I thought since I share this with my instagram followers it would only be fair to share this with all of you. I have quite a bit on the list for this month, some are ARCS that I got from giveaways or publishers and then there’s some from book clubs and a few just for me picks.
The Birthday Girl By Melissa De La Cruz
This one I actually won in a giveaway from Dutton Books so I’m really excited to get a chance to read it. I’ve heard mixed reviews about it so I’m a little wary but I want to make my own decision before I allow reviews to sway me.
Ellie de Florent-Stinson is celebrating her fortieth birthday with a grand celebration in her fabulous house in Palm Springs. At forty, it appears Ellie has everything she ever wanted: a handsome husband; an accomplished, college-age stepdaughter; a beautiful ten-year-old girl; two adorable and rambunctious six-year-old twin boys; lush, well-appointed homes in Los Angeles, Park City, and Palm Springs; a thriving career as a well-known fashion designer of casual women’s wear; and a glamorous circle of friends. Except everything is not quite as perfect as it looks on the outside—Ellie is keeping many secrets. This isn’t the first of her birthday parties that hasn’t gone as planned. Something happened on the night of her sweet sixteenth. Something she’s tried hard to forget.
The Warehouse by Rob Hart
This one I also received from a giveaway and it’s an ARC so I’m pretty excited to read it. I haven’t heard anything about it before receiving it so I’m ready to see what this is about.
Set in the confines of a corporate panopticon that’s at once brilliantly imagined and terrifyingly real, The Warehouse is a near-future thriller about what happens when Big Brother meets Big Business–and who will pay the ultimate price.
We Hunt the Flame by Hafzah Faizal
I’ve seen this book all over bookstagram so I decided to rent it from the library. I had been meaning to read it in July but didn’t get to it so I rolled it into this month. Since I’ve already renewed it twice I hope that I can finally get to it this month.
Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.
The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert
I got a ARC of this at Yallwest so I decided that I wanted to read this before its publication date which is coming up this month.
Dove “Birdie” Randolph works hard to be the perfect daughter and follow the path her parents have laid out for her: She quit playing her beloved soccer, she keeps her nose buried in textbooks, and she’s on track to finish high school at the top of her class. But then Birdie falls hard for Booker, a sweet boy with a troubled past…whom she knows her parents will never approve of.
The Lady in the Coppergate Tower by Nancy Campbell Allen
This is another book that I got an ARC of at Yallwest that I’ve been a bit hesitatnt to read because it looks like something I wouldn’t normally read but you know lets not judge a book by its cover.
Hazel and Sam must fight their way past dark magic, clockwork beasts, and their own insecurities as they try to reach her sister in the impenetrable Coppergate Tower before time runs out.
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
This is one that I have on hold from the library since I can’t ever go in there and not grab a book. I picked this one since it looked intriguing but was short enough that it would be a quick read.
In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #metoo and #timesup, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice– and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.
The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill
This is another book that I received at Yallwest that will be published this month so I wanted to read it before then so I could provide a review of it.
Deep beneath the sea, off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of freedom from her controlling father. On her first swim to the surface, she is drawn towards a human boy. She longs to join his carefree world, but how much will she have to sacrifice? What will it take for the little mermaid to find her voice? Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale is reimagined through a searing feminist lens, with the stunning, scalpel-sharp writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans. A book with the darkest of undercurrents, full of rage and rallying cries: storytelling at its most spellbinding.
Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
This is a book I had never heard of and wouldn’t have picked up because it’s adult fiction. The reason I did pick it up though was someone who works at my local library recommended it and his description of this book sold me.
Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.
Best. State. Ever by Dave Berry
This is the pick this month for a book club that I’m a part of with my local library. I’m pretty excited to read this since it’s recommended by another book club member and it has some cool pictures in it.
We never know what will happen next in Florida. We know only that, any minute now, something will. Every few months, Dave Barry gets a call from some media person wanting to know, “What the hell is wrong with Florida?” Somehow, the state’s acquired an image as a subtropical festival of stupid, and as a loyal Floridian, Dave begs to differ. Sure, there was the 2000 election. And people seem to take their pants off for no good reason. And it has flying insects the size of LeBron James. But it is a great state, and Dave is going to tell you why. Join him as he celebrates Florida from Key West at the bottom to whatever it is that’s at the top, from the Sunshine State’s earliest history to the fun-fair of weirdness and gunfire (“Our motto: ‘Come back! We weren’t firing at you!’”) that it is today
Recursion by Black Crouch
This book I am reading as part of an online book club that I am a part of but I’m waiting for it to come in at my library. I’m very excited to have an excuse to read this since I’ve heard nothing but great things about it.
Memory makes reality.
That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.
That’s what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes. It’s why she’s dedicated her life to creating a technology that will let us preserve our most precious memories. If she succeeds, anyone will be able to re-experience a first kiss, the birth of a child, the final moment with a dying parent.
As Barry searches for the truth, he comes face-to-face with an opponent more terrifying than any disease—a force that attacks not just our minds but the very fabric of the past. And as its effects begin to unmake the world as we know it, only he and Helena, working together, will stand a chance at defeating it. But how can they make a stand when reality itself is shifting and crumbling all around them?
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus
This is a book that I’m reading for TBAB book club on instagram. It’s another book that I’ve been wanting to read and now I have the perfect excuse to read it.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
AndSimon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.
I will be posting an update at the end of the month for which books I completed and what I thought.