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The January 2017 TBR


My parents’ room used to be my room, and now I regret the switch because now they get better lighting! Actually, no I don’t. I needed the space.


Already, I almost typed 2016 when writing this! These are all the books I want to get through over January and February. Just looking at this pile, I think I might set my Goodreads challenge goal for thirty or forty books. It definitely sounds more achievable looking at last year’s list.

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami

These were from the Birmingham Library. As you can see I wanted to read more Japanese authors out of curiosity. Probably due to the effect of the next book…

Battle Royale: Remastered by Koushun Takami

Yes, I love this book. Yes, I have two copies. This is the second translation. I’ve started it, and so far I can say it flows a lot better than the first translation, but I miss some of the impactful phrasing from the first. We’ll see as I go on.

The Night Manager by John Le Carre
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald

These were both freebies from last July’s #PRHJobHack event I attended then, and I have started both. At the time I felt they were hard to digest but I also felt these were reads that just needed time and investment and that’s what I’ll do when I get around to it.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

I bought a tattered copy of this on Amazon – just to read. This is another ‘Battle Royale’ induced read because the blurb compares the story to this one. I had actually read it before, for the same reason too, but didn’t really see the resemblance or appreciate it much and I’m hoping I’ll pick up more this time around.

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

I picked these up in perfect condition from a charity shop in Glasgow in October. Again, yet to read them. They both stretch my comfort zone a bit so we’ll see about these! I did read and enjoy Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn so my hopes are a bit higher for Sharp Objects.

His Illegal Self by Peter Carey
The Mammoth Cheese by Sheri Holman

These, I picked up from a book sale of the library cast offs at school… In the first half of the year! I need to get these over and done with. These are stuck at the top of the pile on my desk as I type in the hopes I pick them up and read them first.

Neverwhere: The Illustrated Edition by Neil Gaiman
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Red Rising by Pierce Brown

On the other hand, these were the books I got for Christmas and I stuck them at the bottom of the pile so that I’d have to read the others before I could treat myself to these. Honestly, knowing myself I’ll just dig them out to read anyway!

This reading pile makes me happy, though. I’ve never had a pile this big. It makes me all excited to dive in.

Until next time,



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