TBR Thursday 337…

Episode 337

As anticipated, the tennis is playing havoc with my reading, but happily I haven’t had time to acquire many books either. So the TBR is remaining steady on 174…

(I’m behind with reading posts and answering comments too – sorry! I blame this chap!)

Anyway, here are a few more books I’m hoping to catch up with soon… 

Winner of the People’s Choice

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Wow, another one vote victory! Cloudstreet and Winter in Madrid ran neck and neck all the way through but in the end Cloudstreet broke the tape! Toni Morrison was never in contention but I suspect that’s because she had two entries which split the pro-Morrison vote. Excellent choice, People – I’m looking forward to it! It will be a September read.

The Blurb says: Hailed as a classic, Tim Winton’s masterful family saga is both a paean to working-class Australians and an unflinching examination of the human heart’s capacity for sorrow, joy, and endless gradations in between. An award-winning work, Cloudstreet exemplifies the brilliant ability of fiction to captivate and inspire.

Struggling to rebuild their lives after being touched by disaster, the Pickle family, who’ve inherited a big house called Cloudstreet in a suburb of Perth, take in the God-fearing Lambs as tenants. The Lambs have suffered their own catastrophes, and determined to survive, they open up a grocery on the ground floor. From 1944 to 1964, the shared experiences of the two overpopulated clans — running the gamut from drunkenness, adultery, and death to resurrection, marriage, and birth — bond them to each other and to the bustling, haunted house in ways no one could have anticipated.

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Historical Fiction 

Privilege by Guinevere Glasfurd

Courtesy of John Murray via NetGalley. I enjoyed Glasfurd’s first novel, The Year Without Summer, so I’m hoping this one will be just as good. Certainly sounds interesting…

The Blurb says: After her father is disgraced, Delphine Vimond is cast out of her home in Rouen and flees to Paris. Into her life tumbles Chancery Smith, apprentice printer sent from London to discover the mysterious author of potentially incendiary papers marked only D . In a battle of wits with the French censor, Henri Gilbert, Delphine and Chancery set off in a frantic search for D ‘s author. But who is D and does D even exist?

Privilege is a story of adventure and mishap set against the turmoil of mid-18th century France at odds with the absolute power of the King who is determined to suppress opposition on pain of death. At a time when books required royal privilege before they could be published – a system enforced by the Chief Censor and a network of spies – many were censored or banned, and their authors harshly punished. Books that fell foul of the system were published outside France and smuggled back in at great risk.

Costa-shortlisted author Guinevere Glasfurd has conjured a vibrant world of entitlement and danger, where the right to live and think freely could come at the highest cost.

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Wodehouse on Audio

The Mating Season by PG Wodehouse narrated by Jonathan Cecil

Another batch for the #20(Audio)BooksOfSummer challenge! Can’t go wrong with Wodehouse! And Jonathan Cecil is the perfect narrator for the Jeeves and Wooster books. A bit of light relief to keep my spirits up through the challenge!

The Blurb says: At Deverill Hall, an idyllic Tudor manor in the picture-perfect village of King’s Deverill, impostors are in the air. The prime example is man-about-town Bertie Wooster, doing a good turn to Gussie Fink-Nottle by impersonating him while he enjoys fourteen days away from society after being caught taking an unscheduled dip in the fountains of Trafalgar Square. Bertie is of course one of nature’s gentlemen, but the stakes are high: if all is revealed, there’s a danger that Gussie’s simpering fiancée Madeline may turn her wide eyes on Bertie instead.

It’s a brilliant plan – until Gussie himself turns up, imitating Bertram Wooster. After that, only the massive brain of Jeeves (himself in disguise) can set things right.

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Eliot on Audio

Silas Marner by George Eliot narrated by Andrew Sachs

Fortified with Wodehouse, I hope to have the strength to get through this one, which is one of those books I feel I should read more than actually wanting to. One for my Classics Club list, and on the upside, it’s reasonably short!

The Blurb says:  Falsely accused, cut off from his past, Silas the weaver is reduced to a spider-like existence, endlessly weaving his web and hoarding his gold. Meanwhile, Godfrey Cass, son of the squire, contracts a secret marriage. While the village celebrates Christmas and New Year, two apparently inexplicable events occur. Silas loses his gold and finds a child on his hearth. The imaginative control George Eliot displays as her narrative gradually reveals causes and connections has rarely been surpassed.

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Rumpole on Audio

Rumpole’s Return by John Mortimer read by Robert Hardy

I suspect I’ll need a bit of a mood lift after Silas Marner! Rumpole is always fun, and while I’d have liked Leo McKern to narrate them (the actor who played Rumpole on TV), I love Robert Hardy and think he’ll be an excellent substitute…

The Blurb says: Has Rumpole hung up his wig for good? Can it be? Yes, the beloved barrister is now retired (though far from retiring) and gently ripening to a rosy hue in the Florida sunshine. But a colleague’s casual request for advice on a difficult case sends him winging back across the Atlantic, and before he’s through, our hero will come up against a fanatical religious cult and a mysterious letter written in blood.

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

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So…what do you think? Are you tempted?

35 thoughts on “TBR Thursday 337…

  1. Oh, you have Wodehouse and Mortimer, FictionFan! What fun! I hope you’ll enjoy that. And I do hope you’ll enjoy Cloudstreet. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it, and it sounds as though it could be excellent. I do think you have some good reads ahead!

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    • I feel I need some lighter audios to speed me along the challenge, and Wodehouse and Rumpole are always fun! Reviews of Cloudstreet make it sound more fun than that blurb does too – it makes it sound a bit dismal! I’m looking forward to it – the People chose well! 😀

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  2. Wodehouse can never go wrong, can he? Hope the audio is as much fun as the books. Privilege looks excellent, and I think I’m tempted to look into it and add it to my pile. Silas Marner is a sweet story, despite all the more serious threads, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

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    • I’m just about to start Privilege, so fingers crossed – I’ve only seen one review of it so far and it was very positive! Hmm, I hope I enjoy Silas Marner but I’m one of the few who didn’t get on well with Middlemarch – we’ll see… Wodehouse is always fun, so at least I’m safe with that one! 😀

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      • Hope it goes well. Marner is far lighter than Middlemarch and the relationship that develops between him and little Eppie is very sweet without being cloying. At least that’s how I remember it🙂

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  3. Cloudstreet does sound good and I’ll put that on my list. I hope you enjoy Silas Marner, it’s only slight but I’m very fond of it! And I’m completely behind but just feel that Rafa and the rest need me more!!

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    • I hope I enjoy Silas Marner but I’m one of the minority who didn’t et on well with Middlemarch, so we’ll see! Cloudstreet does sound good and I’m looking forward to it! Ha, I know – I feel it’s my duty to support him, and Andy, though sadly I don’t have to do that any more… 😥

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  4. I can’t watch tennis (much less most sports): (a) too fast for me to follow, like fencing, and to work out nuances; (b) too much tension if I try to invest in one or other player; (c) too many memories of my mother exclaiming, shouting and screaming at the TV when I was trying to revise (I blame Wimbledon for me doing not doing brilliantly in public exams – nothing to do, of course, with my propensity to zone out when unpleasant things have to be done).

    Having voted for the Winton I really ought to seek out more of his work now, maybe this one…

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    • I’m a hopeless sports watcher – despite watching tennis for umpty years I still don’t know the difference between a volley and a smash! I’m so superficial – I just like the ones who’re good to watch… 😉 I understand your trauma – all my various pets over the years have objected to tennis season because they find it disturbing when I suddenly start yelling at the TV! Mind you, I do that when politicians are on too… 😂
      I’m looking forward to Cloudstreet – of course, I’ll hold you responsible if it all goes horribly wrong… 😉

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  5. I thought I’d read all the Jeeves and Woosters, but The Mating Season doesn’t sound familiar (beyond the usual beats) – so I think you may have made me aware of a Jeeves and Wooster I’ve never read before! What a lovely surprise 🙂

    I have got very invested in Wimbledon too this year – probably the relief of work easing up a bit for the summer – and am enjoying it very much. I’m going to try and sneak home early today in time for Nadal’s match!

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    • I was sure I had reviewed The Mating Season on the blog already, but apparently not! They do all sound a bit similar when distilled down to a blurb, but if memory serves me right there are lots of aunts in this one, and aunts are always fun!

      Glad you’re getting time to fit in some of the tennis – it’s been a good tournament so far, apart from poor Andy. But so long as Rafa’s still in, I’m happy! 😀

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  6. I’m glad to see Cloudstreet won! It’s been so long since I read it, I look forward to your review to refresh me on the details. I only remember I enjoyed it.

    Somehow I missed Silas Marner in school and only read Middlemarch a few years ago. I’ll be curious to see what you think of it.

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    • It sounds good, and I trust The People (*crosses fingers behind back*). Hmm, the reason I’m not sure about Silas Marner is that I’m in the minority who really didn’t enjoy Middlemarch much. But at least Silas is shorter! We’ll see…

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  7. Privilege is quite different from The Year Without Summer, but I enjoyed it and found the subject and setting interesting. I read Silas Marner when I was at school and I think I liked it, but really can’t remember anything about it – another one to add to the very long list of books I need to re-read, I think!

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    • I’m looking forward to Privilege – yours is the only review of it I’ve seen so far, so that’s given me confidence! For some reason I seemed to miss Eliot at school – odd! But I wasn’t too thrilled with Middlemarch when I read it recently which is what makes me dubious about Silas Marner. But maybe this will be the one that turns me into an Eliot fan!

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    • Looing forward to Bertie and Rumpole after a couple of heavier audiobooks! I need a but of fun! Yes, not sure about Silas Marner but maybe it’ll surprise me…

      Rafa’s still in, so I’m happy! 😀

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  8. I could watch that meme a hundred times and not be bored, ha! Talk about talent — the racquet probably would’ve landed on my head! I’m holding firm not to be tempted by any more books right now … at least not until my TBR has shrunk a bit. Nice try with the Rumpole and Silas Marner though!

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    • Haha, I know – he even manages to be graceful when he falls down! And he’s still in the tournament, so I’m happy – except about poor Andy. 😥 Haha, not sure about Silas Marner but I’ll try to tempt you with Rumpole when I review it! 😀

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  9. What a fantastic meme 🙂
    Yay for Cloudstreet! The rest of your choices look good, too. I’ve got Silas Marner on my next Classics Club list and like you, am grateful it is short 🙂

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    • Glad to hear that about Cloudstreer. Certainly the review from Rose that attracted me to it in the first place didn’t sound much the blurb! I’m in the minority that didn’t enjoy Middlemarch much which is why I was reluctant about Silas Marner. However I just finished it today and really enjoyed it! It has more of an actual story than Middlemarch did, I think.

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