Thursday, 15 January 2015

My 'To Read' List

Sometimes, I get carried away with myself and end up buying loads of books, only to then have them sitting idle on my bookcase for, well, in this instance, years. I'll either try to get into one and give up, or simply forget I ever bought it. Not being one to ever like to see a book go to waste, I had a rummage around my bookcase at the books I've been meaning to read and haven't, and thought I'd devote a little post to them, in the hope it'll motivate me to read them as well as giving you some reading inspiration.

The Secret - Rhonda Byrne 
A book I bought purely because of the hype surrounding it, that in all honesty I haven't read a single page of yet. It's one I definitely need to get around to reading, as it's received mostly dazzling reviews, many of which claim it'll 'change your life'. It's not a fiction, but more of a book of self-discovery that is supposed to change your way of thinking forever. I'll definitely be writing a review of this once I've read it, as I have high hopes it'll be an eye-opener.

Some Kind of Fairy Tale - Graham Joyce
Oops. I've kind of been slowly reading this book for getting on for a good year now, but it's one that I pick up and put down and struggle to get back into. I think I'm a bit disappointed in it as I was drawn in by the title, but actually the book in itself isn't very 'fairy tale' at all - although I'm only part way through. If you've read this - is it worth the read? I rarely struggle getting into books but I've found this one really hard!

How To Be a Woman - Caitlin Moran
The queen of all things funny and female, Caitlin Moran's book 'How To Be a Woman' has been sitting on my shelf for a good year or three (during which Caitlin released another book), so it's about time I dusted off the pages (literally) and gave it a good old read. In the age of all things feminist Caitlin's book is very 'now' - asking the questions about what being a woman really means. I don't doubt this book will be a belter.

Smoke and Mirrors - Neil Gaiman 
I bought this book when I was writing my dissertation (on fairytales), but as it's a collection of lots of stories, poems etc. I didn't get round to reading them all. I know I'll love them though - Neil Gaiman's writing is fantastic and his twisted fairy tales are a must-read for any fans of the classic fairy tales. Think Angela Carter - but possibly even better.

Divergent* - Veronica Roth
I actually have the entire trilogy of these books, but knowing I'll probably become well-and-truly engrossed in it, I've not given them a read as yet. I have a feeling they'll be very Hunger Games-esque, which is obviously a good thing, as long as they're not too similar. I haven't seen the film either so don't have a clue what to expect with this one, only that it shares parallels with The Hunger Games.

Looking for Alaska - John Green
Having read 'The Fault in Our Stars' and seeing quotes for 'Looking for Alaska' scattered around Tumblr, I bought it about two years ago, but after struggling to get into it put it down and haven't picked it up since. I know it's meant to be worth a read so it's probably going to be the first book I try and finish from this list. Here's hoping it's as good as 'The Fault in Our Stars'!

Have you got a pile of books you've been meaning to get around to reading too? Let me know if you've read any of the books I've mentioned and what you thought (no spoilers please!)


  1. I love Neil Gaiman's writing - Smoke and Mirrors sounds like it would be great! Another one to add to my already massive to-read list this year :)

    Dannielle xx | Delightfully Indulgent

  2. I have read Divergent and Insurgent and I loved them both, I haven't read the last book yet but I know it will be just as good as the others (:

  3. I'm reading How To Be A Woman at the minute and absolutely loving it - I can't stop going on about it, would thoroughly recommend! xx

  4. I wasn't a huge fan of Some Kind of Fairy Tale sadly! Picked it up for the same reason (: it does get a little more interesting and thought-provoking in the second 'third' though so stick at it! Nothing beats getting a book finished after a long struggle ;)

  5. There are so many incredible books here! Looking for Alaska and Divergent I'm sure you'll love.

  6. I also heard nothing but great news for the highly anticipated 'Looking For Alaska.' Upon reading it I found it to be predictable and extremely over hyped. :D x

  7. I want to read Divergent too. :)

  8. The Divergent Trilogy is similar to The Hunger Games but it's a completely different story and setting and will definitely keep you intrigued xx

    Ioanna |

  9. I love Looking For Alaska, it's one of my favourites - I'm dying to read 'How To Be A Woman'! I've read Divergent, and didn't really get into it; it's good, but with all the hype around it, I guess I expected something phenomenal!

    Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

  10. I am the worst for buying books and not getting around to reading them! I just love books and book shopping! I'm currently reading 'The Paying Guests' by Sarah Waters which I'm enjoying but I've only just started. I've dipped in and out of 'The Secret' but I'm thinking I might be a bit too cynical for it!

  11. I really loved Looking for Alaska!


  12. i've read Divergent and i loved it! Looking for Alaska, i did not like -_- i really want to read some Neil Gaiman!

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  14. Divergent has been on my to read list for a while, I just really need to get round to it! Loved this post!
    Marianna xx

  15. Great list! I absolutely adore Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors is great. :) I'm actually just about to start writing my dissertation on fairytales (first meeting in the coming week)!


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