My desk where I work every single day is right next to my bookshelf. I probably spend longer staring at all of the books on my shelf than I do actually doing work. I’ve developed quite a collection of books. This week marks one year since I picked up a book *for fun* and read it and I then got completely addicted to books and reading, so it’s been one year since the collection started to grow.
I have also written a blog post about books I own that I’m least excited to read / don’t think I’ll ever get round to reading, which I’ll be posting next week, so keep your eyes peeled for that!
Here’s 10 books I own that I’m super excited to read!
- The Midnight Library by Matt Haig. I was very kindly gifted this book for my birthday as it was on my Amazon wishlist. Since this book was first published I have seen it EVERYWHERE. I’ve followed Matt Haig on social media for some time, but this will be the first book of his that I’m going to read. Let’s hope it lives up to the Bookstagram expectations that have been set (I’m sure it will!)
- Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. This was another birthday wishlist gift. Around the time when the BLM protests were happening earlier in the year, I went through every single book on my shelf and searched for a photo of the author. I came to realise pretty quickly that my shelf was dominated by straight, white, female authors. Ever since lockdown first happened I’ve only bought a handful of books for myself (I think 2), but I’m making it my mission for 2021 to diversify my reading. This book also has the most gorgeous cover so bonus points for that.
- The Five by Hallie Rubenhold. This was one of the 2 books I’ve picked up in a charity shop since lockdown started and I was so excited to find it. I love history and finding out new things about events that happened in the past. I remember learning about Jack the Ripper in school, but this was quite a few years ago and I remember nothing on the subject now. This is one of very few non-fiction books I’m actually excited to read
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo. Again, another birthday present! I started listening to this as an audiobook in February or March, just before covid came and ruined our lives, and for one reason or another I never finished it. I think lockdown happened and then the book was a library loan and it expired and I haven’t listened to an audiobook since. But the part of it I listened to I really enjoyed and I’m looking forward to actually finishing it.
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Okay. I’m going to put my hands up and confess that I’ve never read The Hunger Games. I’m sorry. I watched the first film in school and really enjoyed it, but I’m not the type of person who will actively put a film on whilst at home, so I never watched the rest of them.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Every time I finish a book I always have a long and hard think about picking this book up next, but I’ve become a bit wary of classics because I find them so hard to read, so I always end up reading something else instead. So many people have read this book and find it one of the easier of the classics to read. I definitely want to give it a go soon!
- The Rosie Project by Grame Simsion. It is kind of ironic how I’m including this in my list of books I’m most excited to read. This was the first book I bought way back a year ago when I ventured into the Oxfam Bookshop for the very first time. I don’t have an explanation as to why I’ve never read it, but I know a lot of people loved it.
- The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. My lovely Grandma is obsessed with this book series and has read them all multiple times. The only reason I haven’t read it yet is because other books keep coming up for me to read first. This is the case with most of these books. I always end up reading ARCs / books authors have gifted me first and all these physical copies on my shelf just sit there waiting for the day I will eventually get round to them.
- Solitaire by Alice Oseman. How embarrassing. I think this was also one of the first books I ever bought. The first paragraph of the blurb lured me in as it’s very very similar to my personal situation. “My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that’s all over now”. That is me to a tee, except I’m not called Tori Spring. That’s literally the only difference between me and that extract.
- Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge. Once again, another birthday present, so a more recent addition to my bookshelf. I can’t believe that in my list of 10 books I’m most excited to read that there’s two non-fictions in this! From what I’ve heard, this is a book that everybody should read. Race / racism etc is a topic I really want and need to educate myself on a lot more. This is a reasonably small book (250ish pages), but I already know that the content is going to be educational and powerful