Monday, 21 September 2015

#UnderHypedReads TBR

Forgive the radio silence, life things got in the way. I'm sure you know how it is. It can be tricky to find the time, and even occasionally the motivation, to dedicate to doing the things you really want to do. The #BookBuddyAthon finished last Monday and although I didn't manage to read everything on my TBR list, I was pretty happy with how my first readathon went. They always seemed so daunting. I'm very much a mood reader; picking up whichever book takes my fancy whenever I feel like reading, and I thought I might simply not feel like reading anything. But thankfully that wasn't the case.

A couple of days ago Bee, who was my book buddy for the last readathon, posted her TBR for the #UnderHypedReads readathon and it sounded like something I really wanted to join in with, so here I am! I like the freedom of this readathon, you can even interpret what an under-hyped book is in your own way. I've chosen unread books from my shelf that have under 3000 ratings on Goodreads, but you could go for books with under 5000 ratings, or under 500 ratings even. Or you could ignore Goodreads entirely and choose a book that you haven't really heard anyone mention or talk about before.
The readathon starts today, so if you want to join in do let me know what you'll be reading over the coming week in the comments below, and here are the books I'm hoping to pick up over the next week.

Music for Torching by A.M. Homes (2685 goodreads ratings)
"Paul and Elaine have two boys and a beautiful home, yet they find themselves thoroughly, inexplicably stuck. Obsessed with 'making things good again', they spin the quiet terrors of family life into a fantastical frenzy that careens well and truly out of control."
 
This was part of my #BookBuddyAthon TBR and unfortunately I didn't quite manage to squeeze it in then, but I'm determined to read it this week. I actually picked it up this morning and read about 50 pages, which were thoroughly brilliant, so I'm hopeful it'll continue to be an enjoyable read. 

Reborn: Journals & Notebooks 1947-1963 by Susan Sontag (1359 goodreads ratings)
"A self-portrait of one of America's greatest writers and intellectuals. We watch the young Sontag's complex self-awareness, share in her encounters with the writers who informed her thinking, and engage with the profound challenge of writing itself, all filtered through the inimitable detail of everyday circumstance."

I've been interested in Susan Sontag ever since I read On Photography back in college but oddly have never picked up any of her other work. Why? I have no idea. But it's time to change that. When I saw this copy of her journal for just a few pounds I had to pick it up and I'm intrigued to see what's inside. 

The Incarnations by Susan Barker (550 goodreads ratings)
"The story of a Beijing taxi driver whose past incarnations over one thousand years haunt him through searing letters sent by his mysterious soulmate."

After sitting on my shelf unread for too many months now, it's time for me to delve into this world. It sounds like such an intriguing and immersive story, I really have no idea why it has taken me so long to finally get around to picking it up. 

Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry (2083 goodreads ratings)
"New York, 1895. Sylvan Threadgill, a night soiler cleaning out the privies behind the tenement houses, finds an abandoned newborn baby in the muck. Odile Church and her beautiful sister, Belle, were raised amid the applause and magical pageantry of The Church of Marvels, their mother’s spectacular Coney Island sideshow. But the Church has burnt to the ground, their mother dead in its ashes. A young woman named Alphie awakens to find herself trapped across the river in Blackwell’s Lunatic Asylum. 

As these strangers’ lives become increasingly connected, their stories and secrets unfold. Moving from the Coney Island seashore to the tenement-studded streets of the Lower East Side, a spectacular human circus to a brutal, terrifying asylum, Church of Marvels takes readers back to turn-of-the-century New York—a city of hardship and dreams, love and loneliness, hope and danger." 

I started this a little while ago, got to page 100, and then stopped reading. And I can't remember why. It definitely wasn't because I wasn't enjoying it though, I remember being really into the world because of the rich descriptions and interesting characters. I'm going to start over, or at least skim the part I've already read just in case I've forgotten anything important, but I'm looking forward to finally finding out what happens! 

The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It by Owen Jones (1242 goodreads ratings)
"Behind our democracy lurks a powerful but unaccountable network of people who wield massive power and reap huge profits in the process. In exposing this shadowy and complex system that dominates our lives, Owen Jones sets out on a journey into the heart of our Establishment, from the lobbies of Westminster to the newsrooms, boardrooms and trading rooms of Fleet Street and the City. Exposing the revolving doors that link these worlds, and the vested interests that bind them together, Jones shows how, in claiming to work on our behalf, the people at the top are doing precisely the opposite."

A bit of non-fiction that I must say I'm looking forward to getting thoroughly annoyed at and having a bit of a grumble at as I read. I don't know how much new information will be in here, but I picked up a copy one day on a whim and I hope to at least make a start on it sometime this week.

What are you going to be reading this week? 

- Jennie

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4 comments:

  1. These books sound very interesting, especially The Incarnations, and Church of Marvels! I've been trying to do a lot more reading lately so I'll add them to my list! I've recently finished The Well and The Taxidermist's Daughter and enjoyed both a lot. xxx

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