TTT: Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR List

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about the winter’s most anticipated reads.  This is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The following are 10 books I hope to read this winter for various reasons.  Some are book club picks, some fulfill requirements of Bookriots 2017 Read Harder Challenge, some are books I will enjoy reading with with my children, some are netgalley requests, and a couple are ones I’ve been meaning to get to.  Next to each book, I will include an excerpt from Goodreads as well as explain why I chose that particular book.  What is on your winter TBR list?  Have you read any of these?  Or are any of these on your list as well?

  1.  The Leavers by Lisa Ko“One morning, Deming Guo’s mother, an undocumented Chinese immigrant named Polly, goes to her job at the nail salon and never comes home. No one can find any trace of her.  With his mother gone, eleven-year-old Deming is left with no one to care for him. He is eventually adopted by two white college professors who move him from the Bronx to a small town upstate. They rename him Daniel Wilkinson in their efforts to make him over into their version of an “all-American boy.” But far away from all he’s ever known, Daniel struggles to reconcile his new life with his mother’s disappearance and the memories of the family and community he left behind.”  – Goodreads    Why?  This was a book club choice that I’ve started and am very much enjoying.  It is definitely a great book choice for book clubs.
  2. A Gentleman in the Streets by Alisha Rai“Since the moment the sexy, sultry socialite sidled up to him years ago, there hasn’t been a time when Jacob didn’t crave Akira. But as guardian to his younger siblings, responsibility has controlled his life. Confining his darkest desires to secret, stolen moments maintains his carefully disciplined world…but a cold bed is the price he pays.  A single touch is all it takes for their simmering need to explode. As secrets and fears are stripped away one by one, shame becomes a thing of the past. They find themselves becoming addicted to each other, in bed and out—a frightening prospect for a man just learning to live…and a woman who thinks she doesn’t know how to love.”  – Goodreads  Why? This will satisfy the requirement to read a LGBTQ+ romance novel on the 2017 BookRiot Read Harder Challenge.  I’m not normally into romance or erotica, but this book seemed to get great reviews and it’s nice to break out of the typical mode.
  3. Soonish:  Ten Emerging Technologies that will Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly and Zach Weinersmith “In this smart and funny book, celebrated cartoonist Zach Weinersmith and noted researcher Dr. Kelly Weinersmith give us a snapshot of what’s coming next — from robot swarms to nuclear fusion powered-toasters. By weaving their own research, interviews with the scientists who are making these advances happen, and Zach’s trademark comics, the Weinersmiths investigate why these technologies are needed, how they would work, and what is standing in their way.” – Goodreads       Why?  This book will satisfy the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge requirement to read a nonfiction book about technology.
  4. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate – “Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize that the truth is much darker. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together—in a world of danger and uncertainty.” – Goodreads   Why?  This is a book club choice.
  5. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin“It’s 1969 in New York City’s Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.  Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in ’80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.” – Goodreads   Why?  I’ve been hearing great things about this book, so I requested it from netgalley.  That request was granted.
  6. All the Names They Used For God by Anjali Sachdeva “Anjali Sachdeva’s debut collection spans centuries, continents, and a diverse set of characters but is united by each character’s epic struggle with fate: A workman in Andrew Carnegie’s steel mills is irrevocably changed by the brutal power of the furnaces; a fisherman sets sail into overfished waters and finds a secret obsession from which he can’t return; an online date ends with a frightening, inexplicable dissapearance. Her story “Pleiades” was called “a masterpiece” by Dave Eggers. Sachdeva has a talent for creating moving and poignant scenes, following her highly imaginative plots to their logical ends, and depicting how one small miracle can affect everyone in its wake.” – Goodreads   Why?  I had read a couple of wonderful reviews of this collection of short stories, so I requested it from netgalley.
  7. Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder“On the island, everything is perfect. The sun rises in a sky filled with dancing shapes; the wind, water, and trees shelter and protect those who live there; when the nine children go to sleep in their cabins, it is with full stomachs and joy in their hearts. And only one thing ever changes: on that day, each year, when a boat appears from the mist upon the ocean carrying one young child to join them—and taking the eldest one away, never to be seen again.” – Goodreads   Why?  This is a book my oldest child picked out for our family to read together.
  8. Wonder by R. J. Palacio – “August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?  R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.” – Goodreads    Why?  I am desperately hoping to read this book with my children in time to see the movie in the theater afterwards.
  9. Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh“The police say it was suicide.  Anna says it was murder.  They’re both wrong.  One year ago, Caroline Johnson chose to end her life brutally: a shocking suicide planned to match that of her husband just months before. Their daughter, Anna, has struggled to come to terms with their loss ever since.  Now with a young baby of her own, Anna misses her mother more than ever and starts to question her parents’ deaths. But by digging up their past, she’ll put her future in danger. Sometimes it’s safer to let things lie…” – Goodreads  Why?  Having loved I Let You Go by this author, I look forward to reading her newest thriller.  I find these are excellent books for listening to in the car.
  10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas“Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.  Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.”  – Goodreads    Why?   I’m not sure why I seem to be the last one to read this book, but I think it’s about time I did!

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