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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,


6 thoughts on “Books I’ve Started and Will (Eventually) Finish”

  1. Oh I didn’t know there was a book version of Battle Royale! I remember watching the first film when I was still very young and it was so different. I was kinda fascinated just by the concept of it, like what if. It’s funny cos when Hunger Games came out, some people said how it’s kinda similar concepts and cos BR is older, HG wasn’t exactly groundbreaking…what do you think? (I haven’t watched the Hunger Games properly or read it so can’t comment too much on this front.)

    I’m currently reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Need to get a move on with reading more often!

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    1. Good point! Both HG and BR are interesting in their own right. BR only touches on the circumstances of the world outside and focuses mostly on the battle at hand whereas HG explores the effect of media influence too and also the circumstances of the surrounding world which is just as important and as a result the actual games only takes up half the book. Since I was mostly into the brutal fighting I prefer BR, haha! The Long Walk by Stephen King also has this theme but less violent and more drawn out (as it is literally a walk to the death).

      I’ve finally picked up The Night Manager again although I’ll have to start again as the plot is lost on me right now!


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