I hope I’m not too early with my April TBR but I just can’t wait to post this one because I can’t wait to read the books I have in mind and I want to finish them all by the end of April. I have 5 books in mind and I will share these books with you today. If you happen to read any of these, please give out your insights and comments about it. 🙂 Without further ado, let’s start!
1. The Plague by Albert Camus
The first one in my list is this book by Albert Camus. This has been recommended to our class by our Western Philosophy professor and by what’s happening today, I just know that I have to read this. I actually started reading this book last week but I decided to stop and just resume at the beginning of April because I’ve been so indulged with digital art and I just can’t… stop. I hope to finish this book soon enough!
The Plague is a novel about a plague epidemic in the large Algerian city of Oran. In April, thousands of rats stagger into the open and die. When a mild hysteria grips the population, the newspapers begin clamoring for action. The authorities finally arrange for the daily collection and cremation of the rats. Soon thereafter, M. Michel, the concierge for the building where Dr. Rieux works, dies after falling ill with a strange fever. When a cluster of similar cases appears, Dr. Rieux’s colleague, Castel, becomes certain that the illness is the bubonic plague. He and Dr. Rieux are forced to confront the indifference and denial of the authorities and other doctors in their attempts to urge quick, decisive action. Only after it becomes impossible to deny that a serious epidemic is ravaging Oran, do the authorities enact strict sanitation measures, placing the whole city under quarantine. Cont.
2. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Okay just a fun fact, I’ve never really read any Mitch Albom book… so this is the second one in my list. Most of you probably know about this already sooooo any insights about this? 🙂
Tuesdays with Morrie is a memoir by Mitch Albom which was first published in 1997.
Mitch Albom, the book’s narrator, recalls his graduation from Brandeis University in the spring of 1979. After he has received his diploma, Mitch approaches his favorite professor, Morrie Schwartz, and presents him with a monogrammed briefcase. While at Brandeis, Mitch takes almost all of the sociology courses Morrie had teaches. He promises Morrie, who is crying, that he will keep in touch, though he does not fulfill his promise. Years after Mitch’s graduation from Brandeis, Morrie is forced to forfeit dancing, his favorite hobby, because he has been diagnosed with ALS, a debilitating disease that leaves his “soul, perfectly awake, imprisoned inside a limp husk” of a body. Morrie’s wife, Charlotte, cares for Morrie, though at his insistence, keeps her job as a professor at M.I.T. Cont.
3. Attachments OR Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
I’m not sure yet between these two but I for sure have to read a Rainbow Rowell book! The two books above maybe heavy so I’d like to have a breath of fresh air. I don’t know if these are the right books but I just really like Rainbow Rowell’s works.
Attachments begins in fall of 1999. Film critic Beth Fremont and copyeditor Jennifer Scribner-Snyder are best friends and coworkers at the Omaha Courier Newspaper. In their emails, Jennifer and Beth exchange witty banter, jokes, and an underlying affection to help them get through their frustrations in life and love. Jennifer is married to Mitch, a high school music teacher and marching band leader. Mitch wants to have kids, but Jennifer is more reluctant. After almost willing it to happen, Jennifer becomes pregnant. Beth, meanwhile, is living with her college boyfriend of eight years, Chris, a musician and the lead singer in a rock band, Sacajawea. Chris has lived with Beth for many years, but Beth gets the sense that he will never propose. With her younger sister getting married at the end of the year, Beth feels the stagnant nature of her relationship with Chris deeply. Over the course of the novel, Beth struggles with the simultaneous comfort and coldness she gets from Chris. At times, Beth rationalizes his laziness, but there is an underlying frustration she has when she admits their relationship is going nowhere. Cont.
ELEANOR & PARK
Eleanor and Park is set in Omaha, Nebraska, over the course of the school year from the fall of 1986 to the summer of 1987. The book is in the third person, and the narrative alternates between Eleanor’s perspective and Park’s perspective. Eleanor Douglas is a tenth-grader who has just transferred to a new high school. Eleanor stands out from the rest of the students in her appearance, since she is “big and awkward,” has curly red hair, and wears men’s clothes with unusual accessories. No one wants to make room for her on the bus, but Park eventually lets her sit next to him. Eleanor is extremely smart and sharp, particularly excelling in English class. Her home life, however, is deeply troubled. Eleanor, her mother, her abusive and alcoholic stepfather Richie, and her four younger siblings, live in poverty. All the kids have to share one bedroom, and they can’t afford a phone. Eleanor has just returned back to her house after her the evil Richie kicked her out for a year. Richie terrorizes the whole family. Eleanor’s mom wants to be a peacemaker and pretend that everything is fine, even though Richie is violent and abusive. Eleanor doesn’t feel safe at home. Cont.
4. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
OKAY, okay. I’ve never read any of Haruki Murakami’s works as well and I’ve heard that this story is all about the main character finding his cat… AND CATS! Of course it got my attention. If you happen to read this already, please let me know what you think of this book below! 🙂
Toru Okada, who narrates the story, is unemployed and lacks ambition when the tale begins. A former legal assistant who became bored with his job and quit, he now takes care of the domestic duties, such as cooking meals and caring for the cat, as the he and his wife have no children. When the story opens, he is making spaghetti. Since Toru’s wife of six years, Kumiko, generates a sufficient income from her job as a magazine editor, Toru is not concerned with the family’s loss of his income. Their marriage is filled with trivial disagreements, such as Kumiko’s displeasure with the fact that Toru was unaware of her distaste for blue tissues and toilet paper with a floral pattern. Toru meets Malta Okano, who says she is a psychic. She claims that Toru’s brother-in-law, Noboru Wataya, raped Malta’s sister, Creta, five years ago. Since then, Noboru has become a politician and a celebrity author in the subject of economics. The Okada’s family cat is, in fact, named after him; Toru wants Malta and Creta to help search for the cat, which has run away. Cont.
5. Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
So I have loved All The Bright Places, I thought to give this book a try.
Jennifer Niven’s 2016 book, Holding up the Universe, is a young adult novel that explores the love story between two teenagers living in Amos, Indiana. The story follows Jack Masselin, a 17-year-old popular boy who secretly has a neurological disorder called prosopagnosia that inhibits his ability to recognize faces, and Libby Strout, a 16-year-old overweight girl who had to be lifted from her home by crane after a panic attack. The experience led to Libby being dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” As the story unfolds, Jack and Libby, realizing they have more in common than they thought, begin an unlikely romance. However, both teenagers grapple with their own complicated identities along the way, causing tension to arise in how they think of themselves and how they present themselves to others.
And that’s it! I really hope to like and finish all the books I have listed above.
Have you read any of those books? What are your thoughts about them?
Thank you so much for reading this post and I’ll see you on the next one! 🙂
On a side note, please stay at home and don’t go out unless very necessary. Practice social distancing if you do. Salute to all the front liners risking their own lives to help in this whole situation. Speak up to the government if they’re not doing their part. Wash your hands and avoid touching your face. Contact your families, relatives and friends who are far away from you, make sure they are safe and well. Stay safe everyone!