So, it’s time for another TBR!
I have noticed a slight change in what kind of books I’ve been gravitating towards lately, so I’m going to put my (massive) currently reading books on hiatus and let myself focus on what I seem to be wanting to read and hopefully get out of my slump that way.
For years now I’ve neglected “adult” fantasy (or just plain fantasy) books and I think (and please don’t hate me for saying this) that the rather repetitive, boring and sometimes just toothless YA fantasy got a little too much for me. Now, there are some YA fantasy series I’m currently reading that I am going to continue, but I think I might take a bit of a break from reading anything new and see how that affects my actual reading.
So, I’m going to be putting everything that I’m currently reading on GoodReads on hold (though I have some books I’ve added to this TBR because I really want to read them the rest are on hold until I figure out where I want to go) and letting myself start fresh.
With that said, here’s the books I’m planning on reading this month!
The first book on my TBR I’ve actually been reading for awhile, but I’m going to finish it this month (I’m 76% into it on Kindle right now so it should be pretty doable) and hopefully get to the sequel pretty soon;
In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two young people from different cultures find common purpose. A nameless girl is the lone survivor when her village is massacred by biomancers, mystical servants of the emperor. Named after her lost village, Bleak Hope is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance. A boy becomes an orphan on the squalid streets of New Laven and is adopted by one of the most notorious women of the criminal underworld, given the name Red, and trained as a thief and con artist. When a ganglord named Deadface Drem strikes a bargain with the biomancers to consolidate and rule all the slums of New Laven, the worlds of Hope and Red come crashing together, and their unlikely alliance takes them further than either could have dreamed possible.
Next up is another book I’ve been reading for awhile, I have a little over 1/4 of the book left so it’s another that I’m going to finish by the end of this month:
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
The next one up will actually be part of my November haul. I will say that I picked this up because Thoughts on Tomes kept talking about it and after looking at it at the bookstore and finally reading the blurb I decided to go ahead and get it. I’ve read about 70 pages so far and really enjoy it!
n this stunning debut, author Scott Lynch delivers the wonderfully thrilling tale of an audacious criminal and his band of confidence tricksters. Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival that is one part “Robin Hood”, one part Ocean’s Eleven, and entirely enthralling…
An orphan’s life is harsh — and often short — in the island city of Camorr, built on the ruins of a mysterious alien race. But born with a quick wit and a gift for thieving, Locke Lamora has dodged both death and slavery, only to fall into the hands of an eyeless priest known as Chains — a man who is neither blind nor a priest.
A con artist of extraordinary talent, Chains passes his skills on to his carefully selected “family” of orphans — a group known as the Gentlemen Bastards. Under his tutelage, Locke grows to lead the Bastards, delightedly pulling off one outrageous confidence game after another. Soon he is infamous as the Thorn of Camorr, and no wealthy noble is safe from his sting.
Passing themselves off as petty thieves, the brilliant Locke and his tightly knit band of light-fingered brothers have fooled even the criminal underworld’s most feared ruler, Capa Barsavi. But there is someone in the shadows more powerful — and more ambitious — than Locke has yet imagined.
Known as the Gray King, he is slowly killing Capa Barsavi’s most trusted men — and using Locke as a pawn in his plot to take control of Camorr’s underworld. With a bloody coup under way threatening to destroy everyone and everything that holds meaning in his mercenary life, Locke vows to beat the Gray King at his own brutal game — or die trying…
This next one I’ve looked at so many time without buying and it’s another that’s going to be in my book haul, but I finally decided to go ahead and get it and I’m really happy about it because it looks so good (both cover and blurb!).
Maniye’s father is the Wolf clan’s chieftain, but she’s an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan’s animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She refuses to disown half her soul, so escapes, rescuing a prisoner of the Wolf clan in the process. The killer Broken Axe is set on their trail, to drag them back for retribution. Maniye’s father plots to rule the north, and controlling his daughter is crucial to his schemes. However, other tribes also prepare for strife. Strangers from the far south appear too, seeking allies in their own conflict. It’s a season for omens as priests foresee danger, and a darkness falling across the land. Some say a great war is coming, overshadowing even Wolf ambitions. A time of testing and broken laws is near, but what spark will set the world ablaze?
I decided sometime last month that I want to make an effort to read more short stories as it’s a pretty good way of getting some reading done but it’s also easier to take breaks in-between as long as you do it once the story you’re reading is finished. I’m still working on Daughter of Smoke and Bone but decided to pick this one up for now and I’m almost half-way through.
Three tales of supernatural love, each pivoting on a kiss that is no mere kiss, but an action with profound consequences for the kissers’ souls:
Goblin Fruit: In Victorian times, goblin men had only to offer young girls sumptuous fruits to tempt them to sell their souls. But what does it take to tempt today’s savvy girls?
Spicy Little Curses: A demon and the ambassador to Hell tussle over the soul of a beautiful English girl in India. Matters become complicated when she falls in love and decides to test her curse.
Lastly I’m going to add a comic/graphic novel since I seem to need to kick myself into action and start reading some (especially since I already own them) this particular one is pretty popular and I’ve finally broken and decided to give it a go.
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.
So that’s it for my TBR, although I might drop back in later this month to give you my TBR for the tome topple that I’m planning on joining. Technically both The Lies of Locke Lamora and The Tiger and The Wolf are 500+ pages (as is Cress but I hope to have finished it by then), but I maybe I’ll have plowed through them by then so I might be back with a smaller TBR when the readathon approaches.
What are you planning (or hoping) to read this month?