TBR Thursday 255…

Episode 255

Another drop in the TBR since I last reported, despite having received more book post from lovely publishers! Down two to 196 – I’m getting worried…

Here are a few more I’ll be fretting over soon…

Winner of the People’s Choice Poll

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

There was never any doubt about which book would win this time – it took a commanding lead straight away and pulled further ahead as the race was run. Most of you picked it because you hoped I’d enjoy it, but *looks accusingly over top of reading glasses* some of you voted for it because you think I’ll hate it and you’re hoping for a grumpy 1-star review! Don’t try to look innocent – you know who you are! Either way, good choice, People – it’s one I’ve been intending to read for years. I’m falling behind, so it will be December before my review appears…

The Blurb says: The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it — from garden seeds to Scripture — is calamitously transformed on African soil. What follows is a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

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Scottish Classic

The Game of Kings by Dorothy Dunnett

One from my Classics Club list – I’m in a race for the deadline now so the classics will be coming thick and fast! And this one is certainly thick…  On the upside, it’s not about the Jacobites! 

The Blurb says: Dunnett introduces her irresistible hero Francis Crawford of Lymond, a scapegrace nobleman of elastic morals and dangerous talents whose tongue is as sharp as his rapier. In 1547 Lymond is returning to his native Scotland, which is threatened by an English invasion. Accused of treason, Lymond leads a band of outlaws in a desperate race to redeem his reputation and save his land.

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Vintage Crime

Checkmate to Murder by ECR Lorac

Courtesy of the British Library. Hurrah! Another from ECR Lorac, one of my favourites of the authors the BL has introduced me to…

The Blurb says: On a dismally foggy night in Hampstead, London, a curious party has gathered in an artist’s studio to weather the wartime blackout. A civil servant and a government scientist match wits in a game of chess, while Bruce Manaton paints the portrait of his characterful sitter, bedecked in Cardinal’s robes at the other end of the room. In the kitchen, Rosanne Manaton prepares tea for the charlady of Mr. Folliner, the secretive miser next door.

When the brutal murder of ‘Old Mr. F’ is discovered by his Canadian infantryman nephew, it’s not long before Inspector Macdonald of Scotland Yard is called to the scene to take the young soldier away. But even at first glance the case looks far from black-and-white. Faced with a bevy of perplexing alibis and suspicious circumstances, Macdonald and the C.I.D. set to work separating the players from the pawns to shed light on this toppling of a lonely king in the dead of night.

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Classic on Audio

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë read by Patricia Routledge

Having mentioned this on my recent post about the audiobooks on my To-Be-Listened-to list, I decided it had to be bumped up the priority list, mainly because I simply can’t imagine Patricia Routledge “doing” Heathcliff, and yet the reviews are great! I’ve already started it and… well, I’ll leave you in suspense…

The Blurb says: As darkness falls, a man caught in a snowstorm is forced to shelter at the strange, grim house Wuthering Heights. It is a place he will never forget. There he will come to learn the story of Cathy: how she was forced to choose between her well-meaning husband and the dangerous man she had loved since she was young. How her choice led to betrayal and terrible revenge – and continues to torment those in the present. How love can transgress authority, convention, even death. And how desire can kill.

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NB All blurbs and covers taken from Goodreads, Amazon UK or Audible UK.

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So…what do you think? Are you tempted?

67 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 255…

  1. I have read and enjoyed both Poisonwood Bible and Game of Kings. I hope you do too, especially the second one, it’s a series I’ve happily committed too. I’m interested in the Lorac too, I’ve read one of hers and have a couple on the list. I don’t feel drawn to a Wuthering Heights reread, I feel it’s one I’m happy to leave in the youthful reading pile.

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    • That’s good to know about The Game of Kings – I’m looking forward to it. Should be starting it today, hopefully. I really enjoy the Lorac books – she does her settings so well – so I’m pretty confident on that one. I’ve realised that Wuthering Heights is one of those books I may never have read before – just know it from adaptations. Must admit, I think it might have worked better for me when I was a teen… all this hysterical angst gets a bit wearing… 😉

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  2. Ooh, another Lorac! I hope you’ll enjoy that one, FictionFan. She wrote some good ‘uns, and I like her plotting. And no, I’m not surprised that The Poisonwood Bible was the winner. I hope you’ll enjoy that one. It’s interesting you’re planning to read Wuthering Heights, too. With classics like that, it’s sometimes hard to know if you’re going to love them (they’re classics for a reason) or hate them (what does everyone else see in this!?).

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    • I’m always happy when they bring out another Lorac – she does her setting so well, too! Haha, Wuthering Heights… well… let’s just say that Darcy needn’t fear any competition from Heathcliff in the romantic hero stakes… 😉 The narration is great, though!

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  3. I’d be curious to listen to Wuthering Heights as well and may see if my library has a copy. My favorite narrator, Barbara Rosenblat, does male voices excellently, Quite frankly, I’d rather listen to her depictions of the Amelia Peabody Emerson books by Elizabeth Peters than read them, she’s that good.

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  4. Oh dear. The kitty’s face says it all. Very worrisome!
    Checkmate to Murder tempts me. I read Wuthering Heights in college and already have a set opinion about it, so I’m curious about yours (and about The Poisonwood Bible).

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    • That kitty desperately needs a cuddle, I think! I’m more confident about Checkmate to Murder than the other two. Wuthering Heights is another of the many I thought I’d read before but now think I maybe only know from adaptations. I suspect I may have enjoyed it more when I was younger… 😉

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  5. Guilty as charged, I’m not sure whether the Poisonwood Bible would be your thing, but maybe I’m wrong. I really loved the Routlege narration, I think she is possibly from Yorkshire herself, or at least a northerner, so that is probably why she was chosen. You’ve not abandened it yet, so that’s a good sign.

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    • Ha, I never know myself whether a book is going to be my thing or not – that’s half the fun! The Routledge narration is fantastic – all those different voices and personas! I must admit I struggle with Joseph’s voice – that dialect and accent defeats me – but her Nelly Dean is simply superb. The book, on the other hand – hmm! Well, let’s just say Darcy is in no danger of being supplanted by Horrendous Heathcliff… 😉

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    • Hahaha, I’m sorry! But you’ll be happy to know a big box of books arrived yesterday and I’m now back up over the 200 – just! I shall try to get it down again before you come back from your holidays though… 😉

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  6. Checkmate to Murder grabs my attention in this batch. And I’ll be interested in your review of Wuthering Heights. That’s one I managed to miss, I think. Maybe my older/wiser self could wade through it better than Young Debbie could, ha!

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    • I really like ECR Lorac so I’m looking forward to Checkmate to Murder. Haha, funnily enough I’ve been wondering if teenage FF wouldn’t have got on better with Wuthering Heights than mature FF is doing! 😉

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  7. I can’t remember which book I voted for now… It might have been The Poisonwood Bible. I didn’t love it as much as a lot of other readers, so I was probably curious what you would think. For what it’s worth, the first half or so is really very good. The long, semi-epilogue thing in the second half made me like the book less and less as I went. By the time I wrote my review, I was fairly grumpy about the entire thing. Maybe I should have written one review for the beginning, and a second for the ending. 🙂

    I’m curious about Wuthering Heights too. I can see where that could work well as an audiobook.

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    • I don’t know whether I’ll get on with The Poisonwood Bible or not, but I’m looking forward to finding out! It seems to have a lot of fans and a lot of people who were rather less impressed, so it could go either way. The narration of Wuthering Heights is brilliant – I suspect I may actually have given up by now if I’d been reading rather than listening. Routledge’s performance is definitely an addition…

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      • It’s amazing the difference a good narrator can make. I’m listening to The End of the Affair as read by Colin Firth and I’m 90% sure I wouldn’t like it much as a print book. He’s turned it into a monologue of sorts and I love it. (And I love his voice!)

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  8. If only Barbara Kingsolver stopped her The Poisonwood Bible three-quarters in – it would have been a true modern classic in my eyes and a book I would have adored forever. Unfortunately, the last 150 or 200 pages were no good at all, in my view. Such a pity. I am looking forward to your review!

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  9. I think I was on the fence about whether you’d enjoy or despise the Poisonwood Bible, as I vaguely remember enjoying it when I was far younger and far more willing to throw my enthusiasm at a book. And I had to laugh when you screeched your despair into the internet darkness (was it on Twitter?) at all of the screeching into the darkness in Wuthering Heights, so I’m thinking this last quarter of 2020 reading isn’t going to be enjoyable for you. I hope I’m wrong…..

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    • Hahaha, yes, I cannot pretend that Wuthering Heights is going to be a favourite, but I’m determined to see it through – even if just so I can rip it to shreds afterwards! Let’s put it this way – Darcy doesn’t need to fear losing his spot as FF’s romantic idol to Horrendous Heathcliff! 😉 I don’t know whether I’ll get on with The Poisonwood Bible or not, but I’m getting much better at abandoning books when necessary… 😈

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  10. I’m tempted by the Lorac, but not enough to add it to my overflowing TBR. I don’t think I ever read Wuthering Heights (!) but I loved the film version with Timothy Dalton as Heathcliff (1970). I think it got horrible reviews! 😂

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    • I think I’ve only seen TV adaptations of Wuthering Heights – it’s never been a favourite and I must admit, being halfway through it, I’m pretty sure it’s not going to become one now! Great narration, though. I’m looking forward to the Lorac – maybe my review will tempt you… 😉

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  11. All of these sound great! Including The PB 😱 which I kind of love-hated. And yes, I know you were looking at me over those spectacles but seriously, I very much hope you enjoy it. I’m just not convinced it’s your thing. Either way, it will be good to get it off the list, right? *S wanders off whistling nonchantly…* 👼

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  12. I’m not tempted by any of these (I’ve read Poisonwood Bible – very good! And Wuthering Heights … UGH, sorry, can’t wait for the 1-star review.) I am excited to read your upcoming reviews of classics. I need to get back on track with my list.

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    • Hahaha, if I was reading Wuthering Heights it would definitely be heading for a 1-star, but I must admit Patricia Routledge’s narration is so brilliant she might just lift it! I’m in the last year of my CC challenge now, and just about on track so I need to keep focused…

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