My very first TTT!
This week’s topic is “Books on my Fall 2020 TBR” (or rather Summer for the eternal heat here). I am so excited to share my top ten! It won’t be only books that are published in this period but also (well, mostly) other books that I aim to finish this fall/eternal summer, some that have been buried by so many new arrivals in my TBR list.
Let’s get into it!
The Midnight Library (Matt Haig)
A book about a library with books about choices! The concept of different books telling of the different lives you could have lived it epic and really relatable as a bibliophile. With books, we can already live all the lives! I am so hyped up about this!
‘Between life and death there is a library, and within that library, the shelves go on forever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?’ (taken from goodreads)
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Heather Morris)
It seems that many authors have jumped on the bandwagon ventured into the historical fiction genre with war novels. I’ve read a lot of them, sometimes they get repetitive but The Tattooist of Auschwitz perked my interest. It is about a tattooist in a concentration camp who falls in love with one of the prisoners. It sounds really sweet and yet an emotional read, but is something I am determined to dive into.
A vivid, harrowing, and ultimately hopeful re-creation of Lale Sokolov’s experiences as the man who tattooed the arms of thousands of prisoners with what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust, The Tattooist of Auschwitz is also a testament to the endurance of love and humanity under the darkest possible conditions. (taken from goodreads)
Heartless (Marissa Meyer)
I am actually quite ashamed to admit that I haven’t read this twisted fairytale of Alice in the Wonderland! I loved The Luna Chronicles and the Renegades series so I am definitely looking forward to getting my hands on this book!
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. (taken from goodreads)
Salt to the Sea (Ruta Sepetys)
Another historical fiction, one that I have heard many ravings about. It is supposedly a tear jerker and I can’t wait to learn more about the sinking of a Soviet submarine of the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German cruise liner that was supposed to ferry wartime personnel and refugees to safety from the advancing Red Army.
Sepetys (writer of ‘Between Shades of Gray’) crafts four fictionalized but historically accurate voices to convey the real-life tragedy. Joana, a Lithuanian with nursing experience; Florian, a Prussian soldier fleeing the Nazis with stolen treasure; and Emilia, a Polish girl close to the end of her pregnancy, converge on their escape journeys as Russian troops advance; each will eventually meet Albert, a Nazi peon with delusions of grandeur, assigned to the Gustloff decks. (taken from goodreads)
On My Watch (Virginia Buckingham)
This memoir is written by the head of Boston’s Logan International Airport, Virginia Buckingham. As that was the launching pad for the hijacked planes that destroyed the Twin Towers during the 9/11 attacks, she was blamed.
I found this book from the Reader’s Digest which was coincidental as I was learning about terrorism in school. Thus, I felt that this book would provide a unique and often overlooked perspective of the famous attacks and it sounds like such an empowering read!
A rising star at thirty-five–she had served as chief of staff to two consecutive Massachusetts governors before becoming the first woman to head the state’s Port Authority–Buckingham’s life and career was suddenly derailed. Grappling with issues of trauma, faith, leadership, and resilience, this unique memoir shares her struggle to rebuild her life and come to terms with being blamed for the unimaginable tragedy that occurred on her watch. (taken from goodreads)
Beartown (Fredrik Backman)
I’ve heard loads about Fredrik Backman and his books, especially Beartown. This sums up exactly why I look forward to reading it:
Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world. (taken from goodreads)
I know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
This empowering autobiography turns up on almost every non-fiction book list I find, and yet I haven’t had the chance to read it!
We analysed 2 of Maya Angelou’s poems in school and “Still I Rise” really spoke to me. That became an extra push to read this autobiography.
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. (taken from goodreads)
Crazy Rich Asians (Kevin Kwan)
Believe it or not, I have not read this novel which received enormous reception a while ago. Now after most of the fuss has died down, I want to know more and whether the hype was well-deserved. Or not.
Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich. (talen from goodreads)
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London (Garth Nix)
One look at the cover… I have so many questions!!
I’m half spooked, half intrigued and you probably are too!… and it comes out today (22 Sep 2020)
A girl’s quest to find her father leads her to an extended family of magical fighting booksellers who police the mythical Old World of England when it intrudes on the modern world. From the bestselling master of teen fantasy, Garth Nix. (taken from goodreads)
Round Ireland with a Fridge (Tony Hawks)
Of course I want to read this! (It is non-fiction if you were doubting.)
Have you ever made a drunken bet? Worse still, have you ever tried to win one? In attempting to hitchhike round Ireland with a fridge, Tony Hawks did both, and his foolhardiness led him to one of the best experiences of his life. (taken from goodreads)
And that’s 10 books I want to read this fall/summer! Have you read any of these books or are hyped up about them?
I hope you enjoyed this post and found more books to add your (I’m sure: neverending) TBR of yours! Thanks for reading. 😊💕