March TBR 2018

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As I write this post, I am three books behind my Goodreads goal, meaning that in order to catch up by the end of the month, I need to read 11 books in March. 11 books is very ambitious for me, especially as I only read four in February and I will have uni work to be getting on with too. However, I do want to focus on getting through some review books from NetGalley, and I find them a lot quicker to get through, so fingers crossed!

Uni books

  • NW – Zadie Smith
  • Hot Milk – Deborah Levy
  • Pond – Claire-Louise Bennett
  • Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare

Physical books

  • The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven
  • Turtles All the Way Down – John Green
  • Murder Most Unladylike – Robin Stevens (I actually have almost the entire series from the library, but we’ll see how many I get through)

NetGalley books

  • A Thousand Perfect Notes – C. G. Drews
  • The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo
  • From a Low and Quiet Sea – Donal Ryan
  • Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
  • The Astonishing Colour of After – Emily X. R. Pan
  • Clean – Juno Dawson
  • The Taste of Blue Light – Lydia Ruffles
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters – Samira Ahmed
  • Piecing Me Together – Renée Watson
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Weekend Reading TBR

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So I have decided to challenge myself this weekend to read as much as possible. I love the idea of the 24 in 48 readathon, though realistically I will not be able to read that much as I have other things that I need to do – go to the gym, cook, some uni work etc.

However, I’m aiming for roughly 8 hours a day of reading, and I have created a short (ish) TBR to work through:

  • The Quickening Maze – Adam Foulds
  • Goodbye, Perfect – Sara Barnard
  • Things a Bright Girl Can Do – Sally Nicholls
  • Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan
  • A Skinful of Shadows – Francis Hardinge

Though I have already started some of them, I don’t think that I’ll have time to make it through all of these, but they are the ones at the top of my list – I will be seeing Sally Nicholls and Francis Hardinge the following Tuesday and I would love to have read at least one of the books in time!

 

February TBR 2018

Who knows how many I will get to this month, I’m just hoping I can stay on track with uni reading if I’m honest! I also need to catch up on Rick Riordan’s books for the read-along I am participating in.

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Uni books:

  • Harvest – Jim Crace
  • The Quickening Maze – Adam Foulds
  • N-W – Zadie Smith
  • Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Shakespeare
  • Twelfth Night – Shakespeare
  • The Winter’s Tale – Shakespeare
  • Twenty-First-Century Fiction: A Critical Introduction – Peter Boxall

Epic Riordan Readalong: 

  • Percy Jackson and the Titan’s Curse
  • Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth
  • Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian
  • Heroes of Olympus – The Lost Hero
  • Heroes of Olympus – The Son of Neptune
  • Heroes of Olympus – The Mark of Athena
  • Heroes of Olympus – The House of Hades

It’s after typing this list out that I realise how far behind I am…

This is a long shot, but any extras I may manage to fit in:

  • Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
  • Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli
  • Goodbye, Perfect – Sara Barnard
  • Things a Bright Girl Can Do – Sally Nicholls

 

 

January TBR 2018

How best to start 2018? With an overly-ambitious and basically unachievable TBR. Why not? Here are the books I’d like to try and get to in January. I’m going to put the ones I have to read for uni in a separate list because those aren’t so optional… I just want to read all of the books at the moment, so this list was very difficult to compile, and is also very likely to change!

Uni books 

  • There But For The – Ali Smith
  • Hawthorn & Child – Keith Ridgway
  • Harvest – Jim Crace
  • Henry V – Shakespeare (this is a reread for me)
  • Richard II – Shakespeare
  • Romeo and Juliet – Shakespeare (No I haven’t yet read this. Everyone seems so surprised when I say I’ve never read/seen this!)

Chosen books

  • Winter – Ali Smith
  • In Real Life – Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
  • Turtles All the Way Down – John Green
  • Percy Jackson 1, 2, 3, and 4 – Rick Riordan*
  • A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  • Our Numbered Days – Neil Hilborn
  • Lumberjanes #2 – Various authors / illustrators
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

* – I am participating in the Epic Riordan Readalong which is hosted by my fabulous best friend: links for the YouTube channel, Twitter, and Instagram.

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18 Books I Want to Read in 2018

I have a few goals for 2018, which I’m going to talk through first, before getting into the specific books I want to read. There are many more that could be added to this list, but I had to narrow it down to some. I have even more at uni that I haven’t let myself consider including as I’d never get this post written if I did.

  1. I want to read 50 books. Ideally, I’d love to read 100, but I have to be realistic. In 2017 I finished 81, and I read some pretty hefty books through that year… so 82 would be nice…
  2. Read more 19th Century literature. 19th Century literature is definitely a passion of mine, and I just want to read it all.
  3. Read more variety. I started in 2017 by reading more graphic novels, more plays etc. I want to continue this, as I’ve really enjoyed reading different forms.
  4. Read more philosophy. One of my potential paths I want to follow in academia is 19th Century literature, and it is heavily influenced by philosophy. So I want to read the work of those philosophers who were read widely at that time, to help me enjoy and understand the novels better.

The 18 books I want to read in 2018

  • the sun and her flowers – Rupi Kaur
  • Dear Boy – Emily Berry
  • The Exact Opposite of Okay – Laura Steven
  • Girl in Pieces – Kathleen Glasgow
  • Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan
  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Agenda
  • Change is Gonna Come – Multiple Authors
  • It Only Happens in the Movies – Holly Bourne
  • The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
  • The Song of Achilles – Madeline Miller
  • Les Miserables – Victor Hugo (I want to finish this – I have about 300 pages left)
  • Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy
  • Autoboyography – Christina Lauren
  • The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Eliza and Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia
  • The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night – Jen Campbell
  • Turtles All the Way Down – John Green
  • The Fate of the Tearling – Erika Johansen

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October TBR 2017

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This is an odd mix of things, some that I have to read and some that I want to. It’s long and I’m not expecting to read them all, but I’m going to divide them up as best I can. Also I apologise for the inferior photo of the image, it was taken in my uni library with awful lighting because the lighting will be even worse by the time I get home.

Compulsory reads for uni

A Hero of Our Time – Mikhail Lermontov

Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol

Fathers and Sons – Ivan Turgenev 

Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk – Nikolai Leskov

Plays to help with my Scriptwriting module (I also just got them out of the library today so they’re recent additions!)

The Sugar Syndrome – Lucy Prebble 

Tribes – Nina Raine 

If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet – Nick Payne

Rabbit – Nina Raine 

The Effect – Lucy Prebble

Other reads

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life – Benjamin Alire Saenz

Pax – Sara Pennypacker

The Refugees – Viet Thanh Nguyen

I’ll see how many I get read, obviously my priority is to stay ahead with uni reading so those for Russian lit will be read first. But I’m looking forward to a lot of these so hopefully I’ll get to most of them!

September TBR 2017

So most of the books on my TBR this month are for uni or because of uni (I will explain, I promise). It’s quite ambitious as most of them are classics, but I need to get to as many as possible to get ahead for my modules! The first three are for my 19th Century Russian Literature module.

Eugene Onegin – Alexander Pushkin

I’ve already started this one and I’m nearly halfway through. I’m actually really enjoying it and the translation is fairly simple to read, there are a few archaic phrases to be a more literal translation but otherwise it’s okay.

A Hero of Our Time – Mikhail Lermontov

Dead Souls – Nikolay Gogol

Les Miserables – Victor Hugo

This one is the ‘because of uni’ one. I always promised myself I’d finish this before I started another long book, namely Anna Karenina or War and Peace. I really want to finish this anyway, as I adore the story and musical and literally anything Les Mis, but Anna Karenina is on my module reading list, so there’s a little pressure there.

Evening Primrose – Kopano Matlwa

When the Floods Came – Clare Morrall

Okay so these last two are both review books that I have been sent, I’ve started them both and they’re both so so good. Very different (I’m struggling to find one I’m truly in the mood for though I think dystopian and When the Floods Came is best suited at the moment) but very good.

Also, I apologise for there being no photo – one may or may not be added in the future, but I’m still setting everything up on my computer at the moment so bear with me. (Also most of them are on iBooks anyway so there is nothing to photograph!) However, I can now insert emojis, so do expect an influx of them on here as I overuse them everywhere else so why not make that the case on here too.😂

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