Books to Be Read and Loved

TBR pile
“A book is a door, you know. Always and forever. A book is a door into another place and another heart and another world.” – Catherynne M. Valente. Sometimes I think that, perhaps, there is no greater feeling than that which comes with several good books and the knowledge of many long, empty days stretching ahead. For what is better than the promise of several worlds, and time to savour and enjoy each one of them? Here are a few books I hope to read soon:

Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
My love for The Catcher in the Rye is extensive, and I'm also a huge fan of Franny and Zooey (though it's definitely due a reread, given I read it such a long time ago). So, naturally, I've been eyeing J.D. Salinger's short stories for a while. There's something about his relaxed, often colloquial, style that makes his work so readable – oh, and there's always the benefit of fantastically alive characters. Needless to see, I'm intrigued to see how his style translates to short story form.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Sometimes certain books just seem to follow you around. They'll catch your eye when you're in a bookshop (and maybe you'll pick it up to buy, and then suddenly decide against it), or it'll be recommended to you by several friends within the same week. Whatever the case, there are some books that always seem to be there, begging you to read them. At long last, I'll be reading We Have Always Lived in the Castle, and I honestly can't wait.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Other Stories and Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Like many, the only F. Scott Fitzgerald book I've read is The Great Gatsby. And, like many, I'm not sure why exactly this is. I love the style of F. Scott Fitzgerald's work, and his prose is superb – so I'm at loss for an explanation of why I haven't read more of his work.

Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
I've mentioned my love for Murakami's work too often on this blog, so, for fear of becoming monotonous, I'll keep this short. Murakami's work is eccentric and bizarre, though always maintains an odd sense of realism and believability; Dance Dance Dance, in particular, sounds like a Murakami novel that embraces everything I love about his work in the first place.

The Moving Toyshop by Edmund Crispin
Described as "one of the undiscovered treasures of British crime fiction", the synopsis of this book was enough to win me over: Richard Cadogan, poet and would-be bon vivant, arrives for what he thinks will be a relaxing holiday in the city of dreaming spires. Late one night, however, he discovers the dead body of an elderly woman lying in a toyshop and is coshed on the head. When he comes to, he finds that the toyshop has disappeared and been replaced with a grocery store. 

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
The size of this novel, though daunting, is greatly intriguing; at 800+ pages, and with the promise of empty summer days ahead, I can't wait for my mind to be enveloped by Michel Faber's world. The first few lines are simply captivating: "Watch your step, Keep your wits about you; you will need them. This city I am bringing you to is vast and intricate, and you have not been here before."

Have you read any of these? What books do you plan to read soon?


  1. I haven't read any of these, but I've read the authors' other works such as Great Gatsby (which I hated) and J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye which I really enjoyed reading. Maybe I'll check these out in the future!

    1. Ooh, why did you hate The Great Gatsby? I personally really enjoyed it, but I know many people who studied it who didn't enjoy it!

  2. I, too, would love to read some Salinger short stories. A Perfect Day for Bananafish was the first Salinger I ever read and it is excellent.

    I love the way you describe "books that follow you around". I totally get that, normally from seeing a particular book over and over on blogs and eventually deciding I need to read it. We Have Always Lived in the Castle is a brilliant title; I'll be interested to know what you think.

    I'm reading A Farewell to Arms currently, but I plan to soon pick up This Side of Paradise. Gatsby is top-5 favourite material for me, so I'm really looking forward to some more Fitzgerald.

    The first line of that Faber is very intriguing! Again, I'd love to read a review when you're done. It sounds like my kind of book, to be honest.

    Excellent post. (And yes, here I am, commenting on two posts in one evening. I'm binging on my feed to catch up with posts I missed on holiday .... not just stalking you, Ruby. Honest.)

    1. A Perfect Day for Bannanafish is the first story in the collection – I thought this one was marvellous!

      We Have Always Lived in the Castle is one of the best books I've read so far this year. I really, really recommend! I think you'd really enjoy it.

      This Side of Paradise is another one I've had my eye on for ages!

      Haha, I love your comments Emily! :)


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