leah rodriguez november 2017 tbr reading list

Leah Rodriguez’s November 2017 Reading List: Eimear McBride, Chiara Barzini + More

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Slow and steady wins the reading race.

Unfortunately for me, I am woefully behind on my reading goal for 2017. For the past month and a half, I’ve been avoiding my Goodreads account because I know as soon as I log on I’ll see just how far behind I’ve fallen on my path to reading 70 books…Alas, I was doing so well…

I’ve resorted to playing mental games with myself. I know I have a ton of books lying around that I need to get through quickly, but thinking about them psychs me out. I’ve found that if I break my TBR pile into small palatable chunks then disburse them throughout my house, it’s really not so bad.

That’s where I’m at for the month of November. Hopefully, I can exceed my own expectations and really kick it into high gear for December—the month of truth.

Here are my picks for this month:

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Erika L. Sánchez

Synopsis: Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents’ house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family.

But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga’s role.

Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. And no one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed.

But it’s not long before Julia discovers that Olga might not have been as perfect as everyone thought. With the help of her best friend Lorena, and her first kiss, first love, first everything boyfriend Connor, Julia is determined to find out. Was Olga really what she seemed? Or was there more to her sister’s story? And either way, how can Julia even attempt to live up to a seemingly impossible ideal?

Thoughts: I found out about this book a few months ago when the National Book Award longlist was announced last month. The title alone was enough to catch my attention. Firstly, I want to see if it beats out Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give in my estimation. Tough competition, but I think I have room in my heart for both. After reading a few snippets here and there, I think I’m going to need the space.

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Reader. Writer. Cat enthusiast. Trying to put that BA in English to good use.