You know, I haven’t posted in a while and apparently that’s my usual starter for all of my posts now. I just really wanted to share the following books that have found their way on my TBR with you. Discovering new books and sharing them is exciting to me and maybe you’ll also see one you haven’t seen before. Of course, as one is, I am also really looking forward to reading all of them sooner or later. Hopefully, rather sooner than later. I’ll leave the synopsis rather short for a reason and maybe it will get you hooked.
The Book of Unknown Americans
Written by Cristina Henriquez. Published in 2014. | 286 pages | Goodreads
A dazzling, heartbreaking page-turner destined for breakout status: a novel that gives voice to millions of Americans as it tells the story of the love between a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl: teenagers living in an apartment block of immigrant families like their own.
The Nakano Thrift Shop
Written by Hiromi Kawakami. Published in 2016 | 256 pages | Goodreads
When Hitomi takes a job on the cash register of a neighbourhood thrift store, she finds herself drawn into a very idiosyncratic community. There is Mr Nakano, an enigmatic ladies’ man with several ex-wives; Masayo, Mr Nakano’s sister, an artist who has never married; and her fellow employee Takeo, a shy but charming young man. And every day, customers from the neighbourhood pass in and out as curios are bought and sold, each one containing its own surprising story.
Burn for Burn
Written by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. Published in 2012 | 356 pages | Goodreads
Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.
The Sleeping Beauty Killer
Written by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. Published in 2016. | 288 pages | Goodreads
Casey Carter was convicted of murdering her fiancé—famed philanthropist Hunter Raleigh III—fifteen years ago. And Casey claims—has always claimed—she’s innocent. Although she was charged and served out her sentence in prison, she is still living “under suspicion.” She hears whispers at the grocery store. She can’t get a job. Even her own mother treats her like she’s guilty. Her story attracts the attention of Laurie Moran and the Under Suspicion news team—it’s Casey’s last chance to finally clear her name, and Laurie pledges to exonerate her.
The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir
Written by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich. Published in 2017. | 336 pages | Goodreads
Crime, even the darkest and most unsayable acts, can happen to any one of us. As Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder, she finds herself thrust into the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. And by examining the details of Ricky’s case, she is forced to face her own story, to unearth long-buried family secrets, and reckon with a past that colors her view of Ricky’s crime.
Written by Laura Bates. Published in 2016. | 352 pages | Goodreads
They told you you need to be thin and beautiful.
They told you to wear longer skirts, avoid going out late at night and move in groups – never accept drinks from a stranger, and wear shoes you can run in more easily than heels.
They told you to wear just enough make-up to look presentable but not enough to be a slut; to dress to flatter your apple, pear, hourglass figure, but not to be too tarty.
They warned you that if you try to be strong, or take control, you’ll be shrill, bossy, a ballbreaker. Of course it’s fine for the boys, but you should know your place.
They told you ‘that’s not for girls’ – ‘take it as a compliment’ – ‘don’t rock the boat’ – ‘that’ll go straight to your hips’.
They told you ‘beauty is on the inside’, but you knew they didn’t really mean it.
Well I’m here to tell you something different.
Which books have you recently added to your TBR?