Sometime around February, I had posted a TBR List with the top 25 books I wish to read this year. After Monday’s post, I thought it would be nice to go back and see where I’m at with that.
1.’A Storm of Swords’ by George R. R. Martin
Starting from the top of the list, I have not read Storm of Swords yet. I have finally watched the last season of Game of Thrones and I hated it, so I decided that I am not going to spend any more time on the books. Especially considering how hard it was for me to actually read them. That means there’s one less book on my TBR already.
2.‘Emma’ by Jane Austen
I haven’t touched this one for several months now. I had started reading last December, I think, but after a few chapters, I put it down. Austen’s books are often hard for me to get into. I think there is a chance I might not actually like her as an author, but I have yet to reach a decision. I think what I’m going to do with this is read at least half of it and if I still do not like it, then it will be a dnf and a donation to the library.
3.‘The Social Contract and Discourses’ by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
What’s keeping me back from reading this one is my fear that it is a very dense book. I’m afraid that reading this one will put me in a reading slump and that it will be difficult for me to read anything at all after it. I should probably pick it up in December, after I’m done with everything else on my list. That way it will be less stressful for me. I won’t have to think about all the books I have to read after it.
4. ‘City of Lies’ by Sam Hawke
I have not yet read City of Lies. However, it’s one of the books at the top of my list. I cannot wait to read it!
5.‘Crime and Punishment’ by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Another one that I don’t know what to do about it. It is a little bit intimidating for me. I want to read it and I don’t want to read it. One thing is for sure, if I have not read it by the end of this year, I will have to get rid of it. It’s been too long since I bought. I to finally make a decision about it.
6.‘Grimms’ Fairy Tales’ by Brothers Grimm
This one I did read. But I did not enjoy it as much I thought I would. I’ve no idea why. It’s a collection of some of the most well-known fairy tales. Or maybe this is exactly why; these are no fairy tales.
To be fair, I did enjoy a few, but most of them I did not.
7.‘The Cleft’ by Doris Lessing
Unfortunately, I have not read that one either. In this one’s case, however, I think it is a book that I will actually enjoy after the first few chapters. So, I’m not giving up on it, but I do have to set aside some time for it. I don’t want to transfer it into next year’s TBR.
8.‘The Luminaries’ by Eleanor Catton
No, I have not read it. Just like City of Lies, it is a priority book and I am hoping to read it as soon as possible.
9.‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte
In all honesty, I’ve always thought of this book as one of the worst in the history of Literature. It’s bad enough to compete with the idiocy of the famous “Juliet and her Romeo”. However, I have not read it. I have read summaries of it, watched video analyses on it, but I have not read the book itself. Keeping this in mind, up until recently (when I finally picked it up and read it) I used to think of ‘Jane Eyre’ as one of the most ridiculous romances ever written. But now, having read it a couple of times, and watched 3 different movie adaptations of it several times, and having read several notes and analyses of the book on the internet, I still consider it one of the most ridiculous romances in history, however, it is also one of my favourite books of all time. One that has touched my heart in a way that very few books have. So, I wish to give ‘Wuthering Heights’ a chance to surprise me. Most likely it won’t, but at least I will be able to say that I have formed an educated opinion about it based on my personal experience reading it. And after all that, I will finally be able to get rid of it, because my mom bought the most unattractive edition of it that she could find.
10.‘The Hero of Ages’ by Brandon Sanderson
I’m not really sure how I liked the first two books in this trilogy. I fear I was a little bit ‘meh’ about them. But, now, it is a struggle for me to remember any detail about the plot. I think I will have to read a few spoiler reviews of the first two books before sitting down to read this on. But the good thing is that I do want to get ‘The Hero of Ages’ off my TBR. It means I am motivated to read it.
11.‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown
This one, like ‘The Cleft’, I think is a book that I will actually like after reading the first part of it. This is how it is usually with me and mystery novels. I also am the proud owner of the next two books in the Robert Langford (?) series, which means that I have to read this one so that I can get to the other two.
12.‘Pillow Thoughts’ by Courtney Peppernell
I don’t like how this post is going. I hope I’ve read more of the books further down on my list. The good thing about this one is that it is a short poetry collection. It must be less than 200 pages. So, it will be a very quick read. I’d need less than a day to finish it.
13. ‘Sacrifice’ (‘Θυσία’) by Anna Galanou
It’s been a while since I read historical fiction and this book in particular came highly recommended. I am intrigued to see whether I’ll like it or not.
14.‘Philosophy: The Latest Answers to the Oldest Questions’ by Nicholas Fearn
I’d started reading this a few months ago, but I didn’t like the format. At the time, I was looking for something easier to read. I’m hoping to find some time for it this summer.
15.‘Scent of Lemon’ (‘Άρωμα Λεμόνι’) by Antigone Pommer
Have yet to it. However, it looks like the perfect summer read. I have high hopes for it.
16.‘Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary’ by J.R.R. Tolkien
‘Beowulf’ is a book that I bought with the intention to read it as soon as possible. And then Covid-19 happened… 4 months later and I am just now returning to my home and my library, where I left it. Of course, I’ve always thought of ‘Beowulf’ as a ridiculous epic story. Once again, I’ve not read the book, but I have read summaries and analyses of it. It doesn’t really hold any interest to me plotwise, but I would like to be able to say with confidence: “You guys, I’ve read it and I can safely say that there is no epic story that ranks higher in the ridiculous scale than this one.” You know, educated opinions and all that.
17.‘The Underground Railroad’ by Colson Whitehead
I don’t really have an interest in this one, which is one of the reasons I’ve yet to read it. But it was a gift from my father. My dad doesn’t buy me gifts often and so, I want to show my appreciation for it by at least trying to read it. I don’t have to finish it, I just want to at least read a few chapters.
18.‘The Other Son’ by Alexander Soderberg
In contrast to the previous one, this is a book that I do want to read. It’s just that there is always something else to read before it.
19.‘Theano, The She-Wolf of Constantinople’ (‘Θεανώ, η Λύκαινα της Πόλης’) by Lena Manda
Lena Manda is an author, about whom I’ve heard very controversial reviews. People are either in love with her or they absolutely hate her. I was recommended this book of hers by a friend from the former category of Lena Manda readers and I want to finally read but have not yet done so.
20.‘Living, Thinking, Looking’ by Siri Hustvedt
This one I did start reading, but I put it down almost immediately, though I don’t remember the reason. I really do enjoy reading collections of essays, so I want to give the book another chance.
21.‘The Soul of the Stone House’ (‘Η Ψυχή του Πέτρινου Σπιτιού’) by Fani Pantazi
No luck with that one either. Unfortunately, I don’t think there’s going to be any luck at all for it. I don’t think the book is what I had expected it to be like. I will probably end up dnf’ing it, but I haven’t yet made a deision about it.
22.‘The Cellar of Shame’ (‘Το Κελάρι της Ντροπής’) by Chryseida Dimoulidou
I still don’t know how it is possible that I haven’t read ‘The Cellar of Shame’! I really need to get back home and to my library. It will only be another day or so. “Patience, Nora!”
23.‘Romaphobia; The Last Acceptable Form of Racism’ by Aidan McGarry
I’d had such high hopes for ‘Romaphobia’! Until I started reading it. This is my second dnf on this list and I have very strong opinions about it. I really have not researched the audience the author was trying to reach, while writing this book. Maybe it was an academic study or something like that. However, the moment he published it as a book, his audience immediately became the general public. Please do correct me if I am wrong, but I think that when someone is writing an anti-rascism book that is obviously intended to bring people closer together and make them less suspicious of a culture like the Roma, then they should probably write in a language that can be understood by his/her readers. I am not asking for a simplistic language, but neither is academic vocabulary the wisest choice. At first, I thought that the problem lay with me because English is not my mother-tongue. But this is not my first attempt at reading nonfiction in English. I’ve been reading books in English for over a decade and specifically nonfiction for at least two years now. I might not have read as many academic style files/books, but I can still get the context. I could understand the meaning of words, but I had to go back and read and re-read the same passage several times to get the meaning. So, I’m thinking, what if someone else attempted to read the same book? Someone who may not have been as good as I am in English (not necessarily a foreigner). Someone who’d read the title and thought that this book could be a opportunity to bring two societies closer together. Would that person be able to read the book? Probably not. So, please explain to me what is the point of writing a book like this one in a language that only a handful of people can understand? I looked for an answer inside the book itself and when I didn’t find it, I simply stopped trying. The author obviously did not want me to read his book, although in this case I don’t know why he went ahead and spent all this money to publish it, so I did him this favour and stopped reading it.
Btw, if you haven’t noticed, I’ve still not gotten over it…
24.‘Cassandra: The Witch’s Secret’ (‘Κασσάνρα: Το Μυστικό της Μάγισσας’) by Dimitra Ioannou
Another book on this list that I haven’t read. One that I am quickly losing an interest I may have ever had in. I will probably dnf it by the end of this year.
25.‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ by George Saunders
This came along with ‘The Underground Railroad’ as a gift from my dad. I am a little bit more interested in it than the previous one, but not by much. Again, I only aim to read the first few chapters to see whether I might like it or not. A generally easy task to accomplish.
Those were all the books on my list. Most of them remain unread. Only two of them I have dnf’ed for sure and there is one that I have read. So, I still have 22 books to go. Will I make it by the end of the year? We will see… I will try to keep you updated. Until next time…what’s on your TBR list?