I gave up on TBRs a while ago, but I have decided that I’m making it a goal to read five physical books from my TBR and a special book to celebrate Women in Translation Month. So, this TBR is happening, y’all. I insist.
1. Leah on the Offbeatby Becky Albertalli
Look, I have no excuse for not having read this book yet. I need to. So I’m going to. This is happening.
If you don’t know, this book is a sequel to Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda but instead of following Simon, it follows Leah. A bisexual, drummer, sarcastic human, Leah is navigating her senior year and watching her friend group go through some stuff. I know little about the specifics, but I do know that Leah has a relationship with a girl in this book and it’s drawn some criticism for the bi rep. I’ll check back in with my thoughts on the book and links to own voices reviews once I’m finished with the book!
2. Rich People Problemsby Kevin Kwan
I really need to finish the Crazy Rich Asians series and I’m already 100 pages into this one so… It’s time to actually finish it off.
This book is the third in the series, which now has a movie adaptation that I cannot wait to watch! It’s a little bit silly and mostly just fun, but I’m officially obsessed with Astrid and need to know what happens to her so… I’ll be doing that very soon.
3. T he Identicalsby Elin Hilderbrand
I don’t know why I haven’t already read this book. I love Elin Hilderbrand and I find her books to be perfect summer reads, but for some reason I haven’t picked this one up yet. I’ve had it since it came out last year too, so there’s no excuse. Also at this point I have no idea what it is about, but I do know it’s set in Nantucket because all of her books are pretty much.
4. First Comes Loveby Emily Giffin
Speaking of authors whose books I adore, Emily Giffin is definitely one of them. I don’t remember what this book is about either beyond that it’s about two sisters, but it’s absurd that it’s been on my shelf for so long and is languishing there unread. So, I’ve got to get to it as soon as possible!
5. Eligibleby Curtis Sittenfeld
A modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, I’m praying that Sittenfeld’s interpretation lives up to the original source material for me because so far I just keep being disappointed by all P&P retellings. Most promising is that Roxane Gay enjoyed this book so we’ll see if I will too!
The characters are aged up in this one, which means Mrs. Bennett’s freak outs about the girls being unmarried is at least slightly more comprehensible. Jane is apparently 40 and Lizzie is 38, with Kitty and Lydia being in their 20s. And Mary is getting multiple Masters degrees online? I’m intrigued, that’s for sure!
6. Zorroby Isabel Allende
This is my main choice to celebrate Women in Translation month! If you didn’t know, August is Women in Translation month and Zorro was originally written in Spanish and then translated to English by Margaret Sayers Peden. This book is meant to serve as the man behind the mask’s origin story and as I tend to enjoy origin stories, I’m intrigued. I’ve been told by my co-worker that the beginning is slow, but the book is really good and worth it so that’s exciting. I’m looking forward to checking back in once I’ve completed this one!
So there you have it! The six books I’m absolutely determined to get through this month. Let us all hope I manage to succeed. What books are you determined to get through in August?