Welcome to Mount TBR, my uncreatively titled new feature wherein I feature a few books on my TBR pile and then you all get a chance to vote on which one I should read next! Not only do you get to boss me around via popular vote, but I, in turn, get sufficient motivation to finally tackle those books that’ve been sitting around waiting for me to pay attention to them.
So! Onward, friends:
Black Out: An Inspector Troy Thriller by John Lawton
This stunning wartime thriller “repeatedly brings to mind le Carre–for its elegance and style, its intricate, suspenseful plot” (Scott Turow). 1944 London: Children playing on a bomb site make a grisly discovery: a neatly severed arm. When more body parts appear, Sergeant Frederick Troy, a thinking man’s cop, soon traces clues to a conspiracy that reaches to the very top of the Allied High Command.
On my TBR since: March 16, 2012
Why I added it: it was free, it’s set in WWII England, and it has a cool title.
Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
Set in Bismarck’s Germany, Fontane’s luminous tale of a socially suitable but emotionally disastrous match between the enchanting seventeen-year-old Effi and an austere, workaholic civil servant twice her age, is at once touching and unsettling. Fontane’s taut, ironic narrative depicts a world where sexuality and the enjoyment of life are stifled by narrow-mindedness and circumstance. Considered by many to be the pinnacle of the nineteenth-century German novel, Effi Briest is a tale of adultery that ranks with Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina and brilliantly demonstrates the truth of the author’s comment and “women’s stories are generally far more interesting.”
On my TBR since: April 18, 2010
Why I added it: I’m pretty sure I saw it on one of those “you MUST read these books before you die or you’re a big fat loser” lists. I caved under the pressure.
The Summer of Riley by Eve Bunting
Eleven-year-old William never needed a friend more than now. After his parents’ separation, his father’s new engagement, and his grandfather’s dying without any warning — adopting big, beautiful Riley is the first thing in a long time that has made him feel better. That is, until Riley innocently chases a horse.
Local law states that any animal that chases livestock must be put to sleep. Suddenly William stands to lose another thing close to him. Together with his “totally unsurpassed” friend Grace, William begins a campaign to reverse the county commissioners’ decision. But with a community divided on the issue, and the bully Ellis Porter trying to stop them at every turn, will they be able to save Riley’s life?
On my TBR since: November 30, 2010
Why I added it: I’d previously read at least one other of Eve Bunting’s works, and it’s one of my favorite set-in-a-boarding-school novels EVER. Plus, it was free.
Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase
Tough minded Jessica Trent’s sole intention is to free her nitwit brother from the destructive influence of Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Diain. She never expects to desire the arrogant, amoral cad. And When Daine’s reciprocal passion places them in a scandalously compromising, and public, position, Jessica is left with no choice but to seek satisfaction… Damn the minx for tempting him, kissing him…and then for forcing him to salvage reputation! Lord Dain can’t wait to put the infuriating bluestocking in her place — and in some amorous position. And if this means marriage, so be it — though Sebastian is less than certain he can continue to remain aloof…and steal his heart to the sensuous, head strong lady’s considerable charms.
On my TBR since: Somewhere in 2009, I think.
Why I added it: I vaguely remember a list on Smart Bitches, Trashy Books of romance novels that people who don’t normally like romance novels would enjoy reading. I think this was on it? Anyway, it sounded interesting, so I bought it!
As you can see, I tried to pick a variety of different genres. It’s more fun that way, don’t you think?
And now for the poll:
It’ll be open for just one week! I’ll announce the winning book next Wednesday and read it soon after.
Also, I think I’m going to turn the reader poll into a Mount TBR poll next month. Then I’ll read the winning book in June and feature it. I think it’ll be a nice change from the usual! What do y’all think?