Current TBR Pile #21

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

The concept of this book has intrigued me since I was little, and I've finally decided to "officially" add it to the TBR pile! 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

This isn't a super high priority read, but it does look like a contemporary I could actually enjoy. Plus, one of my best reading buddies recommended it!

Griffin and Sabine by Nick Bantock

A bit like Illuminae, this is a story told purely through nontraditional media - letters and postcards, to be exact. It starts as a really sweet correspondence between two artists, but it quickly grows darker and more twisted. By the end of the story, you're questioning the reality of the world and sanity of the characters. 

As you may be able to tell, this one will be a reread for me. I've finally tracked down the next couple books in the series, but I want to get in a reread of this initial installment first in order to remind myself of everything that happened.

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

This book won the Pulitzer, which is pretty dang impressive. Plus, the writing style looks like something I'd enjoy. I actually own this one, so I should be getting to it soon!

Sword Art Online: Progressive, Vol. 1 by Reki Kawahara

Like The Sympathizer, I already own this one. Long story short: Sword Art Online is a famous anime, manga, and book series. The premise is that players of a D&D-style virtual reality game are trapped inside the game, and they'll die in real life if they die in the game. The only way to survive is to beat the 100-level game. The original SAO books + manga really speeded through the different levels, not even touching on most. However, the new Progressive revamp elaborates a ton on Kirito and Asuna's adventures at every level. I've already seen the non-elaborated anime, so I'm really excited to experience more of Aincrad with the Progressive revamp.

Karneval, Vols. 3 + 4 by Tōya Mikanagi

Karneval is an anime + manga about an international crime-fighting organization of superpower spies who fly around in futuristic blimps and wear Victorian outfits. I LOVED the anime, but it only covered a few of the manga and so left a lot of loose ends untied. I've started reading the manga in order to find out what happens next, and it's sO FREAKING GOOD. (In the United States, a lot of manga comes bound in 2-in-1 editions. Thus, what's two separate volumes, 3 and 4, in Japan is just one huge volume here.)


Let's chat! Have you read any of these books? What books did you recently add to your TBR pile? Comment below, and have an incredible day. <3


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  1. I love Griffin & Sabine! I've always meant to pick up the continuations but haven't gotten around to it. Hopefully they'll be as good at the first.

  2. THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE is seriously one of my favourite reads, and that's coming from me, a world-renowned contemporary avoid-er. Patrick Ness is amazing. Have you read his Chaos Walking trilogy? (Hint: awesome)

    1. Ooh, I'm even more excited for it, now. No, I haven't, but I do want to!

      - Ellie


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