Ten Books I’m Excited to Read

Am I getting any reading done? No! Am I going to make a list of books I’m excited to read anyway? Yes! I might have a shelf full of books but I’m more than ready to fill it up with even more, especially these ten books. Enjoy!

  1. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

catcher in the rye

I have read this book before but I’m excited to read it again. I’ve always felt that rereading help you gain additional insight and information that you may not have picked up on before. I’ve also heard people say that the first time they read this, they either enjoyed it or absolutely hated it and once they’ve reread it, they felt the complete opposite. When I first read this, it was during a time when only positivity and good vibes were accepted in my life but despite this, I completely understood where Holden was coming from and I knew deep down in my heart that we can all be fickle and pretentious. But I dismissed him because I was far too happy to entertain any negative thoughts. I do, however, have a feeling it will remain so when I reread this. I will appreciate Holden and respect him, but I’m too optimistic to be down for long.

  1. A Little History of Philosophy by Nigel Warburton

a little history of philosophy

I have this on my actual shelf and I’ve read a few chapters already! But summer was here, and I wanted to divulge in lighter and fun reads like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. I loved the first few chapters. The chapter on Pyrrho shocked me, I couldn’t believe that anyone could be so sceptical of pretty much every little thing. I much preferred and respected the Socratic and Aristotelian school of thought as it allows you to combine the importance of questioning our values and thinking and leading a purposeful life.

  1. The Martian by Andy Weir

the martian

I’m both excited and nervous. This is unlike anything I’ve ever read before but I’m also worried that I might not understand what’s going on. However, book reviewers have mentioned that there is enough humour to entertain me at the very least.

  1. The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

the prince and the pauper

I love Mark Twain and I will read anything he has written after reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I’ve read the preview on Goodreads and Mark Twain is such a masterful storyteller that I wanted to drop everything and go and buy the book right away, so I could finish reading it. I’m fascinated by the Tudors as well so it certainly helps that it centres around Prince Edward as well. I’m giddy with excitement to read this one!

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

the hate u give

I have only seen one bad review of this book and it was still rated 3 stars which goes to show you how well-loved and rated this book is! Also, it concerns the Black Lives Matter movement which is highly relevant. It’s sad to see how things have remained unchanged for black people in America and instead of being lynched, they are now being shot. The times haven’t changed, only the weapons have.

  1. The Things I Would Tell You: British Muslim Women Write by Sabrina Mahfouz

british muslim women write

I went to the Piccadilly Waterstones event which promoted the release of this book where featured poets graced the stage and performed readings. There was an eclectic mix of spoken word on identity, war, humour and much more. It’s so wonderful to see more Muslim women represented in poetry.

  1. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

the white queen

After finishing the Kingmakers Daughter, I was excited to read from Elizabeth Woodville’s perspective. I sincerely admire her and Jacquetta Woodville, the latter emanates grace, intelligence and kindness.

  1. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

crooked kingdom

I typically prefer a stand-alone when it comes to YA, but this is one contemporary YA series I can get behind with its well-developed, layered, diverse and intriguing characters. Thanks to spoilers galore, I already know what happens to certain characters and I know I will be going into this book with total rage because something terrible happens to my fave male. If it had to happen to anyone, why couldn’t the edgelord go instead of my straight-shooter? Has anybody else realised how Kaz is basically YA Fantasy’s Mr Darcy and Matthias is Mr Knightley? Nina is a lot like Emma too!

  1. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

eliza and her monsters

I read Saman’s review and though she wasn’t a major fan of it, I felt pretty excited by the premise! A digital star? Pumped!

  1. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain

testament of youth

All I know and remember is that this book pushes a feminist agenda and I’m a hundred percent here for it!


I hope the next time I make another list that I’ll have at least read one book from this list by then.

Which books are you excited to read? Have you read any of these books on my list and did you enjoy them? Also, is anyone else just not getting any reading done this summer? For me, when the sun’s out, I’m out!

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39 Comments

    1. It’s just that book that anyone pick up plenty of times over a lifetime… nice to see how it remains popular (even if it can be hated lol). It would be nice to see what you think of it this time around 🙂

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  1. You’re making me want to read The Catcher in the Rye again! I remember viewing Holden as complex and wise beyond his years. He’s definitely brash and has other personality flaws, but he makes for an honest narrator! Also, how great is his sister Phoebe?

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    1. Oh, my. The Catcher in the Rye is very popular! I don’t see being brash in a negative light, I think of it more along the lines of being outspoken. He is far more wise and insightful than he is given credit for… nobody can deny that he is speaking the truth! His sister is awesome, she just listens and replies: yep, I can handle myself. Tough cookie. 🙂

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        1. I think it’s because she’s still young and he wants to save her from the harshness of adulthood. He wants to save all the children and preserve their innocence. But I’m sure Phoebe turns out like our TV Phoebe. 💖

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    1. Yay, so glad to hear that it was amazing and that you enjoyed it (despite that d***h). ☺️ I haven’t even watched the film yet lol. If you enjoyed the film.. well, they always say the book is better, don’t they.

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  2. I read The Catcher in the Rye and that is quite THE book! It is super good and the like the beginning of coming of age ❤ and I have wanted to read The Martian for so long but I am not sure when I will get to read that book! T_T I hope you get to read them all! ❤

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    1. I never thought of it that way, but now that I think of it, perhaps it was the beginning of the coming-of-age genre. It’s such an amazing book, just timeless.
      Paha, I’m sure you’ll get to it one day. ☺️ thank you and you too ❤️

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      1. If I don’t get treated I will get to listen to it a least!! Haha I think it is the beginning of everything… Coming of age now is less deep and complex?? I don’t know xD not all books are material for critical analysis! Hehe

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      1. No secret really just a lot of staying up and not listening to my sister 😂! It’s also my passion for reading probably! I thank that to my Y6 teacher she encouraged me to read more and more and was always recommending good books to me! Thats my secret find the right book and no one will hear from you until u have finished that book 😂! C

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        1. That’s really lovely of your teacher, it’s always wonderful when you bond with your teachers over reading. ☺️ and if the latter is true, then clearly I haven’t read such a great book since HP paha. I don’t agree though… living fully > books.

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  3. Thank you for few of these books recommendations (The prince and the Pauper, A little history of philosophy and The things I would tell you). I think you’ll enjoy Eliza for the issues it addresses: suicide, depression and like you said a digital star!

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    1. A little history of philosophy is very little in terms of philosophy, but if you want a basic overview for a beginner, then I think you’ll enjoy it. 🙂 & yes, I knew you would appreciate The Things I Would Tell You!

      It does sound grim, but the digital star aspect definitely makes it come across as a very contemporary, realistic and relatable read and offers something fresh and original. So thank YOU for the rec!

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