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June TBR

So here we are at long last, the beginning of Summer! Hopefully my plan is to get a job but while I am doing that these are the books that I am aiming to read. You can tell that I’m home now that the formats are no longer equal.

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Kindle:

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

28095737If you haven’t seen my Summer of Austen post yet then you won’t know that I am aiming to read all of Austen’s novels over the summer. Pride and Prejudice will be a re-read for me, but I’m hoping to read it myself instead of the audiobook but maybe I’ll end up doing a little bit of both. Since this is probably the most well known novel in the English language I don’t think you need much of a summary, but here goes nothing. Mrs Bennet mother to five unmarried daughters os over the moon at the arrival of new gentlemen in the neighbourhood. I guess you can see where this is going.

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The Man Booker Shortlist 2016

Would you look at this, a post about last years Man Booker Prize, which probably seems a little out of place. But fear not, this is serving a purpose. Alongside my Summer of Austen, I’m intending to read all of the shortlisted books. Can you tell I’m done with university? Wondering why? Then you might want to check out my New Years Resolutions.

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

22237161This is actually the winner, but not one that immediately grabs my attention, still maybe this will surprise me and be my favourite. Still, I do really like this cover, which is usually a good sign. Centered around a race trial, The Sellout follows one man though his unusual upbringing, presumably somewhere in the US.

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May TBR

Hello, May! A month of exams, and a month of finishing university forever, or at least for the time being, and here’s what I’m planning on reading.

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Hardcopy:

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

29559052I can’t believe it has taken me this long to even put this back on my TBR, though not for lack of trying I promise. As the 5th book in the series I can’t really say anything about this book that is not a spoiler, so let’s just say that this books picks up after the events of Queen of Shadows, my favourite of the series. You may have noticed  that at the end of the previous book there were still quite a few problems on Aelin’s plate, and now, like a boss, she is going to deal with them. I also have a paperback copy now, with a signed bookplate, so I’ll be reading that edition instead of my kindle one.

The Dark Days Club (The Dark Days Club #1) by Alison Goodman

27074515I don’t even want to speculate how long I’ve had this book, and how many times I’ve almost read it. But May will be the month, I swear. You’re probably sick of earring my half-hearted attempt at a summery but here we go again; Short version: The Infernal Devices in the Regency Period. Long version: Lady Helen is hellbent on investigating some mysterious disappearances, and is assisted by Lord something, who, I’m sure is super hot, because why else would I be reading this book. I’m not a uhudnred percent if there are teams, but to be honest the is what I am looking for with this book.

Dead Over Heels (Aurora Teagarden #5) by Charlaine Harris

21367658This is the final book from my Christmas Haul, can you believe that  we’re here already. If you were wondering what else I got in that Haul then you can check that out HERE. Dead Over Heels is the last book that I own from this series, but I am hoping to keep reading till the end of the series. Already, I am sold on the premise of this one because it just sounds like a lot of fun, and I already have high hopes, with dead bodies appearing in the back garden of Aurora’s new house. Obviously not ideal, unless, of course, you have an penchant for solving mysteries, like Aurora does. I’m also wondering where her relationship with Marin is going to be at after then ending of the previous book, so plenty to think about.

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Kindle:

Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices #2) by Cassie Clare [Released 23/04/2017]

30312891Well, I’ve just finished Lady Midnight again in preparation for this baby and I cannot wait to see what happens next. I’ve heard so really interesting theories and I’m really hoping some of them pan out, if not then those will be the fanfic’s that I’m going to be looking out for. So, we are of course back in the Shadowhunter universe and despite these kinds being from L.A judging by the cover we are going to be spending some time in London. Surely this means some Infernal Devices references? I picked up a chapter sampler from Waterstones but as of yet have been too nervous to actually read it.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3) by Sarah J. Maas [Released 03/04/2017]

23766634Is this my most anticipated book release of 2017? You bet. And would you just look at that cover. Feyre, darling, you are looking absolutely gorgeous in that dress, and the sword too. There are so many things I want to see happen in this book, not least to see a certain someone getting a slap in the face. Also, I need my ships to be a-sailing at the end of the book. I really want this book to be like 900 pages, I literally want a book the size of Rhys’ wing span. Mmm… that’s another thing I want to see in ACoWaR. I just cannot wait, though the fact that this is released during exam time might be a bit of a problem, more so for my exams than this book.

 

Vicious by V.E Schwab

23717497And finally I’m all up to read one of my favourite books from one of my favourite authors. That’s right I talking about you, V.E Schwab. In case you didn’t realise I am always there for morally grey characters and Vicious is the ultimate for blurred lines between good and evil, superhero and super villain. Best friends in college Eli and Victor decide to experiment of themselves in an effort to give themselves superpowers. But when one finds themselves with superman like strength and the other the power to cause pain, they find themselves failing into stereotypes, prompting us question who is the villain and who is the hero.

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, narrated by By Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Jonathan McClain

28452462I can’t decide if I need a paperback copy to go with this book, since there’s so much mixed media in it. Any suggestions? Either way, this is a YA, sci-fi, set in the year 2575 where Katy was just about to break up with her boyfriend Ezra (Anyone else thinking of PLL Ezra?), until, that it, her  planet gets invaded. Katy and Ezra are thrown head first into a heart stopping race to escape, via evacuation fleet, with the enemy in hot pursuit. As I said before, the story is told through mixed media, so a lot of articles, retracted files, interviews, that sort of thing, which is super interesting and a different approach to create a unique story.

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And that’s all folks. Obviously the highlight for me is going to be ACoWaR and there is nothing more to be said on that.

What about you? Have you read any of these and what did you think? What is your most anticipated book this year?

Thanks for reading!

Victoria

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The Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2017

This is part of my Reading Resolutions for this year as I want to try and read a bit more outside YA, and to do that I am hoping to read this years shortlist, and here are those books.

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeline Thien

34658262As Do Not Say We Have Nothing was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize last year, this is the one I know the most about, in theory, anyway, though my lack of contextual knowledge leaves me slightly in the dark about the details. In 1990 a mother and daughter in Canada take in a young woman called Ai-ming, who has fled the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square protests. From this I gather that we’re going to be getting a story within a story with Ai-ming recounting her own life. The Man Booker is not the only prize that this book has won, and I’m also looking forward to this being much more diverse than my usual reads.

The Power by Naomi Alderman

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April TBR

April already! Is it just me, or is 2017 whizzing past at break neck speed? I’m hoping to be able to read 8 books this month, none of which are for school, which is something short of a miracle.

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Hardcopy:

A Court of Mist and Fury (ACoTaR #2) by Sarah J. Maas 

28477453Of course, working toward the release of ACoWaR on May 4th, I want to fit in a re-read of the best book so far, and just one of my all-time favourites, ACoMaF. Without falling into the trap of just gushing over how much I love this book, this is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, which is a YA fantasy novel. Instead of a Beauty and the Beast re-telling, this one is a take on the Hades and Persephone relationship, from Greek mythology, and if you’ve read the first book, you’ll know who the characters are. As in ACoTaR, it is a very loose retelling, and you may have noticed that there are no gods in this series, but the essence of the story remains the same. This time w get to experience the night court for the first time, and that’s where everyone want’s to be. Party at the Night Court, anyone?

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March TBR

Roll, on March because that means that I’m nearly done with my final year of university. Crazy! I mean, I still have to come back to hand my dissertation in and do my exams, but I’ll be done with actual classes. While I am wrapping up my essays, dissertation, and classes these are the books that I want to read.

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Hardcopy:

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse (Aurora Teagarden #3) by Charlaine Harris

22093702This is the last one that I’ve already read in this cosy murder mystery series, and then it’ll be on to the new ones in my Christmas Haul. This time Aurora ‘Roe’ Teagarden is taking a stab at a career in real estate but gets more than she bargained for when she find a corpse during a showing. Not ideal for the first day on the job. This sparks an investigation surrounding the local estate agents, the slight problem being that her mother owns and estate agents. As usual there is also a light romance a-brewing between Roe and the newly arrived Martain Bacall, to whom Roe was showing the house. I’ve said it before but these books are short, sweet and perfect for a one-day-read if that’s your kind of thing.

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February TBR

I’ve always liked February because it’s a short and sweet month, over and done in a flash, so it probably isn’t the best idea to put even more books than usual on my TBR. But I’m going to do it anyway.


Hardcopy:

A Bone To Pick (Aurora Teagarden #2) by Charlaine Harris

22093674The second book in the series deals with a fresh murder mystery in the life of part-time librarian in Smalltown, Southern USA, Aurora ‘Roe’ Teagarden. This time, we kick things off with the funeral of one of her friends, the elderly Jane Engel, who, much to Roe’s surprise had bequeathed her, her house. But maybe the human skull hidden in the window seat has something to do with that? Roe embarks on her first cold case as she endeavours to discover who the skull belonged to and most importantly, how did they die. Harris’ series is very much that of the cosy murdery mystery with plenty of humour to keep things light and fun.

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January TBR

Welcome, welcome to my first TBR of 2017! Luckily I don’t have too much required reading for class, so, in theory, I should have a little more time to read.

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Kindle:

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon

18594512It’s 2017, and that means, at long last the third book in this series is out this year, March 7th to be precise, so of course it’s time for a re-read. The Bone Season is a set in an intricate fantastic fantasy/historical fantasy world where certain people have clairvoyant powers, something that is punishable by death. Enter out heroine Paige Mahoney, employed in the criminal underworld of London 2059, to break into the minds of other people. Without saying too much, because there is so much world building that you really have to just read it for yourself, this takes you in places that you definitely do not expect. If you’re interested in reading this during January then I will leave a link for the GoodReads read along here, so feel free to join!

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December TBR

It’s here, I’m finally posting this super late TBR. But it’s actually here!

Audible:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling

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Narrated by Stephen Fry this will finish off my year long re-read of the Harry Potter books on Audible. I might keep over in shock if you didn’t know that this is the final book in the Harry Potter series, and that Harry is off on the hunt for Horcruxes. There is no one on the earth that has a better voice to read Harry Potter to me than Stephen Fry does, somehow he brings these books to life all over again and I cannot wait until I hear that All was well.

 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Look who’s back. Back again. I still haven’t finished this but I 28095737promise I will do it by the end of the year. To be fair I am about halfway through so I just need to power through those last 5 hours of Rosamund Pike’s voice. Pride and Prejudice must be one of the most famous books in the English language, but isn’t something many people have actually read, al least from my experience. So I am ready to finally read/listen for myself at how exactly Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet overcome their pride and predudice.

 

Kindle:

Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

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This is one of my favourite Christmas themed books, and is actually three short stories (One each per author) that aren’t directly related but sort of brush up against one another. Beginning on Christmas Eve during a snow storm with a girl trying to get home, and stems from there, with some teacup pigs and an interesting trip to get some waffles. This is one of those really cute contemporary stories that just make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, and easy to dip in and out if you haven’t got time for the whole thing.

 

 

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

22819449.jpgYou knew I had to get Leigh Bardugo in here somehow, didn’t you? So I will be  re-reading this YA fantasy because I finally have all three books in the trilogy and I want to get through them. You know I love everything about Leigh Bardugo and even though this is a completely different story (Alina surprises everyone when she discovers she is a sun-summoner) with completely different characters (Alina, Mal and The Darkling) it is set in the same world. This series is also more concentrated on the magic system, which took a bit more of a backseat in the Six of Crows duology.

 

Hallowe’en Party by Agatha Christie

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This was on last months TBR and i stupidly decided to start reading it on November 30th, so I obviously haven’t quite finished it. It’s a Poirot murder mystery investigated a young girl who is drowned in an apple-bobbing bucket hours after claiming to have see a murder. It’s classic Christie and perfect for all who love a cosy fireside murder mystery.

 

 

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

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What is more festive that a bit of Charles Dickens? Originally I planned to read Great Expectations, then I changed my mind to A Tale of Two Cities, both of which I’ve read before and I love, but this turned out to be the book of the month in a bookclub that I’m a part of. In David Copperfield we have your standard bildungsroman of said character and his adventures. We start off with David’s birth, after the death of his father an follow him through the following ups and downs of his life. It’s a monster of a book, but I’m going to do my best, and hopefully Dickens’ writing will pull me through.

 

Hardcopy:

Varney the Vampyre or The Feast of Blood by James Malcolm Rymer

7689323This is actually some reading for my dissertation that I haven’t quite finished (to be fair it over 1000 pages) but I’m putting it on here for motivation. This is a vampire story (obviously) that was originally published as a penny dreadful in the latter half of the 19th century. If you like melodrama, and have plenty of time on your hands, this would definitely be right up your alley, and really quite like it. It’s also the first instance f a sympathetic vampire, which is really interesting, a sit is so early. I’m around 600 pages in, so only the second half of the book to go. Wish me luck!

 

The Tresspaser by Tana French

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Another one that I have started and I’m sorry to say that this is actually an ARC sent to me for review in September and I haven’t finished it. I do wasn’t to finished this murder mystery, it’s much darker and grittier than Agatha Christie, and I have read other books in this series before so I just know that the ending will be brilliant.In this case we follow Detective Antoinette Conway as she investigates the death of a woman beaten to death in the midst of what appears to be a date at her own home. Even though I had to temporarily DNF this book I am eager to find out who the killer is, so long as it doesn’t get to conspiracy-y.

 

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Final865293ly, I’m almost halfway through this high fantasy novel about a
bunch of confidence
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duology), so I adore this little band of merry men. Like, I said, I am almost halfway through and there is some more magic based involvement, but there had been a lot of underworld politics at play too, and I love political intrigue especially within a criminal underworld.

 

So, there you have it. A lot of these book I really love, but I just haven’t had the time to finish them. As you can tell for the most part this is a mad dash to wrap things up ready for the new year, so I can begin 2017 with a clear TBR, or clear-ish.

Have you read any of these books? What are you reading in December?

Thanks for reading!