What Should I Read?

If you’re a book lover than I know you have the same problem as me: buying more books when there are still loads of unread books sitting on the shelves.

In an effort to get some of those read sooner rather than later, I need some peer pressure, which is where you come in.

I would like for you to choose one of the books I read before the end of the year. The end of the year probably sounds like a massive amount of time to get this reading in but actually we’re already well into October and November will be here before you know it and then the holidays will hit and I’m not heading to any cozy, log house for the holidays this year. That’s where I get my best reading done!

Without further ado, here are some of the books languishing on my shelves. Which should I read? Vote at the bottom!

Charles Dickens: A Life by Claire Tomalin. I’ve read about his children and I’ve read some of his work and I really want to read this bio but I haven’t yet. I’ve also just found out that Tomalin wrote a biography of Jane Austen which is something I’m going to be looking into!

Carry on Jeeves by PG Wodehouse. I read a Jeeves omnibus last year and it was looooong. Which is probably why this little volume has been flying under the radar but I do love a good Jeeves story or two.

A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship and Survival in World War Two by Caroline Moorehead. I realized the other day how long I have been holding onto this one – Moorehead just had another book published about a village in France. I think I shy away from this one every time because I think it will be a difficult read but maybe it’s time has come?

Night Film by Marisha Pessl. When I first got this book (for Christmas) I was so excited to read it. And then every time I went to go and do just that, I would flip through it and think that maybe it was too scary for me. But Halloween is coming up…

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I know that reading this book will kill my book stats but since there is very little hope of beating my insane 2013 reading total of 115, maybe now’s the time to take the hit?

 

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16 thoughts on “What Should I Read?

  1. I wasn’t a big fan of Night Film, you might like it though. At any rate, I’d like to see what you think. And in other news, later this week I’m going to be announcing something to help us all get some reading done before Christmas, and a pile of new books, rolls around.

  2. Well a Jeeves omnibus (being a collection of Jeeves stories and novels) would be long. I’d have thought ‘Carry On Jeeves’ would have been included in the omnibus you read? Wodehouse’s stories and novels aren’t long at all. Any of them could be read by a keen reader in less than a day. I find they make a delightful break between more ‘serious’ reading – every third or fourth book I read is a Wodehouse. There is a lot more to Wodehouse than Jeeves too. Perhaps try ‘Leave it to Psmith’ or ‘Piccadilly Jim.

    • I’ve read long books before and not felt the same despair of ever finishing. Carry on Jeeves was not included. You’re right, Wodehouse stories tend not to be long but I think you have to be in the right mood to just disappear with one of them for a few hours. I’ll have to look out for a non- Jeeves Wodehouse!

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