I always try to keep my TBR pile under control. Thus, I generally read the majority of the books that I buy in the subsequent months. Occasionally, however, some of them are left waiting as I decide to pick up newer additions to my shelves. I’ve recently realised that there are five books on my shelves waiting to be read since 2017. I’m still interested in reading almost all of them, but my enthusiasm has waned since then.
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
I bought this book back in January 2017, I believe, but for reasons unknown never got around to reading it. This is a crime novel written by J.K. Rowling under a pseudonym. Private detective Cormoran Strike investigates the apparent suicide of a troubled model. This will be the year that I’ll finally read it!
Vozes do Vento by Maria Isabel Barreno
This book by the Portuguese writer Maria Isabel Barreno is the one that I’m least eager to pick up. I read about four pages soon after buying it, but as I couldn’t get into it I decided to put it down and give it another try in the future. It is a family colonial saga set in Cape Verde.
Mulheres de Cinza (Woman of the Ashes) by Mia Couto
When I bought this novel (the first in a trilogy) by the Mozambican writer Mia Couto, it hadn’t been translated into English yet. Now it has! It is about the last days of one of the largest empires in Africa to be ruled by an African leader in the 19th century. I’m still excited to read it. I just decided to pick up another of his books, A Confissão da Leoa (Confession of the Lioness), first.
A Capital (To the Capital) by Eça de Queirós
Eça de Queirós is one of my favourite Portuguese authors, thus I still obviously want to read this book. The main character in this novel is Artur Corvelo. He wants to become a famous writer, so he decides to move to Lisbon and leave behind a life in the countryside.
Quaresma, Decifrador: As Novelas Policiárias by Fernando Pessoa
It was with great surprise that I learnt that Fernando Pessoa also wrote detective novels. The first time that I heard about this collection I immediately decided that I had to buy it. However, it has been waiting on my shelves to be read since the end of 2017.
Have you read any of these books? Tell me in the comments!