Happy January! Happy New Year! All of the Happy’s!
I hope 2021 has been treating you well so far. I’ve just been enjoying family time before my Mum goes back to work and my brother to school.
I managed to post a TBR every month last year and I am not about to break that streak this month. I start back up at university at the end of the month so I kind of want to be ambitious with my TBR before I go back to my University reading and have no time for my own choices. I am still drowning in Netgalley reads so most of what I pick will be from there. Enough rambles from me, you just want to know what I plan to read!
To Be Your Only by Rae Kennedy. I read the one previous to this in the series (To Be Your Last) and I really liked it! But it is a series of standalones so if you didn’t read that and you like the sound of this don’t let it discourage you. I was kindly sent this via Netgalley and I started it yesterday and I am adoring it so far. I have a great feeling that it’s going to be the perfect book to start 2021.
Edit: I finished it this morning, but I pre-wrote this post so I thought I should add that in. I was definitely right. It was the perfect way to start the year. 5 stars – review soon.
I’ve been in love with Wes since I was in braces. Him—not so much. But this is the summer I’m finally going to get him to notice me. And fall madly in love with me so we can live happily ever after, obviously. Unfortunately, my best friend and partner-in-crime decided to run off for the summer, so I’m stuck with her annoying older brother, Eric, as my wingman. Did I mention he’s annoying? This would be much easier if I weren’t constantly rolling my eyes at his sarcastic remarks or wishing I could wipe that little smirk off his face. Want to know the most aggravating part? Now that things are finally starting to go my way with Wes, I can’t stop thinking about Eric and his dumb mouth.
A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee. I have been craving to reread this and the rest of the series for quite a few months now but kept putting it off for one reason or another so if I find the time I would quite like to get to reread this.
Rescued from the gallows in 1850s London, young orphan (and thief) Mary Quinn is surprised to be offered a singular education, instruction in fine manners — and an unusual vocation. Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls is a cover for an all-female investigative unit called The Agency, and at seventeen, Mary is about to put her training to the test. Assuming the guise of a lady’s companion, she must infiltrate a rich merchant’s home in hopes of tracing his missing cargo ships. But the household is full of dangerous deceptions, and there is no one to trust — or is there? Packed with action and suspense, banter and romance, and evoking the gritty backstreets of Victorian London, this breezy mystery debuts a daring young detective who lives by her wits while uncovering secrets — including those of her own past.
Late Love by Scarlett Hopper. This is another book I got via Netgalley probably about two months ago now so I am glad I can finally get to it, OR at least hope to get to it. I’ve been reading quite a few 18+ romances recently if you know what I mean…but I get the feeling this is a bit more of a PG romance so it will be good to mix it up a bit. I’ve heard great things so I can’t wait to try it out for myself.
Charlotte “Lottie” Night didn’t expect her year to turn out this way. After finding out she’s carrying more than just the emotional baggage of her breakup, life as she knows it quickly changes. Panicked, she attempts to balance everything alone until she meets Owen. Owen Bower didn’t know what he was missing until Lottie crashed into his life. She’s everything he never knew he wanted, but a relationship is the last thing on Lottie’s mind. Yet when a chance encounter between the two reveals Lottie’s biggest secret, a bond is immediately formed. Owen quickly becomes Lottie’s closest confidant, but it’s clear their connection is anything but platonic. Emotions can only be ignored for so long until someone cracks, and it looks like Owen will be first. Forced to confront her feelings, Lottie must decide, can she move forward without her past getting in the way?
The Shadow and Bone Series by Leigh Bardugo has been sat on my shelf for maybe 2 years now and I have not read it. When I heard Netflix was making it into a TV show by combining it with one of Leigh Bardugo’s other book series I knew I had to pick it up and give it a read. I don’t know if I’ll make it through the whole series this month but I want to read at least the first book.
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 Starkov has never been good at anything. But 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 Miss Underhay Mystery Series by Helena Dixon. I received the 4th book in the series via Netgalley and before getting to that I decided to purchase the first 3 so I understood the characters etc. I read the 1st in the series last month and enjoyed it (review here) so I hope to get to the second in the series Murder at Enderley Hall this month.
Summer 1933. Fresh from the discovery that she has family living nearby, Kitty Underhay has packed her carpet bag, commandeered a chambermaid and set off on a visit to stately Enderley Hall. She’s looking forward to getting to know her relatives, as well as the assembled group of house guests. But when elderly Nanny Thoms is found dead at the bottom of the stairs after papers of national importance are stolen, Kitty quickly learns that Muffy the dog’s muddy paws on her hemline are the least of her problems. Calling on ex-army captain Matthew Bryant for assistance, Kitty begins to puzzle out the mystery. And when more shocking murders follow, the stakes are raised for the daring duo as never before. Which of the guests stand to gain from the theft of the documents? And which, as the week progresses, stand to lose their lives?
That’s my TBR for this month, It’s the longest TBR I have made in a while and I can already tell it’s going to be a bit too ambitious but hey – a girl can dream! Anyway, I hope you have a good day ❤ Now for today’s Questions…