Literary Listings: 5 Books From My TBR I Need NOW (April 2016)

I’ve got 1958 TBR books (about 40 of which are in my physical TBR), so I figure, why not dig in a few an highlight 5 a month?

5 Books From My TBR I Need NOW

Six Four by Hideo Yokoyama

I really blame Nikki for my obsession with Japanese thrillers and murder mysteries. They are so good and written and translated in such an interesting way (it’s both emotionless yet incredibly emotive and detail filled?) that I’m always looking for more. This one has been getting great reviews so I’m hoping to give it a shot when the 10 person queue in the library finally clears up.

Summary: SIX FOUR.

For five days in January 1989, the parents of a seven-year-old Tokyo schoolgirl sat and listened to the demands of their daughter’s kidnapper. They would never learn his identity. They would never see their daughter again. For the fourteen years that followed, the Japanese public listened to the police’s apologies. They would never forget the botched investigation that became known as ‘Six Four’. They would never forgive the authorities their failure. For one week in late 2002, the press officer attached to the police department in question confronted an anomaly in the case. He could never imagine what he would uncover. He would never have looked if he’d known what he would find.

Squeezed: What You Don’t Know About Orange Juice by Alissa Hamilton

I love it when authors look at the things we take for granted or conceive of us as normal in culture and unpack a bit, incorporating sociology and anthropology. Squeezed looks at a specific phenomina, the idea of orange juice as part of a balanced breakfast. This is close to my heart, I’m not fond of juice for breakfast but my father, everyday, without fail, will drink one glass of this stuff everyday and attributes it to his health (and what I don’t get is why he buys the Florida OJ brand when he can just make his own juice?). Very into this topic!

Summary: Close to three quarters of U.S. households buy orange juice. Its popularity crosses class, cultural, racial, and regional divides. Why do so many of us drink orange juice? How did it turn from a luxury into a staple in just a few years? More important, how is it that we don’t know the real reasons behind OJ’s popularity or understand the processes by which the juice is produced?

In this enlightening book, Alissa Hamilton explores the hidden history of orange juice. She looks at the early forces that propelled orange juice to prominence, including a surplus of oranges that plagued Florida during most of the twentieth century and the army’s need to provide vitamin C to troops overseas during World War II. She tells the stories of the FDA’s decision in the early 1960s to standardize orange juice, and the juice equivalent of the cola wars that followed between Coca-Cola (which owns Minute Maid) and Pepsi (which owns Tropicana). Of particular interest to OJ drinkers will be the revelation that most orange juice comes from Brazil, not Florida, and that even “not from concentrate” orange juice is heated, stripped of flavor, stored for up to a year, and then reflavored before it is packaged and sold. The book concludes with a thought-provoking discussion of why consumers have the right to know how their food is produced.

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Bloomsbury did a massive advertising campaign for this novel on the London Underground and I always thought the cover quite artistic and interesting- so I looked it up one day and was immediately sucked into the premise of it. I really want to read this and I am now number 6 on a ridiculous queue at the library. Yay.

Summary: In 1883, Thaniel Steepleton returns to his tiny flat to find a gold pocketwatch on his pillow. But he has worse fears than generous burglars; he is a telegraphist at the Home Office, which has just received a threat for what could be the largest-scale Fenian bombing in history. When the watch saves Thaniel’s life in a blast that destroys Scotland Yard, he goes in search of its maker, Keita Mori—a kind, lonely immigrant who sweeps him into a new world of clockwork and music. Although Mori seems harmless at first, a chain of unexpected slips soon proves that he must be hiding something. Meanwhile, Grace Carrow is sneaking into an Oxford library dressed as a man. A theoretical physicist, she is desperate to prove the existence of the luminiferous ether before her mother can force her to marry. As the lives of these three characters become entwined, events spiral out of control until Thaniel is torn between loyalties, futures and opposing geniuses.

Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J. Harris

The history of gaming and the rise of consoles in the US, why not?

Summary: Following the success of The Accidental Billionaires and Moneyball comes Console Wars–a mesmerizing, behind-the-scenes business thriller that chronicles how Sega, a small, scrappy gaming company led by an unlikely visionary and a team of rebels, took on the juggernaut Nintendo and revolutionized the video game industry.In 1990, Nintendo had a virtual monopoly on the video game industry. Sega, on the other hand, was just a faltering arcade company with big aspirations and even bigger personalities. But that would all change with the arrival of Tom Kalinske, a man who knew nothing about videogames and everything about fighting uphill battles. His unconventional tactics, combined with the blood, sweat and bold ideas of his renegade employees, transformed Sega and eventually led to a ruthless David-and-Goliath showdown with rival Nintendo.

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

This has been getting rave reviews in the US and I’m super excited to get my hands on it! When the queue goes down of course… What I like is that it blends magic with science, and not always in opposition but how the two elements can benefit each other.

Summary: From the editor-in-chief of, a stunning novel about the end of the world–and the beginning of our future. Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families. But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.



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2 Responses to Literary Listings: 5 Books From My TBR I Need NOW (April 2016)

  1. Oh I LOVE japanese thrillers! This one sounds fantastic!

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