Reading List: Next 10 Books to Read

Here are the next ten books that I am planning to read (the order is subject to change.) I have written a brief summary under each of the titles, however, this was just the information I pulled from the blurb. Full length reviews will follow when I have read them

1.‘Enduring Love’ by Ian McEwan (1997)

After a bizarre and fatal hot air balloon accident, Joe Rose never expected his mundane life to take such an unexpected twist.

2. ‘Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman’ by Haruki Murakami (2006 – in English translation)

A collection of short stories about everything from animated cows and a criminal monkey to a romantic exile in Greece and a chance reunion in Italy.

3. ‘The Omen’ by David Seltzer (1976)

A man exchanges his stillborn son for a new-born orphan. But as the years go on, Robert Thorn begins to unravel the horrible truth about the child that he has raised.

4. ‘Déjà Dead’ by Kathy Reichs (1997)

See Dr Temperance Brennan, Direct of Forensic Anthropology solve her first murder. The series that inspired the television series ‘Bones’. 

5. ‘Carrie’ by Stephen King (1974)

A young girl in New England is not quite what she seems. A demonic force lies behind an innocent face.

6. ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue (2010)

‘Jack is five. He lives in a single, locked room with his Ma.’ Witness the world through Jack’s eyes, a child who was born as a result of abduction and rape. His whole world exists in the only room he has ever known.

7. ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

Visit the world of Nick Carraway and the mansions that lined Long Island, America in the 1920s and the mystery that surrounds him.

8. ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (2001)

Ten-year-old Daniel chooses a book from the ‘Cemetery of Forgotten Books’ in 1945, but as he grows up, people begin looking for him. It becomes a race to discover the truth.

9. ‘The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes’ by Loren D Estleman (2010)

Conan Doyle’s infamous detective solves Robert Louis Stevenson’s fictional tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 

10. Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin (2005)

A sixteen year old girl dies when she is hit by a car. She finds herself is ‘Elsewhere’, where ‘life’ continues as usual, but the inhabitants get younger.

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8 thoughts on “Reading List: Next 10 Books to Read

  1. Kristel says:

    I’m not familiar with a lot of the books in your list, but I love the blurbs. 🙂 Carrie, The Great Gatsby, and anything Murakami — I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. The rest, I’m actually interested in reading now. Will stay tuned to see how they turn out. 🙂

    • Hannah Ackroyd says:

      I’m glad the blurbs are informative, I tried to write as brief a summary as possible from what the blurbs gave away – it was much more difficult than I expected! I’m really excited to get reading so hopefully you won’t have to wait too long for the reviews! In a month my exams will be over so after that I should be churning them out!

  2. Jay says:

    Hi Hannah,

    I’ve recently “discovered” Murakami just in the past year or so. I’ve been slowly snacking on Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, reading a story every now and then (I loved “Chance Traveler” which I just finished a couple days ago). I think I now have only three to go now, and that makes me a little sad.

    I’ll be interested to hear which of the stories you like the best.

    • Hannah Ackroyd says:

      Hi Jay,

      I’m about half way through ‘Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman’ now so a review should be up some time this week if all goes to plan! I still can’t seem to make my mind up about him yet! I have really enjoyed some of the stories like ‘The Perfect Day For Kangaroos’ and ‘The Mirror’ but some I’m not so sure on. I haven’t reached ‘Chance Traveller’ yet – only fifty pages away though! Maybe that one might sway me! Like I mentioned, the review should be up soon where I will go into more depth about which stories I have enjoyed and why, I’d love to hear your final verdict when you reach the end too!

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