Mid-May TBR

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve shared my TBR with you all. This year I’ve been focusing on rereading favorites, reading classics, going through favorite author’s catalogs, or clearing my TBR. I think I’m making great progress on that front with a fair mix of new books coming in as well, so let’s get to it.


Home Field Advantage, Dahlia Adler
YA/Romance/LGBTQ+
Releases June 7th
Goodreads

I’ve already started this one, and it’s absolutely adorable. I can’t wait to see where this goes.

About the Book
Amber McCloud’s dream is to become cheer captain at the end of the year, but it’s an extra-tall order to be joyful and spirited when the quarterback of your team has been killed in a car accident. For both the team and the squad, watching Robbie get replaced by newcomer Jack Walsh is brutal. And when it turns out Jack is actually short for Jaclyn, all hell breaks loose.

The players refuse to be led by a girl, the cheerleaders are mad about the changes to their traditions, and the fact that Robbie’s been not only replaced but outshined by a QB who wears a sports bra has more than a few Atherton Alligators in a rage. Amber tries for some semblance of unity, but it quickly becomes clear that she’s only got a future on the squad and with her friends if she helps them take Jack down.

Just one problem: Amber and Jack are falling for each other, and if Amber can’t stand up for Jack and figure out how to get everyone to fall in line, her dream may come at the cost of her heart.

Alice in Borderland, Hara Aso
Graphic Novel/Fantasy
Goodreads

I had this in my wishlist for a few months before it released and thankfully received it pretty quickly. Now I just need to start it, and I can’t wait.

About the Book
An action-packed thriller and source of the hit Netflix drama where the only way to survive is to play the game!

Eighteen-year-old Ryohei Arisu is sick of his life. School sucks, his love life is a joke, and his future weighs on him like impending doom. As he struggles to exist in a world that can’t be bothered with him, Ryohei feels like everything would be better if he were anywhere else. When a strange fireworks show transports him and his friends to a parallel world, Ryohei thinks all his wishes have come true. But this new world isn’t an empty paradise, it’s a vicious game. And the only way to survive is to play.

The first game starts with a bang, but Ryohei manages to beat the clock and save his friends. It’s a short-lived victory, however, as they discover that winning only earns them a visa worth a few days’ grace period. If they want to get home, they’re going to have to start playing a lot harder.

My Lovely Wife, Samantha Downing
Mystery/Thriller
Goodreads

I know… I’m really late to reviewing this so you can get an idea of how awful my TBR bookshelf has become. I bought this as a preorder from a B&N sale, and it’s sat on the bookshelf since.

About the Book
A couple’s fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten too interesting…

Our love story is simple. I met a gorgeous woman. We fell in love. We had kids. We moved to the suburbs. We told each other our biggest dreams, and our darkest secrets. And then we got bored.

We look like a normal couple. We’re your neighbors, the parents of your kid’s friend, the acquaintances you keep meaning to get dinner with.

We all have secrets to keeping a marriage alive.

Ours just happens to be getting away with murder.

I Can Take it From Here, Lisa Forbes
Memoir
Releases June 7th
Amazon (linking Amazon because the Goodreads page is blank)

The publisher reached out to me to review this. I enjoy certain memoirs, and this one sounds promising.

About the Book
Riveting, honest, and raw, I Can Take It From Here recounts Lisa Forbes’s harrowing journey into darkness — including a fourteen-year-long stint in a maximum-security prison — and her fierce resolve to understand the effects of the trauma she endured, to take personal responsibility for her actions, and to ensure that her history does not dictate her destiny.

The youngest of six children, Lisa grew up in a Chicago housing project where she endured sexual, religious, and emotional abuse as a little girl. A voracious reader, she graduated high school at 15 and went to work as a secretary in a downtown insurance office, became pregnant at 16 and, at 19, unexpectedly and uncharacteristically committed a violent act, stabbing and killing the father of her daughter.

Providing powerful insights into what we as a society need to learn and confront in the ongoing epidemic of mass re-incarceration, Lisa is a stunning example of an individual who through determination, knowledge, and hard work has been able to reclaim her own life.

The book ends with Lisa’s rousing call to action to support the people—as well as the shorthanded employers—who need the help, and need each other, more than ever.

The Path of Thorns, A.G. Slatter
Fantasy/Mystery
Releases June 28th
Goodreads

I already started reading this one because I thought it was releasing sooner than it is. This is labeled as fantasy, and there is some, but it’s really light on the fantasy and it’s more a bit of historical literature. It’s good so far, just not what I was expecting.

About the Book
Alone in the world, Asher Todd travels to the remote estate of Morwood Grange to become governess to three small children. Her sole possessions comprise a sea chest and a large carpet bag she hangs onto for dear life. She finds a fine old home, its inhabitants proud of their lineage and impeccable reputation, and a small village nearby. It seems an untroubled existence, yet there are portraits missing from the walls, locked rooms, and names excised from the family tree inscribed in the bible. In short order, the children adore her, she becomes indispensible to their father Luther in his laboratory, and her potions are able to restore the sight of granddame Leonora. Soon Asher fits in as if she’s always been there, but there are creatures that stalk the woods at night, spectres haunt the halls, and Asher is not as much a stranger to the Morwoods as it might at first appear.

The Girl Who Was Taken, Charlie Donlea
Mystery/Thriller
Goodreads

This is the last Donlea book I need to read before I’ve cleared his entire catalog. It’s super exciting to finish, but also sad because I love his books.

About the Book
Two abducted girls—one who returns, one who doesn’t.

 
The night they go missing, high school seniors Nicole Cutty and Megan McDonald are at a beach party in their small town of Emerson Bay, North Carolina. Police launch a massive search, but hope is almost lost—until Megan escapes from a bunker deep in the woods. . . . A year later, the bestselling account of her ordeal has made Megan a celebrity. It’s a triumphant story, except for one inconvenient detail: Nicole is still missing.
 
Nicole’s older sister, Livia, a fellow in forensic pathology, expects that one day soon Nicole’s body will be found and her sister’s fate determined. Instead, the first clue comes from another body—that of a young man connected to Nicole’s past. Livia reaches out to Megan to learn more about that fateful night. Other girls have disappeared, and she’s increasingly sure the cases are connected.
 
Megan knows more than she revealed in her book. Flashes of memory are pointing to something more monstrous than she described. And the deeper she and Livia dig, the more they realize that sometimes true terror lies in finding exactly what you’ve been looking for . . .

Tears of Amber, Sofía Segovia
Historical Fiction
Goodreads

I read Segovia’s other work, The Murmur of Bees, and loved it, so I wanted to read this one. Thankfully, it was in KU which I have for the time being. I’m looking forward to this one.

About the Book
With war looming dangerously close, Ilse’s school days soon turn to lessons of survival. In the harshness of winter, her family must join the largest exodus in human history to survive. As battle lines are drawn and East Prussia’s borders vanish beneath them, they leave their farm and all they know behind for an uncertain future.

But Ilse also has Janusz, her family’s young Polish laborer, by her side. As they flee from the Soviet army, his enchanting folktales keep her mind off the cold, the hunger, and the horrors unfolding around them. He tells her of a besieged kingdom in the Baltic Sea from which spill the amber tears of a heartbroken queen.

Neither of them realizes his stories will prove crucial and prophetic.

Not far away, trying and failing to flee from a vengeful army, Arno and his mother hide in the ruins of a Königsberg mansion, hoping that once the war ends they can reunite their dispersed family. But their stay in the walled city proves untenable when they find themselves dodging bombs and scavenging in the rubble. Soon they’ll become pawns caught between two powerful enemies, on a journey with an unknown destination.

Hope carries these children caught in the crosshairs of war on an extraordinary pilgrimage in which the gift of an amber teardrop is at once a valuable form of currency and a symbol of resilience, one that draws them together against insurmountable odds.


So that’s what I have on my TBR for the next few weeks. I have a few more hardcovers I want to shuffle to the front of the line just to get them done because it’s hard for me to hold hardcover books.

So tell me, what’s on your TBR?

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