August To Be Read

Books, Novel, To Be Read

august tbrHello my lovely friends 🙂

It’s time for my August TBR! Although this month will be filled with moving into college, frantically buying dorm essentials (what’s the difference between comforters and duvets anyways?), and trying to get my life together as always. Thus, I will only be putting four books on this list, although my goal for this month is seven.


:: book: Half of A Yellow Sun :: author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie :: published: 2015 :: genre: historical fiction:: goodreads

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Synopsis from goodreads:

With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor’s beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover’s charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna’s willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.

This book was featured on Naz @ Read Diverse Books in her “Black Women As Heroes And Role Models – A Reading List” post. I loved this post because it brings awareness to the wide array of books we must read in order to open our minds and expand our wisdom. The synopsis definitely sucked me in, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks Naz 🙂


:: book: Written in the Stars :: author: Aisha Saeed:: published: 2015 :: genre: novel:: goodreads

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Synopsis from goodreads:

This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

First off, the cover of this book is beautiful. Second off, this book explores the Pakistanian culture and the lives of first generation citizens. The clashing cultures make for an interesting read as one girl battles to find her identity. Plus who doesn’t love a love story that surpasses all constructs of love?


:: book: A Passionate Man :: author: Joanna Trollope :: published: 2000 :: genre: novel:: goodreads

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Synopsis from goodreads:

The Logans were an enchanting and admirable couple. Archie had snatched Liza from her own engagement party to someone else, wooed her, swept her off to his father in Scotland, and finally married her. Now bedded firmly into country life-three children, Archie the village doctor, Liza a teacher, everything comfortable, funny, affectionate,—they awaited the arrival of Archie’s father, the brilliant Sir Andrew Logan, a widower for over thirty years.

When his city-clean Rover stopped in the drive, Sir Andrew was not alone. Beside him was a golden lady in caramel suede, a warm, witty, desirable widow whom everyone—except Archie—adored at once. Archie saw his father’s mistress as the worm in the bud of his perfect life—a life that was to be wrenched apart before he and Liza could re-create their world.

This is a book I grabbed during my Free Book Haul, and have been itching to read. I really love novels that revolve around character development, and show the interactions and relationships between characters. Although maybe not as fast paced as other books, I think this will be a fun read before bed.


:: book: A Thousand Pieces of You :: author: Claudia Grey :: published: 2014 :: genre: novel:: goodreads

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Synopsis from goodreads:

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

This cover though! I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but honestly, I can’t stop staring. I’ve really been craving for a good revenge story, so naturally A Thousand Pieces of You seemed like a good pick. Also, multiple dimensions? New versions of oneself? More secrets? Yes please!


So, here is my short TBR for this month! What are some books you can’t wait to read? What’s your goal number of books for this month? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

June Free Book Haul

Book Haul, Books, To Be Read

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Hello my lovely friends 🙂

I know, it’s already July, but I realized that I had never posted my book haul from this month! *The Horror*, so although its a tad overdue, better late than never right? Because when it comes to buying books, I have trouble with choosing which one to invest in, I’ve been going to my library lately where there is a free book section. This is possible due to the donation of many locals. What I love about this process, is being able to discover treasures that only come through chance.

All these books are mainly novels that had a promising cover summary. Lately, I’ve been interested in fantasy, and YA novels, but I’ve decided that it’s important to continue to read these books as well. I’ve found that most of the books I picked were related to family and immigration. I’m so glad that I was able to discover these amazing books in great condition, and for free!!


While I Was Gone
by Sue Miller

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Synopsis from goodreads:

Jo Becker has every reason to be content. She has three dynamic daughters, a loving marriage, and a rewarding career. But she feels a sense of unease. Then an old housemate reappears, sending Jo back to a distant past when she lived in a communal house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Drawn deeper into her memories of that fateful summer in 1968, Jo begins to obsess about the person she once was. As she is pulled farther from her present life, her husband, and her world, Jo struggles against becoming enveloped by her past and its dark secret.

For me, this book had the vibes of “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin. I truly loved that book and found in liberating, especially how the past often helps someone discover their current identity. Also, who doesn’t love a book with a big secret?


In the Time of Butterflies
by Julia Alvarez

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Synopsis from goodreads:

 Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.

STRONG WOMEN!! Yesssss, Julia Alvarez is first off an amazing author who deals with many topics that I am interested in such as first generation families. I was drawn to this book because of the promise of a story regarding women who had to undergo great tribulations.


Three Junes
By Julia Glass

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Synopsis from goodreads:

A luminous first novel, set in Greece, Scotland, Greenwich Village, and Long Island, that traces the members of a Scottish family as they confront the joys and longings, fulfillments and betrayals of love in all its guises.

In June of 1989 Paul McLeod, a newspaper publisher and recent widower, travels to Greece, where he falls for a young American artist and reflects on the complicated truth about his marriage.

Six years later, again in June, Paul’s death draws his three grown sons and their families back to their ancestral home. Fenno, the eldest, a wry, introspective gay man, narrates the events of this unforeseen reunion. Far from his straitlaced expatriate life as a bookseller in Greenwich Village, Fenno is stunned by a series of revelations that threaten his carefully crafted defenses.

Four years farther on, in yet another June, a chance meeting on the Long Island shore brings Fenno together with Fern Olitsky, the artist who once captivated his father. Now pregnant, Fern must weigh her guilt about the past against her wishes for the future and decide what family means to her.

Once again, a family topic, so far all these books revolve around family, and the discovering of where they belong within their family.


 A Passionate Man
Joanna Trollope

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Synopsis from goodreads:

The Logans were an enchanting and admirable couple. Archie had snatched Liza from her own engagement party to someone else, wooed her, swept her off to his father in Scotland, and finally married her. Now bedded firmly into country life-three children, Archie the village doctor, Liza a teacher, everything comfortable, funny, affectionate,—they awaited the arrival of Archie’s father, the brilliant Sir Andrew Logan, a widower for over thirty years.

When his city-clean Rover stopped in the drive, Sir Andrew was not alone. Beside him was a golden lady in caramel suede, a warm, witty, desirable widow whom everyone—except Archie—adored at once. Archie saw his father’s mistress as the worm in the bud of his perfect life—a life that was to be wrenched apart before he and Liza could re-create their world

The fact that someone’s able to seduce a person from their own engagement party is first off pretty amazing, and very rude. I’d love to see how this lady disrupts their family life, and the way this problem will bring the family closer together.


Time Travelers Wife
Audrey Niffenegger

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Synopsis from goodreads:

Audrey Niffenegger’s dazzling debut is the story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry’s unconventional love story. That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

This is a book I am currently reading.


The Living
Annie Dillard

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Synopsis from goodreads:

Ninety miles north of Seattle on the Washington coast lies Bellingham Bay, where a rough settlement founded in the 1850s would become the town of Whatcom. Here, the Lummi and Nooksack Indian people fish and farm, hermits pay their debts in sockeye salmon, and miners track gold-bearing streams.

Here, too, is the intimate, murderous tale of three men. Clare Fishburn believes that greatness lies in store for him. John Ireland Sharp, an educated orphan, abandons hope when he sees socialists expel the Chinese workers from the region. Beal Obenchain, who lives in a cedar stump, threatens Clare Fishburn’s life.

A killer lashes a Chinese worker to a wharf piling at low tide. Settlers pour in to catch the boom the railroads bring. People give birth, drown, burn, inherit rich legacies, and commit expensive larcenies. All this takes place a hundred years ago, when these vital, ruddy men and women were ”the living.”

I love how this promises the stories of various people that are clearly so different from each other. I want to see the character development of each within this novel.


What are some books you have recently purchased? How do you normally plan what books to buy? Let me know in the comments 🙂

June To Be Read

Books, Bucket List, To Be Read

Hello my lovely friends! I know this is a little late, but better late than never right? Here are a couple of books that I hope to read this month and that I thought I would share with you. You can checkout my goodreads “To Read” list here and my June TBR list here. Enjoy!

(These are in no particular order, just by published date from new to old)

:: book: The Way I Used to Be :: author: Amber Smith :: published: 2016 :: genre: novel :: goodreads

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Synopsis from goodreads:

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.

What was once simple, is now complex. What Eden once loved—who she once loved—she now hates. What she thought she knew to be true, is now lies. Nothing makes sense anymore, and she knows she’s supposed to tell someone what happened but she can’t. So she buries it instead. And she buries the way she used to be.

Told in four parts—freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year.

I believe the timing of the book is perfect in light of the Stanford Rape case.The victim’s statement in the Stanford Rape case was recently published, and I encourage everyone to read her raw thoughts and insight to what she had to endure. Here is a short excerpt:

“A life, one life, yours, you forgot about mine. Let me rephrase for you, I want to show people that one night of drinking can ruin two lives. You and me. You are the cause, I am the effect. You have dragged me through this hell with you, dipped me back into that night again and again. You knocked down both our towers, I collapsed at the same time you did.”

:: book: The Art of Healing Voices :: author: Jan-Philipp Sendker :: published: 2014:: genre: novel :: mystery ::  goodreads

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Synopsis from goodreads:

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.

Originally written in German and translated into English by Kevin Wiliarty, this book is a part of a two part series was a huge hit in Europe. It is said to deal with the moral obligation and dilemma of following your heart or listening to your head.

:: book: Vicious :: author: V.E. Schwab :: published: 2013:: genre: novel :: fantasy :: young adult :: goodreads

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Synopsis from goodreads:

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

BUM BUM BUUUUUUUM, this book was originally mentioned by @clockworkbibliophile in her Review  in which she raved about how much she loved the book. I can’t wait to start reading!

:: book: The End of Everything :: author: Megan Abbott :: published: 2011 :: genre: novel :: nonfiction ::  goodreads

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Synopsis from goodreads:

Thirteen-year-old Lizzie Hood and her next-door neighbor, Evie Verver, are inseparable, best friends who swap clothes, bathing suits, and field-hockey sticks and between whom, presumably, there are no secrets. Then one afternoon, Evie disappears, and as a rabid, giddy panic spreads through the balmy suburban community, everyone turns to Lizzie for answers. Was Evie unhappy, troubled, or upset? Had she mentioned being followed? Would she have gotten into the car of a stranger?
Compelled by curiosity, Lizzie takes up her own furtive pursuit of the truth. Haunted by dreams of her lost friend and titillated by her own new power as the center of the disappearance, Lizzie uncovers secret after secret and begins to wonder if she knew anything at all about her best friend.

To be honest, the girl in a bathing suit on the cover reminded me of summer which is the main reason why I picked it up. The synopsis sounded pretty interesting as well.

:: book: While I Was Gone :: author: Sue Miller :: published: 2000 :: genre: novel ::  goodreads

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Jo Becker has every reason to be content. She has three dynamic daughters, a loving marriage, and a rewarding career. But she feels a sense of unease. Then an old housemate reappears, sending Jo back to a distant past when she lived in a communal house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Drawn deeper into her memories of that fateful summer in 1968, Jo begins to obsess about the person she once was. As she is pulled farther from her present life, her husband, and her world, Jo struggles against becoming enveloped by her past and its dark secret.

This book I found in the free section of the library, and it looked intriguing so of course I brought it home with me.

:: book: In the Time of the Butterflies :: author: Julia Alvarez :: published: 1995:: genre: novel :: nonfiction ::  goodreads

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Synopsis (shortened) from goodreads:

Set during the waning days of the Trujillo dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in 1960, this extraordinary novel tells the story the Mirabal sisters, three young wives and mothers who are assassinated after visiting their jailed husbands.
Alvarez’s controlled writing perfectly captures the mounting tension as “the butterflies” near their horrific end. The novel begins with the recollections of Dede, the fourth and surviving sister, who fears abandoning her routines and her husband to join the movement. Alvarez also offers the perspectives of the other sisters: brave and outspoken Minerva, the family’s political ringleader; pious Patria, who forsakes her faith to join her sisters after witnessing the atrocities of the tyranny; and the baby sister, sensitive Maria Teresa, who, in a series of diaries, chronicles her allegiance to Minerva and the physical and spiritual anguish of prison life.