Current TBR Pile #24

by - 9:19 PM

*reappears from the void*

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore

Some of y'all who've been around here for a while may have noticed the following about me: I'm a very irreverent person. I have zero problem with religious freedom*, and I take great joy in poking fun at not just Christianity, but religious institution in general. The humor in this book looks like it's right up my alley :)

*though I do have a problem with the fact that we live in a world where I actually have to clarify that

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

I've been hearing SO MUCH about the Chaos Walking books over the years, so I've finally decided to try them! They look kind of eerie, which I love :)

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

I love the concept behind this one! And Redgate appears to be a great writer, lending her prose the extra zing I need to enjoy any contemporary.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I WAS SCARED OF THIS FOR SO LONG BECAUSE OF HOW LENGTHY IT IS. But yet I want to read it?! So I'm finally officially putting it on the TBR. Wish me luck.

I Crawl Through It by A.S. King

Cait @ Paper Fury gave this surreal novel a scaldingly bad review, which is, of course, my cue for putting it on the TBR.

(No shade at Cait. We just have very different reading tastes, lol.)

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland by Catherynne M. Valante

The Girl Who Soared Above Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two was the best book I read in June, so I'm really excited for the next installment in this series!


Let's chat! Have you read any of these books? What books are on your TBR pile? Do you like surrealist and magical realist novels? Comment below, and have a fabulous 4th of July <3



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  1. I HAVEN'T READ ANY OF THOSE BOOKS YET! LIKE, HOW?!?! They look amazing! XD

  2. I want to read The Knife of Never Letting Go. Also, that Tumblr update about Britain just made me laugh out loud because Britain is SO Tumblr, if the Revolutionary War had to be classified as social media. Meanwhile, the colonies would be Twitter. xD

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

  3. that first book sounds lowkey hilarious. as a practicing Christian, I am all for ridiculing religious institution, lol. honestly, even from within this religion I can see how ridiculous it all looks, and some people just take things too far and too seriously, you know? knowing how to laugh at yourself is SO important, and I feel like Christians especially have lost that ability.

    dude, I'm interested to hear your thoughts on the Knife of Never Letting Go. It's a really interesting book, and I definitely love the first one, but the second and third kind of lost me along the way, and I don't really know why (although, I did finish the second book and still really liked it. third book I have yet to finish, but that's mostly because I don't own that one.)

    I read Noteworthy last month and I was kind of disappointed romantically? I'm not going to spoil it, but I really thought that Jordan should've ended up with someone else. However, the characters are phenomenal, and it gave me SO MUCH Glee feels, and I'm really glad that they showed a girl who liked girls suddenly realizing that she might like guys too? I feel like we always see the reverse situation of a straight girl realizing she's bisexual, so that was a breath of fresh air. I also liked how aware Jordan was that her cross-dressing might be considered hurtful within the trans community. I think that was a very well-thought out aspect of the novel on the author's part.

    I Crawl Through It was SO WEIRD. I got an arc for it (the only arc I have, lol) and I absolutely loved it. but it's really not everyone's cup of tea, because...well, it's weird.

    also, that whilst/while post made me almost laugh out loud in the library. whoops.

    - ely

    1. hello hi my name is Ellie and I SUCK at responding to comments.

      YES YES YES. Being able to laugh at yourself and recognize your faults is SUCH an important thing. I think far too many people have forgotten how to do that today.


      Ahhh, I'd kind of hoped Noteworthy wouldn't have a romance. At least, not a big one. Some nice gay side ships would be A+, though. Oh yeah, I was worried about the trans part a lil bit - but I hadn't heard anyone complain about it (and now I see why!), so I assumed it was handled well.



      - Ellie

    2. hello hi my name is Ely and I am the queen at sucking at responding at comments so you're in good company

      there is a gay side ship! although it's not a big part of the plot until the end... and Jordan has a crush on a girl for a good part of the book as well, so I don't think it's lacking that area really. overall, the romance just kind of happened all of the sudden, and I felt like it needed to be developed more and that the two who end up together would have been better as just friends. *shrugs*

  4. MY FAVOURITE POSTS IN THE WORLD ARE THE ONES THAT POKE FUN OF THE WHOLE BRITAIN/AMERICA RELATIONSHIP I swear they're hilarious. The Knife of Never Letting Go is amazing, in my opinion. I fell completely in love with it, and it was my introduction to the brilliant individual that is Patrick Ness (genius). Haven't read any of these other books, though, but I read a book recently that kind of sounds like the religious one you mentioned: The Second Coming by John Niven. I disagreed with some things in the book, and it isn't going to be for everyone because it toes the line between funny and offensive, but like you I'm kind of laid-back about religion and the overall message of the book was one that I think is quite good. Basically, it's about God going on a fishing trip and coming back to our modern world thinking 'what the bejesus happened here' and to rectify the situation, he sends Jesus back to Earth as a....wait for it....X-Factor (?) contestant. It's definitely strange.

    1. IKRRRRRR. We need more of them! And not just on the 4th - all year round.

      The Rest of Us Just Live Here is another Ness book on my TBR, though I likely won't get to it for a while.

      Hmm, I may have to check that one out.

      - Ellie

  5. I haven't heard of any of these books, but they all look really interesting, so thank you for sharing!
    Amy xx

    A Habit Of Solitude

    1. Thank YOU for commenting, you fabulous bean you.

      - Ellie


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