This week I’ve been reading… Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

It has actually happened. I have read Gone Girl. After all those months of delays and excuses, reading every other thriller I could get my hands on apart from the one that started the whole craze, I finally pulled it off the shelf.

I’d been putting it off partly because I knew it wouldn’t be able to live up to this fearsome hype it’s amassed and partly because I expected it to be really scary and really addictive, the kind of book that needs a whole day set aside to just devour it and still have time to watch a Disney film afterwards to remind you that the world is in general a cheerful happy place. Continue reading “This week I’ve been reading… Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn”


The ten longest serving members of my TBR list

I am always adding to my TBR list. I can barely leave the house without returning with a new book to join the shelves and shelves of unloved and under appreciated ones I already own. And that’s just the ones I physically own. The number of books that I’ve mentally filed away as something I want to read reaches a number higher than modern mathematics can comprehend. Continue reading “The ten longest serving members of my TBR list”

Top Ten Tuesdays: Eight books that I absolutely no excuses will read in 2016

Selection of books arranged attractively

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is supposed to be ten bookish resolutions but I like Lizzy from My Little Book Blog’s twist on this of books you resolve to read this year (so I’m outright plagiarising it).

I never ever stick to these things. I did an Autumn TBR from which I think I read less than a quarter of the books. In fact I think a large proportion of that list has just been relocated to this list. It’s not that I don’t read; I’m just really bad at predicting what I’ll be in the mood for. And I think I might have some kind of problem with authority which means if a list tells me I have to read something I immediately want to rebel and not read it. But in a whole year surely I’ll want to read most of these? Surely?

I’ve tried to make it more manageable by stopping at eight rather than going all the way to ten because, well, eight seems like, oh a book every other month or so, I can manage that, whereas ten sounds like, why aren’t you reading these books? You’ll never get them read if you don’t start on one right now!

Why not not have a list at all, you ask? Well for one thing, any excuse for a list. And secondly there are some things that have been clogging up my TBR list for so long that if they don’t get read soon my bookshelves will crumble from the weight of all the dust gathered on top of them.


  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Been on my TBR ever since it first started getting loads of hype. But I’m so expectant that I’ll get so gripped I’ll want to read it cover to cover in one sitting that I never want to just pick it up when I’m looking for a new book to read in bits at lunchtimes and before bed. Also, I’ve heard it’s quite scary and I don’t deal well with scary.


  1. Nineteen Eight Four by George Orwell

I’m so embarrassed in myself every time I have to admit that, no, I haven’t read this yet.


  1. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery

I started this book in September, and then stopped. And then picked it up again in November, and stopped again. Maybe finally I’ll actually finish it?


  1. Something, ANYTHING, by Ian McEwan

This should be a nice easy one to accomplish. He’s one of my favourite authors and I have five reasonably short McEwan’s waiting expectantly on my shelf; surely at some point in the next 365 I’ll read at least one of them. Side note, Something, Anything would make a really good book title. I might shot gun that for my autobiography.


  1. Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones

Around the beginning of December I was having trouble finding any books I was in the mood for and a lot got started but never finished. This is one of them. And if I don’t get it read in the next few months I’ll just have to start at the beginning again when I do.


  1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Much the same as Master Pip apart from I got even further with this before abandoning it.


  1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

I’m really excited to read this book, I’m just being put off by the sheer size of it. But 2016 will be the year I get over that.


  1. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

This is such a cheat addition to this list because I do not need any motivation to read this book. I’m chomping at the bit to get started on it – I just keep forgetting to actually buy it!


Five books I’m really hoping will live up the hype


The last post in my little blogging series about really hyped books. These are the ones that I’ve given into the temptation to buy, but haven’t actually got round to reading. A good mix of classics and modern books, but all suffering a little under their own fame – because when a book has such a fearsome reputation how can it possibly live up to it?

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I think most of my desire comes from the Friends episode where Joey reads. Any book that evokes a strong enough emotion to need to be put in the freezer must be good.

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I’m actually a little scared to read this as I have placed such high expectations on it. I’m saving it for when I’ve got enough time to read it cover to cover in a matter of days as I imagine that once I start I won’t be able to put it down.

3. 1984 by George Orwell

I’m actually a little ashamed of myself for admitting I haven’t read this. I loved Animal Farm so I have great hopes for this.

4. Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

When this book first came out it was absolutely everywhere. But I’d never really found Lena Denham that entertaining so I kind of avoided it. But once I saw Caitlin Moran had endorsed it I had to read it.

5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Such an absolute classic and I still haven’t read it. I’ve had a copy on my shelf for years but I just can’t really imagine myself enjoying it. Not that I really know anything about it. But one day I will pick it up and hopefully it will prove me completely wrong.