Monday 4 January 2016

My to-read list...

I'm what you would call an avid reader - I'm rarely not reading something, and I often have multiple books on the go at once. Naturally, I got some books for Christmas and added them to my ever-growing 'to read pile' so I thought I'd share them with y'all, so you can tell me if any of them are any good, and give me your recommendations based on these!

Us by David Nicholls is one I've wanted to read for ages, ever since I read One Day and fell in love with his writing style. I actually forgot I had this, so I'll definitely be tucking into it soon! Another one I've been wanting to read for a while is The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion - my mum bought this for me when it came out, because I had enjoyed The Rosie Project so much and this is (obv) the sequel. I'm so excited to see how the story continues...

There's some books in here that I've actually started reading already; Orlando by Virginia Woolf is one of these, and I'm desperate to finish it - I don't know why I abandoned it in the first place, because it's a stunning read. One of my lecturers recommended this to me, and she clearly knows me well... The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty is another book I've already started reading, but I couldn't really get into it because it chops and changes from character to character so often. I've heard really good reviews, though, so I'm definitely gonna give it another go this year!

Karen Joy Fowler is an incredible author; she wrote We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves which I loved SO much, and ever since I've been dying to read her other two books - The Jane Austen Book Club and The Case of the Imaginary Detective. I've not researched either of them because the plot twist in WAACBO was amazing and if the other two have anything similar, I don't wanna spoil it! Expect to see reviews when I've read them, though.

My brother bought me The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish and it's been neglected 'til I saw Sophie Hannah (my favourite ever author) say she really enjoyed it. Fickle or not, it's been bumped right up the list! Linwood Barclay is one of my top authors of all time, and No Safe House looks as good as all his other offerings. I can't wait to get my teeth into it.

Sometimes my mum reads books and passes them on to me; usually I reject them, because she's into much more ""girly"" books than I am but she read Daughter by Jane Shemilt and sent it my way - it looks really interesting and definitely up my street. She also bought me Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton, which looks great but isn't one I'm desperate to read...

Dark books are my favourite, and How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst definitely falls into that category. It has very mixed reviews so I'm excited to see what my own opinion is when I've read it! 

I've got other books at my uni house that I need to read, and books to read for my course, but these are the ones in a pile on my desk and I can't wait to work my way through the list! Have you read any of them? Let me know (Twitter - @katygilroyblog)

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  1. I am actually putting together my to read list for the year today (doing a 25 book challenge) and this has been super helpful in terms of inspiration :)
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  2. The pile looks good. I haven't read any of them, but I have read another of Louise Candlish's books, which I did enjoy.

  3. Daughter is AMAZING! I loved it so much!! I plan on reading The Husband's Secret as well - clearly have some similar tastes :) I'd love to have a review of The Husband's Secret on my blog once you;ve read it if you're up for doing a Guest Post for me? Let me know via twitter I'm at @Hadh0peAmyBlogs x