TBR Slash: 4 Neglected Books
September 30, 2011 34 Comments
I keep passing over some books on my To-Be-Read pile when deciding what to read next. They just don’t appeal quite so much as other, newer books.
So it’s time for a little action: this month (and the next, depending on whether I’ll read the full books), I will be reading 75 pages of each book. I will then decide whether to continue, or put it aside forever and take it off the TBR.
The Blasphemer by Nigel Farndale
Description: “On its way to the Galápagos Islands, a light aircraft crashes into the sea. Zoologist Daniel Kennedy is confronted with a stark Darwinian choice. Should he save himself, or Nancy, the woman he loves? But how can one moment of betrayal ever be forgiven? And after he escapes the plane and swims for help, who is the elusive figure who guides him away from certain death?”
That sounds quite good, actually! I’ll have another go with this one. DONE (DNF) – Review here.
The Lady and the Poet by Maeve Haran
Description: Ann lives with her 4 sisters with her grandparents, Sir William and Lady Margaret More. Her grandfather encourages her to read from his extensive library but hopes she will find a suitable match when she is presented at the Court of Queen Elisabeth. She meets the poet John Donne and finds him irresistable.
The Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
I’ve read several books by Isabel Allende and I guess I like them, but not enough to rush and read every new book she writes.
Description: “From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, Isabel Allende’s latest novel tells the story of a mulatta woman, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny in a society where that would seem impossible.”
Ah, that’s right, another historical fiction. It’s not that I don’t enjoy them, it’s just… I’m more in a modern mood, lately! DONE – Review to follow
The Human Race by O. C. Heaton
I know what it is with this book: I don’t find the cover attractive. No, not ugly, but too in-your-face. I’ll just have to try the inside of the book, don’t you think?
Description: “From the leafy suburbs of London to the frozen wastelands of Iceland, in the shadow of Ground Zero and under the barren dryness of the Mojave Desert, a bloody battle between the forces of greed unfolds. There can only be one winner and the fate of the human race hangs in the balance.”
No historical fiction, hurray! It’s one of those quirky books that could be good fun, or just over the top. 75 pages before I make my decision.
I’ll report back to let you know how it went. I’m guessing I should be able to finish at least two of these books, and maybe all. But I reserve the right to stop at page 75! :-) DONE – Review here.
Will you join me and try some of your neglected books?