I have been extremely vocal about my out of control TBR pile (both physical and digital), it’s no secret that I have a major problem when it comes to being able to control myself and my book purchases (or in the case of netgalley, my book requesting). I think I’ve hit my mid-year slump over the past couple of weeks, I’ve slowed down in my reading pace, which isn’t a bad thing, it just makes me feel less productive. So I figured, instead of my poor blog sitting here with no new posts going up, I would make one about some of the reads and reviews coming up in the near future.
We’ll start with the physical books:
First on the list is The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews.
This book follows Sam, a fifteen year old boy, and his older autistic brother, Avery. The boys have been abandoned by every relative that they know of, this leads to Sam doing all that he can to make a life for themselves that is safe. Sam breaks into houses while families are away, however, this time, things don’t go completely according to plan. The family comes back, things don’t go as you would expect though, as the family take the boys under their wing offering them safety, love and most of all a home. Will the secret that Sam is harbouring sneak up and rip apart everything they have finally found?
Next up we have The Subtle Art of not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
Synopsis from goodreads:
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.
For decades, we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—”not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.
There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.
Followed by Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
I was drawn into the world of Ixia and the plight of Yelena when I first took a chance and bought the first book in this series, Poison Study. Yelena was destined for the noose, when she was offered a rare chance to become the King’s new food taster, ultimately searching for poisons and attacks on the king’s life. Her story has become so much bigger than where it first started. This is book number four in the Ixia series, in this one we see Yelena using her magic to help keep the peace between Sitia and Ixia, as well as protecting her relationship with Valek. The peace of the lands is threatened however, as is Valek’s life when a new plot arises, Yelena finds her magic blocked, but must keep this a secret lest those looking to tear down everything she has built find out how vulnerable she is.
Mosaic by Marcus Meinhold
I had the pleasure of meeting this wonder author when he came to town to promote this book. We sat and had a chat about writing for a good couple of hours. It was absolutely lovely to discuss the many challenges as well as the beauty of writing and the creative process.
This book is set between two countries, Japan and Australia. It follows the story of a wrongfully imprisoned teenager and the rebuilding of the relationships of those around him.
The last book I want to put here is definitely not THE last book I have in my physical TBR pile. I have an entire box (that won’t close) of books to get through, these were just the five that I plan on tackling next. Last but not least is
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the stunningly beautiful instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.
Now, for the digital TBR pile…
I currently have 160 unread books sitting on my kindle. I know. It’s ridiculous, but I told you I had a serious problem…
A few random titles that I’ll be reading soon with upcoming reviews are:
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor Oliphant has learned how to survive – but not how to live.
Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend.
Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything.
One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted – while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she’s avoided all her life.
Change can be good. Change can be bad. But surely any change is better than… fine?
Blood and Other Matter by Kaitlin Bevis
Derrick Hernandez and Tess D’Ovidio have been best friends forever. There’s nothing they wouldn’t do for one another. But their childhood bond is put to the test when Tess shows up on Derrick’s porch covered in blood…
Tess has no memory of what happened. She’d gone to a bush party with one of the football players. She remembers the bonfire…and then, nothing. Working backward, Tess and Derrick learn that she and seven other players were the only ones to make it back from the party alive.
During the next few weeks, each of the survivors is plagued with nightmares that reveal fragments of memories from the horrific night. But when the young men start dying under mysterious circumstances, Derrick can’t figure out if Tess is next—or if she’s somehow responsible. All he knows is that he has to save his best friend—or die trying…
The Confectioner’s Coup by Claire Luana
I absolutely ADORED the first book in this series, it was such a new take on the Young adult fantasy genre, so full of fun and super refreshing find that review here. So of course I had to buy book two and pre-order book three straight away, even though It’s been many months since then and I still haven’t read them..
In this instalment, guild members are disappearing one by one, Wren, suspecting that the king is to blame, undertakes an investigation of epic proportions which sets her on a path that will make her butt heads with enemies old and new. Can she find out what’s going on before things come to a head?
The Haunting of Alice May by Tony Lee Moral
Alice May Parker moves with her family to the sleepy town of Pacific Grove after her Mom dies, but little does she know the strange and terrifying events to come. When she falls into the bay during a kayaking trip, she is rescued from drowning by the mysterious Henry Raphael. Handsome, old fashioned and cordial, he is unlike any other boy she has known before. Intelligent and romantic, he sees straight into her soul. Soon Alice and Henry are swept up in a passionate and decidedly unorthodox romance until she finds out that Henry is not all what he seems. . .
These are just a few of the gems I’ve got stored away waiting to be read…I’m aiming to whittle down my overall TBR pile into something more manageable….and normal…
The current pile is only counting the books that I actually own copies of…this doesn’t even TOUCH on my Want To Read list that I have on Goodreads…
Until Next time!!