and on Thursday, I will pick one – ONE – to add to the TBR pile…while all the rest will be returned to the Sea of Unread Books like little wee baby fishes. Who knows? These tiddlers may return one day to be caught again…
(*I may have used a little artistic licence here… 😉 )
Close but No Cigar Awards
With grateful thanks to the reviewers/recommenders, here are the runners-up in this week’s contest:
Rebecca Bradley says “I read this book in one day, I just couldn’t put it down. Rosoff captures the innocence of emotion and feelings, grabs hold of you and drags you right in. I loved this book and if you’re thinking of widening your reading experiences, I’d recommend Rosoff.”
Reading, Writing and Reisling says “A great read; a well structured plot, empathetic intelligent main characters, this is Fossum at her best. This is the first book in the Inspector Sejer series though it has been the last to be translated to English. The entire series is worthy of your consideration, you will not be disappointed.”
What Are You Reading For says “In contrast to its complex plot, Bad Blood is very economically written – it’s a very lean book, largely thanks to Sandford’s extensive journalist experience. He rarely repeats himself, and also keeps nothing deliberately hidden; everything that Flowers learns is laid open for the reader, so we see the investigation progress alongside him.”
50 Year Project says “But the murder and the days after were almost hypnotic. I can’t imagine the fear the family felt. And then the manhunt. Even though I knew the police actually apprehended the killers, I thought for sure they wouldn’t catch them when I was reading the book.”
And the first TBR Thursday winner is…
A novel about art, art history and academic skulduggery.
Alex says “From the moment the book begins, with Kate’s concern about her husband’s prevarication during his sabbatical, through his terror when he thinks that someone else might have spotted the object of his thesis, to the reformulation of ideas to fit new facts or worse the reinterpretation of facts to fit the thesis, Frayn is spot on. Sometimes I laughed out loud. Sometimes I winced with painful recollection.” (Actually Alex’s analysis of this book is so thorough, well written an insightful that, even if you don’t fancy the book, I highly recommend you read her post.)
Now all I have to do is find time to read it…