Today I’m going to share with you the books I’ve added this past year or so onto my Goodreads “Want to Read,” or “TBR” list. I feel like this list ends up going on and on forever. There is sooo much I want to read and so little time (har har). But in an ideal world, these are the books I would love to find some time to read this fall season and heading into wintertime. Hopefully I can get to at least a few of these before final exams in December, but who knows! Let me know if any of these are on your list too, or if you’ve read and loved them already!
#1: Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor
This book looks like a great take on the “stranded on the beach” trope. I am trying to read more books involving ocean settings so I think this will really help me as I write the second book in the Chimera in New Orleans series. I also really appreciate that it incorporates Nigerian mythology. I think that’s going to be really interesting.
#2: The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian seems like such a great read. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I might like to be on the ISS or to be the first person on Mars. It seems like it would be so cool to just walk and tumble around on Mars. I also really like the fact that there is a survival theme and that we will get to see whether or not he stays alive on Mars and what unique methods he will use to stay alive. Also, the cover is incredible — just sayin’.
#3: Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
I’m really interested in reading this story about performative activism. There are a lot of racial elements to this book. Essentially a white blogger hires an African-American babysitter. Then the blogger asks the babysitter to take her (white) child to the grocery store, and the babysitter is accused of kidnapping the child. The reviews are mixed but I think it’s one I definitely need to check out.
#4: Untamed by Glennon Doyle
This book is about carrying the dozens of roles women are expected to carry and trying to portray oneself as “perfect” throughout all of it: being an employee, being a wife, a mother, and so on. Some reviews of this book say she is just being self-congratulatory, but I hope to find some raw and honest stories in here about what it is like to be under the weight of misogyny and at the same time a culture that tells us we can “do it all.”
I only listed a few books because I think 4 is a pretty realistic number, not including the multiple books sitting around with pieces of paper and masks as bookmarks in them. Haha. So, hopefully I can finish the books I’m already on by the end of the semester, and maybe even get to these! I might have to try and find some of these as audiobooks, though.
So that’s it! Those are my top TBRs for the fall season. Are any of these on y’alls to-read list, or have you read them already? Please let me know. Especially let me know if I should just chuck these in my imaginary fire of deleted TBR books now. Or, if they are so majestic that I should immediately sprint to Amazon HQ and throw my money at the warehouse until the books appear.
Thanks for reading. I hope these gave you a little inspiration for your TBR!