What’s on My TBR Shelf

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything book related over these parts and I figured now was the perfect time to catch you up. So if you’ve been following for a while, or follow me on Insta, then you’ll know my challenge this year is to read 25 books. Currently I’ve only read 11….so yeah pretty behind schedule. I thought I’d share the books I’m desperate to read to motivate myself to reach that target and give you ideas on something new to read.

Swing Time– Zadie Smith

I’m pretty sure Swing Time has been on my list to read for months and I just haven’t got round to buying it. But when I entered a giveaway on Goodreads and won I was soo excited to receive a paper copy of Zadie’s critically acclaimed novel. I’ve been really interested in reading more books by BME authors and thought Swing Time was the perfect starting point. Not only does Smith fit this criteria but Swing Time’s lead characters are also of BME origin which is fantastic. The novel tells the story of two girls who dream of being dancers and the development of their friendship that comes to an abrupt end in their twenties. I’ve heard so many people talking about this book and it’s definitely the novel I plan to pick up next! Stay tuned for a review.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?: (And other concerns) – Mindy Kaling

Again along the lines of BME origin, Mindy Kaling fell right into the criteria I wanted to meet. But what’s more is this is another book I’ve heard so many people talk about. Now I’m not gonna lie I don’t like the American Office and I’ve never seen the Mindy Project, but I hear she’s a pretty funny gal and I’m all for supporting female comediennes. Kaling’s book is essentially a retelling of her life and the things she’s learned along the way with perfect comedic input – something I can’t wait to read more of. Also, as someone who’s constantly worrying about what other people are thinking of me, I think this book will teach me a lot.

Who Runs the World? – Virginia Bergen

As good ole Béy once sang, who runs the world? Girls! Bergen’s novel is a flip on the patriarchal world we live in, where almost all the men have been completely wiped out and women are left to run the show. Life is pretty much exactly how you’d expect it to be with women coming out on top, but if you’re a boy then this is a slightly different story. I completely love the idea of this novel. I’m tried of reading stories of women being beaten down by the patriarchy and it’s time we got some women power! I think it’ll be pretty interesting to see things from a completely opposite view point and I’m looking forward to finding out more. Sadly this book isn’t rated too highly on Goodreads, but I like getting my own opinion on a book – everyone’s taste is different, so we’ll see how I get on with this one.

Shylock is My Name: The Merchant of Venice Retold (Hogarth Shakespeare) – Howard Jacobson

As you might know I’ve been really enjoying reading the Hogarth Shakespeare series and Jacobson’s take on the character Shylock is another part of this series. Shylock is originally a character in Shakespeare’s play The Merchant of Venice, which I’ve never read but I’ve enjoyed the different re-telling of his plays so far and it’s nice to find some new authors to read. Shylock sounds like an intense retelling of the struggles of love, personal identity and familial relationships. It could be a bit of a difficult read, but I’m up for giving myself the challenge.

Not WorkingLisa Owens

This book was a bit of an impulse buy while scouring the shelves of Waterstones but it struck a cord and I had to get it. Owen’s main character has impulsively quit her job to find her new beginning in life and where she really belongs. But of course this never works out to plan. I can fully relate to this and I’m hoping I can learn a lot from the book. Haven’t we all felt the pain of being young and having no clue what we want to do with our lives? Yeah exactly.

Each of these books were taken from my ‘To Read’ shelf on Goodreads, and if you’re interested in knowing what else I want to read then you can follow me here!

If you’re reading anything at the moment I’d love to know what it is, or let me know if you’ve ever read any of these books.

Love Lauren-x

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  1. Aimee
    August 18, 2017 / 11:26 am

    I love book posts! I love finding new recommendations! I’m defiantly going to pick up some of these books after reading your post!! Mindy Kailings book is one of my favourites, Have you read her other one Why Not Me? It’s really good too!

    • mellorlauren
      August 18, 2017 / 12:01 pm

      Me too!! I read your one the other day and I loved it. Oh fab glad I could help with some recommendations. I haven’t no, I really want to read it though!

  2. August 19, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    I haven’t read a proper book in SO LONG!!! My last read was ‘If I stay’… and I read it BEFORE the 2014 movie adaptation came out- oops!

    • mellorlauren
      August 25, 2017 / 11:16 am

      Hahaha no shame in that! I’ve never actually seen or read that I think, so maybe one to add to my list.

  3. August 19, 2017 / 4:02 pm

    I got “Not Working” through NetGalley a couple of months ago and haven’t actually read it yet, I need to do this when I’m on holiday in a weeks time! By the way, you should totally watch The Mindy Project, it’s ace… and I definitely need to read her book!

    Paula http://insertmyblognamehere.blogspot.com

    • mellorlauren
      August 25, 2017 / 11:15 am

      I’ve actually just started reading it and it’s good so far. Quite a quick and easy read. Ooh enjoy your holiday! I love finding a good holiday read. Ahh I’ll definitely give it a watch xx

  4. August 19, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    I feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t read anything by Zadie Smith but this one sounds really good. I’m always looking for books to add to my goodreads <3

    G is for Gingers xx

    • mellorlauren
      August 25, 2017 / 11:14 am

      Haha I’m the same, so that’s what made me hunt out Swing Time. Hope you found some good books to add then 🙂 x

  5. August 19, 2017 / 6:00 pm

    I have so many books on my to be read shelf! I need to get actually reading them hahaha.

    Loved this gal x

  6. August 21, 2017 / 7:03 am

    I love book recommendations. Currently reading The Handmaidens Tale then hopefully The Roanoke Girls. I’ve heard that the Mindy Kaling book is very good. X

    • mellorlauren
      August 25, 2017 / 11:13 am

      I loved the Handmaid’s Tale, let me know what you think of it!

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