Books & Study Life

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 – 5 stars. Really interesting book which contains all sort of details that makes us understand the Victorians better.

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – now reading

The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates – 4 stars. A memoir in which she talks about her work in Africa and her personal life too.

Drug Wars by Neil Woods – 5 stars. Good book, offering an insight into the problems created by the war on drugs.

Barricades and Borders by Robert Gildea – Did not read cover-to-cover, but a few relevant chapters.

Centuries of Change by Ian Mortimer – 4 stars. It was an interesting book, but the end was not as good as the presentation of the individual centuries, hence I took a star out.

High Spirits by Kate Heard – 5 stars

British Prime Ministers by Robert J. Parker – 5 stars. Short but informative. A must read.

30-Second Anatomy by Gabrielle Finn – 5 stars

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.

I updated the books from the first list, if you want to check it out.

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. I don’t think I’ve read any of the books on this list, so I’ll have to look into them. Thanks for the recommendations!

  4. I’m pleased to see another Ian Mortimer book on your list. I liked the only one of his I’ve read and have added others to my wishlist.

  5. 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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