My to read list

The last time I posted a blog entry was 2 weeks ago (19 October to be exact), which makes me a really bad blogger, you would guess 😉 For a long time it has been going slow on the reading front, but I’m happy to say that I’m ready to pick it up! I am in the process of writing a review for The Girl who played with Fire (as promised), but couldn’t wait to share with you the 5 books that I’ve picked out that’s on my “next to read” list.  I do have a LONG list of ‘to read’ books, but these take preference.

The Club Dumas by Arturo Pérez-Reverte

This book I purchased about 3 months ago, which I started reading and then left it to read two new Carlos Ruiz Zafón books (he is my favorite author right now). I was meaning to pick up on reading this book, but I forgot. Not because what I read so far was bad – it was quite good actually!  I was deeply immersed in the book after the first 2 chapters. The story deals with a book detective, called Lucas Corso who gets hired to hunt down rare editions/copies of books for his clients.  A well-known bibliophile was murdered and he left behind a original manuscript of Alexandre Dumas’s ‘The Three Musketeers’. This is pretty much as far as I got with this book… when reading the sypnosis on goodreads, the rest of the book deals with Lucas getting involved in a plot about occult practices. Goodreads describe it as “A provocative literary thriller that playfully pays tribute to classic tales of mystery and adventure”. It has a rating of 3.75.

Winter in Madrid by C.J Samson

I read a sample of this book and got quite a few chapters from amazon, enough to make me think “I HAVE TO HAVE THIS BOOK!!”. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, atleast the parts I got to read. I don’t say this about many books, but this book got  me right from chapter 1. After reading the sample I wanted to click “buy” immediately.   The book has a rating of 3.64 on goodreads.

The Master and Margarita by Mihail Bulgakov

I was recommended this book by someone and although I don’t judge a book by its rating alone, but I was skeptic when I read a short sypnosis of the book at the time. This book has a rating of 4.31, which is an excellent rating! If so many people think it’s great, then it must be right?  Goodreads summary: “One of the greatest novels ever to come out of the Soviet Union. A parable on power and its corruption, on good and evil and on human frailty and the strength of love. Equal parts fable, fantasy, political satire and slapstick”

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

This book is a historical fiction. Being written in 1980, does it also make it a ‘classic’? Alot of people (non readers) don’t know the difference between historical fiction…  The book is about fictitious events that happened in early 14th century (1327) about an Italian abbey who are suspected of heresy  and mysterious deaths. The book has a rating of 4.03.

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

 This is a book I am dying to read – and buy.  The story evolves around a secret garden, an aristocratic family, dark fairy tales and lots of mystery and family secrets.

An   An excerpt from Goodreads: “Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything dear to her. But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra’s life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace – the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early twentieth century – Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself”. This book has a rating of 4.08

This is my list of books I want to read next. What is yours? And if you have read any of these books before, please share your experience with me (maybe you thought it was bad and would like to warn me not to waste my time 😉

*PS: Generally any book with a rating of 3.5 I consider or ‘expect’ it to be good, however I do realise that other people’s taste and mine might differ so when I read a sample of a book I enjoy I will purchase it, regardless of whether it was rated 1/5.

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