10 Books That Have Been On My TBR
For Way Too Long
Far From the Madding Crowd
This is just one of the classics I and every other Goodreads user adds to their lists when they first sign up, right? I still have a handful of them to read in my TBR, but decided to highlight only this one and the next book, as they are the ones I’m most looking forward to read at the moment, for a couple of different reasons. In the case of Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd, because the most recent film adaptation was terrific. And the book is always better, right?
And the second (gi-gan-tic) classic is Anna Karenina, because the adaptation wasn’t terrific. It turned out to be pretty forgettable despite its cast and director, yet I can tell the story is good because its meh-ness disappointed me – I wanted more. Alright fine, also because I just read Kissing Tolstoy, so I’m prepping for a future affair with a Russian lit expert.
The Phantom of the Opera
This is the one I actually already own, so I’ll probably pick it up soon! I’m not sure the book will live up to the movie/musical (heard mixed opinions), but I’m hoping it will be even darker.
Every Man Dies Alone
This book has been on my TBR for so long I couldn’t even tell you how I found out about it. Do I know the author from another publication? Was it recommended to me? Is there a movie? Or did I just fancy the title? (I did find out whilst searching for pictures that it was in fact made into a movie, two years ago! )
Half a Lifelong Romance
I know you must sick of hearing me say this but Lust, Caution is SO good guys (also be prepared: being February, chances are you’ll hear more about it). You need to watch the movie, read the short story, and then be like me and add Chang’s other books to your TBR and never pick them up. It’s the most irrational thing because she is such a talented writer, just look at that title. I should totally make a book’s list of shame, right?!
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
I’m not even sure I’d like this series, but every time I catch sight of this gorgeous box set… One day I’ll break bank and then will have to finally read them – if only to justify the expense. Or perhaps I’ll settle for the tiny faux leather editions.
The Bell Jar
Here’s one of those books you know you should read and will probably love, because all things beautiful and depressing are lovable.
Livro do Desassossego
It’s pretty shameful, but here we are. I must’ve added this book to my TBR when I was in high school, and probably have a copy around somewhere…
The North China Lover
I’m obsessed with this book because I can’t find it anywhere! There is one edition, but the cover is too ugly and that just doesn’t work for me. I guess I’ll cave if I can’t find a better one before the year’s end. But anyway, I first heard of Duras because of Hiroshima Mon Amour, and now I can’t get enough. This is supposed to be her most daring and truthful novel, so I’m dying to read it. With a pretty cover.
A Court of Wings and Ruin
Drastic tonal shift here, I know. It’s only been a year but considering how much I liked the previous books and the gigantic hype around this one, reading ACOWAR feels long overdue! I mean, when you recommend the series to a friend and they end up reading it before you, something is wrong. I think I’ll ride The Cruel Prince YA wave and read it next!