I haven’t signed up to the TBR Triple Dog challenge this year (which means no purchasing or borrowing new books for 3 months, until you reduce your TBR pile considerably). I love the concept, but I failed rather dismally last year. Secretly, however, I was planning to tag along unofficially. I noticed, with some satisfaction, that in January I managed to read 14 from my TBR list, 2 review books, 1 from the library and 1 that a friend lent me. So I blithely informed James at his end of January update that I had done quite well.
But then books started arriving in the post, my willpower weakened and my clicky finger got activated…
So here is the truth of the matter:
Books I borrowed and had to read quickly before returning:
Christos Tsiolkas: Dead Europe
Ian Rankin: Standing in Another Man’s Grave
Books I got sent by publishers:
Karl Ove Knausgaard: Some Rain Must Fall – Vol. 5 about attending writing school and becoming an adult – I dived into it at once
Peter Gardos: Fever at Dawn – 1945 and Hungarian Miklos has just emerged from Belsen and is recovering in a refuggee camp in Sweden; he is looking for love and writes a letter to 117 Hungarian women from his village.
He Jiahong: Hanging Devils – Set in the mid 1990s, this debut by one of China’s foremost legal experts turned crime fiction author describes a rapidly-changing society.
Succumbed to Netgalley temptation:
Simon Booker: Without Trace – a miscarriage of justice, a childhood sweetheart released from prison and then her own daughter goes missing – can she trust anyone?
Lisa Owens: Not Working – 20-something stops working to figure out what her purpose in life is
Joanna Cannon: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep – 1976 and 2 ten-year-olds decide to uncover the mystery of the missing neighbour
Melissa Harrison: Rain – 4 walks in the English weather – better get used to it again
Ordered thanks to enthusiastic reviews (I name the guilty party too):
Javier Marias: Your Face Tomorrow trilogy (Tony Malone)
Andrew McMillan: Physical (Anthony Anaxagorou) – poetry: hymns to the male body, friendship and love
Rebecca Goss: Her Birth (Anthony Anaxagorou) – poetry: series of poems documenting the short life of a daughter born with a rare and incurable heart condition
Claudia Rankine: Citizen (Naomi Frisby) – I’ve read this but wanted my own copy
Complete Novels of E. Nesbit (Simon Thomas) – because I haven’t read any of her novels for adults
So I acknowledge defeat on the buy/borrow/download front, but will stick to reading more from the TBR pile at least…