Time to attack those TBR piles

They’re everywhere, on the shelves and in boxes on the floor. Now’s a good time. If you’ve seen my Twitter photo, it’s perfectly alright to stay inside and read when outside looks like this. Look closely, yes, it’s snowing cats and dogs:




Here are some of them, in no particular order. Where do I begin?


The Ambassadors by Henry James

The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene

Brighton Rock by Graham Greene

Amsterdam by Ian McEwan

Saturday by Ian McEwan

Saplings by Noel Streatfeild

The Enchantress of Florence by Salman Rushdie

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

The Headmaster’s Wager by Vincent Lam

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The Magic of Saida by M. G. Vassanji

Tell it to the Trees by Anita Rau Badami

The High Mountain of Portugal by Yann Martel

Self  by Yann Martel

Confessions by St. Augustine

A Secular Age by Charles Taylor

The Matisse Stories by A. S. Byatt

Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

Death in Venice and Other Stories by Thomas Mann

Villette by Charlotte Brontë

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë

Lit by Mary Karr

The Plague by Albert Camus (O, not now)

O Pinoeers! by Willa Cather

Reborn by Susan Sontag

Cool Water by Diane Warren

The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf

The last three volumes of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time


I’ll stop here.

Your 2 pebbles? What are some of your TBR titles?


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15 thoughts on “Time to attack those TBR piles”

  1. Emergence: The connected lives of ants, brains, cities and software by Steven Johnson
    Art Lover: A biography of Peggy Guggenheim by Anton Gill
    Sapiens: A brief history of Humankind by Yuval Noah Haran
    Educated: A memoir by Tara Westover
    Voyage of The Beagle by Charles Darwin

    Yes I’m a lover of all things nature and science, art in many forms, and memoirs.


      1. OK, trying again! So, right now I’m starting a new mystery series by Ellie Griffiths about an archaeologist who is in Norfolk, I’m only half through but pretty good. The list includes Kate Atkinson’s most recent Jackson Brodie mystery, Queen Victoria’s Sketchbook (which is also biography), the James (?) Runcie “Grantchester” mysteries (I liked the first; I have four to read); Danubia, Edward Rutherfurd’s New York, Ann Patchett’s Commonweath. My fave mystery writers are Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs), Deborah Crombie (Kincaid and James mysteries), Louise Penny (Insp. Gamahe); Georges Simenon (Maigret), Susan Elia Macneal (Maggie Hope), and a few others!


        1. That’s a long list indeed, and I don’t feel that bad about all the unread books in my home, haha. I think, especially at this time when bookstores are all closed, we should even all the more go online to buy books and bring them business. I mean, smaller, independent businesses and not Amazon. Anyway, for me, the mood is quite numb now, esp. with every update of the news. Hang in there, Jeanie, stay home, and try as much as you can, clear those TBR. 🙂


  2. A Noel Streatfeild I’ve never heard of in your stack? I have a few from every genre I like in mine. Ann Leckie’s The Raven Tower (I was going to read that before I could possibly meet her again at an annual meeting that was cancelled), Richard Powers’ The Overstory, and Simon Jiminez’s The Vanished Birds.

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    1. Jeanne,

      My copy of Saplings is published by Persephone Books, her 10th book for adults. I got it in a book sale years ago, attracted mainly by its elegant, minimalist book cover. I can see you favour the subject of science in your reading.

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  3. Oh, the list is long, long! There are several by John McPhee, including The Pine Barrens and The Control of Nature. There’s William Least Heat-Moon’s River Horse, some Mark Twain, and Geraldine Watson’s wonderful East Texas memoir, Reflections on the Neches. Lots of history and natural history, and a couple of Great Courses series on photography via DVD. Since I’m still able to work, I may not get to any of them!


    1. Yes, I can see nature, natural history and maybe local socio-geography would be your preferred choices. I went on Kanopy and started a video course on Shakespeare, which is very informative. Kanopy is a great service, you only need a library card no. to use it, classic films, docs, and courses. And you’re still working outside? Stay safe and take care!


  4. I actually wrote a post about my TBR too, but I restricted myself to My Top 5 on the TBR.

    I have to say I’m doing well, the first on my list Courageous Dreaming by Alberto Villoldo is my one chapter a day read, as I don’t wish to overindulge one that’s at nourishing as this is, my second was Colette’s The Shackle which I’ve now read, and also 3 The Book of Harlan by Bernice McFadden which was fantastic and I’m halfway through 4 Surfacing by Kathleen Jamie. Number 5 is Plainsong by Kent Haruf and it’s a trilogy.

    I have taken a diversion today though as I am reading The Adventures of China Iron, which was also on my TBR, but when it got shortlisted for the International Booker Prize 2020 this week, I moved it up and started reading and it’s a hilarious, rollicking good read!


    1. Claire,

      Thanks for sharing your list. And yes, I need to get hold of The Adventures of China Iron. Don’t we all need “a hilarious, rollicking good read” now!

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  5. I hope your snow has melted! We are having typical spring, nice for a day or two and then snowing the next. I have two more library books to finish and then I will have to start browsing my own shelves if the public library remains closed. I feel like I am dipping into my savings account 😀


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