Down The TBR Hole #11

EtheringtonHeaders-Down the TBR

I moved all my books home this week from my sister’s house, because I’m moving again on the weekend to start my internship. There are a lot of books I still haven’t read in those boxes and it made me realise how many books there are I still want to read! So having a look at the books I still haven’t bought and want to read seemed like a good idea this week!

Lia at Lost In A Story started this weekly post to trim down the Goodreads to-read list.

The rules are simple:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

Goodreads Summary:We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves

Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she tells us. “It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister.”

Rosemary was not yet six when Fern was removed. Over the years, she’s managed to block a lot of memories. She’s smart, vulnerable, innocent, and culpable. With some guile, she guides us through the darkness, penetrating secrets and unearthing memories, leading us deeper into the mystery she has dangled before us from the start. Stripping off the protective masks that have hidden truths too painful to acknowledge, in the end, “Rosemary” truly is for remembrance.

I don’t think I ever read the blurb for this book, I just saw someone else I knew who had read it and loved it and thought I’d add it to my Goodreads list, so I didn’t forget it. But it does sound interesting and nothing like the idea I had in my head. KEEP

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Goodreads Summary:The Walls Around Us

On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.

On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom.

Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries…

What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?

I know the cover should have zero impact on whether I want to read a book, but I love it. I know, I’m sorry. That being said, the book does sound dark and intriguing and makes me want to know how the three girls are connected. KEEP

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

Goodreads Summary:Mosquitoland

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

I do like the road trip spin this book has, and I love family dramas so it’s going to stay. KEEP

The Unlikely Hero of Room 13b by Teresa Toten

Goodreads Summary:The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B

When Adam meets Robyn at a support group for kids coping with obsessive-compulsive disorder, he is drawn to her almost before he can take a breath. He’s determined to protect and defend her–to play Batman to her Robyn–whatever the cost. But when you’re fourteen and the everyday problems of dealing with divorced parents and step-siblings are supplemented by the challenges of OCD, it’s hard to imagine yourself falling in love. How can you have a “normal” relationship when your life is so fraught with problems? And that’s not even to mention the small matter of those threatening letters Adam’s mother has started to receive.

I read History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera a few months ago and it’s the first time I’ve read a book where I can relate to a character based on their compulsions. It’s comforting to read something and think ‘yes, that’s exactly what goes on in my head sometimes’ and I honestly don’t think I read enough books that do that. So it would be great to read another book with an OCD character. KEEP.

Where Am I Now? by Mara Wilson

Goodreads Summary:Where Am I Now?

Mara Wilson has always felt a little young and a little out of place: as the only child on a film set full of adults, the first daughter in a house full of boys, the sole clinically depressed member of the cheerleading squad, a valley girl in New York and a neurotic in California, and one of the few former child actors who has never been in jail or rehab. Tackling everything from how she first learned about sex on the set of Melrose Place, to losing her mother at a young age, to getting her first kiss (or was it kisses?) on a celebrity canoe trip, to not being “cute” enough to make it in Hollywood, these essays tell the story of one young woman’s journey from accidental fame to relative (but happy) obscurity. But they also illuminate a universal struggle: learning to accept yourself, and figuring out who you are and where you belong. Exquisitely crafted, revelatory, and full of the crack comic timing that has made Mara Wilson a sought-after live storyteller and Twitter star, Where Am I Now?introduces a witty, perceptive, and refreshingly candid new literary voice.

I am an avid Twitter follower of Mara Wilson. What I mean by that is I like everything she posts, and have decided she is the fountain of all knowledge. So how could I take her memoir off my list? KEEP

I didn’t take any off this week. You win some, you lose some I suppose! What are your TBRs looking like?

Author: Nicole @whatadifferenceawordmakes

Book-lover, tea enthusiast and MA student

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