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#SixForSunday – 5th April 2020 – 6 Books that have been on your TBR forever

This Sunday tag is created and run by Steph over at A Little But A Lot. There are some very interesting and fun prompts coming up this autumn so check it out. Today’s topic is 6 books that have been on my TBR forever.

It’s safe to say there are more than 6 books that have been on my TBR forever, but lets go half and half and take 3 book from my GoodReads shelf and 3 books from my physical shelf.

Let’s dive into the list of my 6 book that have been on my TBR forever


Restless by William Boyd

A spy novel I have had on my shelf since I bought it during my uni days over 9 years ago… problem is, I still want to read it…

Synopsis:

“I am Eva Delectorskaya,” Sally Gilmartin announces, and so on a warm summer afternoon in 1976 her daughter, Ruth, learns that everything she ever knew about her mother was a carefully constructed lie. Sally Gilmartin is a respectable English widow living in picturesque Cotswold village; Eva Delectorskaya was a rigorously trained World War II spy, a woman who carried fake passports and retreated to secret safe houses, a woman taught to lie and deceive, and above all, to never trust anyone.

Three decades later the secrets of Sally’s past still haunt her. Someone is trying to kill her and at last she has decided to trust Ruth with her story. Ruth, meanwhile, is struggling to make sense of her own life as a young single mother with an unfinished graduate degree and escalating dependence on alcohol. She is drawn deeper and deeper into the astonishing events of her mother’s past—the mysterious death of Eva’s beloved brother, her work in New York City manipulating the press in order to shift public sentiment toward American involvement in the war, and her dangerous romantic entanglement. Now Sally wants to find the man who recruited her for the secret service, and she needs Ruth’s help.

Restless is a brilliant espionage book and a vivid portrait of the life of a female spy. Full of tension and drama, and based on a remarkable chapter of Anglo-American history, this is fiction at its finest.


Archangel by Robert Harris

I started this and never finished. I even took a Instagram photo of it and posted that on 12th July 2012 when I started the book. It’s been a while…

Synopsis:

When historian Fluke Kelso learns of the existence of a secret notebook belonging to Josef Stalin he is determined to track it down, whatever the consequences. From the violent political intrigue and decadence of modern Moscow he heads north – to the vast forests surrounding the White Sea port of Archangel, and a terrifying encounter with Russia’s unburied past.


The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

I was meant to read this last year as part of my reading challenge, bu I never got so far. It was one of a handful of book I didn’t get to it.

Synopsis:

Sometimes, when you open the door to the past, what you confront is your destiny.

Reclusive author Vida Winter, famous for her collection of twelve enchanting stories, has spent the past six decades penning a series of alternate lives for herself. Now old and ailing, she is ready to reveal the truth about her extraordinary existence and the violent and tragic past she has kept secret for so long.

Calling on Margaret Lea, a young biographer troubled by her own painful history, Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author’s tale of gothic strangeness—featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire.

Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.

1984 by George Orwell

Its on the very bottom of my GoodReads TBR, the first book I added to my list when I joined back in 2015 (12th June to be spesific)

Synopsis:

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia”—a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel’s hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions—a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time. 


Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

Again been on my list since the day I joined GoodReads

Synopsis:

Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein. Obsessed with discovering the cause of generation and life and bestowing animation upon lifeless matter, Frankenstein assembles a human being from stolen body parts but; upon bringing it to life, he recoils in horror at the creature’s hideousness. Tormented by isolation and loneliness, the once-innocent creature turns to evil and unleashes a campaign of murderous revenge against his creator, Frankenstein.


The Godfather by Mario Puzo

Hopefully, I’ll read this one this year

Synopsis:

The Godfather—the epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenon.

Almost fifty years ago, a classic was born. A searing portrayal of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and their powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor. The seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and the allegiance to family—these are the themes that have resonated with millions of readers around the world and made The Godfather the definitive novel of the violent subculture that, steeped in intrigue and controversy, remains indelibly etched in our collective consciousness.


What do you think? Which book has been on your TBR forever?

Let me know!

9 thoughts on “#SixForSunday – 5th April 2020 – 6 Books that have been on your TBR forever

  1. I’ve had the thirteenth tale sitting on my TBR ever since I read the Binding, I might get round to it sometime, but as the libraries are closed right now, it may well have to wait.
    I read the godfather last year and I wasn’t that much of a fan, very much a book written by a bloke for blokes, much more ‘thrusting’ that I am used to in literature. I am glad I have read it, but am not in a hurry to read the sequel.

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    1. yeah its a problem isnt it with the closed libraries. We finally have to read the books we spent years stockpiling haha! Interesting point about The Godfather. Ive seen all the movies which made me interested in reading them, but thanks for the heads up about the bloke-ness.

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  2. I still haven’t read Frankenstein either! I also remember being curious about The Thirteenth Tale as well and never getting around to it. Great list, hope you’re able to get to some of these eventually. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I feel Frankenstein as well as so many other classics are books everyone want to read but very few ever get around to. Still a female author in scifi and its a classic so I need to read it 😁

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