This month I had a hard time picking a Top 5 TBR because I was fortunate enough to receive plenty as gifts during the holidays.
Recall, my Top 5 TBR (To-Be-Read) posts are guidelines for what I aspire to read during the month; I do not always stick to the list because I am a mood reader. If I do not feel like a thriller, fantasy or even literary fiction — my normal go-to genre — I (normally) will not force myself to reading it. I want to be able to give a book my full attention rather than accidentally project my not-in-the-mood bias in my review and reading experience.
I got a good book haul coming up showing books that I got for Christmas. I will be posting my December Book Haul shortly — it might take me a few days to write. 😛 Since I have many books to choose from, it was difficult to pick which books I want to read first. I am confident that I will read at least two of these, but I may change my mind depending on my mood later in the month.
So let’s start the New Year off, these are my Top 5 TBR for January. Wish me luck and let me know if you plan to read any of these or if you already have!
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)
The Absolute Sandman (Volume 1) by Neil Gaiman
“One of the most popular and critically acclaimed comic book titles of all time, New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s masterpiece The Sandman set new standards for mature, lyrical fantasy and graphic narrative. Now, Vertigo and DC Comics are proud to present the first of four definitive Absolute Editions collecting this groundbreaking series in its entirety.” (Goodreads)
*The Absolute Sandman, Volume One reprints issues 1-20 of The Sandman, and features all-new coloring on issues 1-18, commissioned especially for this edition.
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike. Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.” (Goodreads)
Lady of Sherwood by Jennifer Roberson
“Robert of Locksley, the handsome son of a respected earl, has long battled the tyranny of Prince John–a man as weak as he is cruel. Now that power has shifted even more firmly into John’s hands, and Robert has no choice but to fight as an outlaw–as Robin Hood. Lady Marian of Ravenskeep has fled into the depths of Sherwood Forest. There, amid wild woods, she will be transformed from lady to warrior–as Robin Hood’s partner in stealing John’s gold. But all who breathe know the penalty for such theft is hanging. As the Sheriff’s army pursues them, Robin Hood and Marian face danger at every turn. . .and discover a shared passion that will join their hearts forever.” (Book Depository)
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
“Elizabeth Bennet is young, clever and attractive, but her mother is a nightmare and she and her four sisters are in dire need of financial security and escape in the shape of husbands. The arrival of the affable Mr Bingley and arrogant Mr Darcy in the neighbourhood, both single and in possession of large fortunes, turns all their lives upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, enmity and love.” (Book Depository)