It’s another month, and time for another TBR! As usual, I played mini-golf to decide what to read in the month of March, and if you’d like to watch this in video format, you can see this below.
Two friends meet across three dinners.
In the back room of a pet shop, they snack on dried shrimps and discuss fish-breeding. In a remote new home in the mountains, they look for a solution to a weasle infestation. During a dinner party in a blizzard, a mounting claustrophobia makes way for uneasy dreams. Their conversations often take them in surprising directions, but when one of the men becomes a father, more and more is left unsaid.
With emotional acuity and a wry humour, Weasles In The Attic is an uncanny and striking reflection on fertility, masculinity, and marriage in contemporary Japan.
The first prompt I pulled out was orange cover, and I immediately chose Weasels in the Attic by Hiroko Oyamada. Mark bought this for me in Daunt Books the other week, and I’ve had my eye on it ever since. It also has a very bright, very orange cover, helpfully!
Meet Nora Hughes – the overworked, underpaid, last bookish assistant standing. At least for now.
When Nora landed an editorial assistant role at Parsons Press she thought it would be The Dream Job. But after five years of admin and taking lunch orders, Nora has come to the conclusion: Dream Jobs do not exist.
With her life spiralling and unable to afford her rent, Nora does the only thing she can think of and starts freelancing for a rival publisher.
But when Andrew Santos, a bestselling author (who also happens to be quite attractive), is thrown into Nora’s life, she must decide where her loyalties lie, and whether she’s ready to choose herself and her future over her job…
Your next book club read touching on mental health, happiness and the ups and downs of being a young woman trying to figure it all out.
The next prompt was author debut and I picked up Must Love Books by Shauna Robinson! This one was gifted to me by Harper Collins (as were most of the books in this post!) and I’ve wanted to pick it up ever since they sent it – I’m especially drawn in by the quote from Taylor Jenkins Reid on the cover.
Authors June Hayward and Athena Liu were supposed to be twin rising stars: same year at Yale, same debut year in publishing. But Athena’s a cross-genre literary darling, and June didn’t even get a paperback release. Nobody wants stories about basic white girls, June thinks.
So when June witnesses Athena’s death in a freak accident, she acts on impulse: she steals Athena’s just-finished masterpiece, an experimental novel about the unsung contributions of Chinese laborers to the British and French war efforts during World War I.
So what if June edits Athena’s novel and sends it to her agent as her own work? So what if she lets her new publisher rebrand her as Juniper Song—complete with an ambiguously ethnic author photo? Doesn’t this piece of history deserve to be told, whoever the teller? That’s what June claims, and the New York Times bestseller list seems to agree.
But June can’t get away from Athena’s shadow, and emerging evidence threatens to bring June’s (stolen) success down around her. As June races to protect her secret, she discovers exactly how far she will go to keep what she thinks she deserves.
The next prompt was one word title and Yellowface was the first one to catch my eye! I feel so honoured to get a copy of this one, also from Harper Collins. This sounds so interesting and I’m very excited to pick it up before the release in May.
A pirate of infamy and one of the most storied and scandalous captains to sail the seven seas.
Amina al-Sirafi has survived backstabbing rogues, vengeful merchant princes, several husbands, and one actual demon to retire peacefully with her family to a life of piety, motherhood, and absolutely nothing that hints of the supernatural.
But when she’s offered a job no bandit could refuse, she jumps at the chance for one final adventure with her old crew that will make her a legend and offers a fortune that will secure her and her family’s future forever.
Yet the deeper Amina dives the higher the stakes. For there’s always risk in wanting to become a legend, to seize one last chance at glory, to savour just a bit more power…and the price might be your very soul.
The next prompt was more than 400 pages, which is daunting but allowed me to pick up another anticipated release from Harper Collins, The Adventures of Amina al-Sirafi by Shannon Chakraborty! I’ve never read anything by this author, but this one sounds so interesting and I can’t wait to pick it up.
Clarissa Wong at HarperCollins/HarperAlley has acquired, at auction, world rights to Firebird, the debut YA graphic novel by Sunmi, in a two-book deal. Firebird follows Caroline as she crushes on Kim, an older student she tutors, and their friendship through their varied experiences as queer children of Asian-American immigrants. Publication is scheduled for 2022; Susan Graham at Einstein Literary Management handled the deal.
The last prompt was cozy reading, and I always see graphic novels as cozy because you can often read them in one sitting. I picked up another anticipated release from Harper Collins, which is Firebird by Sunmi. Thank you to Harper for fuelling my TBR for March!
Which books are you hoping to read in March?
May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽
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