I can’t believe it’s already been over a month since my last Stacking the Shelves post! My TBR has now reached just over 1850 books, and as much as I try to tell myself to slow down and not add so many, it’s hard to resist when there are so many lists out now about upcoming releases. I think in the past month alone, I’ve added close to 80 books to my TBR, and I’m sure there will be more! Obviously it would be way too much to include all 80 here, so I will limit myself to books that I’ve added in late December and early January and that currently have cover artwork available. If anyone is interested in seeing Stacking the Shelves posts more often, please let me know!
Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week. It is hosted by TyngaReviewsand ReadingReality.
1) American Panda by Gloria Chao
I literally added this one to my TBR about an hour ago, although I’d been considering it for a couple of weeks already. I’ve been hearing about this book for a while, but from the cover artwork, it seemed like a typical high school romance story. I like those, but I have a ton of them on my TBR already and I need to be in the right mood to read them. I finally looked at the synopsis properly today and realized that this book is a little different since it takes place in a college setting, and seems to focus more on the main character Mei’s relationship with her parents and her brother. Mei is a Taiwanese-American teenager whose parents want her to become a doctor and marry someone Taiwanese, but it is not what she wants for herself. There seem to be a lot more culture-clash books coming out lately, and it is a storyline that definitely interests me.
1) I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan
This is another book that I added to my list earlier today after looking at a Buzzfeed list of upcoming new releases. This book is about a 15-year-old British Muslim girl named Muzna whose parents are controlling and force her to move to a new school to separate Muzna from her best friend, who had been shamed in a scandal. The Goodreads synopsis also suggests that the book focuses quite a bit on racism and Islamophobia, as well as the identity conflict between growing up British but with parents who were immigrants. I had not heard of this book at all until today, but it sounded very interesting. This book is due out on January 25, and although I’m not sure I’ll get to it this year, I knew I wanted to add it to my TBR to remind myself to pick it up later.
3) Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun
I added this book to my TBR earlier this week after talking about it with a friend on Goodreads. I’d heard about this one before, but the intentional spelling errors in the title annoyed me a bit at first so I didn’t really bother to look for more detail about it. The adorable cover artwork won me over. This book is the graphic novel about an alien who is sent to observer Earth, and apparently is based on a popular Twitter account (hence the spelling issues, I guess). This book was a Goodreads Choice Awards nominee for graphic novels, and has received great reviews. I’m hoping the typos don’t irritate me too much, since the book just seems so cute! What seems most interesting is that so many of the reviews have commented about how this book seems to be a mix of philosophy and self-help, which seems like a very interesting combination.
4) The Gift by Louise Jensen
I actually have not read a single one of Louise Jensen’s books yet, but all of them are on my TBR. I think I added this one to my list before even realizing that it was one of hers. This book is about a girl named Jenna who has received a heart donation from Callie. Thankful for her second chance, Jenna becomes closer to Callie’s family, only to realize that something does not seem quite right about Callie’s death. This is one of many psychological thrillers that I have on my list since it is a genre that I really enjoy, but don’t often read. Part of what appealed to me about this book in the first place was the cover artwork, although I have to say that the writing on the card attached to the gift puts me off the cover a bit since it just doesn’t seem necessary. I definitely need to try at least one of Louise Jensen’s books!
5) Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
I read You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott last year for a reading challenge prompt requiring a book about sports, which is definitely outside of my comfort zone. I figure any author who can get me to enjoy a book about sports is worth re-reading, although that book was a 4-star read, not a 5-star one. This one is due out in mid-July 2018, and focuses on two friends who compete for a position on a research team, decades after a fight that ended their friendship forever. Given that it is still more than 6 months until this book is released, there is not a ton of information about it yet but the cover caught my attention and the storyline seemed very appealing. I was glad to see a Megan Abbott book that was not so sports-focused, as the others on my TBR have been.
6) The Last Good Girl by Allison Leotta
Books like this always make me a little hesitant, since Goodreads has it marked as book #5 featuring the character Anna Curtis. I have not read any of the other books in the series, and I’m always a little unsure about jumping into these kinds of series in the middle. Usually, it is not such a big deal and the books are mostly standalones, but sometimes there are references to events in previous books and it bothers me to not know what happened. Looking at the other books in the series, they are mildly interesting but this one was by far the most appealing. This book is about a case involving a college freshman who has disappeared after filing rape charges against a young man in a fraternity, who also happens to be the son of a very powerful politician. It definitely seems like a book that is very timely given all the current discussion of sexual assault and #MeToo.
7) Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard
Sara Barnard is another author that I have never read, but I have all of her books on my TBR. Goodbye, Perfect is due out early next month, and focuses on a girl named Eden whose close friend, Bonnie, runs away with her secret boyfriend just days before the start of their exams. Eden is shocked to learn that Bonnie’s boyfriend is actually their music teacher, but she is sworn to secrecy about her friend’s whereabouts and does not want to betray her, even though the case is being investigated by police. I’m honestly not really expecting this book to necessarily be a 5-star read, but it does seem like the kind of story I would probably enjoy. I’ve read a few interesting books about student-teacher relationships from different perspectives, and it seems like this could be a good one to add to that list.
8) Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
If I remember correctly, I discovered this book through the Goodreads recommendations pages. This book is about a town where the popular girls in school keep turning up dead, and a girl named Penelope believes she might be next. All of the girls who died were members of an exclusive club called The Larks, and the only people who seem to have a connection to all of them are Penelope and an unusual boy named Cass. This book has been compared to Mean Girls (which I love) and Pretty Little Liars (which I’ve never seen, but would like to try). I don’t think I’ve seen very many thrillers that are set in high school, and definitely not high school thrillers that involve multiple deaths. It sounds like it has a lot of potential.
9) Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
This was another book that I’d been hesitant to add to my TBR until I really looked at the synopsis properly. This is an own voices book about an Indian-American Muslim teenager named Maya who is conflicted between the life her parents want for her, and the life she wants for herself. Everything is turned upside down when a horrific crime is perpetrated hundreds of miles away from where Maya lives, causing the people in her community that she has known all her life to be consumed by fear and bigotry. This book is still very new, coming out in a couple of days, but had already received high ratings on Goodreads. Unfortunately, the comments about it have been a little more mixed, especially when it comes to the romance aspects of the story. I guess I will have to see for myself when I get a chance to read it!
10) Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
I honestly can’t remember how I found this book, but I’m pretty sure it was through a list of anticipated upcoming releases. This book is about a Japanese woman who takes a job at a convenience store while in school, and decides to stick with it into her adult life because she likes the predictability of it. By the time she reaches her mid-30s, she realizes that although she is comfortable with her life, her family is worried that she is not living up to society’s expectations. This book appealed to me because it seemed to be along the lines of The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr, which I really enjoyed last year, and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, which is one of the books I’m most anticipating this year. I don’t necessarily read a lot of books in translation, despite them being a popular prompt in my reading challenges every year, but this is one that has really caught my attention and seems right up my alley. The English version is expected to be out in June of this year, so I may need to see if I can squeeze it in.
11) Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh
It seems to be a recurring pattern here, but this is another author that I’ve never read but I have all of her books on my TBR. My mom recently read one of Clare Mackintosh’s books and highly recommended it, and I’ve heard great reviews of both of them so far. I’ve already decided to prioritize at least one of them this year, for a prompt requiring a book with a twist ending. This book is due out in March, and it is about Anna, the adult daughter of a couple who both committed suicide two years ago. Anna is now a mother herself, and wants to uncover what really happened to her parents, and quickly learned that their deaths were not exactly as they seemed. This is another of the many thrillers that I have on my list, and although I probably won’t get to it this year, it still seems like a very intriguing story.
12) Dating Disasters of Emma Nash by Chloe Seager
In the past year or so, I’ve really started trying to branch into a bit more adult contemporary, and this book sounds like a lot of fun! This book is about a woman named Emma Nash who decides to document her dating life on a private blog. I love books that have a social media focus, so as soon as I saw that blogging was a central component of the story, it caught my interest. This one is definitely very different from all the psychological thrillers I’ve been adding lately, but I’m actually starting to really look forward to it. Unfortunately, it is not out until May 1, and it will probably take my library system a lot longer to actually get a copy, so it may be a while before I even get the chance to read it. Actually, looking at the Goodreads page now, I noticed that it has been classified as YA, although I’m not entirely sure why. This book looks like it could be hiliarious!
13) The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion
I was hesitant to add this to my TBR because although I absolutely loved The Rosie Project duology, I’ve heard that this one is nowhere near as good. Even a coworker of mine, who has pretty similar reading tastes, said she could barely get through it, so that was not very promising. This book is about a man named Adam who suddenly reconnects with a woman he was involved with more than 20 years before. I think the story has some potential since I really liked Graeme Simsion’s writing and characters in The Rosie Project books, but I’m not so sold on the storyline. I still think this book is worth a chance, and I added it to my TBR to remind myself to pick it up at some point, but it’s not very high priority right now.
14) The Good Neighbor by Amy Sue Nathan
I completely forgot about this book until I started looking back at my recent additions to my list. It is about a woman named Izzy, a newly single mother, who moves back to her childhood home in Philadelphia with her five-year-old. When her ex-husband shows up with his new girlfriend, Izzy decides to invent a boyfriend of her own and blog about him. Her elderly neighbour Mrs. Feldman decides to step in and show Izzy the kind of trouble that lies can create, despite the popularity of her blog. I’m not entirely sure how exactly Mrs. Feldman fits into the story here, but it sounds like a fun story. I’ve read YA books about lies and online worlds causing problems, but I don’ think I’ve read many books about that kind of storyline about adults.
15) Jokes About Dead Girls by Richard Denney
Goodreads listed this book way too early! This book is not due out until June 11 2019, but as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to read it. This book is about a 16-year-old high school student named Kylie who has committed suicide, and her death has become a hashtag on Twitter. Some students decide to screenshot portions of Kylie’s Twitter page and stick them to locker doors, and a book of jokes making fun of Kylie is being passed around the school. A couple of students decide to take it upon themselves to put an end to the jokes. I’ll admit the title put me off at first, but the cover artwork caught my attention, especially the cartoon-y ghost in the corner. I don’t know why Goodreads has already put this book on their website when it is more than a year and a half away, but I can’t wait to read it!