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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Black Friday and TBR Pile

Want to do a little shopping on Black Friday without leaving the house?  Visit The French Cupboard!

I've never experienced Black Friday except by watching the news or reading the paper.  Shopping in a crushing sea of people would be an unbearable experience for someone who dislikes crowds.

But shopping online?  Sounds like a good idea and many online shops are participating in BF sales from the comfort of your home.

I've finished Operation Mincemeat and will review soon.  It just happens to be one of those books that can send me scurrying to research names,events, and historical accounts. Fascinating if you are interested in WWII espionage; this work of nonfiction has so many real people who could inspire a dozen fictional novels. 

Because I haven't been reading as much lately, my TBR pile just keeps increasing.  I went ahead and started the latest Jacqueline Winspear last night because it is so hard to resist Maisie Dobbs. 

Also in progress, Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle, and I'm still moving through The Bard on the Brain:  Understanding the Mind Through the Art of Shakespeare and the Science of Brain Imaging , which has been disappointing.  Maybe I just haven't been in the mood for it, but it hasn't captured my attention as I'd hoped.

In the TBR pile (the ones that are really calling me):
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Turner that I can't wait to begin.  I love her YA series and have thoroughly enjoyed the previous three novels.  I actually buy these instead of checking them out at the library because I want to have them for Mila (precious brown-eyed granddaughter) to read.

Class Collision: Fall from Grace by Annette Mackey which is set in the  Depression Era.

An Impartial Witness by Charles Todd.  Although I wasn't as impressed with the first Bess Crawford mystery as I'd hoped, I've loved the Ian Rutledge series over the years, and hope that Bess can eventually satisfy me.  It often takes a series a while to settle into a niche with plot, characters, pacing, and time period nicely intertwined.  So while A Duty to the Dead, the first Bess Crawford, didn't measure up to Ian Rutledge for me, I expect this one will work better.

The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer (not the same as the new film).  "Milo Weaver used to be a 'tourist' for the CIA..."   I think that line on the book jacket got my attention.  I was wondering about its connection to the new Johnny Depp film-- but two different stories, although both involve intrigue.

What are you reading?  What books are edging to the top of your TBR pile?


  1. I'm not a big fan of Black Friday either, so cyber-shopping is always my preferred way of shopping.

    I really liked Half Broke Horses - hope you are enjoying it too.

    Enjoy the rest of your TBR books!

  2. Melissa - My best friend loved Half Broke Horses and gave me a copy. I'm enjoying it so far! Thanks for stopping by - :)

  3. Just started The Red House Mystery by Milne--it's holding my interest so far. Finished The Provincial Lady in London by Delafield--hilarious. Up next: The Lost City of Z; My Family and Other Animals; and scads of Persephone books.

  4. Kim - What a great list! I've never read any of Milne's adult works, but I've heard of this one. I love the time period of The Provincial Lady in London and had it on one of my lists a couple of years ago, but never got around to it. It's back on my list, now!

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm not sure what you meant by "no reply commenter" Is this something I need to change on a profile? It seems something new in the world of blogging comes up every day.

  6. Ann- I posted an explanation on your blog. :)