My January 2019 TBR

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Ahhh fresh book stacks. You have to love them.

This month’s TBR has a little bit of everything. Because I’m enacting some of my reading goals into this list like keeping my list pretty small, exploring some other genres, and reading nonfiction. When I think about this list, I wish I had the foresight to do this before. I have a great mix of books from genres I love. I have challenging novels that I’m excited to read and I’ve somehow incorporated nonfiction, which isn’t a genre I read often. All in all, I’m really happy with this month’s TBR. Here’s what I’ll be reading:

If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim

I’ll be reading this book for my Words Between Worlds Book Club on Instagram. Crystal Hana Kim is a fellow Korean American and this novel is supposed to surpass those physical boundaries (like a wall between North and South Korea). I’m really excited to read it.

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

This year I’ve got a few highly anticipated fantasy novels and Black Leopard, Red Wolf is one of them. I don’t know if I buy that this is a Game of Thrones-style book, but we’ll get into it. I have a feeling it’ll be more science fiction than fantasy, but I could be wrong. I’ll be reading this one next week.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

I started my new year with this book and I’m already shook. It reminds me a lot of Six of Crows, which I loved! It’s got a cast of characters that all bring different skillsets to the group and you can just tell there’s going to be some major heisting. I love a book that reads like Ocean’s 11. I don’t want to make any more assumptions, but it’s definitely got my attention.

Golden Child by Claire Adam

This is the second novel being published by SJP and Hogarth. It’s about a family living in rural Trinidad and their two twin sons, Paul and Peter. When Paul disappears one day, their father, Clyde, doesn’t think much of it. It’s not until a few weeks past that he realizes the implications of his lost son. OMG, I can’t wait to read this!

Bonfire by Krysten Ritter

Winter, for me, is thriller time. Romance in the summer. Fantasy in the fall. Thrillers in the winter. I think it has something to do with the temperatures dropping and the dark moods we all adopt. Bonfire has been on my TBR for quite some time, so I plan on reading this one during the shortened daylight hours. I’ll also be reading a few more thrillers this month.

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

This particular novel sounds scary AF. Just three words for you: feminist revenge fantasy. It’s got Handmaid’s Tale vibes and science fiction vibes. While I’m not necessarily the type to read feminist fiction, I can’t resist a good story about women who find themselves trapped in their society and then figure out how to escape. It’s going to be a good one and it might keep me up at night.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

I picked Dark Matter for The Backlist Book Club pick this month! Going on my theme of thrillers in the winter, I chose this to continue my late nights up scared out of my mind. While I categorized this as a thriller, I’ve been told that it’s more scary than your average thriller. It’s science fiction-y with some scary components, so I will definitely be enjoying this. I can’t wait for the conversations this one is going to incite.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

While I won’t be reading any more contemporary YA, that doesn’t mean I won’t be reading some thriller-y YA. I still like parts of the YA category and I think Sadie will carry all of them. I would say this feels more like crime fiction than thriller, but I’m not 100% sure of the difference between the two. We shall see with this one.

Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Finally, my one nonfiction book for the month. I’m so excited to read Heavy after Kelsey Manning from Scribner suggested we check it out. Heavy is a memoir written by Kiese Laymon. It touches on his life living in Jackson, Mississippi, the sexual violence of his youth and the writer he is today. There’s a lot going on from the synopsis of this memoir, so I’m going to be digging into this one. I hope I don’t cry too much.

10 thoughts on “My January 2019 TBR

  1. Sadie is sooooo good! I can promise you, as a fellow-outgrower of contemporary YA, it felt a lot more grown-up than most YA. For one thing, I’m pretty sure Sadie herself is 19, instead of the usual 15-16-year-olds YA trends towards. To be honest, I’m not completely sure I agree with marketing the book as YA, as it probably takes away from an adult audience that would have enjoyed this book if it were just marketed as a thriller. All of this is just my rambling way of saying, I hope you like it!

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