Wishes for My TBR Pile #19: Why the Odd Name?

Wishes for My TBR Pile is a monthly post where I list and sometimes discuss the books I’ve discovered and would like to get and read.

I usually publish these posts at the end of every month, but I got off track last year. Though I didn’t publish one in January, I plan to upload a Wishes for My TBR Pile post every month going forward.

I just realize how odd the title of these posts is: Wishes for My TBR Pile. I have several TBRs. The largest is my to-read list on Goodreads, where I add every book I have a slight interest in reading. Every now and then, I weed out the ones I’m no longer curious about or would like to read. I count the unread books on my bookshelves as my TBR pile, which is what these posts refer to. The books I list here are books I’d really like to purchase and set on my shelves and probably read. Lol!

I’m just being honest. I often buy books I’m excited about and forget to read them. Lately, I’ve started visiting the library, which is helpful in making me read books I’m interested in. After all, if I borrow a book and return it to the library unread, I will be angry with myself for wasting my own time, though no money was spent. Ironically, this doesn’t happen with books I’ve bought and left languishing on my shelves unread for years.

Anyway, here are the books I added to my Goodreads TBR list and wish to add to my TBR pile, since my last post:

The White Hart by Nancy Springer

This is an old fantasy novel that was first published in 1979. I forgot who told me about it or what about it interested me, but I assume the dragon was part of the reason why I added it to my TBR. The synopsis on Goodreads doesn’t really state what this book is about, but these buzz words caught my attention: “Old Ones” (I guess beings so old they don’t even have names. I like that), “Book of Suns” (sounds like an era in the story; sounds interesting).

Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

A young-adult fantasy novel about a teenage girl whose adopted mom is a wicked witch. Camellia doesn’t want to be like her mother, but when her mom sets loose a demon in their city, Camellia may have to cast spells to capture him. This one sounds fun and I’m always interested in stories about witches. Plus, I like the cover.

Pax by Sara Pennypacker, illus. by Jon Klassen

A children’s story about a fox and a boy during a war (synopsis didn’t say which war). It seems like a sweet story and it was very popular after its publication last year. I’ll borrow this from the library, if I see it on my next visit.

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

As the title suggests, this is a nonfiction book about poor Whites in America. The book was published last year, but it’s this 2014 article that appeared in The Huffington Post, which I read last year, that made me interested in it. I’m curious to see what the book has to say about classism in America.

The Goat’s Tale by P.J. Hetherhouse

A fantasy novel inspired by Celtic mythology, Arthurian legend, and astrology. 😀 It sounds awesome!! I discovered it in a review on Cover to Cover, where Liz gave it a glowing review and rated it 5 stars, which was helpful, but I was pretty much sold on the Celtic mythology and astrology.

The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker

Seems to be a fantasy novel about a retired assassin who agrees to be the master of a caravan travelling from an inland city to a seaside one. I don’t know what made me add it to my TBR, but the synopsis mentions bloodthirsty “Children of the Sun” and I’m always curious about creatures associated with the sun so that’s probably why I added the book.

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

A young-adult fantasy novel about a boy magician-in-training who gets in over his head when he summons a djinni to help him avenge a magician who publicly humiliated him. I often see this book cover around, so much so that it feels familiar and I can’t tell if I’ve read the book before or not.

The Liszts by Kyo Maclear, illus. by Júlia Sardà

A children’s picture book about a family that loves making lists…? That’s what I got from the synopsis. It’s the bright, bold illustrations on the cover that caught my attention and made me add it to my TBR. I first saw it in a YouTube video and since then, it’s been haunting me in every book store I visit.

The Blazing Star by Imani Josey

I learned of this recently published book in an author interview on Naz’s Read Diverse Books blog. The cover caught my eye. It’s a young-adult fantasy novel about Portia and her twin sister who’re transported to ancient Egypt when Portia touched a scarab beetle during her history class. It sounds interesting, but I placed it on my TBR because it made me think of this young-adult fantasy book I read and enjoyed as a teen — Blossom Culp and the Sleep of Death by Richard Peck.

Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden

I wanted more Assassin’s Creed after watching the movie (released last year), but I didn’t want to play the games — I suck at video games, — so I was excited to learn that there are books based in the Assassin’s Creed universe. I believe Renaissance is the first book. It has received mixed reviews, so I’ll borrow it from the library and see how it goes.

Klaus by Grant Morrison, illus. by Dan Mora

When I saw the cover of this, my immediate thoughts were “Badass santa? I must read it!” I discovered this comic in an Unbound Worlds post on sci-fi/fantasy books for Christmas. The story draws on Viking and Serbian lore to tell the tale of Santa Claus’s origin. Super cool! However, the sentence that made me immediately add this book to my TBR was this (from the Unbound Worlds post):

And really, who doesn’t love a Santa who crafts all of his toys during an extended drug trip brought about by a hallucinogenic stew?

Aahhaaa!! Sounds like it will be a crazy read! 😀

Here by Richard McGuire (illus.)

A graphic novel that tells the story of a corner of a room and its inhabitants. I discovered this in a YouTube video and immediately placed it on my TBR. I believe the story and structure of the graphic novel will be very different from any I’ve since tried.

Shelf Control #5: “The Weight of Feathers” by Anna-Marie McLemore

shelf-controlShelf Control is a weekly meme created by Lisa at Book Shelf Fantasies where bloggers feature books they own and would like read. It’s a way for readers to take stock of what they own and get excited about the books on their shelves and on their devices.

This week’s book is one I hope to read this year. From the reviews I’ve seen, it seems to be a sweet book that I’ll enjoy reading.


My pick for the week:

the-weight-of-feathersTitle: The Weight of Feathers

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore

Genre: Fantasy; magical realism

Published: 2015

Length: 308 pages

Goodreads summary:

The Palomas and the Corbeaus have long been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for more than a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she’s been taught since birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.

Beautifully written, and richly imaginative, The Weight of Feathers is an utterly captivating young adult novel by a talented new voice. (Goodreads)

Where I got it: BookCon 2016 in Chicago

When I got it: Last year

Why I want to read it:

A couple of reasons: the author is very nice. I met her at BookCon last year when I got the book and she signed it. Yeahie! The premise of the story is very appealing and I have heard it compared to The Night Circus so that piqued my interest. I’ve also heard that it has a bit of magical realism in it as well, so I’m curious to see how the author works that in and what her writing style is like.

If you’ve read this one, share your thoughts on it below. 🙂

Book Haul #31: Last Is First

Remember the last time I posted a bookhaul and said that it would be the last one for the year? I lied.

Well, technically I was telling the truth because that was the last bookhaul I posted last year, but y’all know I meant that I wouldn’t buy any more books. (And technically some of these books were bought before I posted that bookhaul so…)

Anyway, here are the books I got pre- and post-Christmas.

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2017 Reading Plans

Now that I’m done with my reflection pieces, it’s time to look forward to new adventures in the new year. Well, new bookish adventures in the new year. For a rebel like myself, making plans and TBR lists is pointless because I never follow them. My 2016 reading reflection is evidence of this because I hardly read the books I assigned myself for that year. However, I do like to make these lists, pointless as they may be, and I plan to make a few for 2017 in this post. (We’ll see how well I do by year’s end.)

Also, like last year, I’ll assign myself books I must read by year’s end. These are books that I’m really interested in reading and I hope I will do so and not procrastinate and forget about them.

Goodreads reading goal

40

Last year my goal was to read 60 books/comics and I surpassed that by reading 88 books/comics but not without some trepidation in the early months of the year. So to make my reading experience less stressful for the entire year, I plan to read 40 books/comics by year’s end.

I’ll keep track of my reading and purchases by using this spreadsheet designed for booklovers who are too interested in their reading stats, like me. 🙂

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2016 End of Year Book Survey

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The End of Year Book Survey is a pretty sweet post created by The Perpetual Page-Turner. I did it last year and thought I’d do it again this year.

The survey is pretty long though I’ve omitted a few questions.

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Number of books read: 88

Books: 40

Audio books: 8

E-books: 14

Comics/graphic novels: 23

Mangas: 3

Number of books reread: 14

Number of books I didn’t finish: 5

Genre I read the most: Fantasy

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ZeZee’s Favorite Reads of 2016

Everyone’s doing these favorites posts and I want to do it too. I look forward to these posts at the end of the year because they are great sources for book recommendations. Often the books included in these end-of-year favorites lists are ones that have great staying power. They are ones that readers often reminisce on throughout the year and might even consider rereading, which, to me, means they are good reads.

I was unable to shorten my list to the usual 10, so instead I have 16 favorites of 2016! (I did not plan that.)

I’ve broken the list into the following sections: novels, which includes picture books and audio books; comics, which includes mangas; and other, which is a mish-mash of nonfiction and poetry.

Novels

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