Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Annotated TBR #1

(I came across this idea on Badass Romance.)

There are dozens of books on my shelf that I've been meaning to read for ages. Most of them are from freshman year, when I discovered the thrill of secondhand bookstores on campus. These bookstores had carefully curated selections of more highbrow/intellectual-sounding authors, all these paperbacks with tasteful cover art and great reviews.

Here are some I've been intending to read since the beginning of 2015:

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susannah Clarke
Marie Antoinette: The Journey by Antoine Fraser
Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis de Bernieres
Jane Eyre
The Once and Future King
The Life and Times of Akhnaton
Sense and Sensibility
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now by Maya Angelou
Sherlock Holmes Volume 1

And here are some I specifically picked out for June:

At the start of the year I planned to reread Roald Dahl in June. Maybe just Matilda or Fantastic Mr. Fox or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, one of his iconic works. Probably supplemented with a little progress on his biography, Storyteller by Donald Sturrock.

I've always been curious about Never Let Me Go, and the Long Distance Book Club decided on this for June. Now I kind of regret not buying any of the secondhand copies I came across over the years.

From the books I owned previously:
Tracy Chevalier is always an easy-ish read, complex but uncomplicated, if that makes sense. I should finally finish Burning Bright.
I've had Marie Antoinette: The Journey and Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell on shelf for at least five years. Time to make some real progress.

F. Scott Fitzgerald, ano na? I made my friend choose between Tender is the Night, The Beautiful and Damned, and This Side of Paradise for the next LDBC book, and she picked the first one.

One Filipino book for this month! Hopefully Sixty-Six.

Plus, of course, whatever e-books strike my fancy.

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