A few years ago, classic fiction made up about a quarter of the books I read in a year. Particularly modern classics, such as F.Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, George Orwell (to name but a few). In the last couple of years, no longer studying English literature, classics have not only slipped away from my compulsory reading lists, but they have disappeared from my reading altogether. Which is a shame, because some of my favourite books are classic novels, and I’m certain that I’m missing out on the opportunity to find a new favourite, every month I go without adding a new classic to my TBR. There is something almost as magical in a classic as a fantasy novel; gaining an insight into the past through the eyes of the past; through the eyes of influential individuals whose work has stood the test of time. Continue reading “five classics i want to read in my lifetime.”
I have a very surprising fact for you…I have A LOT of books on my TBR! That means my Summer TBR is also pretty large! As such, there are way too many books that I want to read, that reading all of them will be pretty much impossible. So I’ve finally narrowed my list down to the ones that I simply HAVE to read before the Summer is over. The ones that I NEED to put aside time to read!
I am not usually one for making To-Be-Read lists. I don’t stick to them, and I like to read more spontaneously – reading whatever I want, whenever I want – which is sometimes at odds with my pre-planned pile.
However, I feel pretty confident that I know what books I will be reading this month. Which also ties in with my second purpose for this blog post: how I plan to cut out my TBR pile this year.
2016 is almost over, which means a whole new year of book releases is almost upon us! I love this time of year for reading, because so many new books are being released to be excited about!
This year, my anticipated TBR list is quite a bit smaller than last year’s, but that’s okay, because I have so many already-published series to finish!
These are the books that I am 100% planning on reading this year…
I have a pretty busy month ahead – how dare life get in the way of my reading schedule!? – but I have a (hopefully) realistic goal of four books for my February TBR.
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
I have already finished this one (as of 2nd Feb), and I really liked it. I will go into it more in my review, but the slow-paced build up of the story was very nice, if a little inconsistent in places, and I loved the historical elements to it.
Night Study by Maria V. Snyder
I received an advanced copy of Night Study from Netgalley (the UK isn’t as lucky as the US, and it doesn’t come out here until the end of Feb), and I am SO SO SO excited to read it. Maria is my favourite author, and the Study series one of my all-time favourites. I can’t wait to read the latest instalment.
Confess by Colleen Hoover
This is going to be the Bookaholic Alliance February book of the month. If you don’t know, this is the bookclub that I co-moderate with some of my lovely bookstagram friends. This is going to be our first month of reading together, so if you want to join in with the fun and read along with us, please check out our goodreads group page! But after reading and loving Colleen Hoover’s book Slammed last month, I am very excited to read this one!
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
Obviously this book is on my list. I am so ridiculously excited for this book. I’m literally counting down the days for it to be released. It is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, although it has a lot to live up to if it’s going to be in the league of ADSOM!
So that’s my TBR. What are you looking forward to reading most in February? Do we have any TBR books in common?
Happy New Year everyone!
A few days ago I posted my most anticipated releases of 2016, but I recently realised just how many books I want to read this year that have already been published.
So rather than giving you another long list, I thought I would give you my top 3’s: top 3 series I want to start, top 3 series I want to finish, and top 3 standalones I want to read in 2016…
Series I want to start…
1. Slammed (Slammed series)
– Colleen Hoover
This is one that I have wanted to read for a long time, but always forget about when it comes to buying new books. I don’t read lots of contemporary series, but this one sounds like it will be a bit emotional, and has a really interesting romantic plot. And it also has slam poetry – which is pretty cool! I definitely need to finally pick this one up this year!
2. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird trilogy)
– Claudia Gray
This is one for when I need a sci-fi fix – which I think I do at the moment (so this one may be read very soon). All I know about this book is that it includes time travel? Or some kind of physics-related travel? Either way, it sounds cool. And if covers are to be judged – this one is absolutely beautiful!
3. Falling Kingdoms (The Falling Kingdoms series)
– Morgan Rhodes
This is a fantasy series I have been meaning to pick up for a long time. I think its currently four books in, and I remember wanting to read the first one when that came out. I love finding new epic fantasy series, and since the Throne of Glass series is the only other one I currently have on the go, I certainly have room for another!
Series I want to finish…
1. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna/Lola/Isla companion trilogy)
– Stephanie Perkins
Stephanie Perkins’ books just have a way of making you happy. So when I need a happy read, I know exactly where I will be going! I read Anna in 2014, Lola in 2015, and so to follow trend, I will read Isla in 2016. I expect I will read this nearer the Summer though.
2. Winter (The Lunar Chronicles)
– Marissa Meyer
Why I have not yet bought this book and finished this series, I do not know. Perhaps the 800+ pages have been putting me off! The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favourite series though, and I will definitely make sure I finish it this year. Hopefully this month!
3. Of Dreams and Rust (Of Metal and Wishes duology)
– Sarah Fine
Although I had pretty mixed feelings about the first book (which you can read about in my review), overall I did really like it, and felt that a sequel has the potential to be a lot better! Of Metal and Wishes was a Phantom of the Opera retelling, so I am interested to see where the story will go now that story is over.
1. Amour Amour
– Krista and Becca Ritchie
This is one I haven’t heard a lot about at all, but it sounds like something I would love. Stories set in a circus, or surrounding that lifestyle are some of my favourites to read – given that I am a bit obsessed with circuses. And it has lots of 4 and 5 star reviews on goodreads. I want to read this one pretty soon too actually. I’m sensing a very busy January and February TBR!!
2. The Silver Linings Playbook
– Matthew Quick
I have had this book on my bookshelves for about 3 years now, and still have yet to read it. I liked the film (although I didn’t love it) and I think it would be a better story told in book form. I’d love to get some of the books that I’ve had on my shelves the longest read this year, so this is certainly one of them!
3. Belle Epoque
– Elizabeth Ross
This is another one I’ve heard barely anything about. All I know is that it is about a girl who gets hired by a family as someone so ugly they will make the family members look more beautiful. And of course, it’s set in turn of the century Paris, which is my favourite time period and city to read about!
So those are the books that have already been published that I’m planning on finally reading this year! Have you read any of these? Are any of them on your TBR too?
I start Uni in less than two weeks, (aghhh!) and the packing has begun. Of course, one of the first things this consisted of was deciding which books I would be taking with me!
On average, I read 4-5 books a month, and I will be at Uni for two and a half months until I come home. So working with 4 books a month, I have chosen 10 to take. I’m pretty certain I will buy more when I am there, but just in case, this is what will be keeping me going for the next two and a half months…
- The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton
– I have had this book for a while now, and have started and put it down a couple of times. But it is one of the books I aim to finally read and finish before the year is over. I have heard so many great things about it, and it sounds like the sort of book I would love.
- This Side of Paradise – F. Scott Fitzgerald
– Fitzgerald is one of the few classic authors that I really enjoy reading. So I will be saving this for a time where I need a good classic!
- Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins
– The third and final book in the Anna/Lola/Isla companion trilogy. Stephanie Perkins writes stories that just make me happy. They are easy to read, romantic, light and have those happily-ever-afters; probably what I’m going to be needing during freshers!
- Just One Year – Gayle Forman
– I recently read Just One Day, and it has become one of my all-time favourite books. I LOVED it. (I have a review of Just One Day too, if you want to check it out). Just One Year is the story from the guy’s perspective, which I am really excited for. I love romantic stories from a male perspective, so this is one I cannot wait to get into.
- Belle Epoque – Elizabeth Ross
– I haven’t heard much about this book, so in terms of opinions, I am going into this book quite blind. But the story itself sounds great. It follows a girl in Paris who, in need of some money, signs up for a job, only to find out afterwards that it involves ‘ugly women’ being hired to stand next to wealthy people to make the upper class women look more beautiful. It sounds like it is going to be quite a moving and sweet read.
- A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray
– Because I have not read enough sci-fi lately, and I need some in my life.
- Cruel Beauty – Rosamund Hodge
– I am aware that this book has VERY mixed reviews. I think it is going to be a love-it-or-hate-it book. But fairytale retellings are one of my favourite things to read at the moment, so I feel it is certainly worth a try.
- Rook – Sharon Cameron
– This book sounds really cool! It includes a sunken Paris, rebels and romance; I’m sold! And it’s a standalone, so no worrying about having to find money to pay for sequels.
- Uprooted – Naomi Novik
– I have heard nothing but amazing things about this book. Another standalone, and some fantasy to satisfy my fantasy cravings, when I am having them! I recently read that the main characters are quite like Howl and Sophie (from Howl’s Moving Castle) – so I am very intrigued to read this book!
- The Hero of Ages – Brandon Sanderson
– I had initially planned to finish the Mistborn trilogy over the Summer – but The Well of Ascension took me nearly ten weeks to finish, so that didn’t happen. Oops! But it shall be completed before the year is up! I promise!
There are also some great books coming out in the next few months, and sequels I am planning on buying soon, so there will be more than these ten by the time I come home for Christmas.
Has anyone read any of these books? I’d love to know your views and opinions. Which books should I prioritise and read sooner? And what books are you taking/have you taken to Uni/College with you, if you are going?