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The Libraries Are Closed, Reading the Books That I Own & Buddy Reads!

International Women's Day Reading Recommendations

Hi Readers

I think most of the world are now feeling the effects of the coronavirus and it’s certainly starting to catch up with us here in the UK. Life is very bizarre right now and the closing of the libraries is just one of the measures that has been taken to protect those most vulnerable to the virus.

It means I won’t be able to read any more of the Women’s Prize longlist as I was still waiting for a few of them to come in. Obviously, I’m gutted but this is a pretty small issue compared to what some people are going through right now so I’ve just got to get on with it.

It does make this time the perfect opportunity to start reading the books that I actually own. There are so many books on my shelf that I’ve been putting off reading for the longest time and I’m excited to finally see if I’ve been shelving an unknown favourite all along.

What I’ll do is I’m going to share a list of all the books on my shelves that I haven’t read. I’m also looking for buddy reads so if you see anything at all on this list that you’re also reading let me know!

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran-Foer
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks
How Hard Can Love Be by Holly Bourne
Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
Small Island by Andrea Levy
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Shirley by Charlotte Bronte
The Professor by Charlotte Bronte
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Watership Down by Richard Adams

Those are all of the books I have on my owned TBR. As of right now I have no idea what I want to actually pick up so if you’re up for a buddy read of any of these books, let me know!

Thanks For Reading,
Jess X


2 thoughts on “The Libraries Are Closed, Reading the Books That I Own & Buddy Reads!

  1. Great list! And most of which I haven’t gone around to reading either πŸ˜… I loved β€œWe Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” thoughβ€”it’s an engrossing family saga, it made me tear up, and it was compulsively readable, which is a winning mix for me. β€œOne Hundred Years of Solitude” is also weird and amazing. Hoping you can get through your list, and that you’ll stay safe inside. πŸ₯°

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