Wednesday, 20 January 2016

My TBR | Ten Books I Hope To Read Before Summer

Even with a mounting TBR I tend to have an idea of what books I want to read in the near future, although I am very much a mood reader so I don't set anything in stone; I make a stack of books that I think I'll read soon. Today I want to share ten of those books from the stack - ten books I hope to read before summer rolls round.

| The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell |
There were a lot of highly talked about and much anticipated book releases in 2015, but one that stuck with me is The Wolf Wilder - I purchased my copy in December and hope to get round to this middle grade adventure very soon, whilst winter is still upon us. I feel like the cosy winter weather will only add to the atmosphere of this book.
(As of posting this I have read and reviewed The Wolf Wilder)
| The Marvels by Brian Selznick |
Sticking with children's historical fiction we move on to Brian Selznick's 2015 release, The Marvels. I very much enjoyed The Invention of Hugo Cabret by the same author, and look forward to seeing how this book plays out being told in a similar format.
| The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis |
Why I've put off reading this children's classic for so long, I don't know, but 2016 is the year I rectify not having read any of The Chronicles of Narnia.
| You by Caroline Kepnes |
I love a good mystery thriller and You was probably one of the most talked about within the genre in 2015. I did actually pick up my copy a couple of months ago, I just haven't got round to reading it yet.
(I'm currently reading this book)
| Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Year of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami |
I've tried reading some of Murakami's work before, starting with 1Q84, but I just really couldn't connect with the story. After a couple of unsuccessful attempts, I abandoned the book, however I didn't write off the author entirely - I'm hoping to have better luck with this novel. If you've read Murakami, I'd love to know which books of his you've read and enjoyed.

| The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton |
The Miniaturist has been sitting on my shelves for a good few months now and I feel like it's time I get round to reading it really - I hope it's as wonderful as I've heard.

| A Suspension of Mercy by Patricia Highsmith |
I discovered Patricia Highsmith's writing early last year by reading The Talented Mr Ripley, and now I just want to devour all her work because she is my kind of author - I wish I had took the time to read her stories sooner!

| The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North |
Another much talked about book of the past year or so, I'm really intrigued by the premise of this one.

| Left Neglected by Lisa Genova |
In 2015 I read the much acclaimed Still Alice and was totally blown away by Lisa Genova's writing. Since then I've acquired a couple more of her books and have opted for Left Neglected to be my next read by her.

| The Complete Collected Short Stories: Volume One: 1944-1953 by Roald Dahl |
I've a few of Roald Dahl's short story collections sitting on my bookshelves, and am actually a part way through this particular one. I'm making it my mission to finish this collection in the first half of the year because I honestly think my bookmark has been in the same place for close to a year now, which is pretty terrible, especially seen as I am enjoying the stories!

If you'd like to see what other books I have sitting on my TBR, then be sure to check out the tab page up the top of my blog where I have a full detailed list of my TBR as it currently stands - I update it on the first of each month.

What books do you hope to read in the first half of 2016?


  1. Quite a variety!! I enjoyed Left Neglected, I hope you do too.

    1. I love variety in reading - I tend to slump if I read too much of the same thing; I've noticed that over time.

      I'm looking forward to Left Neglected. I know I've only really discovered Lisa Genova, but I see her writing becoming a favourite.

  2. Before baby, I ran an elementary school library. I miss all these kid's books! I am definitely going to read Wolf Wilder, just for me. I love the cover and with all this snow, it seems like a must read. :)

    I keep trying to read Murakami as well. Everyone seems to love him but I have a hard time with them. I've had Hard Boiled Wonderful and the End of the World on my shelf for over a year now.

    1. Oh, what a wonderful job! The Wolf Wilder is a wonderful winter read (all those w's weren't intended there!), if you don't get round to it this winter I'd highly recommend saving it until next winter. The illustrations really heighten the reading experience of The Wolf Wilder.

      So I'm not the only one who struggles with his work?! I've heard that the book I delved in to his writing with - 1Q84 - wasn't his best and that's why I'm hoping a different novel will shed a little more light on his writing. Sometimes though we just can't connect with a certain author and their writing style, unfortunately.

  3. I have 3 Brian Selznick books on my TBR! I think once I start, I will want to read them all -- and hopefully soon :)

    1. I've read one Brian Selznick book previously - The Invention of Hugo Cabret - and loved it! I see myself building a full collection of his work over time. I think you'll love his books, Christine! Make time :-P

  4. I love that cover of Dawn Treader on your picture, I've never seen that one and it's very nice, with the seagulls high above. That was my favorite Narnia book I think, though as a kid I liked Horse and his Boy too.

    1. So far I've finished The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - I love it, I want to adventure to Narnia!

      My particular edition of The Chronicles of Narnia was bought as a box set and were only released last year. I love the cover art - not only are they fun and vibrant but the images relate to the stories in the most wonderful ways.

  5. Love the Chronicles of Narnia I'm seeing here! I have a post going live this week of books I hope to read in February. I think you're smart to set your goal for summer. That's probably much more realistic! :)

    1. Haha - I'm such a slow reader I don't like to set monthly TBR's. I think it's good to have goals such as this regardless of the given period of time. I look forward to seeing what you hope to read in February.


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