I will be so happy when the hosts at The Broke and The Bookish are back next week, and I can start getting my topics from them again! Over the last few weeks, it’s been fun to have the freedom to choose my own topics, but also a real challenge sometimes. Since my TBR list is constantly expanding, I’ve decided to make this week’s list 10 of the books I’ve recently added to by TBR. To be honest, I add books to my list so frequently, this could probably become a series of it’s own!
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1) The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember
This book came out just a couple of months ago, and seems to be receiving quite a bit of attention recently. It is an LGBT retelling of The Little Mermaid that is also partly inspired by Norse mythology, which seems to be a very interesting mix. Lately, I’ve seen some pretty mixed reviews for this book for potentially problematic content that apparently goes unchallenged. Having not read the book myself, I have no idea how the representation is but this kind of retelling sounds very interesting. I never would have thought of combining The Little Mermaid with characters like Loki, so I really want to see how that will work.
2) Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
I just finished reading This Savage Song a couple of days ago, and I absolutely loved it! It is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year, and it ended in such a frustrating way. As soon as I finished the book, I went straight onto Goodreads to add this one to my TBR. Given the way my reading challenges are going, I don’t know if I will be able to squeeze this one in by the end of the year but I’m sure it will be one of the first I pick up next year at least. This is such a unique and well-written series. I can’t wait to find out what happens next!
3) Follow You Home by Mark Edwards
I’ve kind of pre-emptively added this one to my list before I’ve read anything by this author. I have Mark Edwards’ The Magpies on order from the library to read later on this year, and a few of his other books recently came up when I was browsing recommendations. I love psychological thrillers, but I can’t read them too often because they tend to really creep me out. This book actually first caught my attention because of the very eerie cover design. It may be a while before I work up the nerve to actually try this one though.
4) I Came To Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington
This book has been out for quite a while, but I had never heard of it until it showed up on my recommendations page. It was another one that caught my attention with the cover art. This book is about a young woman who abducts a child from the hospital. The synopsis did not say much, but it is a plotline that I don’t think I have read much before so it will be interesting to see how it turns out. The book is also on the relatively short side (just under 300 pages), which doesn’t necessarily leave a ton of room for the story to develop. However, it received a pretty high average rating on Goodreads (3.85 stars overall), so I think it will be worth a try.
5) Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Just to move away from some of the darker books, I also recently added this one after hearing one of my favourite Youtube channels talking about it. This book was recently mentioned by CeCe at Problems of a Book Nerd (in this video), and it immediately caught my attention. I thought the cover art was beautiful, and the storyline also seemed interesting. This book has been compared to Fangirl and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, both books that I loved. I actually think I heard about this book a while ago but found the title a little annoying at the time, so I bypassed it. This book won’t be out until September, but it already seems to be pretty highly anticipated.
6) Them and Us by Nicola Moriarty
Is it too early to start adding books from 2018 to my TBR? To be fair, I started doing that well over a month ago. I actually have not read anything by Nicola Moriarty yet, but her sister Liane Moriarty has quickly become one of my favourite authors. This book is about two women who decide to create a Facebook group dedicated to women who don’t want to have children, setting tasks for the group to make sure they receive the same kinds of “benefits” that parents get (ie. leaving work early). It seems like it has the potential to be a very interesting book, but also has the potential to upset a lot of people depending how the story is handled.
7) The Big F by Maggie Ann Martin
It seems to be rare for YA books to tackle issues about getting into college or university, which is a bit surprising since that is often such an issue for people that age. This book is due out at the end of August, and although it is also tagged as a romance, it also seems to focus quite a bit on planning for the future, and what happens when those plans don’t go as expected. Although I am well past the college stage myself, and honestly never had much worry about whether I would get in, I think it’s nice to see a book addressing the topic. We definitely need more YA books where the characters aren’t stuck at age 16 or 17, but actually manage to graduate and move past high school!
8) Alphabet Weekends by Elizabeth Noble
This is the type of book that I usually would not be very motivated to pick up, but I’ve actually been enjoying some of the “Women’s Fiction” that I’ve read, although I hate that term. This book is about two best friends, Tom and Natalie. When Natalie’s boyfriend suddenly leaves her, Tom convinces her to spend 26 weekends with him, participating in different activities for each letter of the alphabet, believing that by the end they will have fallen in love. I’m not usually very interested in these kinds of stories, but I loved the alphabet concept and I think it can be very creatively done if it is done well. It definitely seems like a very cute story.
9) More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer
It wasn’t until just now as I started writing this that I realized this book follows a character from Brigid Kemmerer’s Letters to the Lost, which I haven’t read yet so I will probably need to read that first. This book caught my attention because the cover art seemed to suggest it was a book that might focus quite a bit on social media, something that I’ve been very interested in lately. This book is not due out until March of next year, but it is already receiving rave reviews on Goodreads. To be fair, I’m always a little hesitant with that because I’m never sure whether these reviewers have actually read ARC copies unless they can provide some detail about what the book is about. Either way, it seems to be very highly anticipated, and I want to read both of Brigid Kemmerer’s books.
10) Copycat by Alex Lake
This is another book that is due out a bit later on this year, and it sounds really creepy! This book combines two of my interests: social media, and psychological thrillers. It is about a woman who discovers that someone has been keeping a Facebook profile with her name and with recent photos of her and her family and friends. It seems like a very creepy story. I have all three books by this author on my TBR, and all of them sound very interesting but also quite scary for me to read. Hopefully I will eventually be brave enough to try them.
Has anyone read any of these books yet? Any recommendations for what else I should be reading?