5 Books On My TBR Shelf I’m Excited About (Week 2)

I’ve accepted that my TBR shelf is out of control, so let’s talk about what I’m excited to read!

Have you read any of these books? Should I bump them to the top of my TBR list? Let me know!

1. The Luxe 
by Anna Godbersen
Publish Date: November 20, 2007
# of Pages: 433
Goodreads Rating: 3.63

Description (from Goodreads): Pretty girls in pretty dresses, partying until dawn. Irresistible boys with mischievous smiles and dangerous intentions. White lies, dark secrets, and scandalous hookups. This is Manhattan, 1899. Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan’s social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City’s elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone–from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud–threatens Elizabeth’s and Diana’s golden future. With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love. But when her carriage overturns near the East River, the girl whose glittering life lit up the city’s gossip pages is swallowed by the rough current. As all of New York grieves, some begin to wonder whether life at the top proved too much for this ethereal beauty, or if, perhaps, someone wanted to see Manhattan’s most celebrated daughter disappear… In a world of luxury and deception, where appearance matters above everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever, five teenagers lead dangerously scandalous lives. This thrilling trip to the age of innocence is anything but innocent.

Why am I excited to read this book?: I know it hasn’t gotten fantastic reviews, but the entire series has beautiful covers, and I adore historical fiction.

2. Artemis Fowl 
by Eoin Colfer
Publish Date: March 31, 2003
# of Pages: 316
Goodreads Rating: 3.82

Description (from Goodreads): Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genius—and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn’t know what he’s taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren’t the fairies of bedtime stories—they’re dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

Why am I excited to read this book?: I’ve been meaning to read this series since . . . 2004? Seriously, it’s been on my TBR forever. I’ve heard so much about the series, so I’m excited to read it for myself.


3. Backseat Saints by Joshilyn Jackson
Publish Date: June 8, 2010
# of Pages: 352
Goodreads Rating: 3.82

Description (from Goodreads): Rose Mae Lolley’s mother disappeared when she was eight, leaving Rose with a heap of old novels and a taste for dangerous men. Now, as demure Mrs. Ro Grandee, she’s living the very life her mother abandoned. She’s all but forgotten the girl she used to be-teenaged spitfire, Alabama heartbreaker, and a crack shot with a pistol-until an airport gypsy warns Rose it’s time to find her way back to that brave, tough girl . . . or else. Armed with only her wit, her pawpy’s ancient .45, and her dog Fat Gretel, Rose Mae hightails it out of Texas, running from a man who will never let her go, on a mission to find the mother who did.

Starring a minor character from Jackson’s bestselling gods in Alabama, BACKSEAT SAINTS will dazzle readers with its stunning portrayal of the measures a mother will take to right the wrongs she’s created, and how far a daughter will travel to satisfy the demands of forgiveness.

Why am I excited to read this book?: This is a coming of age story with a little bit of a thriller thrown in. When I first read the description on this book, it sucked me in.

4. Batman and Philosophy 
by Mark D. White
Publish Date: June 23, 2008
# of Pages: 294
Goodreads Rating: 3.82

Description (from Goodreads):
Why doesn’t Batman just kill the Joker and end everyone’s misery?
Can we hold the Joker morally responsible for his actions?
Is Batman better than Superman?
If everyone followed Batman’s example,
would Gotham be a better place?
What is the Tao of the Bat?
Batman is one of the most complex characters ever to appear in comic books, graphic novels, and on the big screen. What philosophical trials does this superhero confront in order to keep Gotham safe? Combing through seventy years of comic books, television shows, and movies, Batman and Philosophy explores how the Dark Knight grapples with ethical conundrums, moral responsibility, his identity crisis, the moral weight he carries to avenge his murdered parents, and much more. How does this caped crusader measure up against the teachings of Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Lao Tzu?

Why am I excited to read this book?: I minored in Philosophy in college, so whenever I see a unique philosophy book, I’m immediately drawn in. While the philosophy of Batman is most likely a far-cry from the Nietzsche I studied in school, I think this book sounds like a lot fun.

5. Life of Pi 
by Yann Martel
Publish Date: August 29, 2006
# of Pages: 460
Goodreads Rating: 3.88

Description (from Goodreads): Life of Pi is a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel, a Tamil boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.

Why am I excited to read this book?: I’m excited to read this book to see what the fuss is about! I haven’t seen the movie or read the book, but I’ve heard so much about both.


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