In the meantime, something’s growing in the jungle…

… while I’ve been busy deciding upon my #TBR20 darlings, sneaky old book orders I’d nearly forgotten about, new review copies and well-intentioned parents have added to my TBR pile. I will pretend I don’t have them and won’t dive into them yet, but I thought it might be fun to have a quick peek in the undergrowth…

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Picture from epochtimes-romania.com. No, my own TBR pile doesn’t look quite that bad yet!

Tove Jansson: The True Deceiver [Oh, all right then, also the only two Moomin books still missing from our collection – Moominvalley in November – which always makes me cry – and The Exploits of Moominpappa – which always makes me laugh, but these all count as re-reads and it’s just to complete my Jansson collection]

Valeria Luiselli: Faces in the Crowd – recommended by so many of my fellow book bloggers: Tony Malone, Stu Jallen, Caroline at Beauty is a sleeping cat, to name just a few.

Anya Lipska: A Devil Under the Skin – because I love Anya’s writing and her East European connection… and she knows it!

Gunnar Staalesen: We Shall Inherit the Wind – because Orenda Books knows I can never resist a Scandinavian author

Sandra Newman: The Country of Ice Cream Star – because Naomi Frisby was so enthusiastic about it, she sent it to me, bless her!

A few imports from Romania:

Mircea Cartarescu: Fata de la marginea vietii (The Girl from the Edge of Life) – a short story collection from one of the best-known (though difficult) contemporary Romanian writers

Adina Rosetti: De zece ori pe buze (Ten Times on the Lips) – short story collection from a former journalist for Time Out and Elle in Romania, now turned fiction author

Alex Stefanescu: Barbat adormit in fotoliu (Man, Sleeping in an Armchair) – essay collection from this essayist, editor and literary critic

Rodica Ojog-Brasoveanu (1939-2002):  three novels by the grande dame of Romanian crime fiction. I’ve never tried her before and am curious to see if the comparisons to Agatha Christie are justified…

The good news is, I’m still on track with my TBR20 challenge. I’m on book no. 8 from that pile now. So I won’t get started with the above-mentioned ones immediately…

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22 thoughts on “In the meantime, something’s growing in the jungle…”

  1. Don’t they just have the sneakiest way of getting in, even when you’re doing your best to prevent it? You’ve got a great selection though, and I hope you’ll enjoy reading them, Marina Sofia.

  2. Haha! That’s quite a few new arrivals… 😉

    Faces in the Crowd is wonderful, one of those novels that lingers in the imagination. I think you’ll like it.

    1. I read your review of Sidewalks and seem to remember you admired this one too, although you didn’t have a review of it. The funny thing is that my parents took one horrified look at my overflowing bookshelves and said: ‘I hope you’re not actually buying any, are you?’ (despite the fact they brought six).

      1. Yes, you’re absolutely right, I loved the essays in Sidewalks! Luiselli’s a very talented and thoughtful writer. Faces in the Crowd was pre-blog, so no review, but it’s a novel I’d like to revisit in the future.

        I’m laughing at your comment about your parents…

  3. Congratulations on reaching no 8 on you list! My copy of Faces in the Crowd arrived last week, partly on the recommendation of Jacqui and Naomi (at The Writes of Women), partly after reading The Story of My Teeth – one of the best books I’ve read this year. I’m sure we both have a treat in store.

  4. My piles don’t look much better than the photo. Thanks for the link and I’m looking fowradto hear your thoughts on Luiselli.
    What a coincidence. – I’ve ordered True Deceiver last week – since I need more books – Ha.

    1. To be honest, my books are a little more scattered, maybe if I were to pile them all together (plus the electronic ones), I might yet create a pile resembling that one!

  5. I’m glad that the sneaky book additions doesn’t just happen to me – I did like the photo it makes me feel good (and you too I expect) Well done on your challenge, of course those you’re not acknowledging don’t really count anyway.

    1. I’m using that age-old philosophical principle: if a book falls unread in the desert, unseen and unheard by any human, does it still exist? (well, books are made from trees, and I’ve heard it being used about trees falling in the desert).

  6. I’m not too worried about the odd new arrival that sneaks in, but these days I’m trying to be strict about ensuring I get rid of more than arrive. Trying to keep the TBR pile under control is so hard. It looks as though you have some great new addictions! I look forward to hearing what you think of them!

    1. I do try to get rid of some too (even unsolicited unread ones, although I still struggle with my conscience). So far I’m finding it quite a relief to stick to the books I’ve already bought – I’m feeling very virtuous…

  7. Romania: are these books in the original language or in English or French? I would like to read Rodica Ojog-Brasoveanu!

    1. I’m afraid I don’t think she’s been translated into either language. I’ll let you know if she’s worth translating – she mightbe very derivative…

  8. I adore the fact that YOUR tbr is pretty well unlike anyone else’s that I hop around to investigate (other than the TBRR from Moominland!) And its even more exciting that I don’t know most of the authors you are telling us about, so I have an urge to quietly look at your TBR and see if any books would like to appear on my own pile…I suspect, if you deconstructed my Kindle, and turned it into books, maybe it WOULD look like the impressive pile at the front.

    The even bigger problem is that of adding books which are snapping to be RE-read onto the top of the TBR

    1. I’ve got a few of those planned as well. I know time is short and there are many shiny new books waiting, but the pleasure I get out of rereading is not to be underestimated.
      As for the ‘uniqueness’ of my TBR pile – I suppose that’s what comes of growing up amongst several different cultures… or perhaps it just shows a general rudderless-ness!

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