Today, I am going to be discussing a few of the contemporary books that are on my TBR. I am trying to pick a selection of books that are physically on my book shelves that are unread – not particularly my large TBR. Last week I focused on four unfinished book series on my shelves which you can read here and today I decided to talk about the contemporary books on my shelves!
A Very Large Expanse of Sea
I preordered A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi on a whim right before it came out. I had heard how good her Shatter Me series was, but wasn’t ready to commit to a whole series. The story follows Shirin who is a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl, living in America one year after 9/11.
The official synopsis adds: ‘She’s tired of the rude stares, the degrading comments—even the physical violence—she endures as a result of her race, her religion, and the hijab she wears every day. So she’s built up protective walls and refuses to let anyone close enough to hurt her. Instead, she drowns her frustrations in music and spends her afternoons break-dancing with her brother.’
It sounds incredible, and I have seen a lot of high praise for the novel.
Piglettes by Clémentine Beauvais is one that I have absolutely no idea how it ended up on my shelves. I know I bought it. No idea when. I can only guess that I bought it because it has a pretty cover. I do remember that I started reading it a few years back, but then a Cassandra Clare book came out (I can’t remember which one) so I ended up putting it down after a couple of chapters so I could read the other book. From what I understand, the book is set in France and follows three girls who have been voted the ugliest girls in their school. In protest they set out on a roadtrip to Paris to take a picture with the French president. It sounds wild and I think I should give this book another shot soon.
Dress Codes for Small Towns
Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney C. Stevens was definitely a cover buy for me. There’s something so striking about the black boot against that colour blue background that made me need it on my shelves. It is a book that focuses heavily on the grey areas of love and gender and the character explores sexual fluidity. From the reviews that I have seen on this book, it is a story that focuses more on friendships rather than romantic relationships too which is a refreshing difference.
Turtles All the Way Down
I was so excited for the release of Turtles All the Way Down by John Green after waiting so long for him to release another book. However, it came out when I was in the middle of a massive reading slump so I never got round to picking it up after its initial release. I believe, this book is heavily focused on mental illnesses and OCD in particular. I’m really looking forward to diving back into a John Green book soon.
What contemporary novels do you have on your shelves that are unread?