My Winter TBR

winter-tbr16Since I’ve had some success with creating these to-be-read posts in summer and autumn, I’m continuing with my choice of winter reads.

Now, in the previous two editions, I picked a mix of books I already own and new releases I knew I’d be reading immediately. For the winter version, however, I picked only books from my shelves (both virtual and physical), because I need to tackle my existing mountain of books – one of my New Year’s resolutions for 2016 was to stick to a 3-to-1 rule when it comes to buying books. I managed to cling to it for about four months before it all fell apart.

If I manage to read them all by the end of February, I’m rewarding myself by buying a book from my too-long to-buy list (I mean, I’m probably going to be buying other books in the meantime, but yeah. I need rewards.)


These are the books I’m hoping to read (in no particular order):

  1. Chime by Franny Billingsley – this is a re-read for me, I read it years ago, before I started blogging, and I remember next to nothing about it. Alicia recommended it, though, so I remembered I had it somewhere on my shelves. I want to give it another try!
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – look, you guys, I might actually read it this time (this is a transfer from the summer, ugh).
  3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – whew what a tongue-twister of a title! I have this one in Slovenian translation, my mom recommended it to me. I need to read outside of my comfort zone(s) every once in a while. (read in December)
  4. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness – I recently re-read and reviewed A Discovery of Witches because I want to finish this series! (DNF in December)
  5. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black – I won this two years ago in a giveaway and still haven’t finished it. It’s time, I think! (read in December)
  6. Un Secret by Philippe Grimbert – the only French novel on the list. I’ve had this one for years, it came recommended by a professor at Uni (wow, that was a long time ago) and it was one of those impulse purchases while I was on vacation (I think).
  7. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami – oh, another “old” book from our shelves. Seriously, I think we’ve had this one since before we moved in together… (Slovenian translation)
  8. More Than This by Patrick Ness – I have this one in Slovenian translation as well, which is a pity (not that I think the translation is bad, I just like reading originals if I can), but it makes no sense to buy a book if I already own it.
  9. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta – this was a Kindle deal, I had to get it. (DNF for now – in December. This book is so fucking depressing I can’t handle it.)
  10. Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb – I’ve been in the middle of this one for months and it’s high time I finished this series!

Aaaand I think that’s more than enough. We’ll see how it goes, I’ll absolutely be reading other books in between (I’m sure my obsession with romance won’t just magically fade away).


What are you reading this winter?

Which of these should I tackle first? 

I’d love to hear from you! :) 

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  • Maraia

    I think you should read Ship of Destiny first! It’s definitely my favorite book in the series, possibly my favorite Hobb book overall.

    I really want to reread Finnikin of the Rock. I didn’t like it very much when I read it, even though I absolutely adored the second and third books. I’m curious to know what you think!

    • I think I will read Hobb first because I’ve already started it (a year ago, oops). REALLY? It’s your favorite Hobb book?! I thought it was really long-winded (what I read so far, at least). This gives me hope.

      Ah, okay, I’ll bump Finnikin up my list, too, I’m curious about it now.

      • Maraia

        There was so much character development in that series! I thought it was very well done. I expect Robin Hobb to be long winded, haha.

  • Greg Hill

    If you like science fiction try The Long Way To a Small Angry Planet- I just finished it and love it and now I’ll be shoving it on everyone lol. But I like your list. :) Robin Hobb is an amazing author, I love her characters although I didn’t enjoy the Ship of Magic books as much as I did the Fitz books. Not sure why. The other ones on your list I don’t know as well although I have read a little Holly Black now.

    Looks like a good reading list though. Good luck !!

    • So far, I’m not enjoying the Liveship books as much as the Fitz books, either! They seem more long-winded than that first trilogy. But I want to finish this one before I hop onto the next series.

      And thanks, I hope I’ll manage these! :)

  • I look forward to seeing what you think of ‘Jane Eyr’e — it’s a favorite of mine, but most of my friends either disliked it or just were not interested! ‘The Coldest Girl in Coldtown’ and ‘Finnikin of the Rock’ are both pretty decent, too.

    • It’s nice to hear somebody loved Jane Eyre – I’ve been wanting to read it for ages but I just haven’t gotten around to it.

      I’m glad to hear The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is good – I’ve been kind of scared to read it because I won it in a giveaway and didn’t pick it myself.

  • I think I wanna read a bunch of romance books this winter. For some reason, curling up with a blanket reading a good romance book sounds perfect right now!

    Nereyda│ Nick & Nereyda’s Infinite Booklist

    • Oh, I’ll be reading lots and lots of romance, too! But these are all books I already own and haven’t read yet. I just don’t own any romance books I haven’t read yet, lol :D I always read them immediately. But I agree, winter is the perfect time for romance (but then so are the other seasons, ha).

  • I’m always enamoured with the idea of a reading list for myself with a few books which I want to read within a set amount of time… but then I kind of think that’s my review copies and library books for me. I know I have to read them, the rest of the books on my shelves I end up ignoring.

    I’ve read next to none of these books, though. I’ve liked what I’ve read of Patrick Ness so you’ll have to tell me what you think of More Than This, I never know which books to try with him when people rave about so many of them. Finnikin and the Rock and Coldest Girl in Coldtown are both books which have been on my TBR forever and I still don’t know why I’ve not read them. I may just have to force myself otherwise I might never read them.

    I’m actually planning on reading The Tempest by Shakespeare next. I’ve got Miranda and Caliban off of netgalley (because it sounds awesome) and I figure I should probably read the play it’s based on first. I’m not one for plays or Shakespeare normally (more because I can never understand it more than anything so maybe I need to find a version of The Tempest to watch).

    Good luck with your reading. How hard can it be to read all those books this winter?

    • Yeah, if I had library books to read, I’d stick with those, too – that’s a good plan. And yeah, ARCs are on my list as well, though I often read them as soon as I get them – it’s the review writing that’s taking me too long.

      I’ll let you know about Patrick Ness and Finnikin, I’m really curious about both of those. And forcing yourself to read books is no good, you know you won’t enjoy them. :)

      I read The Tempest at Uni. While it’s not my absolute Shakespeare favourite, it was quite good (my favourite is A Midsummer Night’s Dream). But I never watched any adaptations, so if you find a good one, let me know.

      And I suppose it’s not very hard to read as many books if you’re not a mood reader, but I am, so we’ll see.

      • Turns out my poor library books have been gathering dust for 2 weeks now. Luckily, I have an extra week to read them because the library is closed over Christmas (yay). And I am the opposite. I put off reading ARCs so I don’t have a review sat in my drafts for months and forget about them, but then I have 4 due to be read in the space of 2 weeks and regret all my life decisions.

        Yeah, forcing myself to read books is very hit and miss. I either love it and question why I didn’t read it sooner or I hate it and put it down instantly.

        I’ve been googling and there is an adaptation of The Tempest with Prospero changed to Prospera and Helen Mirren stars in it so I might see if I can watch that. I’ve not actually read much Shakespeare, I did see a stage version of King Lear when I studied that at A Level and it was amazing so hopefully I can find a good stage recording of The Tempest as well. I’ll let you know.

        • I read King Lear, too, and then went to see a most HORRIBLE stage version here in Ljubljana, it was AWFUL, 4 hours long and “modernized”, I have no idea why they insist on doing that but it was shit. And I dragged my poor husband (then boyfriend) with me, he suffered right along with me, which just goes to show how committed he was. :D

  • So many books – good luck getting through them :) And I remember Chime – such a great but unusual read. Very unique voice!

    • Yeah, that’s all I remember about Chime, too, that it was very unusual! And I’m being very optimistic with this book list, I hope I’ll get through as many as possible. :) Thanks for stopping by!

  • The Guernsey Literary is sooooo good. I think you’ll like it. It’s a fast read, too.

    • Okay, I’m making that my next read. :) Thanks for the rec!

  • Ah…Norwegian Wood. I purchased that book way back in college, and it’s been collecting dust ever since. Maybe I should make it a point to read that book in the new year. That and IQ84 if I’m feeling particularly ambitious.

    • What is it with some books that we buy them and actually mean to read them but never get to them? Norwegian Wood is next on my tbr. I’ll report whether or not it’s actually worth reading! :)

  • This reminds me that I still have to read the final Finnikin book. Don’t know what’s taking me so long!

    • But did you like the series? I’ve heard that the first book isn’t as good but that the other two are fantastic.

  • Finnikin of the Rock is really good. I have the full series, but haven’t gotten around to reading them all, but this first book really impressed me, especially when the author is more known for her contemporary novels. Hope you enjoy all the books on your list, especially Chime!

    • I just started reading Finnikin, I have high hopes for this series! And thank you, I hope I’ll manage to read Chime this winter. :)

  • I love how eclectic your reading choices are! If you recently read A Discovery of Witches, I think you should go right on to Shadow of Night while the first book is still fresh in your mind. Have fun!

    • Gahhh I gave up on Shadow of Night. Matthew was pissing me off SO MUCH in the first 100 pages I decided I had better books to read. I’ll probably do a DNF review, which I rarely do, but it just ticked me off so much. Bah. Sorry, I know you love the series! :)

  • Norwegian Wood sounds like an interesting read, that or Ship of Destiny.

    I just finished The Night Circus and loved it! It’s very magical and romantic. My next winter reads will be This Savage Song, Throne of Glass, and Six of Crows.

    • Ooh, The Night Circus was good! And your tbr for the winter sounds amazing, I loved This Savage Song and Six of Crows! I need to read Crooked Kingdom soon.