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What’s on my ‘To Be Read’ Pile?

To Be Read
Hi all,

As you may be aware, I attempted a Spring Reading List and figured I’d have all five books done and dusted by the end of Spring. Oh, how wrong I was. Instead, four of the five are still unread and I apparently hate The Great Gatsby as spoken about in my update post. I’m not sure if that one book put me off reading the rest or I just got lazy. Nevertheless, I’m starting from fresh with a completely new list of books I’ll read over the next couple of months.

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Mariam is only fifteen when she is sent to Kabul to marry Rasheed.

Nearly two decades later, a friendship grows between Mariam and a local teenager, Laila, as strong as the ties between mother and daughter.

When the Taliban take over, life becomes a desperate struggle against starvation, brutality and fear.

Yet love can move a person to act in unexpected ways, and lead them to overcome the most daunting obstacles with a startling heroism.

My Thoughts

My friend is absolutely obsessed with this author and we got talking about this novel which led to me wanting to read it immediately. I’m only a few pages in currently so it’ll be a while before it’s finished but I’m looking forward to really delving into this one. I adored ‘The Kite Runner’ (even though it broke my heart) so I’m hoping to feel the same about this one too!

After Anna by Alex Lake

A girl is missing. Five years old, taken from outside her school. She has vanished, traceless.

The police are at a loss; her parents are beyond grief. Their daughter is lost forever, perhaps dead, perhaps enslaved.

But the biggest mystery is yet to come: one week after she was abducted, their daughter is returned.

She has no memory of where she has been. And this, for her mother, is just the beginning of the nightmare.

My Thoughts

I am interested to see where this novel will take the reader. As far as psychological thrillers go, they are usually my novel genre of choice because they tend to be the most gripping. I’m definitely curious to what the nightmare entails.

Copper Sky by Milana Marsenich

Set in the Copper Camp of Butte, Montana in 1917, Copper Sky tells the story of two women with opposite lives.

Kaly Shane, mired in prostitution, struggles to find a safe home for her unborn child, while Marika Lailich, a Slavic immigrant, dodges a pre-arranged marriage to become a doctor.

As their paths cross, and they become unlikely friends, neither knows the family secret that ties them together.

My Thoughts

It’s always interesting when characters stories get the opportunity to intertwine due to unlikely events. A family secret often leads characters down a dark path, I wonder where it’ll take these women. I’m sure this will be an interesting read.

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Winter Gets Hot by David M. Hamlin

Winter in Chicago journalist Emily Winter is the first reporter on the scene of a gruesome murder in the offices of CARD, a civic organisation that investigates corruption in City Hall.

Although she has proven herself to be a skilled reporter with at least one headline making story to her credit, her new TV boss assigns her to a more “ladylike” beat—lifestyle and feature stories.

Determined to overcome the sexism that inhibits her career, Emily works her way into hard news coverage, including the story of the murder at CARD, but she faces major obstacles on all fronts as she pursues the killer.

As the case twists and turns, Emily navigates the city she loves, relishing Chicago’s architecture, neighbourhood restaurants, culture and her beloved, if hapless, Chicago Cubs.

Will she uncover the murderer and bring justice for those who depend on hard-working journalists to write the stories that define their lives?

My Thoughts

Here is a crime novel which is another love of mine. More often than not, crime and psychological thrillers often become one in the same in my opinion. This one caught my attention as I’m studying Journalism. It’s cool to see books that have a journalist as the protagonist. I’m interested to see how she overcomes stereotypes she’s faced with in the newsroom.

A Conversation with a Cat by Stephen Spotte

Stephen Spotte’s imaginative novel recounts the tales of a scroungy former alley cat named Jinx, whose memories aren’t just his own but those of other cats who existed before him, one of which was Annipe, Cleopatra’s pampered pet.

Through Annipe’s eyes the ancient Mediterranean world of Cleopatra and her legendary lovers, Caesar and Antony, spread before us in all its glory, pathos, and absurdity.

Jinx reveals these stories telepathically one night to his stoned and inebriated owner just home after gall bladder surgery.

Annipe’s memories are bookended by Jinx’s own that detail his early scavenging days in bleak urban alleys.

My Thoughts

I’ve never read a novel from the perspective of a cat before which I find incredibly interesting and imaginative. It’ll be really fascinating to see what twists and turns this book has to offer. I’m hoping for some beautifully descriptive moments as well about the scenic areas in the Ancient Mediterranean.

Well that’s all from me. Which books are on your ‘To Be Read’ pile? Would you be likely to give any of these books a try?


Until Next Time,
Luce xo


  • Shraddha

    love your list! So many going directly on mine ?
    I’ve wanted to read a Thousand Splendid Suns for a long time and Kite Runner too…
    but I just haven’t. They’re on my list though.

    If you like books like these, you should check out Jean Sasson’s Princess and other books. They’re really good too.

    I’m currently re-reading (actually listening) to one of my favorite books ever..the 5 people you meet in heaven by Mitch Albom!

    • lhope884

      Thank you! I adore the kite runner, amazing novel and highly recommend! Oo I’ll check them out. These sound like great suggestions.

      Thanks for reading,
      Luce xo

  • Megan @ Pixieskies

    A Thousand Splendid Suns has to be one of my favourite books of all time. I studied it for my English Lit A-Level and some of the discussions we had around that book are still some of my favourite memories from school, it’s such an interesting look into Afghan culture and history. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

    Megan //

    • lhope884

      I’m excited to read it. I imagine it’ll break my heart several times over like The Kite Runner did. Happy to hear that you’ll be sticking with me!

      Thanks for reading,
      Luce xo

  • Bettie

    I have never heard of these books before, but ‘a conversation with a cat’ sounds interesting. I guess my TBR list is growing again.
    I have so many books I still want to read.

    • lhope884

      Reading the longer books before I read that one as it’s only 100 pages long on my kindle, but I’m looking forward to reading it for sure! Mine never stops growing so I can relate haha.

      Thanks for reading,
      Luce xo

  • Amy @ Bursting With Books

    I haven’t actually read any of these! They sound interesting though; I’ll be curious to hear your thoughts. I’ve heard so many good things about The Kite Runner and the author’s books, so hopefully that one will be good!

    • lhope884

      There’s been quite a lot of reading going on recently so you’ll be sure to find out what I think soon! The Kite Runner is an amazing book, highly recommend. I look forward to reading it.

      Thanks for reading,
      Luce xo

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