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The TBR Shelf

Welcome to Monday and the start of another new week.

I finished Apeirogon by Colum McCann over the weekend and it gave me serious book hangover. It was a pretty hard going read that sent me on a further reading journey to find out more about the two main protagonists amongst other things, I can’t recommend this book highly enough, it’s a masterpiece you can read my full thoughts on it here

Reading also took my mind off the fact that on Saturday I was supposed to attend a publishing course with Lemn Sissay in London, obviously that’s been postponed until November all being well. I read Lemn’s memoir “My Name is Why” last year, he talks about growing up in the care system in Greater Manchester, check out his work he’s fabulous poet and author and I was very much looking forward to picking his brains but that like everything else will have to wait a while.

Yesterday came the debate about what to read next and it sent me to my TBR shelf. Since being converted to a Kindle 5 years ago, I’ve found it very easy to buy books, lots of them, in seconds. Some have been on there for years, still unread.

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This has been on there a long time. I read Half A Yellow Sun years ago and loved it, I wasn’t as keen on Purple Hibiscus. I enjoy Adichie’s books, so why I’ve never got around to it is a mystery.

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

The true story of zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski who ran Warsaw’s zoo during the second world war. How they become involved in hiding Jews and the anti-Nazi resistance. I haven’t seen the film either, that completely passed me by.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

When it was announced Margaret Atwood was releasing a long awaited follow up to The Handmaid’s Tale, I couldn’t wait….turns out I could. I read The Handmaid’s Tale years ago, I’d always wondered what happened next, I’ve put it off because I feel I’m going to need read the first book again and I’m really going to have to be in the right mood for that.

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey 

It certainly has a controversial backstory this one. So, James Frey originally published it as a memoir, he then had to market it as a semi-fictional novel after an article by Smoking Gun found parts of his story to have been fabricated. Oprah Winfrey then basically teared him apart during an interview. The story is about an alcoholic, crack cocaine addict and his journey to recovery.

Someone Know by Lisa Scottoline 

Holding my hands up here….I have no idea what or who drew me to this, I’ve wracked my brain, I can only assume it was during a time when I was reading more thrillers. The blurb intrigues me, I may give it a go but I’m not entirely sure it’s for me.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

The TV has brought this back to my attention, an adaptation has started on the BBC. Multi-award winning, I want to read it before I watch it, so it may have to be this week’s reading choice.

Exactly why these are languishing in book purgatory,  I don’t know, I’m clearly interested in them enough to buy them but for some reason when it comes to choosing the next read I find myself scrolling through the store rather than my own library, in fact I’ve just bought a book now while looking through at what I’ve got. Having a bit more time on my hands is giving me more opportunity to disappear into a book so maybe I’ll show these some love and pick them up.

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