Mummy Ramblings

Thursday’s Tidy-up – 28th March

Thursday

This blog feature was created by Lost in a Story 

Which one of us is not drowning in TBR books, ammarite? I’ve been meaning to sort out my digital TBR pile on Goodreads, and coming across Lia’s Down the Rabbit Hole feature on her blog was the kick in the butt I needed.

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

This week’s books:

The High Mountains of Portugal We begin in the early 1900s, when Tomás discovers an ancient journal and sets out from Lisbon in one of the very first motor cars in Portugal in search of the strange treasure the journal describes. Thirty-five years later, a pathologist devoted to the novels of Agatha Christie, whose wife has possibly been murdered, finds himself drawn into Tomás’s quest. Fifty years later, Senator Peter Tovy of Ottawa, grieving the death of his own beloved wife, rescues a chimpanzee from an Oklahoma research facility and takes it to live with him in his ancestral village in northern Portugal, where the strands of all three stories miraculously mesh together.

I added this book on the recommendation of a friend. I always enjoy stories that span mutliple time periods, and this one is set in Portugal, so it’s definitely a keeper.  Plus, I already own it.

Keep it!


The Office (Choose Your Own Misery #1) Should you show up for the big meeting or duck out with Debby, the weird woman from HR who keeps making suggestive comments about FDR? Play the fatty lump in your back for office-wide sympathy, or dive into a WebMD spiral that can only end in “cancer?” Tell someone about the weird genital-fondling that’s happening at the crystal healer’s, or just accept that this is the best substitution you’ll find for love, today…or maybe ever? 
In CYOM: TOA, you have countless “options,” but they rarely end well. It’s okay, though. A life of adventure would require so many uncomfortable sleeping situations. Besides, you have dental. 

I loved choose your own adventures books when I was a kid. I don’t remember how I stumbled onto this ‘adult version’, but it sounds hilarious, and I’m still looking forward to reading it.

Keep it!


World After (Penryn & the End of Days, #2) When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken.

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go.

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

World After is the sequel of Angelfall, which I loved. It will stay on my TBR, of course!

Keep it!


A Life Discarded: 148 Diaries Found in a Skip In 2001, 148 tattered and mould-covered notebooks were discovered lying among broken bricks in a skip on a building site in Cambridge. Tens of thousands of pages were filled to the edges with urgent handwriting. They were a small part of an intimate, anonymous diary, starting in 1952 and ending half a century later, a few weeks before the books were thrown out. Over five years, the award-winning biographer Alexander Masters uncovers the identity and real history of their author, with an astounding final revelation.

A Life Discarded is a true, shocking, poignant, often hilarious story of an ordinary life. The author of the diaries, known only as ‘I’, is the tragicomic patron saint of everyone who feels their life should have been more successful. Part thrilling detective story, part love story, part social history, A Life Discarded is also an account of two writers’ obsessions: of ‘I’s need to record every second of life and of Masters’ pursuit of this mysterious yet universal diarist.

I love history, I love learning about what life used to be like, so I am not passing up the chance to read someone’s real life journals that span half a century!

Keep it!


Trickery (Curse of the Gods, #1)

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods. 

At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them… Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world—a position that she definitely did not earn. 

Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it. 

I’m kind of on the fence about this one to be honest. I think I added it to my TBR cause it was on Kindle Unlimited? Hmmm… I guess since I’m not sure about it, and I have yet to make any cuts so far… It’s coming off the TBR!!

Skip it!


That’s it for this week! Do you agree with my decisions? Have I made a huge mistake dumping Trickery? Let me know!

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