TBR Thursday #12

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.



  • 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.




Science Fiction


Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

BRIEFING NOTE: Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Illuminae seems to be a book people either love or hate.  I don’t think I’ve seen an ‘it was okay’ reaction.  I suspect that this is a book I’ll absolutely love.  I really, really enjoy books that are made up of gathered documents like House of Leaves or epistolary novels of the 18th and 19th century.  I’m dying to give this one a shot!




Blood Song by Anthony Ryan


Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of ten when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.

The Raven’s Shadow series – of which Blood Song is the first – seems to really divide readers.  Some think it’s great, others find it incredibly disappointing, but everyone seems to agree that Blood Song is one of the best contemporary fantasy novels out there. I’ve been meaning to read this book for absolute ages, but just haven’t picked it up yet.




Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen


Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen’s Gothic parody. Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.

The story’s heroine is Catherine Morland, an innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

I have actually read Northanger Abbey!  I took a class on Gothic fiction (yes, it was one of the best classes ever) and this was one of my favourites.  It’s such a vastly underrated Jane Austen novel.  I have a beautiful edition that I got for Christmas one year and it has sat on my shelf ever since.  It’s time to dust this one off and reread it.





Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid


Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid has riveted millions of readers worldwide with her acutely suspenseful, psychologically complex, seamlessly plotted thrillers. In Northanger Abbey, she delivers her own, witty, updated take on Austen’s classic novel about a young woman whose visit to the stately home of a well-to-do acquaintance stirs her most macabre imaginings, with an extra frisson of suspense that only McDermid could provide.


Cat Morland is ready to grow up. A homeschooled minister’s daughter in the quaint, sheltered Piddle Valley in Dorset, she loses herself in novels and is sure there is a glamorous adventure awaiting her beyond the valley’s narrow horizon. So imagine her delight when the Allens, neighbors and friends of her parents, invite her to attend the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh as their guest. With a sunny personality, tickets every night and a few key wardrobe additions courtesy of Susie Allen, Cat quickly begins to take Edinburgh by storm and is taken into the bosom of the Thorpe family, particularly by eldest daughter Bella. And then there’s the handsome Henry Tilney, an up-and-coming lawyer whose family home is the beautiful and forbidding Northanger Abbey. Cat is entranced by Henry and his charming sister Eleanor, but she can’t help wondering if everything about them is as perfect as it seems. Or has she just been reading too many novels? A delectable, note-perfect modern update of the Jane Austen classic, Northanger Abbey tells a timeless story of innocence amid cynicism, the exquisite angst of young love, and the value of friendship.

You may be wondering – Northanger Abbey twice by two different authors?  Val McDermid – the undisputed Queen of Crime – was part of the Austen Project, which had contemporary authors rewrite Austen’s novels with their own twist.  I’ve been dying to read both versions back to back!


That’s it for this week!  Have you read any of these books?  Are they on your TBR?  Let me know!

12 thoughts on “TBR Thursday #12

  1. You haven’t read Illuminae yet?! What are you waiting for?? I mean that in a non rude way 😂 I know you’ll love it!!

    Side note – House of Leaves…. I’ve been trying to read this one for years and I’m so confused! The footnotes from the crazy tattoo guy are just confusing me more than anything and there’s not a whole lot of details of the house to make me scared. I just got to the part where they are exploring the staircase that seems to never end. Does it get better and less confusing? I want to continue with it but I keep putting it down

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    1. Illuminae is my NEXT book. It’s on my shelf, waiting. Shanah’s probably going to say, “cool, so you’ll be starting tomorrow, or maybe even this evening.” Alas, I am a lot slower than that, and I have to carve out writing time, but… NEXT BOOK!

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      1. Speed of reading is never something you should explain! Especially when you’ve got so many other things on your plate 🙂 but I am really happy it’s your next choice! This series is amazing! Book 2 is even better as it goes into the “why” and “who” of the first. I can’t wait to see what you think of it!

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    2. HA!! It always seems to be next on my list. Then I finish something and pick up a book that’s not Illuminae. Then repeat.

      House of Leaves freaked me out so badly that I couldn’t sleep with it in my room. Nope nope nope. I actually never finished it, but I weirdly feel like I got a lot out of it? It’s such a strange, strange book.

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