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

The number of books on my TBR just keeps growing! Here are 5 more I’m excited to read, for another 5 see here, and if you have any suggestions of books to add let me know

It by Stephen King

book50Blurb: Derry, Maine is just an ordinary town: familiar, well-ordered for the most part, a good place to live.

It is a group of children who see – and feel – what makes Derry so horribly different. In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurks, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one’s deepest dread. Sometimes is appears as an evil clown named Pennywise and sometimes IT reaches up, seizing, tearing, killing . . .

Time passes and the children grow up, move away and forget. Until they are called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirs and coils in the sullen depths of their memories, emerging again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

Why I want to read it: I HATE horror movies, but I’m still fascinated enough to risk sleeping with the lights on!

Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks

book51Blurb: A novel of overwhelming emotional power, Birdsong is a story of love, death, sex and survival.

Stephen Wraysford, a young Englishman, arrives in Amiens in northern France in 1910 to stay with the Azaire family, and falls in love with unhappily married Isabelle. But, with the world on the brink of war, the relationship falters, and Stephen volunteers to fight on the Western Front.

His love for Isabelle forever engraved on his heart, he experiences the unprecedented horrors of that conflict – from which neither he nor any reader of this book can emerge unchanged.

(from Waterstones website)

Why I want to read it: This isn’t the type of book I’d normally read but I bought it for my A Level course and never ended up studying it. It’s been sitting on my shelf far too long and deserves to be read.

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

book52Blurb: Two women arrive in a village on the Spanish coast. Rose is suffering from a strange illness andher doctors are mystified. Her daughter Sofia has brought her here to find a cure with the infamous and controversial Dr Gomez – a man of questionable methods and motives. Intoxicated by thick heat and the seductive people who move through it, both women begin to see their lives clearly for the first time in years.

Through the opposing figures of mother and daughter, Deborah Levy explores the strange and monstrous nature of womanhood

(From Amazon)

Why I want to read it: I keep changing my mind over Hot Milk. I originally really wanted to read it but, there are a lot of mixed reviews out there. Part of me wants to read it just so I can fall on one side or the other.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

book53Blurb: During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.

What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?

Why I want to read it: It just sounds like a really interesting idea, and I know lots of people are reading it right now.

Inspired by: ok, I’ve seen this on a few different blogs and forgotten which ones so I’m sorry, but thank you for making me want to read it!

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman

book54Blurb: Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy–as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

Why I want to read it: It sounds like a really interesting book, I saw it on another blog and thought it’d be great to add to my TBR.

Inspired by: The wonderful Some Books and Paws