Friday Fives #2 – 5 Books we urgently need to read to make space on the TBR shelf

Posted November 27, 2020 by elzaread in Friday Fives / 15 Comments

Greetings humans! It’s Friday afternoon and my Mommy still want to stop by the Book Shop before she goes home. I am not impressed with that at all. Her TBR has lost control again over the last couple of weeks. She really shouldn’t be adding more books to it AT ALL. She reached the 500 books-allowed-on -the-TBR-shelf deadline earlier this week. So today’s Friday Fives will be about:

Five books my Mommy need to read urgently to make space on the TBR shelf. 

She will thus link up with  Connect Five hosted by the BookDateConnect Five is really very easy, just pick 5 books that are connected in some or other way. Theme, cover, genre, author – you name it.

The following five books are on my Mommy’s book shelve, not even on the Kindle where books sometimes do get “lost”, physically. Right there. Just take it off the shelf and start reading!

Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl – Number 431. It’s only going to take her about an hour or two to read it and it can go towards her Alphabet Challenge for this year. Fantastic Mr. Fox is on the run! The three meanest farmers around are out to get him. Fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don’t know is that they’re not dealing with just any fox–Mr. Fox would never surrender. But only the most fantastic plan ever can save him now.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh Number 333. It’s been on the TBR for way too long and it can also go towards the Alphabet Challenge. The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.

Circus by Irma Venter – Number 496. No, there is nothing wrong with your eyes. The third one in our picture is spelled with an ‘S’ and a ‘K’. That’s because you spell circus like that in Afrikaans and that will be the language we read this one in. Luckily for you, it’s also available in English! It’s the eighties in Johannesburg. Adriana van der Hoon is 18. Her father, an anti-apartheid activist and Dutch citizen, smuggles money for the ANC using a non-profit trust as a front. But then things change . . . and suddenly South Africa’s security police blackmails Adriana into following the money trial from Berlin to Johannesburg. As political change sweeps across Europe and South Africa, Adriana acquires a new skills set, a lover and an enemy.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – Number 368. I can actually remember the day she bought it. She was so excited? Why the heck hasn’t she read it yet?? It can also go towards the Alphabet Challenge. A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous break up. Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they split at the absolute height of their popularity…until now.

The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon – Number 40. My Mommy bought this book for herself LAST Christmas. If it remains unread for another year, she will have to read The Shadow of the Wind again as well. In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city’s underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner. Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has ever existed — a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, and perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realizes that there is a connection between his haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.

Which one of these would you read first if you were her?

Book Blogger Hop



The Book Blogger’s hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. Every week, there will be a prompt featuring a book related question. It’s hosted by Ramblings of a coffee addicted writer and he guess he hops around like a bunny due to all the caffeine. Hence his name. 

Today’s question: Do you own an e-reader? If yes, what do you like most about it?
Yes, we do! My Mommy started reading with an e-reader about 10 years ago. Her first e-reader was in iRiver and she actually still has it. And it still works! But she did get a Kindle about 7 years ago. It goes everywhere with her. When they go on holiday, Daddy refuses to pack in any books. He says she’s got her Kindle and that is enough. We use it every day. But what do we like most about it?
  • It’s light and compact. Buy all those doorstop books. Like Stephen King and Lucinda Riley. They look gorgeous on the shelves, but read them on the Kindle. Not as heavy and difficult to hold. Especially if there’s a cat on your lap as well.
  • My Mommy has reached that age where the bi-focal glasses are a necessity. It’s lovely to be able to set the font size and the backlight.
  • It has a build in dictionary! English is not our fist language and we do need to check up on certain words. That’s why we love Wondrous Words Wednesday so much.
  • When it’s cold, you can snuggle up and only have your nose and one hand stick out and still read for hours.
  • It’s so easy to get review copies directly send to your Kindle.
Do you have an e-reader? What do you like most about it?
Tell us what you’re reading this weekend.  Have fun and stay safe!
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15 responses to “Friday Fives #2 – 5 Books we urgently need to read to make space on the TBR shelf

  1. What I really love about my kindle is all the space I'm saving. Plus I must be carrying around about a thousand books with me which wouldn't be possible physically, plus it makes reading great tomes of book so much easier!
    lynn D

  2. I really liked The Language of Flowers! I was slightly disappointed in The Angel's Game but I loved The Shadow of the Wind so much that my expectations were incredibly high. I'll be curious to see what you think about it when you get to it.

    I have a Kindle Paperwhite and I love it! I had a nook Color first and it was clunky to load library books onto. My husband got tired of watching me fight it the week before vacations so he bought me the Kindle. It's so much easier! I haven't looked back. I used to only read on it at the gym but since we've been traveling full-time and don't have much room for physical books, I've finally bonded permanently with it. I agree with your list of pros but I would also add that I can turn off all the lights in our bedroom while I'm reading so that I can read in bed without keeping my husband awake.

    I think I remember that we're about the same age? I'm 42 anyway. I haven't given in and gotten reading glasses yet but that's honestly just because I keep making the font on my Kindle bigger!

    • Hi Jen! Yes, we are about the same age. I will be 42 on the 9th of December. I forgot about that one point that you've mentioned! I do the same!!! I still read when my husband goes to sleep, because of the backlight on the paperwhite. It makes such a difference. Can't imagine life without the Kindle..!

      I was contemplating if I should read The Shadow of the Wind again before I dive into The Angel's Game. But I don't think I am. Then maybe The Angel's game will have the same magical appeal.

      Thanks for your visit and may you have the most wonderful week!

  3. Yay for a Kindle. My choice would be The Angel's Game so that you don't have to reread The Shadow of the Wind! Enjoy whichever one you do choose.

    • Hi Kathryn! Oh I don't think I will really mind to re-read The Shadow of the Wind. Was such an amazing book. I hope to get to all of these soon…

  4. such a fun post. i think all our tbrs are out of control. lol yes, i have 3 kindles going right now and they all have their purpose. i love reading from them because of the ability to change the font size and two of them are lighted, so they are easier to read at night.
    sherry @ fundinmental

    • Oh my goodness! Three kindles! I still have my old iRver e-reader, but I gave it to my friend who loves it. I also love that I can change the front size. I'm not all that old, but I struggle with my eyes. If I buy a new book in the shop, I will check the font and if it's too small, I'll leave it and just get it on the Kindle.

      Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Fabulous post – I totally concur with you on ereaders. I love that I can change the font size and read in bed without having to wear my glasses.

    • Hi Louise! And don't forget the little backlight. That is almost the best. My husband can snore away already and I'm still reading without disturbing him.

  6. Hi Mareli,

    I have so many shelves, in just about every room of the house, loaded with many hundreds of physical books I have yet to read, plus my Kindle, which must be at breaking point with the amount of books loaded on it, again none of which I have read! – so you have nothing to worry about just yet – keep adding to your piles 🙂

    Once I have read a book, I will either delete it from my Kindle, or donate the physical copy to a charity shop. I seldom read a book more than once.

    I like the sound of your Friday Five, but my first choice would definitely be 'The Angel's Game', which sounds delicious!

    Thanks for sharing and have a peaceful and safe weekend 🙂

    Yvonne xx

    • Hi Yvonne! My house is also filled with books. Every room yes! I guess you can say every cranny and every nook! I keep most of my books. I do plan on sorting them out in the holidays and then a few might land up going to the charity shop.

      I also want to read The Angel's Game! I want to read them all and that I will.

      Have a good weekend Yvonne.

    • Hi Debbie! I love my e-reader. I still prefer a physical book more, but especially during the winter months, or when my hubby puts the aircon on like freezing, my kindle is an essential necessity (that's an oxymoron Iguess).

    • Hi JadeSky! I am keeping that whole stack aside for now so that I get to read them all. Really do hope that I will be able to finish them by yearend…!