There’s good news and bad news on the TBR front this week. First the good news – the list has dropped below 100! To a stunning 98 in fact, which only represents about ten months worth of reading. (Short pause while I sob…)
The bad news is that, in a moment of madness, I decided to see how many books are sitting unread on the Kindle that are not included in the existing TBR. The answer is 58. (Long pause while I howl and punch the walls…) So combining the two makes a total of…er…um…156. Or roughly a year and four months worth…
One day I must also go through the physical books and see what horrors lurk there (not to mention unlistened-to audiobooks)…but not today…
So the plan (go ahead, laugh!) is – no more than two NetGalley requests or other review copies a month – and no more than two added from temptations spread before me by my fellow bloggers. And no more than two purchases a month. That way I should be down to zero by…um…2020, roughly. Hands up all those who think I’ll stick to it – Ah! Just you, then, Ms Gullible…
Oh well, here are a few that have mysteriously snuck on since I last checked…
A few weeks back, I read Orange Pekoe’s great review of this book and, in her comments section, bemoaned the fact that Honey Brown’s books aren’t available over here yet. (OP had been brought a copy by a visitor from Australia.) She straightaway offered to post her copy to me – isn’t that just the kindest thing? So thank you, Orange Pekoe – I’m very grateful and thrilled to have this one to read…
The Blurb says “Shannon and Rohan Scott have retreated to their family’s cabin in the Australian bush to escape a virus-ravaged world. After months of isolation, Shannon imagines there’s nothing he doesn’t know about his older brother, or himself – until a stranger slips under their late-night watch and past their loaded guns.
Reluctantly the brothers take the young woman into their fold, and the dynamic within the cabin shifts. Possessiveness takes hold, loyalties are split, and trust is shattered. Before long, all three find themselves locked into a very different battle for survival.“
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Cleo’s been at it again – her glowing review of this one on Cleopatra Loves Books left me with no alternative but to request it from NetGalley…
The Blurb says “Five years ago Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. She coped by burying the person she was, locking away her memories and creating a new life for herself. Her attacker is behind bars. In four weeks’ time she will get married. She’s almost normal. Then the body of another woman is found, close to where Melody was discovered. Like her she has blond hair and green eyes. Like Melody police find a gold bird cage necklace at the scene. And Melody realises her attacker has been out there all along. The woman’s name is Eve Elliot. Melody sets out to discover everything she can about Eve to work out why they were targeted. But the more she gets to know her the more she realises what’s wrong with her own life. Eve may be dead but she’s the only person who can teach Melody how to live again.“
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The Blurb says “The Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century has often been called a decisive turning point in human history. It represents, for good or ill, the birth of modern science and modern ways of viewing the world. In What Galileo Saw, Lawrence Lipking offers a new perspective on how to understand what happened then, arguing that artistic imagination and creativity as much as rational thought played a critical role in creating new visions of science and in shaping stories about eye-opening discoveries in cosmology, natural history, engineering, and the life sciences.
What Galileo Saw bridges the divide between science and art; it brings together Galileo and Milton, Bacon and Shakespeare. Lipking enters the minds and the workshops where the Scientific Revolution was fashioned, drawing on art, literature, and the history of science to reimagine how perceptions about the world and human life could change so drastically, and change forever. “
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The Blurb says “What I Found Out About Her: Stories of Dreaming Americans, winner of the 2014 Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction, reaffirms Peter LaSalle’s reputation as one of the most startlingly original writers working in the short fiction genre today.
In this collection of eleven stories, LaSalle explores how everyday life for many—an FBI agent, a study-abroad student, a drug dealer’s chic girlfriend, a trio of Broadway playwrights, among others—can often take on something much larger than that, almost the texture of a haunting dream. Marked by stylistic daring and a rare lyricism in language, this is intense, thoroughly moving fiction that probes the contemporary American psyche, portraying it in all its frequently painful sadness and also its brave and unflagging hope.“
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NB All blurbs taken from NetGalley or Amazon.