May 2016 TBR


It’s my Birthday today!

Happy Birthday to me 🙂

Anyways, let’s get onto this months TBR. Two of these books are for my dissertation. I bet you can guess which two…

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Books I want/need to read:

the visitorThe Visitor by Lee Child

What it’s about:

Sergeant Amy Callan and Lieutenant Caroline Cooke have a lot in common.

Both were army high-flyers. Both were acquainted with Jack Reacher. Both were forced to resign from the service.

Now they’re both dead.

Found in their own homes, naked, in a bath full of paint.
Apparent victims of an army man. A loner, a smart guy with a score to settle, a ruthless vigilante.

A man just like Jack Reacher.

Jekyll and HydeThe Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

What it’s about:

‘He put the glass to his lips and drank at one gulp… his face became suddenly black and the features seemed to melt and alter’

Published as a ‘shilling shocker’, Robert Louis Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy gave birth to the idea of the split personality. The story of respectable Dr Jekyll’s strange association with ‘damnable young man’ Edward Hyde; the hunt through fog-bound London for a killer; and the final revelation of Hyde’s true identity is a chilling exploration of humanity’s basest capacity for evil. The other stories in this volume also testify to Stevenson’s inventiveness within the Gothic tradition: “Olalla’, a tale of vampirism and tainted family blood, and ‘The Body Snatcher’, a gruesome fictionalisation of the exploits of the notorious Burke and Hare.

This edition contains a critical introduction by Robert Mighall, which discusses class, criminality and the significance of the story’s London setting. It also includes an essay on the scientific contexts of the novel and the development of the idea of the Jekyll-and-Hyde personality.

This book is part of my 2016 Classics Challenge.

antonio's revengeAntonio’s Revenge by John Marston 

What it’s about:

This play is a sequel to the romantic comedy Antonio and Mellida. Unlike its predecessor, however, Antonio’s Revenge is a revenge tragedy. Antonio and Mellida ended with a scene in which the two lovers were reconciled, with the villain, Mellida’s father, Duke Piero, apparently repenting his attempts to keep them apart. Antonio’s Revenge begins where the previous play ended. It is revealed that Piero has not really reformed: he still hates Antonio, and is determined to prevent his daughter’s marriage to him. Piero murders and imprisons various characters, driving Mellida herself to die of grief, before Antonio teams up with other wronged individuals to carry out a revenge on the wicked Duke, which they do through a masque in the play’s last act.

This play is part of a collection.

malfiThe Duchess of Malfi by John Webster

What it’s about:

Ferdinand forbids his widowed sister to marry again. When he discovers that she is not only married but had a child he is driven mad with fury. The Duchess of Malfi is a study in strong characters, dark deeds and dreadful revenge.

Webster is a radically and creatively experimental dramatist. His tragedies deploy shifting dramatic perspectives which counteract and challenge conventional moral judgements, while the predominantly gentler tone of his comedies and tragicomedies responds inventively to contemporary changes in dramatic taste and fashion. All four plays display the provocative intelligence of a profoundly original playwright.

This book is part of my 2016 Classics Challenge.

The Woman in BlackThe Woman in Black by Susan Hill 

What it’s about:

Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor in London, is summoned to Crythin Gifford to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, and to sort through her papers before returning to London. It is here that Kipps first sees the woman in black and begins to gain an impression of the mystery surrounding her. From the funeral he travels to Eel Marsh House and sees the woman again; he also hears the terrifying sounds on the marsh.

Despite Kipps’s experiences he resolves to spend the night at the house and fulfil his professional duty. It is this night at Eel Marsh House that contains the greatest horror for Kipps. Kipps later discovers the reasons behind the hauntings at Eel Marsh House. The book ends with the woman in black exacting a final, terrible revenge.

the raven kingThis month’s challenge: Read a book that was published this year (2016)

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater 

What it’s about: 

The fourth and final instalment in the spellbinding series from bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure any more.

This book has just come out and I can’t wait to read it.

HP 5Re-read challenge:

Harry Potter and Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling

What it’s about:

Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors’ attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord’s return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort’s savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time.

As always, there’s a few books left over from previous months that need finishing. They are:

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


What are you planning to read in May?


22 thoughts on “May 2016 TBR

    1. Thank you!

      Unfortunately not. I had family visiting all morning but I escaped at 12pm to go to the cinema. I’ll have a lie in tomorrow instead since it’s the bank holiday 🙂


      1. Yeah, it’s nice when my birthday is actually on the bank holiday like it’s meant to be too. Like it will be next year 🙂

        The cinema was so full. The cinema had two showings of Captain America: Civil War showing at the same time too and both screens were completely sold out.


      2. Yeah, I know a lot of people with September birthdays too. Including one of my nieces. But most of my family and friends have their birthdays between April and July. So the summer months are hectic for me.

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  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! What a wonderful day to be born on. I am waiting to binge read the last three Raven Cycle books during my summer vacation. I am also going to re-read the HP books via the illustrated editions. I have Sorcerer’s Stone, so I should be starting it soon. I loved The Color Of Magic. Have a wonderful week. 🙂


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