To be read or not to be read… that is the question

Phew, well ok It has been a long time since I did a TBR (to be read) list and I used the last one as a bit of motivation/reminder about what I want to read and to commit to it. I mostly passed in relation to my last TBR by the way…there was only one casualty (The Haunting of Hill House) which I didn’t make it through, hence, no review.

There a few books atm that I am especially excited about reading and I wanted to make a priority. As always…any of the books I mention in my blog are food for thought for yourself. TBR lists are great for getting ideas about what to read next and can open you up to reading other genres and titles or authors you may have never considered.

And trust me. I have very unique taste at times. Whilst being a fan primarily of thrillers, I’m open to exploring very different genres from time to time (hello, Nicholas Sparks!…yes…*blushing*, I was in a romance phase).

Life will be the death of me – Chelsea Handler

First cab off the rank…this is a completely different genre so you may be shocked but I just love, love, love Chelsea Handler. American comedian and former late night talk show host- Chelsea CRACKS me up. I have read all of her books and saw her live when she came to Melbourne,Australia. She’s real, brutally honest and I can’t wait to read her newest book. She also loves dogs. What’s not to like?

Parkland: Birth of a Movement – Dave Cullen

Another of my favourite authors. I read Dave Cullen’s Columbine and as heartbreaking as it was, it was also informative and let’s be real here – school shootings are an ongoing issue in the US that people can’t continue to ignore. Dave’s new book has a slightly different focus – it is on the survivors of the Parkland school shooting and their amazing efforts to challenge the NRA. I’m really looking forward to reading this because I think it will install a little more hope and rather than reading about the devastation of the Parkland shooting, I’ll be reading about the amazing resilience of the survivors and possible change for the future.

Foe – Iain Reid

Now, you may or may not have read my review of Iain Reid’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things… but if you did, you would know that that book was one WEIRD AF read. I do have a penchant for the weird and unusual , so I would like to read Foe. As crazy as I’m thinking of Ending Things was…I kept reading, right to the end (which is more than I can say for other books), so it peaked my curiosity and I liked the different idea behind it. Foe is a must read for me because I just want to know…how weird will it be? what happens? no, what actually happens?

Jane Doe – Victoria Helen Stone

Had to finish with a new author to me. I’ve heard great things about this book and as its about a sociopath (I’ve heard) – I already love it. Rumour has it – the author is pitching currently for this book to be a part of a series…so if it’s great, there could be more greatness to come. I first heard about this book through the Goodread’s Readers Choice awards – it was nominated and I believe, shortlisted…which makes me expect big things.

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What is a TBR List? 

It is a term I only learnt about since starting my blog (and reading other wonderful book blogs) but it’s something every enthusiastic reader has – a To Be Read list.

Some people like to write their list of next reads down, others will keep a TBR list on Goodreads, or keep a pile of physical books they are going to work through.

My TBR list is mostly in my head and if I want to keep a track of recommended books, I make a note of the title and author in my Notes app on my phone.  After my dismal efforts at my Goodreads reading challenge, I decided I need to have a reading plan moving forward. I need to be excited about the books I am going to read and carefully select them.

I’m currently reading Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage. I’m half way through and already excited to tell you all about it (will review as soon as I’m done) it’s unlike anything I’ve read recently and pretty dark…but you know, that’s my thing.

I put this list together from books I have yet to read on my kindle, a couple of picks from the NY Times Best Seller List and a couple of recommendations from friends and other blogs. I noticed a slight theme…books which have now been adapted into tv shows. I enjoyed the tv shows, so I’m convinced I will love the books too. I do prefer the thriller genre but I tried to mix it up and be realistic – sometimes even I get bored with just reading thrillers.

My TBR List…in no particular order

 

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                           The Haunting of Hill House   – Shirley Jackson

I have just watched this series by the same name on Netflix and I loved it. From what I’ve heard the book is quite different, but I don’t mind that. I read on Twitter that even Stephen King is satisfied with this adaptation from book to screen and that is enough for me to give the book a read. Classics are not lost on me and I’m never afraid to go back in time and find a gem. I’m a firm believer in mixing old with new.

 

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Nineteen Minutes – Jodi Picoult 

I never used to be a fan of Jodi Picoult’s books, after attempting one and failing miserably to be engrossed, or interested and then I recently read The Pact after a friend recommended it. I enjoyed it so much and read it easily and quickly. The same friend advised me to read Nineteen Minutes and admittedly, it is a topic I’m very interested in. Wow, that sounded creepy, but it is about a school shooting and I have read a few books about this topic. Columbine by Dave Cullen being one of them, which was a heartbreaking, but fantastic read. I’m prepared to be moved and challenged. I’m ok with that.

 

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Sharp Objects – Gillian Flynn

Another series I enjoyed very much on TV by the same name. I really can’t get enough of some tv shows or movies and when I read the book…there is so much more depth there. More of the characters I loved. They are more developed and there are nuances that may not be depicted in the show or movie. That is what I’m hoping to get out of this book. More of everything I loved about the TV show. Of course I’ve read Gone Girl and I enjoyed it (even if I did feel it was a little hyped up). I have high hopes for this one.

 

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The Affair – Sheryl Browne

This one has been sitting in my kindle just begging to be read and I’m quite excited about it. There is nothing like a thriller mixed with a scandal. It’s like the best, juiciest gossip you can have with a very close friend.  It’s rated 4 stars on Goodreads and I’m convinced. Fingers Crossed it lives up to my expectations. I haven’t read any books by Sheryl Browne previously and if I love it, I’ll be excited to research a brand new author.

 

Ok, folks, that’s it for now. I’m keeping the list short and sweet because I want to actually accomplish it and be able to give you some GREAT reviews and recommendations. Please let me know in the comments if you have read any of these and were impressed or let me know what’s on your TBR list… I’m open to recommendations.