TBRs

October TBR

October! The month of readathons, the beginning of fall, my birthday month, and the month of loads of homework for uni. However, I’m so excited to read a lot of books this month! Now that my Goodreads 2017 goal is actually 2 books ahead, I want to challenge myself and read even more so I can have 5 books ahead of my goal. Sounds insane, but I don’t care. I’m ambitious!

I am also attending two readathons this month: Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon (which I’ve joined a long time ago) at the 21st, and MercysBookishMusings’s Autumn Readathon which will happen from 22nd to 29th October.

So here are the books I’m planning to read in October.

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (Kindle).

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I’m currently reading this novel on my Kindle and not loving it but not hating it. It’s definitely not as good as his other novel, Never Let Me Go, but then again this is so different in content and even writing style from each other, it’s hard to compare the two. I’m around 80% through, so I’m positive I will finish it this month. I will also write my thoughts about the book in my Goodreads and weekly/monthly wrap up, as usual!

Bumi Manusia by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

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An Indonesian literary classic, this first book in a four-book series is written a long time ago by a phenomenal author about the beginning of the Indonesian nation in the early 20th century. I haven’t started this yet but I’m planning on reading it on the first week of October. I have a goal to read at least one Indonesian book each month, and I’ve always wanted to read something by Pramoedya because it’s like one of the must-read books in Indonesian literature, and I’m ashamed to be an Indonesian who hasn’t read a famous classic!

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters (Kindle)

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I’m planning on reading this book that’s been everywhere in the bookish community lately, especially for the Dewey Readathon because I know it’s a very gothic, horror-y book that’ll keep me reading all day long. I’ve never read a book by Sarah Waters before, I initially wanted to start with Tipping the Velvet but I feel like this is an exciting one to read for the readathon.

The Swimming Pool by Louise Candlish.

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Another book I’m planning to read throughout the week in the readathon, also on the Saturday of the 24 hour readathon in case I get bored of the Sarah Waters book. This is a secondhand thriller novel I found in my local bookstore and since I’m lately in a thriller/mystery kick, I can’t wait to dive into it. I honestly have no expectations, I know thrillers like these are mostly a hit or miss and you really cannot judge whether it’ll be good merely from the cover and synopsis. So we’ll definitely see! I hope it’ll be fast-paced and exciting.

Postmortem by Patricia Cornwell (Kindle)

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The first book in the Kay Scarpetta detective series, Postmortem is about Kay Scarpetta, a medical examiner from the US. I’ve read one book from the series, the fifth book called The Body Farm which I really enjoyed, so I’m looking forward to actually read the first book in the series and then continue onwards from there. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get through this one this month, since normally I only read 3-4 books per month. But since I have a week-long readathon and a 24 hour readathon this month, I’m daring to dream!

If you’re interested to join the readathons I’m attending, go ahead and join! And don’t hesitate to share with me the books you’re planning to read in October. Happy reading!

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May Wrap Up and June TBR

Welcome back to Tea and Paperbacks! Sorry for the late wrap up, I’ve been reading and commenting on so many of your wrap up posts, and they all sound so exciting. I can’t believe it’s already June, I feel like May was quite a long month and not to mention productive in terms of reading. I started several books and finished quite a few. I also went on a vacation, which sort of reduces the time I spent reading but I also found that I read quite a lot on the plane and in between trips. But anyways, let’s just jump into the books and what I thought about them!

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Books Read in May

How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere: The Secrets to Good Communication by Larry King (buy)

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The thing about reading a book about talking and communication when you’re an introvert and hate social interactions, is that you know that you have to read it, but you just don’t want to. I think that despite of the fact that I was basically forced to read this book, this is a compact and well-written book. I’ve heard a lot about Larry King, my parents loved him and if there is a person that is most qualified to write a book about how to talk to people, it’s definitely him. The way he narrates this book is also great, I liked how he doesn’t show off the fact that he’s a good speaker and that he’s very experienced in that field, but he also gives great tips while also adding examples from his own personal experience here and there. The structuring of this book is also useful and quite informative without being all over the place and boring.

I think the main problem is from myself, the reader. I’m a person who dislikes talking to other people, I try to avoid small talk and social events of any kind. I don’t have a large social network, and I only talk when I’m spoken to. Which is a bad thing I guess, but I just don’t want to change. As I read this book, I definitely agree with all his tips and tricks. I do know I have to act like this and this, and consider this or that while on a social situation. The drawback is the fact that I will have to implement all of these things into real life, which I have anxiety even thinking about. So it’s definitely a process for me to be good at talking to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. For me, this book is excellent for newbies like me, it really adds an insight to me and next time I’m in a social situation, I will definitely bring back the things King mentioned in this book. That shows that this book might not make me a good communicator overnight, but I will definitely think about ways for me to improve in my life.

3 stars

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (buy)

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Wuthering Heights is one of those famous classic novels that has been on my list of books I want to read before I die, but never gotten round to. I finally plucked up the courage to pick it up! I loooved Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre back when I read it in high school, so I thought this should be similarly good!

Unfortunately, this was a miss for me. Firstly, it took me a super long time to finish. I’m not saying that books that take a long time to finish are bad, but for this book, I just would read around two chapters of it and immediately feel sleepy. I’d have to take a fifteen-minute nap first (most of the time I’m reading this while traveling so it’s perfectly possible for me to do this) and then continue. There was also a period of time of around 5-10 days where I left my Nook in my other bag and didn’t get the urge to read this book at all, which is never a good thing.

The language, as expected, was part of the problem. It was super slow and typically classic, which I wouldn’t mind on some novels as long as I enjoyed the characters and the plot. The other problem for me in this book is that I didn’t really like any of the characters, and the plot wasn’t that captivating for me either. The characters for me all felt very annoying and, though I usually like flawed characters, I felt sort of tired of both Catherines and their personalities. Not to mention the super irritating Heathcliff… Overall, added with the weird plot in which it was hard for me to differ between flashback, narration, or the story from Nelly, it wasn’t very enjoyable.

2.5 stars

Misery by Stephen King (buy)

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I flew through this novel during my trip to Athens. I looooved it! I loved how it’s so exciting and thrilling, and that you always can’t stop reading it. I was so engrossed in it while I was on the plane and at night after I was traveling around the city. A full review will be coming up soon. All in all, I really liked this book, and rated it 4 stars (possibly maybe even 4.5?), which gives me a nice and happy end to the string of previous not-so-good books I read.
4 stars

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Books I’m Currently Reading

The Good People by Hannah Kent

A book I’ve been dying to read after I read Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites, I bought a lovely edition of it at Rotterdam when I was visiting. It’s a historical fiction based on a true story about a widowed woman who has to live with her crippled grandson in Ireland, and how relationship with two other women connected to the boy. I started it around mid-May and right now I’m nearly finished with the book. So far it’s very interesting and captivating, it feels like reading a lyrical piece of literature, because Kent’s writing is just so beautiful. I am really engrossed in the characters and the story itself. It’s both creepy and beautiful, and I am loving it.

Mercy by Jodi Picoult

I picked this book up (metaphorically because it’s actually from my Kindle ehehe) because I have always wanted to read more books by Jodi Picoult. It’s been ages since I read My Sister’s Keeper, her most famous novel, and I absolutely loved that one. I also dipped into her collaboration novel with her daughter. Didn’t like that one, but I know that this novel will be good. I’m currently only 20% into the book but I love it so far.

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Books To Read in June

Other than my goals to finish the two books I’m currently reading, here are some nominations on books I want to read in June:

  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I’ve been adding this to my TBR for ages but never really picked it up. It’s already in my Kindle though, so as soon as I finish Mercy I will get on with this one.
  • Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton. Ever since my visit to Athens I really wanna read more about Greek mythology, other than the Percy Jackson series hahaha.
  • The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery. I’m really in the mood for something non-fiction but fun to read, and I love animals so I think this might be really interesting to read. I’ve already purchased this on Book Depository and I’m looking forward to reading it in June.
  • Night Film by Marisha Pessl. A book I’ve tried reading since last year, stopped midway through and never continued. I think June might be the time where I pick it up again.

What are the books you read in May and have you read the books I read or currently reading? Share your thoughts in the comments! Until next time!

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April Wrap Up and May TBR

April has gone by in a flash, and suddenly it’s already the first week of May! Last month I was quite busy with exams and projects, so as a result I only finished two novels in April. It wasn’t a very good reading month for me, but I can’t wait to share it with you. Here they are!

Books Read In April

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (buy)

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The Hidden Oracle is the first book in Rick Riordan’s new series set in the same Percy Jackson universe, but this time it’s focused on the god Apollo who was cursed to live as a teenage mortal by Zeus. Unfortunately I disliked this book. It was mostly because of the annoying main character. The plot was similar to Riordan’s other books I’ve known to love, filled with action and hilarious moments and sometimes even touching ones. However the character just bugged me and in the end I did finish the book, though it got heavier and heavier as I continued to read it.

2 stars

Mr Fox by Helen Oyeyemi (buy)

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One of the books I saw a lot in the online book community, this novel is a magical story focusing on three characters, Mr Fox, his wife and Mary Foxe. It’s a combination of stories, a lot like a collection of short stories that are related to each other. I liked the writing and the idea itself, but I sort of felt detached as I was reading it. After I finished it, I found that I couldn’t really relate to the characters and I forgot most of what actually happened in the book. I guess it’s just not for me.

2.5 stars

Books I’m Currently Reading

How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere by Larry King (buy)

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This non fiction book is definitely not something I had been planning to pick up, or something that I am usually interested in. But I found that I’m such an introvert that at social situations, I will be just left standing alone in the corner and not talking to anyone, especially in large groups. And since my boyfriend is a public speaker and a psychology major, he nudged me to read this to improve my social skills. I’m around 40% into it.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (buy)

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I was in the mood for a classic, and I realized that it’s been ages since I read one. I decided to read a book by Bronte, since I read Jane Eyre when I was in high school and loved it, and I figured I’d enjoy a novel by another Bronte sister. I’m already around 60% through the book. It was a little slow and hard to get into in the beginning, but I began to know the characters and know who is who after a while. So far the story is okay, and the characters aren’t very lovable, but it’s quite interesting so far.

Books To Read in May

  • The Good People by Hannah Kent. I bought this book recently and since then I’ve been dying to read it!
  • Something by John Grisham. It’s been ages since I’ve read a John Grisham book, I used to love them because his paperbacks were everywhere at home since my mom loved him so much. So I think I’m gonna give him another go, I just love a fast-paced, intriguing law thriller.

So those are the books I read, currently reading, and planning on reading! I don’t have a very set TBR since I don’t know if I’ll be able to read much this month, what with university, my social life, and also going traveling for a week in the middle of May. But wish me luck, and hopefully the books I read in the next month will also be better and more enjoyable.

Comment on this post about your thoughts on the books I read and whether you think I’ll like the books I’m currently reading. Talk to you in my next post!

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