I’ve been avoiding a certain book for a week now.
Spotting 20 Books of
Winter over at Cathy’s 746Books
has been the perfect excuse to procrastinate some more.
I have joined in this meme for the past few years and I can proudly say that I have never finished all 20 books!
That’s because the most pleasurable part of this meme is in the art of the compiling.
I love any excuse to browse through my TBR piles, wondering which books I might feel like reading over the cold winter months, figuring out which ones I have already committed to reading for readalongs, all the while knowing that I will be tempted by unknown new releases and spontaneous reading challenges.
At this point in time, I feel fairly safe in saying that one of the books that will not make my #20books list is the new Arundhati Roy which I have now renamed #ministryofutmostdisappointment.
I’ve also decided to feature as many slim volumes as possible on my #20books list.
Perhaps this will be the year I read all 20 books!
I’m halfway through The Two Towers and feel confident that I will make it all the way though the series.
The Undercurrent by Paula Weston is a new release that has just found it’s way onto my TBR pile.
It’s a YA futuristic thriller from Text Publishing due to be published in August.
Polly and Buster
by Sally Rippin is the beginning of a new junior fiction series by the much loved author of Billie B Brown
It’s a June new release for Hardie Grant Egmont about a ‘friendship that makes your heart squeeze with happiness
I can’t wait!
When Roy’s book proved so disappointing last week, I pulled this one out instead…and fell into it’s comfy, warm and charming embrace with a huge sigh of relief.
Heather, the Totality by Matthew Weiner (creator of Mad Men) is probably a scarier prospect than my usual fare.
This November new release from Little Brown will no doubt be shared with Mr Books as he was a huge fan of the entire Mad Men series.
This winter could be it’s chance!
The Plains by Gerard Murnane is a modern day Australian classic.
It’s time I read it.
Only in New York by Lily Brett ticks several boxes.
Short essays ✓ Lily Brett ✓ New York ✓ a book about walking ✓
I should have been all over this one ages ago!
First Love by Gwendoline Riley
has been shortlisted for this year’s Baileys Women’s Prize.
I have one week to read this before the winner is announced!
Till Apples Grow on an Orange Tree by Cassandra Pybus was another recent secondhand bookshop find.
The cover tempted me with this Australian memoir, and I’m curious to see if it ‘beguiles’ me as much as Marion Halligan suggested on the back cover.
The Book of Everything by Guus Kuijer is an award winning Dutch story for teens.
Kuijer won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2012 (see my ALMA page for more details).
I’ve been keen to read another book by Willa Cather ever since I read and adored My Antonia
.A Lost Lady
is the slimmest Cather on my TBR pile.
My edition of The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford has a pretty cover.
Rumour has it that Mantel is getting closer to releasing the third book in her Cromwell trilogy.
The Giant, O’Brien by Hilary Mantel will be my teaser.
I’m planning on seeing the movie based on A Sense of an Ending soon.
Levels of Life by Julian Barnes is one of my unread Barnes’ on my TBR pile.
Paris Nocturne by Patrick Modiano is one of the books on my Nobel Prize challenge…and one of the slimmest options.