Hello everyone! This is my TBR for the 2017 Reading Challenge that I am hosting with Jackie @Fall in Love with the Sound of Words for our book club (the name is being changed, but our poll disappeared, so we’ll get back to you on that). The challenges are month allocated and I am following that structure loosely, but it is not required to do so.
A book featuring a main character with: a mental illness issue, a learning difference/difficulty or a social difficulty:
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
‘The color is hideous enough, and unreliable enough, and infuriating enough, but the pattern is torturing.’
Written with barely controlled fury after she was confined to her room for ‘nerves’ and forbidden to write, Gilman’s pioneering feminist horror story scandalized nineteenth-century readers with its portrayal of a woman who loses her mind because she has literally nothing to do.
I read the novel Herland by the author of this short-story and absolutely loved it. This is supposed to be quite a harrowing read, so I am interested to see how I like it.
A book without the letter 'e' in the title:
Pull by Anne Riley.
Rosie Clayton witnesses a mugging on her first night in London—and then the scene rewinds itself.
She finds herself standing in the same place again, with the mugging happening just like before, except this time a stranger steps in and stops it. There’s no way the same incident can have two outcomes. Rosie thinks she’s losing her mind, until just a few days later, the stranger saves her.
This is the kind of book that I only come across in bookshops, where you can see the books. On Amazon, you end up buying the books you have heard of.
A book set in a country you have never visited:
The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh.
1878, South Africa. A country torn apart by greed.
Frances Irvine, left destitute by her father’s sudden death, is forced to travel from the security and familiarity of her privileged English life to marry Edwin Matthews, an ambitious but penniless young doctor in South Africa. They are posted to a smallpox station on the vast, inhospitable plains of the Karoo but she is so caught up in her own sense of entitlement and loss of status that she cannot recognise its hidden beauty nor the honour and integrity of the man she has married.
This should be interesting and I really don’t know what to expect!
A book with a man/boy on the cover:
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab.
Kell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city.
There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.
I own two books by V. E. Schwab and everyone says she’s an incredible author… it’s about time I read something of hers!
A book set in the 20th Century not about WWII:
The Muse by Jessie Burton.
A picture hides a thousand words . . .
On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn’t know she had, she remains a mystery – no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.
I’m glad I managed to find a book about the 20th Century not set in a war-zone (although I think it does go back to 1937 at some point- not a wartime, but close!
A book not written completely in prose:
Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden.
Cartoonist Sarah Glidden accompanies her two friends—reporters and founders of a journalism non-profit—as they research potential stories on the effects of the Iraq War on the Middle East and, specifically, the war’s refugees. Joining the trio is a childhood friend and former Marine whose past service in Iraq adds an unexpected and sometimes unwelcome viewpoint, both to the people they come across and perhaps even themselves.
A book for this section could be a graphic novel like this one, but could also be told in verse, be a play, an illustrated book, a picture book- anything you like!
The first book you see in a bookshop/section of a bookshop:
The Icarus Show by Sally Christie.
Alex has worked out a foolproof way to avoid being picked on. Don’t React. It’s so simple, it’s brilliant!
David does react and becomes an outcast, nicknamed Bogsy. He’s branded a weirdo and Alex is determined to avoid the same fate. But one day, Alex gets a note in his bag that forces him out of his safe little world. Who sent the note? And is it true – will a boy really fly? A powerful story about friendship, loneliness and a strange kind of genius.
I decided to go with the YA section of my bookshop, just to be safe (some books can be quite disturbing or have lots of spiders in them- I’d rather be safe than sorry in this blind-pick scenario.
A book recommended to you by a librarian:
The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood.
Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels.
Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies.
This was recommended to me years ago by my primary school librarian: Miss Rose. She was the best librarian ever and was full of incredible books for me to read, so I look forward to rereading this one!
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai & Christina Lamb.
I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.
Heavy reading? Yes. But it connects with what I was studying in school and in my GCSEs I can do with all the help I can get.
A book with under 250 pages:
Jessica Haggerthwaite: Witch Dispatcher by Emma Barnes.
Jessica Haggerthwaite is a girl with a cool, logical mind who has always planned to be a world famous scientist one day. She and her brother, Nat, are not impressed when their mother decides to set up a business…as a professional witch!
The kids at school, and in fact the entire town, find it amusing, but how will she ever win the Nobel Prize with her mother embarrassing the family like this? Mother’s spells don’t always go exactly as planned either, which only adds insult to injury. So Jessica sets herself up as “Jessica Haggerthwaite: Witch Dispatcher”, intent on thwarting her mother at every turn and saving her family’s reputation, no matter what her mother wants!
And something a little lighter again!
A book recommended to you by some in the book club:
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
I know, I know, but I’m finally reading it!
A book outside of your comfort zone:
Persuasion by Jane Austen.
Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen’s most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret.
I’ve had a bit of a prejudice (pun intended) against Jane Austen since I was about 9 and was first introduced to her…. ‘social commentary’; I hated it. Hence I am going for what is supposed to be the most moderate of her novels when it comes to the over-exaggeration of her time period in an effort to help alleviate my disagreement with her novels, as I have since become much more used to reading books set in the 1800s.
And that’s all! How do you like my new theme? New year, new look 😛 Happy reading, Keira x.