If you read a lot, you know the feeling of the ever-growing TBR (To-Be-Read) list. The unfortunate reality is that it will never end, and you will never be able to tell yourself you've read everything you want to read; that's why I've decided to share a few books on my list! Feel free to add them to yours. Since your list will never end, why not add these?
1. Monster by A. Lee Martinez
If there's one thing I love more than speculative fiction, it's speculative fiction that knows it's weird. "Monster" seems like one of these. The preface of this novel is the main character named Monster runs a pest control agency. He also has a girlfriend from hell. Literally. The other main character, Judy, works the night shift at the Food Plus Mart. Her life is fairly ordinary until she finds a yeti in the freezer aisle eating all the Rocky Road. The two characters meet, due to the fact that Monster's pest control agency doesn't catch bugs; they catch things like ogres, trolls, and dragons.
2. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
As a fan of young adult fiction, and an admirer of authors who can write historical fiction, I decided to pick up "These Shallow Graves" based on those two things. The story follows Jo Montfort's ordinary life of going to school and waiting to be married off to a rich bachelor until her father is found dead. The story goes: Charles Montfort accidentally shot himself while cleaning his revolver. Jo knows her father was far to smart to clean a loaded gun. She begins to uncover more and more about her father's death; she discovers there are secrets.
3. This One Summer by Jullian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
I'm a huge fan of graphic narrative, so picking up "This One Summer" has been on my list for a long time. The story follows an unforgettable summer at Awago Beach for Rose and Windy. Rose has been going to Awago Beach with her parents and best friend, Windy, for the summer since she was a little girl. This summer, Rose's parents won't stop fighting. Rose and Windy get tangled in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. The summer is full of secrets and heartache, with Rose's only relief being Windy.
4. The Life and Death of Zebulon Finch by Daniel Kraus
"The Life and Death of Zebulon Finch" has intimidated me by its brick-like size for at least a year now. By reinstating it on my list, it's my way of letting it know I am not afraid of it! This novel starts in 1896, when a 17-year-old gangster is gunned down by the shores of Lake Michigan. Mere moments after, Zebulon Finch is resurrected from the void. Not only is he resurrected; he continues to live as a 17-year-old for over a century.
5. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
After reading "When the Emperor was Devine" by Julie Otsuka in a class, I've been obsessed with her work. I happened to see "The Buddha in the Attic" while at the bookstore, and just had to buy it then and there. This novel tells the story of a group of young women brought from Japan to San Franciso as "picture brides" about a century ago. It follows the women on their journey across the sea, their arrival in San Fransisco, their first night as wives, and raising children who reject Japanese culture. The story will end at the arrival of war.