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.

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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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New Books 18/03/2019

A very exciting day when 80 books arrive on your doorstep!

As you know I have been reading and reviewing the Penguin Little Black Classics but I do not own them all. So I decided this needed to be remedied but instead of getting the books seperately I went a little wild and bought the box set!

The Big List of all the lovely books

  1. Mrs Rosie and the Priest GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO
  2. As kingfishers catch fire GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS
  3. The Saga of Gunnlaug Serpent-tongue
  4. On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts THOMAS DE QUINCEY
  5. Aphorisms on Love and Hate FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
  6. Traffic JOHN RUSKIN
  7. Wailing Ghosts PU SONGLING
  8. A Modest Proposal JONATHAN SWIFT
  9. Three Tang Dynasty Poets
  10. On the Beach at Night Alone WALT WHITMAN
  11. A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Trees KENKO
  12. How to Use Your Enemies BALTASAR GRACIÁN
  13. The Eve of St Agnes JOHN KEATS
  14. Woman Much Missed THOMAS HARDY
  15. Femme Fatale GUY DE MAUPASSANT
  16. Travels in the Land of Serpents and Pearls MARCO POLO
  17. Caligula SUETONIUS
  18. Jason and Medea APOLLONIUS OF RHODES
  19. Olalla ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON
  20. The Communist Manifesto KARL MARX & FRIEDRICH ENGELS
  21. Trimalchio’s Feast PETRONIUS
  22. How a Ghastly Story Was Brought to Light by a Common or Garden Butcher’s Dog JOHANN PETER HEBEL
  23. The Tinder Box HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN
  24. The Gate of the Hundred Sorrows RUDYARD KIPLING
  25. Circles of Hell DANTE
  26. Of Street Piemen HENRY MAYHEW
  27. The nightingales are drunk HAFEZ
  28. The Wife of Bath GEOFFREY CHAUCER
  29. How We Weep and Laugh at the Same Thing MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
  30. The Terrors of the Night THOMAS NASHE
  31. The Tell-Tale Heart EDGAR ALLAN POE
  32. A Hippo Banquet MARY KINGSLEY
  33. The Beautifull Cassandra JANE AUSTEN
  34. Gooseberries ANTON CHEKHOV
  35. Well, they are gone, and here must I remain SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
  36. Sketchy, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
  37. The Great Winglebury Duel CHARLES DICKENS
  38. The Maldive Shark HERMAN MELVILLE
  39. The Old Nurse’s Story ELIZABETH GASKELL
  40. The Steel Flea NIKOLAY LESKOV
  41. The Atheist’s Mass HONORÉ DE BALZAC
  42. The Yellow Wall-Paper CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN
  43. Remember, Body… C.P. CAVAFY
  44. The Meek One FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY
  45. A Simple Heart GUSTAVE FLAUBERT
  46. The Nose NIKOLAI GOGOL
  47. The Great Fire of London SAMUEL PEPYS
  48. The Reckoning EDITH WHARTON
  49. The Figure in the Carpet HENRY JAMES
  50. Anthem for Doomed Youth WILFRED OWEN
  51. My Dearest Father WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
  52. Socrates’ Defence PLATO
  53. Goblin Market CHRISTINA ROSSETTI
  54. Sindbad the Sailor
  55. Antigone SOPHOCLES
  56. The Life of a Stupid Man RYŪNOSUKE AKUTAGAWA
  57. How Much Land Does A Man Need? LEO TOLSTOY
  58. Leonardo da Vinci GIORGIO VASARI
  59. Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime OSCAR WILDE
  60. The Old Man of the Moon SHEN FU
  61. The Dolphins, the Whales and the Gudgeon AESOP
  62. Lips too chilled MATSUO BASHŌ
  63. The Night is Darkening Round Me EMILY BRONTË
  64. To-morrow JOSEPH CONRAD
  65. The Voyage of Sir Francis Drake Around the Whole Globe RICHARD HAKLUYT
  66. A Pair of Silk Stockings KATE CHOPIN
  67. It was snowing butterflies CHARLES DARWIN
  68. The Robber Bridegroom BROTHERS GRIMM
  69. I Hate and I Love CATULLUS
  70. Circe and the Cyclops HOMER
  71. Il Duro D. H. LAWRENCE
  72. Miss Brill KATHERINE MANSFIELD
  73. The Fall of Icarus OVID
  74. Come Close SAPPHO
  75. Kasyan from the Beautiful Lands IVAN TURGENEV
  76. O Cruel Alexis VIRGIL
  77. A Slip under the Microscope H. G. WELLS
  78. The Madness of Cambyses HERODOTUS
  79. Speaking of Śiva
  80. The Dhammapada

 

I can not wait to start reading them all.

I would love to hear if you have read any of them and what you think of them.

Lady Book Dragon

 

 

Down The TBR Hole #1

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. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

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In the dark recesses of the Bastille, a young prisoner known only as Phillipe has spent eight years of his short life. When Aramis, posing as his confessor, bribes his way into the prison, the truth about the man’s identity is brought to light. It is a secret which, if revealed, could bring down the King of France, Louis XIV, whose corrupt rule is destroying the well-being of his country.

The ensuing jailbreak and the consequent struggle for power brings the musketeers into swashbuckling action, taking us back to the days of chivalry and making The Man in the Iron Mask one of the most enthralling historical romances in literature.

I have read The Three Musketeers many, many times and I would like to read The Man in The Iron Mask so it will stay on the list.

Keep 

 

2. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

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When her father leaves the Church in a crisis of conscience, Margaret Hale is uprooted from her comfortable home in Hampshire to move with her family to the north of England. Initially repulsed by the ugliness of her new surroundings in the industrial town of Milton, Margaret becomes aware of the poverty and suffering of the local mill workers and develops a passionate sense of social justice. This is intensified by her tempestuous relationship with the mill-owner and self-made man, John Thornton, as their fierce opposition over his treatment of his employees masks a deeper attraction.

In North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell skillfully fuses individual feeling with social concern, and in Margaret Hale creates one of the most original heroines of Victorian literature.

Another classic I really should read and actually own two copies of. This has been on the list since I started Goodreads in 2012, I will keep it on the list for a little longer.

Keep

 

3. The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

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Hazel stands at a crossroads. She and the remaining crew of the Argo II could return home with the Athena Parthenos statue and try to stop Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter from going to war. Or they could continue their quest to find the House of Hades, where they might be able to open the Doors of Death, rescue their friends Percy and Annabeth from Tartarus, and prevent monsters from being reincarnated in the mortal world. Whichever road they decide to take, they have to hurry, because time is running out. Gaea, the bloodthirsty Earth Mother, has set the date of August 1 for her rise to power.

Annabeth and Percy are overwhelmed. How will the two of them make it through Tartarus? Starving, thirsty, and in pain, they are barely able to stumble on in the dark and poisonous landscape that holds new horrors at every turn. They have no way of locating the Doors of Death. Even if they did, a legion of Gaea’s strongest monsters guards the Doors on the Tartarus side. Annabeth and Percy can’t exactly launch a frontal assault.

Despite the terrible odds, Hazel, Annabeth, Percy, and the other demigods of the prophecy know that there is only one choice: to attempt the impossible. Not just for themselves, but for everyone they love. Even though love can be the riskiest choice of all.

Join the demigods as they face their biggest challenges yet in The House of Hades, the hair-raising penultimate book in the best-selling Heroes of Olympus series.

To be honest I’m not entirely sure I will get around to reading this and I think I might have out grown Rick Riordan sadly so I think I will take it off the list, if I do get around to reading it one day then it will be a bonus but I’m not that worried about it either way.

Go

 

4. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

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When orphaned 11-year-old Pollyanna comes to live with austere and wealthy Aunt Polly, her philosophy of gladness brings happiness to her aunt and other members of the community, somewhat to their surprise.

 

 

 

 

 

This is another book I am desperate to read, I am a little obsessed with the TV Film of it starring Amanda Burton. I hope the book does not disappoint.

Keep

 

5. The White Princess by Philippa Gregory

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Caught between loyalties, the mother of the Tudors must choose between the red rose and the white.

When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house—Elizabeth of York—to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades.

But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III—and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the triumphant return of the House of York.

Henry’s greatest fear is that somewhere a prince is waiting to invade and reclaim the throne. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth has to choose between the new husband she is coming to love and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother: the rose of York come home at last.

Being as I do own this book I intend on reading it at some point as I have read most of the books by Philippa Gregory.

Keep

 

So that is my first foray into the TBR list, I have only braved 5 books this week, I will try 10 next week. I have also only managed to remove 1 book so the list has gone from 499 to 498, I feel a little bit like a failure. 

If anybody else is doing the Down The TBR Hole I would love to hear about it, please leave the link to your blog in the comments.

Lady Book Dragon.

A Bookish Confession

A few days ago on the 12th March marked the anniversary of  Sir Terry Pratchett’s death in 2015. I still remember the day, I had been teaching all day and my best friend knew I had probably not seen the news so she sent me a text to break the news. Although I knew he was ill and it was going to happen, it was still like a kick in the stomach and I am not ashamed to admit I shed a tear. Sir Terry Pratchett meant so much to me, his Discworld novels were my absolute favourites, that I always relied on to cheer me up and make me laugh. I could not believe there would be no more, that the world of Discworld was over.

I first discovered the Discworld series at the age of 12, when my cousin’s partner recommended them to me, I then persuaded my mom to join a Sci-fi and Fantasy book club to order me a few of the books and from then I got a couple each month on offer. In year 9 at school during quiet reading, my teacher attempted to confiscate my copy of The Colour of Magic because he thought it an inappropriate book for a girl of my age, happily my mom intervened and I was allowed to continue reading them.

In 2013 I decided to read all the Discworld novels in order of them being written and it was wonderful. During this time they helped me cope with a particularly harrowing two-week session on jury duty and it was comforting to know that in my handbag there was always a Terry Pratchett novel.

Anyway, that’s a brief description of my history with Discworld, now on to my confession. The very last Discworld novel The Shepherd’s Crown I have never read! I pre-ordered it, I even got the special edition that Waterstones did so I have two copies but I have never read either. The reason, I just could not bring myself to read it, because in my mind once I read it I would know for sure that there would never be another Discworld book and that Sir Terry Pratchett was gone for good.

Over the last few days I have been thinking of The Shepherd’s Crown and yesterday I collected both copies from my parents house and brought them home. Now they are sat in my living room looking at me and I think I have made a decision. Sir Terry Pratchett wrote this book for people to read and the fact that I have not read it yet is not what he would have wanted. So on Terry Pratchett’s birthday on the 28th April I plan on starting to read The Shepherd’s Crown and I must admit that thought scares me a little, as I do not want to be disappointed and I know I will not want the book to end. Even just writing this brings all those memories back from 2015 and the sadness.

That is my bookish confession and I hope I can go through with my plan. Apologies to Sir Terry Pratchett for not having read your last Discworld novel sooner.

Lady Book Dragon.

 

New Book: 4/03/2019

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I do enjoy a good short story and have been reading the free Jeffrey Archer short stories on Kindle. Well after a bit of research I discovered they are all in a book and so I bought the book. As much as I love my Kindle, I only really use it when out and about, otherwise I much prefer a real life book.

New book is:-

The New Collected Short Stories by Jeffrey Archer

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I will continue to review the individual short stories but I now will be reading them on both formats, I’ve also noticed there are short stories in the book that are not on the Kindle, which makes me very happy.

Happy reading everyone.

To purchase this book from Waterstones Click here.

Lady Book Dragon

 

Waterstones Challenge: Wolverhampton

Today after teaching we ventured off to Wolverhampton in search of the Waterstones there. This really was an adventure, mainly because we got lost a great deal.

The traffic was a nightmare getting into Wolverhampton so it was a rather slow journey, then we could not find our planned car park and after driving around in circles we just dumped the car in the nearest car park and hoped for the best. The next problem was finding the store, my phone said a 6 minute walk, this ended up taking about half an hour after getting very lost, again!

Eventually however we found the store and I went in search of The Priory of the Orange Tree by Sammanth Shannon. After a bit of searching we found the book and I think luckily I managed to get the last copy in the store. To be honest I was rather surprised how big the book is but I am very excited to start reading it.

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This store is sadly not a favourite of mine, I found the ground floor very cramped and claustrophobic but the top floor was wonderful, it was open and well organised and a relief from being downstairs.

After our adventure we found a Cafe Nero and had hot chocolates and treats. I thought my ginerbread girl was rather Harry Potteresque.

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Another Waterstones is ticked off the list and I hope to do at least one more this month, I will keep you posted.

Lady Book Dragon.

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