This week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) is to post about “Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read List Lately”. I decided to focus on the ten that I’ve most recently added to my ever growing to be read shelf on Goodreads. Surprisingly they’re a bunch of books that I will more than likely read, rather than some that I’ve just clicked “Want to Read” for the heck of it.
The Damned Volume I: Three Days Dead by Cullen Bunn. [Goodreads]
WHY I ADDED IT: because NetGalley likes to tempt me every now and then with an email FILLED with new graphic novels and comics and they got me this time. Also, it’s written by Cullen Bunn who is the writer for another comic I read, Harrow County, which is super creepy and amazing. Also ALSO, the main character in The Damned has no soul; add to that the demons that appear in it and the pretty snappy looking noirish artwork and I can’t think of a reason to not add it to my TBR.
9. The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking. [Goodreads]
WHY I ADDED IT: Because the cover is delightful, the title is delightful, and why would I not want to live well in the Danish way?
8. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari. [Goodreads]
WHY I ADDED IT: Because I like books about science that are relatively accessible for non-sciencey people like myself. Also, I accidentally purchased it the other day (along with another book by Harari, Sapiens) and I have this thing now where I add the exact edition of a book to my shelf in Goodreads as soon as I get it so that I don’t have to go searching for it later.
7. The Voynich Manuscript edited by Raymond Clemens. [Goodreads]
WHY I ADDED IT: Because Julianne from Outlandish Lit mentioned in a post that this edition of The Voynich Manuscript was being published this month. If you don’t know what The Voynich Manuscript is, then I suggest you get googling because it’s only the most mysterious book of all time in the history of the whole world and you are missing out just by not knowing what it is.
6.On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. [Goodreads]
WHY I ADDED IT: Because Kate from Books Are My Favourite and Best mentioned it in her review of McEwan’s latest book, Nutshell, and I decided that I’d like to read it because I never have, despite it sounding excellent.
5. Uranium Wars: The Scientific Rivalry that Created the Nuclear Age by Amir D. Aczel [Goodreads]
WHY I ADDED IT: Because Gabriella reviewed it and sold me on it because it sounds like another of those books about science that makes science (and its history) accessible for me.
4.The Evenings by Gerard Reve (translated by Sam Garrett) [Goodreads]
WHY I ADDED IT: Because Pushkin Press kindly alerted me to its presence in a newsletter that appeared in my email inbox. I find a lot of books I didn’t know I wanted to read in this way.
3. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo [Goodreads]
WHY I ADDED IT: This is one of those that I added because I recently purchased it. ‘Les Mis‘ is one of my favourite novels, but I’ve never owned a copy of my own. I rectified the situation when I found this nice edition by Word Cloud Classics.
2. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy [Goodreads]
WHY I ADDED IT: Because it was also reviewed by Kate from Books Are My Favourite and Best. I’d seen it around a lot because of its Booker Prize shortlisting, but it wasn’t until I read Kate’s review that I wanted to read it (she’s a book pusher – in a good way).
1.Who Is to Blame? A Russian Riddle by Jane Marlow [Goodreads]
WHY I ADDED IT: To be honest the biggest riddle here is why I added it to my TBR. I have no idea where I heard of it and decided I wanted to read it. I suspect that I may have spotted it while perusing NetGalley and I felt that I had a connection to it/saw it as a sign because I was reading War & Peace at the time and what are the odds of a book set in Russia being on NetGalley at the same as I was reading another book set in Russia? The answer: the odds are super high when reading War & Peace because do you know how long that is? No doubt if I go back through all of the books added to my Goodreads TBR since January (when I started reading W&P) there’ll be loads more books set in Russia.