This year, I’m aiming to read 3 books a month, so that I can achieve my goal of 36 books in 2021! I’ve never really planned my next books in advance, apart from knowing what my next book will be during the last 100 pages of my current read, to motivate me even more! Let’s see if I stick to any of these goals this year!
This month, I am going to be reading the three newest additions to my bookshelf.
The Word-Keeper – Veronica del Valle
What would happen if words disappeared forever?
Set in a whimsical town called Inkwell, a place with an ancient secret history, this fairytale-like adventure will uncover the key to the power hidden within words.
The Word-Keeper is a tale about a savvy bookmark named Ben that unwillingly becomes an evil imp with only one objective: follow the orders of his master and destroy the words that live inside books.
Only one girl can stop him. Her name is Florence Ibbot. She is eleven years old, oddly eloquent and a quiet observer of the world. But above all, Florence is a keen logophile and is willing to sacrifice everything to protect the words.
She sets out to discover who is behind this. The journey will take her to the origins of writing and inspiration. But she’ll also have to face the most treacherous adversary, Zyler, a ruthless sorceress whose sole mission is to ruin one of humankind’s most precious possessions: the gift of language.
As the final battle approaches, Florence will have to learn how to wield words instead of the sword. Is Florence brave enough to become who she was born to be?
Average rating on Goodreads: 3.88 ⭐
Pleading Hearts – S.J. Hopewell
Determined to honor her late father’s memory, twenty-two-year-old Anna Fitzgerald embarks on a journey through Virginia’s top law school: Ashcroft University. With the love of her mother, younger sister Margaret, and faithful dog Jasper, Anna is unstoppable. Until she unexpectedly finds herself at the mercy of oncoming traffic. Cue Justin Goldman – her ruggedly handsome, intellectually charming classmate with warm, hazel eyes and a surprisingly relatable past. Justin jumps to Anna’s rescue, pulling her to safety in his arms. The only problem? Justin has a girlfriend. As Anna advances through law school in denial of her growing feelings for Justin, neither could possible predict the tragedy that would soon strike the beloved city of Manderley.
Average rating on Amazon: 5⭐
The Mechanical Maestro – Emily Owen
Brothers George and Douglas Abernathy are clockmakers who are barely scraping a living in their family’s shop. They are also brilliant inventors with a sideline building custom-built androids and other technology ahead of its time. Their sixteen-year-old sister, Molly, is also a genius, specialising in transformative plant biology, but earns her keep by sewing.
The Abernathys’ fortunes improve dramatically when the brothers invent a clockwork automaton composer named Maestro, whose musical artistry takes London by storm. But there are those who believe Maestro is a fake, and others who think him a monstrosity.
As Maestro tries to make sense of the world of London’s high-society which he is thrown into, he incites the interest of sinister figures who would go to any lengths to discover what makes him tick.
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.71⭐
These are the books that I am aiming to read this month. This is the first time this year that I haven’t randomly selected my books to read – I’m already reading The Word-Keeper and Pleading Hearts, so I thought it would make sense for my third book this month to be the newest addition to my bookshelf – The Mechanical Maestro!
Have you decided what books you’re reading this month? Do you plan your reading in advance? Or do you just choose your next book as you go along? Let me know in the comments!
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