tbr*

I FINALLY get a chance now to wade into @books-and-cookies readathon! Here are my goals:

-Read Turtles All The Way Down by John Green: my copy just arrived today and I started reading and it has transported me back to my teen self and makes me happy.

-Finish Prodigy by Marie Lu

-Read one other book that I’d like you guys to help me pick!

-Write 4 book reviews and post them!

Stay tuned for updates!

  • Friend: Yeah, I'm not really a book person.
  • Me with blood shot eyes from crying and lack of sleep, empty wallet from buying books and paying overdue library book fees, aching body from constantly being in an uncomfortable reading position, emotionally drained from reading that heartbreaking scene, overwhelmed from the mountain of books on my TBR: You poor unfortunate soul.
  • Normal Person: School is over and this summer I'll go out with my friends all the time.
  • Me: Go out? No way! I have to read all the books on my endless tbr.
10 Books Recommended by President Barack Obama

Last year President Barack Obama shared with WIRED magazine a list of 10 books he highly recommends. These are the books. (Click the links for descriptions.) 

- The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln
- Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 by Taylor Branch
- The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American by Richard S. Tedlow
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
- In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
- Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
- The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

Have your read any of these? What are you thoughts on this list? 

Books mentioned in An Unnecessary Woman

Here’s a list of all the books mentioned in Rabih Alameddine’s An Unnecessary Woman, a novel about a book-obsessed 72-year-old woman who only leaves her book-laden apartment when she has to. What are some of your favorites here?

1. Austerlitz (2001) by W G Sebald
2. The Emigrants (1992) by W G Sebald
3. 2666 (2004) by Roberto Bolaño
4. The Savage Detectives (1998) by Roberto Bolaño
5. A Heart So White (1992) by Javier Marias
6. Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me (1994) by Javier Marias
7. Your Face Tomorrow Trilogy (2002-2007) by Javier Marias
8. A Tale of Two Cities (1859) by Charles Dickens
9. Invisible Cities (1972) by Italo Calvino
10. Cinnamon Shops (1934) by Bruno Schulz
11. The Conformist (1951) by Alberto Moravia
12. Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov
13. The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2007) by Mohsin Hamid
14. The Shipping News (1993) by Annie Proulx
15. The Magic Mountain (1924) by Thomas Mann
16. 100 Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
17. The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (1984) by Jose Saramago
18. Murphy (1938) by Samuel Beckett
19. Waiting for Godot (1952) by Samuel Beckett
20. Death of a Travelling Salesman (1936) by Eudora Welty
21. Giovanni’s Room (1956) by James Baldwin
22. Corydon (1924) by Andre Gide
23. Sepharad (2001) by Antonio Muñoz Molina
24. Sophie’s Choice (1979) by William Styron
25. Nightwood (1936) by Djuna Barnes
26. The Leopard (1957) by Guiseppe Lampedusa
27. Kaddish for an Unborn Child (1990) by Imre Kertész
28. Fatelessness (1975) by Imre Kertész
29. Crime & Punishment ((1866) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
30. The Brothers Karamozov (1880) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
31. Madame Bovary (1856) by Gustave Flaubert
32. The Waves (1931) by Virginia Woolf
33. Mrs Dalloway (1925) by Virginia Woolf
34. Anna Karenina (1877) by Leo Tolstoy
35. The Book of Disquiet (1888-1935) by Fernando Pessoa
36. The Fall (1956) by Albert Camus
37. The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1969) by John Fowles
38. Metamorphosis (1915) by Franz Kafka   [my review]
39. The English Patient (1992) by Michael Ondaatje
40. Dubliners (1914) by James Joyce
41. Herzog (1964) by Saul Bellow
42. Hills like White Elephants (1927) by Ernest Hemingway
43. For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) by Ernest Hemingway
44. The Encyclopaedia of the Dead (1983) by Danilo Kiš
45. Ransom (2009) by David Malouf
46. The Colour Purple (1982) by Alice Walker
47. This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen (1947) by TadeuszBorowski
48. Alice in Wonderland (1865) by Lewis Carroll
49. The Vanity of Human Wishes (1749) by Samuel Johnson
50. Flight Without End (1927) by Joseph Roth
51. Hunger (1890) by Knut Hamsun
52. A Book of Memories (1986) by Péter Nádas
53. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961) by Muriel Spark
54. A House for Mr Biswas (1961) by V S Naipaul
55. Midnight’s Children (1981) by Salman Rushdie
56. Waiting for the Barbarians (1980) by J M Coetzee