Tackling My TBR

Tackling My TBR #1

So my TBR is…. massive to say the least. I thought that it’d be nice to create a series that expands on my “reading next month” section of my monthly review posts. I think that this will help keep me focused and motivated to read specific books. So for this post series I will be choosing five books from my pile to read, and will update with a new post once my five have been completed.

If They Come For Us

Author: Fatimah Asghar
Genre: Poetry, Asian American
Source: NetGalley

an aunt teaches me how to tell
an edible flower
from a poisonous one.
just in case, I hear her say, just in case.

From a co-creator of the Emmy-nominated web series Brown Girls comes an imaginative, soulful debut poetry that collection captures the experiences of being a young Pakistani Muslim woman in contemporary America. Orphaned as a child, Fatimah Asghar grapples with coming of age and navigating questions of sexuality and race without the guidance of a mother or father. These poems at once bear anguish, joy, vulnerability, and compassion, while also exploring the many facets of violence: how it persists within us, how it is inherited across generations, and how it manifests itself in our relationships. In experimental forms and language both lyrical and raw, Asghar seamlessly braids together marginalized people’s histories with her own understanding of identity, place, and belonging.

In the House in the Dark of the Woods

Author: Laird Hunt
Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction
Source: Library

“Once upon a time there was and there wasn’t a woman who went to the woods.”

In this horror story set in colonial New England, a law-abiding Puritan woman goes missing. Or perhaps she has fled or abandoned her family. Or perhaps she’s been kidnapped, and set loose to wander in the dense woods of the north. Alone and possibly lost, she meets another woman in the forest. Then everything changes.

On a journey that will take her through dark woods full of almost-human wolves, through a deep well wet with the screams of men, and on a living ship made of human bones, our heroine may find that the evil she flees has been inside her all along. In the House in the Dark of the Woods is a novel of psychological horror and suspense told in Laird Hunt’s characteristically lyrical prose style. It is the story of a bewitching, a betrayal, a master huntress and her quarry. It is a story of anger, of evil, of hatred and of redemption. It is the story of a haunting, a story that makes up the bedrock of American mythology, but told in a vivid way you will never forget.

Of Love and Other Demons

Author: Gabriel García Márquez
Genre: Classics, Magical Realism
Source: Library

On her twelfth birthday, Sierva Maria – the only child of a decaying noble family in an eighteenth-century South American seaport – is bitten by a rabid dog. Believed to be possessed, she is brought to a convent for observation. And into her cell stumbles Father Cayetano Delaura, who has already dreamed about a girl with hair trailing after her like a bridal train. As he tends to her with holy water and sacramental oils, Delaura feels something shocking begin to occur. He has fallen in love – and it is not long until Sierva Maria joins him in his fevered misery. Unsettling and indelible, Of Love and Other Demons is an evocative, majestic tale of the most universal experiences known to woman and man.


Author: Trista Mateer
Genre: Poetry, LGBTQ
Source: NetGalley

You will meet people in your lifetime who demand to have poems written about them. It’s not something they say. It’s something about their hands, the shape of their mouths, the way they look walking away from you. Honeybee is an honest take on walking away and still feeling like you were walked away from. It’s about cutting love loose like a kite string and praying the wind has the decency to carry it away from you. It’s an ode to the back and forth, the process of letting something go but not knowing where to put it down. Honeybee is putting it down. It’s small town girls and plane tickets, a taste of tenderness and honey, the bandage on the bee sting. It’s a reminder that you are not defined by the people you walk away from or the people who walk away from you. Consider Honeybee a memoir in verse, or at the very least, a story written by one of today’s most confessional poets.

Thick: And Other Essays

Author: Tressie McMillan Cottom
Genre: Non Fiction, Essays, Feminism, Race
Source: NetGalley

In these eight piercing explorations on beauty, media, money, and more, Tressie McMillan Cottom—award-winning professor and acclaimed author of Lower Ed—embraces her venerated role as a purveyor of wit, wisdom, and Black Twitter snark about all that is right and much that is wrong with this thing we call society.

Ideas and identity fuse effortlessly in this vibrant collection that on bookshelves is just as at home alongside Rebecca Solnit and bell hooks as it is beside Jeff Chang and Janet Mock. It also fills an important void on those very shelves: a modern black American feminist voice waxing poetic on self and society, serving up a healthy portion of clever prose and southern aphorisms as she covers everything from Saturday Night Live, LinkedIn, and BBQ Becky to sexual violence, infant mortality, and Trump rallies. Thick speaks fearlessly to a range of topics and is far more genre-bending than a typical compendium of personal essays.

What books are on your TBR that you need to read?
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  1. Oh boy do I have a large TBR list! lol. But my main goals this year is to:
    write reviews for Superfun Times Holiday Cookbook, A Vegan Hispanic Cookbook, and a Kombucha cookbook for the blog (at least)
    Then I have a huge list on Goodreads, my own bookshelf, and my library has an app where you can save any titles you want to read later. Oh boy! Luckily a large portion of them are graphic novels. *crosses fingers* I am setting the goal of 30 books, maybe I can do it this year. I always fall short of the Goodread goals lol
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    1. Mmm oh my gosh a Kombucha cookbook sounds amazing, I tried it for the first time earlier this year and fell in love! 30 I think is reasonable especially if you end up reading a lot of graphic novels or short fiction (like me hah).

  2. I haven’t heard of any of these but WOW are those some gorgeous covers!! I particularly like the cover of Honeybee. I hope you end up enjoying all of these! I just went to the library so I have a huge stack haha, but I’m really keen to read The Falconer Trilogy and finish up Lord of Shadows before this year ends!

    1. I’ve been meaning to read The Falconer Trilogy and I want to get into The Shadowhunters universe but there are so many books it’s daunting. Maybe next year I’ll get to more of my backlogged series, I’ve been reading mostly standalones lately. Thank you for stopping by Cait!

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