Down the TBR Hole #3

Another venture into the world of the TBR pile.

Down the TBR Hole was the brain child of Lost In A Story. The idea is to reduce the length of your Goodreads TBR.

How it works:

  • Go to your Goodreads want to read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added
  • Take the first 5 or 10 books.
  • Read the synopses of the books.
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?
  1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

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Tyrannical Nurse Ratched rules her ward in an Oregon State mental hospital with a strict and unbending routine, unopposed by her patients, who remain cowed by mind-numbing medication and the threat of electric shock therapy. But her regime is disrupted by the arrival of McMurphy – the swaggering, fun-loving trickster with a devilish grin who resolves to oppose her rules on behalf of his fellow inmates. His struggle is seen through the eyes of Chief Bromden, a seemingly mute half-Indian patient who understands McMurphy’s heroic attempt to do battle with the powers that keep them imprisoned. Ken Kesey’s extraordinary first novel is an exuberant, ribald and devastatingly honest portrayal of the boundaries between sanity and madness.

I am ashamed to say that this is another classic I have never read and for that reason alone it is staying on the TBR shelf and hopefully I get around to reading it soon.

KEEP

 

2. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot

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Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there’s nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra. Is she ever in for a surprise.

First Mom announces that she’s dating Mia’s Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn’t have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?

The Princess Diaries is the first book in the beloved, bestselling series that inspired the feature film starring Anne Hathaway and Julie Andrews.

 

 

I remeber putting this book on the list because I absolutely loved the film, but that was in 2013 and thinking about it now I do not really want to read the book and I will stick with the film version for now.

GO

 

3. The Gathering Storm by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

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Since its debut in 1990, The Wheel of Time(R) by Robert Jordan has captivated millions of readers around the globe with its scope, originality, and compelling characters.

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

Tarmon Gai’don, the Last Battle, looms. And mankind is not ready.

The final volume of the Wheel of Time, A Memory of Light, was partially written by Robert Jordan before his untimely passing in 2007. Brandon Sanderson, New York Times bestselling author of the Mistborn books, and now Stormlight Archive, among others, was chosen by Jordan’s editor–his wife, Harriet McDougal–to complete the final volume, later expanded to three books.

In this epic novel, Robert Jordan’s international bestselling series begins its dramatic conclusion. Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, struggles to unite a fractured network of kingdoms and alliances in preparation for the Last Battle. As he attempts to halt the Seanchan encroachment northward–wishing he could form at least a temporary truce with the invaders–his allies watch in terror the shadow that seems to be growing within the heart of the Dragon Reborn himself.

Egwene al’Vere, the Amyrlin Seat of the rebel Aes Sedai, is a captive of the White Tower and subject to the whims of their tyrannical leader. As days tick toward the Seanchan attack she knows is imminent, Egwene works to hold together the disparate factions of Aes Sedai while providing leadership in the face of increasing uncertainty and despair. Her fight will prove the mettle of the Aes Sedai, and her conflict will decide the future of the White Tower–and possibly the world itself.

Wow, this series is huge. I have tried twice to get into this series and given up hope on book 4. My brother-inlaw and my cousin keep telling me to push through as it gets better but I don’t think I will manage it so sadly this is leaving the TBR pile.

GO

 

4. Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

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The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight.

The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age.

Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in Tel’aran’rhiod and find a way–at long last–to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever

Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways–the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn–have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men’s lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost.

For the same reason as the above this is also leaving the list.

GO

5. Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan

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In this sequel to the phenomenal New York Times bestseller The Fires of Heaven, we plunge again into Robert Jordan’s extraordinarily rich, totally unforgettable world:

On the slopes of Shayol Ghul, the Myrddraal swords are forged, and the sky is not the sky of this world …

In Salidar the White Tower in exile prepares an embassy to Caemlyn, where Rand Al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, holds the throne — and where an unexpected visitor may change the world …

In Emond’s Field, Perrin Goldeneyes, Lord of the Two Rivers, feels the pull of ta’veren to ta’veren and prepares to march …

Morgase of Caemlyn finds a most unexpected, and quite unwelcome, ally …

And south lies Illian, where Sammael holds sway

 

Same reason as above it is going.

GO

 

Another five books done and 4 out of the 5 have gone. I am quite pleased with result and slowly but surely the TBR pile is going down.

I would love to hear if you have read any of these books and your thoughts on them. Also if you are also doing the Down the TBR Hole challenge please drop me the link to your blog and I will head over and give it a read.

Lady Book Dragon.

New favourite reading room

My new favourite room, as you can probably see is the conservatory. We moved into our house in 2017 and have since pretty much ignored the conservatory. Anyway a few weeks ago we got some furniture and since then I have thoroughly enjoyed curling up on one of the sofas and having a good read.

The lack of a TV in there has been a big help as it is so easy to switch the TV on and reading goes to the wayside. The main appeal is that the furniture is very comfortable and when it is a nice day it is really enjoyable having so much light.

The only problem at the moment is that due to being extremely tired I read a few pages and then go to the land of nod for a while or two hours like earlier. However, I am hoping once I catch up on sleep I will get some serious reading done in this room.

Anyway that is my new reading space, may many a happy book be discovered there.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Lady Book Dragon

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Friday Poetry

Happy Friday Everyone!

There is beautiful blossom everywhere so I thought a suitable poem was needed. I hope you are all enjoying the sunshine.

 

Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now

 

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

Is hung with bloom along the bough,

And stands about the woodland ride

Wearing white for Eastertide.

 

Now, of my threescore years and ten,

Twenty will not come again,

And take from seventy springs a score,

It only leaves me fifty more.

 

And since to look at things in bloom

Fifty springs are little room,

About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.

 

A. E. Housman 

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New Book 28/03/2019

Yesterday we went for a little wonder around Much Wenlock. We had a nice lunch, a browse through the antique store and of course we ended up in the book shop.

I love the second-hand book shop in Much Wenlock, because not only do they have amazing books, they also have two cats and a beautiful collie dog you can cuddle. Sadly, yesterday the cats were out, presumably enjoying the sunshine but the collie dog was in so I had some woof woof cuddle’s.

I only bought one book, I was restrained. I’m not sure how long my restraint will hold out at this rate as I have a huge list of books I want to get. So here is the book:-

The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories by Tim Burton. 

Teddy thought he would help model the new book.

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To be honest I never knew Tim Burton had written any books so this was an exciting find. I can not wait to read it.

I leave you with a lovely picture I took yesterday of the cherry blossom.

Lady Book Dragon.

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Mid Week Quote

Happy Wednesday!

This weeks quote stays with the theme of cats, because cats is a brilliant theme.

 

“When I play with my cat, who knows whether I do not make her more sport than she makes me?

 

Michel de Montaigne

 

Montaigne was a French philisopher in the 1500’s who through grief came up with philosophical essays on life, death and what it is to be human.

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Lyra fully agrees with this weeks theme of cats!

Lady Book Dragon.

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot (Review)

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot, illustrated by Edward Gorey

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About the author

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Edward Stearns Eliot born 1888 in St Louis, Missouri, USA. He settled in England in 1915 and published his book of poems in 1917. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats began life as a collection of poems dedicated to his godchildren, it was published in 1939. Eliot received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948 and sadly died in 1965.

About the Illustrator

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Edward Gorey (1925-2000) was an American writer and artist well known for his macabre and humorous illustrations. His first book, The Unstrung Harp; or, My Earbrass Writes a Novel (1953) was followed by many more. He illustrated work by T. S. Eliot, Edward Lear and Saki, among others.

Blurb

Cats! Some are sane and some are mad. And some are good and some are bad.

Review

I read this book as soon as I brought it home, but I read it in a very special way. I put on the musical movie starring Elaine Paige and John Mills and read the poems along with the musical, I might have also sang along as well. In short I had way too much fun and my poor husband had to endure a great deal.

I absolutely loved this book, I love the poems and I love the illustrations. It is all wonderful and I’m not sure I can choose a favourite poem because how can anyone choose a favourite cat?

The main thing I love is how all the different cats have attributes you can see in real life cats. I can certainly see many familiarities with the cats in the book with my own cats. T. S. Eliot clearly owned and had a lot of love for cats in his lifetime.

My favourite poem and cat was The Rum Tum Tugger he is just the epitome of cats. When you offer a cat some yummy food they would rather have something else, when you offer them fresh water they would rather drink from a puddle and so on.

I had amazing fun with this book and to be honest I keep going back to it now and reading my favourites. I also loved how the illustrations perfectly complimented the poems. I can not recommend this book enough to people especially if they are cat lovers, a quick read and would make a perfect gift to the cat lover in your life. I gave this book a massive 5 out of 5 Dragons.

Lady Book Dragon.

Purchase from Waterstones

 

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New Books 21/03/2019

This post is a little late but the busy week has taken its toll on blogging sadly.

On Thursday we had to go and do some errands and somehow ended up in Waterstones! No idea how that happened. Anyway my hubby and myself came away with just two books, we or rather I was restrained.

There were two books I was actually after and sadly I never managed to get either. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths was one of them and the other was Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey. I am currently watching The Expanse on Prime and would love to read the books.

I am not ordering books at the moment because I just keep buying so I am only buying books from the shops, one day off from work a week will slow down my book buying hopefully.

Anyway here are the two books we bought:-

Humble Pi by Matt Parker

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I must admit this was my husband’s choice and I’m not entirely sure I will read it. He started reading it as soon as we got home and so far he loves it.

 

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot

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This was my choice and I am so happy I got it! I will be posting more on this book soon.

I would love to hear people’s thoughts on these books. Please feel free to comment.

 

Lady Book Dragon.