Sunday, August 11, 2019

Books from the TBR piles

Earlier this year my husband took these photos of books I got at last year's Planned Parenthood book sale, so I thought would share them with you. Three of these are crime fiction, one is historical fiction, the other two are non-genre fiction.

I haven't read any of them yet. Hopefully I will get them read in the next few months.


I Hear Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty
Book 2 in Adrian McKinty's Sean Duffy series. I liked the first book, The Cold, Cold Ground, and intend to continue the series which features Detective Sean Duffy of the Royal Ulster Constabulary. The books are set in Belfast, during the Irish Troubles, and Duffy is a Catholic cop in a primarily Protestant police force.

The Dry by Jane Harper
I was surprised and thrilled to find a copy of this at the book sale last year (at a good price), because it had only been published in the US in early 2018, and it normally would be higher priced. I haven't read anything by this author yet, but looking forward to reading this one. This book is crime fiction, set in Australia, featuring Federal Agent Aaron Falk, and there is a second book in the series.

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Beware, Beware is the second of three crime fiction books by Steph Cha featuring Korean-American Juniper Song. I loved the first book in the series, Follow Her Home (reviewed here), and was happy to find the other two books in the series at the book sale.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
I don't know much about this book. It is set in January 1946 as London emerges from the Second World War and the story is told through correspondence, mostly letters. The setting is enough to interest me. See the review at Mysteries and More from Saskatchewan.



More Tales of the City and Further Tales of the City
by Armistead Maupin
I read Tales of the City for the first time in 2018, forty years after it was first published. It amazes me that I missed it when it came out in 1978, since I was living in California at the time. That was a transitional time in my life so I guess other things were on my mind. The book is set in San Francisco, California, and it was originally published in newspaper columns. I am hoping to enjoy the second and third books in the series as much as the first. I love the covers.


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  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel pie Society is excellent, I think that one may have spawned my interest in WW2.

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    1. I am glad to hear that, Cath. It will certainly be different from most of the books I have read set in that time.

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  2. I have the top two Tracy. Can't remember if I read that McKinty or not yet. I think so. I haven't read The Dry yet. I've heard some good things about Steph Cha's latest book, but not pursued it. Gave up on the Maupin's a few years ago. I couldn't get on with the first book in the series, and I had bought most of them!

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    1. When I started Tales from the City it felt like a soap opera and did not impress me, Col. But it is easy to get hooked on that type of thing and I got interested in the characters. I may have waited too long to read the second, and won't remember what is going on.

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  3. #TBR ....I never seem to see the end of this list! This summer I listed ALL the books I bought in 2019. I have challenged myself to read them before buying any new books. You can imagine how difficult it is not buying! Good luck climbing Mount TBR!

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    1. Yes, I can imagine how hard it is not to buy books, Nancy. I should not even be going to the book sale in September, even though the books are very reasonably priced. But it is something we look forward to every year, and for a good cause.

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  4. Oh, I hope you'll enjoy these, Tracy! The Guernsey.... is, I think, a very well-written novel with a real sense of time and place. The others you have there are appealing, too. I hope you'll post reviews.

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    1. I hope I can post reviews for all of these also, Margot. I look forward to reading all of them.

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  5. Unusually for me I read The Guernsey Literary Potato Peel Pie Society when everyone else seemed to be reading it. I really liked it.

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    1. I think I was curious about the book around the time it came out, Katrina, but got more interested when they adapted it to film. And then I want to read it before I see the film.

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  6. TracyK: Thanks for the reference. Good reading awaits you. It would be hard to have two more different books than The Dry and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Their common element are settings in small close knit rural communities a world apart physically.

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    1. That is true, Bill, an interesting comparison of two of the books on the list. Your review of Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is excellent.

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  7. I have always loved the Maupin books, and reread them all every now and again - usually when he adds a new book! And I like the sound of the Steph Cha books.

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    1. I have to get moving on more of Maupin's books, Moira, I know I will enjoy them once I start them. And I recommend the Steph Cha books on the basis of the first one.

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