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My TBR Pile #2

I enjoyed writing the first post with books I’m looking forward to read, so here is My TBR Pile #2. From the first list, which contained 18 books I read most of them, see the update at the end of this post. I published that post on 5th March, so this is a round-up of the books I read in these past two months, 25 in total. I read other books, for University, or books I did not think at that time, so there are some differences. All these books are reviewed on my book blog, Coffee & Books, if you fancy having a look at a specific book. At the moment I’m reading two of the books from the previous post.

My TBR Pile #2

Here is my list of books I want to read in the next two months. Of course, I have other books to read for University, so I might finish this list sooner or later, depending on how much time I need for my other reading commitments. Also, I am not sure if I will finish Beeton’s book or not. I will read some of the chapters from a couple of books now and some after the exams as they will be more relevant to what I’m going to study next year. As you can see, my TBR Pile #2 is half the size of the first one, but it contains only one fiction book, by Dostoyevsky, which I don’t think counts as a light read anyway.

My TBR Pile #2 – List of books:

Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
Drug Wars by Neil Woods
Barricades and Borders by Robert Gildea
Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer
High Spirits by Kate Heard
British Prime Ministers by Robert J. Parker
30-Second Anatomy by Gabrielle Finn

At the moment I’m reading two books from the first list, Dirty Bertie (about Edward VII) and another one about George IV. I will continue with the books relevant for the 19th century, but I will introduce a non-history related book, just to mix them up.

Here is a short update with the books from the first list:
Meet me at the Museum by Anne Youngson – DNF! (1 of 2 books I did not finish, the second one is Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel)
Happy Ever After by Paul Dolan – 3.5 stars. Not as good as the first one.
Dirty Bertie by Stephen Clarke – now reading
Instant History by Sandra Lawrence – 5 stars. Great book, really interesting, like all the rest in this series.
Instant Engineering by Joel Levy – 5 stars.
Instant Science by Jennifer Crouch – 5 stars
Instant Mathematics by Paul Parsons and Gail Dixon – 5 stars
George IV Art & Spectacle by Kate Heard and Kathryn Jones – now reading
The medical detective by Sandra Hempel – 4 stars. Good, not great, but worth reading.
Brunel: The Man Who Built the World by Steven Brindle – 5 stars. Loved it.
The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith – 5 stars (the first book of the two)
How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman – 5 stars. Great book, filled with fascinating details. I also read another book by Ruth Goodman, published this year. She is an amazing author.
The Highland Laird’s Bride by Nicole Locke – 5 stars
In Debt to the Enemy Lord – 5 stars
The Knight’s Scarred Maiden – 5 stars
Her Christmas Knight – DNF
Reclaimed by the Knight – 4.5 stars
Her Dark Knight’s Redemption – 4.5 stars

Other books I’ve read in the last two months, but were not on the list, because I did not have them at the time or I was already reading them when I made that post:
Europe’s Uncertain Path 1814-1914 by R.S. Alexander
Happiness by Design by Paul Dolan
Formula One 2020 by Bruce Jones
Saving Buddy by Nicola Owst
Peaceful Conquest by Sidney Pollard
The Rose by Brent Elliott
Modernity and Bourgeois Life by Jerrold Seigel
The Domestic Revolution by Ruth Goodman
The Making of Modern Woman by Lynn Abrams

5 Comment

  1. That’s an impressive list of books to read. I wonder what you’ll think of Drug Wars. My husband reads a lot on the subject, I will ask him if he’s read this one.
    From you TBR list, I’ve only read Crime and Punishment (in Russian) many years ago, most likely at school, as we studied it for one term.

  2. That’s a lot of books! I had this fanciful notion that I could finally read all the unread books from my shelves during lockdown, but alas, my children had other ideas. Now I’m too exhausted to even look at a book, and I don’t get a moment to myself during the day. Hopefully I will manage to read something soon…

    Anyway, your list is quite extensive and looks very interesting. I enjoyed reading Philippa Gregory’s Tudor novels years ago, they really brought history to life for me and I devoured the whole collection within a short space of time (before I had kids!).

  3. Great variety of books to conquer. I hope you manage to read them all. I read Crime and Punishment in 2019 and loved it. It is a verbose read, yet very entertaining. It is a book I plan to pick up again in 10 or 20 years. I certainly feel inspired to read more of Dostoyevsky’s works. Stay safe!

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