Welcome to another TBR Thursday! Last week was the first of this new feature and it was so much fun to do! Taking a step back and looking at the books that I want to read that are NOT new releases! But this created a problem…. you all had so many positive things to say about the books that I chose and now I want to read them all immediately! This whole “speed reading super power” needs to be a real thing!! But I’m a sucker for punishment – so lets do it again!!

THE RULES:

  • Have a set list of genres that you typically read
  • List one book for each genre that you want to read
  • Give a quick description of the book
  • Fall in love, read, and repeat!
  • If you want to participate in TBR Thursday please link one of my TBR Thursday posts – it would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to use the blog graphic as well. Just adjust the genres to the types of books you enjoy.

HERE WE GO!!

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FANTASY

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DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE by Laini Taylor – So I read Strange the Dreamer back in January and I was blown away. I mean seriously the writing was just astounding! I’ve never experienced writing that was so beautiful before. But before I read that book this series wasn’t really on my radar. Now I know that I need to get to this one!!

Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out. When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

SCIENCE FICTION

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ARMADA by Ernest Cline – I read Ready Player One last year and loved it WAY more than I expected to! This was early on in my experience with science fiction and I didn’t have very high expectations. I’m interested to see whats going to happen when the movie comes out in 2018. But now that I’m more comfortable with science fiction as a genre I’m hoping to fall into this book HARD!

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure. 
And then he sees the flying saucer. Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. And his skills are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it. It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar? 

HISTORICAL FICTION

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THE BIRTH HOUSE by Ami McKay – I picked this one up on a whim a few years ago but still haven’t gotten to it for some reason! I was so excited to get to this one because it’s a historical fiction that centralizes on women and childbirth and it’s set in Canada! Rare!

As a child in an isolated village in Nova Scotia, Dora Rare is drawn to Miss Babineau, an outspoken Acadian midwife with a gift for healing and a kitchen filled with herbs and folk remedies. During the turbulent years of World War I, Dora becomes the midwife’s apprentice. Together, they help the women of Scots Bay through infertility, difficult labors, breech births, unwanted pregnancies and even unfulfilling sex lives. When Gilbert Thomas, a brash medical doctor, comes to Scots Bay with promises of fast, painless childbirth, some of the women begin to question Miss Babineau’s methods – and after Miss Babineau’s death, Dora is left to carry on alone. In the face of fierce opposition, she must summon all of her strength to protect the birthing traditions and wisdom that have been passed down to her. Filled with details that are as compelling as they are surprising-childbirth in the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion, the prescribing of vibratory treatments to cure hysteria and a mysterious elixir called Beaver Brew- The Birth House is an unforgettable tale of the struggles women have faced to maintain control over their own bodies and to keep the best parts of tradition alive in the world of modern medicine.

YA CONTEMPORARY

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THE ANATOMICAL SHAPE OF A HEART by Jenn Bennett – This is one that I haven’t heard of until a few weeks ago but as soon as I read the synopsis it sounded like something I would really enjoy! I’ve had quite the lucky streak with YA contemporary lately, and this one has some great reviews, so I have high hopes for this one!

Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down. Jack is charming, wildly attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in her family’s closet tear them apart?

ADULT FICTION

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A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS by Khaled Hosseini – I read The Kite Runner quite a few years ago and it hit an emotional cord. The writing was fantastic and gripping and the story went straight to my heart. I’ve heard from quite a few people that this one is even better!

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them—in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul—they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

THRILLER/MYSTERY

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THE FIREMAN by Joe Hill – This one I’m not so sure about. It sounds very interesting but, at the same time, it’s not something that I normally read. I do enjoy going out of my comfort zone every once in a while and this one sounds just crazy and weird enough to keep me interested! I didn’t realize until a few months ago that this is actually written by Stephen King’s son. When I told this to a friend she said “how could you not know? Didn’t you see his picture?” Point well made my friend! I haven’t read this one yet because the size has intimidated me. And it doesn’t feel like a summer read. So September/October it will be!!

No one knows exactly when it began or where it originated. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one: Boston, Detroit, Seattle. The doctors call it Draco Incendia Trychophyton. To everyone else it’s Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that marks its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks across their bodies—before causing them to burst into flames. Millions are infected; blazes erupt everywhere. There is no antidote. No one is safe.

Nurse Harper Grayson treated hundreds of infected patients before her hospital burned to the ground. Now she’s discovered the telltale gold-flecked marks on her skin. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper wants to live—at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term. At the hospital, she witnessed infected mothers give birth to healthy babies and believes hers will be fine too. . . if she can live long enough to deliver the child.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their community collapses in terror. The chaos gives rise to ruthless Cremation Squads—armed, self-appointed posses roaming the streets and woods to exterminate those who they believe carry the spore. But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger she briefly met at the hospital, a man in a dirty yellow fire fighter’s jacket, carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged. As the world burns out of control, Harper must learn the Fireman’s secrets before her life—and that of her unborn child—goes up in smoke. 

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There’s week 2 of the TBR Thursday list! Have you read any of these and enjoyed them? This list is one I am really excited to get to!

Until next time, happy reading!

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