And we’re back with yet another five additions to my TBR, winding down to the end of 2018 with books from nine months of the year still to add ad talk about. The exciting piece to all of this, of course, is that I plan to still continue through the list into next year, so you don’t have to worry about missing out on some of the best sounding books from 2018.
I don’t even know where to begin with my anticipation and trepidation about Dread Nation by Justina Ireland. Rarely one to read zombie stories unless given an intriguing plot or a lot of reason from the public sphere, I was very near ready to skip over this one. And yet, the discussion of race and the alternate historical universe stayed my hand. I didn’t scroll past, but instead read on and could not have clicked “want to read” fast enough. I’m just kind of mind blown at how amazing this book sounds right now and I’m just going to say right now that if this book is not on your TBR, it really needs to be.
Okay, so despite the absolute ridiculousness of the concept and the massive suspension of belief you’re going to have to give in order to accept that this actually works, Jesse Andrews’ Munmun sounds absolutely epic. And I really don’t think there’s any other word for it. Telling the story of two tiny, destitute people in a world where one’s wealth is directly proportional to one’s size, this book gives you a social commentary and an outlandish, yet fun-sounding adventure. I don’t even know where this is going to go, how my mind is going to wrap around the ideas, or anything really. But I am damn excited to find out.
I’m tentatively adding Rebel with a Cupcake by Anna Mainwaring (also, can we just take a moment to talk about how bloody brilliant that last name is? –ahem, moving on) because I’m not sure if I’m going to like it. A story about a girl who is completely comfortable with herself and her body is suddenly left to question everything when, after a wardrobe malfunction, a classmate calls her fat. There’s a lot more to it than just that, namely the crush inviting her to a party which is where I get a kind of “ehhh” feeling about how the book is going to go. And who knows, maybe this feeling is thoroughly unfounded, but I’m just not sure if this will end up being too much of an over the top sort of thing or not.
It’s stupid, but I’m a sucker for these kinds of stories. It’s just like how I watched The Princess Switch even though I knew (and it was) that it was going to be a massively cheesy film that I rolled my eyes at every three seconds. I don’t know if Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett is going to be like that, but I highly suspect it might be. With references to fighting families–I guess Romeo and Juliet style?–and two characters with clear romantic tension that are left stranded in the wilderness and do nothing but fight, you can bet this book has found its way to my TBR and is going to leave me rolling my eyes…maybe.
I don’t know whether to view Folded Notes From High School by Matt Boren as a slightly creepy novel or a cleverly executed commentary on a rather intriguing character. I have a feeling that it’s far more like to be the latter but at the same time something about the phrase “romantic obsession that threatens to topple…” sounds rather off-putting. Still, this book definitely seems to have quite a lot of potential and how could I not buy myself a copy of a book that includes a rendition of the musical, Grease? You can bet once I’ve finished reading this one that there will be a long review for it.
And that’s all for this week. I hope you’re all enjoying winter and curling up with some amazing reads!