Books

January TBR

Its a new year so I am going to do something a little bit different. Some months I find my TBR a little daunting and I struggle to read all the books and get a little stressed when I start falling behind. So this year I am limiting how many books I put in my TBR. I have decided to limit myself to five books each month, I could choose less than five books some months but I can never go over five books. Some months I might be able to read more than five books in which case I will pick something else to read off my bookshelves. But I think limiting my TBR will only make me pick books that I actually want to read and might also mean that I won’t fall behind as much.

I am also considering doing a monthly audiobook TBR, where I try and listen to one of two books. But I will post about that later on this month.

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This month I plan on reading-

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied around his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona. As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging in the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group. Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

 I have yet to read The Crown’s Game series, even though I have had the books sitting on my bookshelves for ages, but I am intrigued by this new series. It sounds like its going to be full of action and adventure as well as having some really interesting characters. I have heard some really positives reviews about the authors writing so I cant wait to get stuck into this book. 

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Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

When a letter that was never meant to be seen draws high school senior Evan Hansen into the Murphy family’s grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell. That the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend. Suddenly, Evan isn’t invisible anymore. And Connor’s wealthy parents have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his ‘closest friend’. As Evan gets pulled deeper into their family, he knows that what he’s doing may not be right, but if he’s helping people, how wrong can it be? No longer tangled in his once-incapacitating anxiety, this new Evan has a purpose. He’s confident. He’s a viral phenomenon. Every day is amazing. But when everything is in danger of unravelling, he comes face to face with his greatest obstacle: himself. A simple lie leads to complicated truths in this big-hearted coming-of-age story of grief, authenticity and the struggle to belong in an age of instant connectivity and profound isolation.

I bought this book a couple of months back after read What If Its Us because the title of that book and the musical, which this book is based off, were mentioned quite a bit and I was interested to find more out about this. I have listened to the soundtrack of the musical and fell in love with it almost immediately so I hope the book has the same effect on me. 

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Sometime after Midnight by L. Phillips

In a dingy Los Angeles club late one night, Cameron and Nate meet and find they have much more in common than their love of an obscure indie band. But when Nate learns that Cameron is the heir to a record label, the very one that destroyed his father’s life, he runs away as fast as he can. The only evidence of their brief but intense connection is a blurry photo Cameron snaps of Nate’s Sharpie-decorated Chuck Taylors as he flees. Considering that Cameron is a real life Prince Charming – he’s handsome, famous, and rich – it’s only fitting that he sets out to find the owner of the Sharpied shoes. Cameron’s twin sister, a model and socialite, posts the picture of Nate’s shoes on Instagram to her legions of fans with the caption, “Anyone know the gorgeous owner of these shoes? My hottie brother is looking for him.” The internet just about breaks with the news of a modern fairy tale and the two become entwined in each other’s lives in this sparkling story about the power of music, the demons that haunt us, and the flutterings of first real love.

Before buying this book I had not heard anything about it or even seen it posted or mentioned anywhere in the book community, but the beautiful book cover and the description won me over and I decided to give it a go. I’m a sucker for a retelling, especially a retelling with a gay twist, so here’s hoping the story is just as gorgeous as the book cover and I fall in love with it.

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This Lie Will Kill You by Chelsea Pitcher

One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens all played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.
But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true. They were each so desperate for the prize, they didn’t question the odd, rather exclusive invitation until it was too late.
Instead, they realise they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge who wants to finally unravel the truth about what actually happened that deadly night, one year ago.
Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all?

I love a good mystery book and anything that is being mentioned with the TV show Riverdale then I am definitely up for reading it. So when I was offered the chance to read and review this book I quickly said yes. This book is being compared to another favourite book of mine One Of Us Is Lying, so I’m hoping that its just as twisted and just as addictive. 

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Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

 

Frances is twenty-one years old, cool-headed and observant. A student in Dublin and an aspiring writer, at night she performs spoken word with her best friend Bobbi, who used to be her girlfriend. When they are interviewed and then befriended by Melissa, a well-known journalist who is married to Nick, an actor, they enter a world of beautiful houses, raucous dinner parties and holidays in Provence, beginning a complex ménage-à-quatre. But when Frances and Nick get unexpectedly closer, the sharply witty and emotion-averse Frances is forced to honestly confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time.

I only read Sally Rooney’s most recent book Normal People last month but I am already itching to read her first book. Normal People easily made into my favourite reads of last year. I love the authors writing style and the way she creates such interesting and well thought out plots and characters, hopefully Conversations with Friends book is just as amazing as Normal People. 

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Have you read any of the books on this month’s TBR?

What do you plan on reading this month?

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