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November TBR

Right, I'm trying something a bit different this month... I'm only setting myself a proper TBR of ten books that I know I absolutely want to read this month; the rest of my stack will be a large (very large - the pile on my nightstand gets closer to dangerously, possibly fatally, high every month) pile of books that I might want to pick through in this last hectic month of work and PhD before the Christmas break. I'm going to see if this means I enjoy my reading a bit more than last month's; to see if letting my mood guide my reading choices means a bit more of an emotional connection to the novels I pick up instead of just reading them to get through a list I set weeks ago when my mood and free time doesn't end up matching the reality.

Anyways, please see below for the books that might kill me (literally - by crushing my skull while I sleep) this month.

Proper TBR:

  • Chocolat, by Joanne Harris

  • The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

  • Razorblade Tears, by S.A. Cosby

  • Once There Were Wolves, by Charlotte McConaghy

  • Un weekend à Zuydcote, by Robert Merle

  • Arcadia, by Lauren Groff

  • The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, by John le Carré

  • La Porte du voyage sans retour, by David Diop

  • Orlando, by Virginia Woolf

  • The Passenger, by Urlich Alexander Boschwitz


  • Well Matched, by Jen DeLuca (not my fault, this one - my pre-order hasn't delivered yet even though this book came out weeks ago!)

  • War: How Conflict Shaped Us, by Margaret Macmillan

  • The Butchers, by Ruth Gilligan

  • The Midnight Bargain, by C.L. Polk

  • The Madwoman Upstairs, by Catherine Lowell

  • The Mistress of Rome, by Kate Quinn

  • The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer

  • She Would Be King, by Wayetú Moore

  • Le cœur cousu, by Carole Martinez

  • Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows, by Balli Kaur Jaswal

Potential Pile:

  • Talk Bookish to Me, by Kate Bromley

  • Libertie, by Kaitlyn Greenidge

  • The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, by V.E. Schwab

  • How to be both, by Ali Smith

  • A Crime in the Neighbourhood, by Suzanne Berne

  • Titus n'aimait pas Bérénice, by Nathalie Azoulai

  • Le Prix de la démocratie, by Julie Cagé

  • Mr, by Emma Becker

  • A History of Magic, by Chris Gosden

  • In the Market for Murder, by T.E. Kinsey

  • The Terracotta Dog, by Andrea Camilleri

  • The Snack Thief, by Andrea Camilleri

  • The Voice of the Violin, by Andrea Camilleri

  • Excursion to Tindari, by Andrea Camilleri

  • The Smell of the Night, by Andrea Camilleri

  • Migrations, by Charlotte McConaghy

  • The Priory of the Orange Tree, by Samantha Shannon

Why. Am. I. Like. This. Why don't I have FRIENDS.

Happy reading,

Amélie xx

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I’m Amélie, I love books and reading, and I also love talking about them.

I’m incredibly lucky to be bilingual, so I read books in both French and English, and will talk about both of those on here – although I will do more in English, since I know that’s probably what the majority of the people who ever find this blog will be interested in!

I also like history, traveling, Shakespeare, coffee, cheese, musicals, Italian Baroque art, the ballet, Mock the Week and Have I Got News For You, flowers, makeup, high heels, and baking. Yes, I’m a walking cliché. I am aware.

Please do tweet at me with any suggestions/book recommendations/thoughts.

In case you’re curious – yes, Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time.

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