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Top of the TBR - Part 2

August 17, 2016

As I said last time, there are so many books that I am looking forward to reading that my TBR is a little bit out of control. Last time I gave you five, today I will give you four more books that I want to read so bad! 

 

 

I cannot recall where I first heard about this book. I think Gav of Gavreads or maybe Michael from Books on the Nightstand talked about it. Whomever brought it to my attention - both raved about how good this book was.

 

"Are you happy with your life?" "Those are the last words that Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

 

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suites. 
 

Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back my friend." 

 

In this world he's woken up to, Jason's life is not the one he knows. His wife is not is wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible."

 

 

If you have not read Eowyn Ivey's first novel The Snow Child you need to as soon as possible! The retelling of a Fairy Tale in rural Alaska - it will break your heart.  This, her second novel, was sitting on the shelf at the bookstore and I had already promised myself that I would read everything she wrote. There you go.

 

"In the winter of 1885, decorated war hero Colonel Allen Forrester leads a small band of men on an expedition that has been deemed impossible: to venture up the Wolverine River and pierce the vast, untamed Alaska Territory. Leaving behind Sophie, his newly pregnant wife, Colonel Forrester records his extraordinary experiences in hopes that his journal will reach her if he doesn't return ---- once he passes behind the edge of the known world, there's no telling what awaits him."

 

Funny facts about this book - it weighs a ton! It is not that long, but for some reason feels so very heavy. I keep picking it up and saying to my husband - this book is so heavy! 

 

 

This is the only impulse buy on my list. I have seen the book popping up on Goodreads in my feed, but did not know much about it. But at the bookstore this weekend, I picked it up. And I must say - I am such a sucker for a love story against all odds.

 

"Seventeen-year-old Ivan Isaenko is a lifelong resident to the Mazyr Hospital for Gravely Ill Children in Belarus. Born deformed yet mental keen with a frighteningly sharp wit, strong intellect, and a voracious appetite for books, Ivan is forced to interact with the world though the vivid prism of his mind.  For the most part, every day is exactly the same for Ivan, which is why he turns everything into a game, manipulating people and events around him for his own amusement. That is until a new resident named Polina arrives at the hospital.  At first Ivan resents Polina. She steals his books. She challenges his routine. The nurses like her.  She is exquisite. But soon he cannot help being drawn to her, and the two forge a romance that is tenuous, beautiful, and everything they never feared dream of. (did this blurb end a sentence with a preposition?) Before, he survived by being utterly detached from things and people. how Ivan wants something more: Ivan wants Polina to live."

 

 

I only picked this novel up because my friend Steve picked it up at the bookstore and said it sounded interesting. Then I read the cover, and I was hooked. I do not know much about it, but Lev Grossman, who I am a big fan of, really raved about it.

 

"It is the present day and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking, Happy Meals. Save for one thing: the Civil War never occurred.

 

A gifted young black man calling himself Victor has struck a margin with federal law enforcement, acting as a bounty hunter for the U.S. Marshals Service. He's got plenty of work. In this version of America, slavery continues in four states, the Hard Four. On the trail of a runaway known as Jackdaw, Victor arrives in Indianapolis knowing that something isn't right -- with the case, with his work, and with the country."

 

There you go --- I hop that these two lists inspire you to pick up one of the nine books. I would love to hear what you think about any of them. Happy Reading! 

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