Mid-March TBR

I’m fairly caught up on my review TBR, so I’ve been working my way through my impossible bookshelf TBR. I am reading such a wide variety of books, I’m sure there is something in here for everyone, so let’s get to it!

A red crow flies over a greyed out, penciled person.

A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel: Volume One, Daniel Abraham, George R.R. Martin, Illustrated: Tommy Patterson
Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Goodreads, Amazon, Bookshop, B&N

I got these books for Christmas and it’s about time I started them. Honestly, I just can’t wait to get to the book where Joffrey dies.

About the Book:

You’ve read the books. You’ve watched the hit series on HBO. Now acclaimed novelist Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson bring George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy masterwork A Game of Thrones to majestic new life in the pages of this full-color graphic novel. Comprised of the initial six issues of the graphic series, this is the first volume in what is sure to be one of the most coveted collaborations of the year.

Winter is coming. Such is the stern motto of House Stark, the northernmost of the fiefdoms that owe allegiance to King Robert Baratheon in far-off King’s Landing. There Eddard Stark of Winterfell rules in Robert’s name. There his family dwells in peace and comfort: his proud wife, Catelyn; his sons Robb, Brandon, and Rickon; his daughters Sansa and Arya; and his bastard son, Jon Snow. Far to the north, behind the towering Wall, lie savage Wildings and worse—unnatural things relegated to myth during the centuries-long summer, but proving all too real and all too deadly in the turning of the season.

Yet a more immediate threat lurks to the south, where Jon Arryn, the Hand of the King, has died under mysterious circumstances. Now Robert is riding north to Winterfell, bringing his queen, the lovely but cold Cersei, his son, the cruel, vainglorious Prince Joffrey, and the queen’s brothers Jaime and Tyrion of the powerful and wealthy House Lannister—the first a swordsman without equal, the second a dwarf whose stunted stature belies a brilliant mind. All are heading for Winterfell and a fateful encounter that will change the course of kingdoms.

Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Prince Viserys, heir of the fallen House Targaryen, which once ruled all of Westeros, schemes to reclaim the throne with an army of barbarian Dothraki—whose loyalty he will purchase in the only coin left to him: his beautiful yet innocent sister, Daenerys.

The title sits on what looks like a gold cover, with gold lacing going around the outside. In real life the cover is brown.

The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition, William Goldman, Illustrated: Michael Manomivibul
Fantasy, Action, Folklore, Magical (that’s me saying that one)
Amazon, Bookshop, B&N

My daughter bought me this last week (because she is amazing). I can’t tell you how many times I watched the movie as a teen, nor how many times I’ve read the book. I cannot wait to start this version. (in real life, this cover is brown with gold lace trim, it doesn’t look it from this pic)

About the Book:

William Goldman’s beloved story of Buttercup, Westley, and their fellow adventurers in a beautifully illustrated deluxe edition that is perfect for fans of the book and film.

This tale of true love, high adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing, and a frightening assortment of wild beasts, as depicted in the 1987 film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Fred Savage, Robin Wright, and others, is now available in a beautiful new package, with foil and embossing on the cover and an interior printed on elegant uncoated cream stock with rough-cut edges.

This keepsake edition also includes fifty full-page color illustrations by Michael Manomivibul, full-color chapter openers, and a gorgeous color map printed on the endpapers.

The title is in white over cloud covered mountains.

The Lovely and the Lost, Jennifer Lynn Barnes
YA, Mystery, Contemporary
Goodreads, Amazon, Bookshop, B&N

This year I’ve made it my mission to work through the back catalog of some of my favs. Between the local bookstore, Bookshop, and ThriftsBooks, I’ve sort of overfilled my bookshelves…whoops. This reminds me of this meme:

I explained to my husband that I do not have too many books. They all fit in one box. He said I must stop calling our home a box.

About the Book:

After years of living in the wild, a teenage girl leads her adoptive family’s search-and-rescue operation — but to find a missing child, she must uncover long-buried secrets from her past.

Kira Bennett’s earliest memories are of living alone and wild in the woods. She has no idea how long she was on her own or what she had to do to survive, but she remembers the moment that Cady Bennett and one of her search-and-rescue dogs found her. Adopted into the Bennett family, Kira still struggles with human interaction years later, but she excels at the family business: search and rescue. Together with Cady’s son, Jude, and their neighbor, Free, Kira works alongside Cady to train the world’s most elite search-and-rescue dogs. Someday, all three teenagers hope to put their skills to use, finding the lost and bringing them home.

When Cady’s estranged father, the enigmatic Bales Bennett, tracks his daughter down and asks for her help in locating a missing child — one of several visitors who has disappeared in the Sierra Glades National Park in the past twelve months — the teens find themselves on the front lines sooner than they could have ever expected. As the search through seven hundred and fifty thousand acres of unbridled wilderness intensifies, Kira becomes obsessed with finding the missing child. She knows all too well what it’s like to be lost in the wilderness, fighting for survival, alone.

But this case isn’t simple. There is more afoot than a single missing girl, and Kira’s memories threaten to overwhelm her at every turn. As the danger mounts and long-held family secrets come to light, Kira is forced to question everything she thought she knew about her adopted family, her true nature, and her past.

The title is in white over a pink sky and blue waters. There is a shell constellation in the sky.

The Oceanography of the Moon, Glendy Vanderah
Magic, Realism, Family Life
Releases 5/22
Goodreads, Amazon, Bookshop, B&N

Seriously, have you read a Vanderah book that you didn’t love? My review for The Light Through the Leaves will be posted soon. But then I saw she had a new book coming out and *screams*. I’m still in the first 1/4 of the book, but so far, I love it.

About the Book:

After the untimely deaths of her aunt and mother, young Riley Mays moved from Chicago to her cousins’ Wisconsin farm. Here she found solace in caring for her extraordinary adoptive brother, exploring the surrounding wild nature, and gazing at the mystical moon—a private refuge in which she hides from her most painful memories. But ten years later, now twenty-one, Riley feels too confined by the protective walls she’s erected around herself. When a stranger enters her family’s remote world, Riley senses something he’s hiding, a desire to escape that she understands well.

Suffering from writer’s block, bestselling novelist Vaughn Orr has taken to the country roads when he happens upon the accommodating, if somewhat unusual, Mays family. He’s soon captivated by their eccentricities—and especially by Riley and her quiet tenacity. In her, he recognizes a shared need to keep heartbreaking secrets buried.

As the worst moments of their lives threaten to surface, Riley and Vaughn must find the courage to confront them if they’re to have any hope of a happy future. With the help of Riley’s supportive family, a dash of everyday magic, and the healing power of nature, can the pair let go of the troubled pasts they’ve clung to so tightly for so long?

The title is in white over a blue and yellow sky. A silhouetted family of a woman has a child on each side of her look like they're running.

My Wife is Missing, D.J. Palmer
Mystery, Thriller, Psychological
Releases May 10th
Goodreads, Amazon, B&N

Okay, I confess, I normally don’t read ARCs until the month before release. But I’ve had this one so long, I just *had* to start it. So I started it yesterday with the other ARC, and Palmer is doing a fantastic job of making unreliable narrators.

About the Book:

When a woman disappears with her two children, one husband will do anything to find them–even confront the secrets of his own past–in D. J. Palmer’s My Wife Is Missing, a twisty thriller from the author of The New Husband
A family vacation turns into a nightmare for Michael Hart when he discovers his wife and two children have disappeared from their New York City hotel room. Horrified, he fears they’ve been kidnapped. Michael’s frantic search to find them takes a shocking turn when he discovers that his wife, Natalie, appears to have left quite willingly, taking their children with her. The police want to know why, and so does Michael. But there may be a reason why Natalie ran, something Michael can’t tell the police—the truth about his past. While untangling his deceptions might be the key to locating Natalie, Michael knows it could also be his undoing. To find his wife, he must now turn to the one person capable of exposing all that he’s been hiding. Natalie thinks she has Michael all figured out and has hatched a plan to escape from him permanently. One detail, though, threatens to derail her efforts: sleep—or more accurately, the lack of it. Since the moment the shocking revelations about her husband came to light, Natalie’s insomnia has worsened to the point that she now suffers from delusions. Are her fears about Michael valid—or a symptom of her condition? With her children’s lives at risk, the stakes for Natalie could not be higher. On her own, running low on energy and resources, avoiding increasingly close calls with Michael—who is on the hunt and closing in fast—Natalie needs someone to turn to for help. But who can she trust when she can’t even trust herself?

So that’s what I’m currently, or about to, start reading. What is on your TBR for the rest of the month?


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