A feature in which I share new books I added to my TBR.
This is a lovely little feature in which I update you on books I’ve recently added to my TBR! It’s a chance for me to tell you about books I discovered that piqued my interest and that I am genuinely excited to get to. One day. Soon. Let’s jump into it!
1. We, the Survivors by Tash Aw
Why I added it: I don’t know a tone of this one, but it’s described as a modern Camus, and I LOVE Camus. It’s a story about a murderer recounting his life to a journalist (which really is very Camus) and it tackles the topics of isolation and what it truly means to be an outsider. It’s set in Malaysia and it chronicles both the life of this man and what lead him to commit a terrible act of violence, but also about the journalist interviewing him I believe. Also, this is quite a polarizing read (some people really dislike it), so naturally I just want to know all about it.
2. America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo
Why I added it: This is a story following three generations of women from one immigrant family and I just love stories like that. This is explores the history of the Philippines in the 1980s and 90s but more precisely, this is a story about a family and an insular immigrant community in the United States, and I think it dives deep into the idea of the American Dream and what it means for one family. We follow Hiro de Vera who was disowned by her parents in the Phillippines and has now come to live with her uncle in the States. And I believe the story also follows her aunt and her cousin and I think it also explores their relationships. I have such high hopes for this, and I think it’s gonna be beautiful and moving and so powerful !
3. The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh
Why I added it: I’ve debated whether or not I want to read this one because one it was really hyped up and two I am sort of oversaturated on feminist dystopia. We’re already living it so I don’t want to be doubly depressed. However, the overwhelmingly positive reviews and the fact that people promised me that I would love it finally convinced me. This follows three sisters who were raised by their father to fear the outside world and to fear men. However, when their father disappears and when they retreat inward, men wash ashore on their island and it tilts their whole world. It sounds haunting and devastating, so we’ll see! I better love it if I am gonna suffer.
4. The Shape of Ruins by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
Why I added it: I believe I discovered this one on the Man Booker International list and it sounds really intriguing. Supposedly, it’s about assassinations, conspiracy theories and political obsession. Basically, all things I love to read about. It’s set in Colombia and it follows the story of a man who tried to steal a suit of a murdered Colombian politician and all the conspiracy theories and stories that start to weave around this event after the man is arrested. I think this also dives deep into Colombia’s historical past, and I really want to see how it provides a backdrop for this kind of narrative set up. As always, I have high hopes, but we’ll see!
5. The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esme Weijun Wang
Why I added it: And This is a collection of essays from Wang that explores the issues of schizoaffective disorder from her own experience. In it she tackles the issues of labels, and institutionalization and the educational system, and dives deep into her own experience and her journey with her mental health. As you guys know, I am a psychologist and I think getting a persepctive from someone who lives with a mental disorder is so important and something I am constantly looking for. This sounds like it’s gonna be incredibly important and powerful and I cannot wait to read it.
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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