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Fall 2017 TBR
Here we are again, TBR List That I Will Never Follow.
What I read now typically follows the releases as they come live so this is my anticipating reading schedule based on ARCs and my random mix of “pleasure reads” (which you can denote by the fact that it’s already released).
Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, sex, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.
I am currently reading this as this post shifts into the Fall season, and maaaaaan will this likely be my first unwhelming Ness book. I am utterly confused with this book. Like everyone else before me, the contemporary story line is splendid but it’s that odd paranormal plot that’s very wtf. So???
Eliza and Her Monsters (Zappia)
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try. Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
This just sounds steeped in fandom and feels. That’s all I got.
Release Long Way Down (Reynolds)
Despite the best of intentions, seventeen-year old, wisecracking Hank Kirby can’t quite seem to catch a break. It’s not that he means to screw things up all the time, it just happens. A lot. Case in point: his attempt to ask out the girl he likes literally goes up in flames when he spells “Prom” in sparklers on her lawn…and nearly burns down her house.
One of my first free verse YA novels. I’m not sure what to expect with this as it’s poetry (?)…but it’s also Reynolds, so I am pumped.
Temptation of Adam (Connis)
When a family friend discovers Adam’s porn addiction, he’s forced to join an addiction support group: the self-proclaimed Knights of Vice. He goes because he has to, but the honesty of the Knights starts to slip past his defenses. Combine that with his sister’s out-of-the-blue return and the attention of a girl he meets in an AA meeting, and all the work Adam has put into being fine begins to unravel.
This could either go really well or really bad, but I’m hoping the former because I’m actually really stoked for the humour in this book!
Wild Beauty (McLemore)
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens. The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.
Everyone has screamed for McLemore’s writing. And here’s my chaaaaaaance. But I’m just going to say it now: I know I will struggle through this book but I’m also hopeful that it’s a rewarding journey. (Or maybe I’m just extremely optimistic, hell if I know).
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Dao)
Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?
Let me just put this out there: Dao is a really cool lady whom I adore after meeting her at Book Expo. (So I may be extremely biased reading this title. Maybe.)
Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.
But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.
I know this is already releasing fairly soon (so I won’t get to it before its release) but there is a red panda named Saffron…and I want all the pets.
Love Her Wild (Atticus)
In Love Her Wild, Atticus captures what is both raw and relatable about the smallest and the grandest moments in life: the first glimpse of a new love in Paris; skinny dipping on a summer’s night; the irrepressible exuberance of the female spirit; or drinking whiskey in the desert watching the rising sun. With honesty, poignancy, and romantic flair, Atticus distills the most exhilarating highs and the heartbreaking lows of life and love into a few perfectly evocative lines, ensuring that his words will become etched in your mind—and will awaken your sense of adventure.
I read like…two pages and had to stop myself because I am quite possibly the worst book polygamist ever. Hoping to turn back to this collection of poetry soon!
Dear Martin (Stone)
Justyce McAllister is top of his class, captain of the debate team, and set for the Ivy League next year—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. He is eventually released without charges (or an apology), but the incident has Justyce spooked. Despite leaving his rough neighborhood, he can’t seem to escape the scorn of his former peers or the attitude of his prep school classmates. The only exception: Sarah Jane, Justyce’s gorgeous—and white—debate partner he wishes he didn’t have a thing for. Struggling to cope with it all, Justyce starts a journal to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But do Dr. King’s teachings hold up in the modern world? Justyce isn’t so sure.
A critical re-read (my first ever!) to thoroughly analyze Nic’s book in preparation of my review because why not.
–there goes my Fall 2017 TBR list. Time to change it all over agai–