Saturday, 22 March 2014

52 Lists - Things Beside My Bed

This weeks theme is all about what's beside your bed.
In our bedroom my dressing table is next to my side of the bed so that area always seems like a right mess and probably not the sort of thing any decent blogger would photograph.

But the one thing that's always beside my bed is my library books 'to be read' pile....

52 Lists - Things Beside My Bed



You might have spotted in my 'A-Z of Books' post a while back, that my worst bookish habit is taking out my quota of library books and then just never getting round to actually reading them for months on end.

To Be Read Pile


So this is what my TBR pile looks like at the moment (complete with when I first took them out from the library)...


Books


The History Room by Eliza Graham
(first borrowed on 16th November 2013 from Street Library)
The blurb on the back says this book is a "gripping mystery" and it involves private schools, war and a girl "determined to discover the culprit".  I think I chose it beacuse I thought it would be a bit like Kate Morton or Diane Setterfield, both authors I quite like.

I Can Make You Hate by Charlie Brooker
(first borrowed on 15th February 2014 from Street Library)
I like Charlie Brooker on TV (my first ever tweet was actually a retweet of his) and a whole book of him ranting seemed like a good idea. Andrew wants to read this one after me as well.

A Year of Doing Good by Judith O'Reilly
(first borrowed on 15th February 2014 from Street Library)
This looked interesting just from the front cover (tea and flowers) and the premise doing one good deed each day for a year sounded like fun, although the back cover does warn that she runs into lots of problems being good!

Trains and Lovers by Alexander McCall Smith
(first borrowed on 8th March 2014 from Clevedon Library)
I've read quite a lot of Alexander McCall Smith's stuff (I love his Isabel Dalhousie series) and this is a fairly short story about four strangers meeting on a train from London to Edinburgh, all with their own stories and experiences. The cover looks like the book could be entertaining, although it probably should be on some kind of Valentine's Day themed display.




Books


Christmas at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan
(first borrowed on 23rd November 2013 from Midsomer Norton Library)
I took this out back in November thinking "ooh that'd be good book to read over the Christmas holiday" - it's still in my TBR pile.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
(first borrowed on 23rd November 2013 from Midsomer Norton Library)
I'd seen this recommended in a few places; the book's written from the point of view of the family's dog, Enzo looking back at his life story. It sounds like such a lovely idea, moving and uplifting all in one.

The Knot by Mark Watson
(first borrowed on 20th October 2012 from Taunton Library)
 I like Mark Watson as a comedian so I thought I'd give one of his books a go, all about a wedding photographer who searching for his own happy ever after.




Books


The Shadow Wife by Diane Chamberlain
(first borrowed on 20th July 2013 from Junction 3 Library, Bristol)
I've read several of Diane Chamberlain's novels, they usually follow some
 kind of moral dilemma and the families involved - this one is all about illicit romances, unborn babies and brain injuries.

One Hundred Names by Cecelia Ahern
(first borrowed on 20th July 2013 from Junction 3 Library, Bristol)
Again, another author I've read several books from and enjoyed. The blurb on the back describes a journalist who's lost her way then discovers a list of one hundred stranger's names and sets out to trace all their stories.

Move Along, Please by Mark Mason
(first borrowed on 15th February 2014 from Street Library)
I'm quite a fan of travel books, especially ones around Britain and this one is all about Mark Mason's journey across the nation using local bus services. I like travelling by bus myself (there's nothing better than a long journey where you can stare out of the window) so I thought this book would be really interesting. The author's route also takes him through a few local towns and places I've visited so I'm quite intrigued to see how he gets on!

There Is No Dog by Meg Rosoff
(first borrowed on 23rd November 2013 from Midsomer Norton Library)
I really liked Meg Rosoff's books, 'How I Live Now', 'Just In Case' and 'What I Was' and I've heard lots of good things about this one. It tells the tale of the seven days of creation from the point of view of a hormonal teenage boy just on the brink of falling in love - certainly an interesting idea!




Have you read any of them? Which one should I start with?

 
This post is part of Ema's (Made in Hunters) 52 Lists Project
For a full list of all the other lovely bloggy people taking part, visit Scarlett's site (WorkRestPlayLove) for a nosy!

12 comments:

  1. I really loved Trains and Lovers! I hope you enjoy it :)

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    1. I'm gonna make that one my next book I think! :-) x

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  2. We also take out stacks of books from the library and don't make it through the pile. Dave has recently discovered the pain of library fines when you take out the whole quota and then miss a renewal email!

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    1. Oooh no! I always stick my renewal dates into my Google calendar in case I miss an email. I also know in BANES if you don't pay the fines for 5 years then the money gets wiped from your account and you start with a clean slate again. Probably a little bit of a drastic measure to takle though... :-) xx

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  3. I'd love to know what you think of The Knot when you finish it! Mark's wrote a few books, as I'm sure you know, and I think this one might be his most controversial topic. He's got another book out this summer and I can't wait for that one! (Slightly obsessed with him, if you didn't guess haha) x

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    1. Ooh I'll let you know when I've finished it! I'll make that the next one to read after Trains and Lovers :-) x

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  4. Lovely post! That is quite the collection.

    http://monochromecool.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Winnie! I know, I really must get round to actually reading them! :-) x

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  5. I'm a new reader and I'm so in love with your blog! <3
    www.faithfullymarissa.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Lots of reviews to come yes? My pile doesn't need increasing but....
    M x

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    1. Haha, maybe! For someone training to be a librarian, I'm suprisingly crap at writing reviews but I'll give it a go! :-) xx

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Thank you very much for all your lovely comments; I do have every intention of replying but sometimes life with a baby gets in the way...

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