What to Read: April 2020 – Post Seven of Stay Home Order

So March was a hard month for me and reading full novels.  I read plenty of graphic novels, but I just couldn’t find the focus for longer narratives of just text.  Until the very last week of the month when Amanda Bouchet’s Nightchaser helped pull me out of the pandemic slump and anxiety.  But it was slow going, and as I mentioned yesterday, I fell to the Animal Crossing bandwagon of fun and joy 🙂  Anyway, here is what I’m hoping to read and shout about this month as time allows.

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What to Read: March 2020

As you can see, March is a big month for SFF releases!  There are so many great looking books coming out this month, and I can’t wait to hear everyone’s thoughts on these.  So definitely let me know in the comments!

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What to Read: February 2020

Preface: Starting with February, instead of just compiling covers for books releasing for the month, I’ve decided to curate my monthly releases posts by starting with those books that I need to read for review purposes, followed by those that I’m excited to see release, and finishing with some other titles I’m hoping to read during the month.  They might be longish posts, but hopefully informative!

For Review:

Belle RévolteHeart of Flames (Crown of Feathers, #2)

I have two physical books that I need to read this month.  Belle Revolte by Linsey Miller is one that the publisher, Sourcebooks Fire, reached out to me since I worked with them on Linsey’s debut a few years back.  And, I requested Heart of Flames by Nicki Pau Preto from Simon & Schuster because I loved the first book last year.  I’m excited to read both of these.

The Unspoken Name (The Serpent Gates, #1)The Seventh SunThe Wolf of Oren-Yaro

With these three, I’m hoping to read and review at least two this month.  They are eARCs downloaded from Edelweiss.  The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood has already received some fantastic reviews, so I’m hyped up for that one from Tor BooksThe Seventh Sun by Lani Forbes from Blackstone Publishing and The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso from Orbit are quieter released, but they sound fantastic!  Thanks for the publishers for approving my requests.

Nils: The Tree of LifeUpright Women Wanted

Magnetic Press had a Read Now button on Nils: The Tree of Life by Jerome Hamon, and I’m a sucker for graphic novels with great art, so I’m hoping to read this one soon.  And I was overjoyed to see the audiobook for Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey from Tor.com as one of the February Libro.fm ALC options.  Must finish my current audiobook, but this one is up next!

Other Exciting February Releases:

Below (North #1)All the Stars and Teeth (All the Stars and Teeth, #1)Dungeon Queen (Dungeon Queen, #1)Zatanna & the House of SecretsCourt of Ruins (The Fallen Fae #1)The Shadows Between Us

These all look amazing!  But I won’t have time to read them all this book, so I’m hoping to squeeze some in later this year.

Other Books on my TBR this month:

Seven Deadly ShadowsThe Slug Queen Chronicles: Season One

Seven Deadly Shadows by Courtney Alameda and Valynne E. Maetani is a January release that I didn’t have time to read, but since I did receive an ARC from HarperTeen, I’m still hoping to read it this month!  The Slug Queen Chronicles: Season One by S.O. Thomas is an eARC I received through Book Sirens and so far is pretty interesting.  Look for my review later this month since it’s a March release.

Cast in Peril (Chronicles of Elantra, #8)The Starless Sea

My current audiobook read is Cast in Peril by Michelle Sagara from MIRA (previously Harlequin LUNA), which I’m listening to during my Audible Escape trial.  I’m extremely behind on this series, but am hoping to catch up some this year.  I didn’t quite have time in December to read The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and my boss would like to see what I think about some of the library aspects, so here’s hoping I can squeeze this Doubleday Books release in this month as well!

What do you think of this format?  Let me know if you love it or hate it in the comments!

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #4

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

 

Storybound (Storybound #1)

I have several retold fairy tales crossover books that I haven’t gotten to.  I think maybe I got burned out during that trend?  I will eventually read this one though because I love me some retold fairy tales!  Keep 🙂

Flesh and Blood (House of Comarré, #2)

This is book 2, and I own book 3 as well, and book 1 was really interesting.  So I just need to make time to continue the series.  Keep 🙂

Blackdog

I started reading this one when I first got it.  And I honestly don’t remember why I didn’t get very far before setting it aside.  So I’ll be keeping this one to try again.  Keep 🙂

Winterling (Winterling, #1)

I picked up this trilogy right around the time the third book came out, and I’ve tried to start the first book because it sounds fascinating.  It’s relatively short, so I’ll move it up my TBR for this year.  Keep 🙂

Dead on the Delta (Annabelle Lee, #1)

Looking at the synopsis for this, I don’t know why I haven’t read it yet!  This is definitely the next one I pick up once I’m finished with review books! Keep 🙂

Dragon in Chains (Moshui, #1)

This one sounds like it’s full of Asian-inspired mythology and folklore.  It still sounds fascinating!  Keep 🙂

Snake Agent (Detective Inspector Chen, #1)

Seems to have all the pieces of stuff I like in other series, so I just need to make time for it!  Keep 🙂

Touch of Power (Healer #1)

I really need to make a point to read Maria’s backlog.  They all sound so good!  Keep 🙂

The Will of the Empress (The Circle Reforged, #1)

If I’m being honest with myself, I will probably never read this one.  My heart lies in Tortall, and Tamora’s other series/characters just weren’t as compelling for me.

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Wild Magic (Drinker of Souls: Wild Magic, #1)

I’m really on the fence about this one.  It sounds intriguing and has lovely covers for the series, but I think I need to read the first chapter to see if the writing style works for me.   Keep for now 🙂

 

That’s it for this installment!  I did a recent purge of my collection and removed a bunch of stuff that I just didn’t think looked interesting anymore or that I know I won’t get around to anytime soon.  But I still have a huge TBR!  I don’t know how that works, but I still have plenty of these posts to go.

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #3

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Continue reading

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #2

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Continue reading

Down the TBR Rabbit Hole #1

Down The TBR Hole is a meme from Lost in a Story that revolves around cleansing your TBR of all those books you’re never going to read and sort through it all to know what’s actually on there.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Continue reading