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Books On My Summer TBR

With all the spare time I’ve had, you’d think I’ve read heaps of books by now right?

WRONG!

In total I’ve read 9 books… this year.

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ALL MY GRAND PLANS TO CONQUER MY TBR… RUINED.

*wails of anguish and despair echo across the world*

‘TIS THE END OF ALL!

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That’s right Gandalf! Thank you Gandalf, I’ll take it from here!

Just because it’s been a bad year so far, doesn’t mean there’s no good left in it. Basically, let’s bring Gandalf back a sec.

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On the plus side of things though, I have been writing more reviews!!

Here are my reviews:

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air #1) by Holly Black (Non – Spoiler)

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) [I also briefly share thoughts on the next two instalments because I binge read them XD]by Katherine Arden (Non – Spoiler)

Finding Sky (Benedicts #1) by Joss Stirling (Beware Spoilers!)

Keeper of Bees (Blackbird of the Gallows #2) by Meg Kassel (Non – Spoiler)

But, lets get back to business.

Because. This Summer.

Coming to a land near you.

Is a new and improved Lin.

I did a quick Google search for “How can I read more and start achieving my reading goals. pls. my tbr is going to crush – AAAAAAAAAAAAA!” and I read so many posts!

I AM NOW FULL TO THE BRIM WITH KNOWLEDGE!

THE KNOWLEDGE OF TIME MANAGEMENT AND CONQUERING READING GOALS IS FLOWING THROUGH MY VEINS!

I’M GOING TO BREAK READER RECORDS! (this is a thing, right?) FOR GLORY! FOR NOT LYING AWAKE AT NIGHT TERRIFIED MY TBR IS GOING TO SIT ON ME AND LAUGH! FOR HONOUR!

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I’VE MADE THIS JOKE BEFORE BUT IT’S STILL FUNNY! right?

Anyway. There are six books I plan on reading. They are my set reading plans. But because I’m a mood reader at heart I’m allowing wiggle room. Plus a few of those six have sequels… so maybe I’ll read them all??


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl, in which readers and book bloggers come together to scream about all things bookish!

Today’s topic is “Books On My Summer 2020 TBR!”

Clicking on the book covers will take you to their Goodreads pages!


Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

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Synopsis:

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

I remember this book being super popular a while back, when I first started reading book blogs this book was everywhere! I bought it 3 years ago… and it still sits unread on my shelves. UNTIL TODAY! This is my current read!


Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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Synopsis:

Errand requiring immediate attention. Come.

The note was on vellum, pierced by the talons of the almost-crow that delivered it. Karou read the message. ‘He never says please’, she sighed, but she gathered up her things.

When Brimstone called, she always came.

In general, Karou has managed to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she’s a seventeen-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to a monstrous creature who is the closest thing she has to family. Raised half in our world, half in ‘Elsewhere’, she has never understood Brimstone’s dark work – buying teeth from hunters and murderers – nor how she came into his keeping. She is a secret even to herself, plagued by the sensation that she isn’t whole.

Now the doors to Elsewhere are closing, and Karou must choose between the safety of her human life and the dangers of a war-ravaged world that may hold the answers she has always sought.

I’m telling you guys. This is it. I’m going to read it. Finally. You won’t ever see this book on another TBR list. Instead, I’ll hopefully be putting it on the screaming “READ THIS RIGHT NOW” list.


Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer

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Synopsis:

When his dad is caught embezzling funds from half the town, Rob goes from popular lacrosse player to social pariah. Even worse, his father’s failed suicide attempt leaves Rob and his mother responsible for his care.

Everyone thinks of Maegan as a typical overachiever, but she has a secret of her own after the pressure got to her last year. And when her sister comes home from college pregnant, keeping it from her parents might be more than she can handle.

When Rob and Maegan are paired together for a calculus project, they’re both reluctant to let anyone through the walls they’ve built. But when Maegan learns of Rob’s plan to fix the damage caused by his father, it could ruin more than their fragile new friendship…

This captivating, heartfelt novel asks the question: Is it okay to do something wrong for the right reasons?

It’s been awhile since I read a Brigid Kemmerer book. And I. can’t. LIVE LIKE THIS!!! I loved her other contemporaries and have to constantly fight back the urge to reread them. And I have this shiny new (it’s not that new but y’know what I mean) book waiting for me!


Pegasus: The Flame of Olympus by Kate O’Hearn

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Synopsis:

When Pegasus crashes onto a Manhattan roof during a terrible storm, Emily’s life changes forever. Suddenly allied with a winged horse she’d always thought was mythical, Emily is thrust into the center of a fierce battle between the Roman gods and a terrifying race of multiarmed stone warriors called the Nirads. Emily must team up with a thief named Paelen, the goddess Diana, and a boy named Joel in order to return Pegasus to Olympus and rescue the gods from a certain death.

Along the way, Emily and her companions will fight monsters, run from a government agency that is prepared to dissect Pegasus, and even fly above the Manhattan skyline—all as part of a quest to save Olympus before time runs out.

Technically, I’ve read this. But I read it when I was 12. I have forgotten EVERYTHIGN! Apart from the fact that I love these books (it’s a 6 book series but I only read the first 3). When I bought them, my mum was like “Oh I remember those! You ignored me for 5 hours because of them…”

In my defence, I didn’t know she was talking to me?


Through The White Wood by Jessica Leake

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Synopsis:

Katya’s power to freeze anything she touches has made her an outcast in her isolated village. And when she loses control of her ability, accidentally killing several villagers, she is banished to the palace of the terrifying Prince Sasha in Kiev.

At the castle, though, she is surprised to find that Sasha is just like her—with his own strange talent, the ability to summon fire. Instead of punishment, Sasha offers Katya friendship, and the chance to embrace her power rather than fear it.

But outside the walls of Kiev, Sasha’s enemies have organized their own army of people who can control the very earth. Bent on taking over the entire world, they won’t stop until they’ve destroyed everything.

Katya and Sasha are desperate to stop the encroaching army, and together their powers are a fearsome weapon. But as their enemies draw nearer, leaving destruction in their wake, will fire and frost be enough to save the world? Or will they lose everything they hold dear?

I read and loved Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake and when I heard she was releasing a companion novel I was pretty excited! Also… Fire and Ice powers? Beauty and the Beast-esque romance thing? I’M AM ALL ABOARD THIS SHIP!!!


Yona of The Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi

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Synopsis:

Princess Yona lives an ideal life as the only princess of her kingdom. Doted on by her father, the king, and protected by her faithful guard Hak, she cherishes the time spent with the man she loves, Soo-won. But everything changes on her 16th birthday when she witnesses her father’s murder!

Yona reels from the shock of witnessing a loved one’s murder and having to fight for her life. With Hak’s help, she flees the palace and struggles to survive while evading her enemy’s forces. But where will this displaced princess go when all the paths before her are uncertain?

I love manga. I don’t read enough of it. I watched and loved the anime for Yona of the Dawn and so, I now own the first 4 books. I know it won’t be enough, I’ll devour them in seconds and then cry that I don’t have the next… 13?? There are many. and I don’t have them. I am sad. But I’m excited to be back with this story and characters!


Are you setting a TBR for the Summer?? What books are you planning to read??? Are there any new releases you’re excited for??

28 thoughts on “Books On My Summer TBR”

  1. Gandalf really is the wisest of wise LOL I actually haven’t read any of the ones on your list. I do have Cruel Beauty on my list but all the reviews have kind of made me hesitate. I’m now putting it all on you and your review of it, to see if I should read it or now. No pressure.

    Good luck!

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    1. I definitely know what you mean. The reviews for Cruel Beauty had me nervous, I haven’t finished reading it yet,I’m about 1/4 of the way through, but… if I’m honest. It’s not very… interesting?? Like I haven’t picked it up for a few days, and I don’t feel any urgency to pick it up?? I’m a little… dare I say it… bored?
      I’m going to push through to the end though. Maybe the ending is at least entertaining? I am crossing my fingers! I will definitely be writing a review when I’m done!! *definitely not feeling the pressure… nope… not even a little* 👀 👀

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  2. I agree with Gandalf – not reaching our reading goals really is not the end of the world. At all. This year has been so incredibly weird that I think we all get a pass on not doing things we had planned to do. We all got thrown for a loop. That being said, it sounds like you’ve figured out some good ways to reach your goal, so go for it! I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but I hope you love them when you get to them.

    Happy TTT (on a Friday)!

    Susan
    http://www.blogginboutbooks.com

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    1. This year has been so weird and so beyond what anyone could have foreseen, not reaching our reading goals is most definitely not at the top of the list.
      I have found a few methods (via my extensive research) that might work! If they work, I’m going to write a post about it for sure! “The Reader That Conquered Their TBR!” XD

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  3. Call It What You Want is also on my tbr because it’s also been far too long since I read a Brigid Kemmerer book. I loved Letters to the Lost and More Than We Can Tell, so I’m hopefully I’ll also enjoy this one too

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    1. I’ve wanted to reread Letters to the Lost and More Than We Can Tell so bad, but I have her newest one. So I should probably read that 😂 I haven’t read her A Curse So Dark And Lonely yet either, but I heard it’s amazing! If it’s written as wonderfully as her other books I’m sure I’m going to love it as well!
      I hope you enjoy Call It What You Want!! ❤

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    1. Thank you! I hope you’ll enjoy them if you ever decide to pick them up! ❤

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    1. There are so many books for us to read! 😭 HOW WILL WE GET TO THEM ALL?!?!? 😭
      Thank you! I have high hopes, and a reading schedule which may or may not lead to all-nighters as I promise myself “One More Chapter” 😂

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    1. It definitely sounds like a “On the Edge of Your Seat” read! 😂 IS SHE GONNA KILL HIM OR NOT??? AAAAAAAAAAA! 😂

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  4. I don’t want to put you off reading it but I didn’t like Cruel Beauty – I find it a bit off and I didn’t like the characters. As far as a ‘Beauty & the Beast’ retelling, it does have a slightly different storyline which is good. I hope you’ll enjoy it.

    I’m a mood reader too so I never make plans to read certain books at a certain time, it all depends on my mood. Good luck with your TBR list.

    Have a lovely day.

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    1. Oh no! My expectations are only about half way for Cruel Beauty anyway, I’m only a few chapters in but I think I might lower them – to save myself from potential complete and utter disappointment. 😂
      I always like reading about new twists on common tropes though! So maybe that’ll save it?
      I like making TBRs but I’m not super good at sticking to them! 😂 But I want to try to none the less!

      I hope you have a lovely day too! ❤ 😊

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    1. I’m glad it made you smile!! 😀 I’m so excited to get to DoSaB! It sounds so good (I love me some angel/demon involved books) and also the fan art for it is just *chef’s kiss*
      Thank you! Good Luck with your TBR too!! ❤

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    1. Thank you! I hope they’ll be great reads that I can scream about for the rest of my days! 😂 ❤

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    1. I only got through the first three too! (and spent a year begging my school library to get the next one, which they didn’t 😭) I hope I’ll love them as much now, when I reread and continue the series, as I did back when I first read them! ❤

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    1. I’m glad you loved DoSaB!! I’m so excited to finally get round to reading it! And I’m enjoying Cruel Beauty so far!! ❤

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    1. I swear I’ll crush it eventually! (said every reader ever! 😂) Thank you!!! Your belief means everything!! ❤

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