My reading list

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-cover-795085Anna 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

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

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



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 –







  1. Paul moore | 17th Apr 17

    Nice to see the Historian on your list Cat ! Being an antiquarian it may appeal more to me than you but it did make me want to keep picking it up as it is beautifuly descriptive and tantalisingly intriguing! Go for it,it’s a well written and fairly easy read.
    Just finished The street philosopher, Matthew Plampin,a charity shop buy which follows the story of three reporters during the Crimean war agian an historic novel but well researched,a good romp and very plausible story.
    Keep up the good work!

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