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. Only Mostly Devasted by Sophie Gonzales
Why I added it: I added this one solely based on the tagline and I regret nothing. The tagline goes as follows: “Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda meets Clueless, inspired by Grease.”. I personally love Simon and Grease and I enjoy Clueless so this sounds GREAT. It looks like a gay YA romcom, with Grease vibes, so I am here for it. It’s about Ollie, who meets Will over the summer, and they hit it off, but then Will ghosts him at the end of the summer. And then Ollie moves and starts attending Will’s school and finds out that Will is closeted and acts like a jerk. So basically gay Grease. Can’t wait.
2. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
Why I added it: This is a nonfiction book that explores desire. It focuses on three different women, all from different areas and backgrounds and it’s a look at their lives and a portrait of desire. Lisa Taddeo is a journalist, I think, and this book is a result of eight years of interviews and research. We follow Lina, a homemaker and mother of two, whose marriage has lost its passion and whose husband refuses to even kiss her. So she reconnects with her old flame on social media and starts an affair. Then we follow Maggie who has a relationship with her teacher when she’s eighteen, and then he abruptly breaks up with her. A few years later he is named Teacher of the Year, and she steps forward with her story, only to have nobody believe her. Finally, we follow Sloane, whose husband likes to watch her have sex with other people, and she is struggling to comprehend where his desire ends and hers starts. I think this will be really good and I am looking forward to picking it up.
3. Time is a Thing the Body Moves Through by T. Fleischmann
Why I added it: This is sponsored by my love of great titles. I added this one SOLELY based on the title and I absolutely love it. It’s such a great title and I love saying it over and over. This is an essay that explores art and bodies and specifically how do the bodies we inhabit influence our relationship with art and vice versa. I think the essay also explores love and sexuality and gender and community, which is all things I enjoy reading about and that I think are topics that make essays compelling for me. I also really enjoy the cover of this, so a superficial pick, but it also sounds awesome.
4. My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell
Why I added it: This book has been getting a decent amount of buzz lately and it really grabbed my attention. This is a debut that follows a woman, Vanessa, who was in a relationship with her teacher when she was younger and is now struggling with the fact that said teacher has been accused of assault by one of his students, who reaches out to Vanessa. This book looks at memory and trauma, and how they can affect each other and it explores Vanessa’s past and present and sort of juxtaposes them to one another. It looks at adolescence and victimhood and agency, and I really think it will be brilliant and I am excited to get to it.
5. The Fire Starters by Jan Carson
Why I added it: Finally, this pick is inspired by Rachel @ Pace, Amore, Libri – she loved this novel and I think her reviews instantly make me want to read a book, no matter what its content is. This is set in Belfast, where fires start to break out through the city, started by a mysterious figure called Fire Starter. We follow two perspectives – Johnathan, who is afraid of his newborn daughter and Sammy, who is haunted by his own past and fears the same darkness hides in his own son. I think this sounds super intriguing, and Rachel’s review was so good that I instantly wanted to read it. I am excited to get to 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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