Dear Dakota

I know that you and others are continuing the challenge for another month, but I knew that taking on a third month would be one month too many this year. I made a good call, as it has turned out.  March is going to be super busy with a trip to London next weekend for the Folio Festival and reading prep for Glasgow’s Aye Write festival which this year has the best programme it has ever had.  

I’ve read some really good books over the past two months, deviating only once from my TBR to read The Rosie Project prior to a surprise author event at Motherwell Library. I’m calling that a legitimate exception.  Final tally 13 books read in their entirety, 1 audio book completed, 1 book abandoned and 4 others started.  Here’s a picture of all the lovely books that are no  longer pining for attention in my TBR mountain range.  Don’t they look lovely?


There’s not a bad book among them but are there any that I feel like shouting from the rooftops about?  Indeed there are: J David Simons, An Exquisite Sense of What Is Beautiful; Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend and Amity Gaige’s Schroder (review forthcoming). 

Thank you, Dakota (and James) for shepherding us to our unread books.  Right now though, it’s time to turn my attention to the lovely new books that have found their way to my stacks.  I put them in a box out of sight and temptation’s way until this afternoon when I counted them.  69.  All I can say in my defence is that I had a lot of vouchers to spend at the beginning of the year and publishers have been very generous.

I’d best get cracking although even with the best intentions, and maybe a speed reading course, I expect some of these new books may need to wait until next year’s TBR dare. I do hope you’ll get us all to play again.

Happy book snacking.