I haven’t done a TBR in what feels like forever so I thought I should share with you what I’m currently reading and what I plan to be reading. I’m working with the new WordPress editor today, and it’s not showing me image sizes, so they aren’t going to be uniform. Hopefully I can get this all figured out because I am very averse to change.
Empath, S. Usher Evans
Lauren is going through a tough time after a breakup. In a freak event resulting from an earthquake, she lands in an other world. She learns she’s now an empath and the village must hide from the dragon. As she adjusts to her new life, she starts to heal from her past. Honestly, this one had a bit of a slow start for me, but it’s picked right up and I haven’t wanted to put it down.
Available on Amazon for $2.99
The Anti-Virginity Pact, Kate Wismer
Meredith is the daughter of a pastor, she’s also an atheist. When she makes a pact with her best friend to lose her virginity before college, the plans go awry. Add a mean girl her torments her and this could be a fun YA read. Another round of honesty here, I don’t love the writing with this one. But I’m going to stick through it because I want to see where this all goes.
Available for preorder on Amazon for $4.99, releasing June 16th.
Blue Ticket, Sophie Mackintosh
I haven’t started this one yet, so I will share the blurb, because this sounds super fun:
Calla knows how the lottery works. Everyone does. On the day of your first bleed, you report to the station to learn what kind of woman you will be. A white ticket grants you marriage and children. A blue ticket grants you a career and freedom. You are relieved of the terrible burden of choice. And once you’ve taken your ticket, there is no going back. But what if the life you’re given is the wrong one?
When Calla, a blue ticket woman, begins to question her fate, she must go on the run. But her survival will be dependent on the very qualities the lottery has taught her to question in herself and on the other women the system has pitted against her. Pregnant and desperate, Calla must contend with whether or not the lottery knows her better than she knows herself and what that might mean for her child.
An urgent inquiry into free will, social expectation, and the fraught space of motherhood, Blue Ticket is electrifying in its raw evocation and desire and riveting in its undeniable familiarity.
Sounds good, right? Available for preorder on Amazon for $13.99, it releases June 30th.
The Thirteenth Tale, Diane Setterfield
I snagged this in paperback after a recommendation. I’m about halfway through, and so far, I like what I’m reading. A reclusive author on her deathbed wants to share her story. As the blurb states: “Vida disinters the life she meant to bury for good. Margaret is mesmerized by the author’s tale of gothic strangeness—featuring the beautiful and willful Isabelle, the feral twins Adeline and Emmeline, a ghost, a governess, a topiary garden and a devastating fire. Together, Margaret and Vida confront the ghosts that have haunted them while becoming, finally, transformed by the truth themselves.”
Available on Amazon for $12.99
What You Wish For, Katherine Center
I had received an ARC of How to Walk Away Last year and I really liked it. So when I saw she had a new book coming out, I requested it from my fav publisher, St. Martin’s. The premise is a teacher and a principal with a past that left her feeling invisible. All these years later, they’re working together again. The blurb says: “As the school community spirals into chaos, and danger from all corners looms large, Sam and Duncan must find their way to who they really are, what it means to be brave, and how to take a chance on love—which is the riskiest move of all.” I’m looking forward to reading this one.
Available for preorder on Amazon for $14.99, it releases July 14th.
The Safe Place, Anna Downes
Emily is a mess.
Emily Proudman just lost her acting agent, her job, and her apartment in one miserable day.
Emily is desperate.
Scott Denny, a successful and charismatic CEO, has a problem that neither his business acumen nor vast wealth can fix. Until he meets Emily.
Emily is perfect.
Scott offers Emily a summer job as a housekeeper on his remote, beautiful French estate. Enchanted by his lovely wife Nina, and his eccentric young daughter, Aurelia, Emily falls headlong into this oasis of wine-soaked days by the pool. But soon Emily realizes that Scott and Nina are hiding dangerous secrets, and if she doesn’t play along, the consequences could be deadly.
Available on Amazon for $13.99, it releases July 14th.
The Lost Girl of Devon, Barbara O’Neal
My first book of O’Neals was When We Believed in Mermaids and I absolutely loved it. 10 days later I read The Art of Inheriting Secrets. When I saw she had a new book coming out, I jumped at the chance to read it.
It’s been years since Zoe Fairchild has been to the small Devon village of her birth, but the wounds she suffered there still ache. When she learns that her old friend and grandmother’s caretaker has gone missing, Zoe and her fifteen-year-old daughter return to England to help.
Zoe dreads seeing her estranged mother, who left when Zoe was seven to travel the world. As the four generations of women reunite, the emotional pain of the past is awakened. And to complicate matters further, Zoe must also confront the ex-boyfriend she betrayed many years before.
Anxieties spike when tragedy befalls another woman in the village. As the mystery turns more sinister, new grief melds with old betrayal. Now the four Fairchild women will be tested in ways they couldn’t imagine as they contend with dangers within and without, desperate to heal themselves and their relationships with each other.
Available for preorder on Amazon for $4.99, it releases July 14th.
If you’ve been following the release days, I’m going to be very busy July 14th! I will probably have other books added in last minute, but this is what it’s looking like for the immediate next few weeks. There are some great books and authors in this list, I’m excited to get back to reading.
What are you reading?