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Saturday, 9 November 2019

End of Year TBR

I'm not usually one to create a to-be-read (TBR) list, as I have a habit of picking anything but the books I intended to. However, with the end of the year fast approaching (I mean, where did the summer go), I've decided to make a list of some of the books I have on my shelves that I want to read before 2020 hits. I'm still going to leave room for mood reading, but here are five titles that I'd love to get to this year.

Circe - Madeline Miller
I will fully admit that I first purchased Circe because of the gorgeous cover - sometimes you can't help but judge a book by its cover. However, since purchasing it, I've heard amazing things about the novel. It draws on Greek mythology, giving a story to Circe, the daughter of a Greek god. She discovers that she has the power of witchcraft but is then banished to a deserted island by Zeus. We then see how she copes living in isolation and the different Greek mythology characters she meets along the way. I can't wait to pick this up, as it sounds so intriguing but also vastly different to what I would usually pick up.
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
Next up, a piece of historical fiction. I adore historical fiction, loving having the opportunity to deep dive into the past. I particularly enjoy World War Two fiction, which The Nightingale is. It seems to have been really popular since its release, however it's been one that has just sat on the bookshelf, waiting for its time to shine. Opening in France in 1939, the novel follows two sisters who have very different experiences of the war. I can't wait to see the different effects the war had on people's lives. I have heard that this one is a bit of a tear-jerker, so I'll have to make sure that I'm emotionally prepared for that!
The Wife Between Us - Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
This is a mystery thriller, which I love reading in the latter half of the year. I read An Anonymous Girl by the same author duo at the beginning of the year as part of Beth's Book Club, and I really enjoyed it, so knew that I wanted to pick up their first release. Jump forward a few months, and I picked this up at my monthly book swap with my blogging pals - Tanya practically thrust it upon me, singing its praises, so I can't wait to get to this. I don't know too much about this one, which is how I like to go into thrillers, but I know there's a woman, her ex-husband and his new, younger wife - just knowing that is enough to grab my attention!
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle - Stuart Turton
Another book that I have meant to read for the longest time. It's been really popular this year, and sounds really interesting. Set in a country house, this one sounds like a game of Cluedo. As fireworks go off, Evelyn Hardcastle is shot and killed. But, she doesn't just die once - the day will repeat and she will keep dying until party guest Aiden can solve the murder. But just to throw an extra spanner in the works, every day, he wakes in a new body and has to start the investigative process again - and someone at the party really does not want the murder solved. I'm hooked already!
The Girl King - Mimi Yu
Something totally different for me to tie up my list - The Girl King. This is a pretty chunky, fantasy novel, in an Asian setting. Sisters Lu and Min have grown up knowing the Lu will become the first female emperor of their dynasty, while Min will live more in her sister's shadow. But both girls are thrown when their father declares their male cousin as his heir. Lu is determined to reclaim her birth right, and runs away, but then her sister then discovers she has powers of her own and decides she wants a claim to the throne of her own. I can't wait to jump into a different world and to see how the girls' journeys turn out.

What books are you looking forward to reading in the coming months? I'm always open to new recommendations!

Love Lexie,

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