So…………… oops! I realized at 9:24pm last week that I had totally forgotten about TBR Thursday! I put up a book tag because I didn’t have any reviews or anything else planned…… seriously my brain is fried sometimes!! So, a little bit late, here’s TBR Thursday #3!

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

passenger

PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken
This is probably one of my favourite covers ever printed!! The font, the colours, the design of one time line and then another on the flip side – not to mention I am obsessed with water, pirate ships and bottles! (bottles that are full of wine or beer are my favourite but these are ok too I guess!

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now. Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever. (Goodreads)

SCIENCE FICTION

A thousand pieces of you

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray
I never planned on reading this series. Ever. When it first came out there was so much hype that I didn’t even bother reading the synopsis completely. It sounded like something I wouldn’t like so I never looked further. Fast forward a few years when I asked for Sci-Fi recommendations and this one was still the most popular. Turned out the hype was for a reason and I needed to read this series! I hope to marathon it very soon!

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected. (Goodreads)

HISTORICAL FICTION

Homegoing

HOMEGOING by Yaa Gyasi
Not only does this story sound so beautiful, but the format is something I need to read for myself. It seems as though this is a collection of short stories following the lives of women in a particular family. We get to meet many generations, beginning in the 18th century, all the way up to present time. It will be so interesting to follow the historical events that shaped the lives of these women.

Two half sisters, Effia and Esi, are born into different villages in eighteenth-century Ghana. Effia is married off to an Englishman and lives in comfort in the palatial rooms of Cape Coast Castle. Unbeknownst to Effia, her sister, Esi, is imprisoned beneath her in the castle’s dungeons, sold with thousands of others into the Gold Coast’s booming slave trade, and shipped off to America, where her children and grandchildren will be raised in slavery. One thread of Homegoing follows Effia’s descendants through centuries of warfare in Ghana, as the Fante and Asante nations wrestle with the slave trade and British colonization. The other thread follows Esi and her children into America. From the plantations of the South to the Civil War and the Great Migration, from the coal mines of Pratt City, Alabama, to the jazz clubs and dope houses of twentieth-century Harlem, right up through the present day, Homegoing makes history visceral, and captures, with singular and stunning immediacy, how the memory of captivity came to be inscribed in the soul of a nation.

Generation after generation, Yaa Gyasi’s magisterial first novel sets the fate of the individual against the obliterating movements of time, delivering unforgettable characters whose lives were shaped by historical forces beyond their control. Homegoing is a tremendous reading experience, not to be missed, by an astonishingly gifted young writer. (Goodreads)

YA CONTEMPORARY

The unexpected everything

THE UNEXPECTED EVERYTHING by Morgan Matson
Normally covers like this make me nauseous. It’s just so sickly sweet! But there something about this one that just makes me keep looking! I don’t know if it’s the dogs or the ice cream truck – either way, i’m interested! I read Since You’ve Been Gone last year and it was the perfect summer read. I hope this one will be too!

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that? (Goodreads)

ADULT FICTION

The Goldfinch

THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt
I think that the universe is pushing me to finally get to this one! For the last two weeks my son and I have been watching this bird in our backyard. I knew it was a finch but it’s nothing like the usual ones we have around here. This one is bigger, fluffier, and sounds so beautiful. I did some research and found that it’s an American Goldfinch. It’s a sign! I’ve been putting it off of the longest time due to its size though….

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle. The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate. (Goodreads)

THRILLER/MYSTERY

Burial Rites

BURIAL RITES by Hannah Kent
I picked this one up randomly quite a long time ago for 5$ for the hardcover. I knew nothing about it but the cover was interesting and it was only 5$! Shortly after I started seeing it everywhere on BookTube and for some reason I have yet to pick it up. Soon. Soon.

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution. Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard. 

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others? (Goodreads)

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Are any of these on your TBR? Or have you already read them (and I’m just late to the party!)

Until next time, happy reading!

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