Hey guys! I’m here again with my monthly TBR list! Sadly, it’s got some books in it that have appeared in past TBR lists, but let’s overlook that fact! We’ve also got some new ones on here, so that can distract us, right? Anyway, I have a feeling September is going to be a very busy month for me, but I’m hoping to get as much reading as possible done! Wish me luck and pray for me!
They Went Left by Monica Hesse
Genre: Historical Fiction
Synopsis: Germany, 1945. The soldiers who liberated the Gross-Rosen concentration camp said the war was over, but nothing feels over to eighteen-year-old Zofia Lederman. Her body has barely begun to heal; her mind feels broken. And her life is completely shattered: Three years ago, she and her younger brother, Abek, were the only members of their family to be sent to the right, away from the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Everyone else–her parents, her grandmother, radiant Aunt Maja–they went left.
Zofia’s last words to her brother were a promise: Abek to Zofia, A to Z. When I find you again, we will fill our alphabet. Now her journey to fulfill that vow takes her through Poland and Germany, and into a displaced persons camp where everyone she meets is trying to piece together a future from a painful past: Miriam, desperately searching for the twin she was separated from after they survived medical experimentation. Breine, a former heiress, who now longs only for a simple wedding with her new fiancé. And Josef, who guards his past behind a wall of secrets, and is beautiful and strange and magnetic all at once.
But the deeper Zofia digs, the more impossible her search seems. How can she find one boy in a sea of the missing? In the rubble of a broken continent, Zofia must delve into a mystery whose answers could break her–or help her rebuild her world.
Here’s one that was on last month’s list, but I just couldn’t get to it unfortunately! I’ve really been in the mood for some Historical Fiction though, so I’m hoping to finally be able to read this!
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Synopsis: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
Ugh…here we go again with this book! It seems that every time I go to read this, another book distracts me. I’ve been meaning to read this ever since February, but something always comes up or I feel like reading something different. Maybe I’ll finally get to it this month! (Hopefully)
Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
Synopsis: When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger.
At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.
I have SO been wanting to read this ever since I picked it up randomly at the bookstore one day, but it’s a pretty intimidatingly thick book. What’s worse is that the sequel is equally thick, so it’ll take me awhile to get through them. I’m hoping to at least get through the first one this month, though!
The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
Synopsis: Prince North’s home is in the sky, in a gleaming city held aloft by intricate engines, powered by technology. Nimh is the living goddess of her people on the Surface, responsible for providing answers, direction—hope.
North’s and Nimh’s lives are entwined—though their hearts can never be. Linked by a terrifying prophecy and caught between duty and fate, they must choose between saving their people or succumbing to the bond that is forbidden between them.
I’m really not sure if I’m going to get to this one, as it is another thick fantasy. I don’t know if I’ve said this in earlier TBR posts, but I see some people saying that it reads like a Brandon Sanderson book, which has me excited, but I don’t want to start getting confused between books since I’m still trying to get through Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. We’ll see with this one.
The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Synopsis: Avery Grambs has a plan for a better future: survive high school, win a scholarship, and get out. But her fortunes change in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery virtually his entire fortune. The catch? Avery has no idea why–or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive her inheritance, Avery must move into sprawling, secret passage-filled Hawthorne House, where every room bears the old man’s touch–and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.
Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons: dangerous, magnetic, brilliant boys who grew up with every expectation that one day, they would inherit billions. Heir apparent Grayson Hawthorne is convinced that Avery must be a con-woman, and he’s determined to take her down. His brother, Jameson, views her as their grandfather’s last hurrah: a twisted riddle, a puzzle to be solved. Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with danger around every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.
This is the second time this book’s appeared in a TBR list, but I’m really hoping this is the last one. The hype surrounding this book went through the roof when it first released, and I’m still seeing it around. Still, I don’t have that big expectations for it, so I’m not really sure what to expect. I am, however, looking forward to reading it!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
Synopsis: The peaceful English village of King’s Abbot is stunned. First, the attractive widow Ferrars dies from an overdose of veronal. Not twenty-four hours later, Roger Ackroyd—the man she had planned to marry—is murdered. It is a baffling, complex case involving blackmail, suicide, and violent death, a cast that taxes Hercule Poirot’s “little grey cells” before he reaches one of the most startling conclusions of his fabled career.
Here we go again with this one as well. I really meant to read this one last month, but something got in my way and now I can’t even remember what it was. Here’s to hoping I actually get to it this time!
The Last Days of Jesus by Bill O’Reilly
Synopsis: Two thousand years ago, Jesus walked across Galilee; everywhere he traveled he gained followers. His contemporaries are familiar historical figures: Julius Caesar, Caesar Augustus, Herod the Great, Pontius Pilate. It was an era of oppression, when every man, woman, and child answered to the brutal rule of Rome. In this world, Jesus lived, and in this volatile political and historical context, Jesus died—and changed the world forever.
I’ve only read one other Bill O’Reilly book before, and I enjoyed it, so I’ve been meaning to get to this one for the last few years (and probably longer than that). At this point I can’t even remember how long this one’s been sitting on my shelf, so it’s about time I give it a read!
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Genre: Classic Literature
Synopsis: Set in 17th-century Puritan Boston, Massachusetts, during the years 1642 to 1649, it tells the story of Hester Prynne, who conceives a daughter through an affair and will not reveal her lover’s identity. The scarlet letter A (for adultery) she has to wear on her clothes, along with her public shaming, is her punishment for her sin and her secrecy. She struggles to create a new life of repentance and dignity. Throughout the book, Hawthorne explores themes of legalism, sin, and guilt.
A long time ago I read a bit of the graphic novel for this one, but I don’t really remember all that much of it. The only thing that makes me hesitant to read this is the fact that is quite long, and I have a hard time with long classics. Anyway, I still want to get to it this month!
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart
Synopsis: Walking his two young children to school every morning, Thad Carhart passes an unassuming little storefront in his Paris neighborhood. Intrigued by its simple sign—Desforges Pianos—he enters, only to have his way barred by the shop’s imperious owner.
Unable to stifle his curiosity, he finally lands the proper introduction, and a world previously hidden is brought into view. Luc, the atelier’s master, proves an indispensable guide to the history and art of the piano. Intertwined with the story of a musical friendship are reflections on how pianos work, their glorious history, and stories of the people who care for them, from amateur pianists to the craftsmen who make the mechanism sing.
I can’t believe I still haven’t read this, ESPECIALLY since I had started it a couple months ago. I think I’m like, seven pages in. Impressive, right? Haha, no. I really need to quit lollygagging and get reading!
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
Synopsis: The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
When The Two Rivers is attacked by Trollocs – a savage tribe of half-men, half-beasts – five villagers flee that night into a world they barely imagined, with new dangers waiting in the shadows and in the light.
I’ve been hearing about The Wheel of Time series for awhile, but they really caught my eye a couple years ago when I learned that Brandon Sanderson helped with writing them. However, my motivation to start reading them came about when I heard that Amazon is making a TV show for the series, and it looks pretty awesome! I might be wrong, but I think the first season is meant to start coming out this year, so I better snap to it!
So that’s all of them! I have a strong suspicion that I won’t get to them all, but let’s be positive! I’m slowly getting caught up on my reading goal, and I’m hoping to get completely caught up this month! I really hope I didn’t say that in my last TBR, because that would be awkward. Oh well…
ANYway, I hope you enjoyed this post! Let me know what you’re reading this month in the comments below! As always, God bless you and have a wonderful rest of the week!
Synopses taken from Goodreads