TBR Thursday 89…

Episode 89…

OK, it’s finally happened – the TBR has leapt over the 170 mark to an appalling 171! The only things I can say in my defence are tennis and politicians – the energy spent watching one and casting voodoo spells in the direction of the others has left little time to spare for reading.

Anyway…here are some of the ones that are crawling towards to the top of the heap…

Factual

EurekaCourtesy of the author. From John Grant, who also blogs about noir films as realthog over on Noirish, this book is about the lives of famous scientists and their contribution to science. Aimed at young adults, I reckon it should just about suit my level of scientific knowledge, though unfortunately not my age…

The Blurb says: Galileo, Einstein, Curie, Darwin, Hawking — we know the names, but how much do we really know about these people? Galileo gained notoriety from his battle with the Vatican over the question of heliocentrism, but did you know that he was also an accomplished lute player? And Darwin of course discovered the principle by which new species are formed, but his bold curiosity extended to the dinner table as well. (And how many people can say they’ve eaten an owl!) In Eureka! John Grant offers fifty vivid portraits of groundbreaking scientists, focusing not just on the ideas and breakthroughs that made them so important but also on their lives and their various… quirks.

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Fiction

laroseCourtesy of NetGalley. This is one of the books I’m most looking forward to as part of #20booksofsummer …

The Blurb says: North Dakota, late summer, 1999. Landreaux Iron stalks a deer along the edge of the property bordering his own. He shoots with easy confidence—but when the buck springs away, Landreaux realizes he’s hit something else, a blur he saw as he squeezed the trigger. When he staggers closer, he realizes he has killed his neighbor’s five-year-old son, Dusty Ravich. Horrified at what he’s done, the recovered alcoholic turns to an Ojibwe tribe tradition—the sweat lodge—for guidance, and finds a way forward. Following an ancient means of retribution, he and Emmaline will give LaRose to the grieving Peter and Nola. “Our son will be your son now,” they tell them.

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Crime

sergeant cluff stands firmFrom the British Library via MidasPR, this book and another in the series are being re-published over the next couple of months to celebrate the centenary of the author Gil North. Championed by Martin Edwards, editor of all the great classic crime anthologies the BL has produced recently, as well as being a pretty nifty crime writer himself, who has written an introduction for it.

The Blurb says: ‘He could feel it in the blackness, a difference in atmosphere, a sense of evil, of things hidden.’ Amy Snowden, in middle age, has long since settled into a lonely life in the Yorkshire town of Gunnarshaw, until – to her neighbours’ surprise – she suddenly marries a much younger man. Months later, Amy is found dead – apparently by her own hand – and her husband, Wright, has disappeared. Sergeant Caleb Cluff – silent, watchful, a man at home in the bleak moorland landscape of Gunnarshaw – must find the truth about the couple’s unlikely marriage, and solve the riddle of Amy’s death. This novel, originally published in 1960, is the first in the series of Sergeant Cluff detective stories that were televised in the 1960s but have long been neglected. This new edition is published in the centenary year of the author’s birth.

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Crime

oliver twistedCourtesy of NetGalley. Bill over at Bill’s Book Reviews headed me towards this series with his tempting reviews of the first couple. I intended to start at Book 1, but then Book 3 came out… I just don’t seem to have a handle on this reading in order thing! Another of my 20 Books of Summer.

The Blurb says: When Ivy Meadows lands a gig with the book-themed cruise line Get Lit!, she thinks she’s died and gone to Broadway. Not only has she snagged a starring role in a musical production of Oliver Twist, she’s making bank helping her PI uncle investigate a string of onboard thefts, all while sailing to Hawaii on the S.S. David Copperfield.

But Ivy is cruising for disaster. Her acting contract somehow skipped the part about aerial dancing forty feet above the stage, her uncle Bob is seriously sidetracked by a suspicious blonde, and—oh yeah—there’s a corpse in her closet. Forget catching crooks. Ivy’s going to have a Dickens of a time just surviving.

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NB All blurbs taken from Goodreads.

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

 

72 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 89…

  1. How can a person possibly keep a good watch on the TBR when there’s tennis and political polemic going on, FictionFan?! I say you’re entitled! As to this list, I don’t think you can go wrong with a book endorsed by Martin Edwards, so I’d try the North. But Eureka looks good, too…

    • What I don’t understand is that I can’t find time to read but I can still find time to add books – hmm!! I have an odd feeling I may have read some Sergeant Cluff books way back when – the name is familiar. Looks good, anyway – as does Eureka, and perhaps a bit lighter than my recent factual heavyweights!

  2. What a feast, FF! I love the sounds of Eureka and the crime offerings, but La Rose ultimately gets my vote as intriguing and unique. Full disclosure: I’m also obsessed with notions of what makes a family/parents at present.

    • They do all sound good, don’t they? Ah, for your PhD? LaRose sounds really interesting – what I like about the blurb is that it has me intrigued but I still feel I have no idea what the book will actually be like. But I’ve heard such good things about Erdrich in the past…

  3. Ah, politics are to blame for much of the day’s stress, for me as well! I can only hope Americans are paying close attention and are careful for what they wish for come November. The next day regret has been bizarre, to say the least.

    LaRose is a book I heard about recently and was intrigued! A difficult premise for sure, but intriguing nonetheless. I might give it a go!

    • It’s beginning to settle a tiny little bit now, but I’m not sure that’s a good thing – we seem to be accepting that we’re actually going to do this awful thing. Did you see our Boris wimped out of going for the Prime Minister job? Breaks the country and Europe and then leaves it to somebody else to deal with. Like Trump, a populist leader with no actual coherent policies… gah!!

      I’ve heard so many good things about Erdrich in the past and have had one of her earlier books sitting on the TBR for ages. But I must say the blurb of this one has me completely intrigued…

      • Yes, I saw that! Boris is a disaster equivalent of Trump, complete with mop tops. But unlike Trump, he at least bowed out. …Well, left a messy house for everyone to clean up, but, hey, he left! Trump didn’t even know how Scotland voted when he went there. He just lumped y’all in together. I thought Tony Blair had a good opinion piece in the NYTimes last week… I think we need more tennis!

        http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/26/opinion/tony-blair-brexits-stunning-coup.html?smprod=nytcore-ipad&smid=nytcore-ipad-share

        • The problem with Boris was that he never believed in Brexit – it was a means to a political end. One of his cabinet colleagues from the Remain side nails it exactly, I think. She starts talking about Boris at about the 2 minute mark…
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ERHfuzyic8M That’s why I wanted Boris to have to be PM, because I hoped his major desire would be to find a way to reverse his mistake. And I’m guessing that’s why his fellow leavers shafted him, in case he did. Trump may be even more dangerous because he actually believes some of his own rhetoric, though I suspect not all of it.

          Blair also nails it – thanks for that. I always admired Blair’s powers of analysis and indeed, he was an excellent domestic PM – just couldn’t stay away from foreign wars unfortunately. But the Labour Party is now moving to the far left and the centre is a vacuum. Oh dear! I can’t even concentrate on the tennis!

    • I can’t understand how even when my reading is slumping my book acquiring never does! 😉 They do sound like a good batch though, and not too heavy, mostly, which is good…

  4. Well, I love Louise Erdrich but killing a child by mistake…It’s always been one of my nightmares. Think I’ll pass. Also, I dare not even think about my TBR pile. Only Marina Sofia can breezily add a few on and read them AT ONCE (by osmosis, I suspect!)

    • This will be my first of her books, but I’ve heard so many good things about her. The premise does sound difficult but also very intriguing… it’s not so much the idea of the child being killed, but the other one being given away that grabbed me. Hahaha! Yes, she makes me feel totally inadequate! She could get through my entire TBR in a couple of weeks… 😉

  5. Owl? Somebody actually ate an owl? I find this rather horrifying, you know. So much so that I had to force myself to concentrate on the rest of your selections! *shudders*

    Anyway, I couldn’t read LaRose. No way. However, the Sergeant Cluff story sounds intriguing, as does “Oliver Twisted.” And nobody blames you for more choices suddenly appearing on your TBR — sometimes books seem to have minds of their own! 😉

    • I know – yeuch! I’m intrigued by LaRose – something about the blurb makes me think it won’t be another misery fest novel despite the subject matter, but we’ll see! Haha! yes, even when I’m not in the mood for reading I still seem to be in the mood for getting more books! The two crime ones should be nice light reads, I’m hoping!

  6. I loved the Sergeant Cluff books and, unusually for me, the TV series. Oliver Twisted sounds like fun, but a dead child…. and a sweat lodge… nah!
    The tennis has been good so far, but the politics – what is going on?

    • I have a feeling I read some of the Sergeant Cluffs myself way back when – probably when I was still reading books you owned or brought from the library. But aside from that vague feeling I don’t remember anything about them. Something about LaRose appeals despite the subject matter, but we’ll see. And Oliver Twisted will hopefully be nicely cosy.

      Oh, I don’t know! Total meltdown and an outbreak of mass lunacy, I think. And now Boris, having broken the UK and Europe, has wussed out and left the mess for other people to clear up. How bad can it be when I’m actually hoping Theresa May might be the next PM?!?!?!?!?!!!!

          • What concerns me is that, in the Labour Party with which I grew up, Corbyn would have been regarded as, yes, on the party’s left wing, but not as “far-left”; a lot of the people now vying for his position would have been regarded as not moderate Labourites but Tories — which, to be honest, is how I still regard them. The whole UK political spectrum seems to have shifted rightwards, so that what people today regard as the political centre is way to the right of the Tories (Heath, Douglas-Home, etc., who were to the left of where the Blairites are now) of my youth. A large part of the responsibility for this must be laid at the foot of the odious Murdoch who, through his newspapers, has I’d say played the British people for suckers over a period of decades — with the consequence we’ve just seen.

            I’d also suggest that what millions of people were voting against, even though they didn’t realize it, was not the EU but George Osborne’s wholly unnecessary austerity policies.

            Is wot I fink.

            • I must admit I’ve moved much more towards the centre myself as I’ve *cough* aged – I used to be pretty left-wing, but by the time of Tony Blair I was fine with “New Labour” – until he started going to war with every country he could think of. I still think of myself as left-wing, but I agree – I’m far closer to Heath than I am to Corbyn these days. That’s the thing – back in the days of Heath/Wilson, the Tories were just about bearable because really they were somewhat left of centre in a lot of ways too. But now the Tories are so far to the right. And with the best will in the world I can’t get behind Corbyn – either his politics or his style. I’ve been a floating voter for ages – I feel out of tune with them all. Yes, I think a lot of people fell for the “more money for the NHS” lie and are now wondering what the hell just happened. The media and the politicians have blamed the EU for everything for years – no wonder the country voted to leave. Can’t help wondering who the politicians will blame in the future…

            • I became so disillusioned with Blair that eventually I’d have voted Lib Dem had I not left the country before the election concerned. Quite approved of Brown, but . . . Was very glad I’d never voted Lib Dem when they formed the coalition.

              I know nothing of Corbyn’s style, but I approve of quite a few of his policies — I’ve seen a couple of (pre-Brexit) analyses suggesting that they’d likely revive the economy in a way that the Tories’ trickle-down policies never will, and certainly austerity never will. I do think it’s tragic that, at a time when the opportunity’s there to destroy the Tories, so many Labour politicians are choosing to destroy Labour instead.

              Anyway, this probably isn’t the place to be discussing such things! I’ll shut up now.

            • I did vote Lib Dem… and SNP… in fact over the last couple of decades I’ve voted for just about everyone except the Tories and UKIP! I was a Brown fan too, and I still think he ‘saved the world’ the weekend after the crash. If he hadn’t persuaded all the govts to refloat their banks it could have been as bad as the crash in the ’20s.

              Corbyn reminds me of Foot – nice guy but just not a leader or the type of person you can imagine representing Britain internationally. I mean, it’s nice he wears jumpers his mum knits him, but… 😉 I really wish he would stand aside, but I think the party is just about dead now, sadly. So who do I vote for next time…?

              Haha! This week has kinda killed my ‘no politics on the blog’ ban…

      • Are you sure we didn’t accidentally fall down the rabbit-hole? I found myself regretting Cameron’s resignation…….. 🙂

    • I don’t know, but something about the blurb makes me feel there’ll be more to it than just a misery-fest type of thing – hope so anyway! It certainly sounds intriguing…

  7. Eureka sounds like fun! Based on the scientists listed in the blurb, I can’t help but wonder how many are women? Or maybe the author just wanted to go with most well-known?

    • There are actually about nine or ten women out of the 50, several I’ve never heard of (not that that says much!). He mentions in his introduction the bias there has been until very recently over women entering the sciences and has specifically brought forward some that he feels have been unfairly overlooked. It does look like fun, and informative too! And maybe a bit of a lighter read than some of the tomes I seem to have been wading through recently!

  8. You’ll be so proud of me, FictionFan… my TBR has remained at 575 for over a week! 🙂 I am in a bit of a reading slump as of late and I am determined to finish TWO of the five books I’m currently reading by July 5. If I were to add one of your picks to my TBR (but of course I’m NOT so don’t try to make me) I’d take Eureka! I don’t think I can handle La Rose, but I’ll be interested in your take on it.

    • I’m very proud of you indeed! Haha! 575 makes me feel so good!! I’m slumping too at the moment, both with readng and reviewing – the cupboard is almost bare. But hopefully this batch will get me over that – Eureka does look both interesting and entertaining, and LaRose might be grim but there’s something about the blurb that makes me think it’s going to be worth it – we’ll see! (Go on! Eureka won’t hurt and 576 is a nice round number… 😉 )

  9. The anxiety you express over your number of books going up reminds me of me and my weight! “Gah! How did that happen?! Surely the chocolate covered peanuts are not to blame!” I love the sound of the Louise Erdrich novel. I grew up on an Ojibwe reservation, but have yet to read a book about the tribe. I remember sitting in a classroom on the reservation and learning about the language. It’s gorgeous. Instead of basic words as equating meaning, things are described. Therefore, the word for apple pie is enormous because it’s a description of the pie itself: “Batemishiminebaashkiminasiganibiitooyingwesijigani- bakwezhigan.” It’s quite a large tribe; mine was the Saginaw Chippewa. Chippewa is an English-ed up version of the word Objibwe.

    • Hahaha! I think I’d actually find dieting easier than cutting down on books! 😉 Mmm, chocolate covered peanuts…

      Did you? How interesting! I love the sound of that language – these ones that make up great long compound words always seem kind of leisurely and thoughtful. English can be beautiful too, but it’s also a very functional and precise language – a kind of sciency language, I always think. Did you grow up learning your tribe’s customs and so on, or is all of that becoming lost now? Apparently Erdrich’s books are always, or at least often, set within the Ojibwe lands – I don’t know if she has an ethnic link or not.

      • The weird things about tribal land is that it often becomes “checker boarded,” or has little lots sold off to non-tribal members. This is where I fit in. I’m not a tribal member, nor am I Ojibwe, but our house is smack in the middle of the reservation…so technically I don’t think our house is ON the reservation, but completely surrounded by it. Very strange. But I went to school with many Ojibwe kids and went to their houses and had an Ojibwe woman as my maid of honor. We often went to pow wows and the Ojibwe school to learn more about the culture. When I was in elementary school, the tribe built a casino, which is now the largest between the Mississippi and Vegas (or something like that), so the tribe has used the money to build up the culture. Many of the buildings on reservation are new, there’s a college and a culture center and a tribal court and police force. All of the signs are written in Ojibwe. It’s strange to me now, living in mega-conservative northern Indiana, that I thought everyone had Native American friends. Most people I’ve met now have never SEEN a Native American person.

        • How interesting! I had no idea that the tribal lands had bits that aren’t part of the reservation. I guess that gave you an unusual opportunity to get to know the culture more deeply than most outsiders. My only contact with Native American culture was visiting one of the reservations in Canada but it was strictly a tourist visit, and in truth it made me feel uncomfortable – kinda like treating the people as exhibits, if you know what I mean. However, they made a lot of money from tourism so I suppose there are upsides and downsides to it.

  10. LaRose sounds interesting. Which my predictive immediately changed to lactose but fortunately I spotted before posting. Sometimes I thinking should just let it do what it wants; the results might be interesting.

    Like you, reading slowed to a crawl, blinking incomprehensibly at the tennis, as if at something far in the distance, and hoping Theresa May becomes PM. If anyone would have said that I would have been thinking this desirable 8 days ago I’d have thought they were 2 bob short of a shilling. Clearly we now all are.

    • I suspect Erdrich might turn out to be one of those rare writers we might both like from the blurb of this and her other books, and various reviews I’ve read. Hope so, anyway! Ha! I love predicated texture!

      This is the first day I’ve even really felt up to tennis. It’s ridiculous, isn’t it? It really does feel like grieving. Haha! I was saying earlier that I hoped she’d get in too – anything has to be better than Gove! And BigSister has just admitted to feeling sorry that Cameron stood down – and I felt that too! The world has finally gone totally mad – or I have! But at least it’s beginning to feel as if we’re calming down a bit, and I have to say, so far the Bank of England has played a blinder! Am I the only one who finds Mark Carney swoonily attractive? Perhaps that’s another insanity symptom…

      • I think I want to invite myself to tea with you and Big Sister (except you have already warned me you are no baker) We are finding such frighteningly WEIRD people we are now supporting-as-the-best-of-a-very-bad-option.

        Oh I think Carney has been holding the reins of the panicking horses extremely well. He’s kind of performing life-saving operations which are really, really not good news to be undergoing, but they are – well, necessary.

        There are the worrying seepings though of contracts cancelled, businesses looking to move operations elsewhere. And one sober realist warning that things might take 15 years to get over the negative economic effects (never mind anything else) And they weren’t in any way implying things would be that illusory BETTER for the dis-UK at the end of the 15, either. Merely that it was likely that increased borrowing in order to avoid prolonged austerity, and slower growth, would then mean that the debt left by increased borrowing would THEN need to be faced (by austerity)

        Things were so much easier when we had our own little piggy banks…..and you could buy things if you had saved some pocket money. Or earned more pocket money by carrying out dreadful tasks. I remember a horrid clear-out of a cellar……………

        • Oh don’t mention clearing out cellars! Gove will no doubt make it compulsory for people on benefits, with a massive beaurocracy to test us all to ensure we’re fit to clean out cellars. But I’m confident, ‘cos he did such a brilliant job of sorting out education by… er… taking away all local authority control and handing over our schools to a bunch of capitalists, fanatics and general nutters. Oddly, that’s not how he described it in his speech, though.

          More seriously, I know – and of course it’s the financial sector that will suffer most, first, allowing the idiots to cheer for a bit till they start losing their own jobs. It’s worrying that we hate both our politicians and our wealth creators so much – class warfare seems to be making a return. Ugh!

          On the upside BigSister is an excellent baker…

          • Perhaps I will come for tea after all . Okay, I know I haven’t exactly had the invite, but that’s a minor point.

            To the more serious one, we are all inclined to make blanket statements about some heavy handed group of ‘other’ I do think it’s a great shame that the positive side of being in the EU was never really stressed, just the negatives if we left, which the Leavers dismissed as Project Fear, but there were plenty of stories, facts and figures which could have been used to sell the advantages of continuing to be within the EU – both for us and for Europe itself, and within a world context too. Not to mention the real need for change within the EU which is better managed by strong critical voices from within the EU than by leaving and weakening both the nose (us) and the face itself by an act of spiteful cutting!

            • Of course you’re invited – head for Dundee! I’ll tell BigSister to get the kettle on…

              Yes, indeed, on all points. It would have been hard for politicians to sell the positive case, though, since they’ve spent decades rubbishing the EU and blaming it for all their own failures as well as its own. And the weakening of the EU by the UK leaving won’t just be financial – it’ll be even more of a France/Germany axis now with an ever great drive towards complete union, which it appears the people don’t want but the politicians do. Britain’s negative approach to the EU had the benefit of giving smaller countries choices between two powerful voices, but they’ll have no choice now. Another reason my enthusiasm for Scotland being alone within the EU is abating – we may have a seat at the table, but it will be a lowly and insignificant one without England, since rather than contributing, we will be holding out the begging bowl. And surely we don’t want political union? Isn’t that what we’re trying to get out of???

            • That is a series of very interesting and cogently put points FF. You don’t fancy standing for election do you? Prime Minister, disconnected from any party at all. Someone said to me yesterday maybe a benevolent dictator would be the best system of all. I know your benevolence would be tested when chocolate, Darcys, Rafas and Clooneys were about, but as long as we all made sure that all politicians are female, or not beauteous exemplars of masculinity, and that you were supplied with a sufficiency of chocolate, we should be assured of sense in the political arena.

              That is a very thought provoking point about the positives of reluctant and critical membership which the disunited kingdom brought to the table. As someone who always wants everyone to get on, I’m also aware that oppositions bring (or can) something like the grit in the oyster, and that can lead to the cohesion that forms a pearl, around that point of irritation.

            • I must say that, in all seriousness, I have been having growing doubts about the benefits of democracy over the last few years. Whoever it was who said democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others was a wise person. But then it’s also been said that all democracies end in tyranny… either Plato or Pluto, can’t remember which. They also say democracies don’t declare war on other democracies, but I fear that’s a case of history being rewritten by the winners – let’s face it, Nazi Germany arose out of a democracy, and both Russia and Ukraine are democracies. We just like to pretend that democracies we don’t like aren’t really democracies. So, in short, I’m up for the job! I’ve always kinda fancied being a dictator and I’d be fairly benevolent so long as everyone did what they were told…

            • Well, I know. It sometimes seems the best of a bad job lot – and I think that we have become, as the downside of mass communication, less and less open to nuance, and the unravelling of complex ideas. I do think (fogey that I quite definitely am) that the whole instatweet, txtspk thing, the ‘have your say’ the instant petitions, we might think they give us power, but actually they are also quite powerful tools to manipulate us – its as though we are living in some kind of Big Brother house, or politics is seen as no more than that. I’m really aware of how carefully, even the most nuanced papers manipulate by their choice of photographs of figures in the public eye – the snaps taken when someone is looking most foolish or unpleasant (I’m talking about public figures in politics, business etc) you can pretty well tell who a paper is ‘for’ in this area and who they are ‘against’ by the pictures taken. Much subtle and not so subtle manipulation

            • When I was at Uni, a Social Sciences friend of mine suggested semi-seriously that only people with degrees in Social Sciences should be allowed to vote. At the time, I was outraged on behalf of the ‘common man’ but as I age I’m coming to the conclusion he may have had a point. Only I’d make it be history graduates. The more I hear and unfortunately see of the far-right propaganda that’s being hurled around in support of the Trump campaign, and believed by people who are not at all stupid, the more I think a real understanding of the past is essential in understanding the present. So when I rule the world, expect there to be a huge upsurge in compulsory history night-classes…

            • When it turns out, despite all the warnings, that people easily get duped by the many internet scams which seem too good to be true (and indeed are just that) is it any wonder that politicians making promises in the same fashion will also be believed? I think, in biological terms, of the fact that deception is a really good tool in the evolutionary arms race. So maybe its not so surprising. Though you would have hoped that as our species CAN look back on the past and see that this led to that, and also has the ability to reflect on the fact that we are far too inclined to engage in real, as opposed to postural, aggression towards our fellows, that it would make us a little cautious. But clearly not so, when you see someone who seems like a person with a serious propensity to engage in arson, in political terms, being enthusiastically embraced by a whole crowd waving cans of petrol and matches about, metaphorically. Someone, and perhaps all of us, are going to get very badly burned at this rate.

            • I heard that these scammers deliberately make the scams obvious so that they can be sure the only people who fall for them are the incredibly gullible and, frankly, stupid people – or people with dementia, etc. That way, they get away with it more often than if they tricked an otherwise competent person and then got found out. Apparently this is why they’ve got more ridiculous as time’s gone on. Perhaps the same applies to politics – they no longer think they can win by force of argument so they just appeal to people with no real understanding or interest of politics. And so suddenly we’re being ruled by the least informed, to put it kindly.

              I watch the news and see what’s happening here and in America and can’t help feeling we’re watching the decline of the West as the major force in the world. Scary.

  11. I’ve just nipped out and downloaded La Rose. I found Louise Erdrich a couple of years ago and was really captured by her writing, her stories and her characters. I’m very keen to read her next book.

    • Oh good, glad to hear you rate her! This will be my first, but she’s an author I’ve been meaning to get around to for ages – the blurbs always appeal to me, and I’ve seen so many positive reviews. I hope we both enjoy it!

  12. I’ve only acquired two books recently and they’re both review copies. I don’t know what’s happened to me – a mixture of wanting to get to a one-shelf TBR (sorry!) and being low these past weeks so not that interested. I’m going away for a long weekend soon, however, and there are bound to be charity shops where I’m going …

    • It’s the review copies that do for me – NetGalley! If I could convince myself not to look, I’d be fine. Haha! My TBR takes up far less space than that – being nearly all Kindle 😉

      Yes, depressing times – I can’t seem to concentrate even on light books at the moment. I hope you enjoy your long weekend… and take an empty case to bring the books back in…

  13. I have been trying to pretend politics doesn’t exist since the referendum result came out – I have been trying to escape it all by watching Wimbledon and reading some wonderful books. Good luck getting your TBR under 170 again in July…although I am sure there is a lot more distraction to come from Wimbledon 😀

    • I’ve been obsessively news watching for a week, but I’m finally coming out of my shock now and getting back to normal. All this rain at Wimbledon is driving me mad… but it’s giving me a chance to try to catch up with a bit of reading/blogging, I suppose… 😀

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