After the reading disaster that was February (two books, people…TWO!), I am determined to get back to my usual self and read a reasonable amount of literature this month. I may be setting myself up for failure with a slightly overambitious TBR but let’s see what I can do!
Orange: Volumes 1-3 by Ichigo Takano
On the day that Naho begins 11th grade, she receives a letter from herself ten years in the future. At first, she writes it off as a prank, but as the letter’s predictions come true one by one, Naho realizes that the letter might be the real deal. Her future self tells Naho that a new transfer student, a boy named Kakeru, will soon join her class. The letter begs Naho to watch over him, saying that only Naho can save Kakeru from a terrible future. Who is this mystery boy, and can Naho save him from his destiny?
This will be my first set of Mangas and I am incredibly excited about them. My main motivation to pick them up is because I have heard that they are a great way to get yourself out of a reading slump as they are easy to race through and find a sense of achievement in. I’m also just interested in trying out different types of literature – poetry is another one I want to get into more.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. But just as he’s packing his bags, Harry receives a warning from a strange, impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts, disaster will strike
And strike it does. For in Harry’s second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor, Gilderoy Lockhart, a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls’ bathroom, and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley’s younger sister, Ginny.
But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins, and someone — or something — starts turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects . . . Harry Potter himself?
Continuing on from my February Wrap-Up in which I revealed that I am re-reading the Harry Potter novels, this month’s goal is to finish The Chamber of Secrets. This is probably one of my least favourites out of the series but I’m also anxious to get through it because the next two are two of my faves.
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.
Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.
Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.
Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.
This is a book that I was so happy to be accepted to review on NetGalley and I can’t wait to get round to it. I have not read any of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s work but I have heard lots of good things and hope I will share in those opinions. I’m also incredibly excited for this one because I have heard that Reece Witherspoon (swoon) has already optioned it for a TV series. According to NetGalley, Daisy Jones and the Six is actually being released today, which is annoying because I had hoped to get round to it before publication. However, I’m planning to read this in the next couple of days and (fingers crossed) have a review up for Sunday night.
The Boy Who Followed His Father Into Auschwitz by Jeremy Dronfield
Nazi police seize Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer and his son, Fritz, and send the pair to Buchenwald in Germany. There began an unimaginable ordeal that saw the pair beaten, starved and forced to build the very concentration camp they were held in.
When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, his son refused to leave his side. Throughout the horrors they witnessed and the suffering they endured, there was one constant that kept them alive: the love between father and son.
Based on Gustav’s secret diary and meticulous archive research, this book tells their incredible story for the first time – a story of courage and survival unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust.
This is another book that I received an e-arc of from NetGalley. I don’t know much about it at all but I am a huge war literature fan – particularly WWII. Therefore, when I saw the word “Auschwitz”, my cursor instantly hovered over the ‘request’ button. I find war literature to be some of the most heartbreaking yet captivating writing so I am really looking forward to getting round to this one.
The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell
On the banks of the Zambezi River, a few miles from the majestic Victoria Falls, there was once a colonial settlement called The Old Drift. Here begins the epic story of a small African nation, told by a mysterious swarm-like chorus that calls itself man’s greatest nemesis. The tale? A playful panorama of history, fairytale, romance and science fiction. The moral? To err is human.
In 1904, in a smoky room at the hotel across the river, an Old Drifter named Percy M. Clark, foggy with fever, makes a mistake that entangles the fates of an Italian hotelier and an African busboy. This sets off a cycle of unwitting retribution between three Zambian families (black, white, brown) as they collide and converge over the course of the century, into the present and beyond. As the generations pass, their lives – their triumphs, errors, losses and hopes – form a symphony about what it means to be human.
Again, this is a NetGalley request that I don’t know much about. I was drawn to this one by both the cover and the suggestion that this involves questions of race – another of my favourite themes within literature. I love to read anything that challenges stereotypes or discrimination of any kind so I’m hoping this will fall into that category.
So there you have it – my March TBR! Have you read any of these books? Are they on your TBR? Let me know in the comments below!