As many doing the Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by Shanah, have already pointed out there have been so many books I didn’t get around to reading this year that have sat on my TBR pile for far too long. And, to be honest, I don’t know why.
I’ve had a really bad year for reading. Maybe it’s been one too many duds that have made me hesitant to start any given book. And the dog alone knows, I was supposed to read 5 books in November for SciFiMonth, and never got to any of them. The one thing they all have in common, and maybe that’s the problem, is that they are all books in a series.
GLASS HOUSES — by Louise Penny
Easily my favourite author of the last decade, this signed hardback has sat on my coffee table since it was published. It’s now high on my list to read over the holidays.
EMBERS OF WAR — by Gareth L. Powell
I love Powell’s SF, and was supposed to read this one for SciFiMonth but … but didn’t, it’s as simple as that. The more people that raved about it, the more I was reluctant to read it, fearing disappointment. But like Glass Houses, it’s shortlisted for reading over the holidays.
BLACKLIGHT BLUE — Peter May
I read the first one in this series and, well, it was meh. Not great, but just, okay. I bought the pair at the same time. And because the first one was just okay, I am again reluctant to start this one. I don’t want a ‘meh’ read, I want a ‘wow’ read. So this one might stay on the shelf for a long time to come.
FEAR THE DARKNESS — Becky Masterman
This is the middle book in a trilogy, unfortunately, I read book 3 first, book 1 second and then, stalled out. What I need to do is read book 1 again before starting this one and, well, I’m just not in the mood to do that. Maybe next year, or maybe if I tell myself it’s a standalone …
THE PERPLEXING THEFT OF THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN — Vaseem Khan
Here again is another book with a brightly coloured cover that caught my attention, and because it’s crime fiction with a difference, I thought it would be fun. It’s set in India, and features an ex-cop who is now a PI who has a baby elephant. I mean, come on, aren’t you intrigued too? One for the holidays, for sure.
So there you go, 5 books I thought I would read straight away, but didn’t. And now, I’m still ambivalent about reading. Maybe all I need to do is crack a spine, and set too. And you?