It’s official. My TBR pile is out of control and there are now books everywhere in my apartment…including filling half my (still not unpacked) suitcase from my trip to Canada a few weeks ago. When your dad offers up anything you want off the family bookshelf you don’t say no!
I now literally embody the Japanese word ‘Tsundoku’, which can be translated as ‘to buy more books than one can read’. The word can be dated back to the Meija era (1868-1912), which is considered the very beginning of Modern Japan and comes from ‘tsunde’ (meaning ‘to stack things’) and ‘oku’ (meaning ‘to leave for a while’). It makes me feel slightly better knowing that I’m clearly not the only one who finds myself in this situation!
The conclusion is that two things are clear:
1. I need to buy another bookcase because I’m out of room
2. I need to step up my reading pace!
With that in mind, here’s May’s Book List:
Like a trusted and impossibly cool girlfriend, The Holiday Goddess Handbag Guide reveals the secrets of what women really want in four fabulous cities: Paris, London, New York and Rome. Born in a handbag from scribbled tips shared between goddesses whose adventures scattered them all over the world, it will take you where few women have been before. Follow Audrey Hepburn’s footsteps in Rome, delve into the secret diaries of shopaholics in New York, learn chiconomical secrets in Paris, rock out in London, discover where to eat, love and eat some more.
I love travel guides and this one is definitely outside the box. With the possibility of a trip to New York in the not so distant future I’m intrigued to see if it will share secrets I’ve not heard before.
Riders by Jilly Cooper
Brooding hero Jake Lovell, under whose magic hands even the most difficult horse or woman is charmed, is driven by his loathing of the dashing darling of the show ring, Rupert Campbell-Black. Having pinched each other’s horses and drunk their way around the capitals of Europe, the feud between the two men finally erupts with devastating consequences at the Los Angeles Olympics . . .
Considering the fact that I spent years editing romantic fiction it’s more than a bit shameful that I can’t claim to have read anything by HBIC of romance, Jilly Cooper. Not anymore! I’m going back to the beginning to see what all the fuss is about. Not sure I’ll be reading it on the tube though…
Talon, Rogue and Soldier by Julie Kagawa
When forced to choose between the sinister Talon organisation and being hunted by her own kind, dragon-human hybrid Ember fled. Even if it meant losing Garret, the dragon-slaying soldier she shares a deep bond with. Now Garret has uncovered secrets that will shake the foundations of dragons and dragon-slayers alike. Can the danger reunite them?
The final chapter of the Talon Saga has been in my TBR pile since November but I keep skipping past it because I can’t just read it alone – I need to read it’s predecessors to remind myself of the story. Now’s the time though – I’m diving back into this angsty teenage drama about some normal teens who just happen to be dragons on the inside (rather than the normal dragon on the outside teens we all know and tolerate) It’s a semi-ridiculous concept but you can’t say it isn’t entertaining!
Henry: Virtuous Prince by David Starkey
Larger than life in every sense, Henry VIII was Britain’s most absolute monarch – but he was not born to rule. In this brilliantly readable history, David Starkey follows the promising young prince – a Renaissance man of exceptional musical and athletic talent – as he is thrust into the limelight after the death of his elder brother. His subsequent quest for fame was as obsessive as that of any modern celebrity, and his yearning for a male heir drove him into dangerous territory. The culmination of a lifetime’s research, David Starkey’s biography is an unforgettable portrait of the man behind the controversies, the prince turned tyrant who continues to tower over history.
With an MA in Early Modern History under my belt I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the Tudor era. The scandals, the history-making moments, the questionnable morals – it was one of the meatiest periods of British history! I’ve read other books by David Starkey including Crown and Country and the famous Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII, so am looking forward to seeing what he has to say about Henry himself.
Still to read from last month’s list: Team of Rivals and How England Made the English. The best laid plans and all that – sometimes you get distracted by other books and the list gets forgotten…
Happy reading, all!