My Stephen King TBR List.

I’ve read a few King books in my time, and have always found him to be somewhat hit-and-miss. The books I do enjoy, I really really enjoy, but the books I don’t enjoy, I can’t even finish. For some reason it’s all his biggest bestsellers that I don’t like – The Shining, It, Carrie (I did finish that one – it’s pretty short – but can’t see what all the fuss is about) and all his lesser-known ones that I love: MiseryThe Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon; and Thinner, to name a few.

Because of this, there are severa King books that I’m just not interested in reading. However, he has given me hours of reading pleasure and there are several that still really intrigue me. I’m always wary of starting a King book just in case it takes me a while to get into it, so some of this have been on my TBR for years.

dark half.jpeg1. The Dark Half

This is about an author and his – alter-ego? Twin? I’m not sure, but I think it’s a pseudonym he writes under which comes to life, or maybe it’s all in his head à la Secret Window.

(Actually, Secret Window‘s plotline sounds so similar to The Dark Half that for a long time I thought they’d just changed the name.)

This less traditional horror story is the sort I really enjoy from King, so I’d like to give the book a go.

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My Feminist TBR List.

This post is inspired by this video by justkissmyfrog on YouTube, where Leena speaks about her feminist book recommendations and also those which are on her TBR – a word which I’m sure you know but which here means ‘to be read’ – list. (I’ve been reading a lot of Lemony Snicket recently, can you tell?)

I’m going to skip the recommendations part, as I’ve spoken about most of them recently on my blog anyway, and jump straight to my feminist TBR list.

Ones I Own.

These are the ones I really need to get to next, as they’re the ones that I’ve already got fem.jpgaccess to and won’t cost me any more money. But you’re all bookish fiends – you all know that’s probably not going to happen.

I Call Myself a Feminist. This book has several authors as it is a collection of essays and other writings from well-known female writers who, as the title suggests, call themselves feminists. I kept thinking about buying this book and then was lucky enough to get it from my best friend as a late Christmas present. I was very excited to receive it but just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.

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Books I’m Excited for in 2017.

I’m not one of these bloggers who knows or cares about upcoming releases, because unless it’s an author I already love, how do I know to be excited for it? However this year there are a few books coming from my favourite authors, so I thought I’d mention those to you today, in order of when they’ll be published. 

 Not very far from now, we’ll be treated to a new novel from Fredrik Backman called Beartown. I’m not entirely sure what it’s about – it sounds like it’s not really about very much at all. But that’s what I love about Backman’s works: the fact that you can’t really explain to people what the story is, because they are just about ordinary people living ordinary lives, but they affect the people around them in extraordinary ways. 

 I’ve already pre-ordered The Boy on the Bridge by M. R. Carey, which comes out in May. We don’t know much about the plot yet, or if it’s a sequel or more of a spin-off, but we do know that it’s a return to the world of The Girl With All The Gifts by the same author. I loved that book so am exceptionally looking forward to a new story within that world. 

 I still haven’t read Philippa Gregory’s most recent book, Three Sisters, Three Queens, because the storyline doesn’t appeal to me that much. However, I can’t wait to see how Gregory deals with the story of Lady Jane Grey when she publishes The Last Tudor in August. 

 It’s been a long time coming. Gregory is famous for giving voices to the women of history, and I’ve often wondered why she hadn’t turned her hand to the story of Lady Jane. I thought maybe she just didn’t want to do it because it had already been explored so often. It’s such a well-known, real-life tragedy that I thought she just didn’t see the point in adding to it. But I’m so glad we’re getting something from her on this subject. 

 Finally, I can’t wait for the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay. Like its predecessors, this will be released in October, and I’m expecting it to be just as, if not more, fantastic. 

 Some great characters are introduced in the third HP book so I’m excited to see Kay’s take on them. It was also my favourite of the series for years, until Half-Blood Prince came out, so I’m looking forward to the nostalgia. Reading these illustrated editions has been a wonderful way of rediscovering the series; it’s achieved what Pottermore promised and failed to do. 

My 2017 TBR List and Most Anticipated Releases.

I’m really bad at sticking to TBRs, but seeing as I have 365 days in which to read the following, I’m hoping I’ll get to all of them in that time.

Here are some of the books I’m interested in reading in 2017.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer.

I have read Cinder, which I really enjoyed, but it’s taken me ages to get around to the rest of the series. I’m usually quite underwhelmed by series and much prefer standalones, but this is one I really want to finish.

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Top 5 Weds: Books to Finally Read in 2017.

 Top 5 Wednesday is a meme created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes. Here’s the link to the Goodreads group.

I won’t be partaking every Wednesday – if I try to blog on a particular day each week, I always end up losing interest – but I thought it would be a fun meme to dip in and out of.

I don’t have a proper TBR for 2017 – in fact I’d rather re-read lots of books next year – but I do have some books that I’ve always meant to read but either not got around to, or tried but not been able to get into them at the time. Here are some of those books!

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