Five on Friday: next on my TBR pile

Friday is here. Yay! Not that I notice much difference between weekdays and weekends these days – life is a continuum of cooking, eating, cleaning, playtime, bathtime, bedtime once there are children running around the house. But somehow weekends feel more relaxed. Like, ‘it’s okay if we skip our raw veggies and go to bed a bit later’ kind of relaxed. Anyway, you might not have any toddler making a mess of everything and won’t have a clue of what I’m talking about. So let’s move on and talk books.

Today I’m showing you what my tbr pile looks like. Yep, I’m even posting a picture! I am currently juggling reading Hamlet and a collection of celtic tales but once I’ve finished those, this is what I have in store.


The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien

Well, well. What a surprise. Or not really. I have just finished The Fellowship of the Ring and I liked it so much that I can’t wait to start reading The Two Towers. I’ll probably hold on a bit though and read the next one first. And that’ll be …


Death’s End, by Cixin Liu

Death’s End is the third and final volume of the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series, a very much hyped trilogy of Chinese sci-fi. I already read The Three-Body Problem and The Dark Forest last year, so I should get cracking on this one before I forget what it all was about.


A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens

This has long been on my tbr pile and it’s just about time. Especially considering that it is one the books being read in March by the classics group I joined in Goodreads. However, as I don’t think I will have much time left for this one in March I might put it aside for a while. Again.


The Romanovs, by Simon Sebag Montefiore

Now, I’ve been even worse with this one. I wanted to read The Romanovs as soon as I saw the hard cover edition in a library in London. I already started reading it last year but I never made it past the second Romanov tsar. I was hoping to like it, even love it, as much as I did Four Sisters, by Helen Rappaport. But somehow, the magic just didn’t happen. But as I have always been very interested in the Romanov dynasty I still want to read it. And this year I will.


The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden

Another one with a a bit of a Russian theme, and that’s mostly the reason why I added to my tbr list. Also, The Bear and The Nightingale (again, the first in a trilogy) seems to be the fantasy series of the moment. So it needed be on my list.

And that’s all. Kind of. I probably have more than five books waiting for me to have a bit of free time but five seems like a good number to me. And the perfect one for a five on Friday post.

And what about you? What are you reading now? What will you be reading next?


2 thoughts on “Five on Friday: next on my TBR pile

    1. Uh-oh, I just finished The Bear and the Nightingale and I liked it but didn’t love it. Perhaps my expectations were too high because there’s such a hype about it right now; or perhaps I wanted to like it very badly because it is Russia-related. Still, I liked it enough so that The Girl in the Tower is now on my tbr list 🙂


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