Friday Frippery! Initial Thoughts…

Confessions of a book hoarder…

Having far too much time on my hands, I decided to see if I could find a book on my TBR for every letter of my blog name: my TBR being books I already own but haven’t yet read. I’m sure I’ve seen this as a tag around the blogosphere but don’t know where it originated, so apologies for not name-checking whoever created it. It’s a fun way of reminding myself of some of the many great-sounding books lingering unread on my Kindle or bookshelves…

Let’s go then!

F   Fell Murder by ECR Lorac
I    I Married a Communist by Philip Roth
C   Cloudstreet by Tim Winton
T   Tyll by Daniel Kehlmann
I    In Diamond Square by Merce Rodoreda
O  On the Road by Jack Kerouac
N  Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart
F   Ford County by John Grisham
A   At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarçon
N   No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
S   Sula by Toni Morrison

B   Braised Pork by An Yu
O   The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
O   The Old Buzzard Had It Coming by Donis Casey
K   Knock, Murderer, Knock! by Harriet Rutland

R   Rupture by Ragnar Jonasson
E   Echoes from the Dead by Johan Theorin
V   The Vegetarian by Han Kang
I    In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin
E   Execution by SJ Parris
We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
S   The Siege by Helen Dunmore

The ease with which I could do this proves that I own way too many unread books! Of course the real challenge would be if I said I’d read them all in 2020… hmm…

Which ones take your fancy?
Can you do it? I tag you…

43 thoughts on “Friday Frippery! Initial Thoughts…

  1. I’m too busy, I’m too distracted and I only have a wannabe blog and …. I can’t resist this one – it fits my flitting brain!
    So here goes:
    Sadness is a White Bird – Muriel Rothman-Zecher
    Trolls – Stefan Spjut
    On Chapel Sands: My Mother and Other Missing Persons – Laura Cumming
    (The) River of Consciousness – Oliver Sacks
    You Will Be Safe Here – Damian Barr
    This Mortal Boy – Fiona Kidman
    At Swim-Two-Birds – Flann O’Brien
    Life and Fate – Vasily Grossman
    (The) Kingfisher’s Debt – Kura Carpenter

    I try and keep a leaner book shelf and Kindle load these days but I do have a very active list of books to be borrowed from the library, which most of these came from. Because my title is shorter than yours, I will hopefully get through many/most of them over the next year 🙄

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    • Ooh, interesting list – I’ve only heard of a couple of them so you know I’ll be popping off to investigate the others now. Trolls!! You’ve reminded me of how much I enjoyed that one – such an odd book that by all rights shouldn’t have worked, but did. Hope you enjoy it when you get to it. 😀

      I remember really struggling to do things like this in the early days of blogging but now my TBR is so ridiculous I found I was spoilt for choice. And I’ve been working so hard to bring it down too… 😉


  2. From your list I’ve only read the Gaiman, which I enjoyed, and own a copy of No Country which our son passed on to me (though despite watching and being impressed by the film I have hesitated picking up).


    • I’ve had that Gaiman one lingering around for ages now – really must read it! I loved the film of No Country which surprised me because it didn’t seem at all as if it would be my kind of thing. I also loved the book of The Road, so I’m hoping this one will work as well…


  3. And of yours, I have read Sula, The Ocean at the End of the Lane and The Siege, with Kerouac having been on my shelf for a very long time. Best title for me is The Old Buzzard Had it Coming!


    • The Kerouac doesn’t appeal to me much in truth, but it’s a hangover from the GAN Quest so I’ll get to it sometime. Hahaha – I can’t remember now which blog tempted me to get The Old Buzzard Had It Coming, but I do remember that it was the title that made it appeal… really must read it!


  4. Nice to see Friday Frippery back, and this is a fun tag. I attempted to try it with my own name, but I ran out of books beginning with O after the second one, and I couldn’t find a Y at all. On the plus side, I found quite a few starting with A, L, S and W. It was worth a shot.


    • Ah, now that clearly proves that your TBR isn’t nearly big enough! You should promptly acquire the following: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, Agatha Christie’s One, Two, Buckle My Shoe and a fab crime book called You by Zoran Drvenkar which blew me away a few years ago (it’s very dark though, and I’m not sure how dark you like to go, so I’ll give you an alternative because I’m so kind… You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott.). Then report back… 😉


  5. Oh, this is so clever, FIctionFan!! What a brilliant way to have some fun and to remind yourself of books you’d like to read. And some of the books you’ve used make me hope you’ll get to them soon, if for no other reason than that I’d like to know what you think of them.


    • Haha – thank you! I did something similar to this several years ago and remember really struggling to find books that fitted. This time there were so many books on my TBR I was actually spoilt for choice! It’s ridiculous, because I really would love to read most of these so why do I keep adding more??? 😂


  6. My hat is off to you! Wonderful!
    Okay will give it a shot:

    Eternals by Neil Gaiman
    Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett

    Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
    Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
    Art of Avatar by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
    Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Emma by Jane Austen

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    • Ha! You mean you don’t keep a spreadsheet of your TBR for instant reference? You can’t be a real bookaholic then… 😉 I’ve read a few of the Jonasson series and loved them too so I don’t know why that one keeps lingering on my list…


  7. Hahaha. This is hilarious but I can relate. I’d challenge myself to try this selecting books from my classics shelf & perhaps historical fiction books. But I won’t hold myself to that.


  8. I was surprised to see Cloudstreet by Tim Winton! I read that back in 2011 for a Global Reading Challenge. I don’t remember a lot of details, but do remember I liked it.

    I recognize many others, but don’t think I’ve read any of them…except maybe the Mary Stewart. I read a lot of hers when I was a young thing. I’ve been thinking of re-reading (gasp!) her Arthurian books.


    • Oh, good, I’m glad you liked Cloudstreet since I’m hoping it won’t be too long before I get to it. It’s on my list because of Rose at RoseReadsNovels, who’s Australian and thinks he’s a very Australian writer. Haha – and the Mary Stewart is on there because of Helen at SheReadsNovels! All of which proves that it’s not my fault my TBR is so big – it’s all these blogging book-pushers… 😂

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  9. I did this one some time ago – then promptly forgot about reading any of the books. From your list I really liked Mary Stewart’s Nine Coaches Waiting.


    • Haha – I bet if I do it again in three years time at least half of these books will still be on my TBR! 😂 I’ve never read any Mary Stewart but it’s because so many other bloggers have said how much they like her that I decided I had to find out for myself… 😀


  10. I don’t think I can do this, but what a super idea! Kind of makes one realize just how many books are on the old TBR (and how long they’ve been sitting there!)


    • Haha – I know! Some of these books have been on my TBR for literally years! And it’s crazy because they all still sound so good – why do I keep adding new books instead of reading the ones I already have??? No willpower… 😂

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