I actually think I might be too obsessed with this topic – it’s pretty much a game I play when I can’t sleep. I come up with ten books on my TBR that I’d like to read soon, as if I were doing this very survey.
Having said that, I bet I still struggle…
1) Mr Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
This has had mixed reviews, but I’m still looking forward to reading it. It looks like just the book-related, light-hearted fun that’s perfect for a cosy evening indoors.
I have absolutely no idea what it’s about (other than the obvious), but that’s never stopped me from enjoying a book yet!
Besides, Ellie is still maintaining that I whipped it out from under her little nose (at which defamatory statement I shall naturally take no offence) so I think she’ll kill me if I don’t read it soon!
2) N0S4R2 by Joe Hill
I don’t usually go in for ‘seasonal’ reading, but I would like to get to this before Christmas for obvious reasons – it just wouldn’t be right waiting until Spring! I also have Horns and I really want to read that too, but this one has more of a time limitation thing going on.
It’s a big, chunky thing but hopefully that means there’s a lot of detail and thought gone into this.
I have a whole lot of respect for Joe Hill for not attempting to cash in on his father’s name, so maybe (just maybe) his books are capable of standing on their own two feet.
3) The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
If you hear a tiny cheer coming from a corner of the blogosphere, don’t worry, it’s just Charlotte. She’s been trying to get one of us (any one will do) to read this ever since she adored it back in April…. wow, April? Really? Wow, this year has flown.
She ended up purchasing it for me as she was my Ninja Swap sender… and I still haven’t read it. Sorry Charlotte.
I do very much want to though, as it keeps beckoning me from the pile of my TBR that has overflown onto the floor. Yay for Greek heroes!
I absolutely loved The Moonstone when I read it as part of a recent read-a-long and I’ve found out from an offline friend (yes, those do exist – who knew?) that The Woman in White is written in a similar narrative-switching style. Plus I really want to read a Wilkie biography and I can’t justify that until I’ve read two of his works, at least!
I hope it has similar wonderful characters, as they were the best thing about The Moonstone. God bless Mr Betteredge and Miss Clack!
5) The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
I haven’t seen The Silver Linings Playbook film yet, but I will do so right after finishing the book! I can take or leave Jennifer Lawrence – I like the message she sends to young women and her acting is fairly average – but I’ve heard good things about the book.
I know a few people complained about American Football references, but I get subjected to enough of it at home that I can hold my own!
6) The Diary of A Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield
Sigh. All I’ve ended up doing with this post is highlighting the millions of books my friends have bought for me that I haven’t read. In my defence, I have read a lot of the others! *cringes*
This is another Ellie book – in fact, it’s the closest book on my TBR to the end of 2012, which means it’s the last remaining Christmas present from last year!
It’s a beautiful book, with a hardback fabric cover and it’s such a shame that it hasn’t joined my other lovely books on the shelves yet!
Well, not this copy, obviously. I bought this for Laura during the Ninja Swap and had a quick flick through when it arrived (I didn’t actually READ it obviously, as it wasn’t for me) and instantly knew that I had to have a copy.
When I won a book of my choice for the Door Prize in the Bout of Books read-a-thon, I knew it had to be this one. I haven’t seen the TV show because I’m terrible at watching things, but after reading Laura’s review, I’m almost desperate to read the book.
I love the cover of Shadow and Bone (I’m so glad they redid them to match the US versions) and I’ve heard that it has an excellent story.
The second book is already out too, which helps – I hate finishing a book and having to wait aaaages for the next installment!
If it weren’t for that, I’d probably have read this by now. Ellie brought it to my attention (not that you can miss it, really) on our book-buying trip to Chesterfield and made it sound so interesting that I just had to take it home with me.
I’m dying to read it, but I’ve been busy with cases or at home with my parents… and I don’t really want to have that conversation, thank you very much.
10) The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger
I admit to buying this one purely for the cover, but at least it’s slightly more presentable than the above!
I’ve read lots of different opinions on this one, but it’s about a subject that really interests me so I’m hoping I can look past any imperfections.
A lot of people seem to have this on their TBRs, so we’ll probably all end up reading this together!