I’m trying something new this year. January is always a good time to try new things, am I right? Each quarter, I’m going to choose five books from my TBR that I’m confident I will love and give 5 / 5 stars. Then, at the end of each quarter, I’ll share an update with the accuracy of my predictions and some brief thoughts on each book. I’m trying this for three reasons. One, to keep reading books I already own. Two, to focus on books I love. I do try to push myself when it comes to reading. I like to try new books, authors, mediums, and genres, which sometimes means that I read books I don’t love or even enjoy. And finally, I’m hoping to read some really great books!
And now, onto the books!
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
I’ve heard such delicious things about this YA book! This is a fantasy read about a young woman, Isobel, who works as a portrait artist for dangerous fairies. Through her work she meets Rook, and, after Isobel makes a terrible mistake in a painting, together they must band together to survive the angry fairies. The romance should be delightful and I think this will be a pretty quick read, too.
The Mothers by Brit Bennett
I bought this book at O’Hare airport last year. I’d had my eye on it for awhile and finally took the plunge and bought it. And now, I’ll finally read it! The Mothers is a haunting story about secrecy, cover ups, young love, and living with hard choices. This literary fiction read promises to explore the ‘road not taken’ mentality. This book was well reviewed by several book sources I trust and I know I’ll enjoy reading it.
Still Life by Louise Penny
I’ve only recently admitted that I’ve yet to read any books by Louise Penny. But since I received Still Life for Christmas, I can remedy that fact fairly quickly! The first in a mystery series, Still Life follows Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team as they investigate a death in which not everything is as it seems. I’ve heard nothing but great things by anyone who reads Louise Penny, so I’m very much looking forward to starting this series!
Wildwood by Colin Melroy, Illustrations by Carson Ellis
Wildwood tells the story of Prue and her friend Curtis as they journey into the Impassable Wilderness to rescue Prue’s brother. This book has magic, mystery, and danger. Seems like quite the adventure! I bought this middle-grade fantasy book several months ago and am looking forward to finally reading it.
The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
I am so excited about this book! I’m not sure I have the right words to convey just how excited I am for this Rear Window-esque thriller. This book promises to have all sorts of tropes I love: noir elements, an unlikeable woman protagonist, a couple whose lives aren’t as perfect as they seem, and secrets. Oh, how I love secrets in a novel!
That’s it for today! I’ll post an update towards the end of March. Have you read any of these? What book do you think you’ll really enjoy?