TBR Thursday #13

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.




The Fandom by Anna Day



Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands …

A fast-paced, genre-flipping YA fantasy adventure from a brand new author, writing in homage to the best YA fiction.

The Fandom is one of the proofs I picked up at YALC.  It hasn’t been high on my list of priorities because it comes out next year, but I’ve been hearing so many good things.  It sounds like a whole lot of fun, and I’m probably going to bump it up the list!



Science Fiction

Old Man’s War by John Scalzi



With his wife dead and buried, and life nearly over at 75, John Perry takes the only logical course of action left: he joins the army. Now better known as the Colonial Defense Force (CDF), Perry’s service-of-choice has extended its reach into interstellar space to pave the way for human colonization of other planets while fending off marauding aliens.

The CDF has a trick up its sleeve that makes enlistment especially enticing for seniors: the promise of restoring their youth. After bonding with a group of fellow recruits who dub their clique the Old Farts, Perry finds himself in a new body crafted from his original DNA and upgraded for battle, including a brain-implanted computer. But all too quickly the Old Farts are separated, and Perry must fight for his life on various alien-infested battlegrounds.

So I bought this book for myself, and Scottish Fiance has already read it!  I really, really need to get going on Old Man’s War.  I loved The Collapsing Empire and Redshirts – his humour and world building are so on point.  This is the series that he’s best known for, and I feel a little behind.




The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman



The extraordinary story moves between parallel universes. Beginning in Oxford, it takes Lyra and her animal-daemon Pantalaimon on a dangerous rescue mission to the ice kingdoms of the far North, where she begins to learn about the mysterious particles they call Dust – a substance for which terrible war between different worlds will be fought…

I read Northern Lights for the first time earlier this year and I absolutely loved it.  I really need to tackle the two remaining books before The Book of Dust comes out in October!  I probably won’t make it in time, but that’s okay.  It’s the thought that counts, right?



Non Fiction

The Great British Dream Factory by Dominic Sandbrook



It is extraordinary to think that one British writer, J. K. Rowling, has sold more than 400 million books; that Doctor Who is watched in almost every developed country in the world; that James Bond has been the central character in the longest-running film series in history; that The Lord of the Rings is the second best-selling novel ever written (behind only A Tale of Two Cities); that the Beatles are still the best-selling musical group of all time; and that only Shakespeare and the Bible have sold more books than Agatha Christie. To put it simply, no country on earth, relative to its size, has contributed more to the modern imagination.

This is a book about the success and the meaning of Britain’s modern popular culture, from Bond and the Beatles to Catherine Cookson and Coronation Street, from Harry Potter, heavy metal and Kate Bush to Damien Hirst, Downton Abbey and Grand Theft Auto.

So Dominic Sandbrook is an amazing British pop culture historian.  He wrote a couple of books that my Mum has absolutely loved — particularly Never Had it So Good, which is all about Britain in the 1960’s – and this is his most recent one.  It features so many of my favourite things!  It’s a thick book, clocking in at  688 pages, but I’d like to dedicate a few weeks to plowing through this one.


That’s it for this week!  What’s on your shelves?  Are there any books you were so excited to purchase and then forgot about as soon as you put them on your book case?  Have you read any of these?  Let me know!

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