Luckily for me, just before lockdown was announced, I’d got my hands on quite a few of the books I’d been meaning to read. With leftover Christmas money and handy Amazon vouchers, I built up a hefty stack and now have a plenty of time to get through them!
If you’re like me and love a nosy at what other people are reading, or if you want some ideas for what to read next, I thought I’d put together my TBR pile. I often find it hard to choose what to pick up after I’ve finished my current book, so I thought this list could give me some direction.
So, here is a list of the next few books I plan on reading!
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Synopsis: “The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function: to breed. If she deviates, she will, like dissenters, be hanged at the wall or sent out to die slowly of radiation sickness. But even a repressive state cannot obliterate desire – neither Offred’s nor that of the two men on which her future hangs.”
I’m very late to the party on this! I never read it in school, so missed out then, and decided I didn’t want to watch the much-loved TV show until I’d read it. I think it’s right up my street and just need to get round to reading it.
Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng
Synopsis: ” ‘Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.’ So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese-American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfil the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, rumbling them all into chaos.”
I absolutely loved Little Fires Everywhere and wanted to check out Celeste Ng’s other work. I’ve heard such good things about this book and can’t wait to get reading.
Never Greener – Ruth Jones
Synopsis: “The past has a habit of tracking us down. And tripping us up. When Kate was twenty-two, she had an intense and passionate affair with a married man, Callum, which ended in heartbreak. Kate thought she’d never get over it. Seventeen years later, life has moved on – Kate, now a successful actress, is living in London, married to Matt and mother to little Tallulah. Meanwhile Callum and his wife Belinda are happy together, living in Edinburgh and watching their kids grow up. The past, it would seem, is well and truly behind them all. But then Kate meets Callum again. And they are faced with a choice: to walk away from each other… or risk finding out what might have been.”
I listened to Ruth Jones talking about this book on podcast years ago, and when I saw it a few months ago when I shopping in Tesco, I had to pick it up. She spoke so beautifully about her story that I was convinced I had to read it!
Where The Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
Synopsis: “For years, rumours of the ‘Marsh Girl’ have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not why they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life – until the unthinkable happens.
I bought this on a whim when I saw it on a bestseller list but wasn’t too sure what it was about. I’ve seen it recommended all over Instagram and a few different blogs so I’m really looking forward to reading it. I’ve heard it’s a page-turner so I’m sure I’ll get through it quickly.
Brooklyn – Colm Tóibín
Synopsis: “It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go, leaving behind her family and her home for the first time. Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. She is far from home – and homesick. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news that sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma – a devastating choice between two worlds.
I absolutely loved this film and when my friend loaned me this book, I couldn’t wait to read it. This was a few years ago now, and I still haven’t gotten round to it. So, I’ve added it to my current TBR pile so I can finally get round to reading it!
The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
Synopsis: “In 1942, Lale Sokolov arrived in Auschwitz-Birkenau. He was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival – scratching numbers into his fellow victims’ arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale – a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer – it was love at first sight. And he was determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure this woman, Gita, did too. So begins one of the most life-affirming, courageous, unforgettable and human stories of the Holocaust: the love story of the Tattooist of Auschwitz.”
As a former history student, I absolutely love any historical novels. I bought this when everyone was reading it a few months ago but still haven’t picked it up yet. I’ve heard such good things about it, so decided to add it to my TBR pile.
Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton
Synopsis: “Everything I Know About Love is a book that is alive with wit and insight, heart and humour. Dolly Alderton’s powerful debut weaves together personal stories, satirical observations, a series of lists, recipes, and other vignettes that will strike a chord of recognition with women of every age – all whilst making you laugh until you fall over. It’s a book full of heart that brings to life the struggles of early adulthood in all its grubby, hopeful and wonderful uncertainty.” (From Waterstones)
I’ve recently been getting into books other than novels. I’m currently reading Animal by Sara Pascoe and really wanted something with a somewhat similar vibe. A few of my friends loved this book so I wanted to give it a go too.
What are you reading right now? Anything I should add to my list? I’m always looking for new books to add to my never-ending list!