Hello, lovelies! The last few years I’ve made a list of all my unread releases, so I’m going to continue that trend. Here are all of the books I own that were published in 2022 and I have not yet read them.
Well Traveled by Jen DeLuca The Winners by Fredrik Backman The Most Likely Club by Elyssa Friesland Love in the Times of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson Every Summer After by Carley Fortune The Drowning Summer by Christine Lynn Herman Funny You Should Ask by Elissa Sussman Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
I did way better this year than the previous years. Are any of these on your tbr list?
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 Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection.
Seasparrow by Kristin Cashore
A Prayer for the Crown-Shy by Becky Chambers
Children of Ragnarok by Cinda Williams Chima
The Choice by Nora Roberts
A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab
I’ve been trying to be good about buying books lately so that’s all I have this week. What are your newest books?
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 Books I Hope Santa Brings This Year. But i just bought a bunch of books so, Amanda’s going to make my list with books she wishes she could buy me for Christmas.
Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten
There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool
The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
This Mortal Coil by Emily Suvada
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen
What books are you hoping to get this holiday season?
Hello, lovelies! I’m here with another NetGalley update. Here are my statistics, 267 approvals with feedback sent for 217 which gives me an 81%. I’m working on this post ahead of time, so hopefully I’ve gotten most of the 2022 approval’s read and I just have next years books to start fresh with.
Approvals on my TBR
The Hookup Plan by Farrah Rochon Publication date: August 2, 2022 I liked the first two in this series. So, I’m excited to be approved for the third.
Silver Under Nightfall by Rin Chupeco Publication date: September 13, 2022 Chupeco is an auto-buy author for me. I hit that request button so fast.
Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia Publication date: September 13, 2022 I think this is an older book that’s being reprinted. Her books are hit-or-miss for me, but I still keep trying.
Called to the Deep by Desiree M. Niccoli Publication date: September 20, 2022 I’ve been dying to read this one, but all the moving chaos has me behind.
The City Beneath Hidden Stars by Sonya Kudei Publication date: September 27, 2022 NetGalley caught me browsing. This adult fantasy sounds super good.
The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler Publication date: October 4, 2022 This was a random ‘read now’ email offer I got from NetGalley, but it sounds really good.
Built to Last by Erin Hahn Publication date: October 18, 2022 I’ve liked some of Hahn’s YA romance, so I’m excited to try her adult romance debut.
The Scratch Daughters by Hannah Abigail Clarke Publication date: October 25, 2022 This is the sequel to The Scapegracers and I’m very excited to read it.
The Vermillion Emporium by Jamie Pacton Publication date: November 1, 2022 Pacton’s fantasy debut, and I’ve seen lots about it. So, I’m excited.
The Wilderwomen by Ruth Emmie Lang Publication date: November 15, 2022 This was a cover request for me. The cover is stunning and then I read that it was about people with magical abilities and that is right up my alley.
Never Ever Getting Back Together by Sophie Gonzales Publication date: December 6, 2022 A book where the main character goes on a reality dating show and falls in love with one of the fellow contestants? Yes fucking please.
The Poison Season by Mara Rutherford Publication date: December 6, 2022 I’m reading much less YA fantasy, but I’ve liked other books by Rutherford. Hopefully I’ll like this one too.
Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert Publication date: January 3, 2023 Sign me up for anything Talia Hibbert, please and thank you.
Retro by Sofía Lapuente & Jarrod Shusterman Publication date: January 24, 2023 I love their tiktok’s together. I’m very excited to try this one.
Begin Again by Emma Lord Publication date: January 24, 2023 I like Lord’s books. I’m exctied to see what she’s come up with for this one.
Sorry, Bro by Taleen Voskuni Publication date: January 31, 2023 I will always immediately request queer romance.
The Witch of Tin Mountain by Paulette Kennedy Publication date: February 1, 2023 I requested this one while browsing randomly. It sounds good.
Wildblood by Lauren Blackwood Publication date: February 7, 2023 I read Within These Wicked Walls last year and really enjoyed it. I’m definitely interested in reading this one too.
Where Darkness Blooms by Andrea Hannah Publication date: February 21, 2023 This was another one that I got an email about and it sounded like something I’d like.
Sister, Maiden, Monster by Lucy A. Snyder Publication date: February 21, 2023 All it takes is a ‘read now’ email and a synopsis that’s halfway interesting. I’m actually really excited for this one.
The Crane Husband by Kelly Barnhill Publication Date: February 28, 2023 I really like the cover and this is from yet another NetGalley email.
Missing Clarissa by Ripley Jones Publication date: March 7, 2023 I love a good mystery/thriller. edc
A House with Good Bones by T.J. Klune Publication date: March 28, 2022 I think I only requested this because I know it’s going to be all over the internet when it comes out and I will want to read it because of peer pressure.
The Ferryman by Justin Cronin Publication date: May 2, 2023 I just can’t seem to say no anymore. I have no explanation.
To Shape A Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose Publication date: May 9, 2022 The cover really drew me in for this one. I got a ‘read now’ email from NetGalley and I’m truly a sucker for those.
All the Dead Lie Down by Kyrie McCauley Publication date: May 16, 2023 YA Horror is still sometimes my jam. So, I’m trying this one out.
A Song of Salvation by Alechia Dow Publication date: July 11, 2023 I’ve loved Dow’s other books. I hit request so fast.
Approvals I’ve Read
Bronze Drum by Phong Nguyen Publication date: August 9, 2022 I liked this one. It was definitely detail-heavy and it felt I wasn’t being shown anything, only told. But, I still enjoyed it. I think it was well written and I will definitely be trying more books from this author in the future.
Please Join Us by Catherine McKenzie Publication date: August 23, 2022 I enjoyed this one. It was a little predictable but it was still fun with good twists and turns. I’d recommend this one for sure.
Three Kisses, One Midnight by Roshani Chokshi, Sandhya Menon, & Evelyn Skye Publication date: August 30, 2022 I love Roshani Chokshi’s books, so I loved her bits and didn’t care very much about the rest.
Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid Publication date: August 30, 2022 It’s always exciting to get approved for a popular book that I know will have a long wait with the library. I feel the same way about this as most others. I don’t care about tennis but this was a good story.
Spells for Forgetting by Adrienne Young Publication date: September 27, 2022 I enjoyed this. I wanted a bit more of the fantastical elements. It’s her adult debut, but it still felt like a YA novel with all of the flashbacks from the characters’ childhoods.
Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle Publication date: October 4, 2022 I dnf’d this. I’m over the ‘celebrity in disgrace’ character.
When Life Gives You Vampires by Gloria Duke Publication date: October 4, 2022 This was a little heavy with the body issues, but I liked it overall.
Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner Publication date: October 11, 2022 This left me feeling icky with all the lying.
Little Eve by Catriona Ward Publication date: October 11, 2022 This was another miss for me, sadly.
A Very Merry Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams Publication date: November 1, 2022 I love this series and this book was no different. This one was so, so good. I loved checking in with all the past characters.
Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun Publication date: November 1, 2022 I really loved this one. It was so perfect for the season.
Do you have any advanced copies or books you’re behind on?
Hello, lovelies! I have some book readers that I get to shop for this year. So, these are some of the books I’m eager to purchase for others so we can scream about them together.
For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten “The first daughter is for the Throne. The second daughter is for the Wolf. As the only Second Daughter born in centuries, Red has one purpose-to be sacrificed to the Wolf in the Wood in the hope he’ll return the world’s captured gods. Red is almost relieved to go. Plagued by a dangerous power she can’t control, at least she knows that in the Wilderwood, she can’t hurt those she loves. Again. But the legends lie. The Wolf is a man, not a monster. Her magic is a calling, not a curse. And if she doesn’t learn how to use it, the monsters the gods have become will swallow the Wilderwood-and her world-whole.”
Kiss Her Once For Me by Alison Cochrun “One year ago, recent Portland transplant Ellie Oliver had her dream job in animation and a Christmas Eve meet-cute with a woman at a bookstore that led her to fall in love over the course of a single night. But after a betrayal the next morning and the loss of her job soon after, she finds herself adrift, alone, and desperate for money. Finding work at a local coffee shop, she’s just getting through the days—until Andrew, the shop’s landlord, proposes a shocking, drunken plan: a marriage of convenience that will give him his recent inheritance and alleviate Ellie’s financial woes and isolation. They make a plan to spend the holidays together at his family cabin to keep up the ruse. But when Andrew introduces his new fiancée to his sister, Ellie is shocked to discover it’s Jack—the mysterious woman she fell for over the course of one magical Christmas Eve the year before. Now, Ellie must choose between the safety of a fake relationship and the risk of something real.”
A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers “Centuries before, robots of Panga gained self-awareness, laid down their tools, wandered, en masse into the wilderness, never to be seen again. They faded into myth and urban legend. Now the life of the tea monk who tells this story is upended by the arrival of a robot, there to honor the old promise of checking in. The robot cannot go back until the question of “what do people need?” is answered. But the answer to that question depends on who you ask, and how. They will need to ask it a lot. Chambers’ series asks: in a world where people have what they want, does having more matter?”
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston “Chloe Green is so close to winning. After her moms moved her from SoCal to Alabama for high school, she’s spent the past four years dodging gossipy classmates and a puritanical administration at Willowgrove Christian Academy. The thing that’s kept her going: winning valedictorian. Her only rival: prom queen Shara Wheeler, the principal’s perfect progeny. But a month before graduation, Shara kisses Chloe and vanishes. On a furious hunt for answers, Chloe discovers she’s not the only one Shara kissed. There’s also Smith, Shara’s longtime quarterback sweetheart, and Rory, Shara’s bad boy neighbor with a crush. The three have nothing in common except Shara and the annoyingly cryptic notes she left behind, but together they must untangle Shara’s trail of clues and find her. It’ll be worth it, if Chloe can drag Shara back before graduation to beat her fair-and-square. Thrown into an unlikely alliance, chasing a ghost through parties, break-ins, puzzles, and secrets revealed on monogrammed stationery, Chloe starts to suspect there might be more to this small town than she thought. And maybe—probably not, but maybe—more to Shara, too.”
The Gilded Wolvesby Roshani Chokshi “It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood. Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.”
Furyborn by Claire Legrand “When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first. One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined. As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.”
These are some books that I would love to gift to some of the people in my life. Do you try to gift books during the holiday season?
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 Winter 2022-2023 TBR.
Blackflame by Will Wight
A Gathering of Shadows by V. E. Schwab
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
Seasparrow by Kristin Cashore
A Long Way to A Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
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 a freebie. I’m going to do top ten books I’d planned to read in 2022 but didn’t get around to.
The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi
All the Tides of Fate by Adalyn Grace
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
Rule of Wolves by Leigh Bardugo
The Empire of Gold by S. A. Chakraborty
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
Set Fire to the Gods by Sara Raasch and Kristen Simmons
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!
Hi, lovelies! In the last two years, I’ve gotten into the horror genre. I’ve read some really great books that I was surprised to love. I’m excited that I gave horror a chance because I’ve found some really amazing stories to love. I’ve also chosen to DNF quite a bit of horror. I’m definitely learning what kinds of things I can and can’t read about when it comes to horror. I’m not super into gruesome and graphic horror, but I can read a bit of it if it’s relevant to the rest of the story.
The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf
Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega
The Initial Insult by Mindy McGinnis
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Sundial by Catriona Ward
Tripping Arcadia by Kit Mayquist
Chasing the Boogeyman by Richard Chizmar
The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling
The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
Plain Bad Heroines by Emily M. Danforth
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
I didn’t realize how much more adult horror I’ve read until making this list. I definitely added some new middle-grade horror to my tbr. For YA, I read a fair bit, but often they have endings that ruin things. Do you have any favorite horror novels?
October 4, 2022 The Wolves are Watching by Natalie Lund “The night little Madison disappears from her crib, Luce sees a pair of eyes–two points of gold deep in the forest behind her house–and feels certain they belong to a wolf. Her town, Picnic, Illinois, is the kind of place where everyone knows one another and no one locks their doors. It’s not the kind of place where a toddler goes missing without a trace, where wolves lurk in the shadows. In town, people are quick to blame Madison’s mom. But when Luce’s English teacher shares an original script about the disappearance of another little girl in Picnic back in 1870, Luce begins to notice similarities that she can’t ignore. Certain that something deeper is going on, Luce tracks the wolf she saw into the woods and uncovers the truth about her town: magical animal-women, who have remained hidden in shadows for centuries, have taken her cousin for their own purposes–and they have no intention of bringing her back.”
October 4, 2022 Just Like Magic by Sarah Hogle “Bettie Hughes once knew the comfort of luxury, flaunting a ridiculous collection of designer shoes and a stealthy addiction to CBD oils. That is, until her parents snipped her purse strings. Long obsessed with her public image, Bettie boasts an extravagant lifestyle on social media. But the reality is: Bettie is broke and squatting in Colorado, and her family has no idea. Christmas, with its pressure to meet familial expectations, is looming when a drunk Bettie plays a vinyl record of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” backwards and accidentally conjures Hall, an unexpectedly charming Holiday Spirit in the form of a man. Once the shock wears off, Bettie knows she’s stumbled upon the greatest gift: a chance to make all her holiday wishes come true, plus a ready-made fiancé. But as the wiles of magic lose their charm, Bettie finds herself set off-kilter by Hall’s sweet gestures. Suddenly, Bettie is finding her heart merry and light. But the happier she gets, the shorter Hall’s time on earth grows. Can Bettie channel the Christmas spirit and learn to live with goodwill toward all men? Or will her selfish ways come back as soon as the holidays are over?”
October 4, 2022 The Last Hope in Hopetown by Maria Tureaud “Twelve-year-old human Sophie Dawes lives a good life in Hopetown. There, vampires and humans live in harmony and Sophie and her adoptive vampire moms are living (or unliving) proof. There are a lot of rules that vampires must follow to keep the humans they live around feeling safe, but if regular visits from child protective services and abiding by a nightly curfew keeps their family together, Sophie will do anything to stay with her loving vampire parents. But then, normal, law-abiding vampires begin to go rogue. After Sophie’s own mother— the sweetest person she knows— goes rogue, Sophie decides it’s up to her to find a cure. But taking matters into her own hands might be way more than she bargained for if it means braving a secret council of vampires, executing epic heists, and facing the true bad guys head on. With her best friend by her side, Sophie will fight for hope, freedom and a family bonded by a love that’s thicker than blood.”
October 4, 2022 The Lords of Night by J.C. Cervantes “Fourteen-year-old Renata Santiago is the most powerful godborn of them all, a bruja with the ability to manipulate shadows and a magical rope that controls time. Ren is also a girl with ordinary hopes and dreams. She’s always been convinced that there’s a connection between aliens and the Maya civilization, and she wishes her blog about extraterrestrial activity would garner more respect. When Ren receives an email about a possible alien sighting in Kansas, she thinks it could be her chance to prove her theory. It could also mean that the cinco—five renegade godborns—are up to no good. Soon Ren finds herself embroiled in a quest to prevent the troublemakers from awakening the nine Aztec Lords of Night and overthrowing the Maya gods. None of Ren’s usual friends are available to help, including her bestie Ah Puch, the god of death, so Ren has no choice but to team up with two strangers: Edison, a teen demon hybrid, and Montero, an eleven-year-old Aztec hunter. Will this oddball trio have what it takes to succeed? This isn’t just another challenge. It could well be an impossible one that leaves Ren questioning her very existence.”
October 4, 2022 The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler “Rumors begin to spread of a species of hyperintelligent, dangerous octopus that may have developed its own language and culture. Marine biologist Dr. Ha Nguyen, who has spent her life researching cephalopod intelligence, will do anything for the chance to study them. The transnational tech corporation DIANIMA has sealed the remote Con Dao Archipelago, where the octopuses were discovered, off from the world. Dr. Nguyen joins DIANIMA’s team on the islands: a battle-scarred security agent and the world’s first android. The octopuses hold the key to unprecedented breakthroughs in extrahuman intelligence. The stakes are high: there are vast fortunes to be made by whoever can take advantage of the octopuses’ advancements, and as Dr. Nguyen struggles to communicate with the newly discovered species, forces larger than DIANIMA close in to seize the octopuses for themselves. But no one has yet asked the octopuses what they think. And what they might do about it. A near-future thriller about the nature of consciousness, Ray Nayler’s The Mountain in the Sea is a dazzling literary debut and a mind-blowing dive into the treasure and wreckage of humankind’s legacy.”
October 11, 2022 Where the Lost Ones Go by Akemi Dawn Bowman “Eliot is grieving Babung, her paternal grandmother who just passed away, and she feels like she’s the only one. She’s less than excited to move to her new house, which smells like lemons and deception, and is searching for a sign, any sign, that ghosts are real. Because if ghosts are real, it means she can find a way back to Babung. When Eliot chases the promise of paranormal activity to the presumably haunted Honeyfield Hall, she finds her proof of spirits. But these ghosts are losing their memory, stuck between this world and the next, waiting to cross over. With the help of Hazel, the granddaughter of Honeyfield’s owner (and Eliot’s new crush), she attempts to uncover the mystery behind Honeyfield Hall and the ghosts residing within. And as Eliot fits the pieces together, she may just be able to help the spirits remember their pasts, and hold on to her grandmother’s memory.”
October 11, 2022 Ithaca by Claire North “Seventeen years ago, King Odysseus sailed to war with Troy, taking with him every man of fighting age from the island of Ithaca. None of them has returned, and the women of Ithaca have been left behind to run the kingdom. Penelope was barely into womanhood when she wed Odysseus. While he lived, her position was secure. But now, years on, speculation is mounting that her husband is dead, and suitors are beginning to knock at her door. No one man is strong enough to claim Odysseus’ empty throne—not yet. But everyone waits for the balance of power to tip, and Penelope knows that any choice she makes could plunge Ithaca into bloody civil war. Only through cunning, wit, and her trusted circle of maids, can she maintain the tenuous peace needed for the kingdom to survive. This is the story of Penelope of Ithaca, famed wife of Odysseus, as it has never been told before. Beyond Ithaca’s shores, the whims of gods dictate the wars of men. But on the isle, it is the choices of the abandoned women—and their goddesses— that will change the course of the world.”
October 11, 2022 The Spare Man by Mary Robinette Kowal “Tesla Crane, a brilliant inventor and an heiress, is on her honeymoon on an interplanetary space liner, cruising between the Moon and Mars. She’s traveling incognito and is reveling in her anonymity. Then someone is murdered and the festering chowderheads who run security have the audacity to arrest her spouse. Armed with banter, martinis and her small service dog, Tesla is determined to solve the crime so that the newlyweds can get back to canoodling—and keep the real killer from striking again.”
October 11, 2022 Mistakes Were Made by Meryl Wilsner “When Cassie Klein goes to an off-campus bar to escape her school’s Family Weekend, she isn’t looking for a hookup—it just happens. Buying a drink for a stranger turns into what should be an uncomplicated, amazing one-night stand. But then the next morning rolls around and her friend drags her along to meet her mom—the hot, older woman Cassie slept with. Erin Bennett came to Family Weekend to get closer to her daughter, not have a one-night stand with a college senior. In her defense, she hadn’t known Cassie was a student when they’d met. To make things worse, Erin’s daughter brings Cassie to breakfast the next morning. And despite Erin’s better judgement—how could sleeping with your daughter’s friend be anything but bad?—she and Cassie get along in the day just as well as they did last night. What should have been a one-time fling quickly proves impossible to ignore, and soon Cassie and Erin are sneaking around. Worst of all, they start to realize they have something real. But is being honest about the love between them worth the cost?”
October 11, 2022 The River of Silver: Tales from the Deavabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty “Now together in one place, these stories of Daevabad enrich a world already teeming with magic and wonder. Explore this magical kingdom, hidden from human eyes. A place where djinn live and thrive, fight and love. A world where princes question their power, and powerful demons can help you…or destroy you. A prospective new queen joins a court whose lethal history may overwhelm her own political savvy…An imprisoned royal from a fallen dynasty and a young woman wrenched from her home cross paths in an enchanted garden…A pair of scouts stumble upon a secret in a cursed winter wood that will turn over their world… From Manizheh’s first steps towards rebellion to adventures that take place after The Empire of Gold, this is a must-have collection for those who can’t get enough of Nahri, Ali, and Dara and all that unfolded around them.”
October 18, 2022 Partners in Crime by Alisha Rai “Indian Matchmaking meets Date Night in this fun, romantic adventure in which a match-made couple about to be engaged gets caught up in a caper that puts their future—and lives—in danger. At thirty-five, with a stable job as an accountant, Mira Chaudhary wants nothing more than to find a boring man to spend the rest of her life with. Having had enough excitement in her younger days and desperately trying to escape her dysfunctional past, she turns to a matching app specializing in Indian American singles to help her find someone to settle down with. Enter Naveen Desai. An English professor with an uneventful, normal, and—dare she say it, boring—life, Naveen is perfect. But just when things are going well, Mira receives news that her aunt has died. Suddenly a trip to Las Vegas to settle her aunt’s affairs turns into a mad dash to escape kidnappers, evade art thieves, and consorting with hackers who can decipher just what it was Mira’s aunt was involved with. Mira just hopes that Naveen isn’t chased away by the very same life of “excitement” that she’s been trying to get away from. But maybe, over the course of one wild night, Mira and Naveen will find the love connection that neither expected.”
October 18, 2022 Built to Last by Erin Hahn “Shelby Springfield has spent the last ten years trying to overcome her past, sanding it away like she does the rough spots on the vintage furniture finds she makes over. But as a former child star, it’s hard to forget a mediocre pop career, a meltdown widely documented by the paparazzi, and a huge public break with her former co-star Lyle Jessup. It’s also hard to forget her other co-star and childhood sweetheart, Cameron Riggs — the one who got away. Anytime Shelby has called, Cameron has come running… And then he runs right off again to chase stories around the world by making documentaries, too scared to admit what he really wants. But when Lyle stirs the pot, getting the two back in the spotlight with a home renovation show, Cameron can’t help but come on board. There’s something in it for everyone — almost. Cameron wants to come home and set down some roots. Shelby wants to prove to the world she’s not the messy party girl anymore. And Lyle wants to twist the screws on his two childhood friends who had more chemistry than he could dream of with anyone. Sparks and sawdust fly as Shelby and Cameron film the pilot for “Homemade” and battle Lyle’s shenanigans at every turn.”
October 25, 2022 The Scratch Daughters by Hannah Abigail Clarke “It’s been a wild year for Sideways Pike. After forming a coven with the three most popular girls in school and developing a huge crush on a mysterious stranger named Madeline, Sideways’ Halloween was ruined by finding out that Madeline wasn’t trying to make out with her, but to steal Sideways’ specter, the force that gives witches the ability to cast magic spells. From Madeline’s perspective, it’s not her fault: after a doomed relationship with one of the creepy near-identical Chantry Boys turned into a witch hunt, they took her specter, so, really, she’s only borrowing Sideways’ until she can recover her own and punish the Chantrys. The specter-less Sideways is in a horrid, distracted mood, unable to do magic and with part of her consciousness tied to Madeline’s, on the lam as she uses Sideways’ specter to hunt Chantrys. The other Scapegracers are much jollier, heading into the winter holidays having set up shop as curse crafters for girls in their school who’ve been done wrong by guys. When Sideways—through Madeline—gets a flash of how to track down both her foes at once, she asks the Scapegracers to help entrap them, only to be told her plan is unsafe and unwise. So if she’s going to find Madeline, her only ally is Mr. Scratch, the inky book demon currently inhabiting her as life support until she gets her spectre back. Sideways is used to being an outcast loner, and is desperate to do magic again, so she’s not going to let little barriers like facing an betraying crush and a family of six demented witch hunters practically alone stop her. But she and her trusty stolen bike are in for a bumpy ride…”
October 25, 2022 The Atlas Paradox by Olive Blake “Six magicians. Two rivalries. One researcher. And a man who can walk through dreams. All must pick a side: do they wish to preserve the world—or destroy it? In this electric sequel to the viral sensation, The Atlas Six, the society of Alexandrians is revealed for what it is: a secret society with raw, world-changing power, headed by a man whose plans to change life as we know it are already under way. But the cost of knowledge is steep, and as the price of power demands each character choose a side, which alliances will hold and which will see their enmity deepen?”
These are the books releasing this month that I’m very much looking forward to reading. I have Partners in Crime preordered and quite a few of these as eARCs (that I’ll hopefully have read by now). What new books have you excited this month?
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 typographic book covers (book covers with mostly words on it).