This week the topic is top books on your TBR, which is a tie-in with my Top TBR series. I have a Goodreads shelf for my top TBRs, the ones I want to read ASAP. I generally try to keep it below 20 books, as I feel like that’s achievable. So I thought it’d be fun to go through my books on there and explain why they’re there. It’s also a good way to keep these books fresh in my mind so when I’m looking for a book to read or buy, I know which ones I want. See part 1 here, part 2 here, and part 3 here!
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.
Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.
When it was added: December 18, 2017 (prioritized February 2018)
Why it’s there: I’ve heard so much about this book. It seems like it breaks everyone’s heart. So, I had to read it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
A Room of One’s Own is Virginia Woolf’s most powerful feminist essay, justifying the need for women to possess intellectual freedom and financial independence. Based on a lecture given at Girton College, Cambridge, the essay is one of the great feminist polemics, ranging in its themes from Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte to the silent fate of Shakespeare’s gifted (imaginary) sister and the effects of poverty and sexual constraint on female creativity.
When it was added: December 4, 2017 (prioritized February 2018)
Why it’s there: I don’t read a lot of classics, but there are a lot I want to read. Honestly, I mainly like the name of this book? and I feel like everyone needs to read Virginia Woolf.
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . .
The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.
When it was added: February, 2018
Why it’s there: this sounds super atmospheric and everyone seems to love it, so I’m hoping to read it in the fall!
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed
Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.
Who are the Nowhere Girls? They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:
- Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.
- Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.
- Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.
When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.
Told in alternating perspectives, this groundbreaking novel is an indictment of rape culture and explores with bold honesty the deepest questions about teen girls and sexuality.
When it was added: February 2, 2018
Why it’s there: a feminist contemporary novel with a gorgeous cover? What else would I need to read it?
So those are some books on my priority TBR! Which should I read first?
Thanks for reading! xx