Another week, another Top Ten Tuesday.
Picking a TBR always goes the same way for me: I pick the books. I want to read the books. For some reason, I don’t read the books, because I have terrible control over myself and do what I want.
So- to spice things up a bit, and to hopefully push me to stop being so weak- I’ve had my best friend/roommate pick my TBR out for me! 10 books she’s picked, complete with reasons behind her choices, for me to read March-May.
My Spring TBR
Book 1: Sweet Blue Flowers by Takako Shimura
Blurb: Akira Okudaira is starting high school and is ready for exciting new experiences. And on the first day of school, she runs into her best friend from kindergarten at the train station! Now Akira and Fumi have the chance to rekindle their friendship, but life has gotten a lot more complicated since they were kids…
Her Reason: ‘I don’t really know why I picked this, I just did. I like the cover, like the art. I also like that it’s about two friends, and there’s a little scandal, cause she’s a lesbian. Yeah.’
Book 2: Remix by Non Pratt
Blurb: Kaz is still reeling from being dumped by the love of her life… Ruby is bored of hearing about it. Time to change the record.
Three days. Two best mates. One music festival. Zero chance of everything working out.
Her Reason: ‘This looks fun. A musical festival setting, sounds like there’s loads of drama between these two friends. I also like the name, and the cover is quirky.’
Book 3: Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
Blurb: Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. As Suzanne’s past is revealed and her present begins to unravel, Caddy begins to see how much fun a little trouble can be. But the course of both friendship and recovery is rougher than either girl realises, and Caddy is about to learn that downward spirals have a momentum of their own.
Her Reason: ‘First things first: the foil front cover, very pretty. There’s best friend drama, and heartbreak about friends is way more relatable. You’re more likely to experience that than with ”a lover” as it happens more often.’
Book 4: Trouble by Non Pratt
Blurb: In this dazzling debut novel, a pregnant teen learns the meaning of friendship—from the boy who pretends to be her baby’s father.
Her Reason: ‘Scaaaandolous! She’s 15, pregnant, and Aaron wants to be the dad- have a laugh! Aaron sounds mysterious [she asked me to write here ‘Peter Andre-Mysterious Girl’]. I can find out what happens through you. Also, the sperm on the cover made me laugh.’
Book 5: The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
Blurb: When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting…
Her Reason: ‘Thought I’d add a bit of horror the collection! The front cover is scary as hell, and it’s gothic fiction- a new dynamic. Elsie is such a scary name to have in a horror book. Also, you’ve started it, so I think you should finish it [thanks for calling me out!].’
Book 6: The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James
Blurb: Romy Silvers is the only surviving crew-member of a spaceship travelling to a new planet. Alone in space, she is the loneliest girl in the universe until she hears about a new ship which has launched from Earth – with a single passenger on board. A boy called J.
What does Romy really know about J? And what do the mysterious messages which have started arriving from Earth really mean?
Sometimes, there’s something worse than being alone…
Her Reason: ‘I really like the cover and the art work, that’s what attracted me to most of these books. I like cliche love stories but this sounds a bit different. It has to do with space, the universe- and she doesn’t know what’s getting herself into! I also really like the way the page is laid out- it doesn’t have proper chapter numbers, it has countdowns instead. There’s different font and mixed media too, a bit funky.’
Book 7: The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey
Blurb: Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.
The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.
To where the monsters lived.
Her Reason: ‘This just sounds a bit ambiguous- you don’t know what’s coming. What are the monsters? Who is this boy? It looks really cool, I think the focus on a little boy makes it more eerie.’
Book 8: It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne
Blurb: Audrey is over romance. Since her parents’ relationship imploded her mother’s been catatonic, so she takes a cinema job to get out of the house. But there she meets wannabe film-maker Harry. Nobody expects Audrey and Harry to fall in love as hard and fast as they do. But that doesn’t mean things are easy. Because real love isn’t like the movies…
Her Reason: ‘I want to know what’s so special about Harry. It seems like a classic chick flick thing- hence the name- and romance books are my favourite, but it has a twist to it.’
Book 9: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
Blurb: ‘R’ is a zombie. He has no name, no memories and no pulse, but he has dreams. He is a little different from his fellow Dead.
Amongst the ruins of an abandoned city, R meets a girl. Her name is Julie and she is the opposite of everything he knows – warm and bright and very much alive, she is a blast of colour in a dreary grey landscape. For reasons he can’t understand, R chooses to save Julie instead of eating her, and a tense yet strangely tender relationship begins.
Her Reason: ‘Well, number one: I know how much you love Romeo and Juliet, and seeing this is a little take on that, I thought you’d quite like it. Front cover’s quite cool. I would never personally be drawn to a zombie book, but I find the focus on the romance quite funny. I think it’s strange, yet fascinating. Also Simon Pegg says it’s good.’
Book 10: Why Photographers Commit Suicide by Mary McCray
Blurb: Why Photographers Commit Suicide explores, in small narratives and lyrical poems, the American idea of Manifest Destiny, particularly as it relates to the next frontier—space exploration.
Her Reason: ‘Picked this one last, a complete change from novel to poetry collection. You got a note from the actual author, saying a review would be appreciated- thinks it’s about time you reviewed it, Consta! The focus on space, I dunno, it’s cool. Also like that there’s artwork in it too!’
And that’s everything Annie picked for me to read! Have you read any of these? Any good? A big thank you to Annie for helping me with this Top Ten Tuesday, you’re great!
Thank you for reading!