Pretty much everyone reading this probably has a to-be-read list a mile long and doesn’t really need to be adding any books to it any time soon. But that’s not going to happen, is it? I’m still waiting on the brain implants that’ll allow us to instantly download all the information we want, just to get through my TBR list. Wouldn’t that be lovely?
1. The Strange Library
by Haruki Murakami (Author), Ted Goossen (Translator)
From the author of 1Q84, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage comes this new novel that I can’t wait to get my hands on! It’s described as “a fantastical illustrated short novel about a boy imprisoned in a nightmarish library.” How’s that for a one sentence catcher?
2. The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time: A Proposal in Natural Philosophy
by Roberto Mangabeira Unger, Lee Smolin
I know what you’re thinking, but this is where my uber geekiness is kicking in. PHYSICS and PHILOSOPHY! It’s my dream baby. Not only that, but read this passage: “Mathematics, which has trouble with time, is not the oracle of nature and the prophet of science; it is simply a tool with great power and immense limitations.” They also argue that time is real and there’s only one universe at a given point, but hey, when a scientist says mathematics aren’t the center of the world I do the slow clap into a standing ovation.
3. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
by Fujino Omori (Author), Suzuhito Yasuda (Illustrator)
It’s another one of my geeky picks; a Japanese light novel. It centers around a hero wanna-be in a one-man guild who decides to use his hero status to pick up girls instead of go on adventures. But when he goes in the dungeon along, he ends up being the one in distress. I adore Japanese light novels, and even though they are usually meant for young adults some of them can have way darker tones than any english language book I’ve read. This one seems like a fun one.
4. Red Queen (Red Queen Trilogy #1)
by Victoria Aveyard
It kinda sounds like a Cinderella story with MAGIC… but not. A girl with Red Blood (no powers, low class) suddenly develops a magical ability that only the Silver Bloods (powers, high class) people are supposed to have. To cover up this mishap, the royals say she’s a lost Silver princess. I sounds promising.
5. Playlist for the Dead
by Michelle Falkoff
This sounds like one of those gut-wrenching must-have-tissue kind of novels. Hayden left Sam a suicide note in the form of a playlist of songs. Now Sam has rely on his memories and the playlist to put the pieces together to figure out why Hayden died.
6. My Heart and Other Black Holes
by Jasmine Warga
Physics enthusiast Aysel doesn’t have the courage to kill herself, but comes up with the idea of a suicide partner. Enter: Roman. But as the two grow closer to their plans, Aysel finds more reasons to live in Roman. Gah. It’s another gut-wrencher! This time with physics!
7. The Bargaining
by Carly Anne West
I hate it when books are described as “The Shining meets The Conjuring…” or “Blah Book vs. Blah Book”. It only sets the said book up for disappointment and backlash from fans. BUT… this one does look interesting. Trapped with her stepmother in an old house in the middle of the woods where strange things start happening Penny sees visions of kids who try to lead her into the woods.
8. The Diabolical Miss Hyde: An Electric Empire Novel
by Viola Carr
I have my fingers crossed with HOPE on this one! Elize Hyde is the daughter of our famous doctor and becomes Lizzie Hyde. BUT… she’s also a crime scene investigator in a steampunk London investigation the “Slicer” (Jack the ripper?) with Captain Lafayette, who has a secret curse of his own, by her side. I WANT IT!
9. Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange
by Malcolm C. Lyons (Translator)
I took a LOT of literary classes in college; world lit to victorian (ugh) and native american, but I don’t remember anything about a Arabian lit class being offered. This book promises Arabic short stories that have never been translated into English before. Now THIS sounds like it’s worth reading.
by J. M. Ken Niimura
Admittedly I was captured by the title of this book. “Henshin” translates to “transform” in english. I know that because I watch way too many Japanese super hero shows. In this book are short stories (I love!) about “the lives of a kid with peculiar superpowers, a lonely girl discovering herself in the big city, and a businessman on a long night out”.