My Summer TBR List…

Jess McGlynnMay 25, 2016

In recent weeks you might have noticed that I have begun to move more of my book related content over to my YouTube channel.  That doesn’t mean that I am pulling the plug on sharing books over here however; I know that not everyone enjoys watching my mug talk about books for 10+ minutes, and likewise, that some people don’t hop over to visit the blog after watching a video.

I’m not usually good with TBR (To Be Read) lists as I never stick to them but as my bookcase is now beginning to overflow with books I have bought and not got around to reading yet I am setting myself the challenge this summer of at least attempting to make in-roads into this ever-expanding collection of books.

On top of this, of course, there are the books which I received for my birthday (video coming soon!) and the books which I have recently been sent and asked to review.  So not a tall order in the slightest then…nope…

The Lake House by Kate Morton
I could talk about Kate Morton until the cows came home; she is one of my absolute favourite authors and I have been desperately waiting for her latest book to be released in paperback so I could add it to my collection.  When it arrived I had to leave it in the packaging because I knew as soon as I opened it I’d want to put down the book I am currently reading and dive straight in.  Must. Resist.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
This is a bandwagon I have yet to jump on.  I think I’ve said before that I’m not always a fan of books which are surrounded by a whole load of hype because I hate being let down and it’s only for this reason that I haven’t yet picked this book up.  I am curious to read it though so I’m adding it to my list.

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This is the first of two books which have sat on my TBR bookshelf for quite some time because I have felt intimidated by the size.  It might not look that hefty but the writing is teeny tiny!  I have heard so many good things about this book though that I’m desperate to pick it up.  I’m just hoping to somehow find the time this summer!

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
This is a new addition to my shelves and one I’m really looking to pick up soon.  As a family we have spent the last couple of weeks having a major shift around and clear out at home; the kids getting new toys for their birthdays prompted a lot of it.  The rooms looked fabulous and then, somehow, it all disintegrated into chaos again.  So I’m keen to see whether this book can help us solve some of the common tidying issues we seem to continually face.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
I picked this book up in April, along with some others and am determined that this summer I am going to read it.  It’s the other book which I have avoided even buying because of the size of it but I have heard such raving reviews about it that I really want to read it.  I just need to make myself do it.

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
I was filming a video a couple of weeks ago sharing my bookcases and I realised that I have had the entire Vintage Dickens collection for a number of years now and so far only read one of his books.  Isn’t that shameful?!  For someone who claims to love literature I need to hang my head.  So that’s why this book is here.  Even if I only manage to read one Dickens book a year that’s still better than zero!

The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan
This poor book has been from pillar to post since I bought it.  James read it first and said it was great so I stuck it on my nightstand and intended to read it as soon as I’d finished my current book.  But then I got side-swiped and started reading another fantasy book.  Once I’d finished that I didn’t fancy another fantasy so it just sat on my nightstand and there it has remained, forgotten about.  Hence it’s appearance on this list.  I WILL read it.

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