The Friday Five… Books On My TBR I’m Desperate To Read

I probably have nearly 100 books on my full TBR, but there are some that I’m hoping to get read before the end of 2018. Read on for my TBR top 5, why I want to read them, ‘blurbs’ (or just some sort of extra or synopsis) and ant bloggers that inspired me to add them to my list.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

book28Blurb: Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she’s the most important person in the whole world. She is.

Anthony Carter doesn’t think he would ever be in a worse place than Death Row. He’s wrong.

FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming. It is.

From book cover.

Why I want to read it: My mum suggested the novel to me and it sounds like a great plot. Right now I’m craving something long, and with 1008 pages and two sequels it’s going to keep me occupied for some time!

There’s also a TV adaptation due, so I definitely want to get it read before then!

Vox by Christina Dalcher

book29Blurb: On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than one hundred words per day, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial. This can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her.

This is just the beginning…

Soon women are not permitted to hold jobs. Girls are not taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words each day, but now women have only one hundred to make themselves heard.

…not the end.

For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

From Amazon.

Why I want to read it: I read a review of it from Kristin Kraves Books and the review made it sound brilliant. I love utopia/dystopia novels, after doing a whole module on it and reading all the way from Plato to today I’m always interested in finding another one!

Inspired by: Kristin Kraves Books

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

book30Blurb: In 1914, Joey, a young farm horse, is sold to the army and thrust into the midst of the war on the Western Front. With his officer, he charges towards the enemy, witnessing the horror of the frontline. But even in the desolation of the trenches, Joey’€™s courage touches the soldiers around him.

From Michael Morpurgo’s website.

Why I want to read it: I loved watching the stage show a few years ago and Ben has booked tickets for March for my Birthday. The stage show is amazing visually, but the story is also incredibly touching. I don’t remember if I ever got around to reading the book so I want to give it a read before March.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

book31Blurb: Grace Mae is already familiar with madness when family secrets and the bulge in her belly send her to an insane asylum–but it is in the darkness that she finds a new lease on life. When a visiting doctor interested in criminal psychology recognizes Grace’s brilliant mind beneath her rage, he recruits her as his assistant. Continuing to operate under the cloak of madness at crime scenes allows her to gather clues from bystanders who believe her less than human. Now comfortable in an ethical asylum, Grace finds friends–and hope. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who will bring her shaky sanity and the demons in her past dangerously close to the surface.

Why I want to read it: Another one inspired by a book review! I think it just sounds brilliant, dark enough to keep me on edge but (hopefully) not enough to have me checking behind the shower curtain!

Inspired by: Belle of the Library

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

book32Blurb: In 1949 four Chinese women, recent immigrants to San Francisco, meet weekly to play mahjong and tell stories of what they left behind in China. United in loss and new hope for their daughters’ futures, they call themselves the Joy Luck Club. Their daughters, who have never heard these stories, think their mothers’ advice is irrelevant to their modern American lives – until their own inner crises reveal how much they’ve unknowingly inherited of their mothers’ pasts.

From Amazon.

Why I want to read it: I enjoy reading about different experiences and cultures. The differences between countries, the treatment of immigrants and the difficulties of belonging to multiple cultures is fascinating and eye opening. I think the different experiences of the women and their daughters will be really interesting.

Inspired by: Taking on a World of Words from Sam A. Stevens




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