Monday 2 November 2020

#5OnMyTBR | Death


This meme was created by E. @ Local Bee Hunter's Nook and you can find the announcement post here. Also, side note, these aren't necessarily books that I own physically but they're all on my Goodreads TBR and they'll mostly be the five most recently added.  

This Week's Prompt is...

Death so I've chosen five books on my TBR that handle death and grief in some way and is a main element in the plot. I'm excited to read all of these and I already own three of them.

1. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour   

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

I still haven't read a Nina LaCour book but I really really want to. The synopsis is pretty vague so I'm not completely sure in what capacity it handles grief but a lot of people on goodreads have included it on lists. Her books seem very hit or miss so I really want to give them a go.

2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness   

Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It's ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. 

I already know this book is going to break my heart. Losing my Mum was so difficult but I hope this book will also provide some comfort to those dealing with grief as well.

3. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan 

Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

I really like the sound of the magical realism aspect of this book. It sounds like a beautiful hard hitting contemporary.

4. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami   

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before. Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable. As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

Murakami is such a massive name in the literary world and yet i'm still to pick up one of his books. I already own this one and it was recommended as a good place to start with Murakami's work based on my reading tastes so I'm looking forward to picking it up.

5. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today.

Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

I decided to go with something a little different for my last pick. This book is about two boys who find out through an app that they're going to die today. This premise is so intriguing and I love books set over 24 hours or less plus I already own it!  

Which books that tackle grief are on your TBR? If you've already read some of these, let me know what you thought! Leave a comment with your own #5OnMyTBR posts for me to check out! Happy Reading!


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