Hello, friends! Time to talk about some more books on my TBR! This is a series where I talk about a specific subset of books on my TBR. I’ve done a few posts of really long lists of books on my TBR, so for these posts I’m going to try to keep the list fairly small, provide the synopsis from Goodreads, and talk about where I found it and why I want to read it.
Today, I’m talking about some books I’ve never talked about before. I’ve had this blog for quite a few years now (omg I think it’ll be five years this summer hold up), and though I talk about so many books I want to read, I also want to read so many books. So I thought it could be kind of fun to look at some books I’ve never mentioned before!
Those who live in cages by Terry-Ann Adams
Those Who Live in Cages captures an astonishingly intimate view of life in Eldorado Park, a coloured township south of Johannesburg, through five women – Bertha, Kaylynn, Laverne, Janice and Raquel.
These unforgettable characters’ lives intersect as they attempt to do the most important thing: survive another day in “The Park”.
I have no idea how I found this book: none of my friends have read it, it has very few ratings and reviews on Goodreads, there is barely a description, the author has one follower. But it has glowing reviews, and it sounds (from the limited synopsis) like something I would really enjoy.
Followers by Megan Angelo
Orla Cadden is a budding novelist stuck in a dead-end job, writing clickbait about movie-star hookups and influencer yoga moves. Then Orla meets Floss ― a striving wannabe A-lister ― who comes up with a plan for launching them both into the high-profile lives they dream about. So what if Orla and Floss’s methods are a little shady and sometimes people get hurt? Their legions of followers can’t be wrong.
Thirty-five years later, in a closed California village where government-appointed celebrities live every moment of the day on camera, a woman named Marlow discovers a shattering secret about her past. Despite her massive popularity ― twelve million loyal followers ― Marlow dreams of fleeing the corporate sponsors who would do anything to keep her on-screen. When she learns that her whole family history is based on a lie, Marlow finally summons the courage to run in search of the truth, no matter the risks.
This book falls into the category of ~disaster women~, which we all know I love. And it sounds like a multi-generational story, which I also love. AND the cover is pink. So really, what more could I ask for.
Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, the Flesh, and L.A. by Eve Babitz
No one burned hotter than Eve Babitz. Possessing skin that radiated “its own kind of moral laws,” spectacular teeth, and a figure that was the stuff of legend, she seduced seemingly everyone who was anyone in Los Angeles for a long stretch of the 1960s and ’70s. One man proved elusive, however, and so Babitz did what she did best, she wrote him a book. Slow Days, Fast Company is a full-fledged and full-bodied evocation of a bygone Southern California that far exceeds its mash-note premise. In ten sun-baked, Santa Ana wind–swept sketches, Babitz re-creates a Los Angeles of movie stars distraught over their success, socialites on three-day drug binges holed up in the Chateau Marmont, soap-opera actors worried that tomorrow’s script will kill them off, Italian femmes fatales even more fatal than Babitz. And she even leaves LA now and then, spending an afternoon at the house of flawless Orange County suburbanites, a day among the grape pickers of the Central Valley, a weekend in Palm Springs where her dreams of romance fizzle and her only solace is Virginia Woolf. In the end it doesn’t matter if Babitz ever gets the guy—she seduces us.
Same here, honestly. I love the title and cover of this book, and it sounds really intriguing. The categorization on Goodreads is confusing though: is it a memoir or a fiction novel or an essay. No one knows.
What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons
Raised in Pennsylvania, Thandi views the world of her mother’s childhood in Johannesburg as both impossibly distant and ever present. She is an outsider wherever she goes, caught between being black and white, American and not. She tries to connect these dislocated pieces of her life, and as her mother succumbs to cancer, Thandi searches for an anchor—someone, or something, to love.
I have no idea how I found this book, but probably the stunning cover. I mean look at that, it’s so pretty. It also sounds like a lot of things I love in books.
Sugar Money by Jane Harris
Martinique, 1765, and brothers Emile and Lucien are charged by their French master, Father Cleophas, with a mission. They must return to Grenada, the island they once called home, and smuggle back the 42 slaves claimed by English invaders at the hospital plantation in Fort Royal. While Lucien, barely in his teens, sees the trip as a great adventure, the older and worldlier Emile has no illusions about the dangers they will face. But with no choice other than to obey Cleophas – and sensing the possibility, however remote, of finding his first love Celeste – he sets out with his brother on this ‘reckless venture’.
I read another one of Harris’s books a while ago, and remember really enjoying it. I love historical fiction, and don’t read a lot of books about brothers. So though this one doesn’t have super glowing reviews, I still want to give it a go.
Three Souls by Janie Chang
So begins the haunting and captivating tale, set in 1935 China, of the ghost of a young woman named Leiyin, who watches her own funeral from above and wonders why she is being denied entry to the afterlife. Beside her are three souls—stern and scholarly yang; impulsive, romantic yin; and wise, shining hun—who will guide her toward understanding. She must, they tell her, make amends.
I love historical fiction, particularly historical fiction based in China. I also love interesting family dynamics, which it sounds like this book has. And this one doesn’t have the highest rating, but it sounds so interesting, so I want to read it soon.
So there are some books I want to read that I’ve never talked about before on this blog! Have you read any of these? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know!
Also if you have any requests for things you’d like to see on my TBR, let me know!