TBR Thursday #9

Dust off your shelves

 

TBR Thursday is a weekly post hosted by yours truly.  If you’d like to participate in TBR Thursdays, please feel free!  Link me in your post so I can take a look at what you’ve got on your shelves and so we can cry together about how we are never going to actually finish reading through our TBR piles.  All copy is courtesy of Goodreads.

 

TBR Thursday is going to become more and more important for me as the need to save some money grows! Scottish Fiance and I are in the midst of some Exciting Life Things, so I’m reigning in the book-buying extravaganzas (or at least trying to). I’m hoping to continue this semi-failing project of only reading what I’ve got in the flat.

 

Rules:

  • Pick four books from your shelf or you Kindle that you haven’t read yet (the longer they’ve gathering dust the better!)
  • Post a short description of the books
  • Post a few short sentences on when you bought it, why you want to read it, etc.

 

 

Fantasy

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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Destined to destroy empires Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death. 

Six years later, the child raised in the shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything. 

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult. 

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows loves her. And they drink her fear.

I’m not kidding when I say I’ve heard nothing but good things about Nevernight.  The hype for Godsgrave, the second book in this series,  is pretty intense in the lead-up to publication.  I’d love to see what all the hype is about!  This book looks like my exact cup of tea, murdery cults and all.

 

Science Fiction

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

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A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can choose -and change – their gender. His goal is to facilitate Winter’s inclusion in a growing intergalactic civilization. But to do so he must bridge the gulf between his own views and those of the completely dissimilar culture that he encounters. 

Embracing the aspects of psychology, society, and human emotion on an alien world, The Left Hand of Darkness stands as a landmark achievement in the annals of intellectual science fiction.

I’m going to admit something I’m not proud of — I really struggle to separate authors as people and authors as artists.  I have trouble reading books by authors that are unkind (Orson Scott Card) or say incredibly stupid things about other authors/genres (Phillipa Gregory).  I choose to not buy or read these author’s books.

I’ve rarely heard Le Guin’s name come up without being attached to some kind of internet rant — whether it’s about the (reportedly terrible) television version of her Earthsea books or other authors’ attempts to write fantasy, she seems to always be complaining about something.  Now this is probably completely unfair, but I can’t help it!  She’s been forever associated in my mind with this, therefore I’ve really struggled to find interest in any of her books.  But I’m trying to stop that now.  The Left Hand of Darkness is one of the most important books in contemporary sci-fi and I need to read it.  So there.  I’m going to do it.  It’s official now.  Urgh.  I’ll probably love it.

 

Fiction

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh

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The most nostalgic and reflective of Evelyn Waugh’s novels, Brideshead Revisited looks back to the golden age before the Second World War. It tells the story of Charles Ryder’s infatuation with the Marchmains and the rapidly-disappearing world of privilege they inhabit. Enchanted first by Sebastian at Oxford, then by his doomed Catholic family, in particular his remote sister, Julia, Charles comes finally to recognize only his spiritual and social distance from them.

It’s shocking that I’ve been a member of my family for 29 years and haven’t managed to read this book yet (I can practically sense my mother nodding her head as she reads this).  It’s a classic and is set in Oxford, where I live — what’s not to like?

 

Non Fiction

Girl Trouble: Panic and Progress in the History of Young Women by Carol Dyhouse

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Horror, scandal and moral panic! The popular fascination with the moral decline of young women has permeated society for over a hundred years. Be it flappers, beat girls, dolly birds or ladettes, public outrage at girls’ perceived permissiveness has been a mass-media staple with each changing generation. 
Eminent social historian Carol Dyhouse examines what it really means and has meant to be a girl growing up in the swirl of twentieth-century social change in this detailed, factual and empathetic history. Dyhouse uses studies, interviews, articles and news items to piece together the story of girlhood, clearly demonstrating the value of feminism and other liberating cultural shifts in expanding girls’ aspirations and opportunities, in spite of the negative press that has accompanied these freedoms.

This is a sparkling, panoramic account of the ever-evolving opportunities and challenges for girls, the new ways they have able to present and speak up for themselves, and the popular hysteria that has frequently accompanied their progress.

This is my exact kind of book.  I love women’s history and have a serious interest in feminism’s evolving place in our society.  Gimme gimme gimme.  I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Carol Dyhouse speak on one of her other books, and she’s so incredibly smart, sharp, and funny.  I have high hopes for this book.

 

That’s it for this week!  Have you read any of these books?  What’s lurking on your bookshelf?  Let me know!

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