TBR Challenge Check-In


August is nearly gone and the end of summer is fast approaching in the Northern Hemisphere (though you’d never know it based on the weather in some places). Has the season been kind to your TBR pile?

Summer (and August in particular) turned out to be busier for me than I anticipated. I had a new house to unpack, several editing projects to tackle, and more responsibility at the day job. I haven’t actually read a book the whole month!

But during quite moments at the office I have been continuing¬†to listen to Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. I read the book (and indeed, the whole series save #8) in paper form several years ago, so it isn’t a new story for me. But listening is a completely different experience for me than reading, and Davina Porter is a wonderful narrator. She manages the Gaelic and French phrases so much better than my eyes can, plus she handles the various accents as though she used them every day (though I will admit her American accent is a tad off). I can only manage to sound Canadian or slightly Celtic when I’m tired ;-)


Friday Favorites: Tom Hiddleston and the French Revolution


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As if my collection of audio books wasn’t big enough, our Favorite this week is going to add to the pile. Take the French Revolution, add a 14-year-old magician’s assistant and a 12-year-old marquis’s daughter, stir in a little magic…and ask Tom Hiddleston to read the resulting story :-) ¬†It’s The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner, a well-reviewed Young Adult Historical novel. Here’s the blurb from the back cover:

A mysterious gypsy boy, Yann Margoza, and his guardian, a dwarf, work for the magician Topolain in 1789. On the night of Topolain’s death, Yann’s life truly begins. That’s when he meets Sido, an heiress with a horrible father. An attachment is born that will determine both their paths. Revolution is afoot in France, and Sido is being used as a pawn. Only Yann will dare to rescue her from a fearful villain named Count Kalliovski. It will take all of Yann’s newly discovered talent to unravel the mysteries of Sido’s past and his own and to fight the devilish count.

Alas, Tom’s narration is only available in the UK at Audible or on CD, but here’s a little taste via Youtube:



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