Monday, August 5, 2013

Musing Monday..What Tops The TBR Pile This Week!

 It's Monday and time to muse!
As always, hosted by MizB at  Should Be Reading...

No rants this weeks, for a change, so I will share with you a few books I recently got my mitts on.

First, there is Lighthouse Island by Paulette Jiles. 
Yes, I will admit that lighthouse in the title first got my attention...but it does sound interesting.
"The bestselling author of the highly praised novels The Color of Lightning, Stormy Weather, and Enemy Women pushes into new territory with this captivating and atmospheric story set in the far future-a literary dystopian tale resonant with love and hope.

In the coming centuries the world's population has exploded and covered the earth with cities, animals are nearly all gone and drought has taken over so that cloudy water is issued by the quart. There are no maps, no borders, no numbered years. On this urban planet the only relief from overcrowding and the harsh rule of the big Agencies is the television in every living space, with its dreams of vanished waterfalls and the promise of virtual vacations in green spaces, won by the lucky few.

It is an unwelcoming world for an orphan like Nadia Stepan... Abandoned by her parents on a crowded street when she was four, the little girl is shuttled from orphanage to orphanage, foster-family to foster-family. Nadia grows up dreaming of the vacation spot called Lighthouse Island, in a place called the Pacific Northwest. She becomes obsessed with it and is determined to somehow find her way there. In the meantime this bright and witty orphan falls into the refuge of old and neglected books; the lost world of the imagination."

Next is Accidents Happen by Louise Millar.
What if the one in a million is you?
Kate Parker has had so much bad luck in her life, she's convinced she's cursed. But when she tries to do her best to keep herself and her son safe, people tell her she's being anxious and obsessive.
Just when her life starts to spin completely out of control, an Oxford professor she meets offers to help. But his methods are not conventional. If she wants to live her life again, he will expect her to take risks.
When a mysterious neighbour starts to take more than a passing interest in her, Kate tries to stay rational and ignore it.
Maybe this, however, is the one time Kate should be worried.
Oh Kate, always be suspicious of mysterious neighbors!
Don't be afraid!

And last, here is one that I actually bought!
But after I read the recommendation on one of my favorite blogs, The Conversion Dairy I had to. I love her writing...seems she will have a book out in the near future...and she is so funny, I will quote what she wrote about the book. It made me buy it!
"Your life isn’t complete until you read The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson....
My one complaint about The Long Ships is that it’s only 600 pages. When I reached page 280, I wanted to cry when I saw that I was almost half way through. A book like this should be no less than 2,000 pages. And, yeah, if you’re short on reading time it’ll take you a while to get through it. But that’s fine, since you won’t ever want to read anything else anyway. The book is an epic saga in the classic sense of the term. It covers the adventures of a Viking named Red Orm, from the time he’s a young man until he’s older. It’s a swashbuckling tale of Viking culture around the time that Christianity first made its way that far north. Reading the book is less like turning the pages of a manuscript, and more like sitting around a fire with rowdy Northmen, drinking ale and listening to them loudly chronicle their exploits.
Also, it’s hilarious. All throughout the book there is a dry, understated type of humor that often had me laughing out loud at one o’clock in the morning." 
"Your life isn’t complete..." well, I have to read that one!
As usual, I have some great sounding books waiting for me.
Now I just need the time to read them all!

How about you?
Is there one book you can just not wait to start?


  1. Wow, what a recommendation for The Long Ships. I can't wait to see what you think of it.

  2. lots of good reading here ... thanks!

  3. All three books just made my Wishlist!

  4. I hope you end up enjoying your new books! There are always too many books and too little time :)

  5. those are indeed interesting books. I like to add Accidents Happen on my TBR list. i'm an accident-prone girl, so definitely, I might be able to relate :)

  6. Of the three, the Long Ships sounds the most interesting. The first one, even though it has an appealing lighthouse on the cover, sounds too depressing for me. Enjoy your next TBR books!

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