Monday, September 30, 2019

Quarterly Review

This is a look back on my reading of the past three months: the best of the best, the books I couldn't finish, and the non-fiction and adult books I don't review on the blog. These only cover new-to-me books and not rereads.

The DNFs:
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

The Non-Fiction:
1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin Sandler
Educated by Tara Westover
In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth Davis

The Adult Fiction: 
The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain (science-fiction) 
My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren (contemporary romance)
Roomies by Christina Lauren (contemporary romance)
Smitten by the Brit by Melonie Johnson (contemporary romance)

The Best of the Best: 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Future Favorites Friday September 19

I take the 2nd Friday of every month to highlight some upcoming releases I am looking forward to that I hope are Future Favorites. Feel free to do your own post, just please link back to my blog and tell me about your post in the comments.

Jenn Reese has a new book coming out!!!!!! I cannot tell you how much love I have for her Above World trilogy, and I was starting to lament that maybe we would never get another fabulous MG from her. BUT WE ARE!!!! And there's a tricky, well-dressed fox! And LOOK AT THE COVER!!!! (All the caps and exclamation points are totally necessary.)

After an incident shatters their family, eleven-year old Samantha and her older sister Caitlin are sent to live in rural Oregon with an aunt they've never met. Sam wants nothing more than to go back to the way things were… before she spoke up about their father's anger.

When Aunt Vicky gives Sam a mysterious card game called "A Game of Fox & Squirrels," Sam falls in love with the animal characters, especially the charming trickster fox, Ashander. Then one day Ashander shows up in Sam’s room and offers her an adventure and a promise: find the Golden Acorn, and Sam can have anything she desires.

But the fox is hiding rules that Sam isn't prepared for, and her new home feels more tempting than she'd ever expected. As Sam is swept up in the dangerous quest, the line between magic and reality grows thin. If she makes the wrong move, she'll lose far more than just a game.

Release Date: April 14, 2020 from Henry Holt & Co.

You guys know how I side-eye anything flirting with Jane Austen but also am pulled to it like a magnet to a refrigerator? Well, it is with equal parts trepidation and anticipation that I present a book that claims Austen influence with some mysterious goings on as well. Don't let me down, book.

Lady Victoria Aston has everything she could want: an older sister happily wed, the future of her family estate secure, and ample opportunity to while her time away in the fields around her home.

But now Vicky must marry—or find herself and her family destitute. Armed only with the wisdom she has gained from her beloved novels by Jane Austen, she enters society’s treacherous season.

Sadly, Miss Austen has little to say about Vicky’s exactcircumstances: whether the roguish Mr. Carmichael is indeed a scoundrel, if her former best friend, Tom Sherborne, is out for her dowry or for her heart, or even how to fend off the attentions of the foppish Mr. Silby, he of the unfortunate fashion sensibility.

Most unfortunately of all, Vicky’s books are silent on the topic of the mysterious accidents cropping up around her…ones that could prevent her from surviving until her wedding day.

Release Date: December 3, 2019 from HarperTeen

What upcoming book releases are you excited for? 

Monday, September 2, 2019

August 2019 Stats

School is back in full swing. Can you tell? I actually read a lot this month, but they were almost all familiar, comfort rereads and books for English class.

Favorite New Read of August:

August in Numbers:
New Reads: 3
Rereads: 7

MG: 1
YA: 2
Adult: 7

Fiction: 10
Realistic Fiction: 8
Speculative Fiction: 2

I don't have a pic of the TBR shelf this month. It's almost embarrassing. It's pretty much all the same books as last month plus some a bunch more I picked up at the library. Here's to hoping I find a school rhythm soon, stay well*, and am able to read more new stuff.

What good books did you read in August?