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Non-Fiction November & a small fiction TBR

I had already jotted down a few books to read in November when I stumbled across Non-Fiction November, created by Booktubers Olive and Gemma. Well, what finer excuse could there be to shake up my reading habits and add a bit more non-fiction to my TBR.


So, Non-Fiction November includes four one-word prompts: Love, Home, Scholarship and Substance. You can interpret them anyway you want, which I like. So these are the books I have gone for:

Humble, Kate - Humble By Nature


Home:  Humble By Nature (Kate Humble) – Kate Humble is probably best known as one of the presenters of BBC’s Springwatch. In this book she tells about her life as she moves from the city to a small holding in Wales. I have this one on audio book, narrated of course by Kate herself.

Isaacson, Rupert - The Horse BoyLove: The Horse Boy (Rupert Isaacson) – I have had this book on my shelves for ages, so this is the perfect excuse to read it. As far as I can tell it is about a man who takes his autistic son to Mongolia in search of healing and understanding. What greater love is there than the love of a parent for their child?

Yaffe, David - Reckless Daughter

Substance: Reckless Daughter (David Yaffe) – Ok, I am interpreting this very loosely, but why not read about a woman who wrote songs of substance? I think Joni Mitchell certainly fills that category. I already started this one, but I will probably not continue until November. So yes, I made it fit! 🙂


Medieval Lives - Jones, Terry and Ereira, AlanScholarship: Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives (Terry Jones/Alan Ereira) – Another book that I have meaning to read for ages, but has just been sitting on my shelf gathering dust. I hope it sort of fits this category? One of the writers, Alan Ereira, is a professor and I presume there will be some mentions of ‘scholarliness’ in the book. Plus it’s only 224 pages!

I also would like to get round to reading Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots by Sarah-Beth Watkins, which is about Henry VIII’s older sister. This is a book I got for review via NetGalley and I am looking forward to reading it. This is also a book that may be pushed into December though.


Because of Non-Fiction November I have had to tone down my prospective fiction TBR.

Jordan, Robert - The Wheel of Time 3 The Dragon Reborn

I definitely want to read third book in Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series, which is The Dragon Reborn. This is part of a buddy read on Goodreads for which I have re-read the previous two already.


Bronte, Charlotte - Jane EyreI also want really want to read Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë), which I hope to buddy read with Abbey from Three Cats and a Girl. I have been meaning to read Jane Eyre for ages and a while ago I got myself this gorgeous clothbound edition, which looks fantastically autumnal. I love it and I cannot wait to read it!

I also have a few more e-books from NetGalley that I want to prioritise for this month. Some of these are starting to be Christmassy!

I imagine I will pick a couple of random books from my shelves as well, but we will see how much reading I get done!

I was going to read Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel), but I think I will push that one on to December. It’s a massive book and I have too much to read already in November!

Have you got any reading plans yet? Are you participating in Non-Fiction November?



Books · Down The TBR Hole · Memes · Top 5 Wednesday

Down the TBR Hole #1

This is my first go at Down the TBR Hole, which was created by Lost In A Story, but the post that inspired me to do this meme was by Boston Book Reader.

A lot of us end up with large unwieldy lists of books we have added as to-read on Goodreads. This is the solution! Now, my own is not that big, but still there are 330 books on it at the moment, which is a bit silly…


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, here we go!

The Books!

1. The Last Unicorn (Peter S Beagle)

The Last Unicorn

It’s a book about a unicorn. I think it’s a children’s book, but nevermind that. It still sounds like a story I want to read

Verdict: KEEP




The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)2. Mistborn #1: The Final Empire (Brandon Sanderson)

Ah, I mentioned this in a post just the other day as a series I really want to read, so this is definitely staying where it is!

Verdict: KEEP


3. Farseer Trilogy #1: Assassin’s Apprentice (Robin Hobb)

Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, #1)


Same as above. I mentioned this in a post just a day or two ago as a series I want to read, so no, I am not getting rid of this one.

Verdict: KEEP


Snow Flower and the Secret Fan4. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Lisa See)

This is hard. I do like the sound of this one, but I do not think this is a book that I will be picking up anytime soon. I have a couple of similar books on my actual physical shelves already, so…

Verdict: GO


5. The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)

The Handmaid's Tale


Cannot believe this has been on my TBR for three years and I still have not picked it up! I really do need to change that. I have seen the TV series, but I still really want to read the book.

Verdict: KEEP



So I am keeping 4 out of 5 books on my list. I almost feel I should get my hands on the four remaining books, as I do not have any of them on my physical shelf.

I had fun with this and I am looking forward to doing another one of these. Maybe next week?


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Autumn TBR

I had hoped for an Indian summer, but September is turning out to be pretty autumnal this year, which made me think about the books I might want to read this autumn (up to the end of November).

Currently reading:

Johnson, Debbie - The A-Z of EverythingI am about 15% into The A-Z of Everything by Debbie Johnson at the moment, which I am reading via the Kindle app on my phone. It’s not the kind of book that I would normally reach for, but I just fancied something that was not fantasy or dense. I think it suits those criteria. It is ok so far. My non-fiction at the moment is My Animals and Other Family by Clare Balding, which I am listening to on Audible. I will be starting another book for a buddy read later today. Having three books on the go is one too many for me. I prefer reading two, distinctly different books, at once.

Speaking of them buddy reads:

Jordan, Robert - The Wheel of Time 2 The Great HuntI think I mentioned before I am doing a few Fantasy Buddy Reads on Goodreads. The first of those starts today: Robert Jordan’s The Great Hunt, which I am looking forward to re-reading. Then there’s Ken Liu’s The Grace of Kings in October and The Dragon Reborn (also by Robert Jordan) in November. I also want to join the buddy read for The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling for the Catching Up on Classics group, which also starts in October.

Other books I might read this autumn:
Selderhuis, Herman - Martin LutherMy next non-fiction read will be Martin Luther, by Herman Selderhuis, which the publisher is kindly allowing me to review via NetGalley. When I was at uni I did some chapters on the reformation and found it tremendously fascinating, so when I saw this book I did not hesitate.  I am really looking forward to reading this one.

Apart from that, I am not entirely sure. I have a few books I want to read in the next few months, so my possibles are:

Kelly, Maeve - Orange Horses  Brown, Pierce - Red Rising Saga 1 Red Rising  Harris, Joanne - Chocolat  Mantel, Hilary - Wolf Hall  Bronte, Charlotte - Jane Eyre

  • Orange Horses (Maeve Kelly) I think this is a short story collection, which would make a nice change!
  • Red Rising (Pierce Brown) I keep hearing so many good things, I just need to read this book now!
  • This Savage Song (V E Schwab) I still have not read anything by this author and I want to!
  • Chocolat (Joanne Harris) Just feels like an autumnal sort of book!
  • Wolf Hall (Hilary Mantel) For some reason I want to read this in November. Seems the right sort of time. I have to be in the mood for it though – it’s a pretty big book!
  • Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen) Classics suit autumn
  • Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) see previous
  • Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) yes, again, see previous
  • Flame In The Mist (Renee Ahdieh) This book has been looking at me – sounds like the right kind of book for autumn too.
  • Roth (Glyn Hughes) been on my TBR for way too long (15 years + *cough*) – want to read by end of the year
  • The Origin (Irving Stone) also a book that has been on my TBR for years – a fictional account of Charles Darwin’s life I believe.

I feel like I should add some spooky books for Halloween, but I don’t have any… Where’s a Stephen King book when you need it? Surely I have something! Will have to have a look.

If you have recommendations for spooky books for October, let me know!

I would love to hear what’s on your TBR for this autumn or if you want to suggest a buddy read 🙂 I would love to do a buddy read with someone!

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Tag Time – The TBR Tag

I saw this tag on and wanted to do it, so I am! 🙂

This is the TBR (To Be Read) Tag and is all about the books that are on my to-read pile! I will stick to the books I actually already own rather than the mythical Goodreads to-read list.

If you fancy doing this tag as well, please do and link your list!

Let’s get started!

How do you keep track of your TBR pile?

I don’t. Well, I do, kind of, in my head. I know which books on my shelves I have read and which I haven’t, but I don’t really have an actual way of keeping track. I keep considering using an actual shelf for books I have not read yet, but I never do!

Is your TBR mostly print or e-book?

Pretty much all of it print, though I have a couple of audio books I want to listen to. I am considering getting an e-reader though. Maybe for Christmas?

How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next?

I pick whatever I feel like, though at the moment I am trying to get through the TBR books that have been sitting on my shelves the longest. If I don’t feel like any of those, I will pick another.

A book that has been on your TBR shelf the longest.

Both books that I am reading at the moment had been sitting on my shelves for almost twenty (!!!) years. They are Talking To The Dead by Helen Dunmore and Waterloo Story by Peter Prince.

Waterloo Story     Talking to the Dead: A Novel

A book that you have recently added to your TBR.

The last books I added were the last ones I bought, which were Chocolat by Joanne Harris, Around The World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne and Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch. All three bought in the same Oxfam charity shop.

Rivers of London   Chocolat (Chocolat #1)   Around the World in 80 Days

A book that is on your TBR strictly because it has a beautiful cover.The Nest


Well, I picked up The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney at the airport a couple of months ago simply because the cover caught my eye. Hopefully I will read it some time this year.

A book on your TBR that you never plan on actually reading.

What? No! I will read all the books… eventually. No point having books you’re not planning on reading!

An unpublished book on you TBR that you are excited for.

Wicked Like a Wildfire (Hibiscus Daughter, #1)Well, since I have limited my TBR for this exercise to the book I already own… But a book that’s on my to-read list on Goodreads that is not out yet is Wicked Like A Wildfire by Lara Popovic. I love the premise and the cover is just gorgeous!

It’s out next week!


A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)






A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you.

My husband is forever saying Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is really good and he is not much of a reader, so it must be! A few female friends have recommended Sophie Kinsella books. It is not really my thing, but I actually picked up Can You Keep A Secret? from a charity shop recently, which I am planning to read this month, preferably outside lounging in the sun!

Brave New World    Can You Keep a Secret?

A book on you TBR that you are dying to read.

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)


This Savage Song by V. E. Schwab. I have heard so many good things about Schwab’s books that I am looking forward to reading this one.



The number of books on your Goodreads TBR.

Including all the books I don’t own (!!!), there are 231 at this moment, but the number is ever increasing! I try not to go too crazy though…