Happy September! I saw a tweet the other day chanting about how September will be a good month and I sure hope it’s right because boy do we deserve a good month in 2020! I redeemed myself after a really bad reading month in July and whilst I didn’t stick exactly to my TBR in August I was relatively close to it so I’m giving myself a pat on the back. 4 of these are ones I didn’t get to last month but there are some other new ones on this list to keep things interesting. Like I said last month, I don’t know whether I will get to all of these but I’m going to give it a shot.
The Con-Artist Dates (The Prequel to The Scam List) by Kurt Dinan
Boone McReedy and Darby West are the best teen con artist team around. Too bad they’re also exes and would rather die than work together pulling scams. But in THE SCAM LIST, they’re forced to team up. Why? Because Boone’s the idiot who got conned out of $15,000 by a mystery girl putting the family business at risk of foreclosure. They’ll earn back the money, one con at a time…if they don’t kill each other first. In these prequel stories to THE SCAM LIST, you’ll read about the first cons they ever run as a team, and get hints as to why they broke up in the first place. It’ll give a you a great idea of the cons, humor, and fun that await in THE SCAM LIST.
*I already read and adored The Scam List and I can’t wait to read more about their shenanigans. My review is linked above 😉
Crave by Tracy Wolff
My whole world changed when I stepped inside the academy. Nothing is right about this place or the other students in it. Here I am, a mere mortal among gods…or monsters. I still can’t decide which of these warring factions I belong to, if I belong at all. I only know the one thing that unites them is their hatred of me.
Then there’s Jaxon Vega. A vampire with deadly secrets who hasn’t felt anything for a hundred years. But there’s something about him that calls to me, something broken in him that somehow fits with what’s broken in me.
Which could spell death for us all.
Because Jaxon walled himself off for a reason. And now someone wants to wake a sleeping monster, and I’m wondering if I was brought here intentionally—as the bait.
Speak the Ocean by Rebecca Enzor
For Mer handler Finn Jarvis, the feral mermaid performers at Oceanica Marine Park are nothing more than ruthless aquatic predators, violent and unpredictable. That doesn’t stop the public from flocking to one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions. To them, the Mer are magical entertainment, too beautiful to be dangerous. They don’t see what happens to the ones who dare swim out of line. Newly caught Erie doesn’t know what the evil landfolk want from her. Alone and voiceless, she watches the other merfolk from the confines of her tank. Broken into submission, they’ve become shells of the once vibrant creatures she knew. But Erie refuses to be subjugated. She’ll get the crowds to see her as something more than simple entertainment—starting with her captor, Finn. While Finn trains Erie in her routine, she secretly teaches herself the air-words he and the other trainers speak. And when the language barrier falls, Finn starts to realize that the gap between human and Mer is smaller than he thought, and maybe it’s not the Mer who are monsters, after all.
My Backward Life by Claire Merle
The last thing Louise Doors remembers is collapsing on her way home from a gig and a boy trying to save her life. Now, six days later, she’s woken up. But she’s not in the hospital, she’s at home, and it seems her life has gone on without her, except everything is messed up. Her best friends hate her, she’s hanging out with a girl she barely knows, and a boy called Dylan wants to meet up to give her a letter. As it turns out, Dylan isn’t just any boy, either, he’s the guy who tried to save her life. Soon Louise will find out exactly what’s been going on in her absence because those missing days are happening again, only in reverse. While each day brings surprising revelations about her family and her friends, Louise draws closer to Dylan, hoping he can help her get her proper life back. But she hadn’t expected to fall in love, nor that these six days might be all she has left. After years of conforming to other people’s expectations, Louise finally has the chance to be true to herself—but only if she can reach out and grab it.
Ghosts by Dolly Alderton
32-year-old Nina Dean is a successful food writer with a loyal online following, but a life that is falling apart. When she uses dating apps for the first time, she becomes a victim of ghosting, and by the most beguiling of men. Her beloved dad is vanishing in slow motion into dementia, and she’s starting to think about ageing and the gendered double-standard of the biological clock. On top of this she has to deal with her mother’s desire for a mid-life makeover and the fact that all her friends seem to be slipping away from her . . .
The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.
Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.
Then Eli’s dream comes true.
Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.
Theatrical by Maggie Harcourt
Hope dreams of working backstage in a theatre, and she’s determined to make it without the help of her famous costume designer mum. So when she lands an internship on a major production, she tells no one. But with a stroppy Hollywood star and his hot young understudy upstaging Hope’s focus, she’s soon struggling to keep her cool… and her secret.
I read and reviewed The Complete Maus by Art Speigelman last year, but I noticed that it’s on one of my uni courses reading lists again so I thought it would be a good idea to pick it up again and give it a quick reread to remind myself about it before my course starts at the end of the month.
Combined for the first time here are Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale and Maus II – the complete story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife, living and surviving in Hitler’s Europe. By addressing the horror of the Holocaust through cartoons, the author captures the everyday reality of fear and is able to explore the guilt, relief and extraordinary sensation of survival – and how the children of survivors are in their own way affected by the trials of their parents. A contemporary classic of immeasurable significance.
That’s my TBR for this month. I hope I can get through them but I’m not going to pressure myself into getting them read because otherwise I might spiral into another slump and boy do I not need that after I have finally got on top of my reading goal for the year! I hope you have a good day ❤ Now for today’s Questions…