TBR Thursday 100…

The 100 Book Tag

Since this is the 100th TBR Thursday post, I thought I’d do something a bit different and create a little tag! This way I’m sure to only get questions I can answer…surely…

What is the 100th book on your TBR list? (In the unlikely event that you don’t have 100 books on your TBR, what book’s been on there longest?)

Dissolution by CJ Sansom – a re-read! I’d really like to re-read the entire Shardlake series from the beginning – without a doubt my favourite historical fiction series of all time.


Open your current book to page 100 (or randomly, if you don’t have page numbers on your e-reader) and quote a few sentences that you like.

“Be careful in the hunt, ye mates. Don’t stave the boat needlessly, ye harpooners; good white cedar plank is raised full three per cent within the year. Don’t forget your prayers, either. Mr Starbuck, mind that cooper don’t waste the spare staves. Oh! And the sail-needles are in the green locker. Don’t whale it too much a’ Lord’s days, men; but don’t miss a fair chance either, that’s rejecting Heaven’s good gifts. Have an eye to the molasses tierce, Mr Stubb; it was a little leaky, I thought. If ye touch at the islands, Mr Flask, beware of fornication. Good-bye, good-bye!”

From Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

M-D is without doubt up there with the most boringly tedious books I’ve ever read, and I doubt I’ll be finishing it. I quite like this quote, though, for the nicely mixed concern for the souls of the sailors and the profits of the voyage. It reminds me a little of poor Shylock and his “My daughter, oh my ducats” speech. Plus, “beware of fornication” made me laugh…


When you are 100, what author(s) do you know you will still be re-reading regularly? (This should be an easy one for those of you who are already over 100…)

I don’t know if I’ll have time for re-reading, since I’ll probably be about half-way through Moby-Dick by then, but…

Austen, Dickens, Wodehouse. I can’t imagine life without these three writers. However, I hope I’ll still be reading new stuff too. By that time, I hope some of the exciting new, young writers of today will be respected heavyweights in the world of fiction – Patrick Flanery, Suzanne Rindell, Emma Cline, Aatish Taseer, Hannah Kent – and new generations will have followed them into the spotlight. Exciting, isn’t it?

Link to your 100th post (if you’re a new blogger then link to your tenth post, or any one you like). Do you still agree with what you said back then?

Sadly, my 100th post was a slate of The Village by Nikita Lalwani – and yes, I still agree with every word I wrote back then… and I still shudder at this quote from it…

She could hear the hysteric sound of the water pump, calling her with the pleading sound of a trumpeting animal, curtailed after several pushes only to be started again.

It’s a pity it’s a rip though, because contrary to popular belief I like or love by far the majority of books I read…


Name a book you love that has less than 100 pages. Why do you love it?

The Visitor by Maeve Brennan. I said in my review “It is a wonderful study of loneliness, self-absorption and selfishness, of thwarted love, both romantic and familial, and of a longing for that nebulous thing we call ‘home’.” This short novella shows that it’s not necessary to use hundreds of pages of waffle to create fully-rounded, unforgettable characters, nor to say something profound about human nature. (*glances askance at Moby-Dick*) I’ve grown to appreciate the novella form more and more over the last few years – the length of the book should be determined by the complexity of the story to be told. (Donna Tartt et al, please note.)


If someone gave you £100, what would be the five books you would rush to buy? (Should there be any change, please consider contributing it to the FictionFan Home for Unwanted Chocolate…)

Since my wishlist currently has about 200 books on it, this was not an easy choice, but I’m always looking to add books that will meet my various challenges and eclectic tastes…

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. Part of my 5-star list – authors I have loved and would like to read more of. Rushdie got on the list for wowing me with the delicious Two Years, Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights.

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsay. My Film of the Book wishlist is massive and growing! I loved this film when I saw it as a teenager, and have never seen it again since. And the book has been highly recommended by several people. So I’d splash out and buy both book and DVD.

A Daughter’s Love by John Guy. Guy is one of my favourite historians, specialising in the Tudor era, and I’ve read nearly all of his major books now except this one, about Margaret, daughter of Thomas More.

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M Cain – on my Classics Club list and yet another Film of the Book entry, though in this case it would strictly speaking be the book of the film, since I’ve seen the film multiple times and love it, but have never read the book.

The Young Lions by Irwin Shaw. The Great American Novel Quest has gone horribly wrong recently with several abandoned for the crime of being intensely dull (*doesn’t mention Moby-Dick*), so I urgently need a good one to get back on track. This one sounds like it could be great.

What book do you expect to be reading 100 days from now?

I’m tempted to say Moby-Dick, but…

Tricky since I’ve only planned up to the end of December, but looking at outstanding review copies, I think I’ll be reading Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash – I very much enjoyed his earlier book The Cove, so have high hopes for this one.


The Blurb says: Les, a long-time sheriff nearing retirement, contends with the ravages of poverty and crystal meth in his small Appalachian town. Nestled in a beautiful hollow of the Appalachians, his is a tight-knit community rife with secrets and suspicious of outsiders. Becky, a park ranger, arrives in this remote patch of North Carolina hoping to ease the anguish of a harrowing past. Searching for tranquility amid the verdant stillness, she finds solace in poetry and the splendor of the land.

A vicious crime will plunge both sheriff and ranger into deep and murky waters, forging an unexpected bond between them. Caught in a vortex of duplicity, lies, and betrayal, they must navigate the dangerous currents of a tragedy that turns neighbor against neighbor—and threatens to sweep them all over the edge.

Looking at The Guardian’s list of “The 100 greatest novels of all time”, how many have you read? Of the ones you haven’t, which ones would you most like to read? And which will you never read?

Tragically, I’ve only read 38 of these, mostly older ones. The one I’d most like to read is either Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, having been blown away by Beloved, or Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, just because it sounds so good. I will never read Ulysses (I have an unaccountable dislike of gobbledegook) or As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (once bitten, twice shy!).


Free Question – Create a 100 themed question of your own choice and answer it.

OK – my question is: Which TV adaptation of a book could you watch 100 times? (Oh, you knew he’d be here somewhere…)

darcy and lizzie

List your 100 favourite books.

(Kidding! Unless you really want to, of course…)

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And in the spirit of the theme, I tag the first 100 people to read this post…

That means YOU! 😉

83 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 100…

  1. What a great special event for your 100th TBR post, Fiction Fan! I love it. And I’m not surprised you’re finding Moby Dick to be less than inspiring reading… You made some great choices for books you’d re-read, too. Oh, and I can recommend Things Fall Apart. I used to teach that novel, and it’s a good ‘un. I hope you’ll like it if you ever read it (and oh, it’s not very long, just sayin’).


    • Thnaks, Margot – I had fun doing it! 🙂 Ugh, Moby is out to get me, I swear, but I shall fight him to the death – just not sure whether that’ll be my death or his yet…

      Oh, I’m glad you recommend Things Fall Apart – it’s another of those books I’ve been meaning to read for ages, and frankly the idea of not very long is becoming ever more appealing…

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  2. Moby Dick is a trawl but it’s worth sticking with. I was inspired to re-read it after reading Leviathon by Philip Hoare, and I’d advise you to read that at the same time as M-D if you need motivating. My goodness, doesn’t it go on and on though.


    • Re-read it?? *faints* I don’t know if I’ll be able to stick with it – I’m finding all kinds of excuses not to read at all because I can’t bear to read any more of it. And I haven’t even met a whale yet! I should’ve just watched the film… 😉


  3. Congratulations on your 100th anniversary. In hindsight, perhaps I enjoyed Moby-Dick partly because I read it in the same term as Middlemarch – now there’s a book that gives a whole new meaning to the word “tedium”.


  4. Congrats on the quasi-centenary, FF!

    I was given Moby-Dick in childhood by a well intentioned elderly relative, and it took a couple of decades for the emotional scarring to heal. Alas, my second attempt was no more successful than my first. So I sympathize with your plight.


    • Haha! Thank you!

      That should really be listed as a form of child abuse! When they forced me to read Billy Budd at Uni, it not only convinced me to drop out of English Lit. but also put me off reading any serious books for about four years, so I really should have known better. Actually, I DID know better… #billybushmademedoit


  5. This is fun, I’ll probably do this tag later 🙂
    I read Moby Dick when I was 12 or 13 and loved it, but I’m a bit afraid of rereading it because I don’t want to ruin that first impression. Ulysses was horrible, I read it out of curiosity and didn’t understand anything, I don’t know why I even bothered with finishing it.


    • Oh, I hope you enjoy it if you do – I had fun looking through my TBR and wishlists. 🙂

      I might have enjoyed Moby-Dick more as a teenager – I think I had more patience with waffle back then, but now I’m much more critical, and I’m just finding it so boring! Haha! I started Ulysses once long ago – I think I got through about twenty pages before I decided life was too short! It’s hard to understand why some of these books get a reputation for greatness…

      Thanks for popping in and commenting! 😀

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  6. This was fun to read! I loved Moby Dick though I do remember questioning how the narrator could possibly know the things he was narrating (and why we hadn’t seen him in pages and pages).


    • Thanks – glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 I started out enjoying Moby-Dick and even thought I might have to eat my words about Melville. But then he started his interminable descriptions of everything – and all those pages about classifying different types of whales – and now I’m stuck in a reading slump of truly epic proportions… I’ll give him another 50 pages to change my mind, or it’s the recycling bin for him… 😉

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  7. I love this! Thank you for today’s entertainment. (Maybe I will even try to do it!) And for giving me yet more resolve to continue avoiding Moby Dick.
    I think I was well on my way to watching Pride and Prejudice 100 times… but then I had kids. There’s still time, though…


    • Thank you! 🙂 Ooh, if you do, I hope you have as much fun looking through all your lists as I did! Never read Moby-Dick! Not unless you wake up one day feeling too happy and want to make yourself miserable…

      Haha! I knew there was a good reason I didn’t have kids! Just send them off to stay with relatives… 😉

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  8. I just loved this post! I may even do the tag, it’s so much fun. I can say that Song of Solomon blew me away, for what it’s worth. And i was supposed to read Moby Dick in college but only made it about half-way through – enough to fudge a passable essay! 🙂 My husband read it OF HIS OWN FREE WILL about six years ago!


    • Thank you! 😀 Ooh, if you do, I hope you have fun – I really enjoyed the excuse for looking through all my various booklists…

      I MUST read more Morrison – Beloved was so amazing and I’ve heard a few people saying they actually think Song of Solomon is even better. Haha! I think getting even halfway is a major achievement so well done! But now I’m very worried about your husband – was he running a fever at the time maybe? 😉

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    • Hahaha! I wish I’d thought of putting that question in. I just checked and I didn’t give an exact figure but said it “had just topped 100” – so it’s nearly doubled! You mean I’ve not persuaded you to read Moby-Dick yet? 😉


  9. What a great idea for your 100th TBR post! I loved reading your answers and might be tempted to do this myself. I’m impressed that you’ve even tried to read Moby Dick. I’ve never been brave enough! I love Shardlake, though – I’ve just finished the fourth book and am looking forward to the fifth.


    • Thank you! Oh, I hope you do! I had great fun looking through all my various lists to put it together. Haha! I’ve been putting Moby-Dick off for about thirty years and I feel I should probably have gone on doing that for another thirty! And now after all this time I’ll feel like such a wuss if (when) I abandon it. The Shardlake books are brilliant, and I think each one is better than the one before. His most recent one, Lamentation, was my book of the year last year. Glad you’re enjoying them too!


  10. Super idea for a post — and fun to read! Except Moby, of course. That’s just beastly. I swear, I had to read the thing in high school and felt like I was drowning every time I picked it up!!


    • Thank you – glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 Ugh! I was expecting it to be awful, but it’s even worse than I thought- soooo boring! I’m surprised people don’t give up reading completely when they get stuff like that forced on them in school…

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            • When I worked in the school for boys with behavioural problems, a lot of them couldn’t or wouldn’t read and write, but there was one boy who was a brilliant writer. But his stuff was incredibly dark and twisted and we were never sure how much of it was imagination or fantasy. I always used to say he’d either be a Booker winner or a serial killer. So far he hasn’t won the Booker… 😉


            • Oh dear. Hope he’s not turned into a serial killer! Maybe it was just a “dark phase” that vanished as soon as he became an adult … let’s hope so. Our world doesn’t need more problems!


            • Indeed not! Ha, hopefully he did turn out OK – I always felt he might be one of our success stories. But sadly we never get to hear of them again unless they do something that makes the papers, and that’s not usually a good sign!

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  11. OK, you have way too many activities/questions/etc. for me to answer at the moment. I LOVE that horrible quote. Was trying to figure out if it was some kind of metaphor for giving birth, LOL. Happy 100th! Miss reading your posts, but I won’t be gone forever….I promise!


  12. Once I tried watching Picnic at… and I fell asleep 😦 XD Maybe I would like it, but you know, it wasn’t the moment haha My longest book in the TBR is A Golden Cage by Shelley Freydont! I read the first one and loved it but I was denied this and I haven’t had time yet xd


    • Haha! I have no chance then – I can fall asleep in the middle of Die Hard!! My longest is a history book – it’s been there for about four years ‘cos I just can’t bring myself to start it! Fiction, though, the longest is Nicholas Nickleby which I might read over Christmas if I get time…

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  13. Moby Dick has been on my TBR piles for ages – maybe it’s time I deleted it! But I will at least start it – if only to see how boring it is. I’m tempted to answer your questions but am so behind with reviews and am also trying to do the Bookish Time Travel Tag, But I think this looks fun


    • Delete it! Delete it!!! 😉 I’m doing the Time Travel one too – I love that one. But I usually have one or two in reserve for when I run out of reviews, so you could always do this one some time in the future if you wanted. Being a list fanatic I enjoyed the excuse to look at all my lists again…


  14. Many congratulations on you centenary! Answer to one of them – the TV adaptation I can and probably have watched 100 times the version of Bleak House the BBC did with Charles Dance and Gillian Anderson.P.S. Ditch the whale!


    • Thank you – I feel about 100 too! 😉 Oh, yes, I love that one too – in fact it’s right up there with P&P for me. And I also love the BBC’s version of Vanity Fair with Natasha Little. What would we do without the Beeb? Ha! I fear the whale and I may be caught up in a death struggle… 😉

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  15. Wow. Great post! I’m too lazy to do every aspect of this 100 post, so in this comment, I’ll link to my 100th post which is this
    https://lmarie7b.wordpress.com/2013/08/31/blog-post-100-my-inspirations/ and include a quote from page 100 of Un Lun Dun by China Miéville which is this: “It knew it would be safer if Londoners thought it was just dirty fog, so it kept its new brain to itself.”
    Sorry about Moby-Dick and the GAN. I’m not surprised it’s gone horribly wrong. I felt that way as a lit major and had to read many of these. 🙂


    • Haha! You actually did list 100 books! Well done! I like the Miéville quote – it’s intrigued me to know what “it” is. Yes, I started out with a bang, I think because I read a few twentieth century ones first, but this second batch has been hard work. I shall have to rethink the GAN Quest… or abandon it maybe.


  16. Congrats on 100 TBR Thursday posts. I might take you up on this tag. 🙂
    Please finish reading M-D. I want to read your full review of it!! (No matter what you say, I know I will always feel slightly tempted to read it, probably until I finally sit down and actually attempt to do it.)


    • Thank you – ooh, do! It’s great fun looking through all the lists, and I now have my list for Santa more or less done too! 😉

      Haha! I finally met the whale last night… at 30% of the book! Someone should have told the man to introduce the main character before the reader sinks into a coma! (Don’t do it!!! Though some people unaccountably seem to like it… 😉 )


  17. Well. A Lovely, lovely LOVELY post, but I hereby award myself winner oif the Fiction Fan’s laziest reader award. The thought of all the hard work which would be involved in your ‘100s’ lists sent me whimpering anxiously to the fridge in search of a little 6 pack of Hotel Chocolat’s Chocolate Brownie tasters (my current favourite) I might have to eat 100 chocolates just to cope with the anxious indecision of any of these questions. I can probably find my 100th post without too much hassle. Where is the abacus………….oh, sorry it was a little chocolate moulded one, and I ate it. I may come back later, when I find my 100th post……..


    • I’m sorry – no more chocolate till the lists have been done! It’ll do you good – think how much happier you’d be if you only had a twelve page spreadsheet that you could play with endlessly instead of reading! And you could colour-code it and find new and innovative ways of sorting it every couple of weeks. And then set yourself several challenges that you could completely fail to achieve… it’s all so much fun!! *sobs brokenly*


        • Hahaha! Sorry – did I touch a raw nerve?? We should swap challenges for a bit! After Moby, Freud sounds like a little light entertainment – and you’d be so relieved to get away from Conrad you might actually like Melville!!

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  18. Well, 100th post, I do think so though I read it much earlier than I uploaded that blog post, when I was still cannabilizing reviews of books |’d loved and reviewed on Amazon any time in the preceding ten years or more. Ann Patchett’s Bel Canto. And I probably wouldn’t mind a re-read, if it is on the shelves

    Talking of which, I too fancy a re-journey down Shardlake’s memory lane

    As I don’t keep any sort of spreadsheet of the TBRs that is a question I can’t answer,. Phew.


    • I’ve still never read Bel Canto, mainly because I wasn’t overwhelmed by her later State of Wonder. But I know loads of people rate Bel Canto much more highly – maybe one day! Weren’t our reviews beautifully succinct back in those days??

      Yes, now I’ve got on top of my NG addiction (seriously – have hardly requested anything for weeks) I should be up to date with review copies by spring(!) and then will have more time for re-reading, and Shardlake’s at the top of the list!


      • How did we do it – those reviews which were ALMOST Tweetlike in their succinctness? I suppose one big difference is that we are both very fond of quotes to show the writing style – it seems such an obvious need-to-know, but Amazon’s suggested review lengths are too short for that (though we are pretty well posting our blog entries minus media now, aren’t we, in the main?)

        It’s even crept into my reviews of staplers and sellotape, the urge to inform and entertain. And don’t get me started on what happens if a cat related product needs a review. I swear I think I am writing an audition piece for the Dorothy Parker Academy Entrance Exam. Though they haven’t offered me a place yet, I notice


        • I know! I used to just bash my review off in half an hour before picking up the next book – now I have copious pages of notes and have to let the thing percolate for a bit. I think partly both of us select books differently now with one eye on their reviewability. Plus I’m much more conscious that my poor blog readers will be reading all, or nearly all, of my reviews, whereas on Amazon very few people “follow” reviewers. So I feel obliged to try to make them interesting. Yes, originally I planned to do condensed versions for Amazon, but my enthusiasm wore off quite quickly and now it’s pretty much cut and paste. In fact, I got a comment on Az the other day from someone saying they didn’t understand some reference I’d made, and when I looked at it I realised it would only have made sense to blog followers! *slaps own wrist*

          Haha! I’m trying hard not to let my non-booky reviews grow but it is always tempting to try to entertain… 😉


          • Well, with the collapse of free tat reviewing on Amazon, the endless producers of cases for iPhones are whimpering for bloggers….you could always have a sub category for rude ripios of tat for a while, till they all realised they weren’t going to increase sales by your reviews. I don’t think I’m particularly choosing my books for review purposes – except that I am aware that too many 600 pages in a row will mean longuers between posts, but I have definitely slowed down my posting over the last year. I reckon writing a post now seems to take as long as reading a short to medium page book – particularly as you have described, I think reviewing makes you read differently, probably much more actively and attentively I think


            • I’ve not posted as consistently this year either, but partly that’s because my reading is way down on previous years. All the political stuff on both sides of the Atlantic has had me drifting in and out of slump territory since Brexit. I just can’t seem to concentrate properly on reading. I should probably give up the struggle and just go for a diet of light stuff for a few months – easier to read and much quicker to review! I seem to have become the Queen of the Toasters on Vine at the moment, but am resisting. Not resisting all the Christmas gift style bathroom goodies though…

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  19. May I recommend Jake Heggie’s opera ‘Moby-Dick’? Of course, to fully appreciate it you must have read the novel a couple of times at least.


  20. Aw! I’ve read half of Moby-Dick and I love it! Although, obviously not enough to have finished it yet. 🙂 You’ve read twenty more Guardian list titles than I have. Also, I approve of the image of Pride and Prejudice. 🙂

    I answered this tag (and your final question) at my place. Cheers!! Thanks for this creative meme!


    • I’m about halfway through too (that’s taken me about five weeks!). Some bits of it are good but other bits – like all the whale classifications – are doing my head in, to use the technical expression! I’ll finish it one day though… if I’m spared. 😉 I suspect I’ve had many. many more years to read them in though…

      Hurrah! I shall pop over shortly – you mean you’ve listed your 100 favourites?? *faints* 😀


      • Oh, ha ha! No, not my hundred favorites! I answered the TV adaptation I could watch a hundred times! Okay, my hundred favorites are the last 100 pages of Gone with the Wind. 😛

        Yes, the whale anatomy passages were unnecessary. Ha ha ha! Get an editor, Melville! No, I think he was trying to scientifically circle his subject. I don’t know why. I like the high seas and November of my soul writing. I can endure the whale anatomy for those bits. 😉


        • Hahaha! I thought that was above and beyond the call of duty! 😉 I haven’t seen that adaptation of Little Women – must look out for it. Ha – I’m getting very worried in case I don’t love GwtW – I’m sorting out a new identity and a fake passport just to be on the safe side…

          Oh yes! I’ve been muttering about editors all the time I’ve been reading it, and thinking it just wouldn’t find a publisher today without severe tidying! But when he does things like tell the tale of the mutiny on the other ship, then I find myself turning pages quite happily…


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