Winter TBR Wrap Up

Way back in December, I made a post where I listed 12 books I wanted to get read by March for Top Ten Tuesday (please ignore the maths there).

In this post, I am going to wrap up everything I completed in the past three months for this challenge, and make excuses for everything I didn’t finish.

Honestly, though, this TBR went a lot better than any other I’ve done in this vein. I weighed up my interests more clearly and made sure to incorporate a bit of everything, genre wise. It also helps that I’ve worked a lot on my concentration and keeping myself in check, because I can lose control and procrastinate a lot, so I had more of a chance of getting through books!

I’ll go in read-order for this first part!


READ84 charing cross road

84, Charing Cross Road

by Helene Hanff

This is an epistolary work chronicling Helene Hanff’s friendship with Frank Doel, who worked at the Marks & Co bookshop. It was my first read because it was the shortest, and it’s really stuck with me. It’s wonderful seeing books bringing people together, and you grow so attached to them and their lives that the latter half of the book genuinely hurts to read.


7

Beneath the Sugar Sky 

by Seanan McGuire

I put off reading this novella for so long, thanks to some backward thinking that I couldn’t listen to the audiobook because I previously read the first two physically. However: I caved, and loved it! The audiobook was so good. We return to some characters that are well loved, and I fell in love with some new characters, too (Cora is everything).


the psychology of time travel

The Psychology of Time Travel

by Kate Mascarenhas

Such a fascinating book! It took me longer to read this than planned to, since I was staying in London for two weeks over Christmas, but I really enjoyed it.

Mascarenhas goes in with an entirely female-led cast of characters in this book, putting them in a position you would usually find men in in books of this genre. She does so much with the possibilities of a past, present and future where time travel is a constant presence. The mysteries are well developed and the exploration of morality and who is allowed to pass judgement on others is incredible.


4

Bunny

by Mona Awad

This took me aaaggeeesss to read, but, like all the other books I’ve read on this TBR, it paid off!

Bunny is a difficult one to explain my feelings about. The plot is bonkers, but at its core, it’s an exploration of a woman’s self-esteem and how all the value she places on herself is based off of what other people think about her. It’s an adult coming-of-age story, honestly, and I desperately want more like it!


7

Other Words For Smoke

by Sarah Maria Griffin

My final finished novel of this TBR, and definitely one of the best witch books I’ve read in general. It’s another woman-centric narrative where we see the bonds of family tested, a story where nothing is what it seems, and few of the characters can be trusted. The writing style is fascinating, going from first to second person in chapters, with footnotes included of characters we haven’t even met yet.


STARTEDcatch 22

Catch 22 

by Joseph Heller

I stopped reading this over 100 pages in because my favourite character died and I started crying and I’ve been scared to return since.

You really do care for these messed up people, as they feel like real people, not characters on a page, having to fight a war they no longer believe in while still keeping up the illusion of camaraderie as we are introduced to a new person every chapter. It’s simultaneously hilarious and heartbreaking, I understand why it’s a favourite of so many people.


the devouring gray

The Devouring Gray

by Christine Lynn Herman

Out of all of the books on the TBR, this has to be the most underwhelming. It just feels like I’ve read these exact same characters 100 times over in YA, the writing just doesn’t give them the same life.

The author also never fails to mention, every other page, that a character is white. It’s okay, we get it, you can stop now! Every character is white and you need to know that but they are also bisexual so that makes everything better and you can anticipate a very annoying love triangle to develop.


the lady from the black lagoon

The Lady From the Black Lagoon

by Mallory O’Meara

My favourite subsection of non-fiction is ‘non-fiction deep dives into the lives of amazing women who deserve more hype’.

I read Backwards and In Heels by Alicia Malone, and Investigating Lois Lane by Tim Hanley, last year, so reading this feels like returning to a much loved genre. I did find out, however, that there are footnotes that are really difficult to view in the Scribd version, so I’m putting this on hold- for now- until I can get my hands on the paperback copy!


nietzsche and the burbs

Nietzsche and the Burbs

by Lars Iyer

This book has been very much anticipated for me, and honestly, it’s living up to the hype.

It’s for a very niche (haha) audience. Essentially, if you were ever a British teen growing up in a diverse space that was also incredibly narrow-minded and bigoted, where terrible things were said but it was all so normalised you didn’t even notice it, where you found yourself disillusioned with the world as you thought about the point of everything and whether you would ever get out of your little backwards town: THIS is the book for you!


UNREAD

12

When the Truth Unravels

by RuthAnne Snow

I really want to read this for my dissertation, and I’m starting some prep work and research in May, so I might end up saving this for then, when my TBR is smaller and I have more bookshelf space. I think this is going to be one I enjoy, based on the themes, I just want to save it for when I can focus wholly on it.


autumn ali smith

Autumn

by Ali Smith

Don’t really have an excuse for this one, I just didn’t get around to the audiobook. It’s a quick one, anyway, so when I get to it, I’ll get to it, you know?


call down the hawk

Call Down the Hawk

by Maggie Stiefvater

Honestly, I’m scared to read this just in case I hate it.

I love the Lynch brothers, and I love Adam Parrish, so I couldn’t tell you why I think I’ll hate it. It’s just a constant fear of mine.

Honestly, this has been staring at me, on my shelf, for so long, that I’ve ended up falling in love with the cover. Thank God I’m a UK release person and not forced to buy the hideous US cover.


And that’s my wrap up!

I did so much better than I expected to do. I’m even a good way in to the ‘Started’ books, which is very rare for me, and only having 3 books on my ‘Unread’ isn’t so daunting now I’ve seen that I can actually stick to TBRs.

Thank you for reading❤


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