Up Next on My TBR

Up next on my TBR (To Be Read list)

Up next on my TBR

 

Up next on my TBR… Two and a half months into 2017 and my TBR is only growing more ferocious. Devouring any hint of a new book on the market, its intense, eerie glare usually has me running for cover – into another book obviously.

Do I try to control it? No, I do not! Instead, I while away good reading time trolling book blogs, Goodreads, libraries and review sites just to find more books I want to read.

The solution? Well… any suggestions that don’t include boycotting bookish sites will be considered!

These are review copies that I have to read and review before their publish date – no pressure!

 

Other Breakable Things by Kelley York & Rowan Altwood 

Other Breakable Things

 

This sounds so dark (and I like dark stories). I have also heard great things from fellow book bloggers.

Luc Argent has always been intimately acquainted with death. After a car crash got him a second chance at life—via someone else’s transplanted heart—he tried to embrace it. He truly did. But he always knew death could be right around the corner again.
And now it is. – Goodreads.com

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And Then We Ran by Katy Cannon 

Up next on my TBR

 

Road trip books rock! I love traveling and this way I can ‘see’ more of the world.

Megan knows what she wants out of life and she intends to get it, whatever her parents say.

Elliott has given up on all his plans for the future – but then Megan bursts into his life with a proposal that could change it forever.

Together they embark on a road trip to escape their hometown and chase their dreams. But life is a journey and not even Megan can control where theirs will lead… – Goodreads.com

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The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda

The Perfect Stranger

The first book in this All the Missing Girls series was one of my favourite reads last year so I am super excited to read this one.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later. – Goodreads.com

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Road Signs That Say West by Sylvia Gunnery

Road Signs That Say West

Another road trip.

It’s Hanna’s wild idea, of course: take their mom’s car, pack up the tent, and drive across the country. Just three sisters, one guitar, and the Trans Canada Highway. They can be back in Nova Scotia before their parents are home from Europe. She doesn’t say she wants to forget about what happened in Italy, and at university. Claire doesn’t say she keeps having nightmares about her friend’s recent suicide. Megan doesn’t say much, unless it’s a complaint. But maybe they all feel, somehow, that this is their one chance to do something together, something big, before time begins to scatter them.  – Goodreads.com

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The Sister Pact by Stacie Ramey

The Sister Pact

 

Another dark story? Would totally contrast with the bright cover.

Allie is devastated when her older sister commits suicide – and not just because she misses her. Allie feels betrayed. The two made a pact that they’d always be together, in life, and in death, but Leah broke her promise and Allie needs to know why. 

Her parents hover. Her friends try to support her. And Nick, sweet Nick, keeps calling and flirting. Their sympathy only intensifies her grief. 

But the more she clings to Leah, the more secrets surface. Allie’s not sure which is more distressing: discovering the truth behind her sister’s death or facing her new reality without her. – Goodreads.com

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Dividing Eden by Joelle Charbonneau

Dividing Eden

 

Assassins. Treason. Murder. All good!

Twins Carys and Andreus were never destined to rule Eden. With their older brother next in line to inherit the throne, the future of the kingdom was secure.

But appearances—and rivals—can be deceiving. When Eden’s king and crown prince are killed by assassins, Eden desperately needs a monarch, but the line of succession is no longer clear. With a ruling council scheming to gain power, Carys and Andreus are faced with only one option—to take part in a Trial of Succession that will determine which one of them is worthy of ruling the kingdom. – Goodreads.com

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These are purchased books that I have to read because… Just trust me on this.

 

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval

 

I am pretty sure everyone knows why I want to read this. I bought a copy a few days ago at the airport and am saving it for when the jet lag has dissipated. Any day now!

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game. – Goodreads.com

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Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

Up next on my TBR

 

This is the second book in the Thunder Road series. I am a huge fan of Katie McGarry, but her books are expensive. I bought this one on sale just before the third book was released.

One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.  – Goodreads.com

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Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster

Hostile Witness

 

Murder mystery. Thriller. There might be a pattern here.

When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her step-grandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. But Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back. But the deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law and family relationships have created a combustible and dangerous situation. When the horrible truth of the murder is uncovered could save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both. – Goodreads.com

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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

The Sun Is Also A Star

 

Nicola Yoon is a popular author for a good reason. This will be the second of her books that I have read and I can’t wait.

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true? -Goodreads.com

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Have you read any of these? Which ones do you recommend? What is your TBR like?

 

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2017 Debuts You Need to TBR

The 2017 Debuts You Need to TBR
(To Be Read)

A previous post flailing about the 2017 books I am excited to read contains some debuts so I won’t be repeating these, but honourable mentions go to the following: (Covers link to Goodreads)

Definitions of Indefinable Things

Caraval

You Don't Know My Name

Wait For Me

Wintersong

When Dimple Met Rishi

One of Us Is Lying

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for this week’s list of upcoming 2017 debut releases…

 

 What Alice Knew by TA Cotterell

What Alice KnewHow far would you go to keep a secret?

Alice has a perfect life – a great job, happy kids, a wonderful husband. Until he goes missing one night; she receives a suspicious phone call; things don’t quite add up.

Alice needs to know what’s going on. But when she uncovers the truth she faces a brutal choice. And how can she be sure it is the truth?

Sometimes it’s better not to know.  – Goodreads.com

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City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

City of Saints & ThievesIn the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist.

After fleeing the Congo as refugees, Tina and her mother arrived in Kenya looking for the chance to build a new life and home. Her mother quickly found work as a maid for a prominent family, headed by Roland Greyhill, one of the city’s most respected business leaders. But Tina soon learns that the Greyhill fortune was made from a life of corruption and crime. So when her mother is found shot to death in Mr. Greyhill’s personal study, she knows exactly who’s behind it.

With revenge always on her mind, Tina spends the next four years surviving on the streets alone, working as a master thief for the Goondas, Sangui City’s local gang. It’s a job for the Goondas that finally brings Tina back to the Greyhill estate, giving her the chance for vengeance she’s been waiting for. But as soon as she steps inside the lavish home, she’s overtaken by the pain of old wounds and the pull of past friendships, setting into motion a dangerous cascade of events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. But finally uncovering the incredible truth about who killed her mother—and why—keeps her holding on in this fast-paced nail-biting thriller. – Goodreads.com

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Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

Song of the CurrentCaroline Oresteia has always been destined for the river. Her father is a wherryman, as was her grandmother. All Caro needs is for the river god to whisper her name, and her fate is sealed. But at seventeen, Caro may be too late.

So when pirates burn ships and her father is arrested, Caro volunteers to transport a dangerous cargo in exchange for his release. Secretly, Caro hopes that by piloting her own wherry, the river god will finally speak her name.

But when the cargo becomes more than Caro expected, she finds herself caught in a web of politics and lies. With much more than her father’s life at stake, Caro must choose between the future she knows, and the one she never could have imagined. – Goodreads.com

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Almost Missed You by Jessica Strawser

Almost Missed YouViolet and Finn were “meant to be,” said everyone, always. They ended up together by the hands of fate aligning things just so. Three years into their marriage, they have a wonderful little boy, and as the three of them embark on their first vacation as a family, Violet can’t help thinking that she can’t believe her luck. Life is good.

So no one is more surprised than she when Finn leaves her at the beach—just packs up the hotel room and disappears. And takes their son with him. Violet is suddenly in her own worst nightmare, and faced with the knowledge that the man she’s shared her life with, she never really knew at all.  – Goodreads.com

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 Flight Risk by Jennifer Fenn

 Flight RiskTeenage trailer trash. Airplane thief. Outlaw. Folk-hero. 18-year-old Robert Jackson Kelley is on the run after fleeing a juvenile home and stealing not one, but three airplanes. Inspired by a true story, FLIGHT RISK is a briskly paced, sophisticated YA novel reminiscent of the film “Catch Me If You Can.”

Robert’s exploits make him both a fugitive and a national celebrity. Son of a single mother and jailed father, Robert struggles with severe ADHD, but discovers he can focus in one place: the pilot’s seat. Soon simulated flights don’t offer enough of an escape from his small island community, and Robert finds himself piloting his first stolen aircraft. Told in a collage style using multiple points of view, the myth and the reality of Robert’s flight from the law unfold simultaneously. – Goodreads.com

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Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popović

Wicked Like a WildfireAll the women in Iris and Malina’s family are born with a gleam—a unique way of manipulating beauty through magic. Seventeen-year-old Iris sees flowers as fractals and turns her kaleidoscope visions into glasswork, her twin sister Malina interprets moods as music, and their cold, distant mother Jasmina bakes scenery into decadent treats at her confectionery in Old Town Cattaro, Montenegro.

Jasmina forbids Iris and Malina to share their gleams with anyone, and above all, she forbids them to fall in love—being discovered could shatter the quiet lives they’ve built in their tucked-away, seaside town. But Iris and Malina are tired of abiding by their mother’s rules and rebel in secret whenever they can.

Yet when a mysterious, white-haired woman attacks their mother and leaves her hovering between life and death, the sisters unearth an ancient curse that haunts their line—a wicked bargain that masquerades as a blessing, and binds the twins’ fates—and hearts—to a force larger than life. To save each other, they must untangle a thousand years of lies and reveal their own hurtful secrets. But even the deepest sacrifice might not be enough.  – Goodreads.com

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What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard 

What I LostSixteen-year-old Elizabeth has honed a dangerous skill: starving herself.

Even when her parents send her to a treatment center, she can’t stop. Then she begins receiving packages from someone she doesn’t know. Is it a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick?

In the end, Elizabeth determines the identity of the gift-giver—it’s someone totally unexpected, whose intentions are good. And, even more important, she finds a way to play an active role in her recovery. – Goodreads.com

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Sycamore by Bryn Chancellor

SycamoreWhile Bryn Chancellor has published Short Stories, this is her first novel.

Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona, a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine.

As news of the discovery makes its way around town, Sycamore’s longtime residents fear the bones may belong to Jess Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has soaked into the porous rock of the town and haunted it ever since.

In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit Jess’s troubled history. In resurrecting the past, the people of Sycamore will find clarity, unexpected possibility, and a way forward for their lives. – Goodreads.com

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 A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayerl

A Psalm for Lost GirlsTess da Costa is a saint — a hand-to-god, miracle-producing saint. At least that’s what the people in her hometown of New Avon, Massachusetts, seem to believe. And when Tess suddenly and tragically passes away, her small city begins feverishly petitioning the Pope to make Tess’s sainthood official. Tess’s mother is ecstatic over the fervor, while her sister Callie, the one who knew Tess best, is disgusted – overcome with the feeling that her sister is being stolen from her all over again.

The fervor for Tess’s sainthood only grows when Ana Langone, a local girl who’s been missing for six months, is found alive at the foot of one of Tess’s shrines. It’s the final straw for Callie.

With the help of Tess’s secret boyfriend Danny, Callie’s determined to prove that Tess was something far more important than a saint; she was her sister, her best friend and a girl in love with a boy. But Callie’s investigation uncovers much more than she bargained for: a hidden diary, old family secrets, and even the disturbing truth behind Ana’s kidnapping. – Goodreads.com

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 You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

 You're Welcome, Universe When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. 

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war. – Goodreads.com

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December 2016 Books With Wings

Books With Wings

#BooksWithWings

December 2016 Books With Wings. This December, while traveling home for Christmas, I left three books in random places to become #BooksWithWings. Two were released in Singapore and one in South Africa.

A fellow school librarian recently recommended a handy website Bookcrossing.com which facilitates the tracking of the books. *Great idea for a school library project. Each book is given a unique tracking number which is written in the book, along with instructions on how to record each capture. While my books have yet to been registered as caught, I’m going to optimistically believe that they are being enjoyed by someone, somewhere! It would be fun to follow their journey from reader to reader., but the record keeping is not as important to me as the thought that I may make someone happy.

Although the books I have released so far have been in large international airports, I don’t think anyone should be put off sharing books just because they don’t have to opportunity to travel. Leave a book in your local coffee shop/doctor’s room/hospital/retirement village/supermarket/school/homeless shelter… the list is endless. It’s not important how far the book travels, it still has the opportunity to bring joy to someone else.

Beautiful Broken ThingsBeautiful Broken Things

I was brave. She was reckless. We were trouble

Best friends Caddy and Rosie are inseparable. Their differences have brought them closer, but as she turns sixteen Caddy begins to wish she could be a bit more like Rosie – confident, funny and interesting. Then Suzanne comes into their lives: beautiful, damaged, exciting and mysterious, and things get a whole lot more complicated. – Goodreads.com

Wild release notes
Released in the wild on Wednesday 14 December 2016 at the free internet kiosk in Terminal 2 Transit area, Changi International Airport, Singapore.

 

Holding Up the UniverseHolding up the Universe

When Libby and Jack get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—they are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours. – Goodreads.com

 

Wild release notes
Released in the wild on Wednesday 14 December 2016 next to a water feature in Terminal 3 Transit area, Changi International Airport, Singapore.

 

The Girl on the TrainThe Girl on the Train

The debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people’s lives. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking… – Goodreads.com

Wild release notes
Released in the wild on Thursday 15 December 2016 near Gate E3 domestic departure lounge, OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, South Africa

Have you ever released or caught a book in the wild? I would love to hear about your experiences.

2017 Books You Need To Pre-Order Now

  • 2017 Books You Need To Pre-Order

The abundance of new books due for release in 2017 is  disturbing because my TBR is already killing me slightly threatening. Does everyone else have the same problem with piles of must-read books?

Kind as I am, I thought we’d play dare with these To-Be-Read book stacks. So here is a list of the do-not-miss 2017 books. Of course, because you are always obedient just before Christmas while Santa creepily stalks is watching, you are going to pre-order them today to ensure they are available to read on release day. Unless you are ordering real books that have to be shipped. But then you still win because yay! book post is the best.

 

Definitions of Indefinable Things by Whitney Taylor

Definitions of Indefinable Things My 5 Star Review 
Definitions of Indefinable Things is one of those rare books where I totally lost myself in the feels. It is brilliant… read more

This heartbreaking, humourous novel is about three teens whose lives intersect in ways they never expected. Reggie Mason is all too familiar with “the Three Stages of Depression.” She believes she’s unlocked the secret to keeping herself safe: Nobody can hurt you if you never let them in. – Goodreads.com

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

CaravalCaraval has encountered a huge following already. The hype proclaiming great things. I hope that I won’t  be disappointed.

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game. – Goodreads.com

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Everything You Want Me to Be by Mindy Mejia

Everything You Want Me to BeI love thrillers and this looks like it’s going to be very good. And scary.

Full of twists and turns, Everything You Want Me to Be reconstructs a year in the life of a dangerously mesmerizing young woman, during which a small town’s darkest secrets come to the forefront…and she inches closer and closer to her death. – Goodreads.com

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange The DreamerIf I haven’t force-fed you Laini Taylor’s  Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy you are exceptionally unlucky. Go to jail immediately and do not pass go. My desperate attempt to share the books that grace the top of my all-time favourites has reached you. Come back when you’ve flailed sufficiently.

It is no wonder Strange the Dreamer is on my list, and I have been waiting ever so impatiently for its release! Although to be honest I can’t make head or tail of the abstract! What does it mean? But anyway it’s Laini Taylor and I trust her. I think.

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. – Goodreads.com

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

WintersongGoblins? I’m in. And OMG! Have you seen the cover! There was never any doubt that this belongs on my bookshelf.

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell. – Goodreads.com

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Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano

Lost GirlsApparently I am a sucker for thrillers.

Yesterday, Rachel went to sleep listening to Taylor Swift, curled up in her grammy’s quilt, worrying about geometry. Today, she woke up in a ditch, bloodied, bruised, and missing a year of her life. – Goodreads.com

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Wait for Me by Caroline Leech

Wait For MeTotally fascinated by World War II, I tend to gravitate to these books and then spend the time alternating between horror and tears. I don’t remember ever reading one set in Scotland (the land of my ancestors) so here goes. I’m all in.

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country? – Goodreads.com

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You Don’t Know My Name by Kristen Orlando

You Don't Know My NameSpies. Weapons. Mortal combat. All good.

Fighter, Faker, Student, Spy. Seventeen-year-old Reagan Elizabeth Hillis is used to changing identities overnight, lying to every friend she’s ever had, and pushing away anyone who gets too close. Trained in mortal combat and weaponry her entire life, Reagan is expected to follow in her parents’ footsteps and join the ranks of the most powerful top-secret agency in the world, the Black Angels. Falling in love with the boy next door was never part of the plan. – Goodreads.com

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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

One of Us Is Lying A thriller. Again. Need I say more?

One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.- Goodreads.com

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met RishiAfter all the scary, bloody mess of the thrillers you’ll need a dab of humour. You are very welcome.

 A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married. Goodreads.com

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Must-Read 2016 New Releases

Must Read 2016 New Releases

Must-Read 2016 New Releases

2016 has been a great year for reading. Not only did Netgalley and Edelweiss approve some of my requests for review copies, while traveling I purchased many new books – long before they were released in South Africa or Indonesia. I smashed my Goodreads challenge and released my first #BooksWithWings book into the wild.

But which of all the new 2016 releases I read during the year stand out? The must-read books that need to be shouted from the rooftops? Surprisingly  these are all 5-star reads – I don’t give out 5 stars lightly. But anyone who stayed still long enough for me to force them to read brighten their day knows just how much I loved them.

This is my list of 2016’s Must-Read New Releases

 

under rose-tainted skiesUnder Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

I didn’t expect it to touch me as much as it did. It was real and sad but at the same time full of hope. Read more of my review

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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Three Dark CrownsThree Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

With the combination of superb characters and the rich storyline which flows like thick treacle, oozing with venom,  this is a book I will not forget. So very dark. Read more of my review

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Abstract from Goodreads.com

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The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue HitchcockThe Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Invited into the homes of Alaskan families, I discovered warm, rich characters whose lives interweave in extraordinary ways. Read more of my review

In Alaska, 1970, being a teenager here isn’t like being a teenager anywhere else. Four very different lives are about to become entangled.  Abstract from Goodreads.com

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All the Missing GirlsAll the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

An original, unpredictable story line and a very unusual format. Read more of my review

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. — Abstract from Goodreads.com


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Recoil by Joanne MacgregorRecoil by Joanne Macgregor

Recoil is an unpredictable, fast-paced, exhilarating ride. Read more of my review

When a skilled gamer gets recruited as a sniper in the war against a terrorist-produced pandemic, she discovers there’s more than one enemy and more than one war. The Game is real. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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The Way I Used to BeThe Way I Used to Be  by Amber Smith

An emotional rollercoaster that I am so glad I got on. Read more of my review

Eden was always good at being good. Starting high school didn’t change who she was. But the night her brother’s best friend rapes her, Eden’s world capsizes.— Abstract from Goodreads.com

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heartlessHeartless by Marissa Meyer

I gobbled this book, dreaming of the characters. Trying to savour the flavours but instead gulping it almost all at once – like an unexpected treat that could be snatched away at any moment. Read more of my review

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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1P.S. I Like You by Kasie WestP.S. I Like You by Kasie West

The richly layered fudge cake characters were climb-under-my-skin and sprinkle-crumbs-over-pajamas. The kind of characters who are now your best friends because you know and love them. Read more of my review

What if the person you were falling for was a total mystery? While Lily is spacing out in Chemistry one day, she picks up her pencil and scribbles a line from one of her favorite songs on the desk. The next day, someone else has written back to her on the desk!  — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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The Summer Before ForeverThe Summer Before Forever by Melissa Chambers

I loved the unique, edgy characters, but the real plus is the inclusion, and positive portrayal, of a learning difficulty. Read more of my review

Chloe Stone’s life is a hot mess. Determined to stop being so freaking skittish, she packs up her quasi-famous best friend and heads to Florida. The goal? Complete the summer bucket list to end all bucket lists. The problem? Her hot soon-to-be stepbrother, Landon Jacobs  — Abstract from Goodreads.com 

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And I Darken by Kiersten WhiteAnd I Darken by Kiersten White

Dark at times, with a rich deeply layered plot and well-developed characters. Intrigue, espionage, treason, murder, betrayal, loyalty and lies interspersed with love and swords. Read more of my review

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. — Abstract from Goodreads.com

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Top Ten Tuesday

 

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#BooksWithWings – Let Them Fly

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Books With Wings… Let Them Fly

#BooksWithWings, a pay-it-forward style book exchange, is something that has been brewing in the back of my mind for a couple of years. Although I have left books behind before I’ve always wondered where they end up.

A global book share project#BooksWithWings

I envisioned a global book share project that starts simply by leaving a book in a random place with a message inside. Yesterday, as I sat among the orchards in Changi Airport’s Terminal 2, #BooksWithWings began and I posted the following on FaceBook.

I have just left a book at Changi Airport, Singapore with a message inside. I hope it will find its way into happy hands. This is the first of many books I hope to release into the wild in a project called #bookswithwings.

I always read a physical book when flying as many countries don’t allow the in-flight use of electronic devices during ascent and descent and this is the time I need to be distracted the most! I had just purchased a new books in Singapore so it was time to let one go.

I hope the book(s) get read to death

Despite the daily affirmation that this is naïve, I believe in humanity. I root for people. So I hope that this project that truly takes wings. That the books find themselves read to death, literally. That they pass through so many hands, hearts and minds that they eventually fall apart and the remains recycled to become part of a new book.

#BooksWithWingsThe first #BooksWithWings book

The book I left in the wild is a YA (Young Adult) contemporary, aptly entitled Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between. Written by Jennifer E. Smith and published by Headline in 2015. Although this will be its first journey with new readers, the book has travelled over borders before. Originally bought in South Africa, it travelled with me to Indonesia before it was set free in Singapore.

The bookmark I left inside the book is one that author Katie McGarry kindly posted to me in South Africa. It features her book Nowhere But Here.

I’d love to track the book(s) progress around the world

If you find the book let me know, I’d love to track its progress around the world. I hope to be able to share photographs of traveling books in their new surrounds. But please for privacy reasons don’t share photos that include people.

Spread bookish love

I would love this project to spread. Anyone can join in. Leave books for others to discover.
Spread bookish love. #BooksWithWings

Book Bloggers – Who Reads Your Posts?

Who Reads Your Posts

Book Bloggers – Who Reads Your Posts?

Who Reads Your Posts? After almost three years of blogging I’ve noticed a disturbing thing – the majority of people who read (and interact with) my blog are fellow book bloggers. I often feel like I’m recommending ice to polar bears, instead of a book to potential readers.

Just like a review from a book blogger promotes a book, a share on social media recommends a blogger.

I know many authors prefer not to read reviews of their own books, but just like a review from a book blogger promotes a book, a share on social media recommends a blogger. It would mean so much to us if authors (and publishers) shared positive reviews to their followers. Not only of their own books but reviews of their fellow authors too.

Getting comments and shares of my posts mean the world to me.

I’m not blogging for an income, in fact despite affiliate links on my sidebar and on review posts I have made a sum total of 5 cents (not that I don’t wish for more – I dream of the day my earnings allow me to buy a new book to review). And please don’t think I am ungrateful for ARC’s – I would have little to review without them and I work hard to keep my stats up to improve my chance of approval for these advanced copies. But getting comments and shares of my posts? That means the world to me.

One click to share a good review with your fans will make a book blogger’s day.

So, please authors and publishers think of your colleagues in the industry next time you go online. One click to share a good review with your fans will make a book blogger’s day.

What Should I Read Next? TBR Poll October ’16

What Should I Read Next

This is my October TBR

What Should I Read Next?

Spring has sprung in the southern hemisphere and my new hometown is stunning with new leaves and bright colours exploding -even in my own garden. It is not long before I return to my second home in Indonesia where, just north of the equator, the seasons are impossible to distinguish.

Before I go I must read fast. I have a pile of physical books to read and I need to read as many as possible before I go (airline luggage restrictions should not apply to book bloggers!). Some are ARC’s, some purchased recently and some I have had for a while but didn’t make it into my suitcase last time. What if I never get to them? The horror! Save me from myself…

What Should I Read Next

Please vote below

So friends, please help me stop procrastinating and making matters (read: my TBR) worse by browsing for new books. Here are ten books I must read.Which one should I start with and which ones (can vote up to 5) should I not miss under any circumstances?

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Top Ten Tuesday

 

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Love These Top Ten Crime Books

Top Ten Crime

I haven’t participated in a top ten for a while. Moving house took longer than expected. But I am back and with ten of my favourite crime books. Not necessarily mystery stories, but all these books feature an element of criminal activity that dominates the storyline.

 

Heist Society by Ally Carter
Heist Society

What would you do if all your family vacations were planned around the next heist?
Like all Ally Carter stories, Heist Society is fun and addictive.

 


Grass by Cathy MacPhail

Grass

 

 

A hard-hitting story of a witness to gang crime.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak
I love Laurie Halse Anderson’s books and Speak is my favourite. Subtly written and frighteningly realistic.


Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Don’t Look Back

A beautifully written, unpredictable and scary thriller.

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Tricks
If you’ve never read Ellen Hopkins’s books this may not be the best one to start with. She does not shy from the truth and these books are all too horrifyingly, raw and edgy. Only the brave go forth and steel yourself – it is gritty and unflinchingly true.
Having said that, they are also not to be missed. Her stories flow almost effortlessly through verse and you won’t want to put them down.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

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Despite the warm and soothing writing, this book packs a powerful punch.

The blurb and hype surrounding the story try to prepare the reader, but I am still reeling in shock…

 


All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda

All the Missing Girls
A very, very cleverly written murder mystery. Original, unpredictable and brilliant!


A Time to Kill by John Grisham

A Time to Kill

Published after he became a best-seller, this is John Grisham’s first novel and by far the best he’s written.

 


The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner
Another book that packs a powerful punch. I loved this beautiful wistful story of regret, longing, friendship and war.

 

 

 

Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper

Newes from the Dead
Set in 1650, this is a true story of a young girl who was falsely accused of a crime and sentenced to death. Told in alternating POV’s that allow us to see the present while understanding the events that lead up to… (nope! no spoilers here!)

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Are Adult books threatened by YA?

Are Adult books threatened by YA?

This is not a post about whether adults should be reading YA, but rather a look into why YA dominates the current market.Is YA eclipsing Adult books?

Are Adult books threatened by YA?

The short answer is yes. A glimpse at my TBR (to-be-read) shelf on Goodreads confirms that. And I don’t think I am alone. If that doesn’t convince you a quick search online will show you that currently, YA books top the sales statistics and although this could be argued that they not purchasing for themselves, the majority of buyers are adults.

Categories and buzzwords

Before YA became a category (It’s not a genre!), a buzzword and sometimes sadly a condescending sneer, we read what we wanted to. Admittedly books aimed at the YA market a few decades ago were few and far between, think The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Ask Alice, but these were enjoyed by all, alongside adult novels. 

The publishing industry has exploded in the last few years and there are more books published in a year that could be read in any lifetime. It’s all too terrifying to think of the great books we’re not going to have time to read.

Books are now extensively categorised and marketed in different niches. I am known for blurring the lines so it’s no secret I don’t like this. I have never pretended to be pretentious and only read top quality literature. This doesn’t mean I don’t, I just don’t read these exclusively because I believe we should read what makes us happy (yes even sad books can make our souls happy!).

With more than ten years experience in school libraries, I have been exposed to a wide range of books targeted for different age groups. During this time I started making a point of reading more YA to be able to book talk and recommend books to teenagers who according to our statistics were reading less than any other students. Now? Even though I am not currently working in a school 90% of the books I read are YA

Why do I read YA?

So why am I reading YA? Because I am addicted want to. When I am reading for pleasure I want to read what I like.

I believe the appeal of YA books comes down to the following:
Fast-paced, emotional, intense, exciting, the feels, realistic, relatable, dramatic, risky

In comparison adult books often seem slow, boring, tedious, monotonous, tired. Even highly anticipated books built up with media hype, such as the recent The Girl in the Train fall flat when put against the furiously expanding YA category.

Disclaimer: Obviously my opinion on adult books is a generalisation and not all YA is good, but there are many excellent YA reads which can be found on Goodreads or better yet from the recommendations made by honest bloggers & reviewers.
The blogs I recommend can be found on the drop-down menu under ‘About Me’ in the menu above. 

So here’s the question…  Is YA eclipsing Adult books?

Can Adult books keep up? Should we be worried?

Perhaps the key is in marketing?

I am hoping rather than squashing down those adult’s who, like me, happily read YA in public there can be a spark of change coming from the book industry themselves. Perhaps the key is in marketing?

The pre-publishing hype for YA is phenomenal, and in my opinion, it surpasses any other category. When, as a book blogger, I request an advance copy (ARC) of a YA title I already know a great deal about it. Book bloggers are always tuned to the new-book-radar. Listening to the quiet murmurings that a debut has reached the publishers or an established author is working on a new book. I anticipate the cover reveal, debate its aesthetics with fellow bloggers. I have read quotes, advanced reviews and seen book trailers. But when I browse the forthcoming adult titles I am frequently confronted by titles and covers I have never heard of…

Let me know what you think.

Further reading for those interested in the YA debate:
CNN:  A brief history of young adult literature
The New York Times: When Authors Take Risks, That’s Not Kid Stuff
New York Public Library: How did YA Become YA?
School Library Journal YA: A Category for the Masses. But What About Teens?
The New York Times: The Great Y.A. Debate of 2014
The Slate Book Review: Against YA
The English Journal: Young Adult Literature: The Problem With YA Literature
The Guardian: Why are so many adults reading YA and teen fiction?

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