Hello everyone it’s Nicole Henderson here and it’s that time of the month to post about my monthly TBR. I know this is quite the ambitious TBR, but since summer school is over, I have a lot more time to read. I really do plan on getting to these books this month. I’ve been wanting to read each of them for quite a bit now. Anyways, I’m already currently reading two books on this list and I hope to finish them in August. I’m so excited for all these books so without any further ado, let’s get into it.
The first book I planned to read (but already finished) was On The Fence by Kasie West. I was in the mood to read something quick and light for the summer. I’ve previously read books by Kasie West and I really enjoyed them. On The Fence is about a sixteen year old girl named Charlie, who was raised by her single father and three brothers. So because of this, Charlie has been a tomboy all her life. But when Charlie receives a speeding ticket, she must pay it off by getting a job at a girly boutique. As Charlie delves into the world of all things girly, she comes to terms with her feminine side. In the mist of all this, Charlie ends up falling for her neighbour Braden as they have their nightly chats by the fence that divide their properties. Meanwhile, complications arise when she meets Evan and she possibly develops a crush on him. I very much enjoyed this book, but I will explain more on my thoughts from this book in my August wrap up.
The second book I planned on reading (well, currently reading) is Zero Repeat Forever by G.S Pendergast. I received an ARC for this in exchange for an honest review by Simon and Schuster Canada. This is a Canadian dystopian novel (similar to the 5th Wave or The 100) about two characters, Eighth, an alien and Raven, who is human, who must survive after her city was invaded by the alien creatures called Nahx. Eighth and Raven develop a friendship and must depend on each other for survival. I’m enjoying this so far, but I will say it is pretty slow-paced. Despite that, I’m still wanting to finish this before the book comes out. If I really do enjoy this book, then I am considering reading the future books in the series. This book comes out on August 29th and I will explain more on my thoughts in my monthly wrap up (once I finish it, of course).
The third book I planned to read (and just finished) was Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor. I started reading this because this was required reading for my summer school course. I was hoping to finish this, this month as I was supposed to finish this a long time ago and I’m so happy I did. Nonetheless, this book is about a thirteen year old girl named Zahrah who was born with vines in her hair, and can also levitate in the air. She embarks on this journey to the forbidden jungle to find a cure for her best friend Dari. I liked this book but the slow pacing took forever to get through. But I will say it’s one of the better books I’ve had to read for school. And I will explain more on my thoughts in my monthly wrap up.
The fourth book I wanted to read (and I promise the last one I’m currently reading) was One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. This is her debut novel and I must say, it’s a wonderful, fantastic novel so far. This book was clearly inspired by the 1985 classic The Breakfast Club (which I love), but with a criminal twist. Five classmates (Bronwyn, the brain, Nate, the criminal, Cooper, the jock, Addy, the beauty, and Simon, the outcast) are stuck in detention, but only one never leaves. And four of the remaining classmates are suspected for murder. This book was super hyped before it came out and I’m actually really enjoying this book so far. This is definitely living up to the hype for sure. I will explain more on my thoughts in the August wrap up.
The fifth book I plan on reading this month, is Bang by Barry Lyga. He wrote the I Hunt Killers trilogy, which is one of my favourite trilogies ever. Also, this plot really intrigued me and I needed to read it ASAP. The book is mainly about a boy named Sebastian who accidentally killed his four-month old little sister. He now must live with this crime for the rest of his life. When his best friend is away for the summer, Sebastian meets a new girl that he believes could be a potential relationship and distract him from his awfully dark thoughts. However, this distraction does not get rid of his pain from the past. In order to “sanctify” his past, he needs a gun to get himself out. So, this sounds like an incredibly dark book, but I’m excited to see how it all plays out. It also does not have a ton of reviews on Goodreads, and they seem pretty mixed. However, I’m still intrigued.
The sixth book I plan on reading is How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one, from so many amazing book tubers and reviewers. This is a LGBT novel about Grace who does not have a good relationship with her mother. One day, in the summer, Grace meets a girl named Eva and a whole world opens up for her. She soon discovers that she has things in common with Eva (especially with them both liking girls). And they both end up in a relationship, while Grace is still trying to figure out her relationship with her mother. This sounds like a heartfelt read and I can’t wait to dive into it.
The seventh book I plan on reading this month is Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown. Okay, guys, I’ve had this book on my TBR for two months now and I still haven’t read it. Like why?! What is wrong with me? But I promise you I will read it for real this month. I’ve heard good things about this one and it was my most anticipated release for 2016. Anyways, it’s about Joanne who is out and proud in her town. But once she and her father (who is a minister or preacher), move to a new town, her father asks her to keep her sexuality on the down low. Joanne thinks this will be easy, until she meets a girl and falls in love her. So, I can’t wait to finally pick this up and I’m excited to see what I think.
The eighth book I’m planning on reading this month is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. So many people have been hyping about this book non-stop and I know I need to start reading it very soon. I meant to read this last month, but I never got around to it, so I’m very happy to finally be reading it this month. I would assume you guys know lots about the plot (because it is a popular book), but in case you guys don’t, it’s about this girl named Starr who goes to a private school in the rich part of town, while also living in a lower class neighbourhood. When her childhood best friend is killed by a police officer, Starr is brought into question and her whole world is turned upside down. This book is inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement and it also deals with issues such as police brutality and racism. So, this seems like it’s going to be a very eye-opening and educational read.
The ninth book I plan on reading is The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee. I think I bought this when it first came out and I’m now just reading it. The next book to this comes out on August 29th so I really want to read this before then. This book (and series) takes place in a futuristic New York and it centres around five different characters who all live in the tallest building in the city (and it is a thousand floors). Each character is going through their own issues that affect their lives (going from drug use to sexual assault, or wanting someone you can’t have). This book has been compared to Gossip Girl and I’m so excited for it. Gossip Girl is (believe or not) one of my favourite shows of all time. This was one of my most anticipated reads to finish by the end of 2017, so I’m very excited to finally get this book off the list.
The tenth book I plan on reading this month is I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. I’ve had this book on my TBR for so long. So, I think now is finally the time to read it. I have heard such fantastic things about this book and I’m so excited to dive into it. It’s about twins named Jude and Noah who are super close when they are thirteen years old, however when there sixteen they no longer speak. The story goes back and forth as it is told in dual perspectives (with Noah being 13 and Jude being 16). This one has won a lot of awards, so I’m excited to read what everyone was raving about for so long. And to finally get this book off my “to read before 2017 is over list.”
Now onto the ones that are not pictured above:
Yes there are more books on my TBR. The first book not pictured (but want to read) is Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton. This book was released on July 4th, and I did not plan on reading it this month, but I knew I wanted to read the book eventually. The plot very much intrigued me as it’s about a boy named Adam who is diagnosed with schizophrenia. He is given a (prescription) drug to test out in order to decrease his visions. He then meets a girl named Maya and he may have the possibility of pursuing a relationship with her. However, the drug starts failing and he must do everything he can to keep his mental illness a secret from Maya. I’ve always been interested in reading books that have a lot to do with mental health and its different illnesses, so I’m looking forward to seeing how this one plays out.
The last book I plan to read is Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor. I wasn’t planning on reading this one in August, but I’ve heard some good things about this book. Again, this book has to do with mental health with both of the main characters suffering from depression. It’s about a girl named Reggie, who is suffering from depression, falls for Snake, who is also depressed. However, Snake has a seven month pregnant ex-girlfriend named Carla. As she is falling for Snake, she must make the decision on whether or not letting him in (or loving him) is truly worth it. So, I’m super excited to read this one and see how it is.
Okay, that is really it for my August TBR I hope you all enjoyed. What books do you plan on reading this month? Let me know in the comments below. I am determined to finish all these books this month. I’m truly excited for all them and until my next post: Happy Reading!