As some of you might remember, about six months ago I posted a list of ten books chosen at random from my Goodreads “to read” shelf and since then I have been slowly working through those ten books. I have now read and reviewed eight of them; the other two I decided I no longer wanted to read and could remove from the shelf. Of course, I’ve also been reading other books from my TBR as well as adding more books to it, so this little project of mine hasn’t really made any difference to the numbers – but I still think it was worthwhile as it motivated me to finally pick up some of the books I’ve been marking as “to read” on Goodreads over the years and then forgetting about.
The eight books from the list of ten which I have now read are as follows:
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Thief of Time by John Boyne
Royal Mistress by Anne Easter Smith
The Odd Women by George Gissing
April Lady by Georgette Heyer
Cousin Bette by Honoré de Balzac
The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Sea-Hawk by Rafael Sabatini
I enjoyed most of these, particularly Alias Grace, The Sea-Hawk and The Master of Ballantrae, but I was disappointed by The Thief of Time. I’m also pleased to have read something by George Gissing and Honoré de Balzac at last!
The two books I decided not to read were:
The Bones of Avalon by Phil Rickman
Wieland by Charles Brockden Brown
I did start The Bones of Avalon, but couldn’t get into it and eventually abandoned it, happy that I’d at least given it a chance. Wieland, though, just doesn’t sound appealing to me and I can’t remember why I had wanted to read it in the first place.
That’s ten books removed from the TBR, then, which means it’s time to choose ten more! Again, I’ve used a random number generator to pick ten numbers and I’m listing the corresponding books below:
12 – A Shilling for Candles by Josephine Tey
46 – Ten Second Staircase by Christopher Fowler
128 – The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley
337 – Phineas Redux by Anthony Trollope
322 – The Reckoning by Sharon Penman
111 – Restoration by Rose Tremain
463 – The Brontes went to Woolworths by Rachel Ferguson
245 – Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George
408 – The Last King of Lydia by Tim Leach
36 – Poor Caroline by Winifred Holtby
What do you think of this selection? Are there any you think I definitely need to read? Any you wouldn’t recommend?