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Here are my March TBR possibilities!
This month’s stack is evenly balanced between challenge books and new releases. I’m about a 3/4 of the way through Daisy Jones and the Six and I’m LOVING it! It’s about the band’s rise to fame and the truth about their abrupt breakup. The book’s format is really unique- it’s an undisclosed amount of time in the future and the bandmates are being interviewed, so we get to hear all sides of the story. I already feel a book hangover coming on- if you like classic rock at all, you have to pick this one up.
I’m linking up with Literary Quicksand, Rachel at Never Enough Novels, and Allison at My Novel Life -the co-hosts of TBR (To Be Read) Mix ‘n Mingle. The first Wednesday of each month they share the books they’re planning to read for the month.
I have been steadily adding to my TBR list. I get the bulk of my inspiration from #bookstagram (occupational hazard) but also from podcasts, publishers, and people that I know in real life. I love when people reach out to me to tell me what they’re reading or to tell me what they felt about a book that I recommended- it’s the best! Here are some of the latest additions to my list.
Black Leopard Red Wolf | Marlon James | Lets be honest. I saw the cover and thought it was beautiful, but @read_by_rodkelly is the reason I put it on my list. (He gives great recs). Black Leopard Red Wolf is being called the African Game of Thrones, and this reader doesn’t need much more than that.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home | Carol Rifka Brunt | This was one of Ashley Spivey’s “loves” picks from her episode on the Sarah’s Book Shelves Live podcast. She said it would go well with two of my favorite books of all time, The Hearts Invisible Furies and A Little Life, so of course I have to read it!
The Girl He Used to Know | Tracy Garvis Graves | Cant remember where I first heard about this rec, but I love stories that explore the “what might have been”.
The Atlas of Reds and Blues | Devi Laskar | Rec from All the Books and Liberty Hardy- A tough but powerful book that opens with a woman who is lying in her driveway after having been shot by the police. She goes through and thinks about her life as she’s lying there, and reflects specifically on what it’s like living life as a second generation immigrant and woman of color in America.
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley | Charlotte Gordon | Look, I’m fully aware that there’s little chance that I’ll get around to reading this, but it sounded interesting enough to make my list. I got interested in Mary Shelley from Annotated Episode 5 I got this rec in person from Tyler @windycitybookshelf at the Chicago bookswap event!
What’s new to your list?
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If there is one thing I learned from massively failing my 2018 reading challenges, it’s that if I don’t pick out specific books to fill criteria for the categories, I won’t meet them. My whole point in participating in these challenges is to read outside my comfort zone, and if I don’t have a plan, I’ll keep reading what I gravitate toward (thrillers, contemporary fiction).
Happily, I’m doing pretty well on this year’s Modern Mrs Darcy challenge. I’ve already completed a book I’ve been meaning to read (Columbine), a book about a topic that fascinates you (The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding), a book recommended by someone with great taste (Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk), a book you chose for the cover (Looker), a book by an author who is new to you (The Dreamers), and a book in translation (An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good).
Anne did a great job making these categories accessible. I love the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, but those are…well… HARD. (I’ll be sharing ideas for their categories too- I have some good books earmarked and I’m excited to see how far I’ll get when I’ve got the picks mapped out).
In this post, I’m going to skip sharing recs for A Book You’ve Been Meaning to Read, A Book Published Before You Were Born, and Three Books by the Same Author since those are so personal, but I did want to share ideas for everything else.
A Book About a Topic that Fascinates You
The White House: White Houses (fiction about Eleanor Roosevelt and her alleged lover Lorena Hickok), The Residence (behind the scenes in The White House), From the Corner of the Oval (memoir- a young woman gets a job as a stenographer in the White House)
Music: 27: A History of the 27 Club (non fiction about all of the musicians, i.e. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse… who all died at age 27), Mercury and Me (biography by Freddie Mercury’s lover, Jim Hutton), Bring It On Home: Peter Grant, Led Zeppelin, and Beyond (a biography from Led Zeppelin’s manager)
Serial Killers: Death in the Air (a serial killer terrorizes London amidst an environmental disaster), The Good Nurse (a nurse murders his patients for years), Whoever Fights Monsters (non fiction about of the FBI profiler who coined the term Serial Killers)
The Royal Wedding: The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding (fiction about the embroiders who worked on Queen Elizabeth’s wedding dress), The Royal We (fiction about an American who falls in love with a price)
A Book in the Backlist of a Favorite Author
Lisa Jewell- The Girls in the Garden, The House We Grew Up In, The Third Wife
Tayari Jones- Silver Sparrow, Leaving Atlanta
Jesmyn Ward- Salvage the Bones, Men We Reaped
John Green- Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines
Jodi Picoult- Nineteen Minutes, My Sister’s Keeper, Leaving Time
A Book Recommended by Someone With Great Taste
Favorites lists from some of my top recommendation sources! (And my own- TBR Etc’s Best Books of 2018).
Sarah’s Book Shelves Best Books of 2018
Johann’s top 10 Horror Books of 2018
Larry H (my favorite recommendation source from Goodreads)
Crime By the Book’s Best Psychological Thrillers of 2018
Book Bejeweled and her Twister Hall of Fame
A Book You Chose for the Cover
You probably don’t need my help for this one, but here are some books that I’m pretty sure initially caught my attention because of their cover.
Queenie, An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good, Looker, We Cast a Shadow, My Sister, the Serial Killer, If You Leave Me, Fruit of the Drunken Tree, The Mothers, Home Fire, Ginger Bread, American Housewife, #fasionvictim
A Book By an Author that is New to You
Some of my favorite books written by authors you may not have read yet: Michael Robotham (Thriller-The Secrets She Keeps), Katherine Center (Contemporary Fiction-How to Walk Away), Natasha Mostert (Supernatural-Season of the Witch), Kekla Magoon (YA- How it Went Down)
A Book in Translation
A Book Outside Your (Genre) Comfort Zone
Here are some picks that I really enjoyed that were outside my genre comfort zone.
Please feel free to share your suggestions in the comments! I think half of the reason I love these challenges is because I like finding books to fit the categories… hmm.
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