Wednesday, 16 March 2016

My Long Lost and Forgotten TBR

I got into a bit of a book buying habit last month.  There were suddenly books I felt like i just HAD to get ... you know how it is.

Anyway I completely forgot about books I bought on my Kindle last year and never got round to reading. I'm not actually someone who enjoys having a pile of unread books - it makes me really sketchy. While i have an incredibly exciting TBR list on my Goodreads, it was time to address the forgotten books I've been hoarding on my Kindle. I got rid of the books I cannot even remember wanting to read so, here are a few that survived the purge. 

Looking for Alaska by John Green 

Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big non event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same.

I keep seeing quotes of from this book online and I get that sense that like all John Green books, the characters are going to be fleshed out and complex and just wonderful.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

I am so late to The Girl on the Train hype but better late than never. I loved Gone Girl and seeing as this is always pinned as the next Gone Girl, I expect great things.

The Last Summer of Us by Maggie Harcourt 


 Limpet, Steffan and Jared. Three best friends crammed into a clapped-out rust bucket of a car on a whirlwind road trip to forget their troubles and see out the end of the summer. But no matter how far they drive, they can’t escape the hidden secrets and slow-burning romance that could upset the balance of their friendship – perhaps forever.

This is something i feel like I need to really be in the mood to read. But the weather is getting warmer now so I see it happening. And it seems like a care-free easy read. 

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill


In a world in which baby girls are no longer born naturally, women are bred in schools, trained in the arts of pleasing men until they are ready for the outside world. At graduation, the most highly rated girls become “companions”, permitted to live with their husbands and breed sons until they are no longer useful. For the girls left behind, the future – as a concubine or a teacher – is grim. Best friends Freida and Isabel are sure they’ll be chosen as companions – they are among the most highly rated girls in their year. But as the intensity of final year takes hold, Isabel does the unthinkable and starts to put on weight. .. And then, into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride. Freida must fight for her future – even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known..

The premise of this reminded me of The Handmaid's Tale but YA?!

The Lie by C.L Taylor


I know your name's not really Jane Hughes... Jane Hughes has a loving partner, a job in an animal sanctuary and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She's happier than she's ever been but her life is a lie. Jane Hughes does not really exist. Five years earlier Jane and her then best friends went on holiday but what should have been the trip of a lifetime rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of the women. Jane has tried to put her past behind her but someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won't stop until they've destroyed Jane and everything she loves.

This is a classic example of a book I can't even remember being excited about or purchasing. It may have been free? So who knows if I'll ever actually read it.

Did I Mention I Love You by Estelle Maskame


When sixteen-year-old Eden Munro agrees to spend the summer with her estranged father in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, she has no idea what she’s letting herself in for. Eden's parents are divorced and have gone their separate ways, and now her father has a brand new family. For Eden, this means she's about to meet three new step-brothers. The eldest of the three is Tyler Bruce, a troubled teenager with a short temper and a huge ego. Complete polar opposites, Eden quickly finds herself thrust into a world full of new experiences as Tyler's group of friends take her under their wing. But the one thing she just can't understand is Tyler, and the more she presses to figure out the truth about him, the more she finds herself falling for the one person she shouldn't – her step-brother.

Throw in Tyler's clingy girlfriend and a guy who has his eyes set on Eden, and there's secrets, lies and a whole lot of drama. But how can Eden keep her feelings under control? And can she ever work out the truth about Tyler? 

I'm really intrigued about this because possibly incestuous relationships are not the genre I'd reach for ... But this book has had so much love on Twitter from readers and booktubers so I'm intrigued to find out why. 

So this may be a pretty ambitious list given that I also have 3 books in physical copy which I'm planning to read first but, the holidays are coming up, I'm excited about all these books - I can do this.

This can't just be me, is anyone else hoarding books you just forgot about?!
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