Books I Want to Read This Week

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I am officially finished with my second year of university now, and it’s such a relief. It’s been undeniably difficult in so many ways, but I have an amazing stack of books that I am desperate to get to and can now work my way through! I’ve come home for a while now, though I’ll be heading back to uni soon, but I have brought plenty of books with me and here are some that I want to get to most:

  • The Wicker King – K. Ancrum
  • Love, Hate and Other Filters – Samir Ahmed
  • Murder Most Unladylike and Arsenic for Tea – Robin Stevens
  • Clean – Juno Dawson
  • Another Place – Matthew Crow
  • Leah on the Offbeat – Becky Albertalli

I have brought more than just these back with me (self-control goes out of the window as I now drive myself back and forth to uni), but realistically these are the ones I’m most like to get to and finish whilst I am home. I have admittedly nearly finished Leah on the Offbeat (and it is amazing), and I just cannot wait to read all of the books I’ve been staring wistfully at for the past few months.

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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

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!