My Current To-Read List

My Current To-Read List

This week I made a new resolution that I would treat myself to one new book each month, so here is a breakdown of my current to-read list, and books I’m planning on buying soon!

I don’t know about anyone else, but if you wanted to purchase everything on your current to-read list, you would spend about £1000. I’ve decided to treat myself to one £10 book each month to actually read some current books. For someone who loves reading as much as I do, I never buy bestsellers, or new releases, and end up being way behind. I watched Stranger Things a year after it came out and I wanted to talk about it but all the hype had died down by then. I’ve read books ten years after they came out (The Little Friend). Now I want to go back even further and read The Secret History!

So I’m trying my hardest to buy one new release each month. Here are some books that I would love to buy over the coming months. Not all of these are new releases, but books that I’ve been wanting to read for so long.

Last Seen Alive

She can run

Libby Hall needs to hide, to escape from everything for a while. Which is why the house swap is a godsend. The chance for Libby and her husband Jamie to exchange their tiny Bath flat for a beautiful haven on the wild Cornish coast.

But she can’t hide

But before they can begin to heal their fragile marriage, Libby makes some disturbing discoveries about the house. And soon the peace and isolation begin to feel threatening. How alone are they? Why does she feel watched?

Because someone knows her secret

What is Jamie hiding? Is Libby being paranoid? Why does the house bring back such terrible memories? Memories Libby’s worked hard to bury. Memories of the night she last saw her best friend alive . . . and what she did.

This book has a huge rating of 4.2/5 on Goodreads and 4.7/5 on Waterstones’ website. It’s a new release, and it’s HUGE. This is the one I’ll be ordering at the end of this month.

Now £2 off

We Were Liars

We are the Liars. We’re beautiful, privileged and live a life of carefree luxury. We are cracked and broken: a story of love and romance, a tale of tragedy. Which are lies and which is truth?

Technically a re-release and not a new release, but I’m still excited to get my hardback copy!

I See You

I See You is added to my current to-read list.

It is the photo I’m looking at. It’s cropped close to the face but you can clearly see blonde hair and a glimpse of a black strappy top. Older than the other women pimping their wares, but such a grainy photo it would be hard to give a precise age.

Except I know how old she is. I know she’s forty.

Because the woman in the advert is me.

When Zoe Walker sees her photo in the classifieds section of a London newspaper, she is determined to find out why it’s there.

There’s no explanation: just a grainy image, a website address and a phone number. She takes it home to her family, who are convinced it’s just someone who looks like Zoe. But the next day the advert shows a photo of a different woman, and another the day after that.

Is it a mistake? A coincidence? Or is someone keeping track of every move they make…

I love a great mystery/thriller novel, and I have a feeling that this one won’t disappoint.

Buy for £5.99

Nadiya’s British Food Adventure

Now with her own prime-time BBC2 cookery series, Britain’s favourite Bake Off winner presents her latest cookbook, featuring mouth-wateringly delicious recipes from the programme.

Nadiya Hussain was crowned the nation’s winner of 2015’s Great British Bake Off. Famed for her fantastic cookery skills and adventurous flavour choices, she sets off on a journey around the country to meet some of the finest growers, producers and pioneers behind the best of modern British food.

Inspired by her exploration, Nadiya has created over 120 easy and enticing new recipes that mix the local ingredients she encounters with her very favourite flavours: a nod to her Bangladeshi roots. Her reinvented classics capture the diversity of twenty-first century Britain – of tastes and culinary influences that shape what we love to cook and eat today.

I’m trying to get more adventurous, and try out some new recipes so this is the next on my cookbook list.

Now £6 off

The Secret History

The Secret History on my current to-read list

Truly deserving of the accolade Modern Classic, Donna Tartt’s cult bestseller The Secret History is a remarkable achievement – both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful. Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. When they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever.

Now £2 off


So there’s my current to-read list. This lot should keep me occupied for the next five months! Have you read any new releases that you loved?


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  1. August 14, 2017 / 4:17 pm

    All of these sound so interesting! I love reading books and this summer I’ve been trying to read at least a few books a month but I’ve been failing a bit, haha 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • sarahaelsley
      August 18, 2017 / 10:26 am

      I always say I’ll try to read more and never do! I find that by avoiding TV I can fit in a couple of hours reading every day.

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