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Books On My TBR I Really Should’ve Read By Now……{Part 1}

on December 4, 2018

It’s the eternal problem of a book addict, right? The ever growing TBR pile that threatens to overtake every room in the house. We moved house about 6 months ago and in the master bedroom is a weird little recess in one of the walls that at first glance, I wasn’t sure what to do with. It actually didn’t look wide enough to fit a dresser or a bookcase but upon moving in, I discovered that it perfectly fit one of my IKEA bookcases. Moving had given me the perfect chance to reorganise and reassess my book collection. I culled several hundred books, gave another 80 or so to the teenage daughter of friends and packed some away in crates to store in the garage. I decided that the bookcase in the bedroom would be a ~TBR~ bookcase of books I hadn’t read yet but really wanted to soon. Books I should’ve gotten to much earlier than this.

It’s actually not full, because I’ve kind of been pretty picky about what goes in here (I have another TBR bookcase with less urgent titles in it). I also included all my classic books here, simply because they fit. Some of them I’ve read, some of them I haven’t. I thought for fun (and accountability) I’d pick out some books that are at the top of my pile. That way when I do finally get around to reading them, I can see how long it actually took me from the time of posting this. Because I know myself well enough to understand that it’s still going to be a while!

  1. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. First cab off the rank and actually I think this might be a good contender to actually get read in 2019. Recently I decided to take part in the Reading Women Challenge, hosted by the Reading Women Podcast. One of the ‘bonus’ categories is read a title by Jhumpa Lahiri – so that’ll be quite easy to accomplish!
  2. Bone Ash Sky by Katerina Cosgrove. I bought this when it first came out so in 2013 sometime. It’s about the Armenian genocide, which is something I know little about and it seemed interesting. I think I actually read a few pages of this a couple of years ago and never went on with it.
  3. Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant. I’ve never read Sarah Dunant before but I know a few people who really like her books. I bought this one after seeing her at the Melbourne Writers Festival in the session detailed in this post back in 2013. All I know is that it’s about the Borgias. Actually I just went and read the synopsis of this and it sounds really good. Why on earth haven’t I read it yet?
  4. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence. I was sent this (unsolicited) for review last year but I never got around to it. Wasn’t sure it was really my sort of thing but I’ve actually heard a lot of good things about it, so it earned its place on this shelf. I also have the sequel, Grey Sister which I picked up either free or cheap on iBooks.
  5. The Girl That Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson. Okay so this one has been on the old TBR a while. In fact the original reason I hadn’t read it was because I’d loved the first two so much, and Stieg Larsson had died, so I just wasn’t really ready to let the series go. Since then there’s been two (I think?) more books released written by someone else maybe cobbled together from notes from the unfinished manuscript for the first one and then solely completed by the new person for the one after. I don’t know if I want to read the others but I still intend to read this one at some stage.
  6. Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton. Another I bought when it first came out. I have actually read What Happened already but somehow this one hasn’t been taken down off the shelf yet. I really like her writing and I find her quite personable. I’m aware that she’s one of the most polarising figures in recent times but – I’m a fan.
  7. Wars Of The Roses 1, 2 & 3 by Conn Iggulden. I was actually sent these for review over a period of three years and haven’t yet read any of them. I like the idea and I haven’t read a lot from this era (which probably makes me on my own there). I’m pretty sure there’s at least a 4th book too but I don’t have that.
  8. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. How have I still not read this yet? I don’t know. I rated both Illuminae and Gemina 10/10 and reports seem to suggest this one is just as good. I think it’s just probably the size that daunts me and wanting time where I can sit down and power through it, rather than have to put it down and pick it up all the time.
  9. City Of Mirrors by Justin Cronin. The third book in the Passage trilogy. The problem is it’s been so long since I read the first two that my memory is patchy. Don’t know whether to put them all aside and reread the trilogy as a whole or just suck it up and read this and hope it all comes back to me….
  10. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. A book I just ‘had to have’ when it came out. This actually creeps me the heck out – the idea of knowing the date of your death. I want to read it but at the same time, I’m a bit weird about death books at the moment.
  11. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, The Rose And The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh and A Gathering Of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Lumping these in together because they’re all second books in trilogies or duos where I’ve read the first book, own the second books and haven’t gotten around to reading them yet!
  12. The Diviners by Libba Bray. I won this in a giveaway quite a few years ago and I’ve heard such good things about this (and it’s the first book in a series too).
  13. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. People keep telling me this is equal parts amazing and traumatising. It’s a big investment, the sort of book where I want to have the time to take with it.
  14. The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth. I really like Kate Forsyth’s books and this is the only one published in recent times that I haven’t read yet. I’ve owned it a couple of years and I keep putting it on holiday and challenge TBR’s but not getting around to it. Maybe I can make it fit my Reading Women Challenge in 2019.
  15. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. I’ve tried to read this twice. And both times I didn’t get past page 35. I’ve heard that the beginning is challenging and that once you’re past that, it’s amazing. It certainly is a very highly praised book and it’s a Man Booker winner after all with a TV adaptation. So it sits and waits for me to try it 3rd time lucky.

Look, I could keep going but probably have to cap it somewhere. These are the books that sit highest on my current priority list as far as my TBR goes. My review list is quite small this month, only 7 on it so I’m going to try my hardest to cross something off this list in the month of December. It’s all about the baby steps!

Next week I might do a Part 2 featuring my other TBR bookcase!

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3 responses to “Books On My TBR I Really Should’ve Read By Now……{Part 1}

  1. The Diviners is really good!

  2. I think that if I start creating such a list, I can spend hours on it 😀 I have so many books on my TBR that I should’ve read by now. I got the ARC of Red Sister last year but still haven’t read it. Don’t know why 😀 I think I am guilty as much as you 😛

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