These following five books are my TBR (translation: to be read) for now until Christmas break. Five seems like a small number until each number represents (give or take) two hundred fifty pages and then you magically have a stack of books right in front of your eyes. Five books is a lot. I don’t know exactly how long it takes me to read a page (which is very unfortunate), but if I roughly read sixty pages an hour, that’s twenty and five-sixths hours of reading. I have five weeks to read a little over twenty hours. Let’s do this.
Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
First line: Grace hadn’t really thought too much about homecoming.
What it’s generally about: this book is told in three narratives, but the overall story is that three siblings who haven’t met each other until now because they were given away by their biological mother
Why I’m reading it: I’m actually more than half-way through this book. Wait, that means I have less than twenty and five-sixths hours of reading to do! GREAT.
Just Mercy by Byran Stevenson
First line: I wasn’t prepared to meet a condemned man.
What it’s generally about: a true story written by a lawyer who was assigned to the case of an innocent guy convicted for death
Why I’m reading it: It was on the What Should I Read Next? podcast. The New York Review of Books blurb on the front says it is “every bit as moving as To Kill A Mockingbird,” AKA my favorite book of all time. It’s won a ton of awards. The title feels like an oxymoron to me. (I love oxymorons. In biology, we were playing jeopardy, and our team name was Boneless Skeletons. I guess the person who came up with it was still in the Halloween mood. Other teams were named Upsidedown Spatula and Team Red.) I also needed a non-fiction book on this list to slightly diversify this otherwise completely YA fiction book list. And I think love plays a big part in all three of the next books too. Oh my, and I thought I read a lot of fantasy in fall.
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
First line: I open my eyes at midnight to the sound of the ocean and my brother’s breathing.
What it’s generally about: a girl and a guy who used to date but have broken up since then and are now both going through tough times (accidental alliteration!) and working at a bookstore together (yes, bookstores!)
Why I’m reading it: This was on the “new” section at my library, and I picked it up because I’ve heard good things about it. And dude, look at the cover. I didn’t realize until now but the rectangular shapes are all books. The white ones are open with writing on them. Wow. It’s gorgeous. It’s also blurbed by Jennifer Niven on the back. She’s the author of All the Bright Places, which I haven’t read but have also heard good things about. I have a feeling from the little I do know about the two books that All the Bright Places and Words in Deep Blue are both a bit sad.
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
First line: Esther Solar had been waiting outside Lilac Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for half an hour when she received word that the curse had struch again.
What it’s generally about: a girl lives in a family who is cursed with the curse that everyone of them has a huge phobia, she meets a boy, plot ensues
Why I’m reading it: It was also on the “new” shelf at the library. The author is the person who wrote Our Chemical Hearts, which is on my to-be-read list. It sounds interesting. Which is not the whole truth at all. The color of the cover is super pretty and the cover itself is cool too, but more importantly, I like the name. What does “semi-definitive” even mean? After a quick search: definitive means “done or reached decisively and with authority.” That means semi-definitive means partly based on fact, partly based on guessing. So basically everything I do in life is semi-definitive. Go it.
Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt
First line: “You dropped something.”
What it’s generally about: the new guy in town meets a girl who is hiding secrets of her own
Why I’m reading it: Um, I honestly don’t know why. I know it was recommended from somewhere because it was on one of my books lists (I have too many of them) and so I put if on hold at the library. But I’m not sure from where or by who.
Which one is your favorite first line? Mine is definitely Just Mercy’s. Have you read any of these? Because if you have, and it’s not any good and your reading taste is similar to mine, then SWOOMP- it’s getting booted out and a different book will take it’s place. If you didn’t know, SWOOMP is the noise books make when your TBR changes around. You learn something new everyday.