April 2016 TBR

April TBR

Drip, drip, drop
Little April shower
Beating a tune
As you fall all around

Hi everyone! Welcome to my April TBR. March was a very, very good month for me. I managed to read almost all of the books on my TBR list plus a few that wasn’t on the list. So I’m a very happy bunny.

I have about a week and a half until I start university again so hopefully I can get a few of these read before I go back. Three of the books featured are books I’m re-reading for university and the rest are new books that I’m starting. See if you can guess which three books are for university. It’s pretty obvious, I think.

Okay, on to my TBR…

Books I want/need to read:

Northanger AbbeyNorthanger Abbey by Jane Austen

What it’s about:

‘…in suspecting General Tilney of either murdering or shutting up his wife, she had scarcely sinned against his character, or magnified his cruelty.’

Northanger Abbey is about the misadventures of Catherine Morland, young, ingenuous, and mettlesome, and an indefatigable reader of gothic novels. Their romantic excess and dark overstatement feed her imagination, as tyrannical fathers and diabolical villains work their evil on forlorn heroines in isolated settings. What could be more remote from the uneventful securities of life in the midland counties of England? Yet as Austen brilliantly contrasts fiction with reality, ordinary life takes a more sinister turn, and edginess and circumspection are reaffirmed alongside comedy and literary burlesque.

Frankenstein by Mary ShelleyFrankenstein 1818

What it’s about:

Frankenstein was Mary Shelley’s immensely powerful contribution to the ghost stories which she, Percy Shelley, and Byron wrote one wet summer in Switzerland. Its protagonist is a young student of natural philosophy, who learns the secret of imparting life to a creature constructed from relics of the dead, with horrific consequences.

Frankenstein confronts some of the most feared innovations of evolutionism: topics such as degeneracy, hereditary disease, and mankind’s status as a species of animal. The text used here is from the 1818 edition, which is a mocking exposé of leaders and achievers who leave desolation in their wake, showing mankind its choice – to live cooperatively or to die of selfishness. It is also a black comedy, and harder and wittier than the 1831 version with which we are more familiar.

This book is part of my 2016 Classics Challenge.

The Vampyre by John Polidori

The VampyreWhat it’s about:

`Upon her neck and breast was blood, and upon her throat were the marks of teeth having opened the vein: – to this the men pointed, crying, simultaneously struck with horror, “a Vampyre, a Vampyre!”‘

John Polidori’s classic tale of the vampyre was a product of the same ghost-story competition that produced Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Set in Italy, Greece, and London, Polidori’s tales is a reaction to the dominating presence of his employer Lord Byron, and transformed the figure of the vampire from the bestial ghoul of earlier mythologies into the glamorous aristocrat whose violence and sexual allure make him literally a ‘lady-killer’. Polidori’s tale introduced the vampire into English fiction, and launched a vampire craze that has never subsided.

This book is part of my 2016 Classics Challenge.

TripwireTripwire by Lee Child

What it’s about:

For Jack Reacher being invisible has become a habit.

He spends his days digging swimming pools by hand and his nights as the bouncer in the local strip club in the Florida Keys.

He doesn’t want to be found.

But someone has sent a private detective to seek him out. Then Reacher finds the guy beaten to death with his fingertips sliced off. It’s time to head north and work out who is trying to find him and why.

the night managerThe Night Manager by John le Carré’s

What it’s about:

At the start of it all, Jonathan Pine is merely the night manager at a luxury hotel. But when a single attempt to pass on information to the British authorities – about an international businessman at the hotel with suspicious dealings – backfires terribly, and people close to Pine begin to die, he commits himself to a battle against powerful forces he cannot begin to imagine.

In a chilling tale of corrupt intelligence agencies, billion-dollar price tags and the truth of the brutal arms trade, John le Carré creates a claustrophobic world in which no one can be trusted.

I watched the BBC series adaptation of this book and I LOVED it. 

This month’s challenge: Read a book that has been on my TBR for over 2 years

EragonEragon by Christopher Paolini

What it’s about: 

When Eragon finds a polished stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds. Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands…

Eragon has been on my TBR for about 9 years now. Oops.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of FireRe-read challenge:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

What it’s about:

The Triwizard Tournament is to be held at Hogwarts. Only wizards who are over seventeen are allowed to enter – but that doesn’t stop Harry dreaming that he will win the competition. Then at Hallowe’en, when the Goblet of Fire makes its selection, Harry is amazed to find his name is one of those that the magical cup picks out. He will face death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards, but with the help of his best friends, Ron and Hermione, he might just make it through – alive!

As always, there are some books that I’ve started in previous months but haven’t completed. These aren’t technically part of this month’s TBR but I really need to complete them. They are:

  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz
  • The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
  • Kraken by China Miéville

What are you planning to read in April?

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