It is a truth universally acknowledged that all bookworms have a larger-than-life TBR pile. I am not the exception. Whether it is my digital TBR or my physical TBR, I seem to not be able to make a dent in it before adding new books to it. I feel like Harry and Hermione did when they entered Bellatrix’s vault and touched an item and them poof they started multiplying. That’s what I feel like when I finish a book and peruse my favorite blogs and find even more books I want to read. It’s the Gemino curse…
So today I decided to go through my digital TBR pile and spell out my name with the titles of those books. I saw a few bloggers do it this month so I decided to join in on the fun. Because my name is so short, I’ll also spell my blog’s name. Wish me luck!
B — Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
I’m saving these for the summer because all Jenny Han books are best enjoyed out in the sun. I’m excited to get into this complex web of secrets and gossip and be completely sucked it.
Burn for Burn tells the story of three girl friends who are secretly plotting revenge and who team up to get it. It sounds vicious, fast-paced and disturbing — perfect!
O — On Beauty by Zadie Smith
This is one I bought ages ago because the cover was beautiful and could never get into the writing style. It’s been maybe four years now, so I think I’m not yet ready to throw this one into the giving-up pile.
To be quite honest, I still have no clue what it is about. All I know is there are scholars and teachers involved, a lot of family secrets and bad blood, and the first few pages (at least) are told in email format.
O — Our Homesick Song by Emma Hooper
I requested this for review ages ago and haven’t gotten around to reading it just yet. It has a beautiful cover and it’s coming out in August, so plenty of time to read it still!
Our Homesick Song tells the story of a family that is quickly dying out and getting more and more distant. It tells the story of how their small fishing island died and all the families had to relocate. It seems heartbreaking and really touching, I’m excited to read this as soon as school is over.
K — Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Fun fact: this was the first book I added to my Goodreads TBR list. I saw it one day on booktube way back in 2013 and wanted to read it that instant. But here we are now…
This book is about Zoe, a girl who writes a letter confessing a secret to an American inmate that is on death row. In her letters she opens her heart and lets it all out, finding in the inmate the compassion she never got from her close friends and family. The plot seems very interesting and I’ve only read great things about it.
I — In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jan Wang
This is one of the books I’m the most excited about reading. I love graphic novels and I found this one right after I read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. It follows a girl who plays a Dungeons and Dragons-type game online and crosses paths with a few interesting characters.
I’ve heard that is deals with growing up, poverty, having a passion, and of course having a separate life online. I’m dying to read it and crossing my fingers that my library will get it eventually.
S — Saga, volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
This will be my next read after having loved the first volume so much earlier this month. It’s a very fast-paced adventure with lots of world building, funny and odd dialogues and a plethora of interesting characters. Not to mention the gorgeous illustrations. Saga is becoming one of my favorite graphic-novel series very fast, so I hope this one doesn’t disappoint me.
H — The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende
If you don’t know this author, you totally should — especially if you’re into magical realism. This is my mom’s favorite book and Allende is one of my all-time favorite authors, so it only makes sense that I read this book!
The House of Spirits follows the story of a family in Latin America through the ages, from colonial times to the 20th century. The writer describes how each generation lives, how they start the next generation, and tells of their struggles and ambitions. I love stories about families, so I’m excited to pick this one up.
R — The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
I was declined for this ARC *sobs in a corner* but I’m still determined to get my hands on it. The plot sounds fascinating to me and the cover is gorgeous. Once again, family stories are my weak spot and the blurb sounds very intriguing and right up my alley.
Roanoke Girls can go down one of two paths: they either run, or they die. After Lane Roanoke’s mother kills herself, Lane is sent to her grandparents’ house in the middle of nowhere. She doesn’t know of this family fate and at the rural estate learns to love being a Roanoke girl because of all the things that fall onto her lap. But all that is bound to change eventually.
I — Into the Forest by Jean Hegland
This is not the kind of books I usually read, which is why I’m all the more excited about it. Into the Forest tells the story of two sisters whose seemingly perfect lives change drastically after their mother’s death. They’re left with their father in their northern California home and each sister follows their own path.
All I know about this book is what I’ve written here. I think it will have plenty of coming-of-age subplots, dealing with an estranged father, and learning not to let go of important family ties. I’m hyped for this one.
T — They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
Two boys know they will die at the end of the day, so they go searching for a new friend on an app called Last Friend. This is all I know about the book and, honestly, all I care to know because I want to be as blind as possible going into it. It has made a lot of bzz bzz on Booktube and in the book-blogging community so I’m ready to find out more about it by reading it. Also, awesome title, right?!
A — Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
This is another graphic novel I already have lined up to be read. It follows Anya, a little girl who finds on the bottom of a well a ghost who is hellbent on becoming her best friend. While Anya goes through teenage problems — being embarrassed by her family, having body image issues, feeling like an outcast at school — the ghost is there to keep her company forever.
I’m super pumped to read this one because I’ve already looked at the illustrations and they look absolutely amazing. Also, the plot seems right up my alley.
What about you? Have you spelled your name in TBR books’ titles? Are you planning on reading or have you read any of these books?