Top ten books on my TBR list

Ha! You want me to reduce my TBR pile to just the top ten, and ignore the 700 others on there? This feels a little like asking a parent to choose a favourite child – I mean some of those books have been there for a very long time, and I’ve become quite attached to them over the past few weeks (ok, months. Ok, years).

The second issue with this list for me is that I’m currently reading A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel, which clocks in at a wrist-straining 872 pages, meaning it will be with me for many, many more weeks. Anyway, a girl can dream, so here are a few books that I hope will be in my reading-near-future, should I ever find my way out of the French Revolution.

  1. A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel – to be finished is more accurate than to be read.
  2. Where’d you go Bernadette? by Maria Semple – this month’s book club book, so it’s definitely going to be ticked off the list in the next few weeks. I don’t know much about it, except for a couple of good reviews from trusted sources.
  3. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – picked up from the library this very afternoon. I think it is sufficiently different from Mantel to not confuse me if I read it at the same time – this seems perfect for lunch break reading.
  4. The Engagement by Chloe Hooper – also picked up from the library this afternoon. But while Fangirl I had on order, this one I picked up when I inadvertently found myself in the stacks rather than at the check-out desk. I have a problem – I’m aware of this.
  5. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison – I was really hoping to read this for Banned Books Week, but seeing as that’s this week it’s not looking likely – maybe next year’s Banned Books Week is a more achievable target.
  6. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – also different enough from Mantel that I could probably get away with reading it at the same time. All I know about it is that there was a lot of hype surrounding a ‘twist’ and it was $2 on Amazon – good enough for me.
  7. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – described by one of my bookish heroes, Jennifer Byrne, as a masterpiece, which is pretty much all the encouragement I need. Also, as the only Australian title on the Booker shortlist (represent), I really hope to have read this by the time it’s chosen as the winner.
  8. On Writing by Stephen King – I can’t decide whether it would be wrong for this to be the first Stephen King book I read. Should I decide whether I like him as a writer before reading his advice?

Obviously, those doesn’t even scratch the surface of my TBR pile, but if I could get through all of those this spring (for those of us down under), I’ll be a happy lady.

13 replies »

  1. I really liked Where’d You Go, Bernadette! It’s a fun, quirky novel and totally made me want to go to Antarctica. The only other book on your list that I’ve already read is We Were Liars, which I found to be a bit disappointing. I hope you enjoy it more than I did!


  2. I should really get around to reading more by Toni Morrison because “The Bluest Eye” was fantastic. I still find it hard to believe that it was her debut novel because it feels like something a more mature author would have written. I do hope you get around to reading this one. 🙂


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