Saturday, 2 March 2013

March TBR!

This is my first month taking part in Jenn's Monthly TBR meme and I'm quite excited about it. You know that I'm kind of a fan of photos of piles of books, and since I'm trying to keep myself at least vaguely on track with my challenge reading (for updates, see here and here) it kind of makes sense to do this I think. 

So here's my pile for March. Once again, I'm being ridiculously ambitious, especially considering that I have My Life in France by Julia Child and Wild by Cheryl Strayed to finish before the end of February (I'm writing this on Wednesday but won't publish it till Saturday, because I'm logical like that... :-/

You might recognize some of these from my February post. I had a bit of a library problem the past couple of months and that coupled with my slow reading pace at the moment has led to a bit of a backlog!! 
Anway, here's my pile. There are a few that I absolutely must read this month and some which it would just be nice to get to. 
Books in the pile are:

  • The Library Book - I've been reading this collection of essays about the awesomeness that is libraries for at least a month now and I really have to finish it this month! I've made huge amounts of notes and written down a load of quotes so I'm a little scared of actually writing a review...
  • The Fire Gospel by Michel Faber - from the Canongate Myth series, so it would be nice to read it and tick another one off of the list, but if I don't get to it, I will someday.
  • The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit - Childhood favourite and part of my Year of Reading Edith Nesbit challenge, for which I've yet to read a single book. It's time to get started, so this one is a must read. 
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor is another childhood favourite and was the book I got for the Classics Club spin, so again this must be read!
  • The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald I need to read for Allie's Modernist March event, and I have to say it's probably the book I'm most excited about this month.
  • A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris - a book of short stories I've had out of the library for the past month. I might try to read a story a day or something to get it done as I really do love Joanne Harris' writing and want to read it!
  • Brave Old World by Tom Hodgkinson - I've had a bit of a relapse into my self-sufficiency obsession lately and found this in the library. It basically goes through a year and each month he talks about something different. Subjects range from wood chopping, hen keeping and bee keeping through to my favourite, December, 'feasting'. 
  • The Poisoned Island by Lloyd Shepherd - this was a surprise which turned up on my doorstep from Simon & Schuster this month and I need to be better about reading review copies, so I plan to start here. The storyline sounds really interesting and I'm looking forward to it. 
  • Cleaving by Julie Powell - I'd like to get this read too as it would follow on nicely from My Life in France, being the second memoir by the Julie of Julie & Julia, but who knows. 
I also need to read a graphic novel for the challenge this month but I forgot to put it in the photo! I'm thinking one of the Neil Gaiman's that I have but haven't read, so either Eternals, Midnight Days, Black Orchid, or Mr. Punch. 

I always wonder why it is that I can't limit myself to a reasonable number of books per month, but I think that if I could my blog would probably be a lot less interesting!


  1. I think I might have to get me a copy of The Library Book. It was apparently in the library when I went the other week, but rather ironically, I couldn't find it. A library book called The Library Book that I couldn't find amongst all the books in the library. Brilliant.

    Yay book pile photos! :D

  2. I'm excited that you are participating in my meme! Looks like you have a great stacks of books (though I've only heard of The Beautiful and Damned.

    I am often overly ambitious in reading. I'm going to try to finish both War and Peace and The Count of Monte Cristo by the end of April along with a staggering pile of review and library loans. What am I thinking??

    Wish you luck this month and am excited to see what you get read.

  3. That's an impressive stack of books to get through. I hope you enjoy them all.

    Tanya Patrice

  4. Can't wait for your review of The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I've long wanted to read it but somehow never get to borrow it from my library.

  5. Great list! I can't wait to see what you think of the Fitzgerald book. I've only read The Great Gatsby by him and on the lookout for another good one by him.

    I think compiling a big, unrealistic pile of books to read in a month is part of the fun! And it can be really motivating :-) Good luck this month!