July, July! This Month’s TBR List

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It’s baaaack–my monthly TBR blog post. Ain’t that exciting? Yes, I said ain’t. During the course of this past year, and maybe more in the recent months, my reading preferences have become less focused on genre and more focused on story. As much as I love YA, and still read a lot of it, I have recently moved on to different genres and books. This month is no exception; with a list mostly comprised of different genres. Surprise! There is only ONE YA book listed. Wow. I’m surprised too. But, as I looked through my books (and asked someone for suggestions) I came up with these six. Hopefully I get to them all this time. I am trying to read more, but my hectic schedule leaves me tired. I have only read 15 books so far! 15! that is so low for me. But, beats last year’s pathetic total of I believe 12-14 books read. I need to get back in the reading game.

Well, without further ado, here is my list. I hope you find some good reads out of this. I am especially excited to read Christina Henry’s Alice. It’s a Sci-fi/Fantasy take on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. If you know me at all, you know I am a HUGE Alice in Wonderland fan. A little obsessed, one could say. This new take on Alice and crew sounds intriguing, entertaining, and a hell of a ride. Henry is coming out with the second book, The Red Queen, later this year.

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Land of Enchantment by Leigh Stein

Alice by Christina Henry (if I don’t finish it this week)

Father’s Day by Simon Van Booy

You Know Me Well by Nina LaCour and David Levithan

Penny Dreadful by Will Christopher Baer

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

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April has Sprung…April’s TBR

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April has arrived. Finally. The snow here has officially thawed. Spring looks like it will make it’s annual appearance. Ahh, it’s time to get out those dresses and skirts. How I’ve missed them. But, you’re not here for that are you? 🙂 Let’s talk books! I’ve got some good books I want to tackle. I seem to be reading a lot of Historical Fiction these days and a lot less YA. This month doesn’t seem any different.

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Tom survived a devastating flood that claimed the lives of her sister and parents. Now she lives with Bill in his old shed by the lake. But it’s time to move out—Tom is pregnant with Bill’s baby.

I think I might cry reading this one. It sounds really intense.

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In her extraordinary debut, Aline Ohanesian has created two remarkable characters—a young man ignorant of his family’s and his country’s past, and an old woman haunted by the toll the past has taken on her life.

Just reading the brief synopsis, I was immediately drawn in. It sounds really intriguing. Family secrets, self-discovery, journeys to the unknown, sign me up!

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A passionate and powerful novel based on the scandalous life of the French novelist George Sand, her famous lovers, untraditional Parisian lifestyle, and bestselling novels in Paris during the 1830s and 40s.

I don’t know much about George Sand. I remember watching a relatively good movie about her life. When I saw this book on offer on Penguin’s first to read program, I jumped at the chance to read it. I can’t wait to start it.

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THE ADVENTURES OF A LOWLY MAIDSERVANT, A DISGUISED FUGITIVE, A SAVIOR TO THE POOR AND ENDANGERED, AND A QUEEN.

They had me at Queen. I love Royal Historical Fiction. I don’t know my Scots very well, so I’m interested to read this one to broaden my horizons.

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The Crimson Petal and the White meets Fight Club: A page-turning novel set in the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late eighteenth-century England.

This sounds so good I can’t. Anything like fight club, just yes please. I want. I can’t wait to read this one. Even the cover is awesome.

I have one more on my list, but I’m keeping it a surprise! You’ll find out soon enough. 🙂

I hope you found some good books. I know it’s going to be a good reading month for sure.

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!

It’s That Time Again…March TBR Selection

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How did March sneak up on us? It certainly snuck up on me, that’s for sure. It was just February, now it’s almost the middle of March. Almost. My, my, my. As per tradition here on Indie Reader Girl, I will share what I’m planning on reading. Who knows, I may switch it up a bit :-). I do get bored sometimes. I do like my selections this month, though. I have been in a LOOOOOOOOONG reading rut, but I am slowly getting out of it. I am currently reading Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parmar. I’m not too far into it, so I don’t have too many thoughts yet. But, enough about that. To the list!!

 

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The Vanessa is the famous Vanessa Bell, and the sister, the ever more famous Virginia Woolf. A fan of Woolf’s I couldn’t pass on this book. I needed to read it. Review coming soon.

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I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this. I have wanted to read both her adult and now YA series, so I am looking forward to this one greatly.

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I am starting to get back into sort stories collections. I was drawn to this collection for some reason. Maybe it was the bra on the cover. 🙂

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I am a huge fan of Simon Van Booy. HUGE fan. I loved his first novel; and have read a few of his short stories collections. He is very talented. I can’t wait to read this one. I almost took a writing class with him but it was way too expensive.

There is one more book on my list, but that book will be a surprise! It’s for a blog tour. I don’t want to spoil it now, do I? Boy, is it a good one! I’ll give you a hint. It’s a new release on March 17th. 🙂

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by.

Welcome to March!

A New Month, New Books to Read

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It’s February! You know what that means, right? New books to read!

This month, I have some new-ish and old releases on my queue.

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A book from Penguin’s First to Read, I can’t wait to read this. A book about a Shakespeare we never knew? Yes, please!

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A book from Netgalley I’ve had for some time, it’s a remaking of Oedipus Rex. It sounds really good. The goodreads rating, not so good. Oh well.

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Another Netgalley grab, this sounds really good. I’m looking forward to reading it.

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A retelling of The Odyssey, how could I pass this up?

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I got this from BEA. I’m finally going to read it. I’ve had my eye on it for a while. It sounds so intriguing. Just found out it’s first in a series. Better get on that.

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Boy does this sound good. A suffragist hypnotized and able to see people’s true natures, yes please!

That’s my list. What are some of the books YOU are thinking of reading? I would love recommendations.

Fall has Come: October TBR List

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A little over a week ago, fall arrived. It’s beautiful out, isn’t it? I love fall. It’s my favorite time of year. Pumpkin flavored things. Apples and apple flavored things. Fall book releases.  My birthday, NaNoWriMo, the Dewey readathon.  Oh, my. So many lovely things to look forward to.  I am most looking forward to participating in Dewey’s readathon again, this year. There will be another post closer to the day of the event. Now, on to the good stuff. I know I only read about half of the books on my September TBR list, but I am highly optimistic about October, what with the readathon and everything.  In some particular order the books are:

 

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Andy wasn’t usually sure about much, but she was absolutely certain this was the weirdest day of her life as she stood stranded in the middle of a great white room with six strangers. Well, they were mostly strangers. She could have sworn she’d seen the guy with the green eyes before, and maybe that was why he kept staring at her.
When a man calling himself the Guardian appeared and said they had come to make their deepest dreams come true, they embark on an adventure none of them ever imagined, and the consequences of their actions would change them forever.
I’ve had this book on my netgalley shelf for a while. It’s about time I get to it.  It’s rather short, so it should be a quick read.

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I think the fire changed us – me and Dom. I think that’s how the boy was able to see us. Though he’d been there for every summer of our childhood, we’d only been stupid boys until then. Stupid, happy, ignorant boys. And what in hell would he have had in common with two stupid boys? But after the fire we were different. We were maybe a little bit like him. And so he saw us, at last, and he thought he’d found a home…

Look at that amazing cover! This will be one of October’s buddy reads with Readerly Musings! I love ghost stories. Perfect for the holiday coming up. 

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Alone on the tip of the cape, Hannah Snow is on the verge of her most heroic rescue yet.

On 19th century Cape Cod, Hannah Snow shouldn’t even be in the water. Her husband, John, would be furious-it’s his job to tend to Dangerfield Light. It’s certainly not women’s work, and his quick trips out of town don’t give her permission to rush toward the tattered ships. But she does, and though she can’t save everyone, William “Billy” Pike, is someone she can. He’s recuperating in her care when John’s horse is found abandoned. Hannah invites Billy to stay as a hired hand-but soon discovers that he is not at all whom she thought he was. When everything holding her together falls apart, can Hannah learn how to save herself?

This sounds really good. I’m looking forward to reading it.  I do love me some good historical fiction.

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At an obscure South Carolina nursing home, a lost world reemerges as a disabled elderly woman undergoes newfangled brain-restoration procedures and begins to explore her environment with the assistance of strap-on robot legs. At a deluxe medical spa on a nameless Caribbean island, a middle-aged woman hopes to revitalize her fading youth with grotesque rejuvenating therapies that combine cutting-edge medical technologies with holistic approaches and the pseudo-religious dogma of Zen-infused self-help. And in a rinky-dink mill town, an adolescent girl is unexpectedly inspired by the ravings and miraculous levitation of her fundamentalist friend’s weird grandmother. These are only a few of the scenarios readers encounter in Julia Elliott’s debut collection, The Wilds.

I am super super excited to read this. Ever since I got this in June, it has been on my top shelf to read. I am making it a buddy read; and finally getting to it to. I thought it’d be perfect for October.  Plus, the cover. The. Cover. Love, love, love.

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When a boy tries to save his parents’ marriage, he uncovers a legacy of family secrets in a coming-of-age ghost story by the author of the internationally bestselling phenomenon, The Art of Racing in the Rain.

A Sudden Light is a rich, atmospheric work that is at once a multigenerational family saga, a historical novel, a ghost story, and the story of a contemporary family’s struggle to connect with each other. A tribute to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, it reflects Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation, and his rare ability to see the unseen: the universal threads that connect us all

I wanted this at BEA, but was unable to get a copy. Thankfully, I was able to grab a copy from netgalley. This sounds really good. I love ghost stories like this. Everything sounds like something I would enjoy. 

That’s my reading list for October, not including Dewey’s readathon. There are plenty more books I have planned for that. What are some of the books you think you are going to read this month? I would love to see some suggestions.

Happy reading and thanks for stopping by.

September is here already? My September TBR Pile

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Oh my, a new month is here so quickly. I can’t believe it. The year is almost over for crying out loud! How did THAT happen? I completely let August slip by, reading only three of my planned nine books. Sad, I know. I was busy, though. Believe me, I was. This month, I am going to try to set more time aside to read. I tend to go days without reading. Days! That’s a long time. I gotta remedy that somehow.  Is it the books I am choosing, I wonder? It could be. Or, I am just too busy or tired to fit it in my day. But, enough about that. Let’s get to the good stuff, shall we?  BOOKS!!!!

 

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This will be read this month. It will! You’ll find out why 🙂

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I have started to read this; and boy is it good. I am going to read The Miniaturist first, but then I am going back to this.  It is a YA book, of course, but it seems so different. Oliver has this strange sleeping condition. And Althea is so kick ass.  It’s just really good; and I’m only on page 30 or so.

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I mostly want to read this because of the cover. I think it’s one of my favorite covers of 2014. It’s just so beautiful. The premise sounds cool, too.

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I am very Irish, so it was hard to pass up this choice on Netgalley. It’s a chunkster, though.

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This sounds really good. Plus, I love anything that involves Paris.

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Another returnee, I am going to once again get to this title. It sounds like a good contemporary. Plus, Paris again.

Remember, if any of this books interest you, just click the picture and you will be linked to the goodreads page for the book.

Welcome to September! Happy reading and good luck tackling your TBR pile. What are some of the books on your list? Please feel free to share in the comments. I’d love to know.

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