Wow, I can’t believe how fast this summer went and that it’s time to talk about my next seasonal TBR!
Sadly, I didn’t make it through all the books I listed in my ‘Books I want to read this summer’ blog post so some of these you’ll recognise from that post, but I did make it through some unexpected novels after I got side-tracked and read a few I borrowed from the library instead…. I’ve promised myself that I am DEFINITELY going to get through those this season, but there are also some new ones on the list.
I’m also taking part in a ‘Read what you own’ September readalong with some fellow bookstagrammers, which I’m very excited about; it’ll give me a chance to get through some of the books that have been sat on my shelves for a long time!
Without further ado…
1. Stay with me by Ayòbámi Adébáyò
I’m really excited to get stuck into this one. I’m reading it as the first book in a book club on Instagram (@mums_the_word_bookclub) which makes me all the more eager to read it and get talking with other booklovers all about it. Yejide is desperate for a child, as is her husband, mother-in-law and basically everyone, and with the threat of a new wife joining the family, Yejide doesn’t know what to do. Against the backdrop of 1980s Nigeria, this is a tale of the fragility of a new marriage and family ties, and the powerful bonds of motherhood.
2. Circe by Madeline Miller
Being one of the books that featured on my summer TBR, I won’t get back into explaining what this book is about (plus the fact that it’s EVERYWHERE so I’m sure you already know all about it). That said, I am still very excited by it and I feel so lucky to have a signed edition of this book!
3. Saturday by Ian McEwan
This novel has been screaming out to me for years because it is my old English Literature teacher’s favourite book ever (BOLD CLAIM I KNOW). Telling the story of Henry Perowne, Saturday is a dazzling tale about family life against the setting of political unrest; but is it just politics that are tense?
4. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I was lucky to find a copy of this novel in my local bookshop the other day with a £2 off sticker on it, so snapped it up immediately after seeing so many people talk about how good it is. A microcosm of suburban life, Little Fires Everywhere follows Mia Warren, a single mother and artist, and Mrs Richardson, the lady to know about town, as they clash over a custody battle, which spirals out of control.
5. Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
I am SO excited to read this novel by Margaret Atwood, especially since one of my closest friends has just read it and has raved about it! Sadly I didn’t make it to it over the summer, but I will definitely be reaching for this one ASAP.
6. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
I must admit, I never really got into this series as a child, and I know how much people love it, so I would really like to try it out again. I’ve also heard that it’s a great series on audiobook, so I might make the most of my audible account and download these to listen to while I’m on the go! Although they will have to compete with the Harry Potter audiobooks, which I am currently listening to…
7. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
Having never read anything by Zadie Smith (I KNOW), I’ve been keen to pick something up by her and this has been sat on my bookshelves for far too long; perhaps autumn 2018 is the time to finally delve into the joys that Smith’s writing brings. Telling the story of feuding families, the Belseys and the Kippses, On Beauty is a tale of loyalty and making difficult decisions, while simultaneously being a fun and entertaining read.
8. Us by David Nicholls
I’ve always really enjoyed One Day by David Nicholls (both the book and the film) and have been wanting to read another of his novels for a long time now. Us follows Douglas and Connie as their marriage starts to fall apart. Yet, Douglas is determined to prevent Connie from leaving his life and he will do whatever it takes.
9. Larchfield by Polly Clark
Again, this is one that I unfortunately didn’t make it to this summer, but thankfully for me, autumn always feels like a historical fiction kind of season and this will fit perfectly into the cosy rainy afternoons!
10. Autumn by Ali Smith
If there is a better time to read this novel than now, please tell me… I read How to be both by Smith earlier in the year and had mixed feelings about it but really want to give her writing another go before I make up my mind. I know that lots of people have loved Autumn, and it’s my favourite season, so that can only mean good things right?
I’m already looking forward to discussing these with you as I go! Are there any you think I should start with?