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My “To Be Read” Pile

Here are just some of the books on my TBR pile, and why I’m excited about reading them.

If you’ve read any of these books I’d love to know what you think of them, and of course I’m always interested in book recommendations! 

Also, as well as these books, I’ll also be reading thrillers, and other books that catch my attention, so it may take some time for my reviews of these books to appear.

The Sound Mirror by Heidi James (out on 20 August)

According to the Amazon blurb “Heidi James has crafted a haunting and moving examination of class, war, violence, family and shame from the rich details of ordinary lives.”

It’s on my list because I loved this author’s previous book So The Doves which was a beautifully written thriller with themes of friendship, and understanding childhood events that had not been clear at the time. Hoping for a similarly involving storyline here, and more of the beautiful writing style of this author. 

Expectation by Anna Hope

This is the author’s debut novel about 3 women whose lives don’t turn out exactly as they expect.  Its about friendship and finding one’s way.

This is on my list because I enjoy reading new authors, and then following their book publishings (see Owen Mullen, Louise Beech ) I am hoping this will be a “true to life” positive novel. I also chose it because is very different to many of the other books in my TBR pile. 

Raised in Ruins by Tara Neilson

This is a memoir about Tara growing up, with her family,  in a remote part of Alaska.

Having enjoyed every second of the novel The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, I’m excited to read about real life in remote Alaska.  I’m hoping to learn about the realities of survival in such a harsh landscape, and enjoy somebody’s else’s adventure while I’m living a more relaxed lifestyle. 

The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

All about trees and forests, and how they grow and survive.

I spend a lot of my free time out in nature, so learning more about what I am seeing and enjoying will enhance the experience (I hope). It’s got some great reviews!

A Rustle in the Grass by Robin Hawdon

A colony of ants must fight against their foes.

I loved The Bees by Laline Paull, and a Twitter follower recommended this novel about ants to me.    Where I walk in the woods I often come across large ant hills, I’m hoping this novel will tell me more about what is going on in these amazing structures.

An ant hill in my local woods.

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

“The New Science of Sleep and Dreams” so it says.

This was recommended to me by a friend.  I’m interested in anything to do with how the brain works, and to learn about what happens whilst we sleep sounds fascinating to me.  I’m a little concerned by the small size of the print though – hope it doesn’t send me to sleep (ha ha)

All the best, Emma of EmmabBooks.com

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