This is my last of what I plan to be reading this Spring, including old releases, new releases and not-yet releases. It seems only three seconds ago that I was typing up my Spring and Summer TBR lists, and no doubt I’ll be doing the Winter one before I know it too.
1) Rise of Empire by Michael J. Sullivan
This is the second volume in the Riyria Revelations series, which I’m frantic to get on with after finishing Theft of Swords last week. My Mum’s read them already and got slightly over-enthusiastic about them last week, so now I’m champing at the bit.
They follow two mercenaries – an assassin and a thief – as they fight beasts and uncover dastardly intrigues while having a good old banter. Seriously, read these books.
2) The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker
I have absolutely no idea whose blog I saw this on a month or so ago (if it was you, let me know and I’ll link to you) but I ordered it immediately as part of my birthday book spending.
Miss Baker travels to NYC where she tries to juggle her Morman heritage with her aspirations to be a successful actress in a memoir that looks as hilarious as it does fascinating.
3) This Is Not A Test by Courtney Summers
I wanted to read This Is Not A Test the second it arrived. Then I wanted to read it for the Bout of Books Read-a-thon. Then I was going to read it last week. I swear, this is the book I’ve most wanted to read that I’ve had the least success with.
This Autumn though, I will get to it. What could be better than curling up with a blanket and a zombie book when it’s dark and rainy outside? 🙂
4) Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
I seem to be going through a bit of a humourous memoir phase at the minute – I’ve just finished reading Cuckoo in the Nest by Natalie Luurtsema, where she documents her six months living back under her parents’ roof, and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, where I laughed so hard I cried and then choked on a biscuit. I’m the most attractive reader ever, folks.
I’ve also got Tina Fey’s Bossypants out of the library, despite my dislike for her smug little face, and I’m relistening to How To Be A Woman on audiobook. It only makes sense I read Mindly Kaling next – we can’t have her feeling left out!
5) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Yes, yes, there is a film coming out. But in my defence, I’m intensely unlikely to ever see it because it has That Girl in it. Seriously, if I were in a room with Emma Watson, Margaret Thatcher, Hitler and Freddy Krueger and only had one bullet, she’d be the first to go.
Anyway, despite my apathy for the film, I’ve heard nothing but good things about the book so I can’t wait to pick it up this Autumn
6) The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
I’ve never read Hemingway before, can you believe it? I was surprised how tiny it is when my copy arrived from Amazon – it’s more of a novella than an actual book.
Still, I love stories about fishermen and the ocean, so this should be right up my street.
7) One Day by David Nicholls
This book has been on every single one of my TBR lists since the year began, and I still haven’t got round to it. It’s not that I don’t want to read it because I’ve heard nothing but good things about it, but I’ve never felt particularly inclined to pick it up off the shelf either.
8) Death Comes To Pemberley by P.D. James
I’m not usually a massive fan of Pride and Prejudice knock-offs, but this one sounds awesome. It has a murder mystery plot and seems to be written in the ‘proper’ style, so I really want to give it a go. Plus, when I’m finished it can sit next to Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on my P + P shelf!
9) A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass
Synesthesia is a neurological condition where sufferers often confuse numbers, days of the week, etc with emotions or colours. The number four might always seem green to them, for example. There are even theories that Van Gogh was a synthesete.
A Mango-Shaped Space follows a young girl with this condition as she slowly comes to realise that other people don’t see the world in quite the same way she does.
10) Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult books are a little hit-or-miss for me – I either love them, like Handle with Care and My Sister’s Keeper or I can’t get through them at all, like The Pact. It does tend to be the medical/family law books that I prefer though, which makes sense considering my chosen career.
It’s been a while since I read though, and since Keeping Faith has been sat on my TBR shelf for at least a year and a half, it’s time I picked it up and gave it a reassuring hug.