We are 3 months into the years, so it is about time to have a look at my TBR list and see how I’ve been doing with that.
I have to say, I feel optimistic. I really have been making an effort to mostly read books that are on my TBR list or fall within my reading goals this year. I am usually very much a mood reader, so I definitely tried to have a little bit of everything on the list, but this year one of my main goals is also to just work my way through my unread books, which means that sometimes I’ll have to start reading something that I may not be entirely in the mood for but that I might end up really enjoying in the end. And I think that a TBR is definitely good for helping pick what to read in those times.
What I started with
These are the books I started the year with, 8 in total which I felt at the time was a good place to start. And it is, because I have already read 5 of these!
I started with Appointment With Death by Agatha Christie which I read in January (you can find it in my reading wrap up here), and then in March I read Tomorrow by Damian Dibben, The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman and Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (thoughts on all of these in this blog post), and I also made some progress in Heart Of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, which I finished reading this past Wednesday. 5 out of 8 in the first 3 months is not bad I think.
The ones that I haven’t read yet are Winter by Marissa Meyer, The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan and The Great God Pan by Arthur Machen. I do still plan on reading all three of these though, so I am keeping them on my TBR list. Winter actually falls under one of my 2020 reading goals as well, because it has been sitting on my Currently Reading shelf for years, half finished and kind of forgotten, and my goal is to finish a bunch of those this year. For the other two, I just think I will enjoy reading them, and I also just need to work my way through my PEL’s.
What I’m adding
Then of course I also have some books to add to the list, seeing as I only have 3 left on there at the moment.
Of course False Value by Ben Aaronovitch is on this list, it is actually the book I am currently reading (only a few pages in, but you know). I am actually surprised that I haven’t started this sooner, seeing as I’ve had the book for over a month now, but it is definitely on my TBR right now, and will hopefully make it to my April reading wrap-up.
I added another Agatha Christie book to the list: The Big Four, which is another Poirot one. I am expecting to love this one as much as I love all her other books, and I think that after I finish this I will definitely go out and buy more of her books. I might try some more not Poirot ones, as I haven’t read a lot of those. But first I need to work my way through this one.
Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman is a book that has been on my mind a lot lately and I don’t really know why. All I know is that I want to read it soon, so it has made it on my TBR list. This is kind of a two in one, because if I like this one I will definitely dive straight into the prequel Rules Of Magic as well, which I own so I won’t have to buy it anymore. I’ll first have to see how I get on with this one though.
A book that I had kind of forgotten I had, is The Pharaoh Key by Preston & Child, but when I did spot it on my shelves again I decided to add it to my TBR. The books I’ve read before by these writers were very enjoyable. Not absolutely mindblowingly amazing, but enjoyable enough that I have bought a few in their different series and I am excited to give this one a try soon.
The Mermaid & Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar is a book I was really excited about when I first got in, and before that it had been on my wish list for a long time. But then when I actually had it I was never in the mood to read it. However now that we are spending all of our time at home I decided to give this a go. It is quite big and heavy so not very travel friendly, but I don’t have anywhere to go, I can just read it in bed or in the garden, so hopefully this will make it to a wrap-up in the next few months.
There are a few more books on my list that I would like to read soon, but these are definitely the ones I am currently most excited for, or at least the ones that I just really want to give a try and work off those unread books shelves. The goal is to do at least another 5 these next 3 months, and hopefully all 8, but we shall see how I get on with it.
What’s on your TBR at the moment? Have you added anything since social distancing has started?
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