What’s this? A wrap-up and a TBR?
It’s probably common knowledge at this point that I only tend to do seasonal TBRs and TBRs for readathons, I very rarely give myself monthly TBRs, but I have quite a few eARCs of books that are being released in July and August and I’d love to read them and review them as close to the pub date as possible, so this month I have a TBR of NetGalley reads I’d like to get to.
I’m also planning to take part in Transathon, which is running throughout the month, but before I talk about my TBR, let’s look at how my June reading went!
I read seven novels in June and I’m very pleased that five of those seven are books I received through NetGalley, so I’m slowly but surely wading through the review copies I’ve acquired since I opened an account on NetGalley!
I read both Get a Life, Chloe Brown and Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert and had such a fun time with both of them, although Take a Hint, Dani Brown is definitely my favourite book in this series so far. I reached for some more contemporary romance in the form of Beach Read by Emily Henry, which I also liked an awful lot—keep your eye out for my review this month!
I finally crossed The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang off my TBR, which unfortunately wasn’t quite for me in the end, and picked up the sequel to one of my favourite reads of last year, Such Big Teeth by Gabby Hutchinson Crouch. Sadly I didn’t love it as much as I loved Darkwood but I still had a lot of fun reading it. Lastly for my NetGalley reads I read Mayhem by Estelle Laure, which I received a copy of after I was invited to take part in the blog tour! Look out for my stop on 17 July. I ended up having fairly mixed feelings towards this one, but you’ll be able to see my full thoughts in my review this month.
The highlight of the month for me, though, was The Empire of Gold by S.A Chakraborty, which I’ve been eagerly anticipating since I finished The Kingdom of Copper back in January. This was such a satisfying series finale for me and I’m gutted that I won’t be seeing more of these characters—particularly my beloved Ali. I’m looking forward to whatever Chakraborty releases next, though, and I’m looking forward to re-reading this series again in future!
I have absolutely no idea how my reading’s going to go in July because I’m back at work! I’m still working from home, I’ve no idea yet when my office is reopening, but it does mean I don’t have tons and tons of free time to read. I’m looking forward to getting back into some kind of routine, but I can’t deny I’ll miss the excitement of having a full day of reading to look forward to.
That being said, I’m also on holiday for a week in July because we can finally travel, so my parents and I are heading north to see my sister and meet the newest addition to our family, my nephew Oscar, who was born in March, around two weeks before my Grandma passed away. He’s been something of a shining light these past few months and I can’t wait to give him a cuddle.
The cottage we’re renting doesn’t have Wi-Fi (AAAHHHHHHHHHH!) but with any luck that’ll mean I’ll still have plenty of time to fit in all the reading I need to do for review copies.
Let’s start off with the two books that aren’t review copies and that also aren’t being read for Transathon, which are Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb. I started Assassin’s Quest in June, and really enjoyed what I read, but I ended up prioritising The Empire of Gold instead and I wasn’t quite in the mood to power through two beasty fantasy finales in one month, so I’m planning to finish it this month.
My copy of Mexican Gothic should be arriving in the first week of July and I’m so excited to get my hands on it! Moreno-Garcia is one of my favourite authors and I’ve been eagerly anticipating this novel since I first heard about it over on her Patreon, so I can’t wait to read it. It’s odd that when we think of horror we often think of Halloween and autumn, but I do tend to find myself in the mood for horror during the summer.
Ocean of @oceansofnovels on Twitter and Instagram is running a new readathon throughout July, Transathon, which celebrates trans and non-binary books and authors! While I love my queer stories I know for a fact that trans and enby voices are voices I don’t read enough, so I’ll definitely be taking part.
There is a bingo board, if that kind of thing works for you, but I’m just going to pick some books off my TBR that I know are written by trans or non-binary authors.
Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender is already on my summer TBR, so this readathon is another reminder that I need to pick it up asap, but I’d also love to finally cross Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey and Hollow Pike by Juno Dawson off my TBR.
Then I have four novels I received via NetGalley that are releasing in July and August that I’d like to get to!
He has been too many things to count. He has been a dragon with a boy on his back. He has been a scholar, a warrior, a lover, and a thief. He has been dream and dreamer. He has been a god.
But “he” is in fact nothing more than a spark of idea, a character in the mind of Sylvia Harrison, 73, award-winning author of thirty novels over forty years. He has played a part in most of those novels, and in the recesses of her mind, Sylvia has conversed with him for years.
But Sylvia won’t live forever, any more than any human does. And he’s trapped inside her cave of bone, her hollow of skull. When she dies, so will he.
Now Sylvia is starting a new novel, a fantasy for adult readers, set in Thalia, the Florence-resembling imaginary city that was the setting for a successful YA trilogy she published decades before. Of course he’s got a part in it. But he also has a notion. He thinks he knows how he and Sylvia can step off the wheel of mortality altogether. All he has to do is convince her.
I’ve only read one Jo Walton novel before, Among Others, which I expected to be an all-time favourite and I ended up loathing, so I’m a little nervous about trying more of her work, but the premise of Or What You Will is so interesting that I couldn’t resist requesting it. Also the fantasy city in this novel is inspired by Florence, one of my favourite places in the world, so I’m excited.
Ten years ago, four young men shot some elk then went on with their lives. It happens every year; it’s been happening forever; it’s the way it’s always been. But this time it’s different.
Ten years after that fateful hunt, these men are being stalked themselves. Soaked with a powerful gothic atmosphere, the endless expanses of the landscape press down on these men – and their children – as the ferocious spirit comes for them one at a time.
The Only Good Indians, charts Nature’s revenge on a lost generation that maybe never had a chance. Cleaved to their heritage, these parents, husbands, sons and Indians, men live on the fringes of a society that has rejected them, refusing to challenge their exile to limbo.
I’ve been hearing so many good things about The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones, including a five star rating from Silvia Moreno-Garcia, so I’m very excited to try it and read not only more horror, but also to read an indigenous voice, which is something else I don’t do enough of.
Are you still a virgin?
Want to talk about it in a safe space?
Meetings every other Tuesday.
You’re not alone.
Kate Mundy’s life is not going to plan. Nearing thirty, she’s been made redundant from her job, her oldest friends have quietly left her behind, and she can barely admit her biggest secret: she’s never even been on a date, let alone taken her underwear off with a member of the opposite sex.
Freddie Weir has spent most of his twenties struggling severe OCD and anxiety, and now his only social interactions consist of comic book signings and fending off intrusive questions from his weird flatmate Damian. There’s no way Freddie could ever ask a girl out and now he’s wondering if this is the way it might be forever.
When Freddie and Kate meet at a self-help group for adult virgins, they think they might just be able to help each other out so they can both get on with finding their real romantic destinies. But might these two have more in common than just their lack of experience?
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, I have a contemporary romance novel in the form of Adult Virgins Anonymous by Amber Crewe, which sounds like it’s either going to be really cute or an absolute train wreck. I feel like virginity in adulthood is something we don’t talk about enough, which is why so many people can enter adulthood feeling abnormal if they haven’t had any romantic or sexual experiences in their teens, I just hope this book isn’t acephobic. Oddly the paperback isn’t out until January 2021, but the ebook is being released in August so I’d like to get it read and reviewed and I do tend to read more contemporary novels in the summer.
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.
Then, just to add another genre to my month, I’ve also received an eARC of Seven Devils by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May, which has such a beautiful cover. I’m 100% here for a feminist space opera and I think this will be a really fun read. I haven’t read anything by Laura Lam before but I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve read by Elizabeth May (and her historical romance as Katrina Kendrick).