My Current TBR Pile, as of March 2018

When I first sat down to write this I was thinking that this would end up being a very long post. This was because it seemed like my TBR pile had finally reached the heights of my G-Dragon poster. Then I realised that I could split the pile somewhat. I tend to leave my current reads on top of this pile too, you see, as well as some other stray books.

Anyway, after splitting the pile into my abandoned reads and actual yet-to-be-touched books, I thought I would show you the books in the latter category.

But then after that… This post was originally scheduled for February but my birthday recently passed by and I got a few more books as gifts…. making this a very long post. Whoops.


Yes, that’s right everyone, I am experimenting with portrait images and not landscape!
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
About: A group of young boys crash land on an island and have to fend for themselves.

This has been on my TBR for a while. As a lover of the Battle Royale, I think the original plan was to self-study these books together alongside other books of a similar premise, like The Hunger Games and The Long Walk. It never really happened, but I still want to read this again. I’m sure I would at least appreciate it more than my thirteen-year-old self did.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
About: A dreamwalker and clairvoyant hired to break into people’s minds for information.
I’ve heard so much good about this series but wasn’t sure if it was for me. The book itself is pretty stunning, though, and I thought about it a lot. I was really surprised to find it in a charity shop a few weeks ago with an unbroken spine and snapped it up straight away! £2.50, everyone. What a deal!

I spied some Murakami and other big titles that day, too, so it really goes to show that charity shops are always worth checking out. I’ve spotted everything from hardbacks of The Girl On The Train to the entire Song of Ice and Fire series in such stores. Did you know my entire Harry Potter book set was second hand in this way? In fact, I think half my bookshelf is second hand!

I See You by Claire Mackintosh
About: A woman becomes the target of possible horrible crimes after her photo is revealed in a newspaper’s classified ad.
This is a book gift from Tray, and it’s a thriller. I don’t normally read this genre but it sounds good and I’m looking forward to shaking up my reading a bit.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
About: A girl caught in the whirl of a close friend’s death at the hands of a police officer.
Does this book even need an introduction? It’s probably the most recommended book of 2017 as I just did not stop hearing about it, and I picked this up at a The Works store in Colchester, for £3! Only… that was in October or November and I’m ashamed to say I still haven’t touched it.
The Young Elites Trilogy by Marie Lu
About: A survivor of a deadly fever with emerging powers.
This was also picked up at The Works, but one in my city. They do some great discounted box sets and I’ve been mulling over getting the Poison Study (Maria V Snyder) box set for a while, too. I’ve heard lots of good things about Marie Lu so I’m eager to start this series.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens|Goodreads
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte|Goodreads
Two classics here, bought where else but a charity shop? I’m not as hyped to read these but I’ve always been meaning to read them so I expect I’ll get around to it at some point. Not that I hate classics, I’ve enjoyed a few before but they’re just less exciting to pick up, initially!

Morning Star by Pierce Brown (Red Rising Series, #3)|Goodreads

I’ve just finished Golden Son, the second book in the series, and I may leave it a while before I finally finish this trilogy. I am really enjoying it so far, though.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J. K Rowling)
About: A detective is tasked to solve the apparent suicide of a model.

Another charity shop find from more than a year ago, I simply haven’t found myself in a rush to read this.

Blade Runner (originally ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?) By Philip K. Dick
About: A bounty hunter is tasked to retire some rogue androids.

Renamed for the infamous film and recent cinematic remake, I first spotted this in Foyles before meeting a friend, before then finding it in The Works for £2, of all places!
Ink by Alice Broadway
About: A girl’s father dies and his tattoos, his life records, to be made into a Skin Book only there is something missing from his.

Following on from the last book, The Works also often offer 3 for £5 on their books. Normally, the store in Birmingham City Centre doesn’t have a selection to my taste but when I spotted these two books, I was so excited! AT was with me and also wanted a copy of Blade Runner so we were able to pick up the books for £5 together!
The Bees by Laline Paull
About: A bee of the lowest caste in the hive breaks a sacred law.

This was a birthday gift from AT, and is pitched as ‘Hunger Games’ meets ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’. The concept sounds really interesting and this isn’t just human dystopia with a bee concept – all the characters are bees! The cover of this particular edition is really bright and attractive and adds some much-needed colour to my TBR pile.
Spare and Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin
About: A girl strives to create her own companion out of the mechanical parts that every human in her community has.

This was a birthday gift from Twerp. It went straight on my wishlist after I had seen it floating around my twitter or something and I fell in love with the new paperback cover, with red sprayed edges!

Clearly, I need to make a start on this pile, but I really can’t help myself when it comes to buying books. I’m trying to make more room for reading this year, with the aim of at least a book per month for my Goodreads challenge.

What is your reading challenge goal this year?

Until next time,


Books I’ve Started and Will (Eventually) Finish

Recently, I was putting all my TBR pile together to take photos and it was looking to be a very long post, but then I took the opportunity to split my pile up a little and it ended up like this. I currently am actively reading two books, so they aren’t included here. The books in this post, I was actively reading at one point but had to put down for various reasons. I do fully intend to get back into them as I’m not really a DNFer (DNF = Did Not Finish) as of yet.

I’d been really itching to take blog photos for a bunch of book-related posts (my beauty photos were all mostly done weeks ago) but there seemed to be a storm passing through, the weather had otherwise been terrible, and the lighting was a pain to work with.
Battle Royale: Remastered by Koushun Takami
About: A class of 15-year-olds picked to fight to the death by a government program.
I can’t remember how I picked this up! I finally have a copy of the first translated edition and re-read it last year, and I thought it would be interesting to compare it to this second translation. I might have mentioned it sometime last year. Anyhow, Battle Royale remains the top of my favourite books ever but it’s not one I recommend easily due to the subject content.

So far it reads more fluently than the first one but my favourite choice phrases have changed wording, therefore changing the impact they have which is a bit less for me.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
About: A girl has to hop through alternate universes to avenge her dead physicist parents who invented a hopping-through-universes device.
I admit this was purely on my wishlist because the cover is really quite delectable. I received this for my birthday last year. In fact, on my Goodreads its one of my current reads but I picked it up and read a bit whilst in Vietnam last year and well… Didn’t realise it was romantic (well done, Swanna, you idiot). Like I’m all for the sci-fi plot here but girl if you nearly died you should not be thinking about how close he is to your face. So I haven’t picked it up since June.
The Night Manager by John Le Carre
This… has been on my TBR for a year and a half now since I picked it up at Penguin’s JobHack event. I put it with books like The Handmaid’s Tale because it’s a bit difficult for me to read and takes a bit of dedication and focus. Unfortunately, I haven’t had that sort of time to put aside which is why it’s still here. I’m going to have to make some time eventually because that’s the only way I am getting my reading done – you can’t just find blank bits of time, you have to make them!

Are you a serial DNFer? Or in my case, a serial Book Starter? Let me know! Next week, I’ll be sharing my proper TBR.

Until next time,


The March/April TBR

I quite like how I am doing these posts bimonthly, so I think I’ll stick with this kind of schedule for the time being.

However, the TBR pile has grown more than it has shrunk, and I still have so much to read!  I’m on a book ban at the moment because I don’t really have the room for a growing TBR pile without regular destashing, although my sister and I may possibly be getting extra shelves on our walls which is exciting and means less stress on my brother, whose room houses our tiny, tiny bookshelf and almost all our books (I keep the rest on my desk in piles.) (Maybe I will do a bookshelf tour soon!)

Instead of showing you the pile in its entirety this time, I’ll show you what I plan to read in these two months. There are books I am dying to read and books that I am less enthusiastic about, and I want to read at least three of those on the pile of Less Enthusiasm.

From The Pile of Less Enthusiasm

The Mammoth Cheese by Sheri Holman – At the beginning of the month I read about two pages and already left unfinished, deciding life is too short for books I’m really not excited to read. I may have only read to pages but I read those two pages like, ten times and couldn’t get into it.

After the Fall by Charity Norman – World Book Night 2015’s free book

His Illegal Self by Peter Carey

From The Pile of Excitement

So colourful!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – As I type, I’ve actually already finished this, and adored it to bits.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Here’s hoping I get through this entire pile! It may be the most reading I get done before the exam season begins.

Have you read any of these before?

Until next time,