Wednesday, 13 August 2014

My TBR List

I'm really bad when it comes to books. I get given them, or I buy them in a charity shope, they end up on my shelf and then  forget to read them. Not anymore! This summer, I really want to start reading properly again. So here is by TBR (to be read) list:

The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory: I am currently reading The White Queen, and I watched the BBC series in the Autumn. I love historical fiction, and when I found this in a charity shop for £1, I just couldn't resist. ( I also found The White Princess, but I want to read The Kingmaker's Daughter first).

The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory: In a similar vein, this is from Philippa Gregory's other historical series, The Tudor Court. This one follows Mary Queen of Scots in her imprisonment, which I think will be an interesting angle to look from.

Pompeii by Robert Harris: I tried to get into this one once when I was younger, but only got about 30 pages in for some reason. I'd like to try again as Pompeii is one of my favourite things to read up on, and has been since I was about eight years old.

Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James: I finally managed to read Pride and Prejudice earlier this year, and felt rather underwhelmed. I watched the BBC adaptation of this book, and enjoyed it more - I hope that that bodes well for this book.

Virals by Kathy Reichs: I've never read anything like this before, but my Grandma gave it to me because I like watching crime dramas, and as it has teenagers as its main characters, she thought I might be able to ease my way into crime reading... It looks a bit sinister to me, but I suppose that's sort of the point!

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse: I'm not entirely sure what this one is about, but it's another one that my Grandma gave to me. It's a chunky book, but the back looks interesting.

Heist Society by Ally Carter: I picked this up in a charity shop for 50p and don't really know what to expect. It looks like an easy read, which I will always appreciate in between heavier books. Plus, it's in pristine condition, the spine is unbroken and the pages still smell new. I couldn't resist.

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett: Despite being a fantasy nut for years, I have never read a single Pratchett book. I think that ought to change, so I bought the first book, and hope somewhere to start reading it.

Alanna by Tamora Pierce: I got given this entire series by a friend when I was about 13 and they have sat on by shelf taunting me. I tried to read this once, but got pulled away when a new book (I think it might have been Harry Potter) came out and was far more exciting. They're only small, and the font is quite large, so I should be able to get through them relatively quickly if I do start again.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: I read the first two books last summer, yet I somehow have kept this one back. As a collection of short stories, it should be easy to dip in and out of, but I have yet to try. I love Sherlock Holmes, so this is one I'm looking forward to having time to read.

Magician: Apprentice by Raymond E. Feist: This was one of my Dad's books that I found on the shelf and thought looked interesting. I think bow I have built up the courage to read it, if I like it, I can inherit the entire series that we had downstairs!

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson: I bought this about 3 years ago as the cover and blurb enticed me. It's a long heavy book though, so I'm not sure how much I'll be able to commit to it... It may be left unread for a little while longer...

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin: Speaking of long, heavy books... I read A Game of Thrones last summer, just about, and while I enjoyed it, it did take an awful long time to complete! What I find funny though is that I was given both copies by a chaplain! I'd love to be able to read the entire series, but something tells me that it's going to be slow going.

The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore: One my sister's favourite series, she also has the fourth book that I also need to read. I find these Lorien Legacies books really interesting, and I was disappointed with myself that I didn't read them in keeping with when they were published. Well, I have time now to rectify that! 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: This is probably going to be my next book to read. When my sister read it, she shoved it at me completely and said 'it's you'. So, I'm going to read it.
So yeah, just a small TBR, but these have accumulated over about 5 years... I'm not sure a summer is going to be enough to slim it down! But I can try.
I am currently reading: The White Queen by Philippa Gregory and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (on Kindle).

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