This is probably the most pathetic update I will hopefully ever post *snickers*. I set a TBR consisting of 2 books for May, and I failed. Yes, you read that right. I completed 50% of my 2 book TBR.
So what happened you may ask?
Well, a whole myriad of events ranging from an unexpected hiatus to a back injury leaving me on medication that is kicking my behind. I did successfully complete Amy Reed’s The Nowhere Girls and loved it for so many important reasons. You can read my review here.
However, let us talk about 1Q84. This book.. It compromised my entire TBR for the month if we are being honest, and I failed miserably with it. On so many levels..
- I purchased a physical copy (wrong! it is nearly 1000 pages – should have opted for ebook).
- I was attempting a book that requires (and deserves full attention) during a rather large flare up (again wrong!).
- I left it on my nightstand and now it has collected a layer of dust I think. This is not the ideal spot for large reads. If I want to remain encouraged, I have to pack them around (again should have purchased it in digital format).
- I began chapter reading (you know where you force yourself to read a chapter a night) and then allowed more and more time to pass between each chapter.
So what happens now? I am reshelving it and hoping to attempt it at another time. It’s not you 1Q84, it’s me.
This month I need to seriously tackle my ARCs and they are taking the forefront.
Bring Me Back
By B.A. Paris
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
A young British couple are driving through France on holiday when they stop for gas. He runs in to pay, she stays in the car. When he returns her car door has been left open, but she’s not inside. No one ever sees her again.
Ten years later he’s engaged to be married; he’s happy, and his past is only a tiny part his life now. Until he comes home from work and finds his new wife-to-be is sitting on their sofa. She’s turning something over in her fingers, holding it up to the light. Something that would have no worth to anyone else, something only he and she would know about because his wife is the sister of his missing first love.
As more and more questions are raised, their marriage becomes strained. Has his first love somehow come back to him after all this time? Or is the person who took her playing games with his mind?
By Rachel Heng
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Lea Kirino is a “Lifer,” which means that a roll of the genetic dice has given her the potential to live forever—if she does everything right. And Lea is an overachiever. She’s a successful trader on the New York exchange—where instead of stocks, human organs are now bought and sold—she has a beautiful apartment, and a fiancé who rivals her in genetic perfection. And with the right balance of HealthTech™, rigorous juicing, and low-impact exercise, she might never die.
But Lea’s perfect life is turned upside down when she spots her estranged father on a crowded sidewalk. His return marks the beginning of her downfall as she is drawn into his mysterious world of the Suicide Club, a network of powerful individuals and rebels who reject society’s pursuit of immortality, and instead chose to live—and die—on their own terms. In this future world, death is not only taboo; it’s also highly illegal. Soon Lea is forced to choose between a sanitized immortal existence and a short, bittersweet time with a man she has never really known, but who is the only family she has left in the world.
By Nadine Brandes
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.
Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.
But what if death finds him first?
Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.
The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.
The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.
No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.
2018 PopSugar Challenge Updates
Total Completed: 28
In Progress: 1
Remaining (If I go for Advanced): 21
(I am pretty sure my math is way off here, but my head hurts too much to fight with it)
I made next to little progress this past month and expect this month will ultimately be the same as I work on knocking out review titles to make room to focus more on my challenge come this fall.
Read my full review here.
What did you read in May? Have you read any of the titles from my upcoming TBR or do you plan to? Drop me a line!