extracts from my tbr pile 2.0

Good day readers!

For anyone who is a follower of my blog, or has read any of my posts before, you might recognise this title; I wrote a similar post back in July last year but I’m back with an updated version!

My current tbr shelf on Goodreads consists of 22 books. While this may seem like a large number to some, I’ve had over double this amount on my tbr shelf before, so this is quite an achievement for me!

(Let’s just pretend I don’t own a whole set of classics that I’ve owned for at least 8 years but haven’t actually added to my tbr shelf, which would make it add up to well over a hundred books…)

In this post I decided to list the 5 books on my tbr that I want to read most and why – these are all books I hope to read by the end of 2018 (which sounds do-able but I’m constantly breaking my book ban, buying more books and forgetting all about those already on my tbr).

Here goes:

1. Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Illustrated Short Stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

Technically, this book is my Dad’s, not mine, but he recommended it to me last year and it’s been on my tbr since the 9th June 2016…

I have had a few friends also recommend this to me and I can’t wait to read it. I actually made reading this book one of my goals for 2018 and I plan to read it when on holiday in the summer as it’s quite a large hardback book, which isn’t the most convenient thing to carry around daily!

2. The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide by Stephanie Meyer

I used to love the Twilight Saga and although I read all the books, I can’t really remember what happens in them (I’m assuming they’re fairly similar to the films, which I remember way more clearly).

I was talking to my best friend the other day and she mentioned Twilight (we used to binge-watch the films together) and it reminded me that although I’ve skimmed through this book a few times, it’s still on my tbr shelf as I’ve never fully read it. As this Saga used to be one of my favourites (or at least, the films were), I’ve decided to finally read this properly.

3. The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Mark Salisbury

The same best friend who I was talking to about the Twilight Saga bought me this book two Christmases ago and I’ve never seemed to get around to reading it, even though I love behind-the-scenes books such as this.

As with Sherlock Holmes, this book is quite a large hardback, making it quite difficult to read on the bus etc. but I plan to read it on weekends, or after work, and keep a separate book in my bag for travelling around.

I can’t wait to read this book as I’ve read some really good reviews about it, plus it looks amazing (the actual book is even designed to look like a case)!

4. A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie is one of my favourite authors and I always have at least one of her books on my tbr shelf, so of course I had to include one in this list!

I love watching adaptions of Agatha Christie books and I’m currently halfway through one of the TV adaptions of this book. As I’m really enjoying it so far, it’s made me want to read the book more!

5. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

This book was on the previous version of this post that I uploaded and I still haven’t read it (oops), although I have since watched the first series of Wolf Hall, which I really enjoyed.

My A-Level History teacher was a massive fan of this book and it was partly his enthusiasm that motivated me to buy the book (he saw it on my desk on the day I bought it and got really excited) and watch the series. Now I don’t have exams to worry about, I feel like I’ll be able to enjoy this book more than if I’d have tried to read it during the middle of my exams and I definitely want to read this book this year!

So there you have an updated version of the books I want to read most on my tbr pile. For anyone who read my previous version of this post and is curious, I FINALLY read the first three Poldark books (that had been on my tbr since 2015) and really enjoyed them, but I haven’t read any more of the series as of yet.

Have you read any of the books on my tbr? What did you think of them (no spoilers please)? Leave me a comment!

Elanor 🙂

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can you read a book too many times?

Calling all fellow bookworms!

I’m back with an important question: how many times can you re-read a book before it becomes too excessive? Is there such a thing as reading a book too many times?

Personally, I don’t think you can read a book too many times (hey look, I answered my own question already, might as well end this post here)…providing you enjoy the book of course; there’s nothing worse than being forced to read a book you hate (cue a pointed look in the direction of my GCSE English teacher).

I have a few books that I can read over and over again without tiring of them: The Host by Stephanie Meyer, The ENTIRE Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (I can’t just read one of these books, I have to re-read the whole trilogy every time), The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien and the whole Harry Potter series (Cursed Child doesn’t count, okay?) by J. K. Rowling.

HOWEVER

I’ve read The Host so so many times, I feel guilty when I read it again (even though it’s one of my favourite books) as I also have an ever-growing tbr pile and a book wishlist longer than my arm…and here I am reading a book for the millionth time.

But still, no matter how many times I read this book, or any of the others I listed above, I always enjoy them; whether I’m laughing (or crying) at parts of the book I’d forgotten about, or parts that get me every SINGLE time I read them (*cough*Finnick*cough*), or focusing on the development of a character I hadn’t necessarily paid a great deal of attention to previously, I always enjoy it, and that’s the main thing.

So every time I feel guilty about re-reading a book, whether it’s for the fourth or the fortieth time, I’m going to push aside that guilt and just enjoy what I’m reading – life’s too short to get stuck in a reading slump or force your way through a book you’re not enjoying just because you’ve started it when you could be reading one of your favourite books!

What are your opinions on re-reading books? Do you think there is such a thing as re-reading a book too many times?

Happy reading!

Elanor 🙂

Is re-reading books a waste of time?

Greetings fellow bookworms!

Now I for one, have several books that I could easily re-read over and over again and never get bored of. The whole Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins and The Host by Stephanie Meyer are two examples of books which I have read numerous times and yet always seem to navigate back towards.

But am I wasting my time?

I’m reading books which I have read multiple times and although I’m remembering scenes which had slipped my memory, I’m “wasting” time which I could be using to read a new book.

But surely I’m not the only one who drifts back towards certain favourite books and re-reads those, despite having a tbr pile taller than yourself?

I tend to feel slightly guilty when I start re-reading a book in full knowledge of the fact that I have an ever-growing tbr pile that will not go down because I’m re-reading The Hunger Games for the 45th time but oh well.

I still argue with myself that maybe I’m wasting my time re-reading books and maybe I should read something new…something that I’ve had on my tbr pile for a while…if you’ve read my “Extracts from my current tbr pile” post, you’re probably thinking that maybe I should start reading Poldark as I’ve had on my tbr pile since 2015; in which case, you’ll be glad to know that I’ve finally started it! But at the end of the day, if you’re happy re-reading your old favourite books, then do it! I plan to do exactly that!

You may be wondering if I wrote this post to convince myself that it’s fine to keep re-reading my old favourite books…and you’d be right! But if you prefer to read your favourite books over and over again, rather than reading new ones, then you do that!

Happy reading!

Elanor 🙂

Extracts from my current tbr pile

Hello, fellow bookworms!

I have a tbr pile of 39 books, some of which have been on it for several years (I know, I’m a disgrace). So I decided to make a post on some of the books which I want to read the most from this in the hope that I’ll remember that I own them and actually get round to reading them sooner!

1). Ross Poldark by Winston Graham

I’ve had this book on my tbr pile for the longest…since 7th November 2015 (terrible, I know). I bought this book in a sale, in a bundle with the books Demelza and Jeremy Poldark, also by Winston Graham, because I love the Poldark series. I’ve heard that the books are different to the TV series,  but I’m still super excited to read them…when I get round to it!

Sidenote: I plan to read this first book when the current series ends (two episodes to go!)

2). Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

After spending two years listening to my History teacher telling us all to read (and watch) Wolf Hall, I bought it for myself. I really enjoy reading books based in the Tudor period and am looking forward to reading this!

3). An Autumn Crush by Milly Johnson

I am a huge fan of Milly Johnson’s books and this is the third of her “seasons” collection. I have already read the spring and summer books and have the winter one on my tbr pile alongside this. I want to read the autumn book before the winter one but I plan to read this in the autumn!

4). Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

I actually bought this book a year ago, but forgot to add it to my tbr list on Goodreads until this week, when I was tidying my bookshelves. I meant to read it in October last year and totally forgot about it (oops) but definitely want to read it this October (I’ll have to set a reminder to actually make sure I remember).

5). One Day by David Nicholls 

I bought this book in February last year and have been meaning to read this for ages. A friend read it before me and has been trying to convince me to read it ever since. I watched the film and liked it and definitely want to read the book soon!

This is just a very brief extract from my tbr pile, I have loads more to read! Does anyone else have such extensive tbr piles? I feel like I buy books and forget that I own them!

Elanor 🙂