That’s right friends, I am off to spend 10 days in the Bahamas doing absolutely nothing other than reading on the beach. Which obviously necessitates a TBR.
I don’t really believe in the concept of a ‘beach read,’ much in the same way that I tend not to be a very seasonal reader. I like what I like and I am not going to force myself to read books that aren’t depressing just because I’m on a beach. So this TBR may seem a bit odd, but I make my own rules here. Though I did throw in a few thrillers just in case I’m in the mood for something a bit more pacy.
Conversations With Friends by Sally Rooney: After adoring Normal People a few months back I finally bought Rooney’s debut the other day and I have high hopes for it. I’ve noticed that people tend to strongly prefer one or the other but there doesn’t seem to be a general consensus on which is ‘better,’ so I’m just very interested to discover which side I’ll end up taking in this debate.
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz: These next two I won in a giveaway from the wonderful Naty ages ago (go follow her!), and I was actually specifically saving them both for this trip; this one in particular because it’s a tiny mass market paperback which will be perfect for my luggage. I’ve been wanting to read this ever since it came out and have heard excellent things.
The Dry by Jane Harper: Another giveaway win that I’m so excited about – I feel like the last person on earth who hasn’t read this book yet so I’m dying to get to it.
The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan: I recently discovered a love for McEwan’s writing after adoring On Chesil Beach earlier this year, and from the rest of his back catalog this is one of the books that jumped out at me the most. It’s supposed to be quite dark and twisted and that suits me just fine, beach or no beach.
The Cranes Dance by Meg Howrey: My favorite booktuber Jennifer @ Insert Literary Pun Here raves about this book, and I say she’s my favorite not only because her reviews are incisive and intelligent, but because we tend to have very similar tastes in fiction. So I have high hopes for this.
You can read my thoughts about why these books interest me in my ARCs I need to read post that I am failing spectacularly at. I’m actually reading The Lies We Told right now so I may be done with it by the time this post comes out of the queue, but that seems doubtful.
Anyway, am I going to read all of these books in 10 days? Not a chance in hell. But I like to keep my options open rather than limit myself to a very strict TBR.
Have you guys read any of these books?
NB: blogging hiatus from November 15-25! I’ll probably queue a few things and I’ll still be reading your comments on the app and I’ll be active on Twitter, so if you want me to see any of your posts feel free to link them to me there. But I hate reading my feed on the app so mostly I’m just going to try to catch up when I get back.