TBR & TBD | New and Noteworthy for April 2018
Time for another TBR & TBD! As if you don't have enough to read...
TBR & TBD is a monthly post where I write about 2-3 books that I'm definitely adding to my TBR (to be read) pile and 1 is TBD (to be determined). If it's on my TBD, that usually means I'm nervous about for one reason or another. It's a book that sounds interesting but might have mixed early reviews, might be outside of my normal reading wheelhouse, is an authors sophomore book, etc. I'm thinking about doing is turning this as a monthly link up series- would you want to participate? Leave me a comment below or tweet me and use the hashtag #tbrandtbd I'd start in May to give you a chance to come up with some new releases you have your eye on.
Without further ado- here are my April picks!
If I'm being honest, a new Lisa Jewell book is always going to make It into my TBR pile, but the synopsis of this caught me too. Ellie Mack was the perfect teenager- smart, funny, and motivated. Until she disappears. Her mother, Laurel, hasn't quite been able to get her life back together, until someone comes in to her life, ten years later. He seems like he could be the start of something good for her- until she meets his daughter, Poppy, who reminds her of her lost Ellie in uncanny ways. This is a domestic thriller with unreliable narrators, which if can be unpleasant if not done well. But I think this will work. I love Jewell's writing style. Generally, I find I never quite know where the story is going but trust that she'll get me there.
So technically, this is a re-issue but I've only recently discovered Samantha Irby so I'm counting it. She started as a blogger for bitches gotta eat and released essay collections. She writes personal stories and her voice is so authentically her own, I feel like I could see her writing anywhere and recognize it. She also swears a lot, which I'm into. Her stories are raw and funny, while also being incredibly relatable and true to herself. I'm seriously considering going out on a school night to see her speak in Chicago in May.
Speaking of Samantha Irby, she was the judge who picked The Oracle who picked for Book of The Month for April. In The Oracle Year, a 20-something New York man wakes up and finds that he can predict the future. Naturally, he takes to the Internet and "anonymously" posts these predictions, making a lot of money and a lot of enemies in the process. My initial reaction is usually "oh, I don't really like Sci-Fi", but some of my favorite books (Dark Matter, Ready Player One, Kindred) are sci-fi so I should probably stop saying that that.
I first heard about this book months ago on a bookish podcast- I wish I could remember which one! (But If I had to guess this is a Liberty recommendation.) When I heard the synopsis, I immediately added it to my to read list. This is a biography about Sandra Pankhurst- a woman who has had a very full life. She's transgender, a former sex worker, and a business woman. She's in the business of trauma cleaning- quite literally, she is the one people call to clean up after a traumatic crime has occurred to get the location back to normal. She deals with hoarders, blood, hoarding and garbage, but does it all from a place of compassion. Sounds super creepy and captivating. I'm hoping this will be in the same vein of Working Stiff.
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