Three Books On My TBR List

03/03/2016 Lists, Reading 21

Three Books On My TBR ListThese days I seem to be absolutely flying through books. Gone are the days of my crawling reading pace (as I discussed in this post), and I think this is largely due to the fact I still don’t have any internet at home. My primary source of entertainment these days is reading and writing, and so it turns out having no internet is a pretty good way of being more productive (even if it is incredibly annoying!).

I now have a couple of books that I still need to review (The Other Queen by Phillipa Gregory and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater), and have copies of these three books all lined up and ready to go:

  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I’ve just started reading this book, and so far I’m loving it! I have kept seeing this book around the blogosphere for ages, but have only recently actually looked into what it’s about. I was pretty much sold from the minute I discovered it was a retelling of Cinderella where she’s a cyborg!

In the couple of chapters I’ve read so far I’m already impressed with the vividness of the world, and already really like the character of Cinder, so I have very high hopes for this book!

  • The Dwarves by Markus Heitz

Despite the fact it says ‘The International Fantasy Bestseller’ on the front, I hadn’t actually heard of this book until I saw it in Waterstones. Personally I love nothing more than a good, chunky fantasy epic and this book seems to fit the bill: it follows the story of dwarf Tungdil who was brought up in the world of men, but must now reacquaint himself with his own people and deliver an important message.

I’ve never heard of anyone who has read this though, so I’ve no idea what the general opinion on it is (presumably it must be good if it’s a bestseller?), but it looks right up my street so I’m going to give it a go!

  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book has been in my sights for some time, but I was only prompted to finally buy it when one of my only real life bookish friends heavily recommended it to me. I’ve been wanting to try reading some more non-fiction for a while, and so what better way to start than to read a book all about creativity and inspiration?

So has anyone read any of these books? And what’s next on your reading list?

21 Responses to “Three Books On My TBR List”

  1. Sara

    I really enjoyed Cinder (though I felt it could have been a standalone with some tweaking). Not having internet is something we should all go through occasionally so we unplug and get into reading more 🙂

    • Laura

      I just finished Cinder and absolutely loved it! I’m glad you enjoyed it too (although I do agree it could have been a pretty good standalone if the ending was changed a little) 🙂
      Having no internet has definitely given me more time for reading, so it probably is quite a good thing to do every now and then 🙂

  2. nordie

    My reading seems to have slowed right down – despite having 90 minute train commute each weekday, I seem to be in the napping/listening to music phase at the moment. I only seem to be reading if I’m slurping at a bowl of ramen (despite complaints from the restaurant owner that “you’re always reading!” – we’ve known each other long enough that he can always find something to tell me off about).

    Unfortunately, I’ve not heard of any of the books above – I have other books on my tbr, too many to mention!

    • Laura

      I think reading speeds can definitely fluctuate, and I know I sometimes feel like reading less too. Just weeks ago I posted about how slowly I was reading, and now I’m flying through them, but that’s probably mostly because I’m internet-less!
      These three are all fairly new to my TBR list, so I should probably be reading some of the ones that have been there for ages, but these are the three I’m most excited to get to right now 🙂

  3. Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    Ah, Markus Heitz! It’s so exciting to see his books appear on blogs. I used to read a lot of his books in Dutch. If I’m not mistaken, he’s a German writer. And he has written many fantasy series about Dwarves, Elves and so on! I loved his books when I was young (and when I read them in Dutch), but I haven’t read a single one in years, and I’ve never read one in English. So I’m excited to see what you’ll think of it!

    • Laura

      Yeah, there looked to be loads of books by him (and loads in this dwarf series) so I’m really hoping I like this one because then I’ll have plenty to go at! It’s always great when you get to discover new authors, and I’d never heard of him, so it’s nice to hear from someone whose read something of his before 🙂

  4. Simone

    Cinder is amazing so hopefully you will completely fell in love with it. Scarlet, though, is even better so you have much to look forward to 😀
    Also, I’ve read Big Magic and it wasn’t that bad, but from all the nonfiction books I’ve read, this one didn’t work for me. But hopefully you will like it 🙂

    • Laura

      I just finished Cinder (I absolutely flew through it!) and it was amazing! I can’t wait to read Scarlet now 🙂
      I’m just starting Big Magic so I’ll have to see what it’s like 🙂

  5. Rosario

    Ah man the internet really is a blessing and a curse! when I really need to get things done, sometimes I emulate the whole no internet thing by switching everything into flight mode. Hopefully you will be able to fully return to internet realms soon!

    I really need to read Cinder, all the glowing reviews are getting to me and whilst I’m not a huge fairytale fan, the whole cyborg thing does seem like a pretty amazing twist, like all subversive and interesting!

    • Laura

      The internet really is a blessing and a curse! I’m kind of hoping that when I finally get it back I’ll have learnt to live without it for so long (it’s now been about six weeks I think) that I won’t use it quite so much and I’ll continue being super productive, but I imagine I’ll just be so excited to have it back I’ll be glued to it more than ever!
      I finished Cinder a couple of days ago and it really was AMAZING! It was like nothing else I’d read, so I really would recommend it.

  6. Alex

    First-time poster,

    I am very curious to read what you think of Dwarves. We I saw it in the books store I was also shocked that I had never heard of it. I have not read it. but the reviews I have read reach a positive conclusion but do so by referencing facts about the book that actually turn me away from it. Reviews (that I will not call out) refer to how it reminds them of the Lord of the Ring movie and outline a basic fish out of water/prodigal son returns home story line. I have found some of your other reviews insightful in how they reference character and story-telling structure. Can’t wait know what you think.

    • Laura

      I’ll definitely try and get a review up of it as soon as possible then!
      It does seem like it will be one of those Lord of the Rings type books where one chosen person must sets out on an epic quest, but I really like that type of thing, so I’m hoping that will mean I’ll like it. It would be interesting to see what you think though if that isn’t your kind of thing – maybe it will be different enough that you would like it?
      Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  7. Ari

    Cinder is at the top of my TBR list! I was a bit hesitant to pick it up because I never used to be overly interested in Sci-Fi, but I’ve heard so many wonderful things that I for sure want to give it a go!! Great post xx

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