Hi everyone! Welcome to my first blog post (I’m a little nervous, so please go easy on me). If you follow my bookstagram (@qsreads), you know that in August I’ve imposed a book buy/checkout ban on myself, so here’s a list of the books that have been on my TBR (to be read) list or I’ve had checked out from the library for some time that I hope to finally finish this month!
So why a book buy/checkout ban? Well, for example, I currently have 36 books checked out at the library.
That’s right. THIRTY SIX. And that’s not counting the number of books I’ve bought or received as gifts that I STILL haven’t read…that probably bumps the number up to at least 75 books in my possession that I haven’t read, and the many Netgalley arcs on my Kindle I haven’t reviewed yet! If I don’t stop myself, I’ll continue checking out books at the library until I read none of them.
Here’s the books I’m hoping to finish in August with a little info about them and why they’re on my list- I’d love to hear if you’ve read any of these and/or what you thought in the comments below!
Girls With Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young
Okay how could you not pick up this book based on cover alone?! I haven’t read Suzanne Young’s books before (she’s best known for The Program series), but the plot description and this cover grabbed me and it’s been on my TBR for over six months…I’m going to start with this book this month and I hope it’s a good read!
The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardians, the all-girl boarding school teaches the girls to be the best society has to offer, and provides an array of studies and activities, though math, science, and current events aren’t among them. They are obedient young ladies free from arrogance or defiance, until Mena starts to realize that their carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears. As Mena and her friends begin to uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations will find out what they are truly capable of.
Because some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.
Meet Cute by Helena Hunting
I have seen this book ALL OVER Bookstagram the past few months, and I’m powerless to resist a cute romantic comedy! I have a feeling that this is a book I won’t be able to stop reading.
Meet Cute follows Kailyn and Daxton, who meet in a rather embarrassing way; Kailyn literally runs into Daxton on their first day of law school, only just realizing she’s also ran into her teenage celebrity crush! Her embarrassment over their meet-cute quickly turned into a friendship she never expected…and a betrayal she never saw coming. Eight years later, Daxton is in her office asking for legal advice and despite her anger, Kailyn can’t help feeling sorry for the devastated man who just became sole guardian to his thirteen-year-old sister. The more time Kailyn spends with Dax and his sister, the more she starts to feel like a family, and the more she realizes the chemistry they had all those years ago is as fresh as ever. But will they be able to forgive the mistakes of the past, or will one betrayal lead to another?
Last Seen Leaving & White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig
I saw Caleb at the C2E2 convention on a panel on LGBTQ+ romance in YA lit and I loved hearing him speak so naturally I read his most recent book, Death Prefers Blondes, and really enjoyed it! I thought I’d read his other books because soon he’s gonna come out with another book that’s bound to ruin my life, so I want to be caught up before that happens! (Also side note: Caleb’s twitter is comedic GOLD- go follow him IMMEDIATELY.)
In Last Seen Leaving, Flynn’s girlfriend has disappeared. he cops are asking questions he can’t answer, and her friends are telling stories that don’t add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January’s boyfriend, he must know something. But Flynn has a secret of his own. And as he struggles to uncover the truth about January’s disappearance, he must also face the truth about himself.
In White Rabbit, Rufus is having the worst night of his life. It begins with the reappearance of his ex-boyfriend Sebastian, right as Rufus is moving on, say—the guy who stomped his heart out like a spent cigarette. Just as Rufus is getting ready to move on, Sebastian turns up out of the blue, saying they need to “talk.” It couldn’t get worse, right? Wrong: Rufus then gets a call from his sister April begging for help, and when Rufus and Sebastian find her, she’s drenched in blood and holding a knife, beside the dead body of her boyfriend, Fox. She swears she didn’t kill Fox, but there’s more to the story than she’s letting on; Rufus has one night to prove his sister’s innocence…or die trying.
Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn
Now I’m not much of a historical romance reader, but this book has been recommended to me time and time again because of it’s enemies to lovers storyline (if you aren’t familiar with my bookstagram and stick around long enough, you’ll find out that is my one true weakness). I picked this book up in my first Book Outlet haul, and I can’t wait to dive into its pages!
Everyone expects Billie Bridgerton to marry one of the Rokesby brothers. The two families have been neighbors for centuries, and as a child Billie ran wild with Edward and Andrew. Either one would make a perfect husband someday…or not. Because there is one Rokesby Billie absolutely cannot tolerate, and that is George; he may be the oldest and the heir, but he’s arrogant and annoying, and both can’t stand the sight of each other. Despite this, they are quite literally thrown together and soon they might discover that the one person they can’t tolerate is the one person they can’t live without…
Contagion by Erin Bowman
This has been on my TBR since it came out last year and thanks to my #BusyMamaBookSwap partner Haylee over at @booklogged, I have a copy of my very own! I really enjoy science fiction stories and dystopias, as well as stories of human nature under pressure, so I cannot WAIT to dig into this one (and I’ve been told I will want to pick up the sequel Immunity as soon as I finish!).
After receiving an urgent SOS from a work drill detail on a distant planet, a skeleton crew is dispatched into deep space to perform a standard search-and-rescue mission. When they arrive, they find an abandoned site, littered with rotten food, discarded weapons…and dead bodies. As they try to piece together who—or what—could have decimated an entire operation, they discover that some things are best left buried—and some monsters are only too ready to awaken.
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Thanks to Kate over at @kate_reads_, I was able to get my hand on this book! I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time (I love strong women and feminist lit) and heard so many great things about it, so hopefully this ban gets me to FINALLY pick it up!
In The Power, the world is a recognizable place: there’s a rich Nigerian boy who lounges around the family pool; a foster kid whose religious parents hide their true nature; an ambitious American politician; a tough London girl from a tricky family. But then a vital new force takes root and flourishes, causing their lives to converge with devastating effect. Teenage girls now have immense physical power—they can cause agonizing pain and even death. And with this small twist of nature, the world drastically resets. This novel answers the question of what would happen if women were given the power to physically dominate men, and how it would change our society.
The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding
It’s a poorly kept secret that I love love LOVE YA romances, so it’s a real surprise I haven’t picked this one up yet! My coworker has been on my case to read it since it came out last year, and truly there’s no time like the present (and no time like a buy/checkout ban)!
Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. She takes her first step in the fashion industry by landing a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, but she doesn’t expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi… then again, nothing is going as expected this summer. She’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win a paid job at the boutique, and she’s making friends with people she’d never imagine; is it possible Abby’s finally in her own story? Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image that other people have of her?
Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
This one of the many arcs from Netgalley awaiting my review, and second chance romances are one of my favorite romance tropes! I’ve enjoyed Mhairi McFarlane’s books in the past, so hopefully I can get into this one this month!
If there’s one thing worse than being fired from the grottiest restaurant in town, it’s coming home early to find your boyfriend in bed with someone else. Reeling from the indignity of a double dumping on the same day, Georgina snatches at the next job that she’s offered – barmaid in a newly opened pub, which just so happens to run by the boy she fell in love with at school: Lucas.
While Georgina (voted Most Likely to Succeed in her school yearbook) has done nothing but dead-end jobs in the last twelve years, Lucas has not only grown into a broodingly handsome man, but also has turned into an actual grown-up with a business and a dog along the way. Meeting Lucas again not only throws Georgina’s chaotic present into sharp relief, but also brings a dark secret from her past bubbling to the surface…
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Okay, please don’t hate me, but I haven’t read this book yet! To be fair, this series was coming out when I was in college and was in no mood (and had no time) to read for fun. I read Six of Crows for a book club and I absolutely loved it, so I have no doubt I’m going to love this one as well…as soon as I can get into it!
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee: Alina. When her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.
The (Other) F Word: a Celebration of the Fat & Fierce edited by Angie Manfredi
It’s finally here-it’s the month of Fat-a-Thon (August 18th-24th)! This is an awesome reading challenge put on by bookstagrammers Erin (@_everysecondbook), Elena (@bookish.procrastinator), Amber (@bookishamberlynn), and Caitlin (@caitlinfullybooked) to celebrate fat and plus-sized characters and body positivity! This is one of my Netgalley arcs I hope to read for the challenge and I can’t wait!
Chubby. Curvy. Fluffy. Plus-size. Thick. Fat. The time has come for fat people to tell their own stories. The (Other) F Word combines personal essays, prose, poetry, fashion tips, and art to create a relatable and attractive guide about body image and body positivity. This anthology is meant for people of all sizes who desire to be seen and heard in a culture consumed by a narrow definition of beauty. By combining the talents of renowned fat authors, influencers, and creators, The (Other) F Word offers readers and activists of all ages a guide for navigating our world with confidence and courage.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Okay, so I’ve read most of the YA romance heavy hitters- Maurene Goo, Jenny Han, Sarah Dessen, etc- but I’ve yet to read Morgan Matson! Apparently this fact is a travesty to all YA romance lovers so I’m starting with this one, about which I’ve heard NOTHING but good things…like, just look at that fun cover!
It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back? Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the unexpected help of Frank Porter, to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?
If you’ve made it through this post, congrats! I know I’m missing graphic novels on this list, which I read very often and enjoy, but I have quite a few checked out and I figure I can squeeze them in throughout the month (and honestly, I don’t even know where I’d start in my checkout stack!).
Check in here at my blog and on my Instagram throughout the month to see how my book buy/checkout ban fares and how far I get in this TBR list, and I’ll see you next time!