Weird choice of words but it’s the only it can make sense. Do you ever purchase a book and you are over the moon about it but then it ends up unread for years? This is something that tends to happen to almost every reader and this list will explore books that have been on that’s list for more than a year. TBR – To Be Read. These are books I purchased at some point because the blurb sounded good or the cover was great but I never got to reading it.
- Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
White skin, green eyes, red hair…
Furo Wariboko – born and bred in Lagos – wakes up on the morning of his job interview to discover he has turned into a white man. As he hits the city streets running, still reeling from his new-found condition, Furo finds the dead ends of his life open out before him. As a white man in Nigeria, the world is seemingly his oyster – except for one thing: despite his radical transformation, Furo’s ass remains robustly black . . .
Funny, fierce, inventive and daringly provocative – this is a very modern satire, with a sting in the tail.
To be honest, I was super stoked about this one. It sounded pretty interesting and I was on an African literature high. I started reading it but I never really got in the mood to finish it. I have been assured that it gets better and I should finish it, which I probably will cause mama didn’t raise a quitter.
Is this book even supposed to be on this list or a DNF list? This list probably because I didn’t read enough of it to base an opinion of the story.
- The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
The golden skies, the translucent twilight, the white nights, all hold the promise of youth, of love, of eternal renewal. The war has not yet touched this city of fallen grandeur, or the lives of two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha Metanova, who share a single room in a cramped apartment with their brother and parents. Their world is turned upside down when Hitler’s armies attack Russia and begin their unstoppable blitz to Leningrad.
Yet there is light in the darkness. Tatiana meets Alexander, a brave young officer in the Red Army. Strong and self-confident, yet guarding a mysterious and troubled past, he is drawn to Tatiana—and she to him. Starvation, desperation, and fear soon grip their city during the terrible winter of the merciless German siege. Tatiana and Alexander’s impossible love threatens to tear the Metanova family apart and expose the dangerous secret Alexander so carefully protects—a secret as devastating as the war itself—as the lovers are swept up in the brutal tides that will change the world and their lives forever.
How? I have heard nothing but good things about the series but it has been on my kindle for almost two years now. Shameful but I am pretty sure I will get to them some day.
- Calling Me Home by Julie Kieler
Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It’s a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.
Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle’s guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.
Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son’s irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her.
Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper—in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle’s first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way.
I was on a historical fiction high when I got this one and I can honestly say that I don’t even really know what the book is about. I cannot remember much about the blurb because I got it in 2015 after finishing my project and I had time to read a lot more than usual. What I do remember is that it was a debut novel and I have soft spot for such.
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize
From the highly acclaimed, multiple award-winning Anthony Doerr, the beautiful, stunningly ambitious instant New York Times bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Shameful. Really shameful but I still haven’t gotten around to it. I got the book around the time The Nightingale was released and probably forgot about them. It wasn’t until recently my sister asked me to read The Nightingale that I remembered I had them. I actually asked for her copy forgetting I had my own. Yeah. Shameful. But I got to reading one of them and soon enough I will get into All the Light We Cannot See.
- Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
She is pretty and talented – sweet sixteen and never been kissed. He is seventeen; gorgeous and on the brink of a bright future. And now they have fallen in love. But… they are brother and sister.
Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.
I have probably had this on my kindle for three years, maybe even more. I had totally forgotten about it until I saw someone rant about it on Booktube recently. It’s supposed to be a book about a taboo subject and I love me some taboo stories. So why haven’t I read this one yet? School probably came in the way at some point and/or maybe new books which sounded more interesting. I don’t know.
I have to at least give these books a shot before the end of the year. My TBR list is piled with a lot more but these were the only ones I could honestly say have been there the longest. Do you have books that you have probably forgotten about on your TBR pile? How do you stop yourself from buying too many books when you still have many unread ones?