Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

books on my tbr i'm avoiding reading

I’m a heavy procrastinator, alright. Reading books is not an exemption. Here’s a list of books I’ve been meaning to read. Every year these books manage to get a slot on my TBR.

Anna Karenina and War and Peace Leo Tolstoy

These two masterpieces are really difficult to read. Not only they are long, they also involve characters whose names that are hard to pronounce and remember.

1984 George Orwell

You can read anything about 1984 when you Google dystopian novels. Before I even read it, I already know that the protagonist betrayed the woman he loves and chose Big Brother. What a spoiler! It was inspired from the Russian novel We by Yevgeny Zamyatin which I’ve read just a few months ago. Going through a similar plot does seem quite enjoyable, so I’ve decided (again) to read it next year.

The Stand Stephen King

The Stand is Stephen King’s longest novel. It’s a lame excuse but I’m putting off reading it because of its massiveness. I’ve read It in July and while I was reading in bed, I accidentally dropped it on my face. Imagine how painful that is.

Artemis Fowl series Eoin Colfer


Artemis Fowl is my ultimate favorite children’s fantasy series. Sorry, Potterheads! Artemis is a boy genius criminal mastermind who steals from fairies. Each book is fast-paced, funny and heartwarming. In each installment you will witness how he grows older, wiser and kinder. Like finishing other good books, completing this series might feel like losing a friend.

BBC’s Big Read Top 100

This might be a little ambitious but for many years now, I’ve been ticking off titles from BBC Top 100 books. So far, I’ve finished 31. What I’ve been avoiding are the difficult and long ones.

 

That’s all for my entry for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. TTT is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Share you entries in the comment section below. I would love to know your entries as well.

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Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone | Top Ten Tuesday

***ROMANCE***

I seldom enjoy books from the romance genre but these three books are not just run-of-the-mill romantic novels.

Perhaps it was Emilia Clarke’s astounding performance as Louisa in the movie adaptation that convinced me to read the book.

Bernières intertwined history and romance in Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. This is what I loved in his work. Some chapters of the books are dedicated to the Greek Island of Cephalonia. Reading these parts of the books are quite enjoyable and informative.

A friend recommended to me The Time Traveler’s wife a few years ago. I fell in love with it instantly.


Me Before You
Jojo Moyes

ISBN 9780143124542
Publisher: Penguin Books
Romantic Comedy
369 pages

 


Captain Corelli’s Mandolin
Louis de Bernières

ISBN 9780679763970
Publisher: Vintage
Historical Romance
437 pages

 

 

 


The Time Traveler’s Wife
Audrey Niffenegger

ISBN 9781939126016
Publisher: Zola Books
Publication Date: 20 June 2019
Science Fiction, Romance
500 pages

 

 

 

***CLASSICS AND GOTHIC NOVELS***

I do not not like classics. I do love many of them but for a person like me who grew up in a non-English speaking country, reading classical literature is a huge task. Tess of the D’Urbervilles and Wuthering Heights were written in 1891 and 1845, respectively. They are two of my favorite classic and also the most difficult reads for me.


Tess of the D’Urbervilles
Thomas Hardy

ISBN 9780141439594
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Classical literature, Tragedy
518 pages

 

 

 


Wuthering Heights
Emily Brontë

ISBN 9780393978896
Publisher: Norton
Classical literature, Tragedy, Gothic fiction
464 pages

 

 

 


Rebecca
Daphne du Maurier

ISBN 9780316323703
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company
Romantic Suspense, Gothic fiction
449 pages

I borrowed Rebecca from a local library near my school when I was a junior. It had a pink hardcover and a missing sleeve. I didn’t know the premise of the novel and at the time I haven’t heard anything about du Maurier either.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
J.K. Rowling

ISBN 9780439554930
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
322 pages

J.K. Rowling changed my perception of witches forever. Before Harry Potter, my idea of a witch is an old hag with a devilish cackle who when provoked can magically transform you into a rat.  In Harry Potter however, a witch can also be good. And good always triumphs.

 

***THE MILLENNIUM TRILOGY***

Snow

The Millenium Trilogy

Steig Larsson

Crime Fiction, Mystery
Publisher: Knopf

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
ISBN 9780307269751
465 pages
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
ISBN 9780307269997
563 pages
The Girl Who Played with Fire
ISBN 9780439554930
Publisher: Scholastic Inc
322 pages
Crime fiction is my least favorite genre. It’s quite surprising that I ended up enjoying the whole series. Steig Larsson intertwined Lisbeth is my all-time favorite female protagonist. Not only is she a computer genius and a strong fighter, but her best quality is also compassion. Albeit her violent past concerning his father and the recent abuse of her guardian, she never failed to express her love to the persons who are important to her.

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The Bridge of Little Jeremy by Indrajit Garai | Book Review


The Bridge of Little Jeremy
Indrajit Garai

ISBN: 9781987423617
Publication Date: 17 March 2019
Domestic Fiction
278 pages
3star


Blurb

Jeremy’s mother is about to go to prison for their debt to the State. He is trying everything within his means to save her, but his options are running out fast. 

Then Jeremy discovers a treasure under Paris. 

This discovery may save his mother, but it doesn’t come for free. And he has to ride over several obstacles for his plan to work. 

Meanwhile, something else is limiting his time.

Review

Stories have been written to show how far a mother would go for her child. The Bridge of Little Jeremy is one rare gem that tells a story of a son’s love to his mother. While love and family is the central theme of the novel, several issues were touched including single parenthood, the effect of social to media to growing up, and health care.

Despite being only twelve years old, Jeremy understands the sacrifices of his mother. They both have to contend with his heart condition and finances. Unbeknownst to his mother, Jeremy has been selling his paintings to save up money for the most difficult situations. When he discovers a damaged painting locked up for many years inside their home, he resolved to restore it in order to save his mother from imprisonment.

Set in Paris, the beautiful landscape resonates the beauty of family, love and resilience. Indrajit’s descriptions of Paris, where Jeremy walks around are like a view of a colorful painting–vivid, playful and very much alive. It was enjoyable going through the pages when Jeremy and Leon explores different places in Paris.

The Bridge of Little Jeremy is quite delightful read, albeit being slow in some parts. But it is easily forgivable because of its powerful message.

Other Books by Indrajit Garai

The Sacrifice

The Eye Opener

Techniques D’ayurveda Pour Votre Bien Être Quotidien: Ses Effets Sur Le Corps Et Le Mental: Thérapie Manuelle, Hygiène De Vie Et Yoga, Épices Et Huiles Essentielles

Renaître du stress par le yoga et l’ayurveda

The Seeker of Well-Being: Retrieve Balance in Accordance with Self

Inspirational and Thought-Provoking Book Quotes | Top Ten Tuesday: 30 April

Books are a great source of inspiration. Indeed, they are the most constant and honest friends and best advisers. On my darkest days it is from books that I get solace and in happy days they provide me so much enjoyment. Reading helped me understand myself more and evaluate my place in the world.

Be inspired by these passages I curated from some of my favorite reads.

ON SADNESS, The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

the english patient

ON TRUTH, 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

MURAKAMI

ON LIFE AND SACRIFICE, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

neil gaiman

ON LIFE AND LIVING, A Tiny Bit Marvelous by Dawn French

dawn french

ON LIFE, Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

banana yoshimoto

ON LOVE, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis Bernieres

CORELLI'S MANDOLIN

ON SELF-WORTH, A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

 

a game of thrones

ON SELF-CONFIDENCE, Audition by ryu murakami

on hope,the hunger games by suzanne collins

ON personal struggles,The sun is also a star by nicola yoon

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Every Tuesday participants create a post using the pre-assigned topic. List of topics for the upcoming weeks can be found here.

 

 

 

 

Enduring Love by Ian McEwan |Quotable Quotes: On Love

Sputnik Sweet Heart by Haruki Murakami | Quotable Quotes: On Love

Pride and Prejudice and Passports by Corrie Garrett

Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Classic retelling,

Number of pages: 268

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ 


Our beloved Jane Austen classic gets a retelling in Pride and Prejudice and Passports. The story is set in the 2016 election that led to Trump becoming US President. Elisa is a US born Latina. Her parents are undocumented and her older sister Noa is a dreamer. As the election looms near, they become more weary of the threat of their family being torn apart.

Continue reading “Pride and Prejudice and Passports by Corrie Garrett”

StarTalk: Where Science, Pop Culture and Comedy Converge | Top Ten Tuesday –26 March: Audio Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. TODAY’S TOPIC IS AUDIO FREEBIE SO I’ve decided to highlight my most favorite PODCAST episodes of StarTalk.

Neil Degrasse Tyson: Our Personal Astrophysicist

StarTalk is a podcast hosted by Neil Degrasse Tyson where science, pop culture and comedy converge. Neil frequently invites to StarTalk popular personalities like Katy Perry, Morgan Freeman, Neil Armstrong, and many others from different professions. Questions from the audience are also answered in its segment called Cosmic Queries.

Neil Degrasse Tyson himself wrote science books that bring science closer to the non-scientific community. Here in StarTalk he shares his passion for science and fear of the lack of scientific knowledge of world leaders and teachers and what to do about them.

I guess that’s enough introduction so let’s jump in to my top ten favorite episodes of StarTalk.



The Science Behind “Game of Thrones”

Season 8   Episode 26 | July 14, 2017


Isaac Hempstead Wright speaks about his growing up years while playing his role as Bran Stark in Game of Thrones. Find out how many digits of the number Pi he can dictate. What parts of the of the hit series are real and where the unreal parts are inspired from. DIRE WOLVES ARE REAL!!!!?!

Living in Space, with Scott Kelly

Season 9 Episode 46 | December 7, 2018

In this episode Scott Kelly retells his early life as an underachiever and how he became a naval aviator, test pilot and eventually an astronaut. Listen as he recounts his experiences in one year in space. This episode is a great inspiration to all because it emphasizes that one’s success doesn’t not necessarily depend on his academic performance.

First Man-Celebrating Neil Armstrong

Season 9 episode 39 | October 19, 2018

Watching The First Man is not an excuse to miss out this episode.
Mike Massimino and Neil DeGrasse Tyson talks about the movie and how accurately it portrayed Neil Armstrong. Listen to Neil Armstrong himself describe what beauty he saw during his lunar landing. You’ll also find out here what made him a great mission commander.

Cosmic Queries: Office Hours

Season 8 Episode 37 | September 29, 2017

Listen to Neil and Chuck Nice talk about the most fundamental and important questions in science. Are we alone in the universe? What are stardusts? Would people be more interested to science if TV and movies didn’t portray them as bad characters?

StarTalk All-Stars at NY Comic Con: The Science of Science Fiction

Season 2 Episode 35 | September 12, 2017


Listen to Emily Rice and Chuck Nice discuss with Neil DeGrasse Tyson the real science in science fiction including AI, living in exoplanets and and the future of science in medicine. My favorite part of this episode is the panel discussion where the audience asked great questions. Discussion also led to the topic of dangers of AI. What is more fearsome, sentient AIs or human deliberately creating evil AI? Find out in this podcast.

My Week in Books | WWW Wednesday: 20 March

Today I’ve decided to participate in WWW Wednesday. This weekly meme is hosted by Sam. Rules are simple: Answer the three questions below and share your link to
TAKING ON A WORLD OF WORDS.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Her oval face was beautiful in the extreme, her every feature finely chiseled and exquisite, her eyes large and lustrous and her head surmounted by a mass of coal black, waving hair, caught loosely into a strange yet becoming coiffure. Similar in face and figure to women of Earth, she was nevertheless a true Martian–and prisoner of the fierce green giants who held me captive, as well!

Description from Goodreads

I have always loved the classics. The very first novel I read is a classic and I have been reading classics since then. I also have a fascination with science fiction. I chose to read A Princess of Mars because it’s a sci-fi classic. The Barsoom series inspired sci-fi writers like Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein and Arthur Clarke. I sure would not want to miss an influential book.

The Pianist by Wladyslaw Szpilman

The last live broadcast on Polish Radio, on September 23, 1939, was Chopin’s Nocturne in C# Minor, played by a young pianist named Wladyslaw Szpilman, until his playing was interrupted by German shelling. It was the same piece and the same pianist, when broadcasting resumed six years later. The Pianist is Szpilman’s account of the years inbetween, of the death and cruelty inflicted on the Jews of Warsaw and on Warsaw itself, related with a dispassionate restraint borne of shock. Szpilman, now 88, has not looked at his description since he wrote it in 1946 (the same time as Primo Levi’s If This Is A Man?; it is too personally painful. The rest of us have no such excuse.

Goodreads description

I would like to read more non-fiction and biographies this year. What influenced me to read Szpilman’s memoir is Roman Polanski’s 2002 movie adaptation. Adrien Brody’s performance was staggering and the movie was so heart-breaking.

Szpilman had nothing to eat for so many days when a German soldier made him play the piano. I can’t forget the scene moments before this when the shot shows a can rolling across the floor. It broke my heart.

Recently finished

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

A tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave the author the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

Goodreads description

The Glass Castle is Jeannette Walls’s recollection of her childhood and a testimony about her roots she kept hidden for many years.

We by Yevgeni Zamyatin

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The exhilarating dystopian novel that inspired George Orwell’s 1984 and foreshadowed the worst excesses of Soviet Russia

Goodreads description

It’s claustrophobic and scary. Everyone should read this book at least once. The grim ending was superb.

To read next

Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.

Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens’ ways are strange and frightening…again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery…and the truth.

Description from Goodreads

It’s the second book of the Ender’s Game Series. I’ve read the first book last year and have seen the movie as well. There’s no reason not to read its sequel.

Descendants of the Crane by Joan He

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, dreaming of an unremarkable life. But when her beloved father is found dead, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of a surprisingly unstable kingdom. What’s more, Hesina believes that her father was murdered—and that the killer is someone close to her.

Description from Goodreads

Release of Descendants of the Crane was pushed back a week later than it’s original publication date. I requested for an ARC from Edelweiss before its release in the 9th of April. If I don’t get approved, I’ll just buy a copy and put it at the bottom of my TBR list. Twitter is also buzzing about Joan He’s debut novel. I can’t help but be curious. I’m supporting Asian authors as well so I decided to read her book and share my opinions to other readers.


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