Some memes cannot be resisted.  I like this idea more than most because it gives me an opportunity to have a good browse through the stacks, and remind myself of the treasures they contain.  It’s like being in a bookshop without any compulsion to spend …..

Let’s see what I find.


Libraries – A beautiful coffee table book, full of glorious photos of the world’s most beautiful libraries.  I bought this, primarily for the pictures of the library in the Mackintosh School of Art, which I’d visited just the week before.  And just after buying the book, I learned that the building was on fire ….

Inevitable – Louis Couperus Where would my TBR be without a selection of titles from Pushkin Press?  This is one of their older titles, in what I consider to be their classic book livery (she says nostalgically).

Zigzag – José Carlos Somoza.  The third book to be translated from Spanish by this writer.  I’ve reviewed the other two, adoring The Art of Murder in particular.  Subconsciously keeping Zigzag as something to look forward to, I think.  Because there isn’t a fourth on the horizon.

Zuleika Dobson – Max Beerbohm  Folio Society edition.  I was a member of the Folio Society for a good 20 years, and, have therefore built up a substantial collection of volumes to be enjoyed in my retirement.  Expect more volumes to feature in this list.

You Are Not Like Other Mothers – Angelika Schrobsdorff  Independent publishers are well represented in my TBR.  Europa Editions specialise in Italian Literature, but this is one of their few German literature offerings.  No surprises it found its way to my TBR.

(The) Sound of One Hand Killing – Theresa Solana  The third in her Barcelona murder series, and another that has been waiting until I know there’s a new one on the horizon.   With the good news is that more from Solana is expected in August. I shall be reading this one during July’s Spanish Literature month.


Life and Fate – Vasily Grossman Who can resist a beautiful book? And the Vintage editions of the Russian classics were once of the highlights in 2017. This was the only one I didn’t have in a different edition.  Also one I hadn’t read before.  Hence, the purchase.

I, Robot – Isaac Asimov  I loved it when the Folio Society branched out into genre.  a number of their sci-fi and crime titles have been duly added to the shelves.  This one won’t be on the TBR after today, as I am about to start reading it.  It is the perfect follow-on read from Mark O’Connell’s To Be A Machine, which I finished last night.

This Little Art – Kate Briggs  Books in translation make up a goodly portion of my reading.  (I aim for a 50:50 split.)  So an appreciation of exactly how translators perform their magic can only be a good thing, can’t it?

Elmet – Fiona Mozley – I’m always on the lookout for British novels set in Northern England …

River – Esther Kinksy ….and German books set in Britain!

A Place of Greater Safety – Hilary Mantel  I bought this to pass the time until the publication of the finale of her Cromwell trilogy.  For which, like many, I am impatient!  Hopefully 2019 will be the year ….

brocaded_Gaskells.JPGRuth – Elizabeth Gaskell  Another Folio Society edition.  One in what is arguably their finest, most beautiful set.  Cue not entirely gratuitous photo. Ruth took some finding though.  Isn’t it strange how some copies are rarer than others?

You Kant Make It Up – Gary Hayden  I love quirky books and stories you just couldn’t make up.  And puns.  So a book with a title like this belongs in my TBR.


Long Days – Maike Wetzel  Short stories from an author based in Frankfurt am Main, a place I called home for 7 years.  Need I say more?

In Other Rooms, Other Wonders – Daniyal Mueenuddin  A short story collection from 2010.  Representing a stack of books, added to the TBR and then neglected due to recommendations on internet forums and blogs.  But I’m not alone in that particular habit, am I?

Following Orphelia – Sophia Bennett  This book represents both the young adult stacks and the impulse purchases at the Edinburgh Book Festival stacks of my TBR.  And, of course, the Pre-Raphaelite connection.

Edith’s Diary – Patricia Highsmith  My final choice comes from the completist author stacks, and serves as a reminder that it has been far too long since I read a Highsmith!