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Musing Mondays (April 7)


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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.

• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!

• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!

• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My musing this week is about the dreaded TBR list.  Mainly as I have found myself commenting on other bloggers lists while being unsure how many books I have on mine.

This weekend has been spent collating kindle books, wishlists, To Be Read on Goodreads and my bookshelves to try to quantify more than anything, how many books I actually own and still want to read.

So the sums, books given for review purposes total 21, physical books yet to be read equals 22, and books on kindle (my downfall) amount to 40.  This makes a grand total of 83 books (plus the one I’m currently reading)! But readers this doesn’t tell the full story as I do have 141 books I want to read on my Goodreads and this isn’t quite cross-checked against the 80 books on my Amazon Wish List so I estimate the total amount comes close to 170 books.

As interesting as all that is, I decided today’s post would take a look at some of the books I own that I have rediscovered during this exercise.  This is an antidote to my Friday Finds as these are all books I have owned for some time and remembered (or found) during my cataloguing.

The Collaborators by the wonderful Reginald Hill, I’m not sure how I overlooked this one except it is a hardback book and tucked into a corner but I love Reginald Hill’s writing and this has to be read!

The Collaborators


When Janine Simonian was dragged roughly from her cell to face trial as a collaborator in the days of reckoning that followed the liberation of France, she refused to conceal her shaven skull from the jeering crowds that greeted her.
Before the jury of former Resistance members pledged to extract vengeance on all who had connived in Nazi rule, Janine stood proudly in court – and pleaded guilty to the charges.
Why did so many French men and women collaborate with the Nazi occupation forces whilst others gave their lives in resistance? Were the motives of those who betrayed their country always selfish – and those of the Resistance always noble?
The Collaborators is a superb novel of conscience and betrayal that portrays the human dilemmas brought about by the Nazi occupation of France, and asks uncomfortable questions about the priorities of personal and national loyalty in time of war. Goodreads

Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver which is the fourth in the David Raker series. I gave the third in this series, Vanished, 5 stars so this is one that I must find time to read.

Never Coming Back

It was supposed to be the start of a big night out. But when Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie’s house, she finds the front door unlocked and no one inside. Dinner’s cooking, the TV’s on. Carrie, her husband and their two daughters are gone.
When the police draw a blank, Emily asks missing persons investigator David Raker to find them. It’s clear someone doesn’t want the family found.
But as he gets closer to the truth, Raker begins to uncover evidence of a sinister cover-up, spanning decades and costing countless lives. And worse, in trying to find Emily’s missing family, he might just have made himself the next target … Goodreads

The Field of Blood is the first in the in the Paddy Mehan Series by Denise Mina. I watched an episode of this drama on TV and I really enjoyed one of her stand-alone books, The End of The Wasp Season, so this is another one I’m glad I found which has been languishing on my kindle since 2011.

The Field of Blood

In Glasgow, a child goes missing, taken from the front garden of his home – and the investigation leads the police to the doors of two young boys. Paddy Meehan has just started her new job working for a local newspaper, where she dreams of becoming an investigative journalist. She starts looking into the case of the missing child but, unlike everyone else, does not believe the boys acted on their own. Convinced there is more to it than this, she begins to ask some very awkward questions. But Paddy’s investigation has repercussions she never anticipated. Shunned by those closest to her, she finds herself dangerously alone… Amazon

As a child my favourite story of all time was Thursday’s Child by Noel Streatfeild which featured on one of my first Musing Monday’s back on 26 August 2013.  She was one of my favourite authors and I have a copy of The Whicharts by Noel Streatfeild that although not forgotten is still unread although this may be because I don’t want to taint my memories of Ballet Shoes.

The Whicharts

She never doubted for one moment that once she had the necessary training she would find the work. She knew with her whole being that she was a born mechanic. In what way she would have a chance to prove this she didn’t know, but her prayers always finished: “And oh God, if possible, let me fly”.
1920s London: three adopted sisters train for the stage and support the household.
Maimie, Tania and Daisy Whichart have self-reliance thrust upon them. The Whicharts is the story of their dreams, friendships and loves. The drudgery of stage-work is set against their passion for family ties and realising their dreams.
Out of print since the 1930s, Noel Streatfeild’s rare first novel is an exuberant portrayal of London cultural life in the inter-war years.
Streatfeild used parts of this first novel to develop the classic ‘Ballet Shoes’ Goodreads

Last up is a book that sounds as if it is right up my street, Not Guilty by Christine Gardner

Not Guilty


In 1910 in Bendigo, three children were found dead in their home, brutally murdered with an axe and a knife.
Their mother, Camellia McCluskey, was a de facto wife at a time when such a position was not socially acceptable. Her partner, George, was considerably older than her. The two lived together happily for a few years before the relationship deteriorated, putting in place a chain of events that finally resulted in the slaying of Dorothy, Eric and Ida.
‘Not Guilty’ tells the story of those events, and the court proceedings that followed them. A storm of newspaper coverage surrounded Camellia as the Australian media struggled to understand the motivations that led her down the path she took.
This story is based on Camellia’s letters, court records, newspaper coverage, and other historical documents. Goodreads

Have you read any of these?
Do you have a strategy for managing your TBR? I can’t commit to not adding new books because that just won’t happen but I do want to enjoy those books I already own too.


A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

28 thoughts on “Musing Mondays (April 7)

  1. I was overwhelmed by my Goodreads to-read list (51 books) so I decided to take a hard look at them and choose which ones I absolutely HAD to get my hands on ASAP. Now I’m left with a list of 19 books I’m desperate to buy, as well as the 30 unread on my shelf and 20 unread on my Kobo. I guess you just have to prioritise – which can be so hard when there’s so many great books around!


    1. You’ve hit the nail on the head Anika, it is so hard when there are so many books I’d love to read. I am happier now I know exactly what I own and have an idea of those I want to read. I know I will continue to choose other books for my TBR but I will try not to buy too many more until I have reduced my ‘owned’ collection a bit!


    1. Part of the reason why I did it was to start seeing which books to choose to read on my holiday (which is still some way off) I like to have a selection of books I really want to read for my holidays so remembering what I have was the first step although I’m sure I’ll treat myself to some new ones too 😉


  2. I bet it was kind of fun to go through those lists and rediscover some titles!
    I honestly don’t get too concerned about the size of my TBR list. I view it as a list of suggestions to myself, rather than a list of titles that I HAVE TO READ. I don’t think I’ll ever finish my TBR list, as I’m constantly adding titles–but I think that’s a good thing. My TBR list is so varied that it virtually ensures that I’ve got something to read no matter what mood I may be in. That being said, I do periodically go through my Goodreads list and delete titles that just don’t appeal to me anymore, for one reason or another.


    1. You are quite right about the TBR as I add titles so often although I have been through and I do delete those that no longer take my fancy.
      I do feel differently about books I own though as some of them I had forgotten I had and these I do need to make time to read. It was fun to look at these again!


    1. I’m glad you liked my choices of those books I own and want to read. The TBR of books I don’t own yet certainly gives me plenty of choice, I could survive for quite some time with no new books but where’s the fun in that?


  3. I don’t think I could make my list in a week-end. I had to find a book I read in 2012 on my Kindle app for my iPad and it took forever. I was amazing how many unread book I had on just that one place. I also have paper copies stacked all around my house. On the plus side I could do something worse than collect unread and read books.


    1. I had a head start as I had several lists which just needed adding to. Goodreads must have wondered what was going on with the rapid update with all the books I own 😉 I did cheat a little and remove books I’ve bought that I know I’m not going to read… not that there were many of those! I’m relatively good with the books I can see, it is those on the kindle that tend to get lost!


  4. I try not to buy books till I’m actually going to read them, although this doesn’t always quite work as planned! The TBR tends to sit around 100, but my Amazon wishlist has another 100 or so on it – there will be some crossover though, so I reckon the true figure is around 160/170. I hate it being so high since I know there’s no chance of me reading most of them and still keeeping in touch with new releases, and seriously intend to cut it down to about 50 or 60 by the end of this year by a process of reading and weeding.

    My new system is that if something has been on my TBR or wishlist for more than a year without me reading it, it gets removed – I couldn’t have been as keen as I thought I was when I put it on. Of course, that new system is only four months old, so won’t actually start having an effect for another eight months… 😉


    1. I’m not so bothered about the TBR but do feel guilty about the books I own… I used to be reckless with the daily deal etc but I’ve curbed that now.
      Haha re the new system it’ll be interesting to see what has happened in a years time!


      1. Yes, I had to stop looking at the daily deal after a while and still have loads of them sitting in the Kindle that I’m sure will never get read. Oh, well!


  5. I try not letting my TBR pile get out of hand because i start feeling overwhelmed. There are so many books that I would like to read but like they say, “Too many books too little time.” Not guilty sounds really interesting I may have to check that one out. Thanks for stopping by my Musing Monday post. I love that you are opinionated, your blog is bookmarked! =o)


    1. Thank you Samantha for your post on ratings, it was interesting, I’ve gone back to see the updates 🙂 I’ve had Not Guilty for a while (not many reviews though) but as this is quite a short book I should be able to squeeze it in somewhere 😉


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