Hello! I’ve put myself on a temporary book buying ban – no more books until I get through the ones I have already in my large “to be read” pile. I have had certain books sitting in the pile for too long, and it’s making me feel rather guilty. I’m hoping that if I tell you all, it will make me read them. Here are the books that I am aiming to read next.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
“HERE IS A SMALL FACT – YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier. Liesel, a nine-year-old girl, is living with a foster family on Himmel Street. Her parents have been taken away to a concentration camp. Liesel steals books. This is her story and the story of the inhabitants of her street when the bombs begin to fall. SOME IMPORTANT INFORMATION – THIS NOVEL IS NARRATED BY DEATH. It’s a small story, about: a girl, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. ANOTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW – DEATH WILL VISIT THE BOOK THIEF THREE TIMES”.
I love reading fiction set during World War 2. After I finished The Reader by Jodi Picoult, I was looking for a similar tale. The Book Thief was recommended by so many, I couldn’t resist buying it. I started to read it, and then put it down. I haven’t picked it back up. As the story is narrated by Death, the tone and style of writing makes it is a little difficult to get into. If you have read the book, I’d love to know what you thought of it.
A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin
“After centuries of bitter strife, the seven powers dividing the land have beaten one another into an uneasy truce. But it’s not long before the survivors, outlaws, renegades, and carrion eaters of the Seven Kingdoms gather. Now, as the human crows assemble over a banquet of ashes, daring new plots and dangerous new alliances are formed while surprising faces—some familiar, others only just appearing—emerge from an ominous twilight of past struggles and chaos to take up the challenges of the terrible times ahead. Nobles and commoners, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and sages, are coming together to stake their fortunes…and their lives. For at a feast for crows, many are the guests—but only a few are the survivors.”
The fourth volume in the A Song of Ice and Fire saga by George R.R. Martin, this is also a book that I started and put down. Those of you who have read the saga will surely empathise with me struggling to get through the long-winded descriptions George seems to favour. Even though I dread picking this book up again, I know that I have come so far with the saga that it would be a shame to give up on it now. I’m telling myself that once I finish this, I have just two more books to read to be caught up with the rest of the ASOIAF fandom, and I can be one of “those” people who have read the books.
Eenie Meenie by M.J Arlidge
“The girl emerged from the woods, barely alive. Her story was beyond belief. But it was true. Every dreadful word of it. Days later, another desperate escapee is found – and a pattern is emerging. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then faced with a terrible choice: kill or be killed. Would you rather lose your life or lose your mind? Detective Inspector Helen Grace has faced down her own demons on her rise to the top. As she leads the investigation to hunt down this unseen monster, she learns that it may be the survivors – living calling cards – who hold the key to the case. And unless she succeeds, more innocents will die . . .”
Eenie Meenie isn’t a book that I would normally buy, but someone that I work with enjoyed it. As I hadn’t read it (or heard of it to be honest) she said that I could borrow her copy. I actually used to love crime thrillers when I was younger and I have read most of Martina Cole’s back catalogue. I will have to read this book first as it is not mine, and I have had it for a bit longer than I should have done! #oops
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
“Of all the writing that emerged from the existentialist movement, Simone de Beauvoir’s groundbreaking study of women will probably have the most extensive and enduring impact. It is at once a work of anthropology and sociology, of biology and psychoanalysis, from the pen of a writer and novelist of penetrating imaginative power. THE SECOND SEX stands, four decades after its first appearance, as the first landmark in the modern feminist upsurge that has transformed perceptions of the social relationship of man and womankind in our time.”
The Second Sex was recommended by many as a great place to start learning about the origins of feminism. I am only a few pages in so far, but already I have done a few mental fist pumps because this book just nails it. It is a difficult read, as it is quite academic. However, I know that once I have finished it, it will have been worth it.
What books are in your To Be Read pile?