Bahamas TBR

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.

Physical books:

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.

28 thoughts on “Bahamas TBR

  1. I hope you have the best time! ☀️📚 Looking forward to your thoughts on these, especially the Sarah Moss.

    Oh, and, ‘I am not going to force myself to read books that aren’t depressing just because I’m on a beach,’ is so perfectly on brand 😂👏🏼

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    • I was going through my shelves trying to figure out if I had anything that could even be considered a beach read, and I was like nope, this is a losing battle.

      And THANK YOU! I am very excited.

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  2. My coworker keeps recommending Anthony Horowitz to me; apparently he’s a super popular author but I had never heard of him until she mentioned him to me. Same with The Dry; I have never heard of that book or author!

    anyway HAVE SO MUCH FUN I’m so excited for you!!!

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    • I haven’t read Horowitz but I know he’s famous for writing Midsommer Murders so I’ve been curious about him for a while! I just started that book but so far so good. Omg The Dry was HUGE in thriller circles 2 years ago, I just finished that one and I liked it but didn’t love it.

      THANK YOU!

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    • Thanks so much! I still haven’t gotten to The Cement Garden but I’m really looking forward to it. I haven’t even heard of Enduring Love but I’ll look that one up!


  3. Looking forward to your thoughts on basically all of these! And kudos for not letting the venue shape your reading preferences- I’m pretty sure the last time I was on a beach I was reading Stephen King’s The Stand, so I fully support these beach read choices. 🙂

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    • Thank goodness I’m not alone! I was looking at my shelves like hmm I could force myself to read Paula McLain books on this trip OR I could read this depressing McEwan book about incest – seems like a no-brainer to me!!

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  4. Magpie Murders is absolutely brilliant and perfect for a holiday no matter where you are, I think! Ghost Wall, also, is brilliant – hands-down one of my top books of this year – so I really hope you enjoy that. The Dry is good, solid, competent crime, and The Western Wind is fantastically odd; you’ll come out of it either loving it or hating it.

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    • Just finished The Dry and ‘good, solid, competent’ is exactly how I’d describe it. I have a couple of nagging criticisms but it was an entertaining enough read. Just started Magpie Murders and so far so good. Haven’t touched the other two you mentioned but I’m really looking forward to both of them!


  5. Ghost Wall actually appeared in my mailbox about a week and a half ago! I have no idea if I entered a giveaway or if it was magically sent (I should start keeping track of these things), but I’m excited to get to it and hope you like it too! And oh, have a fun vacation. 🙂 I am living vicariously through your palm tree photos.

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