TBR Intervention Success!

Right before the holidays, I did a TBR Intervention post. This great meme is hosted by Refracted Light Reviews, Whatever You Can Still Betray and Books for Juliet.

The book from my TBR pile that I wanted to (finally) read was The Piper's Son.

I'm so glad I did. If you've never read a Melina Marchetta book, you need to put her on your list. You might want to start with Saving Francesca, which is the companion book to this one. After that, go with Jellicoe Road.

How many wonderful things can I say about this author? She writes beautifully. Her characters are fantastic. Most of her books deal with big, messy families and/or groups of friends-- people who love each other and drive each other crazy all at the same time.

Thomas Mackee is the Piper's Son. As the book opens, he wakes up in a Sydney hospital. He's a physical and emotional basket case. As you read, you find out all the stuff he's going through.

His extended family has lost two members: Tom's grandfather and namesake was killed in Vietnam, his body never recovered. Decades later, Tom's beloved Uncle Joe dies after a suicide bomber sets off an explosion in the London tube.

The rest of Tom's family isn't coping any better with these tragic losses. Tom's parents have split up as a result of his father's heavy drinking. His forty-something Aunt Georgie finds herself pregnant by a man who cheated on her.

And Tom's still recovering from his "one-and-a-half-night stand" with Tara Finke. He didn't handle that very well, and Tara has since moved overseas and has a new boyfriend. But he can't stop thinking about her.

You'd think this book might be depressing, but it's not. Marchetta manages to create stories that are both realistic and hopeful. Give one of her books a try!

And check out others' TBR resolutions here:


  1. I love your blog! I'm a new follower! Please follow back! http://falln2books.blogspot.com

    Thanks! :)

  2. Congrats on 400 followers! and This book is on my TBR list. I am thinking maybe it should move higher up ;D

  3. Woo Hoo! You git the 400 mark. Way to go Jen! :) I still remember your wordpress days. hehe

    I actually haven't read any of this particular authors books, but I will have to try it since you highly recommend them! :)

  4. Jellicoe Road isn't first? Dang it, now I need to add another book before I get to read one of my TBR books! :)

    What are you reading next week?


  5. I have never read a Melina Marchetta novel. Thanks for the recommendation.

  6. I've never heard about Melina's book. But they really sound good.
    I just added them, thanks for sharing!

  7. I read Saving Francesca and really enjoyed it and have only heard good things about Jellicoe Road. I guess I will have to add this to my list of books to read this year. Too bad! Ha!

  8. I'm so glad that you loved this book. I heard so much about Jellicoe Road and I want to read that too. Thank you for sharing this one! By the way, what are you reading next week? We'd love to know =P

  9. Well, I'm so glad you finished your TBRIC book.. and you're happy with it! My, that enthusiasm!

  10. I've never heard of these books...I will have to look into them. Thanks for the heads up!


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