Happy Wednesday! We’re halfway through the week and about halfway through January, which honestly feels insane at this point. A part of me still can’t believe it’s 2019. I’ve got very small, teeny-tiny hopes that this year will be better than last and I’m definitely looking forward to something better. For now, though, let’s look at a few books from last year.
I actually started The Smoke Thieves by Sally Green a little while ago but never managed to finish it. So it’s technically still a TBR? I can’t say it sounds like the best story ever written or if it’s even one that I’ll fall in love with. The beginning was fairly interesting, at least. And to be quite frank, I adore the cover for reasons I can’t quite ascertain. But yeah. This book could go either way, in the end, and while it has a great start that start isn’t so phenomenal that I felt any reason to continue reading the book immediately, which is something to think about ultimately. After all, there’s definitely a reason why I didn’t care too much to immediately get my hands on a copy after I’d started reading this at the library, why I didn’t check it out right then in the first place.
Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L. Davis is an interesting sounding novel that I initially wasn’t sure I cared to read. But when it got into that bit about not being sure who is her biological father and the deadline she has to meet as a result of that, I knew that I’d be adding this book to my TBR. I find that I’m always a little weary of adding books like this, however, simply on account of my preference for fantasy, science fiction, and the like. This book is pretty strictly contemporary, with a drama that I might not ordinarily find myself interested in. But I’d like to see how this story ends. Plus, it’s got some pretty raving reviews thus far from a rather impressive number of people. So perhaps it’s worth spending some time on.
Okay, but the dumb thing about I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman is that I don’t even want to read it. But also, I do. It looks ridiculous, I know just from reading the blurb that it’s going to turn out to be one of those famous person falls for not famous person throwaways, but I just can’t help myself. I’ve read so many of these and I don’t know why I keep expecting that my experience with them might be different some day because it really never has been–unless somehow Cinder manages to count?–and so I’m just regretting every moment of adding this book to my TBR, and yet at the same time I just really want to read it? So, I don’t know. I’ll probably end up coming back to say how awful this one was but, as I said, I can’t help it.
I feel like this is going to be far more Romeo and Juliet–which I admittedly think is a thoroughly overrated story with a fair number of better retellings–than it’s going to be The Winner’s Curse but I suppose I’ll just have to wait and see. Honestly, the biggest reason I decided to add Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway is due to the comparison it had to The Winner’s Curse which is an utterly terrible reason to add a book, I know. I have a feeling that my excitement at the comparison is just a surefire way for me to have my hopes dashed since at surface value this book actually doesn’t seem all that wonderful to me. But, I dunno. I might find myself surprised.
Strange New World by Rachel Vincent really looks like a crazy amount of fun. And it’s prompted me to add it’s previous book as well. A world of clones and rules and this idea of being “flawed” fills this novel and I can’t wait to get a chance to read it. Also, I have to say that this book has one of the most fun covers I’ve ever seen. I wonder how they made it. I wont go into too many details about the plot of the second book as it spoils some of the first, I think. So if you do click on the link because you’re interested in adding this book, I’d definitely suggest not reading the synopsis and instead clicking over to the first book in the series and reading that prior. It really seems like a lot of fun.
And that was May part three! I’ve still got a lot of books to go through for this month alone so join me back next week for another five books from 2018 that I’ve added to my TBR! Until next time, happy reading everyone!