I’m an avid reader but I’m still hesitant to pick certain books up. They’re either huge, difficult or extremely sad (or scary) and therefore have been waiting on my TBR for way to long. I’ve made the first step (actually buying the book) already and I may have even read the first few pages, but these books in today’s top 5 have yet to make it to my currently reading pile!
Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Tudor England. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is charged with securing his divorce. Into this atmosphere of distrust comes Thomas Cromwell – a man as ruthlessly ambitious in his wider politics as he is for himself. His reforming agenda is carried out in the grip of a self-interested parliament and a king who fluctuates between romantic passions and murderous rages. (Goodreads)
I study history but even without a bachelor (and soon to be master’s!) degree in history, you’ve got to admit that Henry VIII is a quite peculiar man and his court and reign an interesting setting for a novel. However, I’ve seen the first episode of the Wolf Hall BBC series and I found it … well, quite dull to be fair. I know I shouldn’t be put off by its adaptation but I fear that it may take a while before I decide to pick this one up …
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
Designed to take fans of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings deeper into the myths and legends of Middle-Earth, The Silmarillion is an account of the Elder Days, of the First Age of Tolkien’s world. It is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back, and in whose events some of them such as Elrond and Galadriel took part. The tales ofThe Silmarillion are set in an age when Morgoth, the first Dark Lord, dwelt in Middle-Earth, and the High Elves made war upon him for the recovery of the Silmarils, the jewels containing the pure light of Valinor. Included in the book are several shorter works. (Goodreads)
Okay, I guess I just have to finish The Lord of the Rings first before I give this one a chance, but I already have my doubts about this book. Everyone I meet that has read it wishes me very good luck indeed. It’s supposed to be a little dull and hard to follow.
In the Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective. His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Bacon – all sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where “the most interesting things happen at night”. (Goodreads)
My mother loves this book, I loved the movie adaptation and it was recommended to me several times because I adored The Count of Monte Cristo, The Shadow of the Wind and other books. It’s quite a big book however and I’m not a huge fan of crime novels in general (they’re scary, duh!) so I still haven’t picked this one up …
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever. (Goodreads)
This book is definitely going on by Autumn TBR as I really, really want to read this one. This book is the most recent addition to my TBR pile so I haven’t got a chance really to pick this one up, but still I feel a bit hesitant to actually start reading it. I think it is because there so many people that absolutely adore this novel and say it’s so good … It just too much pressure!
The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils … Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations? (Goodreads)
This might be a surprise, because I love Rowling’s Harry Potter series. However, I haven’t started reading The Casual Vacancy yet because, let’s face it: it’s absolutely huge and the reception is not particularly positive. Moreover, my friend tried to read this several times and just couldn’t finish it …
That’s it for today! Hope you enjoyed it – until next time!
What are your I’m-afraid-to-read books? And can you reassure me on one of these books (or not?)?