Top 5 Wednesday: Spring Reads

Today is the first day of Spring! Spring is probably my favourite season – the weather starts to warm up which makes me want to go out and explore, but you still get plenty of rainy days that are the perfect excuse for getting cosy and having a lazy day with a book!

I’ve almost finished catching up on all the ARCs I requested when I first joined NetGalley (rookie mistake!) and I’ll soon be getting back to tackling my TBR list. I’ve decided to work through it starting with those that have been on my shelves the longest, so I’m slowly powering through The Romanovs – a 700+ page tome that’ll be my bedtime reading for the next few weeks, at least. La Belle Sauvage is a high priority too, as it’s been on my list since release but it’s also pretty hefty, so I’m saving that for later.

So, here’s the five most neglected books from my TBR!

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

This is quite a well-known one that I’ve somehow accidentally avoided until now. It’s won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. The story brings together a blind French girl and a German boy in the middle of WWII. It’s been on my shelf for almost two years now, and I have an eBook copy on my Kindle so really there is no excuse for not having read it yet!

East West Street by Phillipe Sands

East West Street has been on my TBR for just over two years, back when I first got into non-fiction reads. It looks at how WWII and Hitler’s rule influenced humanitarian laws, but also explores how this history intersects with the author’s own family story. This is exactly the kind of non-fiction that I love – books that I can learn from, but that also have a personal aspect to them. I think I’m going to really enjoy this.

Under the Udala Tress by Chinelo Okparanta

Ijeoma is sent away from her home to keep her safe from civil war in Nigeria. When she falls in love with another girl, she learns that there can be taboos just as dangerous as war. This is one of the few books I have in the earliest part of my TBR list that is written by a woman, possibly because I’ve been unconsciously prioritising women writers in the past year or so, leaving mainly books by men unread. Not sure why this one has been missed up until now, because it sounds amazing. It’s been on my bookshelf for exactly two years today!

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

Wow, so looks like I’m reading a lot about World War Two this season, huh? This isn’t a topic I usually read about so I think that’s why these have sat unread for so long and are making up the bulk of my most-neglected reads! The Man in the High Castle imagines a version of the United States where the Axis powers won WWII. I’ve been meaning to read this for a while now, and I keep putting off watching the television series (which I’ve been told is excellent) because I want to read the book first. Having sat on my shelves for just under two years, I think it’s time I read this classic!

Bleaker House by Nell Stevens

Nell Stevens was given a fellowship grant to spend three months where ever she wanted, writing a novel. Wanting a sabbatical from distractions, she chooses a remote island in the Falklands with only the sheep and penguins to keep her company. Bleaker House chronicles her short time on the island and the writing process of her novel. I heard of this shortly after publication and thought it sounded fascinating. I love my alone time but I don’t know how well I’d fare that alone for that long, so I’m interested to see how it effected Stevens’ writing process. This has been on my TBR since May ’17.

What’s the longest a book has been on your TBR?

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