These Books Will Self-Destruct in Twelve Months

Hi everyone, I hope you all are well. I thought for today I would make a list of books that I want to read before the end of 2021 otherwise I will have to unhaul them. I originally got this idea from Becca and the Books, so I will link her Booktube channel. All of these books have been on my TBR for years, so hopefully this will give me a push to finally read them.

Without further ado, here are the books that may self-destruct in twelve months if I don’t read them.

Driven by Toby Vintcent

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To a Formula One driver, speed, wheel-to-wheel combat and danger are all part of everyday life. But things turn sinister at the Monaco Grand Prix: Sabatino’s car is sabotaged and a teammate only just defies death when he suffers a horrific crash. Are these incidents in any way connected? Matt Straker, former Royal Marine and corporate intelligence director, is brought in to investigate, but he soon realizes that the perpetrators are incredibly and deviously clever. It is only by outsmarting them that he can uncover a major conspiracy intent on far more than one man’s life. They’re after a prize so great that the saboteurs will stop at nothing to get what they want…

I wanted to read this book, because it combines two of my favourite things, motorsport and books. But I have never got round to reading it; I think it is because it’s not in my normal genres. But I want to make 2021 the year that I finally start this series.

Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman

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Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents’ cliff-side mansion on the Italian Riviera. Unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, at first each feigns indifference. But during the restless summer weeks that follow, unrelenting buried currents of obsession and fear, fascination and desire, intensify their passion as they test the charged ground between them. What grows from the depths of their spirits is a romance of scarcely six weeks’ duration and an experience that marks them for a lifetime. For what the two discover on the Riviera and during a sultry evening in Rome is the one thing both already fear they may never truly find again: total intimacy.

I brought this when the film came out, with the idea of reading it before I watched the film. I have managed to do neither. I am not as excited as I when I first brought the book, but I hope to read it still this year. Otherwise, I will be unhauling it.

Day 21 by Kass Morgan

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No one has set foot on Earth in centuries — until now.
It’s been 21 days since the hundred landed on Earth. They’re the only humans to set foot on the planet in centuries…or so they thought. Facing an unknown enemy, Wells attempts to keep the group together. Clarke strikes out for Mount Weather, in search of other Colonists, while Bellamy is determined to rescue his sister, no matter the cost. And back on the ship, Glass faces an unthinkable choice between the love of her life and life itself.
In this pulse-pounding sequel to Kass Morgan’s The 100, secrets are revealed, beliefs are challenged, and relationships are tested. And the hundred will struggle to survive the only way they can — together.

I read the first book in this series in 2020. But I’m not sure when I will get round to carrying on with it. At the moment I have other science fiction books that I have more interest in reading, but hopefully by putting it on this list I may get round to it.

The Witcher: The Last Wish by Andrzei Sapkowski

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Geralt was always going to stand out, with his white hair and piercing eyes, his cynicism and lack of respect for authority… but he is far more than a striking-looking man. He’s a witcher, with powers that make him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin – his targets are the vile fiends that ravage the land.
As guardian of the innocent, Geralt meets incestuous kings with undead daughters, vengeful djinns, shrieking harpies, lovelorn vampires and despondent ghouls. Many are pernicious, some are merely, and none are quite as they appear.

I brought this book when The Witcher first came out on Netflix. But I haven’t got around reading it, it is still a series that I have a lot of interest in, but I get distracted by other series. So by putting it on this list, fingers crossed I will read it in 2021.

Outlander by Diana Gabldon

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The year is 1945. Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is just back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an “outlander”—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of Our Lord…1743.
Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life, and shatter her heart. For here James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire—and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

I brought the first three books in the Outlander series intending to read them before watching the TV series. Surprisingly I haven’t done either. I still hope to read the series, but I’m not sure when I will read them.

Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd

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 As the UK’s top forensic pathologist, Dr Richard Shepherd has spent a lifetime uncovering the secrets of the dead. When death is sudden or unexplained, it falls to Shepherd to establish the cause. Each post-mortem is a detective story in its own right – and Shepherd has performed over 23,000 of them. Through his skill, dedication and insight, Dr Shepherd solves the puzzle to answer our most pressing question: how did this person die?
From serial killer to natural disaster, ‘perfect murder’ to freak accident, Shepherd takes nothing for granted in pursuit of truth. And while he’s been involved in some of the most high-profile cases of recent times, it’s often the less well known encounters that prove the most perplexing, intriguing and even bizarre. In or out of the public eye, his evidence has put killers behind bars, freed the innocent and turned open-and-shut cases on their heads.
But a life in death, bearing witness to some of humanity’s darkest corners, exacts a price and Shepherd doesn’t flinch from counting the cost to him and his family.

The final book on this list is Unnatural Causes by Dr Richard Shepherd. I brought this because I love Silent Witness (A British Television Show), but the books has never been a priority for me. Hopefully, in 2021, I will get around to reading Unnatural Causes.

There you have it, I hope to get read all these books this year, otherwise I will have to unhaul them. Hopefully, this will help me get my TBR down as well as reading some books that have been on my shelves fro years.

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