I know, I know. I skipped TBR Thursday last week. But I had a review and author Q and A planned that I was so excited to get out there that I had to reschedule this one for a week later. I hope to get back on track now though lol!! Depending on how the next few weeks go, this feature may be bi-weekly. I have no idea what my blogging and reading schedule is going to look like now that my kids are done school today. SAD FACE!!! Anyway, here’s another look at the books I want to read! Feel free to join in if you’re looking for something fun to fill your Thursday!
- Have a set list of genres that you typically read
- List one book for each genre that you want to read
- Give a quick description of the book
- Fall in love, read, and repeat!
- If you want to participate in TBR Thursday please link one of my TBR Thursday posts – it would be greatly appreciated! Feel free to use the blog graphic as well. Just adjust the genres to the types of books you enjoy.
HERE WE GO!
TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard
I’ve honestly been on the fence about this one for a very long time. I’ve read some amazing reviews and some not so glowing reviews. But still, it’s a book that includes a kick ass female friendship and a magic system. What more could you want! But what seems to be putting me off this one is that the magic system can sometimes be confusing. I think I’ll have to have a pen and paper handy to keep it all straight!
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home. Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch. (Goodreads)
LOCK IN by John Scalzi
This one sounds a little terrifying. The reality of something like this ever happening is kind of like something out of my nightmares! I may have to mentally prepare myself for this one – a good scary October science fiction I think!! Sorry but the synopsis for this one is quite long…
Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent – and nearly five million souls in the United States alone – the disease causes “Lock In”: Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. The world changes to meet the challenge.
A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what’s now known as “Haden’s syndrome,” rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an “integrator” – someone who can let the locked in borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.
But “complicated” doesn’t begin to describe it. As Shane and Vann began to unravel the threads of the murder, it becomes clear that the real mystery – and the real crime – is bigger than anyone could have imagined. The world of the locked in is changing, and with the change comes opportunities that the ambitious will seize at any cost. The investigation that began as a murder case takes Shane and Vann from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked in, and to the very heart of an emerging, surprising new human culture. It’s nothing you could have expected. (Goodreads)
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr
Whenever I post anything about historical fiction this book always comes up! It’s well loved by everyone that’s read it and it seems as though everyone but me has read it! I do plan to change that!
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. (Goodreads)
WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley
I read another book by this author (Highly Illogical Behaviour) and absolutely loved it! The writing style was so smooth and effortless! When I first got back into reading YA books this is one of the ones that kept popping up everywhere. I got it brand new for 2$ and yet it still sits on my shelf unread *insert sad lonely face*
In the summer before Cullen’s senior year, a nominally-depressed birdwatcher named John Barling thinks he spots a species of woodpecker thought to be extinct since the 1940s in Lily, Arkansas. His rediscovery of the so-called Lazarus Woodpecker sparks a flurry of press and woodpecker-mania. Soon all the kids are getting woodpecker haircuts and everyone’s eating “Lazarus burgers.” But as absurd as the town’s carnival atmosphere has become, nothing is more startling than the realization that Cullen’s sensitive, gifted fifteen-year-old brother Gabriel has suddenly and inexplicably disappeared.
While Cullen navigates his way through a summer of finding and losing love, holding his fragile family together, and muddling his way into adulthood, a young missionary in Africa, who has lost his faith, is searching for any semblance of meaning wherever he can find it. As distant as the two stories seem at the start, they are thoughtfully woven ever closer together and through masterful plotting, brought face to face in a surprising and harrowing climax. (Goodreads)
FINDING ME by Michelle Knight
I know that this category is adult “fiction” but this one is actually a non fiction. I wish that it was a fiction – I just can’t imagine that this actually happened. It’s just awful. I still remember when the news story broke about this abduction. The man that found the girl screaming in the doorway was so shaken. The images on the news were just so awful. And then the movie came out not too long ago…. I just cried. Can’t even imagine what these poor girls went through!!
Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world. Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fighting for custody of her young son when she disappeared. Local police believed she had run away, so they removed her from the missing persons lists fifteen months after she vanished. Castro tormented her with these facts, reminding her that no one was looking for her, that the outside world had forgotten her. But Michelle would not be broken. (Goodreads)
THE CUCKOO’S CALLING by Robert Galbraith (AKA JK Rowling)
It took me a long time to get behind this book. I apologize JK Rowling fans everywhere! I am one of the biggest Harry Potter fans in the world so, naturally, when Casual Vacancy was released I had to have it! I have made probably 5+ attempts to read it and have DNF’d it every single time. So when I found out about this series my fears came back. But the reviews have all been amazing so I have high hopes!
After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office.
Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man. You may think you know detectives, but you’ve never met one quite like Strike. You may think you know about the wealthy and famous, but you’ve never seen them under an investigation like this. (Goodreads)
Have you read any of these? Which one on this list did you love the most?
Until next time, happy reading!