In this series we will be sharing each of our TBR books, why we’re looking forward to reading them, and why we picked up those books in the first place. Read on to discover editor Kate’s next three books To Be Read!
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
I confess I started to read this book several months ago but got bogged down in work. Then, not long after I got it the library sent an angry letter demanding its book back. Now I have it back and it’s sitting on my bed stand waiting for me to pick it up. I’ve already read the first 20 odd pages and boy it was intriguing, the set up was amazing. A story set in a mental institute during a time when mental illness was overlooked and not always treated properly is already compelling, but when I read the manipulative nature of Nurse Ratcheted, I couldn’t wait to see what chaos the new arrival, Randall McMurphy, would implement. It’s a book that has been around for a while but I’ve successfully blocked my ears to the gossip and cannot wait to read Kesey’s well-received novel.
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
As a child I loved Wilde’s short stories, especially The Selfish Giant, now that I am older (and hopefully wiser) it is time I attempt one of Wilde’s renowned classics. Once again, this is a library book, such a handy place to go, so I’ll have a few weeks to get into it. Unfortunately, due to some rather large mouths I know the ending of this novel but it doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy it, besides I’m constantly told that the journey is the best part in all aspects of life. My friend sent me a quote from the novel awhile back which made me curious to read it, “Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.” Wilde wrote some of the most profound quotes that I like to refer to every once in awhile, here’s hoping I’ll find some more!
Me and Mr Booker by Cory Taylor
I first read this book awhile back. I wasn’t that into it to be honest, it wasn’t the plot that turned me off but the characters. I felt like Taylor was holding back on revealing the character’s emotions but my God the ending more than made up for it. When I was browsing through the library recently and saw it sitting on the shelf I had to pick it up and take it home with me again. The only reason I first read it was because it was an Australian novel a few people said was decent. I’m not really re-reading the whole book but just the last few pages. A well-written ending is a book of haunting in my opinion. I don’t want to give the ending away because the whole novel you wonder if Martha will end up with Mr Booker, will he leave his wife, what is going to happen. The ending was not a fairy-tale one but brutally realistic and honest in dialogue and actions. I find it amazing how months after reading it I can still vividly remember the ending, almost word for word. Sometimes at night before I sleep I like to pick up a book with a great ending and read it. Until the library sends an angry letter it’ll be my night-time companion.