Buzzwordathon Round Three TBR & Recommendations

Who? What? When? Where? Why? How? The questions that plagued us as young students and the chosen buzzwords for Round 3 of this readathon hosted by Kayla from booksandlala, joined this round by Chelsea from chelsea dolling reads. I’m actually going to do my best to participate this round and I have a surprising amount of books to choose from, which, fingers crossed, means I may stick to my extremely loose TBR! (Which would be great considering I haven’t touched a book on my monthly TBR…) This readathon starts March 18 and ends March 24. So let’s get to it!

I thought I’d do this a little differently than my normal TBR post and also give you one recommendation for each word along with the books on my TBR that fit for these words.


TBR Book: The One You Can’t Forget (book two in The Ones Who Got Away series) by Roni Loren

I enjoyed the first book in this series enough that I’m keen to continue, but I didn’t love it as much as I was hoping I would. I’m optimistic book two, with the prickly Rebecca Lindt as our heroine will turn that around for me. This series follows survivors of a school shooting that took place at prom in their adult lives. I’m honestly the least certain I’ll get to this, but I’m going to try!

Recommendation: The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

This is book two of Quinn’s Bridgerton series, which is becoming a Netflix show, helmed by the incredible Shonda Rhimes, so you know I’m excited. This particular installment follows Anthony, who has picked his bride, but finds himself entirely too intrigued by her older sister…


TBR Book Options: What a Difference a Duke Makes by Leonora Bell (a historical romance with a governess duke trope), What a Girl Wants by Blair Babylon (a contemporary rock star book), and What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (a nonfiction memoir about why 2016 was the worst freaking election in my memory).

Will I read all three of these? Lol, unlikely, but I’m going to give it a shot!

Recommendation: What Lies Between Us by Nayomi Munaweera is an absolutely beautifully written book that is… honestly indescribable in my opinion? It’s about a woman who is born in Sri Lanka and eventually migrates to the United States (California) (but later takes the most realistic trip to West Virginia and I was like, hello, you know my people) where she adjusts to life in the U.S. The book follows her through adulthood and like, the end was WILD. This is lit fic though so do not enter thinking you’ll get an HEA.


TBR Book: When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandale

This nonfiction memoir seems like a must read and a perspective on the BLM movement that I’m not sure I’ve really gotten in the news. I’m always excited to read memoirs centering the perspectives of women whose voices are so frequently talked over in the world. Of course, my excitement for the idea of memoirs is difficult for me to translate into actually reading nonfiction, but I’m optimistic this readathon will give me the push I need.

Recommendation: Y’all, there are so many books I could recommend with when in the title, but I decided to go with Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean because it’s the perfect place to start with Sarah MacLean if you haven’t started reading her books yet. And she’s definitely a must read historical romance author. My beloved Callie is a spinster and she’s tired of not really living her life so my precious darling creates a list of things she wants to do and then goes off and ropes the Ton’s biggest rake into helping her. I love her so much.


TBR Book Options: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, which it turns out is a mystery set in the 1960s? or Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, which is also a mystery, sort of? I own Where the Crawdads Sing on audio so I’m leaning toward that one, but we’ll see.

Recommendation: According to Goodreads, I’ve only read two books with ‘Where’ in the cover, Where She Went by Gayle Foreman and Where She Belongs by Emily Giffin, so instead of recommending anything related, allow me to plug the Daisy Jones & The Six audiobook, which is the greatest thing ever. 🙂 (Why can I not listen to Aurora? The world is so unfair.) (When is the show going to be ready for me to watch? I have so many questions.)


TBR Book: Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? by Megan Frampton is a historical romance in which a duke has fallen in love with his secretary and just like, excuse me, this premise? I’m in love.

Recommendation: Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni-Eddo Lodge is an absolute masterpiece of nonfiction. I learned so much about British history and how racism is not just an American problem. Also, like colonialism. Wildly problematic. Anyway, this book was great. My full review is linked on the side.


TBR Options: Show Me How to Love by Synthia Williams (a contemporary romance about a woman who gets burned after sleeping with her boss and runs off with his cousin) and Sisters in Law: How Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World by Linda Hirschman (nonfiction about our first two women justices and also a book I’m supposed to be reading already but only made it through the introduction)

Recommendation: How Not to Fall by Emily Foster is a contemporary romance duology and like, normally I hate anything like this because how dare you not give me an HEA at the end of a book, but I took a risk because of Sarah MacLean’s website full of recommendations and y’all, this duology is amazing. It gave me so many feels. It’s about a woman who has feelings for the postdoc fellow in the lab she’s a student in, which she knows she shouldn’t act on. Well, they finally give in to their feelings after graduation, but it can only last until Annabelle goes off to grad school and y’all THE ANGST.

And there we have my TBR and some recommendations! Are you all participating? If so, what are you reading? Any thoughts on my TBR options? Let me know! (Also, if I give into the temptation to re-read How Not to Fall, try not to judge me.)


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