TBR Thursday 265… and Quarterly Round-Up

TBR Quarterly Report

I usually include a summary of how I’m progressing (or not) towards the targets I set myself for the year, but since I’ll be looking at my New Year’s Resolutions old and new tomorrow, I’ll leave that for then. So just a round-up of the books I’ve read and reviewed for my various ongoing challenges this time. Given that I’ve read almost nothing except vintage crime and short story anthologies for the last few months, this may be the shortest report in the history of the blogosphere…

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The Classics Club

I only read one from my Classics Club list this quarter, but I had three left unreviewed from the previous quarter…

69. Earth Abides by George R Stewart – An apocalyptic tale set in a post-plague world that may have been startlingly original when it was first published, but sadly bored me to distraction now. I abandoned it at 20%. 1 star.

70. The American by Henry James – The story of cultures clashing when a nouveau riche American businessman attempts to marry into the snobbish European aristocracy. I enjoyed this more than I expected to, and it has left me less reluctant to tackle some of James’ other novels. 4 stars.

71. All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren – The story of Willie Stark, an ambitious, high-flying politician in the Depression-era South, told through the eyes of his most loyal lieutenant, Jack Burden. Along the way we learn much about the corruption at the heart of American politics, but primarily this is a book about humanity in all its flawed imperfection. A brilliant book that earned a Pulitzer prize and the, arguably, even more prestigious accolade of being named my third Great American Novel. 5 stars.

72. Tender is the Night by F Scott Fitzgerald – A book full of narcissism and misogyny written by a misogynistic narcissist. Gah! I hated this and abandoned it at 32%. I did enjoy discovering that my fellow read-alongers all felt much the same way about it, though! 1 star, but only because I don’t have a zero rating.

So a very mixed bunch this quarter, but the brilliance of All the King’s Men made up for all the rest.

72 down, 18 to go!

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Murder Mystery Mayhem

Although I’ve read a ton of vintage crime over the last few months, none of them were part of this challenge…

40 down, 62 to go!

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Reading the Spanish Civil War Challenge

Oh, dear, oh, dear! Not only have I not ready any books for this challenge this quarter, I still haven’t reviewed the book that I finished reading back in July!

2 down, indefinite number to go!

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Well, that was exciting, wasn’t it? 😉 I’m sure things will pick up in the new year – 2021 has to be better than 2020! Doesn’t it?? Thanks as always for sharing my reading experiences!

Here’s to more great reading next quarter! 😀

32 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 265… and Quarterly Round-Up

  1. Well, we’ll have to agree to disagree about Tender Is the Night (I agree the misogyny and narcissism is there, but I think that’s the whole point of the book, a bit like Richard Yates characters). But, like you, The American by Henry James was a big surprise for me, much more readable and enjoyable than I expected.

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    • I don’t know why Tender is the Night annoyed me quite so much – I know I enjoyed it the first time I read it back in my youth. But this time… grrr!! So I’m glad James balanced it out by surprising me in the other direction.

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  2. It’s been that sort of a year, FictionFan. I don’t blame you one bit for sticking to vintage crime and short stories. The rest of those challenges will still be there another time. I’m glad that you had a few good reads in there, thought. Let’s hope the new year brings better times (and great books!).

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    • Yes, it’s been a strange old year and I’ve been amazed how much my reading has been affected by events – doesn’t usually happen! But I can feel my enthusiasm reviving each time the govt approves another vaccine… 😀

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  3. Tender is the Night really was awful wasn’t it? At least you were able to read a few more good classics though, and you were getting a bit fed up with the MMM challenge anyway, so having a rest from it might not have been such a bad thing. Hopefully we can both get some kind of structure back into our reading next year.

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    • Haha, it was indeed! But still fun to compare opinions! Yes, some of the books on the MMM challenge don’t appeal much and I may well abandon it at some point. But I’ve already acquired about twenty of them, so I’ll stick with it till I’ve read (or abandoned!) them – some of them look good! I do hope we both get back into the swing next year – can’t wait to say goodbye to 2020!

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    • I cannot wait for these vaccines to be rolled out! Events don’t usually affect my reading but for some reason this one has knocked me off my stride completely. Hahaha, poor puppy – I love the way mum-dog comes running to the rescue… 😀

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    • For some reason I kinda turned to the classics this year while I couldn’t face contemporary reads so much – I think I just wanted to escape into the past! Happy New Year! 2021 has to be better than horrible 2020! 😀

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  4. Ah don’t be so hard on yourself FF, and as for the book that you read in July, can you just choose to not review it? Sometimes if too much time passes between when I read a book and when I was *supposed* to write a review, I just say ‘screw it’ and skip writing the review. I haven’t gotten my hand slapped by a publisher yet! haha

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    • Haha, yeah, I have a few hanging around that I’m going to have to skip because I’ve forgotten them completely – either that or I’ll need to plagiarise a review from Goodreads! 😉 This book is a history, though, so I took copious notes which means I should be able to put together a review quite easily if I could just get my act together. That should be my New Year’s Resolution… 😂

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