November 28: Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR
At the beginning of November, I posted a list of the books I wanted to read, which you can find here. Well, guess what: I’ve read ZERO of those books so far. I don’t know why, but I always get in a reading slump around this time of year. Seriously, I haven’t picked up a book since the beginning of this month! I’m incredibly disappointed in myself, because I know I won’t have the time to read them all in December. But because I borrowed some of these books from the library, I can’t keep postponing reading them.
synopsis: Effia and Esi: two sisters with two very different destinies. One sold into slavery; one a slave trader’s wife. The consequences of their fate reverberate through the generations that follow. Taking us from the Gold Coast of Africa to the cotton-picking plantations of Mississippi; from the missionary schools of Ghana to the dive bars of Harlem, spanning three continents and seven generations, Yaa Gyasi has written a miraculous novel – the intimate, gripping story of a brilliantly vivid cast of characters and through their lives the very story of America itself.
Homegoing is only about 300 pages long, yet it seems like so much more! Each chapter is told from a different point of view, generation after generation. I think I’m about halfway through and I was loving it, but I haven’t picked it up in weeks 😮 I definitely plan on continuing it before I have to return it to the library. I’m certain this would’ve been a five-star read if I hadn’t been in a reading slump.
synopsis: In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Ruth has a secret that she can’t hide forever. Dora wonders if she can ever truly escape where she comes from, even when good luck strikes. Alyce is trying to reconcile her desire to dance, with the life she’s always known on her family’s fishing boat. Hank and his brothers decide it’s safer to run away than to stay home—until one of them ends up in terrible danger.
Four very different lives are about to become entangled.
I’m excited to read this Young Adult historical fiction novel! The Smell of Other People’s Houses has received many positive reviews and I have the feeling I might love this book. I borrowed this from the library as well, so I’ll have to pick it up soon, but thankfully, it’s less than 300 pages long.
A Torch Against the Night is the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, which I have read twice and really enjoyed both times! Unfortunately, however, I’m really struggling to read the second instalment. It’s by no means bad, but I’m never in the mood to read it. I started this in March, re-started it in October, but I’m still not even halfway yet. I really hope I will be able to finish this book soon, because I don’t think I’ll be able to give it a third try.
synopsis: Whether or not you believe in fate, or luck, or love at first sight, every romance has to start somewhere. MEET CUTE is an anthology of original short stories featuring tales of “how they first met” from some of today’s most popular YA authors.
This incredibly talented group of authors brings us a collection of stories that are at turns romantic and witty, epic and everyday, heartbreaking and real.
Meet Cute is a Young Adult anthology which is set to be released on January 2nd, 2018. I’m not the biggest romance fan out there, but I wanted to give this a chance nonetheless because it sounded diverse. So far, I’m disappointed. Out of the four stories I have read so far, three featured solely non-queer characters, and only one featured a protagonist of colour. I really hope the other stories will be more diverse.
synopsis: The Big Redhead Book: Inside the Secret Society of Red Hair is an inside look into one of the most elite societies in the world–the real two percent. Well, you know, the two percent of the world’s population that are natural redheads, at least. This book has equal parts pop culture, ginger facts, and humorous stories about what it’s like to actually have red hair. It’s loaded with everything you’d ever want to know about us reds; how we’re scientifically different from the norms (non-redheads), how we’ve been stereotyped in pop culture, and the do’s and don’ts of having a red in your life, among other things!
I received The Big Redhead Book from the author and publisher in exchange for an honest review back in September. I’ve been meaning to finish it, but I just can’t find the energy to pick it up. The Big Redhead Book is supposed to be funny, but I cannot help but think that the author kind of appropriates the experiences of people of colour and black people in particular, but puts a “funny twist” on it (e.g. “Only redheads are allowed to call each other “ginger” sounds very similar to “only black people can say the n-word”). Because I am white, however, I don’t feel comfortable to point that out, but I do see some red flags.
synopsis: During the holidays, anything is possible—a second chance, a promised future, an unexpected romance, a rekindled love, or a healed heart. Authors Killian B. Brewer, Lynn Charles, Erin Finnegan, Pene Henson, and Lilah Suzanne share their stories about the magic of the season.
If the Fates Allow is an anthology filled with holiday-themed, queer short stories which will be released on December 1st. I don’t know any of these authors, nor have many readers reviewed it yet, but I nonetheless requested it on NetGalley because I certainly want to support a queer anthology and I want to check which identities are portrayed.
Because I’m in a reading slump, I don’t want to expand this list further. I’m already disappointed in myself for not getting to my November TBR, so I don’t want to set myself up for disaster again. If I don’t get to these books, I swear this was the last time I posted a TBR. I never manage to read any of the books anyway, it’s embarrassing.
In December, I also plan on doing SapphicAThon, if everything goes as planned. You can have a look at my TBR here.
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