Top Ten Tuesday – Spring TBR list

7aabb-toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s top ten is ten books from your Spring TBR lists. I must admit that I don’t really like pinning myself down in such a way and I will undoubtedly get distracted by other books. However, these are the books I am currently looking forward to reading next. (That’s if I ever manage to finish Translated Accounts. I’m starting to understand why it was on my TBR pile for quite so long!)

  1. Complicity – Iain Banks (TBR Challenge)
  2. The Absolutist – John Boyne (Eclectic Reader Challenge)
  3. Rebecca – Daphne Du Maurier (Eclectic Reader Challenge)
  4. The Stepford Wives – Ira Levin
  5. The Rapture – Liz Jensen (TBR Challenge)
  6. Loitering With Intent – Muriel Spark
  7. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
  8. A Dangerous Thing – Josh Lanyon
  9. Big Brother – Lionel Shriver
  10. The Talented Mr Ripley – Patricia Highsmith


Writing Prompt – Make a list of the things that make you angry and then choose one of them to write about

This is quite an easy prompt for me as just about everything in the world makes me angry these days. Or if not angry at least a little irritated. So I am being quite restrained in keeping this list to ten things. There was a temptation, once I’d started, to just keep going. 

Writing prompt from 642 things to write about – Make a list of the things that make you angry and then choose one of them to write about. 

  1. Homophobia / Racism / Sexism
  2. Reality TV
  3. Stupidity
  4. Current education policy / Ofsted
  5. Mainstream music / film
  6. Modern parenting
  7. Ads with celebrity voiceovers / cameos
  8. People who are famous for nothing
  9. My computer’s inability to work for more than half an hour without crashing
  10. Trivial facebook statuses – I really don’t care what you are eating / watching / listening to right now.

Ads with celebrity voiceovers / cameos

Why does nobody ever seem to think about what they are advertising? Celebrities seem all too willing to sell their soul to whoever will give them the most money. And for a lot of them, it can’t be an issue of need. So why do it? Exactly how are we supposed to take David Mitchell seriously as a cultural commentator now that he has done a voiceover for that Phones For You advert. Surely the sort of nonsense he would be only to happy to ridicule if it were anyone else. But it’s okay. Just so long as he got paid shed loads.

The current king of all this is Kevin Bacon. Once a fairly good actor, now purveyor of dubious mobile phone promises. Whenever I see him, I feel let down. I’m not sure if it’s the chummy, smugness of his tone or the deadness of his expression that is more annoying. Whatever it is, I doubt I could ever take him seriously on the big screen again. Still, I’m sure the huge amount of money he got paid more than makes up for the loss of his dignity. 


The 2014 TBR Challenge


Last year, I only did one reading challenge and I managed to do it twice (Eclectic Reading Challenge 2013). So I’m hoping that this year I will be able to do The 2014 TBR Challenge – hosted by Roof Beam Reader –   as well as the Eclectic Reading Challenge 2014. After all, I read 61 books so 24 will hopefully be manageable.

The goal of the TBR Challenge is to read 12 books that have been on your to read pile for more than a year (plus to alternatives in case of getting stuck with on of the 12.) Easy enough as my to read pile grows every year.

Here is my list for the challenge. I’ll link reviews as I go along.Complicity –

1.Iain Banks (1993) (April)

2. Death Comes for the Archbishop – Willa Cather (1927)

3. The Inheritance of Loss – Kiran Desai (2005) (June)

4. The Rules of Attraction – Bret Easton Ellis (1987) (July)

5. The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde (2003) (February)

6. The Rapture – Liz Jensen (2009) (August)

7. Translated Accounts – James Kelman (2001) (March)

8. Let the Right one in = John Ajvide Lindgvist (2004) September)

9. The Distant Echo – Val McDermid (2003) (October)

10. The Flood – Ian Rankin (1986) (November)

11. Brideshead Revisited – Evelyn Waugh (1945) (January)

12. The Slap – Christos Tsiolkas (2008) (May)


  1. The Anniversary Man – R. J. Ellory (2009)
  2. Raven Black – Ann Cleeves (1997)