I did well last month with my TBR list: did not stray far from last month’s Top 5 TBR. Let’s see if I can be just as disciplined this month (although, highly unlikely).
This month I am making a commitment to myself not to buy any books or bookish things until after November 16. I have a number of unread books on my shelf; therefore, plenty to read. No need to go out and buy anything (at least that’s what I keep telling myself).
“Why November 16?”, you may be wondering.
Well, that’s my birthday! I do not necessarily expect to get load of bookish presents — or any presents really — but it is a goal of mine to hold off on spending money on books; I need the cash for Christmas coming up. And this way, if I do get bookish gifts, gift cards or cash, I can treat myself in the later half of November.
I solemnly swear to not buy myself any books or bookish related items, but instead will read books that I already own (or have in my possession), until after my birthday.
So for the month of November here is my tentative top 5 to-reads (TBRs):
*I say tentative because If I do make it to November 16 without buying books, it is going to be a struggle not to visit a bookstore or I may receive new, exciting reads that will change up this reading list.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, from The Complete Alice, written by Lewis Carroll & Illustrated by John Tenniel
“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland) is an 1865 novel written by English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pseudonym Lewis Carroll. It tells of a girl named Alice falling through a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by peculiar, anthropomorphic creatures. The tale plays with logic, giving the story lasting popularity with adults as well as with children. It is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. Its structure, characters and imagery have been enormously influential in both popular culture and literature, especially in the fantasy genre.” (Wikipedia)
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
“Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart–he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm, she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season’s first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning, the snow child is gone–but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods. She hunts with a red fox at her side, skims lightly across the snow, and somehow survives alone in the Alaskan wilderness. As Jack and Mabel struggle to understand this child who could have stepped from the pages of a fairy tale, they come to love her as their own daughter. But in this beautiful, violent place things are rarely as they appear, and what they eventually learn about Faina will transform all of them.” (Goodreads)
Saga (Volume 5) by Brain K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
“Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, published monthly by Image Comics. The series is heavily influenced by Star Wars and is based on ideas Vaughan conceived both as a child and as a parent. It depicts a husband and wife from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their daughter, Hazel, who is born in the beginning of the series, who occasionally narrates the series as an unseen adult.
The comic was described in solicitations as “Star Wars meets Game of Thrones,” and by critics as evocative of both science fiction and fantasy epics such as The Lord of the Rings and classic works like Romeo & Juliet. It is Vaughan’s first creator-owned work to be published through Image Comics, and represents the first time he employs narration in his comics writing.” (Wikipedia)
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
“David Smith is giving his life for his art – literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the eleventh hour isn’t making it any easier. This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of the world’s greatest city. It’s about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life…and the great surging forces that lie just under the surface.” (Book Depository)
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
“A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II When Marie Laure goes blind, aged six, her father builds her a model of their Paris neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and then navigate the real streets. But when the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, is enchanted by a crude radio. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent ultimately makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.” (Book Depository)