I’m back shawty! It’s been a while, I missed you all, but now I’m back! Is it May? Yes. Is this the sort of post you expect to see at the beginning of the year? Yes. But do I care? No not really. The year isn’t over meaning I still have time to read these 22 books, and you all should too probably, I don’t know. I’ll let you know after I’ve read them, if I do, which, considering my track record with TBRs, is very doubtful. Anyhow, here’s the books:
// The Poppy War //
This series has gotten less and less hype nowadays (or maybe I just haven’t been on the book scene recently) but I want to read it still. It is well-loved and that is enough to make me very curious, because usually everything I read has very mixed reviews.
// A Little Life //
Before I even talk about this book, I would like to say, look up the trigger warnings. We can’t be talking about this book unless we all know what we’re getting into, so please do look up the trigger warnings. I’ll wait…. Ok thank you. Now, I am very excited and very nervous about reading this book, and I’m going to be finishing it as soon as possible. I have actually already finished the first part, I am at the beginning of The Postman, and I have heard a whisper that the saddest part is The Happy Years. Ironic, I know, but I am getting rather nervous as I get closer and closer to the end. Many people have apparently been put into reading slumps far ages because of this book, and I do not want that to be me because I am already in a bad enough book slump from this, and I cannot be thrown into another.
// Solitaire //
I recently found out that Heartstopper is going to be a TV show, and I am very excited that it’s coming out soon (22nd to be precise). Therefore I would like to read as many of Alice Oseman’s books as possible before this happens. I’ve already read Heartstopper and Loveless, both of which made me very happy, and now I think I might read Solitaire next. Oh, and I also only very very recently figured out the links, that being that Tori is actually the Tori that is Charlie’s brother. So, go me huh?
// And The Mountains Echoed //
I love A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Kite Runner very much, so it makes sense that I should also read And The Mountains Echoed. Unless I have my dates very much mixed up, I think this is Khaled Hosseini’s most recent book, which doesn’t really do much for me but I guess I wanted to mention it?
// On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous //
The title. Immaculate. Show-stopping. Very nice. This is the only reason I want to read this book, for the title. Because it is frankly wonderful.
// Night Sky With Exit Wounds //
In the same vein, Night Sky With Exit Wounds. Still for the beautiful title.
// Lolita //
The number of times I have mentioned this book compared to the very obvious fact that I have not read it does not add up. I still haven’t finished this forsaken book, and I really want to, it’s just a long read. Not because the book is long, it very much isn’t, in fact it is quite a slim book, but because Humbert Humber does not quite understand the word ‘concise’. He just cannot shut up, and it got on my nerves so I left it. But, I do really want to get back to it and read it because the writing is fantastic, despite being exhaustive.
// Another Time //
Auden is slowly but surely becoming one of my favourite poets, and therefore I really want to read this poetry collection. I think Auden just writes so beautifully, every poem just sounds and feels so good when you say it out loud, the words sort of fit together so perfectly, I am shocked at poets all the time. For example:
Hell is neither here nor there,
Hell is not anywhere,
Hell is hard to bear.
It is so hard to dream posterity
Or haunt a ruined century
And so much easier to be.
Only the challenge to our will,
Our pride in learning any skill,
Sustains our effort to be ill.
To talk the dictionary through
Without a chance word coming true
Is more than Darwin’s apes could do.
Yet pride alone could not insist
Did we not hope, if we persist,
That one day Hell might actually exist.
In time, pretending to be blind
And universally unkind
Might really send us out of our mind.
If we were really wretched and asleep
It would be then to weep,
It would be natural to lie,
There’d be no living left to die
// Howl’s Moving Castle //
To be completely honest, I don’t know much about this book, but I read a post about all the reasons to read it, and therefore I will. So to whoever out there wrote that post on Pinterest, thank you for the book rec, I hope it will be good.
// One Noone and A Hundred Thousand //
My favourite sort of books are ones that completely warp my perception of all life, and this may be that book. The idea is that noone sees us as we see ourselves, so everyone builds a persona of you that is not actually you and the main character realises this and goes mad. Sounds fun no? Besides the going mad part, but it’s all in a day’s work.
// Cinder //
I bought this not too long ago, and I think this may be the year I read it. I’ve seen the prettier covers so often and I’ve wanted to buy them for ages, but I don’t know if its worth it because I might end up hating it so I want to read it and find out.
// Caraval //
Much in the same thinking, I got this book at the same time as Cinder, and much like Cinder I still haven’t read it.
// Furyborn //
I might have heard a whisper about a certain boy in this book… and maybe I’m a little intrigued… also the copy I have of this book is very floppy and I like that very much, which may or may not be the reason I bought it, besides the synopsis of course. he he. 👀
// The Murder of Roger Ackroyd //
Agatha Christie. That’s all. Thank you.
// All The Bright Places //
I saw this book in a booktok video recently about mental health, and even though I already knew about it, I never really made it a priority to read it. But now. Now I am interested. I feel like books about mental health are generally so much better than other books, particularly the writing style and the tone.
// Lore Olympus //
Maybe, just maybe I’m going back to my little Greek mythology phase. Or maybe I just think the book is really pretty. (Have you all seen it? Like I’m not the only one right? It’s really pretty!) I’ve seen quite a bit of it on Webtoon and I just want Apollo to get bitten by the big dog (I can’t for the life of me remember his name smh) and I want Hades to be happy. Also can Zeus get it together? Oh, and Eros and Hermes are underrated icons and I would die for them both. The apology donuts oml!
// Kingdom of The Wicked //
Wrath. I’ve heard a lot about this man. He better not disappoint or we will have something of a problem. The fanart looks really cool, and that is about all I know of this book. Nevertheless, I want to read it just so I can say I have and stop being one of the only people on WordPress to have not read it. I have FOMO, and that is a valid reason to read a book.
// Stalking Jack The Ripper //
I think we need to start talking about all of the quotes I see all over Pinterest. In fact, I might actually have a Pinterest board for Stalking Jack The Ripper and I haven’t even read it yet, it just houses all of the quotes and fanart I keep seeing.
// You’ve Reached Sam //
Another booktok favourite. You would think that by now I would have learned to stop trusting booktok with my recommendation because they rarely end well. If ever. Anyways, this book looks promising, so I want to read it.
// The Memory Police //
Jack Edwards read and recommended this, and that is all the motivation I need to read a book. This man could recommend a book I have never heard of and have no interest in reading, but I will pick it up just for his superior book taste.
// Call Me By Your Name //
By Lil Nas X.
// The Atlas Six //
A year. I have been waiting to read this book for a YEAR! I did my waiting! 12 months of it. Give or take. Anyways, I just needed an excuse to talk about what the bloody hell they did to the cover. The old cover was beautiful. Stunning. Show stopping. And then the new one came out and I am upset about it.
What are the odds I finish these this year? I don’t know because I still don’t understand gambling odds, but if I was a betting man, I would stop gambling instantly and realize that the odds are very much against me. Either way, I hope you liked this post, I am very happy to be back and I will see you all very soon! Buh-bye!