TBR Thursday 163…

Episode 163…

Oh, for goodness sake! The TBR has reached a new all time high of 225 – up 2 since last week! But it’s not my fault! Can I help it if books keep arriving when I’m not ready for them??

Here’s a few more that should be ready for kick-off soon…


I read this not long after it was first published in 1973, in my teens, and loved it even though I wasn’t at all sure that I fully understood it. I’ve always been a bit reluctant to revisit it in case it doesn’t work so well for my more critical adult self, but in the intervening years it has come to be seen as a real classic. It’s been on my TBR for a re-read since 2014, so it’s time to bite the bullet…

The Blurb says: A disturbing exploration of the inevitability of life.

Under Orion’s stars, bluesilver visions torment Tom, Macey and Thomas as they struggle with age-old forces. Distanced from each other in time, and isolated from those they live among, they are yet inextricably bound together by the sacred power of the moon’s axe and each seek their own refuge at Mow Cop.

Can those they love so intensely keep them clinging to reality? Or is the future evermore destined to reflect the past?

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Vintage Crime

Courtesy of the British Library. l loved the other ECR Lorac book currently in the BL’s Crime Classics series, Bats in the Belfry, so I have high hopes for this one…

The Blurb says: The Second World War is drawing to a close. Nicholas Vaughan, released from the army after an accident, takes refuge in Devon renting a thatched cottage in the beautiful countryside at Mallory Fitzjohn. Vaughan sets to work farming the land, rearing geese and renovating the cottage. Hard work and rural peace seem to make this a happy bachelor life. On a nearby farm lives the bored, flirtatious June St Cyres, an exile from London while her husband is a Japanese POW. June’s presence attracts fashionable visitors of dubious character, and threatens to spoil Vaughan’s prized seclusion. When Little Thatch is destroyed in a blaze, all Vaughan’s work goes up in smoke and Inspector Macdonald is drafted in to uncover a motive for murder.

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Classic Scottish Fiction

This one isn’t on my Classics Club challenge because I hadn’t heard of it when I prepared my list, but I think I might swap it in. Is this another example of how Scottish culture has become invisible in the shade of the dominant member of the United Kingdom, England? Apparently Ferrier outsold her contemporary Jane Austen at the time their books were published. Since then, Austen has taken over the world, while Ferrier has been all but forgotten. Time to see for myself if that’s to do with the quality of the books…

The Blurb says: Understanding that the purpose of marriage is to further her family, Lady Juliana nevertheless rejects the ageing and unattractive – though appropriately wealthy – suitor of her father’s choice. She elopes, instead, with a handsome, penniless soldier and goes to Scotland to live at Glenfarn Castle, his paternal home. But Lady Juliana finds life in the Scottish highlands dreary and bleak, hastily repenting of following her heart.

After giving birth to twin daughters, Lady Juliana leaves Mary to the care of her sister-in-law, while she returns to England with Adelaide. Sixteen years later, Mary is thoughtful, wise and kind, in comparison to her foolish mother and vain sister.

Following two generations of women, Marriage, first published in 1818, is a shrewdly observant and humorous novel by one of Scotland’s greatest writers.

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Courtesy of Picador. Just to prove I do still read some new releases! I love Megan Abbott’s dark and twisted stories about the hormone-laden angstiness of being a teenage girl, so I’m looking forward to this one, which seems to start there and then visit the characters again as adults…

The Blurb says: Kit Owens harbored only modest ambitions for herself when the mysterious Diane Fleming appeared in her high school chemistry class. But Diane’s academic brilliance lit a fire in Kit, and the two developed an unlikely friendship. Until Diane shared a secret that changed everything between them.

More than a decade later, Kit thinks she’s put Diane behind her forever and she’s begun to fulfill the scientific dreams Diane awakened in her. But the past comes roaring back when she discovers that Diane is her competition for a position both women covet, taking part in groundbreaking new research led by their idol. Soon enough, the two former friends find themselves locked in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that threatens to destroy them both.

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NB All blurbs and covers taken from Goodreads.

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

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63 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 163…

  1. You know, FictionFan, I don’t see how you can be blamed for your TBR. I mean, it’s tennis season! How are you supposed to keep up with it all? At any rate, your book selection this week looks intriguing. I like Megan Abbott’s writing very much, and I’ll be you won’t be disappointed in that one. And the Lorac and Ferrier look great, too. I think you’re in for some good reads.

    • Exactly – it’s not my fault! I blame the postman! I’m looking forward to the Abbott – I like that she’s been crossing over from adolescents to adults in her last couple of books. The Lorac should be good, I hope, but the one I’m most looking forward to is the Ferrier, and filling in yet another gap in my Scottish reading… 😀

    • IT’S NOT MY FAULT!!!! 😂

      If you haven’t tried Megan Abbott’s books before, I really recommend them – she seems like an author you’d probably like. Her books are often about teenage girls, though they’re written for adults, and I think she captures them brilliantly. And they can be pretty dark… 😀

  2. Your TBR has gone up – now there’s a surprise. The Ferrier was out of print for years, but I found it in the university library Scot. Lit. section. She wasn’t really my sort of writer, but I think you might get more out of her, especially in comparison with Austen. Red Shift is an old favourite: I hope you still enjoy it.

    • Haha – you could at least try to show a bit of sympathy! Yes, it’s good to see some of these Scottish books getting a second chance at life – well overdue. The blurb does appeal to me, nit just the Austen comparison but the humour… fingers crossed! I’m intrigued to see if I feel I understand Red Shift more this time round…

  3. The ever increasing TBR! Goodness! What an adorable gif, though. Even if I am sick of football already 😉 But anyway – on to important matters. Obviously, The Fire In The Thatch appeals to me. But even more appealing is the Scottish one! I don’t know what it is about the blurb that makes me so curious, but I am. Looks like I will be waiting a little longer for my beloved one star reviews… 😉

  4. Glad you enjoyed Red Shift. I find that blurb to be a little, well, a little hard to fathom. The Ferrier book is more attention grabbing for me. 😀

    • Ha – I remember finding the whole book equally hard to fathom! I’m hoping I might understand it better this time round. But the Ferrier is the one I’m most looking forward to… a Scottish Jane Austen? Seems an odd concept somehow… 😀

  5. Having just caught up on all my review books I have a plan to read all the books I’ve been buying so it’s not that these don’t interest me but I really daren’t buy any more book ever (well at least this month!)

    • Oh, that’s good to hear! I loved it partly because I didn’t fully understand it, I think – it seemed very mystical at the time. I’m intrigued to see what adult FF thinks…

      Do I spot that a new blog is about to burst onto the book blogosphere??? 😀

      • I’m completely messing about trying to work out these things work! I think it will be some time before there’s something to read. At least I have a focus which interests me enough to pursue it…

        • Haha! It gets easier, I promise! If you need help, sing out. My top tip is to have a test blog, set to private, where you can try things out safe in the knowledge no-one will see it. Then you can press publish and see how the thing will look, and play about with widgets and links and all that stuff…

  6. Give Me Your Hand is already on my list and I do agree that Abbott does teenage girls very, very well. Good to know that you haven’t abandoned ‘new’ books entirely. Ha! And, as usual, your TBR numbers are so tiny compared to mine. Truly. Ha!!!

    • Haha – I realised recently that I seem to be reading nearly all classics and vintage crime, so I’m trying to get back into this millennium… 😉 I’m looking forward to Megan Abbott – I always love her books. 😀

  7. I’m looking forward to the Scottish novel. I am surprised someone outsold Jane Austen, but I also don’t know a lot about Austen, so I’m not sure what I’m talking about 😀

    • Haha – I don’t know much about how she was received in her own time either, but hopefully the introduction in this one will educate me! It’s good to see the Scottish classics beginning to fight back… 😉

  8. I also have Fire in the Thatch in my TBRs. I am tempted by the others but am resisting adding any more until I’ve caught up with my review books. I am cheered up to see you have 28 outstanding – it makes my 14 seem not too bad. 🙂

    • Haha – in my defence, some of them aren’t due out till September/October! But it’s the review copies that are at the root of my TBR woes – I never leave myself enough time to read the books I already own… or keep acquiring! I have high hopes for Fire in the Thatch – hope it’s as good as Bats in the Belfry was… 😀

        • I restricted myself for the first few months of the year and then suddenly found I wasn’t reading any new releases any more, so I had a spree! It’s hard to get the balance right…

  9. You’ve got a nice selection this week, FF — no wonder you can’t put your TBR on Weight Watchers!! I enjoyed the meme, too. I think I might have a hard time choosing which of these to read first, though the blurb for ‘Marriage’ strikes me as particularly intriguing.

    • Haha – I love that little gif – reminds me of when my brother used to make me be the goalkeeper for him and his friends when we were kids. 😉 They do look good, don’t they? My pick would be Marriage too though – I’m intrigued to see if it really compares to Austen or if it deserved to become “forgotten”, after all…

  10. I don’t know how anyone who blogs and read other book blogs can’t help but have a TBR that goes up every week! Clearly the answer is just to not take any book mail and quit reading book blogs… 😉 Wait, that doesn’t sound right…

    • Haha – I know! I never really had a TBR before I started blogging – got some books, read them, got some more. Now I hide every time the postman comes to the door… 😉

  11. I think you are too hard on yourself about your TBR, too! Mine is so ridiculous, I would never be able to count them all. Just what I want to read on GR is in the thousands (embarrassing). I look forward to your reviews on all of these lovelies- can’t wait to learn more about the Classic Scottish Fiction one.

    • Ah, my TBR only includes books I already own! Every now and then I confess to the full total including my wishlist(s) and that’s when it gets really depressing… 😉 I’m looking forward to the Scottish one – I’m always ashamed of how little of the literature of my own country I’ve read… 😀

      • FF, I am a huge book hoarder compared to you. The counting I was referring to was for my actual books! I don’t think I could ever count all the physical books I own, but my Kindle tells me I have a couple thousand (I find it hard to resist a Kindle deal!). 😬 Thinking about what I just posted to you on my review, I think my reading multiple genres affects this total. Yeah, we’ll go with that! 😊

  12. They all appeal – I wish you would stop adding to my lists though! I’m looking forward to how Red Shift fares on a reread. When I think about the books I loved as a teenager I’m not sure I could face some of them now! (Jackie Collins, Danielle Steele, Sidney Sheldon spring to mind…)

    • I’ve had a kind of mixed reaction to re-reads from my teens, especially on the sci-fi/fantasy front. I loved re-reading HG Wells, but found Asimov dated. I’m kind of anticipating/dreading Red Shift! Otherwise I mostly read classics or crime back then, and I imagine I’d find a lot of the crime horribly dated now – but not dated enough to be vintage!

  13. Nice selection. I need to re-read Garner. I have actually got the Side Pile back onto my own TBR shelf. However, this isn’t great – the side pile is meant to sit in front of the one row of books, not be squished in next to the extra front row Meanwhile the Kindle TBR is uncountable.

    • Hahaha! I’ve been trying really hard to take as many books to the charity shop as I receive new ones, but it’s not working – I seem to have teetering piles of books all over the place. Still, they probably provide extra insulation… 😉

  14. I’ve had Garner in mind to revisit, though I’ve never read this one so that maybe worth exploring. Love the idea of a Scottish Austen. Definitely need to track that one down 🙂 One day… 😀

    • I only read a couple of his books back in the day – this and The Weirdstone of Brisingamen – still one of my favourite titles of all time, but oddly I remember nothing about the book! If I enjoy Red Shift, I shall explore him further…
      I’m looking forward to the Scottish Austen, though if she lives up to billing, I might have to start calling Austen the English Ferrier… 😉

    • Hahaha! The more I read of these vintage crime novels, the more I realise they really weren’t cosy at all! I just finished one that had some pretty shocking stuff in it that I’d never have thought a book in the 1930s would have. I keep trying to imagine my dad reading them as a teenager, but my imagination fails me… 😉

  15. As per usual FF, I am tempted by the gorgeous British Library’s Crime Classic, especially after you enjoyed Bats in the Belfry so much. I really must read one of these… any of these!

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