Only a little over a month to go in 2017, and there are 715 books still on my To Be Read List. I managed to eliminate quite a few just by ruthlessly trimming the titles which no longer held interest. There were a surprising number that, on closer investigation, I realized I’d already started and then discarded. Off the list they went!
Here are three I actually managed to read:
Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville. A strange yet moving novel, about two very different young women in two time periods. In 1899 Vienna, a psychiatrist is drawn to a girl with a mysterious past. In 1940’s Germany, a troubled little girl lives with her doctor father at the “hospital” where he works. At the end, the two narratives converge in a surprising way. Deeply influenced by fairy tales, and very much about the power of storytelling and the way the stories we tell shape us and allow us to cope with life.
The Birds and Other Stories by Daphne du Maurier. I picked this up on a whim and then realized it was on my TBR list! Probably from back when I read Rebecca. Anyway, these were fun. Dark and creepy to varying degrees. du Maurier is great with atmosphere.
The Lives they Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic by Darby Penny and Peter Stastny. I’m not sure where I heard about this, but I’m glad I picked it up. Hundreds of suitcases filled with patients’ belongings were found when Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995 after 125 years of operation. They’d been abandoned in the attic, never reclaimed. This is a really sad, moving look at the very real lives which usually ended at Willard.
When I began this challenge back in March, I had 831 books on the old to-read list. 116 eliminated, yay!
Only 32 of those actually read. Heh. I suppose I’m doing pretty well when judged according to the letter of the TBR Challenge, if not the spirit.
Let’s see how many I can read for real by the end of the year!