Wednesday, 2 April 2014

A to Z ~ Beggar's Opera, the

This year my A to Z theme harks back to 2012's theme, in which I listed an A-to-Z of books from my GoodReads "TBR" shelf. This year I want to revisit that list and report on which ones I've read, and what rating I gave them. Where the book hasn't been read, I'll mention other books starting with that letter I have read since 2012. ;)

Status: Read

Brief Review: At first while I was reading this I was a bit 'meh' about it, but then when Jones started to crack the mystery and there was a chance of her getting Ellis off his charges, I started to get more interested in the story. I am not really sure what it was that made it 'meh' at first, but it was almost too depressing or something. And it's not even that depressing a story, even if it has a couple of very sad aspects to it. The humour in the book is kind of old school detective, or maybe just old school in general. All in all, I enjoyed this read, though I didn't know if I would ever feel compelled to read it again. >> Full review

Some of my fave "B" books read:

Backworlds, the (Book 1) - M. Pax. 5 stars.
Become (Desolation, #1) - Ali Cross. 4 stars.
Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs, the - Irvine Welsh. 4 stars.
Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. - Medeia Sharif. 4 stars.
Bitter Like Orange Peel - Jessica Bell. 5 stars.
Bone Collector, the - Jeffery Deaver. 4 stars.
Bullitt - Robert L. Pike. 4 stars.


  1. I haven't heard of this one. Backworlds is awesome and I've got Medeia's book on my list.

  2. Interesting. I am afraid if I had found a book "meh" I would stop reading then and there. It has to draw me in and grab me. It has to keep me there or I just don't usually waste my time. ♥

  3. I usually give a book about fifty pages to entice me. If it's written by an author I like, I might give it more. Loved MPax's Backworlds. I've never heard of the Beggar's Opera, the name reminded me of the really old ThreePenny Opera.

  4. i love your chart, below! my, you have started a lot of novels! I have mine in individual notebooks. Until they get on the computer, they don't get much editing attention, and if they get edited, they should be going somewhere... should!

    and i love your a to z theme - a quick review of books! perfect for me always looking for a good read!

    happy b day!

    1. I really love the idea of having a notebook just for one particular story, even if it's just got notes and stuff on that story. But yeah, I do like a colour-coded chart. :P

  5. I hate when I don't connect with a book right away - I find it hard to push through!

  6. I think I heard of this book before, but have never read it. And probably won't after your review of the "meh" factor.

  7. This is such a cool theme. Now I'm trying to think of books beginning with different letters . . . Need to go browse my shelves . . . ~MPL

  8. On that list, I've only read The Bone Collector...I guess I'll have to remedy that! : )

    Thanks for stopping by my blog,


  9. I haven't read any of the "B" books. Oh boy, now my TBR list grows longer. lol

  10. I've read Books I & II in The Backworlds series, as well as Bestest. Ramadan. Ever.

  11. I have not read a single one of those books! ACK. Where have I been? Thanks for the recommendations. :)

  12. I haven't read a good detective book since I was eleven and reading Nancy Drew. ;) I'll have to check it out!

  13. Hi Trisha, It's so hard to read posts like these and see a bunch more books I'd like to add to my TBR list. The toughest moment of my childhood was when I realized I'd never be able to read all the books in the world. It still upsets me when I think about it.

  14. You have read a lot of books! I feel like such a slacker. I've read Medeia's book. I think that's all from the list.

  15. H Trisha .. I haven't heard of A Beggar's Opera, other than the opera .. but not sure I'll pick that one up - but Bitter Like Orange Peel and Backworlds are two I definitely want to read ..

    Cheers Hilary

  16. Anyone who loves books and cats is a friend! Interesting reading list; I look forward to learning more about your recommendations.
    Great to meet you (nobody seems to be up yet for the "C" - although our participants way east should be).

  17. This one seems kind of interesting. Maybe it's one you have to be in a certain kind of mood for?

    Cool A to Z theme, by the way.


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