Bout of Books Day 2 – Books I’m looking forward to reading


So last night I managed to finish reading Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. Hooray! After settling the kids in bed (one at 745, the other at 8), I made sure to ignore my phone (no need to check my email yet again, or Instagram, or Facebook, or the news, or Feedly, or one of those many ridiculous things that I do every single day, every single hour perhaps? Oh it’ll just take me two seconds, check Twitter or something, and then next thing I know, an hour has passed. An hour of very precious child-free time, of which I have very little. Like right now, when I should be reading instead of writing this! (It’s the kids’ naptime).

Anyway, so I reckon I read about 200 odd pages last night, seeing that I was about slightly past the halfway mark in Fangirl.

And it’s Bout of Books Day 2! I haven’t managed much reading today. Just about 10 pages of Behind The Beautiful Forevers (so sad a read!) while I had breakfast. And about 10 iphone-kindle app pages of Bitter in the Mouth by Monique Truong, a rather fascinating book I must add, while waiting to pick up the 3yo from preschool (he only goes half a day).

River City Reading is hosting today’s challenge:
“create a list of titles you’re looking forward to reading. They can be upcoming titles in a specific season, titles that have been on your shelves, it’s up to you!”

I could easily get carried away with writing a list of books I’m dying to read, my GoodReads to-read list is 1378 and counting, but I’ll limit myself to things I’m likely to actually read in this coming month or so.


The Year She Left Us – Kathryn Ma

This is for an upcoming book tour, but I was really excited when it landed on my doorstep today. What a cover!

From the winner of the 2009 Iowa Short Fiction Prize—comes the extraordinary, unexpected debut tale of three generations of Chinese-American women in a San Francisco family who must confront their past and carve out a future.

The Kong women are in crisis. A disastrous trip to visit her “home” orphanage in China has plunged eighteen-year-old Ari into a self-destructive spiral. Her adoptive mother, Charlie, a lawyer with a great heart, is desperate to keep her daughter safe. Meanwhile, Charlie must endure the prickly scrutiny of her beautiful, Bryn Mawr educated mother, Gran—who, as the daughter of a cultured Chinese doctor, came to America to survive Mao’s Revolution—and her sister, Les, a brilliant judge with a penchant to rule over everyone’s lives.

As they cope with Ari’s journey of discovery and its aftermath, the Kong women will come face to face with the truths of their lives—four powerful intertwining stories of accomplishment, tenacity, secrets, loneliness, and love. Beautifully illuminating the bonds of family and blood, The Year She Left Usexplores the promise and pain of adoption, the price of assimilation and achievement, the debt we owe to others, and what we owe ourselves.

The Crane Wife – Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls was one of my favourite books last year. So sad! I’m looking forward to reading anything else Ness writes really

The extraordinary happens every day…

One night, George Duncan – decent man, a good man – is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed.

The next day, a kind but enigmatic woman walks into George’s shop. Suddenly a new world opens up for George, and one night she starts to tell him the most extraordinary story.

Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.

The Secret Life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin
Plenty of book bloggers have read this and loved it. And I’m in the library holds queue, for what seems like ages.


Morning Glories volumes 5 and 6 -Nick Spencer et al

I’ve been enjoying this series set in a prep school. A very weird prep school where all kinds of things happen and to tell the truth I haven’t a clue what’s going on. So I’m hoping that the next two volumes will provide some answers, any answers would be great thanks.



  1. Definitely want to check out “The Year She Left Us” – though I have to tell you, I’ve already come across a few books on China with that kind of “candy cane” starburst background 😉


    1. Hmm that is true. It’s not a rare sight these star/sun-burst images! But it’s far better than those hints of an Asian-looking woman in a cheongsam/hint of an Asian-looking woman’s back or face or neck type of covers… Ugh



  2. Good luck getting answers from Morning Glories! LOL. I swear just when they finally clear up one small thing, they throw you three more things to be confused about! 😛 And yet, I still love them!


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