August 28, 2020

August 2020 Goodreads Update Pt. 3 (I Think)

I realize it has been less than 10 days since I did the last Goodreads Update, but it is suddenly the end of the month and time to do it again. Luckily, this list has less than 20 books on it! Here we go!

A Burning by Megha Majumdar - This is a literary fiction novel set in contemporary India and follows three people on a train that wrecks and what their futures hold after the wreck.

Shadowplay by Joseph O'Connor - This is a novel about Bram Stoker. That's really all I need to know.

Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri - I think this is a pretty typical Japanese novel, which is to say it is not a typical American novel. It's about a man whose life mainly revolved around the park by Uemo Station that his ghost now haunts.

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik - It's by Naomi Novik, which is enough for me. It's about a magical school where the kids either graduate or die. I'm here for it.

The Memory of Babel by Christelle Dabos - This is the third book in the series. I finished the second one in the series last week. I need to read this one and write a review before the book is released. I really liked the second one, so I'm pretty stoked.

Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale - This sounds like a super fun book. Josie dropped out of high school to be a Broadway star. But now her star has fallen and she finds herself with no support group. She starts reading and suddenly finds herself in the novel! I love Shannon Hale. I'm pretty excited about this.

How We Live Now by Bill Hayes - This is a book about New York City during the pandemic. Lots of pictures and commentary on the massive changes in the city.

The Wrong Mr. Darcy by Evelyn Lozada and Holly Lorincz - A Pride and Prejudice retelling. You know I put this on my list ASAP. The main character's name is Hara Isari, which leads me to believe she is South Asian or Middle Eastern? It doesn't say in the summary, but I'm always here for Jane Austen retellings by non-white authors.

Mad & Bad: Real Heroines of the Regency by Bea Koch - The author owns a romance-only bookstore in L.A. and decided to write about real women who lived during the Regency era, who didn't fit into the novels of Jane Austen and Lord Byron. I'm excited about this one.

The Book of Hidden Wonders by Polly Crosby - In this book Romilly's father wrote children's book with her and her cat as the main characters. When he begins to disappear into himself, she reads the books to find clues to the family's secrets. There's a book on the cover. Yes, please.

Just Us by Claudia Rankine - This is a collection of essays, poems, and images to start a conversation about healing the effects of white supremacy and racist instutions in America.

Giant Days Vol. 13 by John Allison - This continues the graphic novel story about the kids in college in Britain. I think I've read up through volume 11. Now there are 14.

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus - I have read all of McManus' work and I love it all. Of course I would add this to my list.

A Rogue of One's Own by Evie Dunmore - This is the second book in the League of Extraordinary Women series. It's a romance series that is also hilarious and stars independent, feisty women.

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall - This is a gay, fake dating romance novel set in Britain. I love fake dating tropes. I've heard it's pretty good, too.

Hidden Valley Road by Robert Kolker - This family has 12 children. Six of them are diagnosed with Schizophrenia. They are very important for scientific research, besides just being a fascinating phenomenon. Heck, having 12 kids is a phenomenon.

Giant Days Vol. 14 by John Allison - You knew it was coming.

So that's all the books I've put on my TBR since the last update. I really gotta slow down.