Like the 2012 Take Control Of Your TBR Pile challenge I've managed eight books. Not too bad but it certainly didn't make much of a dint in a pile that is taller than I am and given that I now have such a backlog of books received for review which I need to read will doubtlessly be just as big (if not bigger) come the end of April.
As I said a so-so challenge in that the books I chose could have been better in that only one received a star rating of five, two a four star and another a three star. Whilst out of the other five one was given a two star, the remaining three a mere one star.
LAMENTATION: (Second book read) What my granddad would describe as a rollicking good read. *****
MENAGERIE MANOR: (First book read) Whilst for me this doesn't begin to compare with his earliest books it is still full of wit and a wonderful attention to detail. ****
PRIVATE LONDON: (Fifth book read) Whilst not a work of literary genius nevertheless it is a highly readable, page turner of a novel. ****
TOUGH TIMES & GRISLY CRIMES: A HISTORY OF CRIME IN NORTHUMBERLAND AND COUNTY DURHAM: (Sixth book read) a fascinating insight, some wonderful facts and figures but the editing could be vastly improved. ***
TOM'S MIDNIGHT GARDEN: (Eighth book read) Compared to some of my childhood favourites written at around about the same time (or even earlier) I'm afraid I found this to be one of those books that hadn't stood the test of time very well. **
THE POINT OF RESCUE: (Third book read) Unconvincing characters and a plot that falls the wrong side of plausible. *
A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES: (Fourth book read)
Reading at times like a spoof supernatural movie, essentially just another vampire romance albeit one masquerading as a more intelligent read for 'grown-up'. *
MERCY: (Seventh book read) Expecting to find Jodi Picoult at her thought provoking best, Mercy a real ethical dilemma of a read, I was bitterly disappointed to find that the premeditated murder/mercy killing aspect was very much a secondary consideration. *