#TBR

Is there anything more satisfying than an enormous, teetering #TBR pile?

I’m a mood reader, so I tend to buy books, add them to my TBR, and then get around to them when I feel like it. For which reason, I don’t have a #TBR in each month list. Just one giant all-of-time To-Be-Read!

Currently reading…

The Heir of Night, Helen Lowe

The Heir of Night

Author: Helen Lowe | Publisher: Orbit

A dark enemy. An ancient war. A new champion.

Young Malian is being trained to rule.

Her people garrison the mountain range known as the Wall of Night against an ancient enemy, keeping a tide of shadow from the rest of their world. Malian is expected to uphold this tradition, yet she’s known little of real danger until the enemy attacks her fortress home and the Keep of Winds becomes a bloodbath.

Malian flees deep into the Old Keep – and when the danger is greatest her own hidden magic flares into life. But if she accepts its power, she must prepare to pay the price.

So far, I’m really enjoying The Heir of Night. It’s a fast paced book, well-written, and has plenty of unexpected twists. I’ll keep you posted!

Most excited about…

The Chilbury Ladies Choir, Jennifer Ryan

The Chilbury Ladies Choir

Author: Jennifer Ryan | Publisher: Borough Press

I’m really not sure what appeals to me about this. It’s well outside my reading comfort zone, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a real weeper. Still, I’m quite looking forward to it. This one is definitely next up on my #TBR list!

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

Night Circus

Author: Erin Morgenstern | Publisher: Vintage

I have no idea what to expect from this book, but it sounded really interesting and I’m hoping for great things.

Least excited about…

The Bear and the Nightingale, Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden | Publisher: Del Rey

I started this when it first came out, and I just couldn’t get through it. I’m not sure why, to be honest, as the writing was excellent, it was an interesting story, and the characters were immediately engaging. I think it might be a “mood reader thing”, so it’s been on my TBR pile for a while. It was raved about on Instagram, but I just can’t seem to get excited about it.

Book on the way out of TBR and into the “nope” pile:

The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock

Author: Imogen Hermes Gowar | Publisher: Harvill Secker

Got about a third of the way through it, and just got completely fed up with the characters. It didn’t seem to be going anywhere. I’m in two minds about whether or not I’m going to actually finish it.

Some other highlights on the list…

Ruined

Author: Amy Tintera | Publisher: Harper Teen

This was recommended by Maria Adey at thepaperbackprincess and it sounded really great – so I ordered it! If I’ve commented on anyone’s post and said something along the lines of, “well that sounds interesting”, it’s probably on its way from Amazon as we speak. I’m a book hoarder. No judgement.

The Final Empire

The Final Empire, Brandom Sanderson

Author: Brandon Sanderson | Publisher: Dragonsteel Entertainment

It seems like everyone except me has read this series, so I finally gave in and ordered the first book. I’ve definitely got some catching up to do! A definite highlight of my TBR pile…

Alice

Author: Christina Henry | Publisher: Titan Books

I read a review of this by karathehuman on Bernard’s Book Blog and I thought it sounded interesting…

The Dragonbone Chair

Author: Tad Williams | Publisher: Hodder

I came across this on GoodReads while looking for something else. I think there’s a new Tad Williams book? That might have been what happened. I basically decided to start from the beginning before picking up the new one.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce

Author: Rachel Joyce | Publisher: Black Swan

This was recommended by a friend. We were impromptu book shopping and she raved about it, so I decided to give it a go.

A Year in Provence

Author: Peter Mayle | Publisher: Penguin Books

I love travel books, although they’re something I rarely pick up. The Extra Virgin books were fantastic, and this was a GoodReads suggestion based on that.

The Psychopath Test

The Psychopath Test, Jon Ronson

Author: Jon Ronson | Publisher: Picador

I’ve heard so much about this book, I finally got around to ordering it.

Oppenheimer

Author: Kai Bird & Martin J. Sherwin | Publisher: Atlantic Books London

This I bought on a whim, and now am despairing of ever reading. It’s huge!

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens, Vintage Classics, Penguin Books

Author: Charles Dickens | Vintage Classics

The shame! I’ve never actually read Oliver Twist! It’s in the pile, I just have a feeling it’s going to take a lot of concentration to get through. I found a beautiful re-print in Waterstones though, and I feel it would be a bit self-serving to put it on the shelf if I haven’t actually read it.

14 Comments Add yours

  1. mahjabinmeem says:

    I really enjoyed The Bear and The Nightingale. Don’t give up on it yet! The character, the story, the writing everything is amazing!
    Mistborn trilogy is probably my favorite fantasy series of all time. Hope you enjoy it.

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    1. Madam Mim says:

      I’ll definitely give it another go. And high praise for Mistborn… I think that’ll have to move up my list 🤔

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  2. I have a huuuge TBR pile. About 100 books, I think. It’s ridiculous and I don’t like that I accumulated that many. I’m not getting through them, though, because I get sent books to review. The pile of review books actually does make me happy.

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    1. Madam Mim says:

      Wow! That could be a bit overwhelming! Eventually though, you’ll have enough for a small library… and that could be good… green eyed about your review book pile!

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  3. Priyasha says:

    So many great books . I want to read Night Circus btw . Great post ::
    Happy Reading !!

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    1. Madam Mim says:

      Thanks! I know, Night Circus looks really good!

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  4. Really hope you enjoy Night Circus, Bear and the nightingale and Final Empire- all of those are great 🙂

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    1. Madam Mim says:

      I do have high hopes for Night Circus!

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  5. Zezee says:

    Nice TBR there. The Night Circus is absolutely wonderful! It’s one of my fav books so I hope you have a great time reading it.
    Totally know what you mean about The Bear and the Nightingale. The story was interesting and all but I didn’t like it as much as everyone else. It was hard for me to get into it.
    I’ve always wanted to read the Psychopath Test too, actually I just want to read a book by Jon Ronson. He writes about such interesting things.

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    1. Madam Mim says:

      Thanks! I’m definitely excited about the Night Circus, and I’m glad someone else feels the same way about The Bear and the Nightingale!

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  6. Tammy says:

    Ah, I love Christina Henry! Alice was very dark, but it worked really well for me. Your reading pile looks fantastic!

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    1. Madam Mim says:

      Thanks! Hoping for a good month with it 😂

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  7. Christy B says:

    Great variety of books here! I have a big TBR list too 🙂

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    1. Madam Mim says:

      I do love a big TBR list 🙂 and I read pretty much everything haha

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