With the weather getting nicer, I look forward to being able to sit in my parents’ backyard and read in my spare time. After all, one of the few bright parts of being quarantined at my parents’ house is the ability to sit in the backyard while Yzma runs around like a crazy puppy. I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite early summer activities is sitting outside in the sun with a good book.
**For anyone who’s here for the first time, I’ve organized the books by Physical Books, AudioBooks, and eBooks. Oh, and Library books, too. **
As always, I expect to deviate from the TBR a bit, but here are the books I look forward to choosing from this month:
Total books: 7
- The Bad Mother’s Detox by Suzy K Quinn (The Bad Mother Series, Book 2)
- Sea Glass by Maria V Snyder (Glass, Book 2; The Chronicles of Ixia, Book 5)
- The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (Goodreads)
- Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett (The Founders Trilogy, Book 1)
- The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee (Goodreads)
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (Goodreads)
- Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter (Goodreads)
The Bad Mother’s Detox by Suzy K Quinn: Juliette had a baby with a man who certainly isn’t ready to be a father. After he left her at the alter, Juliette is determined to put Nick behind her – not only for herself, but also for their daughter Daisy. She might need her father in her life, but Juliette doesn’t need to let him control hers. Trying to cut Nick out of her life and make things work with Alex doesn’t sound easy… but Juilette is willing to try if it means finally finding her own happiness.
I still plan on reading this book so that I can put out a series review on it, but I keep finding myself drawn to other reads. I’ve made a little bit of progress on this read since I first picked it up, but I’m hoping to finish reading it sometime thing month. Hopefully that’ll allow me to post the series review this month as well.
Sea Glass by Maria V Snyder: Opal’s glass messengers are more sought after than ever. Once used solely by the Councillors and magicians, other powerful factions are now vying for control and control of the messengers means control over Sitia. Unfortunately for Opal, that also means having control over her. On top of this, Opal’s goal of proving blood magic is still being used is being met with resistance. When everyone she respects and trusts doubts her, Opal begins to doubt herself. She needs to decide who to believe, who to trust, and who actually has control.
While I’ve finished Storm Glass already, I’m waiting to finish Fire Study before picking up this read. As much as I enjoyed jumping back into the world with Storm Glass, I felt as if there were a few things I was forgetting by not rereading the first three books in the Poison Study series first. So, once I’ve finished my read through of Fire Study, I look forward to picking up Sea Glass.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon: Inys has been ruled by the House of Berethnet for a thousand years. Queen Sabran the Ninth, still unwed, must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction before the assassins reach her. Ead Duryan is an outside at court, and though she rose to the position of lady-in-waiting, she’s loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead’s alliance with the mages gives her the forbidden magic to secretly protect the Queen. Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider but instead is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. As the divide between East and West continues to grow, the forces of chaos rise from their sleep.
I first hard of this book while watching a YouTube video (or two) by Regan (Peruse Project) where she gushed about this read. I’ve found my tastes in books to line up pretty well Regan’s over the years, so when she talked about enjoying this read, I couldn’t help but pick it up. Now I hope to finally get around to reading it, armed with the knowledge of the non-spoiler things that Regan both enjoyed and didn’t in the book.
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett: Sancia Grado is a damned good thief with unique talents. Unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power. The Merchant Houses who control the magical technology know as scriving have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. Yet if the can unlock the artifact’s secrets, they’ll rewrite the world itself to suit their needs. Now someone in the Houses wants Sancia dead, the artifact for themself.
Another book that Regan brought to my radar, I couldn’t help but pick this book up as I love a good heist novel. To hear Regan gush about Foundryside, click here.
The Girl Downstairs by Stacey Lee: By day, Jo Kuan works as a lady’s maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. By night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady. When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of pen to address some of society’s ill. Yet she isn’t prepared for the backlash that follows her challenging of fixed ideas about race and gender. Her opponents clamor to uncover her secret identity while a mysterious letter sets Jo on a search for her past and the parents that abandoned her as a baby. When her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlanta’s most notorious criminals, Jo must decide if she – a girl usedd to living in the shadows – is ready to step into the light.
Little Fires Everywhere by Celese Ng: Elena Richardson embodies the rule following nature of Shaker Heights, a progressive suburb of Cleveland. When Mia Warren – enigmatic artist and single mother to a teenage girl – rents a house from the Richardsons, all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo. When an old family friend attempts to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that drastically devised the town and leaves Elena and Mia on opposite sides of the divide.
The Read/Watch-along book of the 2020 Asian Readathon which took place in May, I started this book last month and plan on finishing it this month. I didn’t end up getting the eBook version of this book from my local library until the end of the month which didn’t give me enough time in May to finish it. If you’ve read this book and want to hear other peoples’ opinions on it, click here for the Readalong Live Show. If you’ve watched the show and want to hear other peoples’ opinions on it, click here for the Watchalong Live Show.
Every Single Secret by Emily Carpenter: Daphne Amos believed she’d found a kindred spirit in her fiancé Heath. Both very private people who’d kept their pasts hidden from the world, and each other, until Heath’s escalating nightmares begin to place an undeniable strain on their relationship. Determined to save their upcoming marriage, Heath insists Daphne join him on a seven day retreat with Dr Matthew Cerny, a psychologist celebrated for getting to the root of repressed memories. Even though the past is the last place she wants to go, Daphne agrees. The isolated retreat increases her unease, as does the doctor’s rules: they must relinquesh their keys and phones; they’ll be monitored at all hours by hidden cameras; and they’re never to socialize with the other guests. When Daphne leaves her room one sleepless night, she realizes that the institute isn’t quite what it seems. Oh, and the thing that’s crying out from Heath’s past was meant to stay silent.
My sister recently got back into the reading mood, having so much spare time on her hands now, and told me that this was a fantastic read. So fantastic, in fact, that she lent me her Kindle information so I could read her copy of this eBook to enjoy the wild ride. While my expectations are high going into this read, I look forward to seeing what Carpenter has in store for me.
This Saturday my best friend and I are planning on doing a joint 24 Hour Readathon from our perspective houses. While we won’t be together, this’ll still make it possible for us to keep each other on track. Our goal? To read as much of the longest book on our individual TBRs as possible. Hers is The Stand by Stephen King and mine is The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon.
While this would technically take place on the 6th of June, I figured this is a great way to start the month off on the right reading foot. Besides, it’s still within the first week of the month and means that I’ll be able to try and read some of the shorter books on my TBR before and after then. Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to read all 848 pages of The Priory of the Orange Tree and start something else.
Whatever your plans are for the month, I hope you complete any and all goals you’ve set out for yourself. If you haven’t set any goals and just plan to go with the flow of things, I hope that works out wonderfully for you. Everybody reads at their own pace and in their own way, all I can do is sit here cheering you on.