It’s the first month of the year! The TBR with the most hope, the most “I’ll get through it!” to it. Will I actually stick to it? Who knows!
I’ve got some ambitious reads for this month! But it’s almost the end of the semester so it frees up some time for me.
Plus I’m going on vacation over Christmas so I can spend a lot of that time reading. What are some of the books you’re looking forward to over this holiday season?
I got approved for some new ARCs and I’m excited to get to them!
What are your TBR goals for this month?
It’s my birthday month, so I’m going to try and not buy myself a ton of new books as a birthday present. But I am going to finish Melissa Grey’s series with it’s final book, The Savage Dawn and finally start Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows (only because I’ve been thinking of writing a heist fantasy).
And I’ve been approved for Adam Silvera’s They Both Die at the End so expect a review of that soon, either on this site or over at BookedAllNight.blog!
Posting my TBR halfway through the month still counts!
Just like I’ve been working on Diving Eden and Girls Made of Snow and Glass for far too long…
Besides trying to catch some sun (instead of sitting inside all summer), I’m going to keep trying to make a dent in my TBR pile! Besides finishing A Court of Mist and Fury, I also plan on finishing the series with A Court of Wings and Ruin and also read some other things!
A Court of Wings and Ruin
I’m halfway through A Court of Mist and Fury at the time of writing this, so here’s hoping I finish it in time to start A Court of Wings and Ruin this June!
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora
I 100% picked this book up because Pablo Cartaya was my mentor for my first semester at SNC and I love all of his work. I mean, I also love middle grade books. I’ve been trying to read more this semester but that didn’t pan out, so I’ll read more this summer!
Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL?
For Arturo, summertime in Miami means playing basketball until dark, sipping mango smoothies, and keeping cool under banyan trees. And maybe a few shifts as junior lunchtime dishwasher at Abuela’s restaurant. Maybe. But this summer also includes Carmen, a cute poetry enthusiast who moves into Arturo’s apartment complex and turns his stomach into a deep fryer. He almost doesn’t notice the smarmy land developer who rolls into town and threatens to change it. Arturo refuses to let his family and community go down without a fight, and as he schemes with Carmen, Arturo discovers the power of poetry and protest through untold family stories and the work of José Martí.
Funny and poignant, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora is the vibrant story of a family, a striking portrait of a town, and one boy’s quest to save both, perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia.
Teeeechnically I’ve been working on this one for a few weeks now. I got a third of the way through before other things came up and I had to leave this one behind. But Victorian era fearie slayer? Heck yeah!
She’s a stunner.
Edinburgh, 1844. Eighteen-year-old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, has everything a girl could dream of: brains, charm, wealth, a title—and drop-dead beauty.
She’s a liar.
But Aileana only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. she’s leading a double life: She has a rare ability to sense the sìthíchean—the faery race obsessed with slaughtering humans—and, with the aid of a mysterious mentor, has spent the year since her mother died learning how to kill them.
She’s a murderer.
Now Aileana is dedicated to slaying the fae before they take innocent lives. With her knack for inventing ingenious tools and weapons—from flying machines to detonators to lightning pistols—ruthless Aileana has one goal: Destroy the faery who destroyed her mother.
She’s a Falconer.
The last in a line of female warriors born with a gift for hunting and killing the fae, Aileana is the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity. Suddenly, her quest is a lot more complicated. She still longs to avenge her mother’s murder—but she’ll have to save the world first.
The first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy, this electrifying thriller combines romance and action, steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.
I didn’t get around to a lot of reading this month. I know, #ShameOnMe.
My semester finished up at the beginning of the month so I spent a little bit of time unwinding and clearing any remaining brain fog left in my noggin. Plus, I spent a lot of time with Jessi planning our joint project for next semester. Also, I played a ton of D&D. I’m that kind of nerd.
But I’ve still been chugging along at A Court of Mist and Fury, so I’m starting to get a little obsessed. Just last week, I sat down to read a chapter before bed and before I knew it, it was one in the morning and I’ve read over a hundred and fifty pages. Oops.
What can I say? I’m coming around to Rhysand.
I also started The Seafarer’s Kiss while at work last week. ACOMAF is just a little bit too big to fit into my purse, meanwhile The Seafarer’s Kiss is the perfect size to keep with me all day. So I started it, but I’m only a few pages in. I’m very excited to read this queer retelling.
But that’s all I managed to read this month! Any fun reads y’all had?
Lots of awesome books are coming out in May! I’ve got a few I’ve got waiting on the edge of my TBR pile and I’m excited to tear into them.
Strange the Dreamer
Technically, this one came out in April, but I’ve got my eyes set on this one for May. I originally bought Strange the Dreamer on Audible, but I immediately knew that there was no way I could listen to it. I had to read the physical copy!
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.
What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?
The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?
Welcome to Weep.
The Seafarer’s Kiss
I’m a sucker for retellings, and especially so for queer retellings. Lesbian mermaids? Heck yeah!
Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.
Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.
A Court of Mist and Fury
I finished A Court of Thorns and Roses and I’m insanely interested to learn what happens next. I’m told by a certain booknerd (*coughcough Jessi coughcough*) that it only gets better. Well, I guess we’ll see if that’s true!
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.