TBR Thursday 36…

Episode 36

 

So there I was, all ready for another hard day’s blogging, when all of a sudden my computer heaved a mighty sigh, rolled over…and died! (Oh sorry! I should have warned you this was a sad story – I’ll wait if you need to get a tissue… ) Perhaps it was due to its great age, or perhaps it just couldn’t take one more cat video…we’ll never know, I guess. But after I’d given up my attempts at resuscitation, and was gazing brokenly at a black screen, a little thought came into my head. The TBR!! When did I last back up the TBR list??? Devastation rolled over me at the thought of losing the whole list… devastation, closely followed by something that felt not unlike the sun peeping out from behind a cloud, or losing a tin of spinach and finding a box of chocolates…

Turns out the last back-up was May. Furthermore it turns out that there are over 60 books that were on the list back then that I’ve still not read! And sadly/happily the list was easily resurrected from pre-orders and wishlists. So what have we learned here, people? Either – ALWAYS backup your TBR list or… NEVER backup your TBR list. I hope that advice is helpful to you.

So after all that, this week’s total is… 115! Here are a few that will be reaching the top of the pile soon…

Crime

 

confessionsCourtesy of NetGalley, I’m sure I was tempted into this by another blogger, but the computer fiasco means I can’t remember who. Thanks, anyway – it looks interesting…

The Blurb saysHer pupils murdered her daughter. Now she will have her revenge.
After calling off her engagement in the wake of a tragic revelation, Yuko Moriguchi had nothing to live for except her only child, four-year-old Manami. Now, following an accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation. But first she has one last lecture to deliver. She tells a story that upends everything her students ever thought they knew about two of their peers, and sets in motion a diabolical plot for revenge. Narrated in alternating voices, with twists you’ll never see coming, Confessions probes the limits of punishment, despair, and tragic love, culminating in a harrowing confrontation between teacher and student that will place the occupants of an entire school in danger. You’ll never look at a classroom the same way again.

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Factual

 

rebel yellFrom NetGalley again. I’m not sure what kind of mood I was in when I requested this one, but it seemed like a good idea at the time…

The Blurb saysStonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon, even Robert E. Lee, he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country’s greatest military figures. His brilliance at the art of war tied Abraham Lincoln and the Union high command in knots and threatened the ultimate success of the Union armies. Jackson’s strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future.

Rebel Yell is written with the swiftly vivid narrative that is Gwynne’s hallmark and is rich with battle lore, biographical detail, and intense conflict between historical figures. Gwynne delves deep into Jackson’s private life, including the loss of his young beloved first wife and his regimented personal habits. It traces Jackson’s brilliant twenty-four-month career in the Civil War, the period that encompasses his rise from obscurity to fame and legend; his stunning effect on the course of the war itself; and his tragic death, which caused both North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American hero.

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Fiction

 

the children actIan McEwan’s previous books have covered the whole range from Love It to Hate It for me, but though I’m always a bit apprehensive I’m driven to read them as soon as they come out. This one will arrive on my Kindle around 1 a.m. on 2nd September…

The Blurb saysFiona Maye is a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. She is fiercely intelligent, well-respected, and deeply immersed in the nuances of her particular field of law. Often the outcome of a case seems simple from the outside, the course of action to ensure a child’s welfare obvious. But the law requires more rigor than mere pragmatism, and Fiona is expert in considering the sensitivities of culture and religion when handing down her verdicts.

But Fiona’s professional success belies domestic strife. Her husband, Jack, asks her to consider an open marriage and, after an argument, moves out of their house. His departure leaves her adrift, wondering whether it was not love she had lost so much as a modern form of respectability; whether it was not contempt and ostracism she really fears. She decides to throw herself into her work, especially a complex case involving a seventeen-year-old boy whose parents will not permit a lifesaving blood transfusion because it conflicts with their beliefs as Jehovah’s Witnesses. But Jack doesn’t leave her thoughts, and the pressure to resolve the case—as well as her crumbling marriage—tests Fiona in ways that will keep readers thoroughly enthralled until the last stunning page.

 

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NB All blurbs taken from NetGalley or Goodreads.

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So…what do you think? Do any of these tempt you?

 

65 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 36…

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your computer! 😦 Computer problems always suck big time.
    The first two sound very interesting, and Ian McEwan is a great writer as well, so you should have some interesting books coming next to ease the pain. 🙂

    • It seems to take ages to get everything set up to work again…oh well! Yes, all three of these look like they should be good, as do the other 112 on the list! 🙂

      • 112 is not that big of a number for a TBR list, I’m impressed! On my Goodreads account I have 259 titles on my TBR list, about 60 of them owned already and waiting to be read… Sigh. Good luck with your computer! 🙂

  2. FictionFan – Oh, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your computer! 😦 Happened to me recently too actually. I ended up having to replace it, and on the one hand that’s a good thing (I like new computers). On the other, it was a pain! I’m glad you’ve got some good books to look forward to though. And I have the feeling it won’t be long before your TBR list is back to normal, if it’s anything like mine…

    • Yes, I love my new one – doesn’t overheat every five minutes which is a bonus. But on the other hand I hate Windows 8…grrr! Tragically, it didn’t take long for the TBR to get back up over 100… 😉

  3. Argh! Computer deaths are never fun, almost always a pain. Upside is more current machine! Sounds like your TBR didn’t suffer hugely — and it will be very long quickly I bet. I enjoyed reading about these TBR’s …

    • Yep – I’ve been putting off replacing my old one for ages because I couldn’t face the hassle of changing – but the new one is nice…

      Ah, yes, the old TBR very quickly reached its usual horrendous size – I was really hoping at least half the books might have been lost for all time… 😉

  4. Sorry to hear about your computer! The new Ian McEwan sounds good, and the other two sound interestingtoo, so it seems you have some good books to look forward to 🙂

    • It had been a good and loyal servant for many years! 😉 Yes, I’ve been waiting for the McEwan for ages – always eagerly anticipated even though they don’t always live up to my very high expectations. Here’s hoping this one does though…

  5. *laughs* But you still have 115! I think the lesson for the professor is don’t back-up the TBR. I mean, I turned out rather lucky, too, since your computer died. *puts on a protective cap*

    Rebel Yell sounds awesome! Did you know, I once gave a speech about the Civil War?

    • *cries* I know! It’s so unfair that I lost some of yours, but none of mine! I shall need to remedy that somehow… *pushes Professor in pond*

      No! Really?? You are a constant source of surprise! So maybe you could just give me a brief summary of Jackson’s career and save me reading the book? Or…you could read and review it for me!!!

      • If you want, turn me loose on your TBR! I’ll lose you a few hundred. But, interestingly enough, I do have a book I want you to read. *smiles bigly* With the sharks?

        I did! It was more of an overview. So…I couldn’t tell you everything the book can! But it would be a ripping review, you know.

        • Ooh! What book? Tell me immediately! With the frogs…

          Oh well, I suppose I’ll just have to read the thing then – but maybe it’ll be a ripping review from me too…

            • I nearly read that when it came out, but wasn’t sure it would be good. Is it? It looks interesting…

              Well, politically I’d probably have been a yankee, but romantically I’d have been a rebel. They had by far the best frocks, and great accents…and Rhett Butler! No yankee could have said Aaaaashley like the ever-so-lovely Scarlett…

            • I loved it. And I certainly didn’t think I would! Definitely read it. If you don’t like it, I’ll get a good ripio. (I feel so bad for adding to your TBR…)

              *laughs* Nah…I would have captured you and we’d be rebels. Interestingly enough, though, I live in Union territory. So, we’d have to escape to the South! (I’d be like Sherman for the South.)

            • *Grumpy face* OK, I’ll add it – but I think it’s only fair you should add another to yours. Hmm…Life or Death. Or maybe another Dickens… (No, you don’t, you…you…fibber!!)

              I feel that way about the Jacobite rebellion. As a Glaswegian, I’d have been on the English side *gags*, but my heart is in the Highlands with Bonnie Prince Charlie!

            • Hmm…very cool the way you tried to ignore the other half of the deal, but I’m on to your tricks, sir! Now, which are you adding? *taps foot impatiently*

              Oh dear, you’re in big trouble now! The Black Watch have donned their kilts, picked up their bagpipes and are heading in your direction…

            • Umm…well…now come on, FEF! That isn’t entirely fair. What’s next on my list? Oh–you lost it! *laughs*

              Oh huff-hum! Interestingly enough, I saw bits of Braveheart today.

            • Life or Death. You might as well just read it and get it over with. You know I’ll keep going on until you do…

              *laughing* Did you enjoy it? Coincidentally I was reading about William Wallace last night.

            • Ditto!!! You’ll love it – promise! And if you don’t, I’m sure you’ll find a way to get revenge… *scared face*

              Ah, but would he have been a hero if he hadn’t died? Martyrs make the best heroes – and wasn’t his one of the most beautifully gruesome deaths you’ve ever heard of?

              Scots wha hae wi Wallace bled
              Scots wham Bruce has aften led
              Welcome tae yer gory bed
              Or tae victorie…

              Only two weeks till the independence vote…

            • *laughs* Oh, okay. Rats! We’ll have to read them at the same time, though.

              Very true. You do have a point, I think. Some sort of point, at least. Is that what’s his name? The poetry, I mean.

              *nods* Does it look good?

            • Haha! OK then! Let me know when you’re ready…

              It is indeed! Robert Burns.

              Hmm…I was going to say no, it looks like the country is going to vote against. But today the news is saying there’s been a sudden surge in the polls towards a yes vote. It’s going to be very close…exciting! Burns would vote yes…

            • We should probably finish Gods of Mars first… (I know! *giggles helplessly* But you started it…)

              *nods approvingly*

              I will! The campaign’s been going on so long it’s going to feel strange when it’s over…

            • I feel we should finish by the weekend? I haven’t got to the bit where Dejah’s back in it yet – next chapter, probably… and still no Woola yet either… *sad, worried face*

            • Yes, but she’s just trying to avoid marrying the nasty Prince… *thinks of Prince Charles and shakes head sympathetically* I fear he has! *woebegone face*

  6. Oooh, don’t you just hate it when computer problems arise like that… Maybe it would have been better to lose the whole list (I’m talking to myself here, don’t mind me…).

    • Yes – I get increasingly change-resistant with each passing year. Haha! For a brief moment, I shared that thought…but I’d have missed some of those old faithfuls that have been on the list for years… 😉

  7. “Rebel Yell” sounds good, but I reckon I have too much on the TBR already. Hmm – crashing the computer – didn’t your old one have a delete button? My all time favourite button!

  8. The Bears want to know if you’re having a funeral for your computer and if so, can they come. (I should warn you that they are really only after the funeral bake-meats!) And I’m desperate for the McEwan as well.

  9. Oh The Children Act, of course, to be sure, to be sure. The only problem is that David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks is to be released the very same day and has been on pre-order for about 3 months or more, or whenever i eagerly found out about it. So I’ve hovered, havered, hoovered, with the one clicky finger and think if I get both of them on the same day I will be unable to settle. So David Mitchell, as HE got to the pre-release order queue first, gets my brand new read. Mr McEwan must be second in line. Such a hard decision. Mr Mitchell’s are always long, so no doubt by the time I’ve finished and managed to prise myself out of his overwhelming, always utterly immersive world, and stumbled back into life as we knew it before, and am ready to embark on another expected marvel, you’ll be able to give me a good idea of how wonderful the journey is going to be.

    It rather sounds as if there are going to be loads of us out of commission, noses deeply in a Kindle, come the 2nd

    • I’m the other way round. I had both on pre-order and then decided to ditch the Mitchell. I haven’t read any of his other stuff and I’m not sure whether I’d love him or hate him, so I decdied to go with the (slightly) safer option of the McEwan. So I’ll be waiting for your review of the other one too. Maybe this is one way to reduce the piles – split the books between us…

      • I’ve been a huge Mitchell fan since Ghostwritten blew me away. He was my ‘who IS this amazing writer’ Flanery type blown away by read of 1999, and everyone was getting this as a Christmas or birthday present.

        When Vine used to do BOOKS instead of staplers, steam machines and dog food, I was thrilled to be offered his last, beautiful, hardback which I had on pre-order (and promptly removed from that list, thanks to Vine)

        Alas, he hasn’t surfaced on NetGalley or bookbridgr, so money and I will part company. For me Mitchell is the slightly safer option (On Chesil Beach?? – I hope Mr McEwan isn’t in that mode – would have been interesting from anyone else, but it moved down from his lustrous heights for me)

        • Ah, maybe it was you that persuaded me to out Cloud Atlas on my TBR ages ago – I just never found the time to actually read it. I’ll wait for your review of the new one and then decide which one to prioritise.

          Yes, it’s sad that we don’t get these thing through Vine any more. However I did get a new handbag yesterday – that will be fun to review! I’ve noticed that a lot of my pre-orders aren’t turning up on NG either now…I’m getting worried. And I agree McEwan is very variable – I’m never totally sure that I actually like him but when he’s good, he’s very, very good…

          • Oh congratulations and a green eyed monster flash re the handbag. I’ve stuck for a while after an initial flurry, staring at dog biscuits and toddler toys. Amazon must have targeted me for my sometimes liking of magical realism; items for imaginary dogs and toddlers.

  10. Stonewall Jackson was a Southern hero who probably would never have survived real life if he had survived the War. He was one of those oddities that crop up from time to time. A brilliant strategist, his social life was a disaster.

    • I’m kind of hoping the book concentrates on the social disaster side more than the brilliant strategy, but I fear I’m going to learn an awful lot about fighting wars… 😉

        • It’s not a period I know much about at all – hence why I thought this book might be interesting. I think my entire knowledge comes from watching Gone with the Wind! 😉

          • Laughing.

            Well, it’s more complex than Gone With the Wind, of course. Frankly, I’ve come to believe that Lincoln should have let the South go. According to the Constitution of the United States, it was a wholly legal move. If Grant had not flubbed the dub at Gettysburg, the South probably would have won the war. There are a lot of stereotypes about the South that are not true of most southerners. For instance, Grant had freed his slaves before the war had even begun, and Grant still retained his until it became illegal.

            • Interesting! Particularly given that we’re just on the point of voting to decide whether we’re going to split up the UK. I think there was a big drive at that time to make nations as large as possible, but maybe that’s changed now…

  11. That is too bad about your computer dying. I do have a tip on your TBR list. I keep mine in Dropbox. That way it is always safe and I can get to it from wherever I am. Check it out. It gives you a small amount of storage for free, and that is all you would need. I only use the free account.

    • Great tip – thanks! I did have a Dropbox account on my old computer but never really used it. I’m so bad at backing things up – you’d think I’d learn… 😉

  12. Sorry to hear about your computer woes! I’m working on a brand-new computer (my previous desktop finally bit the dust). I second the Dropbox recommendation–I keep a lot of files backed up there. Oh, and I say go with Confessions!

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