TBR Thursday 291…

Episode 291

Well, I seem to be reading faster than the books are arriving at the moment – I think I’ve been turbo-charged! So despite a little spending spree, the TBR has gone down 1 to 190. (FF muses: hmm, maybe I should have a bigger spending spree…) Aargh, help me!!

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Here are a few more I should be getting to soon – the third one is from my fast and furious 20 Books of Summer list.

Fiction

The Listeners by Jordan Tannahill

The ListenersCourtesy of 4th Estate via NetGalley. This one sounds as if it might be horror-y or SF-y from the blurb, but early reviews suggest it’s more about conspiracy theories! Early reviews also suggest I’m going to hate it in so many different ways, but maybe it will surprise me…

The Blurb says: One night, while lying in bed next to her husband, Claire Devon suddenly hears a low hum. This innocuous sound, which no one else in the house can hear, has no obvious source or medical cause, but it begins to upset the balance of Claire’s life. When she discovers that one of her students can also hear the hum, the two strike up an unlikely and intimate friendship. Finding themselves increasingly isolated from their families and colleagues, they fall in with a disparate group of people who also perceive the sound. What starts out as a kind of neighbourhood self-help group gradually transforms into something much more extreme, with far-reaching, devastating consequences.

The Listeners is an electrifying novel that treads the thresholds of faith, conspiracy and mania. Compelling and exhilarating, it forces us to consider how strongly we hold on to what we perceive, and the way different views can tear a family apart.

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Fiction

Will by Jeroen Olyslaegers

WillCourtesy of Pushkin Press via NetGalley. I must have been in a very strange mood when I requested this one, since I usually steer clear of books about the Nazis. Still, it does sound interesting…

The Blurb says: It is 1941, and Antwerp is in the grip of Nazi occupation. Wilfried Wils, novice policeman and frustrated writer, has no intention of being a hero. He just wants to keep his head down; to pretend the fear and violence around him aren’t happening.

But war has a way of catching up with people. When his idealistic best friend draws him into the growing resistance movement, and an SS commander tries to force him into betraying his fellow policemen, Wilfried’s loyalties become horribly, fatally torn. Should he comply, or fight back? As the beatings, destruction and round-ups intensify across the city, he is forced into an act that will shatter his life and, years later, have consequences he could never have imagined.

A searing portrayal of a man trying to survive amid the treachery, compromises and moral darkness of occupation, Will asks what any of us would do to stay alive.

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Historical Thriller

The Drowned City by KJ Maitland

The Drowned CityCourtesy of Headline via NetGalley. Ah, now this one sounds much more like my kind of thing! And I’ve been hearing lots of positive reports about it…

The Blurb says: 1606. A year to the day that men were executed for conspiring to blow up Parliament, a towering wave devastates the Bristol Channel. Some proclaim God’s vengeance. Others seek to take advantage.

In London, Daniel Pursglove lies in prison waiting to die. But Charles FitzAlan, close adviser to King James I, has a job in mind that will free a man of Daniel’s skill from the horrors of Newgate. If he succeeds.

For Bristol is a hotbed of Catholic spies, and where better for the lone conspirator who evaded arrest, one Spero Pettingar, to gather allies than in the chaos of a drowned city? Daniel journeys there to investigate FitzAlan’s lead, but soon finds himself at the heart of a dark Jesuit conspiracy – and in pursuit of a killer.

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Classic Fiction on Audio

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray read by Georgina Sutton

Vanity FairThis is the book for our next Review-Along on 25th October. I’m starting early because it’s very long and I’m so slow at listening to audiobooks. The narrator gets lots of praise, but I have a Kindle copy to fall back on if necessary! We’ve got lots of people joining us for this Review-Along – the regulars, Christine, Alyson, Rose, Sandra and me, and a few first-timers, louloureads, Madame Bibilophile and Jane from Just Reading a Book. Still plenty of room for more though if you’d like to join in! There’s only one “rule” – we all post our reviews on the same date, or for those who don’t blog (or don’t want to do a full review), you leave your thoughts in the comments section of my review.

The Blurb says: A novel that chronicles the lives of two women who could not be more different: Becky Sharp, an orphan whose only resources are her vast ambitions, her native wit, and her loose morals; and her schoolmate Amelia Sedley, a typically naive Victorian heroine, the pampered daughter of a wealthy family. (An extremely short blurb for such a long book!)

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

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So…what do you think? Are you tempted?

67 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 291…

  1. The Drowned City sounds excellent – I look forward to hearing what you think of it! And I’m really looking forward to revisiting Vanity Fair, though I won’t be picking it up until I’ve finished my 20 Books of Summer.

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    • I’ve seen a few positive reviews of The Drowned City, so am looking forward to it! I think the Vanity Fair review-along is going to be great fun – so many of us are doing it and it’ll be interesting to see what we all think! I started it last night and fell asleep after five minutes – haha, not the book’s fault, I hasten to add! 😉

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    • Hahaha, you temptress! But you do make a very valid point… 😉

      I started VF last night and fell asleep after five minutes – this may be why audiobooks take me such a long time to get through… 😂

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  2. The Drowned City does interest me, it’s hopefully a good story in an interesting historical context. Without really thinking I recently started the audiobook (backed up by Kindle reading) of Middlemarch. Looks like I’ll be immersed in two long Victorian novels for some time! I’m up for it! 📖

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    • The Drowned City does sound good, and maybe a bit lighter than the Nazi book! Haha, Middlemarch took me about a million years to get through – I tried the audiobook but ended up reverting to paper. So good luck! I’m looking forward to Vanity Fair. I started it last night and fell asleep after five minutes – this may be why it takes me so long to get through audiobooks… 😉

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  3. It’s a no brainer for me, go on a larger spending spree, the only sollution really. The listeners sounds kinda weird, and I’ve a feeling it could either be great or terrible, I look forward to your thoughts on it. Georgina Sotton is indeed a good narrator, I’ve listened to her before, so I’ll make sure I get that particular recording of VF, as there are quite a few on Audible.

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    • Hahaha, you’re all determined to drive my TBR back over the dreaded 200, aren’t you? Bah!! Yes, that’s how I feel about The Listeners – might love it, might hate it. We’ll see – I should be starting it tonight, maybe. Oh, that’s good to know – I recognised her name but have checked back and don’t seem to have any of her other recordings, so I must just have heard about her from someone else. I started listening last night and fell asleep after five minutes – this may be why audiobooks take me such a long time to get through… 😉

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    • Will sounds interesting, though it might be a bit harrowing – we’ll see! Vanity Fair is a re-read for me – I loved it too, and I also loved the old TV adaptation with Natasha Little as Becky.

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  4. You know, FIctionFan, if you’re reading books that quickly, then you most definitely need more of them. I’m just saying… As to this week’s choices, I hadn’t thought of the Thackeray in years. I’m glad you’re listening to it, as I think it’s one of those stories that does quite well as a story one tells/hears. The Drowned City sounds interesting, too; I’ll be keen to know what you think of that.

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    • Huh, you’re all supposed to be helping me, not tempting me! I suspect you’re just jealous of my legendary iron willpower… 😉 I’m looking forward to revisiting Vanity Fair – it’s been decades since I read it, although I love the TV adaptation with Natasha Little as Becky so I watch it every few years. The Drowned City sounds interesting and I’ve been seeing positive reviews of it around the blogosphere – fingers crossed!

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  5. The Listeners sounds intriguing!! I’m glad to see you’re currently reading it so I won’t have to wait too long for your verdict on it. The Drowned City sounds pretty good, too, but I have other historical fiction I should probably get to before adding anything new.

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    • I haven’t started The Listeners yet, but hopefully tonight – fingers crossed! I do like the sound of The Drowned City, and it’s nice to see a book set in period other than those pesky Tudors!

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    • I read Vanity Fair many years ago and remember loving it, so I’m hoping I’ll love it again! But I’m not sure I have quite the same patience for these longer novels as I once had, so we’ll see…

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    • Hahaha, that is Blanche Devereaux, my favourite Southern Belle, from The Golden Girls – one of the best sitcoms of all time! They made cheesecake into an international cure for everything… 😀

      That really ought to make me feel happy, but oddly it’s actually making me jealous… aaarghhh!! 😉

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  6. Good news that the reviewalong posse is expanding! I’m reading it in daily doses and doing quite well on it – makes me smile! Which is more than I can say for the selection this week, FF. They all sound a bit dark for this rare summery interlude we’re enjoying down here 😎

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    • Hurrah, I’m glad you’re enjoying it so far! I started listening to it last night and fell asleep after five minutes – this could explain why audiobooks take me such a long time to get through… 😉 Yes, I seem to have some odd ones this week, but hopefully they’ll all grab me when I get to them!

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  7. Will sounds pretty interesting. Although I just finished a book on Holocaust-aftermath for Germans, so I’m not as keen on starting a book on WWII just now. I can’t wait to read the review for it, if you read it.

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    • I usually avoid the whole Nazi/Holocaust area since I find it too dark to be in any way entertaining, but I must have picked this one in a moment of weakness! It does sound interesting though, so we’ll see…

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  8. Whew! Safe for another day! I have a copy of Vanity Fair, but I haven’t read it (take that, English teachers, ha!) Oh well, maybe one day … never say “never,” right?!

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  9. The Drowned City would grab my attention for two reasons: (a) I used to live in Bristol for nearly half a century, and (b) the tidal wave that devastated the Somerset Levels and parts of South Wales is not as well known as it should be. Otherwise I’d be interested in Vanity Fair if only because the recent TV adaptation both intrigued and frustrated me.

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  10. I’ve got Will on my TBR and The Drowned City looks rather interesting too. I reread Vanity Fair a few years ago with a friend so it’s a bit soon to pick up again, but I’ll be following your comments with interest!

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    • I’ve just started The Drowned City but it’s looking good so far – I like her writing and the history feels pretty solid. I’m loving my re-read of Vanity Fair – the audiobook narrator is very good and is bringing out all the humour! 😀 Haven’t got to Will yet…

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    • Haha, it turned into one of those weekends where nothing went as planned, so I only got around to starting it today, but so far I’m liking it a lot, especially the writing style… 😀

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  11. Thank goodness you didn’t get me this week, I’ve got enough on my shelf and Goodreads list at the moment! I think that if I tried to read that first one I would start imagining that I could hear a low hum myself… I’m very suggestible! 😂

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  12. 190? That’s good going. I was hoping to get under 300 this year and it was looking promising until I went to the bookshop this week…….

    Good plan to start the audio book early, I do find some of them can be very long.

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