Top Ten Tuesday: Books I REALLY Want To Be Reading But I Can’t

I’m a terrible book reviewer.

I currently cannot seem to finish a book that I’m reading for fun. I’ve been reading Slaughterhouse Five for WEEKS, and despite the fact I really like it, I haven’t been able to finish it.


Because my brain is totally fried from uni and work. Hence… not a huge amount of book reviewing has been done. I’m super frustrated by it, but I just can’t seem to get my head into things not related to my thesis work.

So here is my list of books I really wish I were reading, but I’m not.

I’m sorry, my lovely, wonderful, ever present and beautiful readers (and to my lovely books!)! I love you and I’m sorry for letting you down so badly!

I’ll do better as soon as I can!

1. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

I’ve been dying to read this book since September. It’s also one of my boyfriend’s favourites, so he keeps telling me to get onto it… I really need to! Maybe once I’ve recovered from Slaughterhouse Five.

2. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I’ve heard nothing but good things about this novel, and it will be my first Adichie! I love the premise and I’m pretty sure I’ll be a huge fan!

3. Emily of New Moon by L.M Montgomery

So many childhood memories for this book- I remember it being like Anne, but darker.

4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

I have to read this for the Gregory Peck-a-long with Kirsty from The Literary Sisters, but I’ve been stalling badly. I’m feeling more up to the challenge, since I just got given a lovely new copy of it!

5. Summer Crossing by Truman Capote

Capote… how I adore you. I bought this recently and will definitely give it a read as soon as I can. It’s nice and little so shouldn’t be too difficult (I hope!)

6. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

I need to read this! I’ve been dying to since early this year, but just haven’t gotten around to it.

7. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

I’ve been meaning to get into this for EVER. I love Anne, so I’m 90% sure this book will rock the free world, as it damn well should. Anne Bronte is such a babe.

8. Life, the Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams

I saw a negative review by someone who “didn’t understand” the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so it awoke my desire to jump back into this amazing, slightly insane universe where nothing makes sense BECAUSE THE UNIVERSE MAKES NO SENSE.

9. Mrs de Winter by Susan Hill

I asked the aforementioned Kirsty what book I should buy. She gave me a list and this one was on it. I love Du Maurier and I love ghosts. This is definitely what I need in my life. It came in the mail the other day and it looks AMAZING.

10. Thornwood House by Anna Romer

I happened to pick this up in Kmart back in January, but have been spooked by it’s size (I’ve been a very sizeist reader lately) I know people who absolutely loved it and she’s been compared to Kate Morton, so it’s likely this will be a big hit with me.


17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I REALLY Want To Be Reading But I Can’t

    • Woohoo! So much Sense and Sensibility love! I read Agnes Grey and really liked it and I’ve heard Tenant is even better, so I’m super excited!

  1. My brain is currently fried too! Don’t force it. It’ll come back. 🙂 Also, Sense & Sensibility is the best.

    • I hope so! I’m really over feeling so fried! It happened at the end of last semester too, but I recovered by reading lots of trashy silly books… maybe I need to get into some more Highland romances 😉
      I’ve loved two of the three Austens I’ve read, so I’m excited for it!!

  2. Haha I tried Hitchhiker, and I’m one of the ones who doesn’t get it. Well, I get it, but the nonsensical makes my brain hurt, I need structure and logic people!!

    Orwell is one I want to read (want to read Slaughterhouse Five too).And I went on an Adichie binge! I have three of her books now. I think she only has three out actually… Looking forward to them to diversify my reading a little, and after We Should All Be Feminists, I love her anyways. Emily sounds interesting, I guess it’s Anne who always gets the attention! Sense and Sensibility is on THAT list I’ll get to someday. As for Capote, I wanted to read Breakfast at Tiffany’s after enjoying the movie… War and Peace? I’ll leave that one for you 😀 R x

    My TTT:

    • Oh dear, we can no longer talk 😉
      I thought she had four, but I can’t think of the other one so I must have imagined it!
      Emily and Charlotte get all the attention, poor Anne is left by the wayside because Charlotte got jealous of her popularity and vetoed further publication of her books… justified it by saying she was taking the moral high ground. Such a cow!
      Ohhh Breakfast at Tiffany’s is totally different to the movie (which I love too)… it got totally Hollywoodised and the essence of the thing changed completely. I do recommend it, but go in knowing that they’re two different animals completely!
      I’ll let you know how War and Peace goes 😉

      • 😥

        I think I’m glad to hear that Breakfast at Tiffany’s (the book) is different to the movie. While I did enjoy the movie, I’m glad I’ll be going into the story fresh! R x

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