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To Be Read #2

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]If I wrote this blog post about my actual To Be Read pile (an entire bookcase) we would be here for days, so I’ve painstakingly whittled it down to my top five. Just the process of confronting my book-hoarding addiction has left me feeling a little helpless: will I ever read all these? Should I stop buying so many? Happily, however, we all know that the answer to both of these questions is a resounding no. That’s the beauty of the TBR books: they’re always around when you need them. Here’s a selection of the ones I’ll be making my way through this month.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

See What Can Be Done by Lorrie Moore

I love Lorrie Moore’s prose: she’s cool, smart and funny, and writes about women’s lives with such accuracy and honesty that I’ve devoured everything she’s written so far. When I got my hands on this proof copy of her collected essays I did a little celebratory dance. She’s writing about all my favourite things. John Cheever! Eudora Welty! Alice Munro! Werner Herzog! US television shows! Margaret Atwood! You get the picture. It’s coming out in May, so a great one to keep an eye out for this spring.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”7793″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”7797″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

I picked this one up in preparation for February’s Short Story Club, where we’ll be reading Shirley Jackson’s best-known story ‘The Lottery’. I’ve heard amazing things about this collection and, as a huge fan of short stories, I can’t wait to get stuck in. American suburbia infused with dark humour and a spooky sense of foreboding? Yes please.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Rise Up Women! by Diane Atkinson

I have to admit, I don’t know as much about female suffrage as I should do. But this is about to change. This definitive biography of the suffrage movement looks set to bring these ground-breaking women’s stories to life and bring me up to speed with this fascinating subject. This will be the perfect non-fiction book to start 2018 with, especially after one of my favourite books of 2017, Attack of the 50 Ft. Women by Catherine Mayer, had me firing on all feminist cylinders.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”7798″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”7800″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

Don’t Skip Out on Me by Willy Vlautin

As my lovely colleagues will attest, I’m a huge sucker for any novel set in the American Midwest. Bonus points if there’s a lovable protagonist struggling to make ends meet and a kindly mentor who gives them a hand on the road to a happier life. Cue Willy Vlautin, my favourite contemporary American author. His prose is simple, stark and compassionate without ever being sentimental, and this new release promises to live up to his other gorgeous novels. Safe to say I’m excited to read it.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

The Journey Home and Other Stories by Malachi Whitaker

This collection of 1930s short stories by Bradford-born author Malachi Whitaker has been on my radar for months now, not least because I can finally celebrate an author who hails from my home town. The wonderful Persephone Books has brought her out of obscurity and back into print with this beautiful edition featuring, as always, glorious endpapers and a matching bookmark. Only the best for the ‘Bradford Chekhov’.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”7801″ img_size=”medium” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Right. My shelves are in disarray, the floor is strewn with books, and stacks of them are keeling over as I write this. I’m pretty sure these were propping the walls up so I’m expecting the ceiling to cave in on me soon. If I don’t turn up to the Golden Hare this week, somebody send help.

– Lucy


Daisy’s TBR pile is here, keep an eye on the blog as more will be popping up soon!