Blogmas Day Five: 23 Anticipated Releases Coming in 2023

Hey, lovelies! As always, there are endless new releases that I cannot wait for. Here are twenty-three upcoming releases in 2023.

10 January – Hell Bent by Leigh Bardugo

10 January – Lost in the Moment and Found by Seanan McGuire

17 January – How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

24 January – Retro by Sofia Lapuente & Jarrod Shusterman

31 January Chain of Thorns by Cassandra Clare

31 January – The Ever Storm by Amanda Foody

14 February The Last Tale of the Flower Bride by Roshani Chokshi

7 March The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten

14 March A Long Stretch of Bad Days by Mindy McGinnis

14 March The Memory Eater by Rebecca Mahoney

16 March – Defiant by Brandon Sanderson

18 April – The Fiance Farce by Alexandria Bellefleur

20 April – The Bone Shard War by Andrea Stewart

25 April Happy Place by Emily Henry

9 May The Iron Vow by Julie Kagawa

16 May – Painted Devils by Margaret Owen

20 June – Garden of the Cursed by Katy Rose Pool

20 June – Business or Pleasure by Rachel Lynn Solomon

25 July Light Bringer by Pierce Brown

29 August – Heavenly Tyrant by Xiran Jay Zhao

31 October – Starling House by Alix E. Harrow

Spring 2023 – A Crown of Ivy and Glass by Claire Legrand

What books are you looking forward to in the new year?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Blogmas Day One: Amanda’s December TBR

Hello, lovelies! Happy December! We’ve almost survived 2022. I’m not sure how; it’s been one of my life’s more challenging years. But, I managed to read some great books and I have a bit more I’d like to get done before the year iws actually over. I’m in the middle of Clear Ur Sht Readathon. So, this month, I need to continue my TBR for that. I’m going to share the five books I’m most excited that I have left on my readathon TBR.

Astrid Parker Doesn’t Fail by Ashley Herring Blake
Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
The High House by Jessie Greengrass
City of the Plague God by Sarwat Chadda
The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin

I also and woefully behind on my NetGalley reads. So, here’s my approvals that are being published this month. I think I’m going to work on what’s current and catch up on my backlog later on. Especially since there’s only one for December. I’ll read this before any of the others.

The Poison Season by Mara Rutherford

What will you be reading for the final month of the year?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta.

Antonia- I’m about to start The Choice by Nora Roberts.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- Yesterday, I finally finished Bronze Drum by Phong Nguyen.

Antonia- I most recently read Unsouled by Will Wight

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- Next, I want to pick up Gleanings by Neal Shusterman before his event in my area.

Antonia- Next I think I’ll read A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab.

What are your answers this week?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Cozy Reads

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is cozy reads.

Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle

Off the Grid by Tess Sharpe

The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

The Valley and the Flood by Rebecca Mahoney

The Accidental Apprentice by Amanda Foody

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi

What books did you pick this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Amanda’s November Wrap Up

Hi, lovelies! Another month down with only one left in the year. This is my halfway point for the Clear Ur Sht Readathon. I think I’m doing okay. I’m behind, but I’m honestly not super worried about whether or not I catch up. I’m just having fun reading along with the prompts. Here’s what I read this month!

Physical Books
Kingsbane by Claire Legrand
Birds of California by Katie Cotugno
Window Shopping by Tessa Bailey
An Arrow to the Moon by Emily X.R. Pan
Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

eBooks
The Perishing by Natashia Deón
When Life Gives You Vampires by Gloria Duke
Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Evelyn Skye, & Sandhya Menon
A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

I didn’t manage to finish my audiobook, but I’ve been slowly working my way through Bronze Drum all month. What books did you love in November?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

#SciFiMonth: 10 Books to Read if You Liked Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Hi, lovelies! I’m here today to share some books with you that I enjoyed. I love to recommend based on other books, so this year I’m going to share some books that I think you should read if you read, and enjoyed, Skyward by Brandon Sanderson.

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
“On a cold spring night in 1952, a huge meteorite fell to earth and obliterated much of the east coast of the United States, including Washington D.C. The ensuing climate cataclysm will soon render the earth inhospitable for humanity, as the last such meteorite did for the dinosaurs. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated effort to colonize space, and requires a much larger share of humanity to take part in the process. Elma York’s experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon, as a calculator. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too. Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions of society may not stand a chance against her.”

Seven Devils by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam
“When Eris faked her death, she thought she had left her old life as the heir to the galaxy’s most ruthless empire behind. But her recruitment by the Novantaen Resistance, an organization opposed to the empire’s voracious expansion, throws her right back into the fray. Eris has been assigned a new mission: to infiltrate a spaceship ferrying deadly cargo and return the intelligence gathered to the Resistance. But her partner for the mission, mechanic and hotshot pilot Cloelia, bears an old grudge against Eris, making an already difficult infiltration even more complicated. When they find the ship, they discover more than they bargained for: three fugitives with firsthand knowledge of the corrupt empire’s inner workings. Together, these women possess the knowledge and capabilities to bring the empire to its knees. But the clock is ticking: the new heir to the empire plans to disrupt a peace summit with the only remaining alien empire, ensuring the empire’s continued expansion. If they can find a way to stop him, they will save the galaxy. If they can’t, millions may die.”

Dustborn by Erin Bowman
“Delta of Dead River has always been told to hide her back, where a map is branded on her skin to a rumored paradise called the Verdant. In a wasteland plagued by dust squalls, geomagnetic storms, and solar flares, many would kill for it—even if no one can read it. So when raiders sent by a man known as the General attack her village, Delta suspects he is searching for her. Delta sets out to rescue her family but quickly learns that in the Wastes no one can be trusted—perhaps not even her childhood friend, Asher, who has been missing for nearly a decade. If Delta can trust Asher, she just might decode the map and trade evidence of the Verdant to the General for her family. What Delta doesn’t count on is what waits at the Verdant: a long-forgotten secret that will shake the foundation of her entire world.”

Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer
“Alyssa Farshot has spent her whole life trying to outrun her family legacy. Her mother sacrificed everything to bring peace to the quadrant, and her uncle has successfully ruled as emperor for decades. But the last thing Alyssa wants is to follow in their footsteps as the next in line for the throne. Why would she choose to be trapped in a palace when she could be having wild adventures exploring a thousand-and-one planets in her own ship? But when Alyssa’s uncle becomes gravely ill, his dying wish surprises the entire galaxy. Instead of naming her as his successor, he calls for a crownchase, the first in seven centuries. Representatives from each of the empire’s prime families—including Alyssa—are thrown into a race to find the royal seal, which has been hidden somewhere in the empire. The first to find the seal wins the throne. Alyssa’s experience as an explorer makes her the favorite to win the crown she never wanted. And though she doesn’t want to be empress, her duty to her uncle compels her to participate in this one last epic adventure. But when the chase turns deadly, it’s clear that more than just the fate of the empire is at stake. Alyssa is on her most important quest yet—and only time will tell if she’ll survive it.”

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley
“The Light Brigade: it’s what soldiers fighting the war against Mars call the ones who come back…different. Grunts in the corporate corps get busted down into light to travel to and from interplanetary battlefronts. Everyone is changed by what the corps must do in order to break them down into light. Those who survive learn to stick to the mission brief—no matter what actually happens during combat. Dietz, a fresh recruit in the infantry, begins to experience combat drops that don’t sync up with the platoon’s. And Dietz’s bad drops tell a story of the war that’s not at all what the corporate brass want the soldiers to think is going on. Is Dietz really experiencing the war differently, or is it combat madness? Trying to untangle memory from mission brief and survive with sanity intact, Dietz is ready to become a hero—or maybe a villain; in war it’s hard to tell the difference.”

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
“Follow a motley crew on an exciting journey through space-and one adventurous young explorer who discovers the meaning of family in the far reaches of the universe-in this light-hearted debut space opera from a rising sci-fi star. Rosemary Harper doesn’t expect much when she joins the crew of the aging Wayfarer. While the patched-up ship has seen better days, it offers her a bed, a chance to explore the far-off corners of the galaxy, and most importantly, some distance from her past. An introspective young woman who learned early to keep to herself, she’s never met anyone remotely like the ship’s diverse crew, including Sissix, the exotic reptilian pilot, chatty engineers Kizzy and Jenks who keep the ship running, and Ashby, their noble captain. Life aboard the Wayfarer is chaotic and crazy—exactly what Rosemary wants. It’s also about to get extremely dangerous when the crew is offered the job of a lifetime. Tunneling wormholes through space to a distant planet is definitely lucrative and will keep them comfortable for years. But risking her life wasn’t part of the plan. In the far reaches of deep space, the tiny Wayfarer crew will confront a host of unexpected mishaps and thrilling adventures that force them to depend on each other. To survive, Rosemary’s got to learn how to rely on this assortment of oddballs—an experience that teaches her about love and trust, and that having a family isn’t necessarily the worst thing in the universe.”

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
“Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish. Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it. All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company. His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species. And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone. Or does he?”

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini
“Kira Navárez dreamed of life on new worlds. Now she’s awakened a nightmare. During a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, Kira finds an alien relic. At first she’s delighted, but elation turns to terror when the ancient dust around her begins to move. As war erupts among the stars, Kira is launched into a galaxy-spanning odyssey of discovery and transformation. First contact isn’t at all what she imagined, and events push her to the very limits of what it means to be human. While Kira faces her own horrors, Earth and its colonies stand upon the brink of annihilation. Now, Kira might be humanity’s greatest and final hope…”

Red Rising by Pierce Brown
“Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class. Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity’s overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society’s ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies… even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.”

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson
“Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying—from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total. On this Earth, however, Cara has survived. Identified as an outlier and therefore a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the dirt of the wastelands. Now she has a nice apartment on the lower levels of the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. She works—and shamelessly flirts—with her enticing yet aloof handler, Dell, as the two women collect off-world data for the Eldridge Institute. She even occasionally leaves the city to visit her family in the wastes, though she struggles to feel at home in either place. So long as she can keep her head down and avoid trouble, Cara is on a sure path to citizenship and security. But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined—and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world, but the entire multiverse.”

I highly recommend these ten books as well as the Skyward series. They are all ones I’ve very much enjoyed. Do you have any books that you could compare to Skyward by Brandon Sanderson?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons.

Antonia- I’m currently reading A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- The last book I finished was Invictus by Ryan Graudin.

Antonia- I most recently finished To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- Up next, I plan to read Gearbreaks by Zoe Hana Mikuta.

Antonia- Next I think I’ll read A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab.

What are your answers this week?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful Freebie

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Thankful Freebie. I’m going to do authors I’m thankful for. Favorites, ones who’s books have had big impacts on my life, etc.

Nora Roberts

John Green

Alex Flinn

Brian Jacques

Mercedes Lackey

Rick Riordan

Philip Pullman

C. S. Lewis

Stephenie Meyer

Ronald Dahl

What bookish things are you thankful for?

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’m Thankful I Didn’t Buy

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is thankful freebie. I’m kind of doing this freebie dirty and taking this in the opposite direction of the intention. Here are ten books I’m thankful I didn’t buy. I either read an advanced copy or borrowed it from the library.

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

Admission by Julie Buxbaum

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wrobel

The Mall by Megan McCafferty

Hello, Cruel Heart by Maureen Johnson

Down Comes the Night by Allison Saft

A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel

The Project by Courtney Summers

All of Us Villains by Christine Lynn Herman & Amanda Foody

These are ten books I’m thankful I didn’t buy.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

#SciFiMonth: Science Fiction With Space Ships

ARTWORK: this year’s SciFiMonth artwork is by the amazingly talented Simon Fetscher.

Hello, lovelies! I was having some trouble with the specific prompts that are suggested for this month, but I thought of a category that I could definitely fill. Now, some of these have spaceships in them for vastly different reasons or backstories. But! A spaceship is a spaceship, right?

The Space Man by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer

Seven Devils by Elizabeth May & Laura Lam

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

The Darkness Outside Us by Eliot Schrefer

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Are any of your favorite science fiction books ones with spaceships in the story? Leave your favorites below!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Previously on, ​#SciFiMonth

ARTWORK: this year’s SciFiMonth artwork is by the amazingly talented Simon Fetscher.

Hey, lovelies! I thought it would be fun to share a list of science fiction that I’ve read since last years #SciFiMonth festivities. These are all books I enjoyed, and this is me recommending them to you. Now, these books won’t be all new releases, just books that are new to me.

Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace
“Like everyone else she knows, Mallory is an orphan of the corporate war. As a child, she lost her parents, her home, and her entire building in an airstrike. As an adult, she lives in a cramped hotel room with eight other people, all of them working multiple jobs to try to afford water and make ends meet. And the job she’s best at is streaming a popular VR war game. The best part of the game isn’t killing enemy combatants, though—it’s catching in-game glimpses of SpecOps operatives, celebrity supersoldiers grown and owned by Stellaxis, the corporation that runs the America she lives in. Until a chance encounter with a SpecOps operative in the game leads Mal to a horrifying discovery: the real-life operatives weren’t created by Stellaxis. They were kids, just like her, who lost everything in the war, and were stolen and augmented and tortured into becoming supersoldiers. The world worships them, but the world believes a lie. The company controls every part of their lives, and defying them puts everything at risk—her water ration, her livelihood, her connectivity, her friends, her life—but she can’t just sit on the knowledge. She has to do something—even if doing something will bring the wrath of the most powerful company in the world down upon her.”

The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal
“The Earth is coming to the boiling point as the climate disaster of the Meteor strike becomes more and more clear, but the political situation is already overheated. Riots and sabotage plague the space program. The IAC’s goal of getting as many people as possible off Earth before it becomes uninhabitable is being threatened. Elma York is on her way to Mars, but the Moon colony is still being established. Her friend and fellow Lady Astronaut Nicole Wargin is thrilled to be one of those pioneer settlers, using her considerable flight and political skills to keep the program on track. But she is less happy that her husband, the Governor of Kansas, is considering a run for President.”

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
“A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet finds herself on a terrifying psychological and emotional journey for survival. When Gyre Price lied her way into this expedition, she thought she’d be mapping mineral deposits, and that her biggest problems would be cave collapses and gear malfunctions. She also thought that the fat paycheck—enough to get her off-planet and on the trail of her mother—meant she’d get a skilled surface team, monitoring her suit and environment, keeping her safe. Keeping her sane. Instead, she got Em. Em sees nothing wrong with controlling Gyre’s body with drugs or withholding critical information to “ensure the smooth operation” of her expedition. Em knows all about Gyre’s falsified credentials, and has no qualms using them as a leash—and a lash. And Em has secrets, too . . . As Gyre descends, little inconsistencies—missing supplies, unexpected changes in the route, and, worst of all, shifts in Em’s motivations—drive her out of her depths. Lost and disoriented, Gyre finds her sense of control giving way to paranoia and anger. On her own in this mysterious, deadly place, surrounded by darkness and the unknown, Gyre must overcome more than just the dangerous terrain and the Tunneler which calls underground its home if she wants to make it out alive—she must confront the ghosts in her own head. But how come she can’t shake the feeling she’s being followed?”

Crownchasers by Rebecca Coffindaffer
“Alyssa Farshot has spent her whole life trying to outrun her family legacy. Her mother sacrificed everything to bring peace to the quadrant, and her uncle has successfully ruled as emperor for decades. But the last thing Alyssa wants is to follow in their footsteps as the next in line for the throne. Why would she choose to be trapped in a palace when she could be having wild adventures exploring a thousand-and-one planets in her own ship? But when Alyssa’s uncle becomes gravely ill, his dying wish surprises the entire galaxy. Instead of naming her as his successor, he calls for a crownchase, the first in seven centuries. Representatives from each of the empire’s prime families—including Alyssa—are thrown into a race to find the royal seal, which has been hidden somewhere in the empire. The first to find the seal wins the throne. Alyssa’s experience as an explorer makes her the favorite to win the crown she never wanted. And though she doesn’t want to be empress, her duty to her uncle compels her to participate in this one last epic adventure. But when the chase turns deadly, it’s clear that more than just the fate of the empire is at stake. Alyssa is on her most important quest yet—and only time will tell if she’ll survive it.”

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
“An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them—for a price.Until something goes wrong…

What books are on your new to you lists?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. To play along just answer the three questions to share you’re weekly reading update!

What are you currently reading?

Amanda- I’m currently reading Invictus by Ryan Graudin and When Life Gives You Vampires by Gloria Duke.

Antonia- I’m currently reading To Sleep in A Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini.

What did you most recently finish reading?

Amanda- I most recently finished The Perishing by Natashia Deón.

Antonia- I most recently finished Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas.

What will you be reading next?

Amanda- Next up for my Clear Ur Sht TBR is The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons.

Antonia- I’m not sure yet but I definitely want to pick up something from my physical TBR.

What are your answers this week?

Antonia’s Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite ‘Aww’ Moments

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Favorite “Aww” Moments In Books (Share those sweet/cute moments in books that give you warm fuzzies.) There’s no way I’m going to remember each specific moment so I’m tweaking this topic a little. I’m going to do types of moments that instantly make me go “aww”.

Found family realizing they’re a family

A character finally revealing/admitting to an insecurity/flaw and their loved one accepting them without question

An unassuming character stepping up and saving the day

Enemies to lovers when they finally come to the realization they’re no longer enemies

A character risking everything to save a helpless pet, child, etc.

The character who’s always working or doing things for everyone else finally taking a moment to do something for themselves

That’s all I have for this week. What are your favorite “aww” moments?

#SciFiMonth: Amanda’s Entire Science Fiction TBR

IMAGE CREDIT: All SciFi Month artwork this year is courtesy of Simon Fetscher.

Hello, lovelies! Last year, I shared a rather elaborate post with all of the sci-fi on my tbr, including my physical, eBooks, and even my NetGalley arc’s. I really loved looking back on that post while getting ready to write this one, so I’m going to make this one elaborate as well.

Physical Books

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
The Perishing by Natasha Deon
Invictus by Ryan Graudin
The High House by Jessie Greengrass
The World We Make by N.K. Jemisin
Gleanings by Neal Shusterman

eBooks

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
The Lost Signal by J.S. Fernandez Morales
The Body Scout by Lincoln Michel
The World Gives Way by Marissa Levien
Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
All Systems Red by Martha Wells

ARC’s

A Song of Salvation by Alisha Dow

Sister, Monster, Maiden by Lucy A. Snyder

The Ferryman by Justin Cronin

The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler

Do we share any of the books on our TBR’s? Which ones should I think about starting with?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

10 on Amanda’s TBR: Dystopian Books

Hi, lovelies! I feel like I’ve been sharing mostly recommendation posts lately which made me start thinking about all of the fun books on my TBR that I haven’t been talking about. Dystopian is my favorite genre. I’ve had this post saved to my drafts until I could find enough books to share them with you all. I grew up as a teen at the height of the dystopian craze (think Hunger Games and Divergent). So, I’m always looking for new (or old!) dystopian books that I haven’t read yet.

The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan
“Frida Liu is struggling. She doesn’t have a career worthy of her Chinese immigrant parents’ sacrifices. What’s worse is she can’t persuade her husband, Gust, to give up his wellness-obsessed younger mistress. Only with their angelic daughter Harriet does Frida finally feel she’s attained the perfection expected of her. Harriet may be all she has, but she’s just enough. Until Frida has a horrible day.
The state has its eyes on mothers like Frida — ones who check their phones while their kids are on the playground; who let their children walk home alone; in other words, mothers who only have one lapse of judgement. Now, a host of government officials will determine if Frida is a candidate for a Big Brother-like institution that measures the success or failure of a mother’s devotion. Faced with the possibility of losing Harriet, Frida must prove that she can live up to the standards set for mothers — that she can learn to be good. This propulsive, witty page-turner explores the perils of “perfect” upper-middle-class parenting, the violence enacted upon women by the state and each other, and the boundless love a mother has for her daughter.”

All That’s Left in the World by Erik J. Brown
“When Andrew stumbles upon Jamie’s house, he’s injured, starved, and has nothing left to lose. A deadly pathogen has killed off most of the world’s population, including everyone both boys have ever loved. And if this new world has taught them anything, it’s to be scared of what other desperate people will do . . . so why does it seem so easy for them to trust each other? After danger breaches their shelter, they flee south in search of civilization. But something isn’t adding up about Andrew’s story, and it could cost them everything. And Jamie has a secret, too. He’s starting to feel something more than friendship for Andrew, adding another layer of fear and confusion to an already tumultuous journey. The road ahead of them is long, and to survive, they’ll have to shed their secrets, face the consequences of their actions, and find the courage to fight for the future they desire, together. Only one thing feels certain: all that’s left in their world is the undeniable pull they have toward each other.”

Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate
“The year is 2072. Soon a volcanic eruption will trigger catastrophic devastation, and the only way out is up. While the world’s leaders, scientists, and engineers oversee the frantic production of a space fleet meant to save humankind, their children are brought in for a weekend of touring the Lazarus, a high-tech prototype spaceship. But when the apocalypse arrives months ahead of schedule, First Daughter Leigh Chen and a handful of teens from the tour are the only ones to escape the planet. This is the new world: a starship loaded with a catalog of human artifacts, a frozen menagerie of animal DNA, and fifty-three terrified survivors. From the panic arises a coalition of leaders, spearheaded by the pilot’s enigmatic daughter, Eli, who takes the wheel in their hunt for a habitable planet. But as isolation presses in, their uneasy peace begins to fracture. The struggle for control will mean the difference between survival and oblivion, and Leigh must decide whether to stand on the side of the mission or of her own humanity.”

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
“On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are disappearing: first hats, then ribbons, birds, roses—until things become much more serious. Most of the island’s inhabitants are oblivious to these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the draconian Memory Police, who are committed to ensuring that what has disappeared remains forgotten. When a young woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her writing as the last way of preserving the past.
A surreal, provocative fable about the power of memory and the trauma of loss, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language.”

Feed by Mira Grant
“The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives—the dark conspiracy behind the infected.
The truth will get out, even if it kills them.”

Gleanings: Stories from the Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman and various authors
“There are still countless tales of the Scythedom to tell. Centuries passed between the Thunderhead cradling humanity and Scythe Goddard trying to turn it upside down. For years humans lived in a world without hunger, disease, or death with Scythes as the living instruments of population control.
Neal Shusterman—along with collaborators David Yoon, Jarrod Shusterman, Sofía Lapuente, Michael H. Payne, Michelle Knowlden, and Joelle Shusterman—returns to the world throughout the timeline of the Arc of a Scythe series. Discover secrets and histories of characters you’ve followed for three volumes and meet new heroes, new foes, and some figures in between.
Gleanings shows just how expansive, terrifying, and thrilling the world that began with the Printz Honor–winning Scythe truly is.”

The High House by Jessie Greengrass
“Perched on a sloping hill, set away from a small town by the sea, the High House has a tide pool and a mill, a vegetable garden, and, most importantly, a barn full of supplies. Caro, Pauly, Sally, and Grandy are safe, so far, from the rising water that threatens to destroy the town and that has, perhaps, already destroyed everything else. But for how long? Caro and her younger half-brother, Pauly, arrive at the High House after her father and stepmother fall victim to a faraway climate disaster—but not before they call and urge Caro to leave London. In their new home, a converted summer house cared for by Grandy and his granddaughter, Sally, the two pairs learn to live together. Yet there are limits to their safety, limits to the supplies, limits to what Grandy—the former village caretaker, a man who knows how to do everything—can teach them as his health fails.
A searing novel that takes on parenthood, sacrifice, love, and survival under the threat of extinction, The High House is a stunning, emotionally precise novel about what can be salvaged at the end of the world.”

Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton
“Augustine, a brilliant, aging astronomer, is consumed by the stars. For years he has lived in remote outposts, studying the sky for evidence of how the universe began. At his latest posting, in a research center in the Arctic, rumors of war arrive. The scientists are forced to evacuate, but Augustine stubbornly refuses to abandon his work. Shortly after the others have gone, Augustine discovers a mysterious child, Iris, and realizes the airwaves have gone silent. They are alone. At the same time, Mission Specialist Sullivan is aboard the Aether on its return flight from Jupiter. The astronauts are the first human beings to delve this deep into space, and Sully has made peace with the sacrifices required of her: a daughter left behind, a marriage ended. So far the journey has been a success, but when Mission Control falls inexplicably silent, Sully and her crew mates are forced to wonder if they will ever get home. As Augustine and Sully each face an uncertain future against forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion. In crystalline prose, Good Morning, Midnight poses the most important questions: What endures at the end of the world? How do we make sense of our lives?”

Tell Me an Ending by Jo Harkin
“Across the world, thousands of people are shocked by a notification that they once chose to have a memory removed. Now they are being given an opportunity to get that memory back. Four individuals are filled with new doubts, grappling with the unexpected question of whether to remember unknown events, or to leave them buried forever. Finn, an Irish architect living in the Arizona desert, begins to suspect his charming wife of having an affair. Mei, a troubled grad school dropout in Kuala Lumpur, wonders why she remembers a city she has never visited. William, a former police inspector in England, struggles with PTSD, the breakdown of his marriage, and his own secret family history. Oscar, a handsome young man with almost no memories at all, travels the world in a constant state of fear. Into these characters’ lives comes Noor, a psychologist working at the Nepenthe memory removal clinic in London. The process of reinstating patients’ memories begins to shake the moral foundations of her world. As she delves deeper into how the program works, she will have to risk everything to uncover the cost of this miraculous technology.
A provocative exploration of secrets, grief, and identity—of the stories we tell ourselves—Tell Me an Ending is a sharp, dark, and devastating novel about the power of memory.

Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace
“Wasp’s job is simple. Hunt ghosts. And every year she has to fight to remain Archivist. Desperate and alone, she strikes a bargain with the ghost of a supersoldier. She will go with him on his underworld hunt for the long-lost ghost of his partner and in exchange she will find out more about his pre-apocalyptic world than any Archivist before her. And there is much to know. After all, Archivists are marked from birth to do the holy work of a goddess. They’re chosen. They’re special. Or so they’ve been told for four hundred years. Archivist Wasp fears she is not the chosen one, that she won’t survive the trip to the underworld, that the brutal life she has escaped might be better than where she is going. There is only one way to find out.”

And there you have it, ten dystopian books that I’m very interested in reading. Gleanings isn’t actually published yet, but I have it preordered and I know I’ll be reading it as soon as it’s delivered. I also read Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace which I’ve been told relates back to Archivist Wasp. So, I’m excited about that.

Do you have any dystopian books that you recommend?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.