So… I’m back, this time with a backlog of reviews and post ideas. I’m hopefully going to branch out into a few more (kind of book related) topics, but we’ll see. I want to cover a little more on here too, and perhaps include some writing. Who knows!
I don’t have a long TBR this month, as I have a fair number of review books that I’d like to get to on kindle, but I can’t decide exactly which ones. I move home from my first year of uni and I have a long weekend in London planned but other than that, not a lot is happening in June; I’m taking each day as it comes!
The Winner’s Crime – Marie Rutkoski
I really want to continue through the series as I’m really enjoying it. I started it not too long ago and I’m looking forward to carrying on.
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
I’m a little apprehensive about starting this, due to all of the hype it has, but I want to read it nonetheless.
Ella Minnow Pea – Mark Dunn
This looks so original and interesting, I picked it up not too long ago and can’t wait to read this!
The Upside of Unrequited – Becky Albertalli
I only bought this today, but I’ve been wanting to read this for a while.
I was undecided whether or not to post a monthly TBR, especially as I’ve been indecisive when I’ve picked up a book this month. I don’t know how much reading for pleasure I’ll get done either, because I have a collaboration project for uni which will be exhibited at the end of the month as well as an essay to complete and books for uni to read. Three of the ones I have here are for my course and must be read, the others I’d like to get to if I have chance (three are library books)
The Vicar of Wakefield – Oliver Goldsmith
Lolly Willowes – Sylvia Townsend Warner
The Lonely Londoners – Sam Selvon
Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
Misadventure – Richard Meier
Silence is Goldfish – Annabel Pitcher
The Fate of the Tearling – Erika Johansen
Aside from uni books, 2017 is going to be the year where I read the books I genuinely want to read without the pressure of an overambitious goal. As my goal is 25 books, and around 15 will probably be for uni, I’ve selected 5 that I want to get to most.
Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
I can’t tell you how much I want to read this, but last year I felt bad if I went to pick it up because of its length. This year, however, I feel no guilt.
The People in the Trees – Hanya Yanagihara
A Little Life blew me away. Need I say more?
Les Misérables – Victor Hugo
YESSSSSS. I CAN FINALLY READ THIS! I’m halfway through, I love it, but it requires time and dedication. Last year I felt I couldn’t dedicate myself to it because of my stupidly high goal but NOW I CAN. (Yes, I’m excited to read it).
The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
This has been on every ‘to read this year / month / readathon’ list and I still haven’t actually read it yet…
Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
I love love love adult dystopia but have yet to read this. It needs to be done.
What books do you want to get to most this year?
I adore poetry and have definitely been picking up more and more this year. Poetry collections are really short and quick to read, and I’m enjoying picking them up alongside a novel. A lot of the poems I have been reading are by modern poets, as I’m finding it easier to purchase modern collections now (I used to have an issue getting hold of modern work). I may love older poetry, but modern poetry is wonderful as it is so unique and often experimental.
- Red Doc> by Anne Carson – This collection looks very unique and interesting, as the poems are formatted in a way I’ve never experienced.
- Through the Square Window by Sinéad Morrissey – I’ve read the first couple of poems in here and loved them. I’m so excited to get around to finishing this collection.
- Happiness by Jack Underwood – This is such a short collection but looks absolutely wonderful.
- 81 Austerities by Sam Riviere – I’ve heard a lot about his other anthology, but not this one. However, the title grabbed me immediately, hence why I picked it up.
- Interference Pattern by J. O. Morgan – I’m not entirely sure as to whether this is one single poem or several, as there are no titles. However, it does look unique and very interesting.
Do you have any poetry recommendations that I should pick up? Are there any poetry books you’d like to read soon?
So I’ve covered both classics and modern classics so far, but I wanted to do a list of five ‘regular’ books that I want to get to before the year ends. My mood is always changing, and the book I most want to pick up today quite probably will be different from the one I’ll want to read tomorrow, though these five are those that I’ve constantly been thinking about picking up.
- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – I’ve heard so much about this and it sounds so amazing and I just need to read it. I read the first chapter a while ago but put it down for some reason but I don’t know why because it was so good.
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas – I don’t know if it’s the title or the cover or what, but this just screams ‘winter read’ at me. Maybe it’s because it’s long and I spend more time inside reading during the winter (I hate the cold passionately). I don’t know. But this looks fabulous.
- I Am China by Xiaolu Guo – Something about this novel intrigues me and despite the fact that I have heard nothing about it whatsoever, I cannot wait to get to it.
- The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney – This has had my attention for a while now, and it looks like something I wouldn’t normally pick up, but for some reason I can’t wait to do so.
- Burial Rights by Hannah Kent – I wanted to read this last December (It’s another that screams ‘winter read’ at me) but never got around to it. This year, however, I definitely plan to make time for it and can’t wait to read it.
As with my modern classics list, this could go on. Who knows how many I’ll read eventually, but these are some that are high priority and that I will definitely be taking to uni with me. Do you have any books you want to read before the end of the year?
I absolutely adore modern classics, it is for sure one of my favourite genres. Having so many fabulous-sounding books makes choosing a list of only five difficult, but realistically I probably won’t have time to read any more with my other lists and required reading for university taking up a large proportion of my time.
I do feel with modern classics that it can be difficult to know when a book fits into this genre / category. Obviously having a lot of the ‘Penguin Modern Classics’ editions does make it a little easier to distinguish, however if you disagree and this that any of my choices do not fit this category, then please let me know, though it’s how I categorise them personally!
- A Kestrel for a Knave by Barry Hines – This story looks so beautiful and heartbreaking, and I really would like to get to it very soon. If I wasn’t finishing up a lot of books that I’ve started but haven’t yet finished this month, then I’d probably have picked this up already.
- One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey -I’ve heard so much about this and it’s probably time for me to get around to picking it up.
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – As a fan of dystopians, particularly those written years ago and for an adult audience (e.g. 1984 and Fahrenheit 451), I really should have read this by now. I’m so ready to read it and immerse myself in another dystopian world that has proved its popularity.
- Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf – I’ve been wanting to pick up something by Virginia Woolf for so long now, but I was never motivated enough to read one of her books (despite the fact they’re really short).
- Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka – This is a very recent purchase, but I read the first paragraph of metamorphosis and fell in love with the writing style, so I can’t wait to read it all.
Are there any modern classics you’d like to get to soon, or have you read any of these? There are so many others I could add to this list (The Bell Jar, A Clockwork Orange, The Virgin Suicides, anything by Vonnegut etc) but it would just be very unrealistic of me to do so.
I remember once going through a phase where I read so many classics one after the other, and I loved it. It’s sad though, as I haven’t picked one up in such a long time; the last one I remember finishing (this doesn’t include modern classics – I read quite a few of those) was back in December. I think it’s partly to do with setting myself a fairly high (but realistic) Goodreads goal – and there will be a post towards the end of the year as to why next year I’ll be setting a very low goal, if one at all.
Later this month I am moving to uni; I know, I’ve mentioned it loads of times. As I’m studying English Literature I feel as though I should read more classics in preparation, though realistically I’m not going to finish anything before I go (unless I sit for three days and read solidly, but with all the packing I have that won’t happen). Instead, I’ve decided to make a list of five classics that I want to have read before the 1st January, 2017.
- Something by Jane Austen – Okay, I realise this is very vague, but I’m undecided between Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park. I’ll probably be on my way back from holiday when this post goes up, and I’m hoping to read one whilst I’m there, and I’m leaning towards Sense and Sensibility, though I don’t know why.
- A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens – Expect to see this on my December TBR as I love to read Dickens around christmas. His stories are so perfect for that time of year and I knew when I purchased this novel I would be saving it for then.
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – This one is haunting me. I’m halfway through and I can’t even remember when I started it. I just can’t get into it for some reason, though it’s perfectly good and I cannot pinpoint why this is. Wilde’s writing is fabulous and I really need to finish it.
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll – I’ve heard so much about this book and I loved the film (the one in which Johnny Depp plays the Hatter) but have never picked it up. It’s super short and has illustrations in and I’m really looking forward to getting to it.
- Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy – Opinions on this have been very, very mixed, though I want to pick it up anyway and decide for myself. I picked it up on an open day before the summer holidays in 2015, so it’s about time I read it.
I’ve actually really enjoyed writing this post (and it’s also helping me narrow down the books that I want to take with me to uni, as the list is way too long at the moment). I think, therefore, that I’ll do lists for modern classics, other fiction, and poetry. Sorry about the absence as well; I fell into a slump (reading / blogging / life in general) and I was lacking ideas for posts. I’m hoping to get back to it with reviews (there may be some up by the time this is posted) and with my schedule (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday). Are there any classics you want to get to before the end of the year?