Here we go again. Another Top Ten Tuesday TBR list.
I’m a sucker for making TBR lists that I never ever stick to. And much like all those before it (all 1, 2, 3, 4 of them) I’m sure in three months’ time I will have made not an iota of progress with it.
But I just really love making lists so what you gonna do.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
I’ve been a little disappointed with the twists at the end of all the murder mysteries I’ve read recently. And although I’m quite vocal about my general dislike for Agatha Christie I feel like she should be able to give me a good twist in this, her must famous book. But this has been shunted from TBR list to TBR list for years so the odds of it getting read are slim to none.
Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill
Based on past experience it would seem that books I buy on a whim either get read within weeks of me buying them, or get ignored for years. And we’re about to pass into that second category with this book. Which would be a pity as I was really excited by the premise and the reviews when I first picked it up. I don’t read many, if any, books set in dystopian futures and this had a feminist edge that I really like the sound of.
Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
During spring I will be heading for a weekend in New York and I’ve got this book pegged in the back of my mind as a good one to read on the plane. As I think for a book this size I’ll need to be trapped in a metal cage, hundreds of miles away from any alternatives to actually find the motivation to start it. It’s main appeal to me is that it’s Seth Cohen’s favourite book (that’s an OC reference for anyone not in the 20 to 30 age bracket) but it’s also set in New York and I believe follows two friends who write a graphic novel about escaping Nazi rule in Eastern Europe. Oh and it won the Pulitzer Prize, so it really ought to be good.
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
I know this book will be super easy to read – not only is it by Jeffrey Eugenides but it’s about a girl writing a thesis on Jane Austen and George Eliot, two of my all-time favourite authors, so it’s practically my perfect book –but whenever I’m choosing my next read I skim over this one as though it’s going to be hard work.
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
War and Peace aside, my reading this year has been woefully contemporary. Something by a Bronte sister would balance that out nicely. And the blurb to this particular Bronte novel gets me really excited – a witty, spirited heroine (thought maybe to be based on her sister, Emily) who challenges the limitations placed on unmarried women in the Victorian era.
Anne of Avonlea by LM Montgomery
I have no doubt that every single page of this sequel to Anne of Green Gables will put a smile on my face. Because Anne just does that to people. But have I seriously considered actually reading it yet? No, of course not. The cover just screams spring-time read to me though so onto this list it goes.
And to make things just a little more manageable for myself I’m completing the ten with four books that are currently languishing around my flat half-finished. I really need to get to the end before I forget everything I’ve read so far.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Oh my god it’s so long! I feel like I’m never going to finish this. I allowed myself a break so I could remember that reading is supposed to be enjoyable which did work, but has now made it about ten times harder to dive back into the Russian epic that never ends.
Brave New World by Adolus Huxley
There I was mere minutes ago saying that I never read dystopian fiction when I’m actually halfway through this dystopian classic, set in a future where people are bred and raised by the state, worshipping the almighty Henry Ford. I would class my enjoyment of this book so far as medium. Which is not an encouraging level when I’ve still got so much of it to go. It’s interesting, just not exactly gripping.
Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
I think I started this book at the wrong time. It takes a very precise kind of mood for me to fancy a nonfiction read and I just wasn’t in it wholeheartedly when I started this. So however funny and relatable all her essays and observations on life as a 20-something woman might be, it’s just not doing it at the moment.
The Taming of the Queen by Philippa Gregory
Definitely not my favourite of her books but it’s a Philippa Gregory, so it’s not exactly taxing. This one follows the reign of Kateryn Parr, Henry VIII sixth and final wife, who so far seems like a bit of a feminist icon and maybe more should be made of her in general. She was actually the first queen to publish. However, the biggest thing this book has going against it is that it’s a very nice looking and very heavy hardback so I’m unwilling to chuck it into my mess of a handbag and take it out places with me. And out at work, on bus journeys or in cafes is where the majority of my reading gets done.