Even before I started blogging, I have always like getting ahead and choose in advance what to read than looking for one and deciding after I finished one book. It makes me feel more excited about reading, knowing that there are more books I can get lost myself into. Sure, the list doesn’t always go as planned but it helps me reached my Goodreads goals in the past few years.
And now, I am quite excited to share with you guys the books that I’ll be feasting on for the next few weeks. It’s such a diverse genre and I can’t wait to start digging in. So, anyway, here are my list:
Narrated from Douglas’s endearingly honest, slyly witty, and at times achingly optimistic point of view, Us is the story of a man trying to rescue his relationship with the woman he loves and learning how to get closer to a son who’s always felt like a stranger.
The story of Wilbur Whateley, son of a deformed albino mother and an unknown father, and the strange events surrounding his birth and precocious development. Wilbur matures at an abnormal rate, reaching manhood within a decade–all the while indoctrinated him into dark rituals and witchcraft by his grandfather.
On the private Greek island of Skios, the high-paying guests of a world-renowned foundation prepare for the annual keynote address, to be given this year by Dr. Norman Wilfred, an eminent authority on the scientific organization of science. He turns out to be surprisingly youthful, handsome, and charming—quite unlike his reputation as dry and intimidating. Everyone is soon eating out of his hands. So, even sooner, is Nikki, the foundation’s attractive and efficient organizer.
Little orphan, Heidi is sent to her grandfather in the Alps. This one is a lonely old man whom everyone is afraid of. Heidi wonders what kind of reception she is going to receive and whether she is going to do herself to the rough life of the high pastures.
This one is a French manga version.
Nora’s parents are moving. In order not to lead a hard life during this period, the little girl is entrusted to her uncle Lucien, a farmer. Nora is not happy, she sulks. But finally, life on the farm begins to please her. She creates her universe inside a large oak tree that she shares with a pregnant cat and observes a small grandmother sitting alone on a bench.
This one is a French children’s comic book. I grabbed it together with the manga for my French language self-study program. 😁
Waldo Baron awakes one morning to find his inventor parents have turned their house into flying machine, and they intend to enter into a race across the country in the hopes of winning the $500 prize. His parents’ plans go astray when they are kidnapped by Rose Blackwood, the sister of notorious villain Benedict Blackwood, who intends to use the prize money to free her brother from prison.
Crimson Volania Mulch has a problem; she just woke up in a crypt and, besides her name, has no idea of who, where, or what she is. Welcome to the Cemetery of Assumptions, a vast landscape of stones, mausoleums, and secrets. Home to monsters and mayhem, it may also hold the answers to her unknown parentage.
Laura Ledwick is… well… large. The kids at school don’t let her forget it, and call her by various names: Laura Largebottom, Laura Lardo, Lots of Laura–you get the idea. When Laura’s family moves to the next town over before eighth grade, she expects more of the same. What she doesn’t expect are the snake-like yellow eyes watching her from the forest. Or the mysterious rattling in her closet. Or finally making real friends for the first time. Or handsome uber-nerd Liam R. Kelp, who might just be the cutest boy to ever wear a Science Is Cool T-shirt. But when Laura finally discovers the source of the rattling, things take on a whole new level of weird. It turns out Laura has just been given the most important job in the world: Monster Crusher. Her role is simple: protect the earth from the horrors beneath their feet. Eighth grade is about to get a lot more interesting.
Ivy in Bloom captures the weariness of a young girl tired of a long winter. “I stare out the window,” she says on the first spread of brown and gray, “looking for birds or flowers / or even warm showers / but I don’t see any such thing.” But then Spring comes when “March is out of breath snow melting to flowery waters and watery flowers spring rose from its wintry rest.” And Ivy’s “heart dances with daffodils.” As these words also dance across each spread, Ivy’s world erupts into a riot of color.
Others (digital and physical copy)
Out for a jog one Saturday afternoon, Georgie Bird is greeted by two things she never expected to see ~ a huge lump of dog doings on the sole of her shoe and her old boyfriend Nate. Nate and Georgie had been the only peas in the pod growing up and in the twelve years since they’ve seen each other, neither of them seems to have forgotten. Over a cup of coffee and a series of shared recollections, Georgie and Nate begin to rekindle the embers of the love they lost.
Chicago socialite Amanda Delmar thought spending the summer in Cuttersville-Ohio’s most haunted town-would be a hoot, until dear old-Dad cut her off. Now Amanda has to do the unthinkable and get… A JOB. Her attempts at joining the job market would crack up farmer Danny Tucker, if he weren’t so turned on by the skinny, bronzed blonde. Hiring Amanda to babysit his baby girl may not be the smartest thing Danny has ever done. But seeing how she and her couture-clad poodle bring a smile to his shy daughter’s face makes it all worthwhile. Now, all Danny has to figure out is how to keep Amanda at arm’s length, when she has already wriggled her way into his heart.
Trixie Shapiro may be one of the shyest students at Mason High, but she’s also the funniest. When her best friend, Jazzy, signs her up to perform stand-up at Senior Talent Night, Trixie’s terrified she’ll absolutely choke. And as if a seemingly disastrous debut isn’t enough, Trixie’s drama teacher encourages her to try again this time at the local comedy club, Chaplin’s.
So, there goes my list. It looks a lot but I need to motivate myself. And hopefully, I can finish them on my self-imposed schedule. 😊