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We all keep adding book after book to our TBR, I know I add one the second I hear about it so when I saw this post on TheBookCoverJudge and KNEW I had to do this to create some sort of order in my list. I shall do Amazon first to whittle down my to buy shelf then go to goodreads. This was started by Lia from Lost in a Story.

Here is how the challenge works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf. (I’ll be doing it on Amazon since I usually add my books there first)
  • 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?

511ttrvqP2LNO ONE IS HERE EXCEPT ALL OF US

In 1939, the families in a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war close in on them. Their tribe has moved and escaped for thousands of years- across oceans, deserts, and mountains-but now, it seems, there is nowhere else to go. Danger is imminent in every direction, yet the territory of imagination and belief is limitless. At the suggestion of an eleven-year-old girl and a mysterious stranger who has washed up on the riverbank, the villagers decide to reinvent the world: deny any relationship with the known and start over from scratch. Destiny is unwritten. Time and history are forgotten. Jobs, husbands, a child, are reassigned. And for years, there is boundless hope. But the real world continues to unfold alongside the imagined one, eventually overtaking it, and soon our narrator-the girl, grown into a young mother-must flee her village, move from one world to the next, to find her husband and save her children, and propel them toward a real and hopeful future. A beguiling, imaginative, inspiring story about the bigness of being alive as an individual, as a member of a tribe, and as a participant in history, No One Is Here Except All Of Us explores how we use storytelling to survive and shape our own truths. It marks the arrival of a major new literary talent.

KEEP, because DUH.

51v0e0aokKLVIXEN

DEVON 1349

The villagers of Brauntone are awaiting a sign. As they haul a stinking creature from the nets, new priest Father Thomas thinks it has finally come.

In the hands of his young housekeeper, Anne, this creature is revealed as just a girl, but in the mind of Father Thomas she is to be so much more than that. And he will stake all but his own life on that as the Plague rages towards Brauntone and its people turn to him to save them.

I don’t even remember adding this to my TBR. And for that reason I would remove it. But the synopsis is just really intriguing, so weighing the two……KEEP (Also the author’s name is Rosie Garland, how cool is that!)

51foFA2K-mLEMBROIDERIES

From the bestselling author of Persepolis comes this humorous and enlightening look at the sex lives of Iranian women. Embroideries gathers together Marjane’s tough-talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbours for an afternoon of tea-drinking and talk. Naturally, the subject turns to loves, sex and vagaries of men…

This sounds like a lighthearted look at the characters we saw in Persepolis and so, I may just have to read it. KEEP

41YICvWiv4LSTATION ELEVEN : 0

Longlisted for the Bailey’s Prize 2015 The New York Times Bestseller 2014 National Book Awards Finalist 2015 PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty. One snowy night in Toronto famous actor Arthur Leander dies on stage whilst performing the role of a lifetime. That same evening a deadly virus touches down in North America. The world will never be the same again. Twenty years later Kirsten, an actress in the Travelling Symphony, performs Shakespeare in the settlements that have grown up since the collapse. But then her newly hopeful world is threatened. If civilization was lost, what would you preserve? And how far would you go to protect it?

Is it me or does this sound absolutely amazing? I am sure it will be quite the adventure so what I’m going to do is, bump it up the TBR onto my MUST BUY shelves. KEEP

51Pr4j7vtcLRIVER OF NO RETURN

1812: On a lonely battlefield in Spain, Lord Nicholas Falcott, Marquess of Blackdown, is about to die … run through by a French Dragoon. But, the next moment, he inexplicably jumps forward in time, nearly two hundred years – very much alive. Taken under the wing of a mysterious organisation, The Guild, he receives everything he could ever need under the following conditions: He cant go back. He cant go home. He must tell no one. Accepting his fate, Nicholas begins a life of luxury as a twenty-first century New York socialite, living happily thus for the next ten years. But, when an exquisite wax sealed envelope brings a summons from the Alderwoman of The Guild, Nicholas is forced to confront his nineteenth century past. Back in 1815, Julia Percys world has fallen apart. Her enigmatic grandfather, the Earl of Darchester, has died and left her with a closely guarded secret, one she is only now discovering-the manipulation of time. In terrible danger from unknown enemies, Julia flees her home to the sanctuary of neighbouring Falcott House. In this strange place Julia and a recently returned Nicholas are drawn to each other and together they realise how little Julia knew about her beloved grandfather and begin to understand his ominous last words…

I adore historical fiction. I love knowing about mysterious organisations. I love reading about people who live under different identities. It’s a no brainer. KEEP

This has been a good week for the keep pile! What do you think of these books? Are you intrigued by any of them?

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