Hanna’s Winter TBR 2014

Is it really this time of year again already? By which I mean TBR List time, because honestly, you can’t even really tell that it’s Winter over here. By the end of November in England, we’re usually shivering under four blankets and tromping around in huge boots… but not this year. It’s pleasantly mild and this makes me happy.

My pre-Christmas reading is going to be mostly finishing off the series I’ve begun this year. I hate splitting books in a trilogy across a few years as it messes with my cataloging system, so hopefully I can get them ticked off before January.

1) Days of Blood and Starlight and Dreams of Gods and Monsters (DoSaB series #2 and #3) by Laini Taylor

This may actually be the next book I read – after I’ve finished this week’s allocated Pickwick reading anyway.

I read the first book in this series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, when I was stranded with nothing else to read and was actually quite shocked at how good it ended up being. I bought the next two books very shortly afterwards and I’m looking forward to finding out how Karou plans to save the chimaera.

And also, pretty cover.

2) Symbiont (Parasite series #2) by Mira Grant

On second thought, this will definitely be the next book I read. I want to read it so desperately that I could cry. I can’t even explain how much I’ve been looking forward to this.

Parasite, the first book, was easily one of the best three books I read in 2013. It’s basically about tapeworms trying to take over the world, which sounds ridiculous, but it’s so intelligent and well-written and argh.

The second book in Mira Grant’s other trilogy, Deadline, wasn’t all that great but I really hope Symbiont is even half as good as Parasite was… *swoons with excitement* 

3) The Republic of Thieves (Gentlemen Bastards series #3) by Scott Lynch

Alright, so I technically should have read this last year. In my defence, it’s huge and hardbacked and signed… so I don’t particularly want to lug it around in my handbag and I’m never at home long enough to just settle down and read it.

This series is unbelievable if you like fantasy. Both the previous books, The Lies of Locke Lamora and Red Seas Under Red Skies left me almost shellshocked. A little too much detail perhaps, but absolutely worth it for the wonderful characters and clever plot twists. 

4) Serving the Reich: The Struggle for the Soul of Physics Under Hitler by Philip Ball 

This was one of those ‘Oh, I just need one thing from Waterstones… oh wait, these other twelve books also look good’ picks.

It’s non-fiction, quite obviously about the physicists working under the Nazi regime. More specifically, it examines the lives of three particular scientists (one of them Werner Heisenberg) and their different attitudes towards the ‘advances’ Hitler was asking them to make.

It sounds absolutely fascinating and I can’t wait to read it.

5) Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus by Bill Wasik

 I love writing this list – it reminds me of how many books I own that I desperately want to read!

This is another non-fiction, first reviewed by Ellie Bookworm, and then squabbled over in a bookshop by Ellie Bookshop and myself until she eventually bought me a copy for Christmas last year. How festive.

This does what it says on the tin. A book about the myths, causes and folklore of rabies. Why do I want to read this so much? I don’t know, but I really do. 

6) The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

Actually, Ellie bought me this book too, when I think about it.

I’ve been avoiding it a little while I waited for the hype to die down but I think it may finally be time to crack it open. I’m a little wary of ‘girl locked up because of her gifts’ books since the fiasco that was Shatter Me, but I’ve heard great things about this one – hence why I wanted it in the first place.

Ugh, I’ve just reread my Shatter Me review and I just know that The Girl With All The Gifts will be better. Not like it could be any worse, to be fair.

7) The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

I’ve been dying to read this ever since we read-a-longed The Moonstone last year but I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I think I keep hoping somebody will read-a-long this as well, but as we’re doing Pickwick now and War & Peace in the Spring (join us – there’s safety in numbers!) it probably won’t happen.

I really should just get my act together and read it. The Moonstone was absolutely brilliant so I don’t doubt that this book will be as well. It’s just, you know… effort.

8) The Man Who Couldn’t Stop: OCD and the True Story of a Life Lost in Thought by David Adam

I’m torn with this one. I simultaneously really want to read it and to stay as far away from it as possible.

I don’t know that much about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – not the scientific explanations and backstory, anyway – and I’d like to. There are an awful lot of misconceptions, most of which I’m more than aware of, but I’d like to see what else I’m not aware of. Also, I did pay £16.99 for a new non-fiction hardback, so… yeah.

On the other hand, I’d really rather not have an excuse to drown myself in self-pity, which is often a real possibility with these books. Woe is me! I’m so misunderstood! *dramatic pose*

I actually think that will do for now. There are a multitude of other books that I might read this Winter (and probably will) but these are the books that spring to mind. I can’t think of any more without scrabbling through my bookshelves and that probably means they’re not present enough in my mind for me to read them yet anyway. So there.

What will you be reading this Winter?  



  1. I'm reading Symbiont right now! I absolutely loved Parasite on audio.

  2. Yes, we have only had to put the heating on in the last week or so (to be honest I'm tempted to turn it off again!) and that has all been rather wonderful. Probably less wonderful for the polar bears.

    Mr RWT read The Girl with all the Gifts and was a bit underwhelmed, but kept powering through it, so I will be interested to see what you have to say about it!

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