Hello, and welcome to part four of my TBR list featuring books that were published this year! I’ve barely started and still have quite a ways to go as it’s clear I’ll add about 90% of the newly published YA books since I clearly have an addiction. But that’s alright, it’s a healthy one!
Truthfully, Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke probably wouldn’t be on my TBR if it weren’t for the fact that a friend of mine reviewed it. She definitely made it sound worth reading even in spite of the very cheesy sounding synopsis. Let’s just say I’m not real big on the idea of a “reality show” in real life, so having characters go through it in fiction isn’t likely to grab my attention. But, this friend of mine made it sound really interesting. I guess I’ll find out later if it works for me, but for now, it’s gonna sit on my TBR.
I wasn’t even aware that I had added this book to my TBR until now and while I was reading through the synopsis I felt rather ‘eh’ about putting it on there. Ultimately, before I made my way over to Goodreads to add A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard, the only reason I conceded to giving it a shot is because Steffi is what my little brother calls me. It’s ironically not often that I see my name used for characters in novels and it’s even rarer that I see a nickname like that used. And so…curiosity and all that. Hopefully, this book will surprise me. And that cover is kind of perfect, don’t you think?
I am so glad that so many books addressing the unfortunate circumstances and horrific treatment of minority groups are being published nowadays because they are so, so important. Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed brings such discussions to light as it centers around a young girl of Indian and Muslim heritage who struggles with not only the place she wants in life as someone who was born in America but retains her familial background but also the disgusting hate that so many in this country spew toward people who do not deserve it. We need books like this one and I’m truly ecstatic to be adding Ahmed’s novel to my TBR.
I have such a back and forth relationship with Maureen Johnson and her books. On the one hand, I really enjoyed The Name of the Star. On the other, I utterly abhorred 13 Little Blue Envelopes. It truly does beg the question of whether or not Truly Devious is worth reading. I’m giving her the benefit of the doubt for a number of reasons, though. The first is that 13 Little Blue Envelopes was published in 2005, whereas The Name of the Star was published in 2011. I feel like there’s ample time for improvement in writing quality during that time. The second is that I enjoyed her suspense-filled novel whereas I wasn’t fond of her coming of age one. Seeing as this new book is more suspense than coming of age, I figure it’s worth giving a chance.
Ahk! I still have to read Poison’s Kiss, but naturally, it’s sequel is going to end up on my TBR as a result of my desire to read the first of the series. I don’t know if my mind will change on this one at some point. After all, who knows? I might not like the first book. But either way, Poison’s Cage by Breeana Shields is currently on my TBR and waiting to be read. It might be waiting a while since neither book is particularly high on my priority list at the moment but it’ll definitely be something I read someday!
And that’s it for now! I’ll be back soon with another five books from this year that I’ve added to my TBR. And how about you? Do you have any thoughts about the five books here? Are they on your TBR? Have you read one already? Let me know in the comments!
Happy reading, everyone!