June 2020 TBR!

How’s everyone doing?

I think that’s an important question to ask right now. I hope you all are staying healthy, and fighting for what’s right! Stay strong and keep your head up.

Here’s my June TBR if you’re all interested.

I have a few books I need to continue / finish:

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Books I plan on reading:

Bringing Down the Duke by Evvie Dunmore

I Was Told It Would Get Easier by Abbi Waxman

Beach Read by Emily Henry

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper

I’m keeping this post sweet and simple. I also think I have given up on the TBR jars for right now. I have so many that I know I want to read that I don’t want to put myself in a corner. The last couple months have been a flop when it comes to the jars.


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My Most Anticipated 2020 Releases

Hello! These are not in any particular order. There are also a ton of other books I’m excited for, but these are mostly books by authors I have read other books from—except for Kate Elizabeth Russell. These are authors I look for every year to see if they’re releasing anything new. I’m very patiently waiting for Celeste Ng to write another one.


The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Publication date: 3/24

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd

Publication date: 4/21

Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Publication date: 3/10

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

Publication date: 1/7

Network Effect by Martha Wells

Publication date: 5/5

Home Before Dark by Riley Sager

Publication date: 7/7

He Started It by Samantha Downing

Publication date: 4/28

Cut to the Bone by Ellison Cooper

Publication Date: 7/14

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

Publication date: 3/10

Credence by Penelope Douglas

Publication date: 1/14

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

Publication date: 3/24

A friend told me that Taylor Jenkins Reid has another one coming out, but Goodreads doesn’t have a release date for it. That’s why I didn’t include it. It’s called Malibu Burning if you wanted to go add it to your TBR.


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April 2019 Reading Wrap Up!

I read seven books cover to cover this month, and I finished up one that I started in March. Three of them were e-galleys from NetGalley (Thank you publishers) and the rest were library books. I am currently in the middle of four other books. I thought that this month was quite successful in quantity and quality!

Finished

E-galleys:

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren ⭐⭐⭐⭐

 The Porpoise by Mark Haddon ⭐⭐

The Farm by Joanne Ramos ⭐⭐⭐

Library Books:

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Test by Sylvain Neuvel ⭐⭐⭐⭐

All Systems Red (Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Artificial Condition (Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Rogue Protocol (Murderbot Diaries #3) by Martha Wells ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Currently Reading

E-galleys:

Buried (Agent Sayer Altair #2) by Ellison Cooper

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames

Library Books:

Exit Strategy (Murderbot Diaries #4) by Martha Wells

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of the Columbine Tragedy by Sue Klebold


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ARC Book Review: Caged by Ellison Cooper

Caged

By: Ellison Cooper

Publishing Date: 7/10/18 by Minotaur Books

ISBN: 9781250173836 (Hardcover)

368 pages

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Rating: 3/5

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Thank you to Minotaur books for sending this my way for an honest review. 

This is a novel about a young girl found in a cage, with a puppy, dead. Two cops find her and the FBI needs to figure out what happened and why. They also need to find the psycho, and whether or not he caged more victims. You follow Special Agent Altair, and her tight-knit group of colleagues. You find that Altair isn’t just out to arrest criminals, she is also there to research their brains. Her plan is to find out the difference between a serial killers brain and a normal brain. There are a lot of lies, miscommunication, and very little evidence. In the end it turns out that the killer isn’t a stranger.

I had fun reading this novel, just because I have never read anything like it. I never pick up detective novels because they all sound the same to me. The writing was very well thought out and descriptive. Cooper’s background definitely proves why she is well versed in detective jargon. The FBI aspect was a little bit cheesy. I felt like it could be a TV show rather than a book. The ending also didn’t blow me away. There are more books involving Special Agent Altair coming out, and because Cooper left Caged on a cliffhanger I have to AT LEAST read book two.

The characters were well-developed and easy to connect with. They all had different personalities, so it made it easy to distinguish who was who. Cooper does add in some particularly obnoxious and annoying characters just to knock you off kilter. There were a few that I only trusted as far as I could throw. The characters weren’t extraordinary, but they fit well in the world that Cooper created.

I wouldn’t throw recommendations left and right, but if you have any interest in reading a fun FBI book, then go ahead and pick it up. It can’t hurt anything! I enjoyed myself overall, and in a guilty pleasure kind of way, I am looking forward to the next one.

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