Friday, 21 June 2019

Unread Books I Think I'll Love #2

I’ve been browsing my TBR shelf recently (as you do) and it’s got me thinking about the books I currently own that could potentially be new favourites. I’m terrible at buying books in the heat of the moment and then not picking them up immediately, but of late I’ve been pondering the books that I own which could be future five star reads. I wrote a post like this one last year and my predictions were interesting so I wanted to share the books that are currently my top contenders for being my favourites of the year.

The Secret History by Donna Tartt
1992  629 pages  Penguin Books

I feel like one of the few people to not have read this book and it saddens me because I think I’m going to love, love this one. A group of college students who gradually go beyond moral boundaries and slip in to corruption and evil?  Sign. Me. Up. It’s been on my shelves for a little over a year, and I did in fact take it away with me last year with the full intention of reading it whilst I was on holiday in sunny Spain. However, the timing felt off and I wasn’t feeling compelled to pick it up and the time. The last thing you want is to taint a book by reading it at the wrong time so I decided to save it for when I really wanted to read it. That time may be almost here because it’s been drawing my eye of late and I’m so excited to finally get stuck in.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
2016  536 pages  Orion

I read Six of Crows, the first book in this fantasy duology, at the back end of last summer. It was a fun, fast-paced story that again I felt everyone on Bookstagram had read apart from me! I was curious and wanted to see what all the fuss was about and I’m very glad I did. I enjoyed it and went ahead and bought the sequel, Crooked Kingdom, shortly after. And I haven’t read it yet. Oops. I know I’m going to enjoy this one, I can feel it in my bones. Leigh Bardugo’s writing style is engrossing and each of her characters has their own unique voice so I’m keen to revisit this well-crafted fantasy world. Again, I think I’m just waiting for when I feel truly inspired to pick it up.

The Huntress by Kate Quinn
2019  560 pages  William Morrow Paperbacks

One of my anticipated release for 2019 by one of my favourite authors. It’s been a couple of years since Quinn released The Alice Network – a historical fiction set between the two world wars which I absolutely loved. Now she’s back with another post-war novel about three individuals who all cross paths with a Nazi murderess known as The Huntress and it sounds so, so good. The way Kate Quinn writes characters and makes history come to life is amazing and I’m forever in awe of her work as an author. I’ve read all of her books to date and she’s not disappointed me yet so I’ve no doubt The Huntress will be one of my favourites of this year.

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
2014  599 pages  Virago

Remember earlier this year when I wrote a post saying one of my reading goals was to read all of Sarah Waters published works? Well, it’s six months in to the year I have yet to put that goal in to action but worried I am not because The Paying Guests is increasingly looking more and more appealing to me. As Waters’ most current novel to date it’s a chunky one even by her standards but I’ve been reading my fair share of ‘big’ books lately (in fact, I realised while writing this that all of the books in this post are over 500 pages) so I’m not letting that put me off. Set in 1922 this is another post-war novel about the lives of an impoverished widow and her daughter as they welcome a lodger couple in to their lives. In true Sarah Waters fashion, I have no doubt this will be an engrossing and evocative read so this is one I’ll be adding to my summer to-read list for sure.

Which of your unread books do you think hold the potential to be new favourites? As always, feel free to let me know if you’ve read any of the books I’ve mentioned and what you think of them!


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