22nd May 2019

My TBR Pile

Last week, Ghenet shared a post about what is next on her reading list and I really loved that idea. I have all of a sudden got my reading bug back and I am always looking for new books to add to my never-ending TBR pile!

I try to have at least five books on my list of what I absolutely must pick up next, just to give me a bit of direction. Here is a list of my current TBR pile, the next few books I plan on reading.

I am always looking for more to read, so let me know what I need to add to my list!

Lullaby – Leila Slimani 

Synopsis: When Myriam, a French-Moroccan lawyer, decides to return to work after having children, she and her husband look for the perfect caretaker for their two young children. They never dreamed they would find Louise: a quiet, polite and devoted woman who sings to their children, cleans the family’s chic apartment in Paris’s upscale tenth arrondissement, stays late without complaint and is able to host enviable birthday parties. The couple and nanny become more dependent on each other. But as jealousy, resentment and suspicions increase, Myriam and Paul’s idyllic tableau is shattered…

Goodreads rating: 3.41

This book has been popping up everywhere lately, as I believe it has only recently been translated from French to English. My friend has kindly lent it to be stating how much I *must* read it. I think the plot sounds really dark and twisty – exactly my kind of book!

The Language of Kindness, A Nurses Story – Christie Watson 

Synopsis: Christie Watson spent twenty years as a nurse, and in this intimate, poignant, and remarkably powerful book, she opens the doors of the hospital and shares its secrets. She takes us by her side down hospital corridors to visit the wards and meet her unforgettable patients. In the neonatal unit, premature babies fight for their lives, hovering at the very edge of survival, like tiny Emmanuel, wrapped up in a sandwich bag. On the cancer wards, the nurses administer chemotherapy and, long after the medicine stops working, something more important–which Watson learns to recognize when her own father is dying of cancer. In the pediatric intensive care unit, the nurses wash the hair of a little girl to remove the smell of smoke from the house fire. The emergency room is overcrowded as ever, with waves of alcohol and drug addicted patients as well as patients like Betty, a widow suffering chest pain, frail and alone. And the stories of the geriatric ward–Gladys and older patients like her–show the plight of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Goodreads rating: 4.16

Another recommendation from a friend, after explaining how much I enjoyed Adam Kay’s This Is Going To Hurt. Hospital settings have always been strangely comforting for me (I know many people hate hospitals for obvious reasons), so I am looking forward to reading more about the inner workings of a hospital and hopefully feel moved and uplifted as I read this book.

Perks Of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky 

Synopsis: The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

Goodreads rating: 4.20

Being my friend’s favourite book and after never reading it or seeing the film, this is another book I have been told I must read. This book isn’t something I would normally reach for, but it’s widely popular for a reason right?!

Educated – Tara Westover 

Synopsis: Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her “head-for-the-hills bag”. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father’s junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. The family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. She taught herself enough mathematics and grammar to be admitted to Brigham Young University, where she studied history, learning for the first time about important world events like the Holocaust and the civil rights movement. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge. Only then would she wonder if she’d travelled too far – if there was still a way home.

Goodreads rating: 4.49

After listening to Tara Westover on Elizabeth Day’s podcast, How To Fail, I immediately ordered this book from Amazon. The story of Tara seems unbelievable and books that give me a window into another person’s world, a life so completely different from my own, is the kind of book I absolutely adore to read.

Lolita – Vladimir Nabokov  

Synopsis: Humbert Humbert – scholar, aesthete and romantic – has fallen completely and utterly in love with Lolita Haze, his landlady’s gum-snapping, silky skinned twelve-year-old daughter. Reluctantly agreeing to marry Mrs Haze just to be close to Lolita, Humbert suffers greatly in the pursuit of romance; but when Lo herself starts looking for attention elsewhere, he will carry her off on a desperate cross-country misadventure, all in the name of Love. Hilarious, flamboyant, heart-breaking and full of ingenious wordplay, Lolita is an immaculate, unforgettable masterpiece of obsession, delusion and lust. 

Goodreads rating: 3.89

I recently listened to a podcast episode of The High Low where they were discussing books that would not be published anymore in today’s age. The used Lolita as a classic example of a book that would not be published now-a-day’s, due to the plot being about a man who is in love with a 12-year-old.

Lolita is a book that completely pushes boundaries, so of course, I have to read it.

What are you reading at the moment? Anything juicy I need to read?