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. Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe
Why I added it: You might have seen my review of Milkman, which was a book that I appreciated, but found to be too much work. But I am genuinely interested in the Troubles and I found the atmosphere of Milkman to be really intriguing, so I think that reading a non-fiction book about the Troubles might provide the background to Milkman that I need. I think the focus of the story is the case of the woman who was dragged from her home by the I.R.A. and then found dead, and about the aftermath of this event for her family. I think this case is used to tell the story of the Troubles and to convey the violence, atmosphere and the consequences of the conflict. I am really interested to read this, since Rachel @ Pace, Amore, Libri talked really highly of it, and we all know that we trust Rachel’s opinion on this blog.
2. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Why I added it: This novel has made quite a buzz and everyone’s been loving it so much, so I was convinced by the hype alone. The story is a letter from a son to his mother and it’s a look into the family history, that starts in Vietnam. It’s an exploration of their relationship, but also of race, class and masculinity. His mother is also illiterate, so the fact that he is writing a letter to her seems to portray this really private thing, that she will never get to understand. It’s also an immigration story, and Ocean Vuong is also a poet, so I am sure that this is beautiful. I know a lot of people loved it and spoke really highly of it, so I am really excited to read this one.
3. Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert
Why I added it: I don’t know a lot about this one and I have been told that the blurb is not really what the book is about, but May @ Forever and Everly loved this and she mentioned it somewhere, so I wanted to read it, obviously. This is a story about Danny, who starts uncovering his parents’ secrets when he finds some hidden letters. At the same time, he is coming to terms with his friendship with his best friend and an event that shook their friend group to its core. It sounds like a really hard-hitting contemporary, and I haven’t read a book like that in a while, so I really want to try and get to this one.
4. In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Why I added it: I absolutely loved Machado’s short story collection and I am so excited for this book. This is her memoir and it’s mainly a look at an abusive relationship she was in. I think Machado uses different narrative styles to tell the story of her life – there’s mention of her using classical horror themes to construct this memoir, and I am really excited to read it. Sadly, the publishing date for this has been pushed for next year, but I am really excited for the book nonetheless. Please do check Machado’s writing out, because it’s really brilliant.
5. How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones
Why I added it: I am so excited to get to this book! This is another memoir on the list and it’s Jones’ look at his own life, and an exploration of race and queerness. Jones is a black gay man from the South and in his memoir, he explores a myriad of themes through these vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape. Jones explores his relationship with his mother and grandmother, his flings and his friends. It’s also a mix of poetry and prose, since Saeed Jones is a poet and I think this will add a whole new level to the memoir. This has been getting so many rave reviews, and I am so excited to get to it, because it really sounds brilliant.
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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