As an avid reader, I love discovering new books. Quite often even books none of my friends have (yet) read. Because of this, my To Be Read-list (TBR-pile) is always loooooong and will never end. I always have at least five new books on my bookshelves to choose from when I finish a book. What I will read next is always a mystery until I pick up my new book. For instance, if I like the book and there is a sequel, I will read that. If I don’t have a lot of time on hands, I won’t read a massive book with 1000+ pages. It all depends on things like my mood, the genre, the numbers of pages, the setting and the characters. I recently found these five books I’m not quite sure of yet, but I might just add them to my massive TBR-pile.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Author: Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Year published: 2012
Goodreads rating: 4.34
Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.
Why I think I should add it to my TBR-pile: Aristotle and Dante has a very high score on Goodreads. The reviews are raving. And I like Yound Adult books about troubled kids who form friendships.
Why I might not read it at all: It might just be another sappy YA ‘special snowflake’ book and there are too many of those. I also couln’t handle anyone being cooler than Finch from The Sky Is Everywhere.
Wink Poppy Midnight
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Year published: 2016
Goodreads rating: 3.35
Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.
What really happened?
Someone is lying.
Why I think I should add it to my TBR-pile: I like books about a mystery. The title alone is great and just look at the artwork on the cover. I want to know what this book is about.
Why I might not read it at all: the reviews are mixed. Plus, I have this feeling that it’s predictable and I will know the plottwist long before finishing this book.
Author: Laure Eve
Year published: 2016
Goodreads rating: 3.28
Everyone said the Graces were witches.
They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.
They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.
All I had to do was show them that person was me.
Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?
Why I think I should add it to my TBR-pile: witches! Magic! I love those ingredients, especially in a contemporary setting. It also feels like there might be some Greek mythology mixed into this, considering the title.
Why I might not read it at all: the relatively low Goodreads score. The fact that the narrator comes off like Bella from Twilight to me. And, it’s part of a trilogy with the second and third book not even published yet.
Author: Adrian Barnes
Year published: 2015
Goodreads rating: 3.4
Dawn breaks over Vancouver and no one in the world has slept the night before, or almost no one. A few people, perhaps one in ten thousand, can still sleep, and they’ve all shared the same golden dream.
After six days of absolute sleep deprivation, psychosis will set in. After four weeks, the body will die. In the interim, panic ensues and a bizarre new world arises in which those previously on the fringes of society take the lead.
Paul, a writer, continues to sleep while his partner Tanya disintegrates before his eyes, and the new world swallows the old one whole.
Why I think I should add it to my TBR-pile: first, a confession: I really like zombies. And this just has that zombie-feeling to it. But with a much more original setting and story idea. I am soooo intrigued!
Why I might not read it at all: I’ve never heard of it before I read one review on my Facebook wall, and since this is a book from 2015, I wonder why that is. Is it not as good as I hope it could be?
A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Year published: 2016
Goodreads rating: 3.85
The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.
From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.
Why I think I should add it to my TBR-pile: just read the summary, how cool does that sound, right? It’s a contemporary genderbended Sherlock Holmes. And as I said before, I like mysteries.
Why I might not read it at all: this feels like there could be a very forced romance between Sherlock and Watson and I’m not into that. I also get the feeling this book is full of clichés but I might be wrong.
Should I add these books to my TBR-pile?
Have you read any of these five books? Can you recommend any of them? Or maybe you really dislike on of these books. I want to know so I can either buy these or scratch them from my list. If I do end up reading any of them, be sure to expect a review here ofcourse!