FF: Delving Into The TBR

Persephone Reaches For A Good Book

At Christmas I was given two very different books about David Bowie.  I put them aside for when I’d need a distraction and this week decided there would never be a better time.

For those of you unfamiliar with this column, the Friday Fragments lists what I’ve read over the past week.  Most of the time I don’t include details of either short fiction (unless part of a book-length collection) or magazines.  The Fragments are not meant to be a recommendation list.  If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive recommendation list, you can look on my website under Neat Stuff.

Once again, this is not a book review column.  It’s just a list with, maybe, a bit of description or a few opinions tossed in.

What’s in  your TBR pile that’s getting air now?

Recently Completed:

Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions by Henry Lien.  Second book in the series.  Unlike many series featuring a talented over-achiever as a protagonist, this one looks squarely how being better than just about everyone can make that person difficult to deal with. While at times Peasprout verges on unlikeable, I didn’t give up on her.

In Progress:

Y is for Yesterday by Sue Grafton.  Audiobook.  Despite being weighed down by the need for a good edit (repetition and redundancy in particular plague this), there are moments that remind me why I’ve read this entire series.

David Bowie: A Photographic Memoir Through the Lens of Terry O’Neill.  Mostly photos, spiced with reprints of text from interviews that O’Neill provided the visual images for and some pithy quotes by O’Neill.

David Bowie: The Oral History compiled by Dylan Jones.  An ambitious project, looking at David Bowie’s life through snippets from interviews with friends and family from childhood on.  Of interest is an afterword featuring material from Bowie’s cousin debunking the well-released theme that Bowie was haunted by the specter of familiar insanity. By contrast with the other, no photos other than those on the cover.

Also:

Dipping into short fiction…

4 Responses to “FF: Delving Into The TBR”

  1. Beverly Martin Says:

    This week I am reading Foxglove Summer (Peter Grant #5) by Ben Aaronovitch. This story finds our hero outside of London, helping with a missing girls case.

    I am also still savoring Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett.

    Other than reading, I have been watching a lot of the animal Vet shows on TV. Good people, animals, and mostly happy endings.

  2. King Ben's Grandma Says:

    Still only blogs and emails for me. I’m embarrassed to write that DreamForge #5 is still in it’s wrapper.
    I am *writing* everyday. I started a series on my blog about daily life on lockdown with Ben home from school. That’s a LOT for me. It has been therapeutic though, keeping me focused on the funny parts instead of the annoying ones. Plus, it will be good to have a record of Ben’s daily mood, activities, etc to share with his teachers and therapists when school resumes.

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