This month, my TBR is looking a bit different to normal, as I’m going to try and read as many of my unread books as I can! Hopefully this will bring me further back to schedule on my Goodreads Reading Challenge (and I’ll be able to buy more books again!).
Altogether, I have 12 unread books – 9 fiction and 3 non-fiction. I wonder how many of these I’ll be able to read by the end of this month?!
King’s Cage – Victoria Aveyard
Who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal.
Now a king, Maven continues weaving his web in an attempt to maintain control over his country – and his prisoner.
While Mare remains trapped in the palace, the remnants of the Red Rebellion continue organizing and expanding. As they prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows, Cal – the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare’s heart – will stop at nothing to bring her back.
Average Goodreads rating: 3.97⭐
War Storm – Victoria Aveyard
Victory comes at a price.
Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal’s betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart – and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her – Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all . . . starting with the crown on Maven’s head.
But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal’s powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force. But Maven is driven by an obsession so deep, he will stop at nothing to have Mare as his own again, even if it means demolishing everything – and everyone – in his path.
War is coming, and all Mare has fought for hangs in the balance. Will victory be enough to topple the Silver kingdoms? Or will the little lightning girl be forever silenced?
Average Goodreads rating: 3.88⭐
The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie
“Beware! Peril to the detective who says: “It is so small – it does not matter . . .” Everything matters”
After the Great War, life can never be the same again. Wounds need healing, and the horror of violent death banished into memory.
Captain Arthur Hastings is invited to the rolling country estate of Styles to recuperate from injuries sustained at the Front. It is the last place he expects to encounter murder. Fortunately he knows a former detective, a Belgian refugee, who has grown bored of retirement . . .
Average Goodreads rating: 3.98⭐
My Plain Jane – Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows
A fantastic, romantic, comedic, entirely (but not really) faithful retelling of JANE EYRE.
You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (yikes!) and his uneven temper (double yikes!), they fall in love – and, Reader, she marries him.
We have a different story to tell.
Average Goodreads rating: 3.77⭐
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 possibly predict the tragedy that would soon strike the beloved city of Manderley.
Average rating on Amazon: 5⭐
Cinder – Marissa Meyer
A FORBIDDEN ROMANCE.
A DEADLY PLAGUE.
EARTH’S FATE HINGES ON ONE GIRL . . .
CINDER, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She’s reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her sister’s sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen – and a dangerous temptation.
Cinder is caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal. Now she must uncover secrets about her mysterious past in order to protect Earth’s future.
THIS IS NOT THE FAIRY TALE YOU REMEMBER. BUT IT’S ONE YOU WON’T FORGET.
Average Goodreads rating: 4.13⭐
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⭐
Harry Potter y la Piedra Filosofal – J.K. Rowling
“Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter ‘H’.”
HARRY POTTER has never even heard of Hogwarts when the LETTERS start dropping on the doormat at number four, Privet Drive. Addressed in GREEN INK on yellowish parchment with a PURPLE SEAL, they are swiftly confiscated by his GRISLY aunt and uncle. Then, on Harry’s eleventh birthday, a great beetle-eyed GIANT of a man called RUBEUS HAGRID bursts in with some ASTONISHING news: Harry Potter is a wizard, and he has a place at HOGWARTS SCHOOL OF WITCHCRAFT AND WIZARDRY.
An incredible adventure is about to begin!
Average Goodreads rating: 4.47⭐
The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
Average rating on Goodreads: 4.51⭐
She-Wolves – Helen Castor
IN MEDIEVAL ENGLAND, MAN WAS THE RULER OF WOMAN, AND THE KING WAS THE RULER OF ALL. HOW, THEN, COULD ROYAL POWER LIE IN FEMALE HANDS?
In SHE-WOLVES, celebrated historian Helen Castor tells the dramatic and fascinating stories of four exceptional women who, while never reigning monarchs, held great power: Matilda, Eleanor or Aquitane, Isabella of France and Margaret of Anjou. These were the women who paved the way for Jane Grey, Mary Tudor and Elizabeth I – the Tudor queens who finally confirmed what it meant to be a female monarch.
Average Goodreads rating: 4.01⭐
Spain: What Everyone Needs to Know – William Chislett
Spain is among the euro zone’s largest economies, and its high unemployemnt, burgeoning public debt, and banking crisis will be formative for the zone’s future. In Spain: What Everyone Needs to Know veteran journalist William Chislett provides political and historical context for understanding the country’s current state of affairs. He recounts Spain’s fascinating and often turbulent history and covers topics from the legacy of the early Muslim presence, the influx of immigrants and the separatist Catalan region, to the creation of the welfare state, the effects of austerity measures, the impact of European Economic Community membership, and the causes of the banking crisis. This engaging overview covers a wide sweep of Spanish history and helps readers understand Spain’s place in the world today.
Average Goodreads rating: 3.52⭐
The New Spaniards – John Hooper
Modern-day Spain has changed at bewildering speed. John Hooper’s masterly portrayal of the country and its people, revised and updated, explores the causes behind these changes, focusing on everything from crime to immigration and from gambling to sexual mores. It is the essential guide to twenty-first-century Spain.
Average Goodreads rating: 3.86⭐
These are the books that I am aiming to read this month.
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!
Thank you for reading this post.