December 27, 2018

Goodreads Update December 2018

I feel like I restrained myself remarkably this month in adding books to my TBR. Let's see how correct I am...

The Only Woman In the Room by Marie Benedict - This is a fictional account of the life of Hedy Lamar. It comes out in January.

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth - This is a mashup of historical fiction, portal fantasy, and mystery. Two sisters take cover in a London bomb shelter and find a portal to a Narnia-like place. After they come back, they handle their new situations very differently.

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson - I had this on my TBR several years ago and then took it off. Recently, I heard a podcast with a person who listed it as one of her favorite books. Her description of it made me decide to put it back on my list.

Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 And It's Legacy by Heather Ann Thompson - You know how I like a good prison story. The same person who recommended the last book raved about this one. She makes a case for non-fiction writing by women being more empathetic and complete. I'm here for it.

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers - I got this for Mike for Christmas Eve Jolabokaflod (The Scandinavian tradition to give books and chocolate on Christmas Eve and spend the evening reading.) I decided I would like to give it a go myself. It's about a ragtag crew of space pirates who are sent out to a clean up mission on another planet. The book centers around their journey there.

Rational Creatures edited by Christina Boyd - This is a collection of essays about Jane Austen's heroines and how they are rational creatures not beautiful ditzes.

Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi - I've heard various people talk about this book since it came out earlier this year. They said it was great, but also kind of depressing. I wrote it off as not for me. Then in a teen action meeting I was told it is also hilarious. So I added it to my list.

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus - This author wrote One of Us Is Lying that I just read this week. I loved it, so when I saw she has a new mystery coming out, I put it on my list. (Also, how hilarious is the title? since, you know, the obvious rest of the sentence is "if one of them is dead")

Slayer by Kiersten White - I love Kiersten White so when I saw she is coming out with a Buffy the Vampire Slayer retelling, I had to put it on my list.

Dragonshadow by Elle Katharine White - Two Whites in a row. What're the odds? Anyway, this is the sequel to Heart Stone that I read at the end of November. It was a Pride and Prejudice retelling with dragons. I really liked what she did with that story. This will obviously be a departure, but I liked the characters in their own right, so I'm hoping this will be as good as the first.

Polite Society by Mahesh Rao - This is a retelling of Emma set in India. These are both things I love, so of course it's on my list.

Unto Us A Son Is Given by Donna Leon - This is the 28th book in the Guido Brunetti series. Gotta get them all on the list.

Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines - I realized that this book had been on my library list for awhile, but never made it to my TBR. Must remedy.

It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader by Kelly Jensen - Same with this book. I put it on my library holds months ago, but forgot to add it to my TBR. All fixed now.

Well, that's 14 books. Oops. Oh well. It's been worse before right?

What do you think of my additions?