Four Books on my TBR List

Friday, 7 August 2020

Now that I've well and truely got my reading bug back, I've started to think about what books I want to pick up over the next few months. I stopped doing monthly TBRs last year because I found it too... strict?! I'd set myself a TBR list at the beginning of each month but I found that later on in the month, I didn't fancy reading those books anymore and it became a bit of a drag. These days, I like to look at my bookshelf and make mental notes of which books I want to prioritise over others and so far it's been working out relatively well and I don't feel that sense of 'pressure' to read the books that I've added to my monthly TBRs. With that being said, here are a few books I definitely want to pick up over the next few months...

Toffee by Sarah Crossan
Ever since I read Clap When You Land, I've been wanting to read more books written in verse and this one has been sat on my shelf for a while now!

The story follows Allison who has run away from home and ends up hiding out in the shed of what she believes to be an abandoned house. The house, however, isn't empty and belongs to an elderly woman named Marla who is suffering with dementia. Marla mistakes Allison for an old friend from her past called Toffee, but as their bond grows and Allison discoveres just how much Marla needs a real friend, she begins to question herself and ask herself - where is home? And what is a family?

This sounds like a beautiful, character-driven story that I will most probably cry at. I've heard nothing but amazing things about this book and I can't wait to pick it up and give it a go.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
I recently read Clap When You Land by Acevedo and really enjoyed it and I've had With the Fire on High sat on my bookshelf for ages now and I really want to pick it up sooner rather than later.

This follows a 17-year old girl called Emoni, who, ever since she fell pregnant, has had to make tough decisions in order to to what needs to be done for her daughter and grandmother. Emoni has a passion for cooking and wants to be a chef more than anything else, but there are rules she has to play by - all the rules everyone expects her to play by - and she believes this dream of hers to become a professional cook is near impossible, but when Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.

I've not read a tonne of reviews on this book because I want to know as little as possible going into it, but it sounds exactly like my kind of book and I'm excited to see if it's just as good as Clap When You Land.

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
I'm really trying to build up my collection of non-fiction books and this is a book that I bought not too long ago because I was instantly intrigued by the premise and when I asked on Instagram a couple of weeks ago for people's non-fiction book recommendations, this is one that came up quite a lot!

This book, which was almost a decade in the making, is Taddeo's debut book and focuses on three American women - Lina, Maggie and Sloane - and their sex lives; each woman has their own story to tell and each has a very different sex life which is documented throughout this book.

I've heard very mixed reviews on this book though. Whilst it has came highly recommended to me, I've also read that some people have been disappointed by it. Most of the complaints I have read have came in the form of this not reading as a non-fiction and the lack of analysis on the three women's sex lives. I have been told that the enjoyment of this books depends on your mindset going into it; if you're looking for less of an analytical review of these women and their sexual experiences and more of a juicy, exciting insight into other people's sex lives, then this is the one for you.

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
I am an absolute sucker for anything that Lizzy Hadfield recommends and in one of her recent vlogs she talked about I Am Pilgrim and I was pretty much sold.

The book follows a mysterious undercover detective called Pilgrim who has led a very questionable career. We follow Pilgrim from New York, who embarks on a mission that leads him to dealing with gruesome and complicated cases. But whilst he is on this case, will his past catch up to him and what will become of his life after the mission he is about to undertake?

I don't often want to read a thriller, but this one sounds exciting and full of adventure. It's a hefty book at almost 900 pages but I've been really into longer books lately and this one sounds like it will read quite quickly!

So there we have it, four books that I'm looking to pick up over the next few months! What's on everyone's TBR list?

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