A friend was asking me for book recommendations earlier this week and it made me go back to my bookshelf to check out what I have, only to realise I have a freakin’ stockpile of books I’ve bought but haven’t had the time to read yet.
I need help. I have a disease. A disease where I need to follow the compulsion to buy books every time I go into a bookstore. I always leave Waterstones asking myself: WHAT THE HELL HAVE I JUST DONE?!?
(This is usually after having just forked over at least 50£ for a bunch of books)
I’ve now imposed a ban upon myself: I am no longer allowed to buy books until I finish the unread ones currently sitting on my shelves.
So, without further ado, here’s my 2019 winter-spring reading list:
Becoming – Michelle Obama
This one I’m halfway through, and I personally can’t wait to blog about this incredibly inspiring book. A must-read, especially for strong independent women trying to find their place in the world.
Mythos – Stephen Fry
The story of the Greek Gods told in Stephen Fry’s inimitably funny, humorous and tongue-in-cheek style. Mythology as seen and narrated from a 21st century perspective. This should be fun!
Heroes – Stephen Fry
A companion to Mythos, this time covering the Age of Heroes: Perseus, Jason and the Argonauts etc.
The Silence of the Girls – Pat Barker
This one intrigued me so much when I pick it up, because its the Iliad as seen through the eyes of the women who had to live through those turbulent times. For once, Achilles and his damned heel won’t be the centre of attention.
The Queen and I – Sue Townsend
What happens if the institution of monarchy were suddenly abolished and the Royal Family had to move to and adjust to living a life in the Midlands? It makes for great comedy, I’d imagine!
Fire and Blood – George RR Martin
The long and bloody history of the Targaryen dynasty, starting from Aegon the Conqueror to Aegon III. I love love love Game of Thrones, and although this doesn’t cover recent history (like the reign of Mad King Aerys) I still can’t wait to read this.
Time’s Convert – Deborah Harkness
Going back to the world of A Discovery of Witches, which, incidentally is now a major tv series! Haha
Nine Perfect Strangers – Liane Moriarty
As I understand it, nine people go into some retreat where nothing is at it seems and the retreat leader seems to have nefarious and sinister plans. Oooh.
Black Widow – Chris Brookmyre
About a woman who goes through husbands like I go through socks, except her husbands end up dead so maybe that’s not the most fitting analogy. Lol
City of Ghosts – Victoria Schwab
A book about a girl who can see ghosts, set in one of my favourite cities: Edinburgh
Middlemarch – George Eliot
Because I need to read a classic every once in a while.
The ABC Murders – Agatha Christie
Recommended by my sister and also now a tv series!
Victoria – AN Wilson
Because I love hearing stories about women who rise to the occasion, and Victoria has always been one of my favourite monarchs.
One Day in December – Josie Wilson
Rounding things up with a little story about love and serendipity.
Hope you all find something in this list to enjoy!