Wrap Up and TBR

September 2019 TBR

Hello Readers!

I know we are already half way through the month, but I would like to share my TBR with you for September. So I have quite a bit TBR for this month and I just keep adding to it. And there is one reason for it. Through BookTube, I have discovered Caravan. This is a site which focuses on find a group of people to read the same book with, so basically a buddy read. And there are a bunch of books on their site which I own and really want to read, so I joined like 8 groups.

So I am going to have a separate section for books which I will be reading for a book club, books I need to read since I bought them in April and Caravan. And lastly I will be listing some books I would like to get to if I have finished my TBR before the month is over.

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Blackwing by Ed McDonald

Blackwing (Raven's Mark #1)“The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow’s Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer’s legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard’s paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost.

The war with the Eastern Empire ended in stalemate some eighty years ago, thanks to Nall’s ‘Engine’, a wizard-crafted weapon so powerful even the Deep Kings feared it. The strike of the Engine created the Misery – a wasteland full of ghosts and corrupted magic that now forms a No Mans Land along the frontier. But when Galharrow investigates a frontier fortress, he discovers complacency bordering on treason: then the walls are stormed, and the Engine fails to launch. Galharrow only escapes because of the preternatural magical power of the noblewoman he was supposed to be protecting. Together, they race to the capital to unmask the traitors and restore the republic’s defences. Far across the Misery a vast army is on the move, as the Empire prepares to call the republic’s bluff.”

I am reading this book as part of a reading club which I am participating in, in person. I really love being a part of this book club and it focuses on Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Horror books. This was the shortest book on the list we could pick from, so it won. I love the cover and I know that is superficial but that is how my brain functions.

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

“When Rin aced the Keju, the Empire-wide test to find the most talented youth to The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)learn at the Academies, it was a shock to everyone: to the test officials, who couldn’t believe a war orphan from Rooster Province could pass without cheating; to Rin’s guardians, who believed they’d finally be able to marry her off and further their criminal enterprise; and to Rin herself, who realized she was finally free of the servitude and despair that had made up her daily existence. That she got into Sinegard, the most elite military school in Nikan, was even more surprising.

But surprises aren’t always good.

Because being a dark-skinned peasant girl from the south is not an easy thing at Sinegard. Targeted from the outset by rival classmates for her color, poverty, and gender, Rin discovers she possesses a lethal, unearthly power—an aptitude for the nearly-mythical art of shamanism. Exploring the depths of her gift with the help of a seemingly insane teacher and psychoactive substances, Rin learns that gods long thought dead are very much alive—and that mastering control over those powers could mean more than just surviving school.

For while the Nikara Empire is at peace, the Federation of Mugen still lurks across a narrow sea. The militarily advanced Federation occupied Nikan for decades after the First Poppy War, and only barely lost the continent in the Second. And while most of the people are complacent to go about their lives, a few are aware that a Third Poppy War is just a spark away . . .

Rin’s shamanic powers may be the only way to save her people. But as she finds out more about the god that has chosen her, the vengeful Phoenix, she fears that winning the war may cost her humanity . . . and that it may already be too late.”

I have been dying to read this book ever since I got it, so naturally I put it off until now since it is part of this book club. This book is the book of the month for the Stars and Sorcery book club which focuses on reading diverse Fantasy and Sci-Fi.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1)“Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.”

This is a re-read for me. So during the Reading Rush I met some readers in the Netherlands and we decided to make a bimonthly book club. So this is the book we will be reading and discussing at the beginning of October. This time I will be physically reading it instead of listening to the audiobook which I did the first time.

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The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees

“The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, The Waking Forestat the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She’s desperate to know more—until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.

To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.

The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea’s and the Witch’s paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?”

I got this book from my sister for my birthday, it sounded creepy and I am ready to be scared. That is the only thing I can remember from this book and I think I saw some authors on Twitter talking about it keeping them awake at night (it was either this book or another).

The Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy, #1)“A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.”

This was a book which was pretty hyped up when it was about to release, so weak me gave into the hype that is why I got it.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

“Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-The Silent Patientdemand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house with big windows overlooking a park in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word.

Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London.

Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations—a search for the truth that threatens to consume him….”

This is the first thriller book I bought in years, usually it is a general I enjoy when I read it. But just as with Historical Fiction, I don’t read it that often. And a buzz word for me is anything which has to do with Health Care, so I had to get it.

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Sorcery of Thorns by Mageret Rogerson

Sorcery of Thorns“All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.

Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.

As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.”

To be honest, I also bought this book because of the hype. I mean magical books which talk to you and their smell can tell what level and kind of magic they hold?! I mean who wouldn’t fall for that trap?! I am currently reading this and I hope to finish it soon. Right now my opinion is that it is okay.

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

“In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, desperate unemployed folksMr. Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #1) are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

Brady Hartsfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again. Only Bill Hodges, with two new, unusual allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.”

I really enjoy Merphy Napier on YouTube and when she announced that she would be buddy reading this, I just went for it. I had this book as an ebook, so it was even better. I have only read a few pages of this so far, so I haven’t really formed a first impression.

The Eye of The World by Robert Jordan

The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, #1)“The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. But one truth remains, and what mortal men forget, the Aes Sedai do not …What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the shadow.”

What is a better way to get through this series than a buddy read with a bunch of people? That is right, I can’t think of a better way either. The reason I have been putting of starting this series is because it is soooo long and there are sooo many books in it, but I have heard people raving about it so I have to read it.

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

“No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents, Lock Every Doorall of whom are rich or famous or both. These are the only rules for Jules Larsen’s new job as an apartment sitter at the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile and mysterious buildings. Recently heartbroken and just plain broke, Jules is taken in by the splendor of her surroundings and accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind.

As she gets to know the residents and staff of the Bartholomew, Jules finds herself drawn to fellow apartment sitter Ingrid, who comfortingly, disturbingly reminds her of the sister she lost eight years ago. When Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her, Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story—until the next day, when Ingrid disappears.

Searching for the truth about Ingrid’s disappearance, Jules digs deeper into the Bartholomew’s dark past and into the secrets kept within its walls. Her discovery that Ingrid is not the first apartment sitter to go missing at the Bartholomew pits Jules against the clock as she races to unmask a killer, expose the building’s hidden past, and escape the Bartholomew before her temporary status becomes permanent.”

So I was planning on listening to this audiobook anyway this month since I really liked the vibe it gave off, so when there was a buddy read created to read this, I jumped on as fast as I could. Right now I am listening already to it and enjoying is so far, I am still waiting for it to become thrilling.

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1)“Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian – leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies.

Nobleman Captain Jezal dan Luthar, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules.

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it.

Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he’s about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glokta a whole lot more difficult.

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood.”

I really don’t know anything about this series, all I know is that people I follow love this. So that is reason enough for me to read it. It is not that I have more books to read or something.

The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

“Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.”

So I am planning on giving the Throne of Glass series another shot. I actually liked the first book, but I never continued on with the series. Lately I have been wanting to read it, so I decided to join in on a buddy read which will be reading the whole series.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)“In a world where ash falls from the sky, and mist dominates the night, an evil cloaks the land and stifles all life. The future of the empire rests on the shoulders of a troublemaker and his young apprentice. Together, can they fill the world with colour once more?
In Brandon Sanderson’s intriguing tale of love, loss, despair and hope, a new kind of magic enters the stage— Allomancy, a magic of the metals.”

Ever since I was introduced to BookTube and just the book community in general, people have been raving about this book. I own the first trilogy, but I still have yet to read it. I am trying to manage my expectations, so I wouldn’t expect a perfect book when I start and be disappointed.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

“Everyone loses something to the Tox; Hetty lost her eye, Reese’s hand has changed, and Wilder GirlsByatt just disappeared completely.

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put in quarantine. The Tox turned the students strange and savage, the teachers died off one by one. Cut off from the mainland, the girls don’t dare wander past the school’s fence where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure as the Tox takes; their bodies becoming sick and foreign, things bursting out of them, bits missing.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her best friend, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie in the wilderness past the fence. As she digs deeper, she learns disturbing truths about her school and what else is living on Raxter Island. And that the cure might not be a cure at all…”

I just recently bought this book, so when there was a buddy read available on Caravan I signed up! I have been hearing great things about it and I had been looking for a copy for a while so when I found it I was really glad.

Have you read any of these books? Which one are you the most excited for me to read?

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