The Underground editors are sharing their To Be Read lists: the books they have on their bedside tables just waiting to be read!

In this new 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 Shelley’s next three books To Be Read!

I have a bad habit of starting books, getting distracted and never finishing them. I buy more than I read, but this year I wanted to change that. So far not so good. Heres what’s currently on my bedside table, and on my Audible app.

The Muse by Jessie Burton

I picked this up from the bookstore the week that it came out and was so excited to read it. I fell in love with Jessies previous book, The Miniaturist, and it is still one of my favourite books to date. The Muse, however, is unamusing. I’m 100 pages in, and have been stuck there since last year. The premise is great: a young Caribbean woman working in London in 1967, interlaced with a historical fiction tale set in 1930s Spain, but it just hasn’t captured my attention. At the moment it is just sitting on my bedside table underneath last night’s mug of tea and a candle.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

This one is a reread for me and I have put it down for the moment to focus on my university assignments. I picked up this copy from the op shop so it’s well loved, stained and tattered. And I love it. I am forever picking up second hand books and buying them for their character and history. It’s almost like re-homing them.

I love this book. I flew through it when I first read it in high school and I had actually forgotten I had it on my shelf. I picked it up and chucked it in my bag on a whim and brought it to class with me to pass the time. I read it while eating my lunch and was gripped by the storyline the entire time. It is, in my opinion, a modern classic. Once I get some free time I will be finishing this one for sure!

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Oh my god. This book is incredible. Juicy, dramatic, painfully accurate and thrilling. I have the audiobook for this one and I highly recommend you listen to it too. The woman who reads the Audible edition does an incredible job with characterisation, especially when it comes to matching personalities with accents. You can imagine each character when she puts on a particular voice, and we have all encountered at least one person like the characters in the book.

I have been listening to this nonstop. I’m hooked. I need to hear the rest of the story. I can’t get enough, and I can’t believe I waited so long to get into Liane Moriarty’s work. She perfectly captures the coastal Australian lifestyle, as well as schoolyard drama and bickering between parents; except in this case a parent ends up dead and I am hanging on every word to find out who it is. It’s classic ‘chick lit’ and I have fallen head over heels for it!


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