Hello you lovely lot! I know it has been longer than usual since my last post, and I apologise profusely. However, it is with good reason. I haven’t been in the best of health, as unfortunately I was involved in a car crash, on my birthday of all days! Now don’t worry, aside from some bruising and a bad back I am recovering just fine. However, having a car smash into the back of our car was not the kind of day I was hoping for! Since I’ve been in a lot of pain, my focus has been reduced and I haven’t been reading as normal, so I thought for a little update post, I could share with you the current state of my TBR pile. To be honest with you, it’s a mess. I was doing so well at getting down it and my birthday came along, and I got so many books! I am so grateful, and I really have my work cut out for me now!
We may be here a while… Make a cuppa and get comfy!
The first book, I am currently about half way through, and I will probably share a review on in the next week or so. It is a non-fiction book based on a study about serial killers. It is called Talking With Serial Killers by Christopher Berry-Dee. Let me tell you, it is creepy. I picked this up from Asda, it caught my attention because I have always been interested in crime, forensics and criminal proceeding documentaries. So I thought this would interest me. I won’t say too much as I do plan to review and I’ve not finished reading it yet either!
The next book is by the same author, Christopher Berry-Dee. He has produced another study and This one is based on the most manipulative and cold-blooded people on the earth. It is Talking With Psychopaths and Savages. Again, I picked this up from Asda for the same reasons. I’ve wanted to read more non-fiction where I can, and I find anything with a criminal/legal aspect in documentaries and docuseries tend to interest me.
Up next we have a book based on a true story of a prisoner of Auschwitz. If you follow me on instagram, you will have probably seen I have read a few books on this topic in the past year or so. Again, this is the kind of non-fiction books that I find interesting and also important to read. I think the first book that I truly read and was affected by was Anne Frank’s Diary when I was in school and I think since then, I have always made an effort to read similar books when I come across them.
I have a classic up next which I have owned for many years, and I have never read. I’m not sure why, because it seems great and I love a good classic. But this one has just alluded me time and time again. It is I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. It is a bit different for me topic wise, from the synopsis I gather it to be a romance. But I am really looking forward to reading this one!
The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski has been on my TBR for a few months now, I got it on impulse after watching the series with my other half. I loved the TV show, thought it was great, but something keeps putting me off of reading this! I’m hoping to get down to reading it this month. If you’ve read it, please let me know your thoughts in the comments. Did you love it or hate it?
The next two books we kindly gifted to me by a couple of girls that I follow on Instagram. Which is so sweet of them. They are new editions to my TBR and I am genuinely so, so excited to read them. The first is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. It seems like a bit of an emotional thriller/mystery with aspects of other things that add a contemporary fiction vibe into it. It has been compared to The Lovely Bones which makes me a little bit nervous because that book broke my heart. The second book they gifted me was Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. I think this book has been brought to many people’s attention recently and I am so looking forward to reading it. The reviews speak volumes!
Up next we have a book that I received in a book box from The Book Box Club, it is called The Short Knife and is by Elen Caldecott. From what I can gather from the synopsis it sounds like an action-packed historical fiction. And I know I’ve gone on record saying I’m rarely a Historical Fiction girl, after my positive experience of The Doll Factory I am quite optimistic to read this one! P.S. The cover is stunning.
I also have another Sally Rooney book to read. And I am sorry to all of you that loved and adored Normal People, I just didn’t. I’d go as far to say I hated it. This has left me so, so nervous to read this next one which is Conversations With Friends. It seems kind of similar from reading the synopsis and I don’t want to hate it and I also don’t want my opinion of one book soil another.
For years I have loved The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, and little did I know, until I had a nosey on my bookshelf at my parents house, which I have yet to move out to where I am living now I had another one of her books that I have never read. I honestly cannot remember buying it. But I am so happy I get to read more of her books set in one of my favourite places on this planet. This one is The Little Breton Bistro. I might actually read this after I’ve finished reading the non-fiction about serial killers, to ease me out of such a dark and serious subject.
My Lovely parents bought me a nice little stack of books for my birthday too! The first being one that I have wanted to read for ages but I’ve never got round to buying a copy! This is The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena. I feel like, at this point, I don’t even need to explain why I want to read this. Especially if you aren’t new to this website. I love a good twisty thriller. And this is meant to be just that! Just the cover reviews alone make me want to sit and read this in one sitting! Talk about high hopes.
My parents obviously know my reading tastes rather well, because they bought me another thriller called LIES LIES LIES this one is by Adele Parks. I can’t say I have ever read anything else by her but this does genuinely sound like it will be such an interesting read. I had literally just added it to my Amazon Wishlist when I got this as a gift. You can never go wrong with a thriller!
They also got me a romance/contemporary fiction book. Which I know I don’t often go for, but I have actually wanted to read this book for a long, long time. It is The Man Who Didn’t Call by Rosie Walsh. It sounds like such a beautiful story that has the potential to be a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. And again, I have heard plenty of good things about this from other bloggers and friends that read.
Next up we have The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey. And can we just talk about how stunning and intricate the dust sleeve art is? It is breath taking! I am so excited to read this. I is set in 1939 so it has that historical fiction element but also sounds a bit thriller-ish as well as a bit spooky. I am all for it! It sounds amazing!
Yet another thriller. Sorry… but I’m not really. The Guest List by Lucy Foley. So, at Christmas, I read The Hunting Party by the same author. I loved it, it was so twisty and surprising. I couldn’t put it down! So I have high expectations for this one! From the synopsis it seems like another murder mystery, who-done-it story and I am LIVING for it.
We also have another book based on a true story that happened in Auschwitz. A little while ago I read The Tattooist of Auschwitz and in it Heather Morris mentions briefly Cilka, however, she isn’t at the fore-front of that story. But Heather also wrote another book that tells her story in more detail. After reading Heather’s previous work and how well and sensitively she told the story of such a harrowing ordeal I was definitely open to reading her telling of Cilka’s story too. It is Cilka’s Journey. I do think it is important to try and read non-fiction history as much as possible so we know our past and we can learn from it. To just know and be aware.
I’ve been building up my collection of Stephen King books too! After not reading his books for years I am trying to read more. I was given a copy of If It Bleeds. It is set in 2021, and I may be remembering wrong but I think it includes the detective that was in The Outsider? Which to be honest, I really enjoyed. So I think this will be great too! It seems like a cross genre of crime and horror. Fingers crossed I get on with this one just as well!
The last book that is on my TBR is actually a collection. It is The Complete Novels of Jane Austen. It is the most stunning book. I love it so much. It is absolutely massive and will definitely keep me busy for a while! It includes the novels Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and finally Persuasion. That’s a lot of amazing classics. Which is fine by me. As we know, I love a good classic! I can’t wait to settle down to read these!
So! That is it! We’re finally at the end of my TBR. which to say a week ago I only had like 4 books on it, I think I’ve done pretty well at finding more things to read. I will keep you updated on my thoughts of the books I’m reading with plenty of reviews. Makes sure to like and tell me what you’re reading in the comments or what you thought of any of these books if you’ve read them. I love chatting with you guys and hearing your recommendations too! I will also be publishing a new page where I am going to be sharing snippets of my writing, as I am currently working on writing my own book. Which is both scary and exciting. So if you are interested in that, keep an eye on it coming soon! Thanks guys, Much love xo