I was so bummed to miss last week’s #5OnMyTBR challenge, so I am looking forward to this week!
A couple of weeks ago, I started this weekly book challenge hosted by E. @ Local Bee Hunter’s Nook called #5OnMyTBR, and I really enjoyed the exercise. It occurs every Monday when they post about 5 books on their TBR.
This week’s theme is Superheros. This may be a tough one, not because I don’t LOVE superheroes, but because my TBR is lacking. Let’s give this a try!
1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, by Michael Chabon
- Why I’m Excited: This book was a runner up for my book club’s most recent book pick, with our theme being “New York Strong.” (Can you tell we are mostly based out of NYC?). It sounded extremely appealing to me, and I added it to my TBR anyway.
- Bonus: I went to the Jewish Museum in New York City a while back, and they had an exhibit on the history of Jewish artists and comic books. It was fascinating, and I wanted to know more. This book similar dives into the art of the comic book and Jewish history around World War II.
2. Vicious, by V. E. Schwab
- Why I’m Excited: I have been told a million times now that V. E. Schwab is a “must read,” and I haven’t read a single book by her yet. I have a million of her books in my TBR, and one day, I will take the plunge. Also, who isn’t into archnemeses?
- Confession: I have a strong interest in stories where the “superhero narrative” goes wrong – either morphing them into a villain or an antihero. I LOVED the Venom movie, and will shortly be binge-watching Hulu’s Heros, which follows a group of vigilantes trying to stop superheroes gone bad.
3. Black Widow: Forever Red, by Margaret Stahl
- Why I’m Excited: I must confess, my comic book knowledge is limited, and most of what I know is from the movies (please don’t hate me!) However, I really enjoyed Black Widow in the Avengers movies, and I was deeply offended with what they did with her character in the end. This is my chance to really get to know her.
- Bonus: If they are going through with making a Black Widow origin movie, I’d like to go in actually prepared and with a backdrop. This sounds so much better than a lot of other Soviet femme fatale stories floating around right now (I’m looking at you, Red Sparrow).
4. The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley
- Why I’m Excited: This book has been on my physical at-home TBR for months. It was on special at Barnes and Noble, and the premise immediately drew me in. Bourne Identity meets James Bond meets Dollhouse.
- Bonus: Strong female character, female friendships fully on display, “punch now, ask questions later,” and British humor. I really don’t know how I haven’t read this yet.
- Bonus 2: There’s a mother-effin sequel!
5. Hope Never Dies, by Andrew Shaffer
- Why I’m Excited: Here is another one on my actual physical TBR at home, AND I have it signed! The cover kind of speaks for itself – Obama and Biden as vigilantes seeking justice is FULLY my cup of tea. Obama’s codename “Renegade is so perfect, and this dynamic duo is bound to bring in a lot of laughs.
- Bonus: I met the author, Andrew Shaffer, and BookCon, and he was an absolute blast. I am looking forward to finally reading this, especially since it is from 2016 and there are jokes to Biden running for president in it.
That’s all for now, folks! What is on your TBR for superheroes? Have you read any of the above? Let me know in the comments 🙂