I’m back! I’m finally back home after spending six months away in hospital so now I can get back into my blogging. What better time to start than the beginning of a new, and spooky, month! So, for now, I’m going to start by doing my usual three priority reads, before maybe reading a few of my more seasonal favourites.
1. The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde
As a rock star drummer in the hit band The Brightsiders, Emmy King’s life should be perfect. But there’s nothing the paparazzi love more than watching a celebrity crash and burn. When a night of partying lands Emmy in hospital and her girlfriend in jail, she’s branded the latest tabloid train wreck.
Luckily, Emmy has her friends and bandmates, including the super-swoonworthy Alfie, to help her pick up the pieces of her life. She knows hooking up with a band member is exactly the kind of trouble she should be avoiding, and yet Emmy and Alfie Just. Keep. Kissing.
Will the inevitable fallout turn her into a clickbait scandal (again)? Or will she find the strength to stand on her own?
2. The Beholder by Anna Bright
Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.
But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.
From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.
3. Strange Birds: A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia C. Perez
When three very different girls find a mysterious invitation to a lavish mansion, the promise of adventure and mischief is too intriguing to pass up.
Ofelia Castillo (a budding journalist), Aster Douglas (a bookish foodie), and Cat Garcia (a rule-abiding birdwatcher) meet the kid behind the invite, Lane DiSanti, and it isn’t love at first sight. But they soon bond over a shared mission to get the Floras, their local Scouts, to ditch an outdated tradition. In their quest for justice, independence, and an unforgettable summer, the girls form their own troop and find something they didn’t know they needed: sisterhood.
On my Netgalley Shelf:
- King of Fools by Amanda Foody
- Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker
- Jack of Thorns by AK Faulkner
- Dream Daddy by Leighton Gray and Vernon Shaw
In my Audible Library:
- Romeo and Jude by Marty Ross (5h 45m)
- Geography Club by Brent Hartinger (5h 9m)
- Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham (1h 23m)
- American Panda by Gloria Chao (7h 32m)
- Damaged Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie (10h 27m)
- My Week With Marilyn by Colin Clark (3h 25m)
- The Child: An Audible Drama by Sebastian Fitzek (6h 55m)
- Slated by Teri Terry (10hr 17m)
- Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy (7hr 9m)
- Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe (10hr 16m)
- Coraline by Neil Gaiman (3hr 34m)
To Review on Readers First:
- Soulbinder by Sebastien De Castell
- Killer T by Robert Muchamore
- Kill [redacted] by Anthony Good
- Dark Retribution by B.R. Stateham
- Rose by Rami Ungar
What books are you reading this month?