TBR’s… We all know them; those seemingly never-ending responsibilities that make our lives even harder than they already are. But we still love you for you are the reason that we don’t suffocate in our book piles. At least, not yet and hopefully it will stay this way for a little while longer…
Again, the time has come. Autumn is just around the corner and I can’t wait for the leaves to turn all sorts of warm colors, for the breeze to take this slightly colder tone, etc etc… I think you get my point here! So, in tribute to my favorite season, I’m willing to push myself to get out of my, what feels like, everlasting reading slump and to declare war on this nightmare. And hopefully it will, indeed, come to an end, once and for all. *raises battle ax*
This is actually my first ever seasonal TBR but since I failed my earlier attempts I thought I’d give this another try, in a slightly different way. The problem is (aside from my reading slump, though) that my life is jam-packed with all sorts of school work at the moment and it’s rather hard to spare some free time without the guilt blaming me of procrastinating. So, perhaps I’ll finally catch up on my reading again with the more open, and hopefully more generous, timeframe.
1. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas is one of my most anticipated reads of 2016. And I would’ve devoured it right away but my pre-order still didn’t make its way to where I live. Ahhh Amazon, why do you always have to be so cruel…?
Goodreads Synopsis: The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
2. Before the Feast by Saša Stanišić is a German book that was just recently translated into English and this fact alone intrigued me to get my hands on this book. And, of course, all the praise coming from a certain book lover *cough* Viktoria *cough*
Goodreads Synopsis: It’s the night before the feast in the village of Fürstenfelde (population: an odd number). The village is asleep. Except for the ferryman – he’s dead. And Mrs Kranz, the night-blind painter, who wants to depict her village for the first time at night. A bell-ringer and his apprentice want to ring the bells – the only problem is that the bells have gone. A vixen is looking for eggs for her young, and Mr Schramm is discovering more reasons to quit life than smoking.
Someone has opened the doors to the Village Archive, but what drives the sleepless out of their houses is not that which was stolen, but that which has escaped. Old stories, myths and fairy tales are wandering about the streets with the people. They come together in a novel about a long night, a mosaic of village life, in which the long-established and newcomers, the dead and the living, craftsmen, pensioners and noble robbers in football shirts bump into each other. They all want to bring something to a close, in this night before the feast.
3. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller has been on my radar for quite some time now and I finally came to the conclusion “what better time to start this book than in the upcoming season?!”…
Goodreads Synopsis: Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.
But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.
4. The Secret History by Donna Tartt is one of those books you just have to read for all the praise and hype surrounding it. I haven’t heard anything but great things about this novel. Needless to say I’m overly excited to get to this one.
Goodreads Synopsis: Truly deserving of the accolade Modern Classic, Donna Tartt’s cult bestseller The Secret History is a remarkable achievement – both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful.
Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and for ever.
5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt… Again, a must read. I think, one thing can’t seem to go without the other so I’ll be doing a sort of mini marathon of her two books. But I won’t promise anything!
Goodreads Synopsis: It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
6. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff is a fantasy read and if you know me I’m all about fantasy and since I’ve heard just the best things regarding this book this will probably be a win/win situation.
Goodreads Synopsis: Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.
Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.
But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.
The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student. The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.