TBR Final DareIf we don’t count tomorrow’s leap day–which made this years’ Dare just a little bit longer, by the way–we are at the end of month two of The TBR Triple Dog Dare.  So, I thought I’d ask, have you found anything really good in your TBR stacks yet?

I’ll admit, I haven’t found anything that totally knocked my socks off, but I have found a couple of wonderful books that I am going to put in the to-be-re-read-someday stack.

Grace Ogot’s novel, The Promised Land to start with.  This little piece of East African fiction has been on my stack for almost a year.  I found it for well under a dollar, I think I got it for a quarter at my local library’s monthly sale.  My brother currently lives in Tanzania where he works for the state department–he’s spent a large portion of his adult life living in various parts of Africa.  That and the couple of courses he took in African literature, and the couple I took in colonial and post-colonial literature, have put African writers on my radar.  I’m by no means an expert, even an amateur know-it-all, but when I see something with an African author, I take a look.

So, I finally read The Promised Land, and I liked it quite a bit.

The other stand out from my TBR Dare reading so far is A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert.  This is only the second book by Flaubert that I’ve ever read, Madame Bovary was the first, and I started out a bit skeptical.  Stories of devoted servants tend to get my hackles up, I’m not a fan of Downton Abbey at all even if Maggie Smith is delicious, but I was moved by A Simple Heart.

I’m a little dismayed this morning to find that I’ve only read ten books so far this year.  I’ve posted reviews of only seven of those.  However, tomorrow is national reading day, or something like that, so we’ll be reading all day in all of my classes.  I’ll have nearly four hours of reading time, since I do model proper reading behavior when my classes are reading by reading along with the class.  Not only is that good teaching, it’s a perfect way to get lots of reading done.  Administrators are always pleased when they stop by and find us all reading.

So a  win-win for me.

 

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9 thoughts on “Triple Dog Dare Two Months In – Have You Found Anything Really Good Yet?

  1. What a fabulous idea! I mean, a lot of my job is basically reading, as such, but I can’t put the documents I read into my reading diary. Have a lovely Reading Day!

  2. I’ve been enjoying Emma Bull’s Territory quite a bit. I bought it a few years back after reading her War for the Oaks, but it was quickly buried under things newer and shinier. I’m feeling good going into this last month of the Dare.

  3. We match. I have only read ten books so far for this year. I wanted to have one that I read each month that I don’t need to review but will that this month. I have a stack of three from authors wanting reviews. I told them that I am not accepting e-books anymore because of my eye pronlems, mostly glaucoma so they ordered copies from Amazon for me to read. Also I am caught up in the political furor going own. I have seen every debate and town hall that our TV allows. There is a big lack of time. Of all the books that I have read so far for TDD, all of them have been wonderful to read.

  4. You’re doing better than I am, as I am going to finish only book #8 of 2016 today.

    My favorite Read from my TBR pile is Dan Wakefield’s “Under the Apple Tree” a ‘home front’ novel of the WW2 era, told from the perspective of an early teens boy whose brother has gone off to fight in the war.

    Th Wright Brothers biography by McCullough was quite good reading too. I learned a lot in that one,

    Thanks again for hosting this challenge and encouraging us to make a dent in our TBR stacks!

  5. Well, I have read only nine, but may finish one today and make 10. My favorite read has been Soul of a People: The WPA writers project uncovers depression America by David Taylor. It was excellent! There is also a DVD that goes with it, but I haven’t looked at that yet. I also liked The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, a novel about flowers and the foster care system. Go figure.

  6. I have also only read ten books so far this year. Thinking that this may be a year in which my numbers are down a bit, but the quality might actually go up! Who knows. Anyway, my best find so far from my own TBR has been Barbara Pym’s A Glass of Blessings. I just adore her and this is one of my favorites of hers so far.

  7. Best find so far is George Saunders’ Tenth of December, which I bought when it was first published, then didn’t read because there was so much hype around it. Loved it.

  8. I have finished 13 books so far in 2016 … all from my TBR pile. All of them were good but some were great: Pashazade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood (mystery / alternate history); What is Mine by Anne Holt, a serial killer thriller that I should not have liked but it was well written with great characters. And I read two of John le Carre’s George Smiley books, A Murder of Quality and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. The last is only peripherally George Smiley… but finally I have read it. So a lot of good books.

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