OH MY GOD, IT’S FINALLY TIME.
Here is my Spring TBR, of which I have read 6 books (which is actually kind of impressive, for me).
1) The One (The Selection series #3) by Keira Cass
Okay, so I don’t actually own this right now, but I will very very soon.
It surprised me no end when The Selection and The Elite made it onto my Top Ten Books So Far of 2014 list, but I really enjoyed them both. It’s rare I go straight through a series back-to-back, but I just couldn’t put these books down.
The One came out last week and, while I think the ending is given away by the title and the cover, I’m dying to get my hands on it. Shh, don’t tell anybody!
2) DEADLINE (Newsflesh series #2) by Mira Grant
FEED also made it onto the list mentioned above and again, this is the next book in the series.
As far as I’m aware, DEADLINE follows some of the lesser characters from the first book as they navigate a whole different range of trouble and corruption. I’m always wary of meeting new characters (I think I have attachment issues) but if this is even half as good as FEED, I can’t wait.
I can’t recommend this series enough.
3) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
It’s odd, but some of Ms Rowell’s books really appeal to me and others don’t in the slightest. I really liked Attachments when I read it last year but I don’t have a lot of interest in Eleanor & Park.
I am excited about Fangirl, however. This looks right up my street and I’m looking forward to curling up with my dog, a cup of tea and Rainbow Rowell.
4) Houdini and Conan Doyle by Christopher Sandford
One of the most fascinating parts of The Secret Life of Houdini was the relationship between Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The latter, despite his creation of the logical, rational detective, was a whole-hearted spiritualist who frequently visited clairvoyants and went on record to promote fairies, ghosts and mediums. Harry Houdini lobbied to criminalise charlatans and revealed his tricks to the public to demonstrate how they were just that – tricks.
Although the pair began as fasst friends, this eventually soured into a bitter feud. I’ve recently read Conan Doyle’s book about The Cottingley Fairies and now I can’t wait to read this in-depth look at their relationship.
5) The Shining by Stephen King
I hadn’t realised, until I read Ellie’s review, that I actually knew nothing about The Shining. I just had a vague idea of a man sticking his head through a door.
Like Rainbow Rowell, some of Stephen King’s books appeal and some don’t. Only more so. I have a kind of… anti-interest in Cujo, for example, and yet I adored 22.11.63 more THAN LIFE.
The Shining used to be one of the ones I looked past every time I scoured the charity shop shelves, but now I’m really interested in it. Blame Ellie.
6) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente
After my recent success with The Selection, I’m in the mood for something quirky and light-hearted. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad review of these books and yet this has been gathering dust on my shelves for a while now.
I kind of feel bad because this looks like a book that just wants to be cuddled and loved, but I haven’t. Don’t worry Fairyland. I’ll love you soon.
7) A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir
I think it’s fair to say that Alison Weir may be my favourite historical fiction author of all time. Her novel about Lady Jane Grey, Innocent Traitor, completely blew me away although I should point out that Lady Jane is my pet historical figure anyway.
The only reason I haven’t read this book yet is because I felt a bit Tudor-ed Out but I’m back in the groove now. Even better, this relates to Lady Katherine Grey, a lady who I don’t actually know much about.
8) The Republic of Thieves (Gentlemen Bastards series#3) by Scott Lynch
I can’t believe I was so desperate to read this when it came out – I was marching round Waterstones looking for it and mumbling to myself when I couldn’t find it (there were at least seventy copies in the foyer, but never mind). The Lies of Locke Lamora was brilliant and so was the sequel, but I still haven’t read the third installment.
It’s partly to due with the size – I really don’t want to drag that huge hardback around in my handbag. It’s in perfect condition and more than that, it’s signed, so I don’t want it to get damaged either. Maybe I’ll wait until I take my week off in August but then I’ll get stuck in!
I actually received this as part of the last Ninja Book Swap and considering that we’re halfway through the sending period for the next one, I really should get this read.
This is another one that I was really excited about reading (and I still am!) but it just kept getting shoved to the bottom of the pile. So many books, so little time, right?
10) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
I want to read this one off the back of The Moonstone, which a lot of us read-a-longed last Autumn. I actually owned this pre-Moonstone, which is why I should probably get my act together and read the damn thing.
I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Wilkie Collins so far (alright, so that’s only one book but it’s technically a 100% success rate) so I’m hoping to get to The Woman in White this Summer.