January (2018) TBR

If any of you have been around for a while you’ll know I used to make these posts but I found myself getting too ambitious and I just wasn’t that committed to the books I was choosing. But I’m starting afresh – focusing one month at a time and making things more achievable! So here we go:

 

Turtles all the way Down by John Green*

Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts. In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

Why I want to read this: I have read a number of John Green books and adored them (Paper Towns is my favourite so far) so naturally I pre-ordered this the minute Green released the title. Hopefully, it’ll live up to expectations.

Review planned: No. (NB: If, however, you do want one let me know!)

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Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim*

Synopsis: Depression & Other Magic Tricks is the debut book by Sabrina Benaim, one of the most-viewed performance poets of all time, whose poem “Explaining My Depression to My Mother” has become a cultural phenomenon with over 5,000,000 views. Depression & Other Magic Tricks explores themes of mental health, love, and family. It is a documentation of struggle and triumph, a celebration of daily life and of living. Benaim’s wit, empathy, and gift for language produce a work of endless wonder.

Why I want to read this: I first saw one of Benaim’s poems performed on a video on Facebook and found it so resonating and truthful so when this turned up at my house recently I just couldn’t leave it out of this TBR.

Review planned: Yes!

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The Power by Naomi Alderman*

Synopsis: In The Power the world is a recognisable place: there’s a rich Nigerian kid who lounges around the family pool; a foster girl whose religious parents hide their true nature; a local American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But something vital has changed, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power – they can cause agonising pain and even death. And, with this small twist of nature, the world changes utterly. This extraordinary novel by Naomi Alderman, a Sunday TimesYoung Writer of the Year and Granta Best of British writer, is not only a gripping story of how the world would change if power was in the hands of women but also exposes, with breath-taking daring, our contemporary world.

Why I want to read this: I’m trying to actually follow Banging Book Club’s reading list this year so here we go! I love learning about feminism, gender, sex and all of those important things.

Review planned: Yes! (in a 2 part review of all the Banging Book Club books I manage to read this year.)

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Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte*

Synopsis: Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.

Why I want to read this: Following my 2018 goals of wanting to read more classics I stumbled across Lucy’s new book club and new I had to join! I’ve had Wuthering Heights on my list for so long and I’m so excited to dive into the world of Catherine and Heathcliff.

Review planned: Yes! (I’ll be doing an end of year review of Lucy’s Bronte book club! (click here to find out more))

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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman* (audible)

Synopsis: Meet Eleanor Oliphant. She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully time-tabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.  Then everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living–and it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.

Why I want to read this: I didn’t have a particular reason to pick this except that the cover on audible looked good and I don’t have many audible books I haven’t yet listened to!

Review planned: No. (NB: If, however, you do want one let me know!)

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4 thoughts on “January (2018) TBR

  1. I’m excited to read your thoughts on Wuthering Heights! I had very mixed feelings and all of my friends say something different, so I’ll be looking out for your review. Do you have a Goodreads account?
    Great post!
    -Fiona x

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  2. Great post! 😊 John Greens book sounds interesting! I’m trying to read more books this year, I’ll have to pick it up! 😊 I found wuthering heights a couple of months ago but never got it as I was running late for my bus! 😂

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