Books · Reading Challenges

Lingering Books Project 2019

We all have those books on our shelves that we are not that excited about. We picked them up at some point and we are kind of interested, but realistically we are never going to pick them up, because there are too many other books we are more excited about.

This usually happens to quite a few charity shop buys in my case – they linger on my shelves like old maids never being asked to dance. Well, let’s give them a twirl!

I have decided to pick five of those books that I am really not that excited about and will try and read one of them each month. I have not  picked one for July, as I have a really busy TBR as it is and there are only five days left!

But, let’s have a look at my choices. I specifically looked for books that I would be unlikely to pick up any other time. All but one were charity shop buys. I will either read them or DNF them. If I really like the book it gets a permanent space on my shelf, if not I will get rid of it.

a - Lingering Books

1. The Nest (Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney) – this one has been on my shelf for about three years I think. I remember buying it at an airport when I was going somewhere and never read it. I have seen very mixed reviews. Not that it bothers me that much, but still, I know a lot of people do not like it. Also, it is a mass market paperback with tiny font, which kind of puts me off. It does seem to be full of unlikeable characters, which I kind of am intrigued by.

2. Feed (M T Anderson) – I picked up in the charity shop a couple of years ago because the synopsis sounded kind of interesting. It was at the start of me starting to read a lot again and I was far less picky! Alas, I hate letting books go without giving them a go first, so this seems like the perfect opportunity to put it on my TBR.

3.The Italian Woman (Jean Plaidy) – definitely another one that has been on my shelf for a couple of years. I like historical fiction, but I hardly ever make time for it. This has to do with Catherine de Medici and that time period in France, which piques my interest, but it has not been enough to pick it up.

4. Golden Lion (Wilbur Smith) – another one that I picked up a year or two ago. I am not sure now whether I will like this one. I will give it a go. I think it has to do with pirates or something like that. I know I read some Wilbur Smith books years and years ago and enjoyed them, so why not just try it.

5. A Long Way Down (Nick Hornby) – not sure why I got this, looking at the synopsis now. It was probably 25cents or something. It’s not that big, so I will give it a go. It could be good… maybe…


So, those are my five books that have been lingering on my book shelves. What do you think of my choices? Have you read any of these?

What books have been lingering on your shelves?


Books · TBR

August (BookTubeAThon 2018 Inspired) TBR

For my August TBR I have decided to take the BookTubeAthon 2018 Challenges and build my TBR around those. There is no way in hell I will be able to read these books in just the one week, but it makes a pretty good monthly TBR.

1. Decide your read by a coin toss

I decided to go for two of my longest owned unread books for this:

heads = Roth (Glyn Hughes) – tails = Orange Horses (Maeve Kelly).

I will toss the coin at the time of picking up the book!

Hughes, Glyn - Roth    vs  Kelly, Maeve - Orange Horses

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)2. Read a book about something you want to do?

I do love travelling, so The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Mackenzi Lee) seems the perfect read for this one. Plus I have been wanting to read this one for a while.


3. Read a book with a hat on.

I decided I will just read a book with a hat on the cover instead. I will be reading A Study in Scarlet & The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Well, I am not reading book whilst wearing a hat, that’s for sure, but it’s keeping with the theme!

Assassin's Quest (Farseer Trilogy, #3)4. Read a book with green on cover

Since I want to read Assassin’s Quest (Robin Hobb) in August and it has green on the cover, that works! It will take me ages, as the book is huge!

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender5. Read a book with a beautiful spine.

I have lots of spines I like. I may go with The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Leslye Walton), which has a lovely spine! Again, I have been meaning to read that one for a while!


6. Read a book and watch the movie. 

Not sure what I will do for this one. I have a few options. I could read a book of which I have already seen the adaptation, in which case I could read The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) or Mansfield Park (Jane Austen). Or I could read The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas) in anticipation of the movie release later this year.

What do you think?

The Phantom Tree7. Read seven books.

I have one NetGalley e-book to read in August, which is The Phantom Tree (Nicola Cornick), so I will make that my seventh book.



So, for challenge 6, should I read The Handmaid’s Tale, Mansfield Park or The Hate U Give? Let me know what you think!


Edited to add that there are a couple of early September NetGalley books that I ideally would like to get to in addition to the above:

The Artisan Heart (Dean Mayes)
Things We Never Said (Nick Alexander)

Alexander, Nick - Things We Never Said  Mayes, Dean - The Artisan Heart

Both of those sound pretty good to me!

So that is nine books on my August TBR in total. Not sure that’s going to happen when one of them is a chunkster (Assassin’s Quest!). I will try 🙂


Books · Down The TBR Hole

Down the TBR Hole #4

It is time again for Down the TBR Hole, a very useful meme created by Lost In A Story. I

Most of us bookish folk will end up with way too many books we have added as to-read on Goodreads. Try this for a solution!


It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order on ascending date added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if feeling adventurous!) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: Keep or Go?

So, let’s have a look what we have…

The Books:

Unseen World PA.indd1. The Unseen World (Liz Moore)

No idea how this ended up on my TBR. It is not the sort of book I am interested in at the moment.

Verdict: GO!


1801 DTBR22. The Essex Serpent (Sarah Perry

Definitely staying firmly on my TBR. I love historical fiction and I have seen/read/heard so many good reviews from people I trust.

Verdict: KEEP!

1801 DTBR33. Gather The Daughters (Jenni Melamed)

Difficult. It sounds like an interesting sort of dystopian novel, but I have so many others I want to read before this.

Verdict: GO!


1801 DTBR44. Too Loud A Silence (Jo Jackson)

This sounds like a really interesting read. Set in Egypt during the Arab Spring. I definitely want to read this. And it will work nicely for my Around the World in 80 Books challenge!

Verdict: KEEP!

1801 DTBR55. Forgotten Reflections (Young-Im Lee)

Set in South Korea, I was not sure about this one, but after reading the reviews on Goodreads again, I will definitely want to read this at some point. Again, perfect for Around the World in 80 Books!

Verdict: KEEP!

1801 DTBR66. Trick (Natalia Jaster)

Jesters? Princesses? Yeah, go on then, this still sounds pretty good to me.

Verdict: KEEP!

1801 DTBR77. The Silent Kookaburra (Liza Perrat)

A psychological thriller – I don’t have many of those on my TBR, but there’s something about this book that makes me want to read this.

Verdict: KEEP!


1801 DTBR88. The Seafarer’s Kiss (Julia Ember)

It sort of sounds good, but it’s just pulling me in. I am just not into mermaids I guess. 🙂

Verdict: GO!

1801 DTBR99. Hinder (Kristin Ping)

I have completely lost interest in this YA fantasy novel about witches. Not something I will be reading soon.

Verdict: GO!


1801 DTBR1010. Spark (Wren Verlaine & Casey Renee Kiser)

I have poetry on my TBR! I should get this. It sounds good and I should read more poetry!

Verdict: KEEP!


Only 4 less, but still, it’s almost half! 🙂 Have you read any of these books? Did I kick of any books that you read and were awesome? Let me know!