Yeah, yeah. I know. I said I was going to ease up on the Library but I’m evidently a dirty liar and love books too much. SO. Here is my updated Library TBR for you fine folks! As always with this just because I check them out doesn’t mean I HAVE to read them. If I decided not to I take ’em back and they won’t show up. But they are here now so they might show up.
And as always there is a video to listen to as opposed to read if you so desire on the channel linked on the sidebar.
- The First Signs: Unlocking the Mysteries of the World’s Oldest Symbols by Genevieve Petzinger
I’m currently reading this and it’s fascinating. Genevieve Petzinger has made a database of geometric symbols and signs from cave art and they use this try and figure out when and how early man began to develop as a ‘modern human’.
- Nevertheless by Alec Baldwin
A celebrity memoir (which it seems there are a few of here in this TBR. I don’t know much about the man, in fact I never really watched him or anything he was in until 30 Rock. I heard however this was interesting so I decided to check it out on a whim.
- The Perfect Horse : The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts
Starting off strong with the non-fiction this is exactly what it tells it to be. I love me some animal stories but I’ve never read any that focus during war time so I stared at this for a month or two before finally adding it to my stacks.
- Exit West by Moshin Hamid
This got a ton of buzz, then died down and now it has resurged as it’s listed on the Man Book longlist for this year. I don’t think I need to summarize it but to make it short it’s a speculative fiction story about refugees from an unnamed country and magical doors.
- The Songs of Trees : Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors by David George Haskell
This one… I have heard some ups and downs. Evidently the author spent a long time observing one swatch of old forest and has made some bold statements about how trees ‘talk’? I dunno. Sounds ballsy and maybe a little ridiculous so I’m going to try it.
- Fire is Your Water by Jim Minick
I know nothing about this besides that it’s said to be a ‘love story’ and is set in
- Appalachia, a large cultural area that spans a few states that I live in. I thought I’d try it.
- An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney
I do believe this has to do with a prostitute who becomes embroiled in a murder trial. Is she guilty? Did she kill someone? I love me some ladies in crime be they detectives or criminals!
- No One Can Pronounce My Name by Rakesh Satyal
I know I heard about this one at one point and thought ‘that sounds awesome’ but I can’t tell you crap about it now. I trust past Sarah’s TBR choices however so here we are. Click the link for information? Or enlighten me below!
- Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
A YA! I enjoyed the heck out of The Sun is Also a Star recently so I decided to give some YA another shot. I like the idea of this one, a long time ago I wanted to draw and write comics so this tickled my fancy.
- Who Thought This Was a Good Idea and Other Questions You Need to Have the Answers to When You Work At the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco
This I heard about on Book Riot and honestly I miss the days when the White House made sense. I’ve heard this is funny and will also give you some great insight into how the place runs (ran) from a smart lady. Again, I’m on board for all the lady books.
- The Book Thieves: The Nazi Looting of Europe’s Libraries and the Race to Return the Literary Inheritance by Anders Rydell
A book about book thieves and returning libraries to their former glory? Yes please!
- Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali
Another one I know nothing about. I think the one thing I do know is that the main character is Muslim? Besides that I remember nothing. Yet Past Sarah put it on our TBR so I checked it out.
- Pardonable Lies by Jacqueline Winspear
This is the third book in the Maisie Dobbs mystery series that I’m super enjoying. These are great cozy-ish mysteries set right after WW1 and that deal a lot with topics I never heard of from that time period. So interesting!
- Believe Me : A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard
I used to, when I was a lot younger, really enjoy Eddie Izzard’s comedy. It’s just because of lack time that I haven’t been able to see any of his more recent works. This sounds like a lot of fun however so I thought I’d give it a go.
- The Goddesses by Swan Huntley
This one is a family drama about a wife who develops what seems to be a fairly toxic friendship with a yoga studio owner after her family moves to Hawaii. I know high drama isn’t usually my thing but I thought I’d give it a go. The title and setting drew my eye.
- The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova
I need to read some poetry that is not about love for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge (yes, I’m still doing that) and this came up as suggested on one of their podcasts. I know absolutely nothing about poetry so fingers crossed on this one?
- Mad Black Wheel by Josh Malerman
I enjoyed Bird Box my Mr. Malerman thought I don’t think I found it near as spooky as others. This one however has to deal with sound and that’s something I do find spooky. I’d also like to note – his first book was about sight, this one is about sound. A theme perhaps?
- How to Love by Katie Cotugno
I heard about this recently – thought it came out a while ago. Evidently this is a teen pregnancy story, but after the pregnancy and told in flash backs about how this couple came together, fell apart and how they come back together.
- The Leavers by Lisa Ko
This one is an immigrant story about a young boy whose mother disappears one day and he’s left. He gets adopted by (I believe) a white american family and he has to figure out how to resolve what he remembers of his culture and how he’s living now.
- The Delight of Being Ordinary : A Road Trip with the Pope and the Dalai Lama by Roland Merullo
I know nothing about this but the idea sounded cute and fascinating. It’s fiction and the two men decide to go on vacation together?
If anyone has heard of these or can fill me on the ones I’m not sure about please do so! And if you’ve enjoyed (or not) some of these let me know as well! Thanks for reading!