It’s a new year, and the never-ending TBR has only gotten longer and longer. I used a random number generator to pick these six books from my Goodreads list.
Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler
I came across Immaculate while browsing Goodreads and thought the concept sounded intriguing. What if the Virgin Mary were a teenager in the 21st century? As someone who grew up Christian and attended a Catholic high school, I’m interested to see how the author does this. I’ve never seen it in a store, and I think if I’ll probably get it out of the library when I do get around to reading it.
The Grasmere and Alfoxden Journals by Dorothy Wordsworth
Someone on Tumblr (can’t remember who now) recommended me Dorothy Wordsworth’s Grasmere Journals due to my interest in 19th-century women writers. And yeah, it’s right up my alley! I haven’t read anything by Dorothy Wordsworth because I don’t do much work with the Romantics, but I do want to give her a try.
Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller
I won’t lie, I don’t remember adding Now We Shall Be Entirely Free to my TBR. Maybe it’s from a recommendation post for historical fiction? I really don’t know. But look at that cover! Beautiful! It’s also set during the Napolenaic Wars, a time period I’m interested in, and apparently features a romance with a woman from a family of free-thinkers. So it does sound like something I’d definitely enjoy.
Beloved by Toni Morrison
A bunch of Morrison’s books have been on my TBR since I read Jazz back in 2013. And I haven’t gotten to any of them yet…To be fair, I’m kind of surprised I wasn’t assigned Beloved at any point in my academic career. It comes up in conversation constantly. I know it’s one I need to get to, and I really enjoyed Jazz, so there’s no reason to avoid it. But I probably will read A Mercy and Song of Solomon first since I actually own copies of them.
Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
This is a very recent addition to my TBR. My doctor “assigned” me Burnout to read during the winter break. She thinks this book, along with my continued therapy and medical treatment, may help me find some ways of managing my anxiety, stress, and depression. I wanted to get the audiobook off Libby but the wait was 22 weeks!!! Apparently I’m not the only one who is stressed out right now…So I ordered a copy from Barnes & Noble. It just came in this week.
I, Coriander by Sally Gardner
I came across I, Coriander while browsing through fairy tale retellings on Goodreads. Someone may have also recommended it to me; I can’t quite remember. It’s not an actual retelling, but it sounds like it has lots of fairy tale aspects, including a girl with magic powers, an evil stepmother, and another world accessed through a chest. I’m in love with it already! I’m keeping my eye out for a copy, and I may just buy it on my Kindle when I’m in the mood for an easy fantasy read.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?