Goodreads Update Sept. 2019 Pt. 2
We will pick up with the second half of this month's additions to my Goodreads TBR now.
The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall In Love With Me by Keah Brown - Ok, first off, the Goodreads link for this cover got all messed up. It was huge, for one, and also there was a dumb Google ad on top. I got this pic from the library website, so it will probably be a weird size. I heard about this book from a podcast I listen to when I don't have an audiobook going. Brown created the #disabledandcute hashtag which went viral. The Pretty One of the title refers to her non-disabled twin sister.
Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche by Haruki Murakami - Firstly, Murakami is a genius. Second, I am getting to the age where I remember the global incidents that people are researching and writing about now. I remember this attack being in the news. I mean I should. I was 21 years old. This book actually came out in 2003 in English, so I shouldn't be all, "Hey! This is new!" but it's new to me.
Book Love by Debbie Tung - Comics about books and reading. Hooray! The art looks really cute in this one.
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor - This is the sequel to Strange the Dreamer that I spent all of August reading. I am interested in reading the second one, but I'm not in a hurry because it is just as big as the first one. I have a lot of reading to do for the next couple of years, and I'm not ready for that kind of commitment.
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir - I really thought this was a YA book, but it appears to be an adult book. It also might be horror. Ummmm. We'll see. I fell under the spell of FOMO (fear of missing out) and ordered myself one of the first printing of this book because it has black sprayed edges. It's so cool looking! I'm a dork.
Strengthsfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath - Rath writes a lot of books about being your best you. This one includes Gallup's new and improved online assessment to find your strengths and it gives you new ways to improve them.
Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen - Why are mysteries the best with punny titles? Rhys Bowen wrote the Molly Murphy series that was popular, and this came across my line of sight recently, so I decided to add it. It seems more my speed. I love me a good floundering royal. Set in 1932, this cousin of George V is asked to spy for the queen.
Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne - This is touted as Jane Eyre in space. I've read an adult version of Jane Eyre in space. This is a YA version. I'll reserve judgment until I read it, but I did add it to my list, so clearly I am holding out some hope.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel - I added this because I realized I had the second book on my list, but not the first. In this series, a young girl falls into a deep hole and lands in a giant metal hand. As an adult, she is an physicist working to find out what this massive statue is and where it came from.
Too Lucky to Live by Annie Hogsett - This is a silly mystery about Allie who is broke and divorced who rescues a hot blind guy from getting run over. He has just bought a lottery ticket. They have dinner together and then find out he won the $550m lottery. Now they have to stay alive because with the lottery comes lots of scammers and kidnappers. This is the first in a fun series about these two crazy kids and all their money.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh - This is another case where I realized I had the second book on my TBR but not the first one. This is a Persion-inspired fantasy novel. That's really all I know, besides the fact that it has a beautiful cover!
Tilly and the Book Wanderers by Anna James - I might have trouble finding this in the U.S. I believe it was published in the U.K. It's a middle grade novel about a girl whose mother disappeared when she was little. When classic book characters come to life in her bookshop, the work together to find out what happened to her mother.
What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal by E. Jean Carroll - The longest running advice columnist goes on the road: all over the country to towns named after women to ask what do we need men for. This promises to be delightful.
Frankly In Love by David Yoon - This is a sweet little YA book about a guy named Frank Lee (get it?) who is dating a white girl. His parents want him to date a nice Korean girl. Luckily, his friend Joy is in the same predicament. They decide to "fake date" to keep their parents happy. I love a fake dating trope. This has gotten great reviews, so I am stoked.
Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story by Carol Shaben - This is about a plane crash in Canada that killed 5 people. The author's father was one of the 4 who survived. The other 3 were the rookie pilot, a cop, and the wanted criminal the cop was shackled to. This is the story of their survival. I'm not usually into a survival memoir, but when the blurb says "Against regulations, Archambault's shackles were removed - a decision that would profoundly impact the men's survival" I'm intrigued.
That's the last one! I may be compelled to split this up like I did the wrap-up. Do one half way through the month and another at the end. I will reassess in the middle of October.