In an effort to really get down my huge TBR pile this year I’ve decided to tread into unknown waters… and set myself a list of books that I’ll read in that month.
Now, this isn’t groundbreaking and I’m most definitely not the first person to do this but as a massive mood reader, I’ve never given this a go before. There’s a few reasons that I want to try this method – firstly, it’ll (hopefully) help me to keep on top of my review posts and secondly, it takes the pressure off choosing what to read next. This is a sort of trial run to see how well this works for me so fingers crossed!
So, without further ado, here’s my monthly TBR for March!
Shadow in the Glass by JJA Harwood
I was granted a NetGalley request for this one (🥳🥳🥳) and it’s publication day is March 18th – what a perfect time to commit some time to this beauty!
Blurb: Once upon a time Ella had wished for more than her life as a lowly maid. Now forced to work hard under the unforgiving, lecherous gaze of the man she once called stepfather, Ella’s only refuge is in the books she reads by candlelight, secreted away in the library she isn’t permitted to enter. One night, among her beloved books of far-off lands, Ella’s wishes are answered. At the stroke of midnight, a fairy godmother makes her an offer that will change her life: seven wishes, hers to make as she pleases. But each wish comes at a price and Ella must decide whether it’s one she’s willing to pay…
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
I’ve had this series on my TBR for so long so am officially committing to starting it this month, especially with the latest instalment recently being published. Finally reading some Sarah J Maas was also on my TBR priorities list so that’s another bonus.
Blurb: Feyre is a huntress. And when she sees a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she kills the predator and takes its prey to feed herself and her family. But the wolf was not what it seemed, and Feyre cannot predict the high price she will have to pay for its death… Dragged away from her family for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding even more than his piercing green eyes suggest. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin turn from hostility to passion, she learns that the faerie lands are a far more dangerous place than she realized. And Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
You Goddess! by E Foley and B Coates
I loved the first book by these authors and have had this book on my shelf for a few months. What could be better than combining my love of mythological goddesses with some life lessons?
Blurb: Want to break free from what’s holding you back? Channel the Norse warrior goddess Freyja Feeling stressed? Turn the playful Japanese goddess Uzume for a superheroine superboost Tired of being nice? Meet the Irish goddess The Morrigan, a regal renegade who doesn’t care what anyone thinks of her. Why settle for mere mortal excellence when you could be living like a goddess?
I Stop Somewhere by T E Carter
A colleague of mine gave me an old proof of this a while ago and it’s been staring at me for a while. It sounds like it might be a bit of tough reading but sometimes that makes the best books.
TW: rape, sexual assault
Blurb: Ellie Frias has never wanted to be popular, she just wants to blend in, to be accepted. But then Caleb Breward, tells her she’s beautiful and makes her believe it. Ellie loves Caleb, but sometimes she’s not sure she likes him that much – his awkward smile, the possessive way he touches her, his harsh tone, how he ignores her one minute and can’t get enough the next. And then, on one black night, Ellie discovers the monster her boyfriend really is. Ellie wasn’t the first girl Caleb raped. But she was the first he murdered. Now, trapped, unable to move on, she witnesses him shatter the lives of other girls again and again. Powerless and alone, Ellie tries to keep hold of happier memories, always waiting – hoping – that someone will find her. But no one searches for a girl they never noticed in the first place.
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
I’m feeling the urge to jump into some dark academia and this seems like a great place to start!
Blurb: Enter a school of magic unlike any you have ever encountered. There are no teachers, no holidays, friendships are purely strategic, and the odds of survival are never equal. Once you’re inside, there are only two ways out: you graduate or you die. El Higgins is uniquely prepared for the school’s many dangers. She may be without allies, but she possesses a dark power strong enough to level mountains and wipe out untold millions – never mind easily destroy the countless monsters that prowl the school. Except, she might accidentally kill all the other students, too. So El is trying her hardest not to use it… that is, unless she has no other choice.
Last Lesson by James Goodhand
This is another book given to me by a colleague and is another YA that could be distressing but also seems promising.
TW: school shooting
Blurb: Last year, Ollie Morcombe was a star pupil, popular and a gifted musician. Then, after the accident, everything changed. Now he’s an outcast, a prime target of the school bullies who have made his life a living hell. Today – the last day of the school year – he’s brought those bullies a gift. A homemade pipe bomb. What has driven a model student to plan an unspeakable revenge? And with the clock ticking down to home time, what can anybody do to stop him?
Roar by Cecelia Ahern
This is another one I’ve had on my shelf for over a year and looks like it’ll be a really uplifting read. Thirty stories of women navigating the world sounds right up my street. Plus I feel like this is a great way to try out Cecelia Ahern before I commit to reading PS. I Love You (one of my favourite films)!
Blurb: A story for every woman. A story for every moment. Whether you want to laugh. To be moved. To love. To feel less guilt. To cry. To be comforted. To ROAR. There is a story for you.
Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacopelli
Another YA title that I’ve been meaning to read for a long time. I always wanted to be a gymnast when I was younger despite having zero coordination so this is a way for me to live out my childhood dreams 😂
Blurb: The only thing seventeen-year-old Audrey Lee dreams about is swinging her way to Olympic glory. Nothing is going to stop her, not even the agony in her back. Every spasm and ache will be worth it once she has that gold medal around her neck. But none of her training prepares her for her coach being led away in handcuffs, accused by a fellow gymnast of the unthinkable. No one knows what, or who to believe and Audrey’s teammates go into meltdown. As the Olympic torch closes in, Audrey has no idea who to trust, let alone what life holds after her final dismount. The only thing she can do is hope that in the end, belief in herself and what’s left of her team, will be enough for gold.
That Time I Got Kidnapped by Tom Mitchell
This is a book that I saw some great reviews about at work so had to try it out myself! I’m always on the lookout for books to recommend to younger YA readers and I feel like this would be perfect.
Blurb: Fourteen-year-old Jacob is thrilled when he wins the chance to feature in the next Marvel movie, shooting in Hollywood. But after missing his connecting flight in Chicago, he tries to complete the journey by Greyhound bus – and there he meets Jennifer. Jennifer is an American teenager on the run with a mysterious package she’s guarding with her life – and an enigmatic figure known only as ‘the Cowboy’ is hot on her heels… Jacob soon finds himself on the road-trip of a lifetime as Jennifer’s unwitting partner in crime. Will he make it to LA in time – and in one piece?
Do set a monthly TBR? Or maybe you’re a mood reader? How do you decide what you’ll read next? I’d love to know!
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