Top Ten Tuesday – Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately. I forever adding things to my TBR, often with no immediate intention of actually reading them, so here’s ten that I actually do intend to read in 2017, I just haven’t bought copies yet. I’ll probably end up pretty much duplicating this post in December for my 2017 TBR post.

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Monthly Round Up – October

So October has been my first month as a masters student and as you’ll guess if you’ve been paying attention, I haven’t had much time for reading or blogging. In fact the only posts that have gone out are my pre-scheduled Top Ten Tuesdays. This month has been busier than I could’ve imagined, but I’m enjoying my course and getting back into studying again. 

I’ve managed to finish The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, and read an ARC that’s been sat on my Kobo for too long, Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas. I’m cheating a little bit as I finished that tonight (2nd November), but I’m going to count it anyway. Review coming soon (when I have time!).

One good bookish thing about this month is that I’ve finally completed my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge of reading 35 books. I was really hoping for 40, but considering how long Local Girl Missing took me, and with only two months left, I don’t think I’ll make it. 

I’m obviously reading much slower now, but I’m enjoying it. I’m taking my time and not rushing to get things finished like I did have a tendency to do. I’ve got back into reading every night before bed, which is a nice way to switch off after a long day with my head in research books. Over the past year, reading has become slightly more than just a hobby, simply because I haven’t had anything else to focus my mind on, but now I’m feeling much more casual and relaxed about it. I’m not worrying about reading a book a week so that I fulfil my goal of paying a review a week on my blog. 

Unfortunately, my blog is something I’ve had to put to one side, although I’m certainly not giving up on it altogether. I’m really proud of what I e managed to build up over the past few months, and although I don’t have masses of followers, or views for that matter, I never even expected anyone to read it. I love being part of the book blogger community, and that’s not something I’m going to leave behind, I’m just going to be playing more of a background role for the foreseeable. 

I’m about to start The Reader on the 6:27 by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent. I’m looking forward to reading something different and uplifting, as I’ve heard this is!

Happy November!

Top Ten Tuesday -Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes Historical Fiction

Top Ten Tuesday is a bookish meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books To Read If Your Book Club Likes _______________. I’ve decided to go for Historical Fiction, as I’ve done a top ten thrillers list recently.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

My favourite book of all time. It’s a very marmite type book, so I imagine it would provoke some interesting discussion in a book club setting. The narrative is very unusual, as is the main premise of the story really. In my opinion, it’s a true masterpiece of writing.img_0230

The Bronze Horseman Trilogy by Paulina Simons

Good for book clubs that enjoy a good romance. This trilogy is so, so good, with characters that you will fall head over heels in love with. The setting of the first book is the Siege of Leningrad, during World War Two, and it is unbelievable harrowing.

Fall of Giants Trilogy by Ken Follett

Perhaps these are a little long for a book club, being over 1000 pages each, but I’d recommend it to those who have plenty of time! The first two are brilliant tellings of 20th Century history, from the start of World War One, through to the end of World War Two. The third one is set during the Cold War, and is no where near as good as the first two, so probably best to be avoided.fall-of-giants

The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

Not strictly historical fiction, but it is set in 1920s Australia, so it does slightly fit into this genre. I can imagine this providing plenty of book club debate as it has the question of right and wrong at its core. Highly recommended.img_0214

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The parallel stories of a blind French girl and a German boy during World War Two. Really beautiful imagery throughout. (My review here)img_0175

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

A stunning account of a black woman in 1960s Southern America.


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Another ‘Set in World War Two France’ book, but a completely different spin to anything I’ve read on that topic before.


The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

I’m sure many people will have already read this, or at least seen the film. There’s something so brilliant about the way it’s written that I instantly felt the need to discuss it afterwards. I’m sure many others felt the same.


Two Brothers by Ben Elton

The story of two brothers, one adopted, during the rise of Nazism in Berlin. One is discovered to be from Arayan parentage, while the other is from Jewish. It is partially based on Ben Elton’s own family.


Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

Not really historical fiction, but it is set in the 1970s, so it’s not entirely modern either. It’s a very deep and really quite disturbing book, yet so beautifully written. I loved it, although I know many people found it a bit much. I’m sure a book club would enjoy discussing it regardless. (My review here)