TBR Thursday 335…

Episode 335

Another major drop in the TBR this time – down 3 to 174! I suspect this might be the last drop for a while – concentrating on audiobooks for #20BooksOfSummer means I’m falling way behind with my usual reading. And since I’ve never admitted to my audiobook stash in my TBR, they don’t count as drops when I read them! What a tangled web we weave…

TRIGGER WARNING!
MAJOR ARACHNOPHOBIA ALERT!

OOPS! SORRY! TOO LATE…

Here are a few more that should be scuttling my way soon…

Fiction

The Piano Tuner by Daniel Mason

I loved Daniel Mason’s collection of short stories, A Registry of My Passage Upon the Earth, so added this to my TBR. It sounds very different but just as interesting, and it might even tick one of the elusive final boxes for my Wanderlust challenge

The Blurb says: One misty London afternoon in 1886, piano tuner Edgar Drake receives an unusual request from the War Office: he must leave his quiet life and travel to the jungles of Burma to repair a rare grand piano owned by an enigmatic army surgeon. So begins an extraordinary journey across Europe, the Red Sea, India and onwards, accompanied by an enchanting yet elusive woman. Edgar is at first captivated, then unnerved, as he begins to question the true motive behind his summons and whether he will return home unchanged to the wife who awaits him. . .

An instant bestseller, Daniel Mason’s The Piano Tuner has been published in 27 countries. Exquisitely told, this classic is a richly sensuous story of adventure, discovery, and how we confront our most deeply held fears and desires.

Thriller

Confidence by Denise Mina

Courtesy of Random House Vintage via NetGalley. I enjoyed the first book in this series, Conviction, although at the time I had no idea it was going to be the first book in a series! It was lighter than the other Denise Minas I’ve read, so I’m hoping this one too will be a fast-paced entertaining thriller…

The Blurb says: When Lisa Lee, a vulnerable young woman, vanishes from a pretty Scottish seaside town Anna and Fin find themselves at the centre of an internet frenzy to find her.

But Lisa may not be the hapless victim her father thinks. She had an unsuccessful YouTube channel and her last film showed her breaking into an abandoned French Chateau with other UrbExers and stumbling across a priceless Roman silver casket. One day after Lisa vanishes that casket gets listed for auction in Paris, reserve price fifty million euro and a catalogue entry that could challenge the fundamental principles of a major world religion.

On a thrilling chase across Europe, Anna and Fin are caught up in a world of international art smuggling, billionaire con artists and religious zealotry.

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Capote on Audio

Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote read by Michael C. Hall

A little splurge of shorter audiobooks to keep me going with the #20(Audio)BooksOfSummer challenge, starting with this classic which I’ve not only never read, but have also never seen the movie! 

The Blurb says: Golden Globe-winning actor Michael C. Hall (Six Feet Under) performs Truman Capote’s provocative, naturalistic masterstroke about a young writer’s charmed fascination with his unorthodox neighbor, the “American geisha” Holly Golightly. Holly – a World War II-era society girl in her late teens – survives via socialization, attending parties and restaurants with men from the wealthy upper class who also provide her with money and expensive gifts. Over the course of the novella, the seemingly shallow Holly slowly opens up to the curious protagonist, who eventually gets tossed away as her deepening character emerges. 

Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote’s most beloved work of fiction, introduced an independent and complex character who challenged audiences, revived Audrey Hepburn’s flagging career in the 1961 film version, and whose name and style has remained in the national idiom since publication. Hall uses his diligent attention to character to bring our unnamed narrator’s emotional vulnerability to the forefront of this American classic.

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Greene on Audio

The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene read by Andrew Sachs

This was the first Greene I read, back when we were given it as a set text in school when I was around 14 or 15, I think. While being forced to analyse books to death was often enough to put me off an author for life, in this case it was the beginning of a life-long love affair…

The Blurb says: In a poor Mexican state in the 1930s, the Red Shirts have viciously persecuted the clergy and murdered many priests. Yet one remains – the ‘whisky priest’ who believes he’s lost his soul. On the run and with the police closing in, his routes of escape are being shut off, his chances getting fewer. But compassion and humanity force him along the road to his destiny…

Andrew Sachs reads Graham Greene’s powerful novel about a worldly Roman Catholic priest and his quest for penitence and dignity.

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Austen on Audio

Mansfield Park (Full Cast Dramatization) adapted from Jane Austen starring Billie Piper

I’ve had this kicking around for ages, but wanted to re-read the book before I listened to it – which I have recently done. Sounds like fun – I’ve enjoyed a few of these full cast dramatizations from Audible… 

The Blurb says: Adopted into the household of her uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, Fanny Price grows up a meek outsider among her cousins in the unaccustomed elegance of Mansfield Park. Soon after Sir Thomas absents himself on business, Mary Crawford and her brother Henry arrive at Mansfield, bringing with them London glamour and the seductive taste for flirtation and theatre that precipitates a crisis.

Directed by Tamsin Collison. With Matt Addis, Lucy Briers, James Corrigan, Scarlett Courtney, Rosalind Eleazar, Jennifer English, Emma Fielding, Ash Hunter, Joel MacCormack, Harry Myers, Esme Scarborough, Lucy Scott, Bert Seymour and Natalie Simpson.

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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?

36 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 335…

    • Ha, sadly I don’t remember much about Conviction so I’m kind of hoping Confidence works on its own! But I do think they probably should be read in order, since Conviction explains how the two main characters got together…

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    • They’re great, especially when they do classics! It’s like a cross between a straight narration and a radio play, so they have a narrator who reads all the linking stuff, with actors doing the dialogue. Emma Thompson did Northanger Abbey and it’s so much fun!

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    • Ha, thanks, though these drops tend to be temporary! 😉 I’ve only read a few recent Denise Mina books but have enjoyed them – another one whose back catalogue I keep meaning to explore…

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  1. I really like Denise Mina’s writing, FictionFan, so Confidence caught my eye right away. And of course, there’s the Austen – it’s hard to go far wrong there! But mostly, I am so happy for you about that drop in the TBR. I say you should celebrate – at least a piece of cake and a wee drap! I wish I could say the same about my own TBR, but let’s not talk about that, shall we…

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    • I’ve enjoyed a few of Denise Mina’s most recent books, but still haven’t got around to investigating her back catalogue – one day! The Austen ought to be brilliant – these full cast dramatizations are so much fun, and they seem to get really good actress for them. Ha, as we know, these drops tend to be temporary, so I better get that celebration in quick! 😉

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    • Haha, I know! If there were spiders as big as that in Scotland, I’d have to emigrate!
      Yes, the full cast dramatization of Mansfield Park should be great, if their previous dramatizations are anything to go by. I have a feeling The Piano Tuner may have been made into a film at some point – it seems to ring a bell. But I’d have to check to be sure…

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  2. I like the sound of The Piano Tuner – I’ll be interested to hear more about it. I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve never read anything by Graham Greene, but I’m planning to put at least one of his books on my next Classics Club list!

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    • I loved Daniel Mason’s writing in the collection of short stories that I read and I think the subject matter of The Piano Tuner sounds really interesting, so I have high hopes for it! I’ve been a fan of Graham Greene most of my life, but I’m going through a little spate of re-reading him recently and reading some of the ones that I missed, and if anything I’m loving them even more now! So I do hope you get a chance to try him at some point… 😀

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  3. A good group, and you already know my thoughts about the first two audio books. The one I’m most curious about is The Piano Tuner. It sounds intriguing! (love the GIF! 😂🕷)

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  4. I had to skip over the top of this post immediately to avoid that eight-legged creature. The spider Night Gallery Episode still haunts me. Anyway, this is a stellar list you have here. And I’m not sure I could point to just one, although I’m not tempted by the thriller….

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    • Haha, I know! If there were spiders that big in Scotland, I’d have to emigrate! I think this looks like a good bunch too, so fingers crossed they all live up to their blurbs… 🤞

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  5. I can’t afford to be so tempted that I add more to my TBR; however, several of these sound quite good, and I’m eager to read your reviews. That icky spider? Yuck! Wonder what Mr. Monkey would do with something like that?!?

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    • Haha, I know for sure what Tommy would do – run away and hide and leave me to deal with it! And if Monkey has any sense that’s what he should do too… 😂
      These do look like a good bunch of books, so I’ll see if I can manage to tempt you with any of them when I get to the review stage… 😉

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  6. Always tempted by Austen, and the Mina sounds good too. I’ve read some of her earliest novels and really liked them. But NO NO NO that spider GIF is not right! If that was in my house I would have to burn it down and start over.

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    • The Austen should be great fun, if their previous full cast dramatizations are anything to go by! I’ve only read some of Denise Mina’s most recent books, but one of these days I’ll get around to investigating her earlier books. Haha, I know – if there were spiders that big in Scotland, I’d have to emigrate! 🕷

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  7. Ha, your spider reminds me of a night in Guatemala many years back, when there was a big spider (similar circumference to ‘yours’ but less chunky) up in the corner of my small box like room. Araña, I said, stay where you are while I sleep. It was nowhere to be seen in the morning, a puzzle in this empty boxy room. Lucky I’m not the nervous type! And to books… Conviction is still waiting on my list (as is Mansfield Park), and the others might find their way there after reading your reviews.

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    • Arrrghh! If I ever go to a hot country where they have giant insects, I’m going to have to insist that you come along as my bodyguard! Haha, I swear if I ever saw a spider that large I seriously think that as a minimum I would faint, and actually might just die! In all seriousness, this is one of the reasons that I’ve never been unenthusiastic traveller – so many countries have beasties that would terrify me in one way or another. Give me tiny Scottish spiders any day of the week!

      I’m looking forward to both conviction and Mansfield park, and hoping that I manage to get through both of them – I seem to be back in a phase of early abandonments at the moment!

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        • I’ve often wondered what would have happened if I’d been born into a hot, insect-ridden country – is it all down to childhood acclimatisation? Any time I’ve visited a hot country I immediately become overwhelmed by lethargy, and not pleasantly! Even our very occasional mini-heatwaves kill me. Give me rain, wind and snow any day!

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          • When I was in my twenties all my travelling was in hot places and I did adjust at the time, just got on and did what was needed despite the heat. However, some decades on, I feel quite disabled by high temperatures. I think acclimatisation does help but I feel I couldn’t get used to ongoing heat now.

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            • I used to think about emigrating to Canada because I actually have more family there than in Scotland. But I spent two weeks there one July and realised there was no way I could cope with the heat. They all talk about the winter snow more, but that would bother me far less. My week in Malta resulted in me coming back with sunstroke! After that I started being more careful about where I went and when…

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  8. I don’t know if I’m tempted by the first books or not because I couldn’t concentrate while that spider was lurking around above!
    I’d settled down enough by the time I got to the audio dramatisation of Mansfield Park to be very tempted by it. Can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

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    • Haha, I swear that if there were spiders that size in Scotland I would have to emigrate!

      I’m hoping to get to the Mansfield Park audio sometime this week, and if it’s anywhere near as good as their version of Northanger Abbey, then I should be in for a treat! 🙂

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  9. The Piano Tuner is the book I would pick first. The Power and the Glory sounds good and not good at the same time, as I would like to read about Mexico in the 1930s, but I am not sure if the story is not too religious for my taste.
    Hopefully you will like all of them.

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    • I should be starting The Piano Tuner tonight or tomorrow and I’m looking forward to it, since I enjoyed his writing so much in the collection of short stories of his that I read. The Power and the Glory definitely is religious – I’m actually finding that my own tastes have changed so much since I first read it long ago that I’m a bit less sympathetic to the religious stuff myself now. However, his writing is always so good!

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