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TBR Thursday – Authors To Catch Up On – Part Three

Hello and welcome to another ‘TBR Thursday’.

In case you’re wondering ‘TBR Thursday’ is a feature where I pick five books from my TBR to share with you. They’re generally books that I feel are lesser known (have fewer ratings on Goodreads and/or I rarely see mentioned) and it’s basically an excuse to bring some more attention to these seemingly underrated books.

If anyone wants to join in you’re more than welcome to do so. I have a list of the year’s topics here. And would love the excuse to learn more about the books that you feel deserve some more appreciation. Feel free to link back to me, comment on this post or contact me via the contact page of my blog if you do join in and want me to link to your post here.

This month I’m doing a special edition of this feature and pairing it up with my ‘Literacy Lists’. Each week of January I’m going to mention ten of the authors that I want to catch up on in a Literacy List post and then share some lesser known, or mentioned, books by five of those authors from each week’s list here.

If anybody does decide to join in then feel free to pick authors that you want to catch up on. And you can do as many, or as few, weeks in January as you want to. From February onward I’m back to one ‘TBR Thursday’ a month

Forever Interrupted by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Elsie Porter is an average twentysomething and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.

Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.

Why?

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Taylor Jenkins Reid that I’ve looked up all of her books out of curiosity and plan to pick up the most popular two very soon. This one seems to be less known than the rest but I really quite like the sound of it. The whirlwind romance will, hopefully, be one that I fall in love with and the aftermath of the accident is something that I’m curious to read about too. I have a feeling this may well break my heart though.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged.

When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

Why?

I generally quite like YA mysteries so that element of this novel instantly appealed to me. I want to know what’s going on and get some answers. I also want to learn more about the sisters and how they became estranged. Plus I know that Lauren Oliver is a wonderful author. So I have plenty of reasons to check this one out.

An Abundance Of Katherines by John Green

Katherine V thought boys were gross
Katherine X just wanted to be friends
Katherine XVIII dumped him in an e-mail
K-19 broke his heart

When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type happens to be girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact.

On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy-loving best friend riding shotgun–but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl.

Why?

I really want to read some John Green books this year; maybe even all of his books so that I can find out exactly what the fuss is about. This is one of the ones that I’ve seen mentioned the least though which is why I’m picking it for this post. I think the idea of a guy who constantly falls into failing relationships with girls named Katherine sounds fascinating. I’m not sure what to make of his mission, to be fair, but I love the friendship and road trip elements involved. I’m also kind of hoping for some Katherine related flashbacks.

100 Hours by Rachel Vincent

Maddie is beyond done with her cousin Genesis’s entitled and shallow entourage. Genesis is so over Miami’s predictable social scene with its velvet ropes, petty power plays, and backstabbing boyfriends.

While Maddie craves family time for spring break, Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. And when Genesis wants something, it happens.

But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.

Now, as the hours count down, only one thing’s for certain: If the Miami hostages can’t thwart their captors’ plan, no one will make it out alive. 

Why?

I love the sound of this! I think maybe the cover made it first catch my eye but I’m super excited to read it thanks to my past experiences with the author’s writing and the blurb. I don’t think I’ve read anything like this before. The setting sounds wonderful to read about and the danger the type that will keep me frantically turning pages. Plus, already, I want to know why? Why is Genesis the reason? I can’t wait to find out.

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

Step one…you die.

ONE CHOICE. TWO REALMS. NO SECOND CHANCE.

Tenley “Ten” Lockwood is an average seventeen-year-old girl…who has spent the past thirteen months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers, but her refusal to let her parents choose where she’ll live — after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

In the Everlife, two realms are in power: Troika and Myriad, long-time enemies and deadly rivals. Both will do anything to recruit Ten, including sending their top Laborers to lure her to their side. Soon, Ten finds herself on the run, caught in a wild tug-of-war between the two realms that will do anything to win the right to her soul. Who can she trust? And what if the realm she’s drawn to isn’t where the boy she’s falling for lives? She just has to stay alive long enough to make a decision…

Why?

Doesn’t this sound interesting? I don’t think I’ve ever read a book before where your life after death is the one that really matters. I can’t wait to learn more about these two realms and read about the world that’s been painted here. I’m also curious about Ten; why is everyone determined to have her soul? And, of course, I love novels where you don’t know who to trust; it ramps up the suspense tremendously.

Have you read any of the books that I’ve mentioned here today? Do you have any overlooked books on your TBR? Do you have any authors that you want to catch up with? Let me know in the comments section below, I’d love to hear from you.

Please note I’m currently on a semi-hiatus but I’ll be back sometime in January. After doing a lot of blog post planning I needed a bit of a break. But I’ll try to check in with comments a couple of times a week (probably after the first week in January as I would like a total blogging break over Christmas) and try to read other people’s posts fairly regularly so that I don’t totally fall behind.

During my check in’s I’ll also make sure to add a link back to your post too so don’t worry, I will still be linking back to anyone who wants to join in, it just might take a couple of days.

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