A feature in which I share new books I added to my TBR.
It is time for the first TBR update of the year! Since I haven’t finished a book since the year started, might as well update you on all the books I want to read but who knows when I’ll get to them. But they sound awesome and maybe you would like to read them, so I like sharing. Plus, it makes me refresh my memory about all the books that I want to read.
1. Rich and Pretty by Rumaan Alam
Why I added it: This book is set in New York, and it follows two best friends as they start to grow older and as their friendship starts to change. Each of them is both jealous and horrified by how the other one is living their life. This sounds like a brilliant insight into female friendships and it really sounds like it delves deep both into these women’s lives but also their once close relationship that is beginning to change for the worse as they grow older. And how they grow up and away from both themselves and each other. This sounds like a very me book, so I would love to get to it.
2. Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
Why I added it: I am pretty sure someone described this one to me as Black Mirror and I was instantly sold. This is a short story collection that is a mix of genres (my favorite thing ever) and that, instead of focusing on technology like Black Mirror, it focuses on the horrors of racism and capitalism and explores what the future will bring if we continue to live in that sort of climate. I am very intrigued by this and Black Mirror comps are my favorite since I am obsessed with the show. This one is definitely one I will pick up sooner rather than later.
3. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
Why I added it: I basically know two things about this series. One is that all my friends and all the bookish people I trust love it. And the other is that it’s about nuns that are trained to kill. What more can a girl ask for? This book follows Nona Grey, who is at the ripe old age of EIGHT, accused of murder and apparently, guilty of much worse. And that’s all I needed to know to be all over that book. This one is patiently waiting on my shelves but it won’t have to wait for long.
4. Family Trust by Kathy Wang
Why I added it: This is a literary family drama and you know I live and breathe for those. This follows the Huang family as the patriarch, Stanley, is diagnosed with cancer and on his deathbed. This spurs the events of the story and we follow the rest of the family (his son, daughter and both his second and first wife) as they deal with their own lives and this newfound revelation. This sounds like a more dramatic Celeste Ng novel or like a quieter Crazy Rich Asians. And I am all here for it.
5. The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South by Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington
Why I added it: I think this sounds brilliant. This is a non-fiction novel that focuses on the courts and the death investigation system in Mississippi. It’s basically about two men, a medical examiner Dr. Steven Hayne who performed the vast majority of Mississippi’s autopsies, and his friend Dr. Michael West, who is a local dentist, but who pitched himself as a forensic expert. They put countless people in prison, but their convictions started to fall apart. This book explores the faultiness of the criminal justice system but also looks at how structural racism affects it. This is one of my recent TBR addition favorites and I would really love to get to it ASAP!
And those are some new books I added to my TBR recently! As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on these and to hear about some new books you discovered recently!
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