And I’m back with another five books from 2018 that have been added to my TBR. As always, one of my more favorite post series, it gives you all the opportunity to see some of the backlist books that game out last year and maybe even use them for your backlist challenge! So, take a look below and see if any of these books are of interest to you.
Mayfly by Jeff Sweat is set in a post apocalyptic world that sounds utterly terrifying. The prospect of life ending at seventeen and a world based primarily on having children as soon as possible in order to preserve humanity is just not a world I could ever see myself wanting to live in. Still, everything about this book seems thoroughly captivating. From the mystery for why everyone dies so young to the act of breaking away from the expected norms of furthering the population. I can’t imagine what it would be like to feel as though you lived your whole life only to procreate as a result of the unfortunate circumstances of the world that you live in. I honestly can’t wait to read this one.
I really just have to take a moment to comment on how much I love the cover for Queen Underneath by Stacey Filak. It’s just exceptionally gorgeous and the colors work so damn well that I might end up just buying it for the cover alone. Heck, that was half the reason I wanted to read it. This book has a thoroughly interesting plot, from warring kingdoms to LGBTQ representation, and the intriguing piece where a sex-worker is not only a great and close friend of the queen–which, I’ll be honest, confuses me just a bit–but also the love interest of a king. And basically I just can’t wait to find out where this thing goes and how it all works because it sounds quite fascinating.
I just know that Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake is going to be one of those painful reads that makes me cringe and breaks my heart and has a whole lot of uncomfortable all over it. But I need to read it. Not only does this book have supremely high ratings and raving reviews, but it’s an important commentary on victim blaming, the meaning of consent, learning horrible things about people you thought you knew, and the ways in which we deal with trauma and how that affects our lives and the people around us that just makes this one of those reads you need to get to at some point. In fact, I consider this book so important that I may just bring it to the top of my TBR very soon.
I’m pretty sure that a large part of me doesn’t actually want to read Like Love by Leah Konen. And it’s not because the book’s premise doesn’t sound good, because it actually sounds pretty amazing. This idea of a world where you can view or relive your memories via virtual reality sounds so cool and also so dangerous depending on which memories you choose to do so with–I’m reminded suddenly of that Black Mirror episode where they had eyes that recorded everything–but also I just don’t know if I care enough about the plot between the characters to read it. So, this book sounds really intriguing and it’s got an amazing premise…but the characters thus far have shown me nothing that I actually care to read about. And I suppose that’s my glitch. So, I’ve got this one on my TBR. I dont know how I feel about it.
I do not like tennis. So it’s actually pretty surprising that The Harper Effect by Taryn Bashford found its way onto my TBR. But the dynamic between the three main characters (and the subsequent supporting character) was just far too good to pass up. I’m not even sure which one I’m rooting for at the moment, though I have a pretty strong feeling for where this novel is going to take itself. I’d love to be surprised, though, I think, simply because what I’ve garnered about them all from the summary already has me leaning in the direction I’m fairly certain the book isn’t going to take. And who knows, maybe this book will endear me a little bit more to tennis than before? It’s a small thing and probably unlikely, but you never know.
And that’s all for today! What do you think of this week’s TBR additions? Do you like any of them? Will you be adding one or more to yours? Let me know in the comments!