The Second Quarterly TBR Of 2020 [April - June]

4/14/2020



I can't believe it's already been 3 months since I wrote The First Quarterly TBR post, it's insane. Since my first post, the entire world has been thrown into the deep end and we're all just trying to keep safe. Who saw that coming? The only semi positive that this pandemic has had on our lives, is that we now have more time to read. (I truly believe that it's important to try and see the good in our current lives, even if we're saying it through fake optimism. Fake it til we make it, people.) I am having to carry 3 books forward, which are The House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Red At The Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, I've decided to fully remove The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin for now, and will instead include it in a TBR for Fall. I recently read Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson and it's fulfilled my desire for a high fantasy novel for the time being. So, what's on the cards for the next few months? Read on to find out.


To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
The story is told by the little six-year-old girl Jean Louise Finch, nicknamed Scout, who lives in a small town in Alabama in the 1930's. She lives with her elder brother Jem, and her father, Atticus, who is widowed.

How have I gotten to the grand age of 24 without having read this modern classic? I'm failing miserably in my career goal of becoming Matilda, I know. This was my husbands pick for me this month (we have a monthly prompt jar thingy that we do together, I'm making him read Never Let Me Go) This book has seemed to be shelved on my TBR for literal years, but the few times I've tried to pick it up I've struggled to be sucked in and always seem to end up DNFing it. So for that reason, I'm hella daunted. It's fine, it's fine.


My Lovely Wife In The Psych Ward
by Mark Lukach 
A heart-wrenching, yet hopeful, memoir of a young marriage that is redefined by mental illness and affirms the power of love. Mark and Giulia’s life together began as a storybook romance. They fell in love at eighteen, married at twenty-four, and were living their dream life in San Francisco. When Giulia was twenty-seven, she suffered a terrifying and unexpected psychotic break that landed her in the psych ward for nearly a month. One day she was vibrant and well-adjusted; the next she was delusional and suicidal, convinced that her loved ones were not safe. Eventually, Giulia fully recovered, and the couple had a son. But, soon after Jonas was born, Giulia had another breakdown, and then a third a few years after that. Pushed to the edge of the abyss, everything the couple had once taken for granted was upended.

I choose a non-fiction to read each month, usually it's a random pick but for May I know I'm going to be picking up this memoir for the Mentalhealthathon. Though it's weird to say that I'm excited to pick this up, I am. This seems like a book that's going to make me laugh, sob openly, and grab my highlighters. I'm ready to be broken.


One Day
by David Nicholls 
15th July 1988: Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? This is a 'what could've been' novel that seems quite reminiscent of Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Do I only want to read this because Hazel Hayes said it's one of her favourite books? Maybe. Though it has been on my shelves since the movie came out and I did that thing we all do, I said "I'm going to read the book before watching the movie!". So.. it's now years later and I've consumed neither. Jokes aside, this book does seem straight up my street.


Scythe
by Neal Shusterman
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

This is my most adventurous book of this TBR pile. I have no idea whether I'm going to enjoy this YA dystopian novel, but everyone I follow through Booktube seems to give it 5 stars, even those who aren't huge fans of this age range and genre, so I'm very intrigued.


The Shadow of the Wind
by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals in the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets--an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.

This is one daunting novel, but I really want to read it. Am I terrified? Yes, beyond belief. But I have faith in myself to pick this up. So many people adore this book about books, and after shopping my husband's book stash, I found the sequel. So if I love this, yay! I can instantly continue!


A Closed And Common Orbit
by Becky Chambers
This is the sequel to A Long Way To A Small Angry Planet which I read last year and really enjoyed, as it's a continuation of the first in the series I won't give you a synopsis to prevent any possible spoilers. This series is very reminiscent of the TV show Firefly, so if you like character driven space operay goodness, check it out. It's heartfelt, fun, and very comforting to read.


The Shining Girls
by Lauren Beukes
In Depression-era Chicago, Harper Curtis finds a key to a house that opens on to other times. But it comes at a cost. He has to kill the shining girls: bright young women, burning with potential. Curtis stalks them through their lives across different eras until, in 1989, one of his victims, Kirby Mazrachi, survives and starts hunting him back.

This sounds like such a fun twist on a classic thriller, but the not-so-shiny reviews on Goodreads keep making me put this on the back burner, which is silly as people raved about The Silent Patient which I disliked. Will this be another case of an unpopular opinion? Here's hoping! Also, how pretty is this cover? It's definitely swaying me into picking it up.


We Were The Lucky Ones
by Georgia Hunter
It is the spring of 1939 and three generations of the Kurc family are doing their best to live normal lives, even as the shadow of war grows closer. The talk around the family Seder table is of new babies and budding romance, not of the increasing hardships threatening Jews in their hometown of Radom, Poland. But soon the horrors overtaking Europe will become inescapable and the Kurcs will be flung to the far corners of the world, each desperately trying to navigate his or her own path to safety.

I've recently stopped picking up so many historical novels set around WWII, not for any specific reason, I just haven't really been in the mood. However, the non-stop positive reviews of this debut novel has put it right atop my anticipated TBR. I'm not usually a huge fan of books that span across a few generations of a family (think Pachinko by Min Jin Lee) as I haven't yet read a book that hasn't felt disjointed because of how much time it's trying to cover. Hopefully We Were The Lucky Ones will be the exception..?



What's on your TBR for the next three months? Let me know! 



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