Happy Tuesday everyone. The day has come where bookskatlikes is joining the popular meme they lovingly call TMST. Not sure if this will be something I’ll be hot on every week or when the discussion promt speaks to me, but lets see, right?
Spring picks for 2019.
Every day when I walk into the living room and stop to look at the bookshelf I am overwhelmed by the amount of books I’ve managed to hoard since August. The real problem is that there is simply not enough time to be able to get through them all right away and I’m completely snowed under.
Apart from using the TBR Jar (well over 90 books and counting!), where I pick random books for the new month, I thought this would prompt me to pick up other books I am excited to read a bit faster.
And a quick disclaimer – although the below books haven’t got much to do with spring, I want to challenge myself to ready them all before end of May! (Feel free to remind me should I fail…)
by Michael Brodkorb & Allison Mann
I have been meaning to get around to reading this since December, as I was instantly intrigued about the story. It’s tragic, real and heartbreaking. As a true-crime junkie this sounded like something right up my street.
Blurb: On the evening of April 19, 2013, Samantha and Gianna Rucki disappeared. Two of five children born to David Rucki and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, the teenage sisters vanished in the midst of their parents divorce.
The girls father, David Rucki, worked tirelessly with law enforcement to search day and night for his two missing daughters, following every lead while raising three remaining children at home. Their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, used her newfound freedom to vacation around the world, abandoning her children. And as the investigation intensified, catching the attention of the media, Sandra also disappeared.
The Girls Are Gone is the true story of two sisters who went missing, the father who kept searching, and the adults who conspired to keep the truth hidden.
by Belinda Bauer
Since reading Snap, I was instantly in love with Bauer’s writing. Allegedly one of the best books written by her (also her debut!) I look forward to making my own mind up about it. Again, picked because it has been on my list for a long time.
Blurb: Steven Lamb is 12 when he writes his first letter . . .
to a serial killer
Every day after school, whilst his classmates swap football stickers, twelve-year-old Steven digs holes on Exmoor, hoping to find a body. His uncle disappeared aged eleven and is assumed to have fallen victim to the notorious serial killer Arnold Avery – but his body has never been found.
Steven’s Nan does not believe her son is dead. She still waits for him to come home, standing bitter guard at the front window while her family fragments around her. Steven is determined to heal the widening cracks between them before it’s too late – even if that means presenting his grandmother with the bones of her murdered son.
So Steven takes the next logical step, carefully crafting a letter to Arnold Avery in prison. And there begins a dangerous cat-and-mouse game between a desperate child and a bored psychopath . . .
by Audrey Niffenegger
Honestly, I’m a sucker for a good love story; add in a few twists and I am sold. I’ve also seen this one making it’s rounds on bookstagram community in the last few months and really-really-really want to read it.
Blurb: This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. In the face of this force they can neither prevent nor control, Henry and Clare’s struggle to lead normal lives is both intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.