I won’t lie… my TBR list is much, much longer than it really needs to be. It is so long that if I get through all the books I so badly want to read within this lifetime, it means that I did nothing but read. Not that it’s such a terrible thing but I do have a toddler to take care of and a husband that likes to be fed.
All of that being said, there are 3 books currently on my TBR list that I am planning on getting very acquainted with in the upcoming weeks. I am super excited to meet their pages, learn their story and see where our journey takes us!
In no particular order…
First we have Downstairs Upstairs and this book looks like so much fun. I am a fan of memoirs and absolutely adore a great storyteller. From what I was able to gather in a quick peek, I am going to be quite entertained with this read. One of the things that fueled my excitement is that this book also contains fabulous vintage pictures from Carol’s personal family collection! Little touches like these really go a long way with me and help set the stage for what has potential to be a real treat!
Downstairs ~ Upstairs: The Seamstress, The Butler, The “Nomad Diplomats” and Me – A Dual Memoir
Carol Ann P. Coté
Publication Date: May 13th 2017
“In an endearing, humorous style, Carol Ann P. Coté deftly weaves the captivating true story of her grandparents’ lives at the turn of the century with her own childhood memories of the Fabulous Fifties and the Seismic Sixties. Her grandmother tells the story of their lives in service to Ambassador and Mrs. Robert Woods Bliss of Dumbarton Oaks, Georgetown, surrounded by sumptuous wealth in mansions and palaces around the globe. As the eldest of four girls in a nurturing, although sometimes contentious three-generation household, Carol transports the reader to a much simpler time. You’ll find yourself laughing and crying while rooting for Carol as she comes of age and finds the love of her life.” ~via Goodreads
This second book is one that I knew I had to read after I sampled the first two chapters. The beginning of Revenants flowed beautifully and kept me engaged in those first few pages, so I am hopeful that it will continue as such. Interestingly Revenants is actually a retelling of Homer’s The Odyssey – Odysseus’ journey back home after the Trojan war. I am becoming more and more of a fan of a great retelling, so this makes me a little extra curious. Side note: I am not sure I will need them, but I am going to keep my tissues nearby. War and post-war stories tend to bring about some tough emotions and for many – difficult memories.
Revenants: The Odyssey Home
Moonshine Cove Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: December 23rd 2015
“A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Viet Nam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the Great War against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital as part of his small-town fiefdom but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’ journey, Revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to return home but of those who do.” ~via Goodreads
Aaru. Oh boy! This third book has such a beautifully haunting cover and the synopsis gave me chills – fascinated me but really gave me chills! First of all, as a mother, the idea of young people dying is too incredibly painful for me to even try to comprehend but then to throw in an alternative… I am preparing for my emotions to be a bit all over the place! This book sounds like it will keep me on edge and I am very excited for that.
Aaru (The Aaru Cycle Book 1)
Publication Date: July 9th 2017
“Rose is dying. Her body is wasted and skeletal. She is too sick and weak to move. Every day is an agony and her only hope is that death will find her swiftly before the pain grows too great to bear.”
“She is sixteen years old.”
“Rose has made peace with her fate, but her younger sister, Koren, certainly has not. Though all hope appears lost Koren convinces Rose to make one final attempt at saving her life after a mysterious man in a white lab coat approaches their family about an unorthodox and experimental procedure. A copy of Rose’s radiant mind is uploaded to a massive super computer called Aaru – a virtual paradise where the great and the righteous might live forever in an arcadian world free from pain, illness, and death. Elysian Industries is set to begin offering the service to those who can afford it and hires Koren to be their spokes-model.”
“Within a matter of weeks, the sisters’ faces are nationally ubiquitous, but they soon discover that neither celebrity nor immortality is as utopian as they think. Not everyone is pleased with the idea of life everlasting for sale.”
“What unfolds is a whirlwind of controversy, sabotage, obsession, and danger. Rose and Koren must struggle to find meaning in their chaotic new lives and at the same time hold true to each other as Aaru challenges all they ever knew about life, love, and death and everything they thought they really believed.” ~via Goodreads
Which one of these three beauties would you add to your TBR list? Maybe all three!? Have you already read one of these titles? I’d love to know what you thought!
…updates and reviews to come… xo