August TBR

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on 12/08/2018

I’m in a reading slump, and it sucks.

No book is gripping me, interesting me or getting me on board with its narrative. It’s so frustrating to have something that was once my escape from reality becoming a draining factor in my reality.

So, I’m setting myself some reading targets each month to help me focus on getting through the backlog of books I have acquired (and to give me space to buy more!). This month, I’ve only set myself three books to read, as I usually only have an hour or so a day to sit down with a nice paperback) but hopefully I’ll have the chance to get a couple more squeezed in!

Inside the Firm, Tony Lambrianou


I’m low-key obsessed with crime documentaries so when a colleague at work was reading a book written by someone who was in the inner circles of the Kray twins, I basically gave him no choice but to let me borrow it! The author, Tony Lambrianou, was sentenced to 15 years for murder and all kinds of crime after having been a member of the Kray Twins gang throughout the most of their career. I’m hoping to have this read ASAP so I don’t hold on to someone else’s book for too long!

WTF?, Robert Peston

What have we done? Why did it happen? How do we take back control? These are the questions being asked in this book.

If you don’t watch Peston on Sunday, you’re missing out. Robert Peston is one of the best journalists out there, and he actually talks common sense. If like me, you’re still reeling from Brexit and the rise of the alt-right, this book is for you. I’ve read his introduction and the book takes you all the way back to the banking crash in 2008 to assess what happened that has caused Brexit, Trump and the ever-widening gap between those at the top, and those at the bottom.


The Darkness, Ragnar Jónasson

love Scandi/Northern crime writers. There’s something about the bleak landscape descriptors that make them the best kind of suspense writing. I picked this up at a little independent bookstore in Totnes and am very much looking forward to starting it. A young woman is found washed up on the shoreline. It’s ruled a suicide, but DI Hulda Hermannsdottir soon finds that another woman went missing at the same time… I just hope it isn’t an obvious ending.

What are you reading at the moment? Are there any books being published soon that you’re looking forward to?


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  • caratigerlilli

    I’m reading “Into The Water” by Paula Hawkins but I’ve only read a couple of chapters ? I’m focusing so much on my blog I’m neglecting the book shelf x

    12/08/2018 at 1:27 pm Reply
    • nataliehelenablogs

      Ooooo – that’s on my bookshelf somewhere too! I hope you find some time to get through it! x

      12/08/2018 at 1:33 pm Reply
      • caratigerlilli

        Yeah you’ll have to tell me what you think when we’ve both read it! x

        12/08/2018 at 1:44 pm Reply
  • lhope884

    Oo these sound really good. I, too, am low-key obsessed with crime docs. I’m currently reading Tales From the Warming by Lorin. R Robinson which is proving to be an interesting read so far!

    Great post,
    Luce xo

    12/08/2018 at 2:40 pm Reply
  • Lindsey

    I hope they do the trick to get you out of the reading slump! I’ve just finished The Court of Broken Knives but didn’t find it the most engaging read. Having the dilemma of what to read next at the moment. These look good though – look forward to hearing what you think!

    12/08/2018 at 7:24 pm Reply
  • bathandbooks

    The Robert Peston books sounds interesting, I look forward to seeing what you think of it

    12/08/2018 at 8:33 pm Reply
  • The Frozen Mind

    I absolutely hate reading slumps! I’m in one now!

    12/08/2018 at 8:36 pm Reply
  • glowsteady

    I’m in a slump too and think I could really benefit from setting some goals! I love the sound of WTF, I need to get my hands on that ASAP x


    12/08/2018 at 9:28 pm Reply
  • Britt | Alternatively Speaking

    I think we all find ourselves battling reading slumps at one time or another, I know I do! I am currently (finally) getting around to reading Outlander.
    Britt |

    13/08/2018 at 12:06 am Reply
  • theordinaryblogger1

    I’m definitely in a reading slump as well! I bought Turtles All the Way Down by John Green today so I’ll be trying to get through that!

    13/08/2018 at 7:21 pm Reply
  • forthesakeofgoodtaste

    I hadn’t heard of any of these! I’m always on the lookout for new titles to add to my TBR, so this is perfect. Thanks for sharing! ?

    13/08/2018 at 7:23 pm Reply
  • Bry

    I hope you get your reading mojo back. Can’t wait to add some of these picks to my tbr list.

    13/08/2018 at 9:13 pm Reply
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