Down the TBR Hole #11

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. Rules are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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I’m keeping all of the books in the first trio. Outline by Rachel Cusk is a novel about writing and talking, about self-effacement and self-expression, about the desire to create and the human art of self-portraiture in which that desire finds its universal form. The second book is The First Bad Man by Miranda Julythat described as a tender, gripping, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual fantasies and fierce maternal love, Miranda July’s first novel confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic and important voice today and a writer for all time. It’s weird for me that the third book is still on my TBR list instead of the read list, because I adore the author and I know I love it already because I listen to the TED talk – We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

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Polish Lit in Translation – Cover Battles #2 | Entanglement by Zygmunt Miloszewski

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Read my review here. | Goodreads.

Entanglement by Zygmunt Miloszewski

The morning after a group psychotherapy session in a Warsaw monastery, Henry Talek is found dead, a roasting spit stuck in one eye.

Public prosecutor Teodor Szacki, world-weary, suffering from bureaucratic exhaustion and marital ennui, feels that life has passed him by. But this case changes everything. Because of it he meets Monika Grzelka, a young journalist whose charms prove difficult to resist, and he discovers the frightening power of certain esoteric therapeutic methods. The shocking videos of the sessions lead him to an array of possible scenarios. Could one of the patients have become so absorbed by his therapy role-playing that he murdered Telak? Szacki’s investigation leads him to an earlier murder, before the fall of Communism.

And why is the Secret Police suddenly taking an interest in all this? As Szacki uncovers each piece of the puzzle, facts emerge that he’d be better off not knowing, for his own safety.

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Down the TBR Hole #10

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. Rules are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media by Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Holly Baxter is definitely staying on my TBR, my friend recommended this one to me and I’m keen to read the authors’ thoughts on media and how woman are portrayed in them. Green Girl by Kate Zambreno is also staying, it’s a portrayed of a young woman navigating between anomie and epiphany, it’s recommended by Roxanne Gay, and as I’ve already mentioned many times on my blog, I listen to all of Gay’s recommendations. Uprising: A New Age is Dawning for Every Mother’s Daughter by Sally Armstrong I’m removing from my TBR, it sounds interesting but I’m not feeling inspired to read it.

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Winter Bookish Bingo – Wrap Up

BOOKISH BINGO IS RUN BY BEKKA AT PRETTY DEADLY REVIEWS. LEARN MORE HERE.

The Details:

  • Every new season has a new bingo card. This one is for books to read in the months of the season.
  • The object is to get as many BINGOs as possible (five across, up and down, or diagonal)
  • One square per book
  • You do not have to review these books, or even have a blog, this is simply for books read during the allotted months

– MY SCORECARD –

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Polish Lit in Translation – Cover Battles #1 | Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

A thought came to my mind – what modern polish literature was published around the world? What was translated, how the titles were translated, and what’s most interesting for me – how to covers were changed to appeal to different cultures?

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk

A subversive, entertaining noir novel from the winner of the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead takes place in a remote Polish village, where Janina, an eccentric woman in her sixties, recounts the events surrounding the disappearance of her two dogs. When members of a local hunting club are found murdered, she becomes involved in the investigation. Janina is reclusive, preferring the company of animals to people; she’s unconventional, believing in the stars, and she is fond of the poetry of William Blake, from whose work the title of the book is taken.

Filled with wonderful characters like Maladroit, Big Foot, Black Coat, Dizzy and Boros, this subversive, entertaining noir novel, by ‘one of Europe’s major humanist writers’ (Guardian), offers thought-provoking ideas on our perceptions of madness, injustice against marginalised people, animal rights, the hypocrisy of traditional religion, belief in predestination—and getting away with murder.

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Down the TBR Hole #9

Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. Rules are:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

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I’m keeping two books from this trio – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut. I invested money in buying them, first as a physical copy and second as an audiobook, so I’m determined to read/listen to them at one point. After all, I buy all my books with the best intention of reading them. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk I am removing from my TBR, I’ve seen the movie and I feel like it’s enough for me. Also, I tried reading Palahniuk book before, and his style isn’t for me.

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W.I.N.T.E.R Tag – Random Books I read which titles spell out a word WINTER

I decided to join on the fun of tag I’ve recently seen on Meg’s blog – W.I.N.T.E.R #Suntag. The tag was originally created by Bibliobeth, who was inspired by booktuber LAUREN AND THE BOOKS. This tag involves showcasing books whose first letter of titles spell out a word WINTER.

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For W, I selected a book by one of my favourite authors – White Teeth by Zadie SmithA contemporary novel set in London, about two WWII veterans and their families.

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I stands for In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, classic true crime nonfiction.

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