Five…Books on my Backlist

This week has been absolutely crazy, so reading moments have been few and far between! This is why I haven’t posted a review for the latter half of this week, I simply haven’t been able to read one. I’ve read a few backlist posts, listing the books on your TBR list that were published pre-2018.

Mine would be a very long list and it would get terrifically boring if I just listed every single book on my TBR shelf. So instead, I have picked out five books from my TBR, which I feel encompass the wide range of crazy on my shelf!

books on my backlist

Five…Books on my Backlist

American Gods
Neil Gaiman

Days before his release from prison, Shadow’s wife, Laura, dies in a mysterious car crash. Numbly, he makes his way back home. On the plane, he encounters the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who claims to be a refugee from a distant war, a former god and the king of America.

Together they embark on a profoundly strange journey across the heart of the USA, whilst all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break.

American Gods – blurb from Goodreads

I bought this book to read before I watched the TV series. It is a distinct possibility that the hefty size (this book has many pages) is why it keeps getting bumped down the pile in favour of other things, but I don’t think it is entirely true. This is my I want to read but honestly it can wait, it doesn’t bother me” book representative.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely fine – Blurb from Goodreads

This is the first book I have bought for the #Womensprize18bigreadI said I’d do. I haven’t gotten around to starting it yet because…well, I’m actually still reading Swing Time and work has been crazy.

Jess Phillips

If you’re thinking, ‘Jess, who?’ then I’m glad that there was something about ‘Everywoman’ and ‘truth’ that caught your eye.

Or you might already know me as that gobby MP who has a tendency to shout about the stuff I care about. Because I’m a woman with a cause, I have been called a feminazi witch, a murderer and threatened with rape. The internet attracts a classy crowd.

So, speaking the truth isn’t always easy but I believe it’s worth it. And I want you to believe it too. The truth can be empowering, the truth can lead to greater equality, and the world would be incredibly boring if we let all of those people who allegedly know everything, say everything.

Everywoman – blurb from Goodreads

This is a biography, a genre that very rarely makes its way onto my shelf. But I enjoyed Caitlin Moran’s How to be a Woman and I’ve heard it’s that style of biography, which should be good! It’s also signed, because I got it in at least 2016/early 2017 at a Waterstones event.

A Skinful of Shadows
Frances Hardinge

Sometimes, when a person dies, their spirit goes looking for somewhere to hide.
Some people have space within them, perfect for hiding.

Twelve-year-old Makepeace has learned to defend herself from the ghosts which try to possess her in the night, desperate for refuge, but one day a dreadful event causes her to drop her guard.

And now there’s a spirit inside her.

The spirit is wild, brutish and strong, and it may be her only defence when she is sent to live with her father’s rich and powerful ancestors. There is talk of civil war, and they need people like her to protect their dark and terrible family secret.

But as she plans her escape and heads out into a country torn apart by war, Makepeace must decide which is worse: possession – or death.

A Skinful of Shadows – blurb from Goodreads

I loved The Lie Tree by the same author, and I bought this on a walking through Blackwells whim one afternoon. I really enjoy this style of children’s book, and it has a really beautiful cover, making it an extra awesome decoration for my book shelf … when it finally makes its way onto the shelf from the TBR bedside table pile…

Call me by Your Name
Andre Aciman

Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy. 

Description from Goodreads

This is my YA represent book. I haven’t watched the movie yet, but when this YA LGBTQ book came onto the kindle deal, I bought it without thinking. I’ll be here there and everywhere on a train next week, so I’ll probably get lots of kindle reading done then!

Have you read any of the books on this backlist snapshot? 




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