This is partly your fault, all you book bloggers out there. I was quite happy to never read anything by Rainbow Rowell until I came across Alysyn’s review of Fangirl and Carry On and now I’m hooked. I thought I’d covered all the classic authors I’d ever be interested in until I discovered all the love there is out there for Elizabeth Gaskell. And it never would have crossed my mind to bother with War and Peace before I read all those reviews on The Blue Bore (and the BBC adaptation might have had a hand too).
So what I’m saying is I don’t have to look very far back to find ten books I’ve recently added to my TBR list for this weeks Top Ten Tuesday.
1. Stoner by John Williams
Sometimes a book just catches your eye in a shop for no good reason. This was one of those.
2. Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
This should have been on my TBR list for much longer seen as it’s Seth Cohen’s favourite but until I came across it second hand I didn’t even know what it was about.
3. A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian by Marina Lewycka
This book was a huge deal about five years ago and now I get round to thinking, hmm, maybe I should read that.
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Another one that’s hype has had a rather delayed effect on me. But after seeing the second film I’m chomping at the bit to read the books.
5. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
There’s been a lot of love for this book turning up on Instagram so I thought I’d see what all the fuss was about.
6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
You know what? I’m going to do it, I’m going to read this.
7. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence
Another impulse buy which I’ve really got to stop doing if I’m ever going to make headway on my TBRs.
8. Generation X by Douglas Coupland
I can’t find the blog post which put me onto Douglas Coupland but it planted the seed and now I’ve got several of his books waiting to be read.
9. This One Is Mine by Maria Semple
I finished Where’d You Go, Bernadette last weekend and it sparked an interest in reading other things by Maria Semple.
10. Glamorama by Brett Easton Ellis
I’m very apprehensive about reading this as my ex-boyfriend read Less Than Zero and even his very brief summary of the plot creeped me out. So why did I buy this? I like the bright pink spine. What an idiot I am.
My predictions tell me that We Have Always Lived in the Castle will be finished within hours of getting my hands on a copy whereas Kavalier and Clay will be gathering dust on my shelf for years before I eventually start it.
Have you read any of these? Any I should be starting immediately? Any that won’t be worth the bother?