Hello Bookworms, and welcome to a new blog post! I hope you all had an awesome weekend. Today I will be showing off a TBR (to be read) pile of mine. Let’s get right into it! ❤
‘The Uglies Series’ by Scott Westerfeld
Genre: Young Adult, Sci Fi > Dystopia, Fiction
I’ll be honest, I have read this series before. Way back in high school. It has been the only book/series I have enjoyed that wasn’t a modern/YA/romance kinda deal. This series is set in the future where teenagers at the age of 16 are able to have surgery on themselves to go from “Ugly” to “Pretty”. The pretties even have their whole entire little community where they live together away from the Uglies. There is obviously a lot more involved, but I will put the synopsis of the first book here: ‘Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In just a few weeks she’ll have the operation that will turn her from a repellent ugly into a stunning pretty. And as a pretty, she’ll be catapulted into a high-tech paradise where her only job is to have fun.
But Tally’s new friend Shay isn’t sure she wants to become a pretty. When Shay runs away, Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world—and it isn’t very pretty. The authorities offer Tally a choice: find her friend and turn her in, or never turn pretty at all. Tally’s choice will change her world forever….’
‘Why We Broke Up’ by Daniel Handler
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fiction
I’ve actually had this book for quite some time, but every time I try to read it I can’t seem to get into it or another book grabs my attention first. It’s definitely been on my list the longest time out of all my books, but I am determined to get it read! Here is the synopsis: ‘I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.
Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.’
‘Every Last Word’ by Tamara Ireland Stone
Genre: Young Adult, Mental Health, Romance
This is another book that I’ve actually read before, about 3 years ago. I know I said in one of my other posts that I am not a huge fan of re reading books, but there are obviously some exceptions. This book was REALLY good, with a surprise twist at the end. It was a wonderful story and I related to the main character so much. I am definitely excited to read it again in the future! Here is the synopsis: ‘If you could read my mind, you wouldn’t be smiling.
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.
Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.
‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’ by John Berendt
Genre: Nonfiction, True Crime, Mystery
I actually got this book because my boyfriend and I loved the movie that they made from it. It’s a true story that happened in Savannah Georgia, and the author John Berendt was actually a part of the story as well. If the book is anywhere near as good as the movie, I’ll be excited! Here is a synopsis: ‘Shots rang out in Savannah’s grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt’s narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt interweaves a first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.
The story is peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman’s Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the “soul of pampered self-absorption”; the uproarious black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else.’
And that’s it! Thank you so much for reading and I really hope you enjoyed it! Next post I will be doing a book review on a series that I have just finished reading. I hope to see you all there!! ❤
-The Paperback Princess 👑