My ABC of TBRs

For the past few months I’ve been taking a look at my TBR shelves, to encourage me to read them, or maybe even to recycle a few (click on the headings to see my original posts on my TBRs). These are all, with the exception of 2 e-books, physical books on my bookshelves.

As a result I’ve read just 4 of these books – could do better, I think – and found a few that I’ll probably recycle). But it has been an enjoyable exercise and I’m thinking of trawling through my e-books in a similar way.

A, B and C

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I haven’t started any of these three, but they are all books I still want to read:

  • The Appeal by John Grisham – now I have another Grisham to read – Camino Island. It too, sounds good –  ‘Valued at $25 million (though some would say priceless) the five manuscripts of F Scott Fitzgerald’s only novels are amongst the most valuable in the world. After an initial flurry of arrests, both they and the ruthless gang of thieves who took them have vanished without trace.’
  • The Blood Doctor by Barbara Vine – small font
  • The Children’s Book by A S Byatt – a long book that’s quite heavy to hold

D, E and F

I’ve read one of these!

  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • Extraordinary People by Peter May –READ – I liked it, but not as good as his Lewis trilogy
  • The Floating Admiral by Members of the Detection Club

G, H and I

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The problem with these three is that they are all in a small font – hard on the eyes!

  • The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell
  • Hamlet, Revenge! by Michael Innes
  • The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

J, K and L

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  • The Journeying Boy by Michael Innes –  will probably not read this, some of those who commented were in favour, but others were not.
  • Ghost Walk by Alanna Knight
  • The Other Side of the Bridge by Mary Lawson – READ and loved this one!

M, N and O

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  • Mercy by Jodie Picoult – doubtful that I’ll read this.
  • Notes from an Exhibition by Patrick Gale – READ – Café Society sang the praises of this book, and I’m pleased to say she was right and I loved it.
  • An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris – Helen commented that this is probably her favourite Robert Harris book so far, so I’m very keen to read this one soon.

P, Q and R

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All these received favourable comments!

  • The Power House by John Buchan – a short book, should be a quick read.
  • The Queen’s Man by Sharon Penman (Kindle) – loved her Sunne in Splendour – why haven’t I read this one before now? As a result of comments I now have added Welsh Princes books, especially Here Be Dragons – love that title!
  • Resistance by Owen Sheers – apparently this is not an easy read, but some people recommended it.

S and T


  • The Stranger House by Reginald Hill – I’ll definitely read this one.
  • Slipstream: A Memoir by Elizabeth Jane Howard
  • The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson – Simon T  thinks this ‘is one of her best – much starker and darker than most of her others (dark in atmosphere – not gory or anything) but so brilliantly written.’
  • The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney – READ – I was encouraged by the comments on this. I did enjoy it, particularly the descriptions of the landscape and climate that set it in geographic context, but it just took so long to read particularly with so many sub-plots to hold in my head! I think some of the sub-plots that don’t contribute much to the story could easily have been developed into books in their own right. And the ending seemed so abrupt. I’m not sure I want to read any more of Stef Penney’s books.

U, V and W

U V W books

  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce – I’m put off by the title – too gimicky, but I will at least begin this book – sometime.
  • The Various Flavours of Coffee by Anthony Capella – this one may get recycled.
  • The Water Horse by Julia Gregson – definitely a book to read.

X, Y and Z


I’m still hoping to read these, especially Margaret Atwood’s book after watching the BBC One programme Imagine where she talks to Alan Yentob in Toronto.

  • Xingu and other stories by Edith Wharton (Kindle)
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • Zoo Time by Howard Jacobson

15 thoughts on “My ABC of TBRs”

    1. You recommended A Perfectly Good Man when I wrote about Notes from an Exhibition, so I reserved it at the library. It arrived a while ago so I have it waiting to read!! 🙂


  1. I really like the way you’re going about this TBR thing, Margaret. It gives you a clear picture of what you have and what you don’t have, and helps you focus your reading. You’ve got some great reads, too!

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  2. What a good idea. I should probably do this though I suspect the list of books I’d find that I really want to read would be overwhelming…. I’m curious about those comments you’ve heard that Resistance isn’t an easy book to read. Do they mean the narrative style is hard to follow (I can’t imagine that’s the case) or the subject matter was challenging? I can’t really think what in the book would make it so?

    As for Howard Jacobsen I still have the horrid memories of trying to read The Finkler Question by him. He’s just not an author I think I want to try again

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    1. About Resistance – one person wrote that it required stamina and wasn’t ‘a breeze of a read.’ Another person wrote it wasn’t the easiest read for a variety of reasons, but they both enjoyed it.

      Oh dear, I also have The Finkler Question in my TBRs – not looking too promising!


    1. Thanks, Jessie. I’d love to read The Children’s Book soon – it’s the length that’s putting me off and the fact that I have a hardback copy and it’s heavy to hold. Maybe I’ll try it soon.

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  3. I second the recommendation for An Officer and a Spy, though I feel I should warn you it’s written in present tense. But the history aspect is great – a story I didn’t know much about too, which always makes it more interesting.

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    1. Thanks FF – I’m hoping because I’ve loved his other books that I’ll be able to overlook the present tense – or even not notice it – ha ha! That would be good. I know very little about the history too.

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  4. What a good idea! I should take a look at my TBR mountain this way. I’m almost certain I don’t have an X though. Happy reading!

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  5. I can’t comment on everything here, so will just pick one to comment on, The tenderness of wolves. I’m inclined to agree with you. I enjoyed it, but it’s not one that has really stuck with me.


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