The ‘to-be-read’ list is a mysterious, and uncontrollable thing – it is for me anyway. It’s a many-tentacled monster, growing relentlessly every day. Because of this I’m going to share a few of my reading targets with you – I’m hoping that if I make a list of some of them and share it publicly, I’ll have a better chance of actually getting to a few more than I otherwise might.
Anna Karenina – by Leo Tolstoy
This one has been one I’ve wanted to tackle for a good few years but it only resurfaced on my tbr a few weeks ago when I discovered the ‘Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.’ It’s a classic but it is also quite a mammoth size. I’m not one to judge a book by its size but, boy, that’s daunting for a slow reader. At my pace it’ll take a few months and having only one book on the go for that long is a major bookish turn-off for me! Hopefully, by posting here, I’ll muster the courage to start making a dent in it!
The Historian – by Elizabeth Kostova
This is one of my Dad’s favourite reads and I know next-to-nothing about it. All I know is that the story utilises both History and Folklore to explore the secret heritage of a young woman. Sounds fascinating, don’t you think? I’ve just yet to be excited enough to actually make a real start on it. Maybe next month…
Submergence – by J. M. Ledgard
This is a book that’s on my TBR despite the fact that I have yet to acquire a copy of it yet. I found this book recommended in an article I didn’t agree with and for some reason I really, really want to see if I like it. It’s a lot more political than I’d usually pick up on my own but it could definitely make some interesting points. It’s considered high fiction despite being heralded as ‘lecture-like’ and ‘soap-opera-esque’ – could it be possible that all these things will marry up to make the ultimate novel?
The Gender Game – by Bella Forrest
This book was recommended to me by a good friend of mine (find her at J4rming) and was
only £1.99 on Kindle when I purchased it! However, it has been sitting on there since I got it, completely untouched. I’ve really got to convince myself to make a start on this because I feel like once I do, I’ll be hooked. J4zz told me she couldn’t put them down and we read a lot in common so hopefully this’ll be a new favourite of mine too!
The Selection – by Kiera Cass
I picked this one up having seen the cover a billion times on Instagram. It was about $1 in a Canadian thrift store so I thought ‘why not?’ A month later and I now know it’s the first in a series and has terribly derogatory reviews on Goodreads despite an overall 4.15/5? This left me both confused and intrigued but sadly not enough of either to actually make a start here. I do want to read it, if only so I can weigh in on the debate, I just have to find the time for it. Pretty cover though.
The Maze Runner – by James Dashner
I wanted to read this almost entirely because I watched the film and felt like it was missing something. The only trouble is, having seen the movie, I feel like I know a lot of the plot and I’m not excited by the ‘mystery’ of what happens. I’ve waited a while since watching the film though and am hoping we’re nearing a time where it’ll read like a brand new story.
This short list doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what I hope to read within the next few years but I’m hoping to tick these off my ever-growing list within the next few months. Are there any here that you’ve read and really loved (or hated?) Let me know in the comments below.
Just a short post today as I’ve become a bit of a busy bee of late! Plus, it’s Easter weekend and Tay and I are lucky enough to have our friend visiting us from back home in England!
Happy Easter to you all!
– Cat –