The 5 Books I Need to Read in the last 5 Months of 2020!

The 5 Books I Need to Read in the last 5 Months of 2020!

With five months left in 2020 *gulp* I want to make a small to-be-read pile of books that I’m determined to pick up before the year is over. I’m a massive mood reader but I thrive when I have a reasonable stack of priority books to read rather than trying to pick from all my books!

1324, Kilkennie: A time of suspicion and conspiracy. A place where zealous men rage against each other – and even more against uppity women
A woman finds refuge with her daughter in the household of a childhood friend.
The friend, Alice Kytler, gives her former companion a new name, Petronelle, a job as a servant, and warns her to hide their old connection.
But in aligning herself with a powerful woman, Petronelle and her child are in more danger than they ever faced in the savage countryside…

This book has featured on not one TBR post, not two TBR posts, but three TBR posts so really I need to actually read it. I really want to! I don’t know why I haven’t apart from my piles and piles of other books. I tend to lean more towards royalty in historical fiction. But the more I read about witches, the more I want to know the trials. I don’t know if these characters actually identify as witches but either way, I’ll hopefully learn more about the Kilkenny Witch Trial.

The Bitter Twins by Jen Williams*

Since this is a sequel, I won’t post the spoiler-y blurb but here’s my spoiler-free review for The Ninth Rain.

I loved The Ninth Rain with my heart and soul. The only reason I haven’t read this is just that I’m just a massive coward when it comes to both sequels and chunky books. I did not, as I said in my review, immediately pick up The Bitter Twins. I let it sit on my shelf. It doesn’t deserve that! And I deserve to read books that I know I’ll love!

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow*

In 1893, there’s no such thing as witches. There used to be, in the wild, dark days before the burnings began, but now witching is nothing but tidy charms and nursery rhymes. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box.
But when the three Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten ways that might turn the women’s movement into the witch’s movement. Stalked by shadows and sickness, hunted by forces who will not suffer a witch to vote – and perhaps not even to live – the sisters must delve into the oldest magics, draw new alliances, and heal the bond between them if they want to survive.
There’s no such thing as witches. But there will be.

This book hits a lot of the notes of things I enjoy: witches, suffragists and the late 19th century. I’ve picked this up a couple times but put it down because stress was getting in the way of my reading and I knew about ten pages in that this was something special. I want to savour it. But I also want to savour it soon!

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson

Born on the fringes of Bethel, Immanuelle does her best to obey the Church and follow Holy Protocol. For it was in Bethel that the first Prophet pursued and killed four powerful witches, and so cleansed the land.
And then a chance encounter lures her into the Darkwood that surrounds Bethel.
It is a forbidden place, haunted by the spirits of the witches who bestow an extraordinary gift on Immanuelle. The diary of her dead mother…
Fascinated by and fearful of the secrets the diary reveals, Immanuelle begins to understand why her mother once consorted with witches. And as the truth about the Prophets, the Church and their history is revealed, so Immanuelle understands what must be done. For the real threat to Bethel is its own darkness.
Bethel must change. And that change will begin with her…

Another witch book. I’ve created an accidental theme. This was a pre-order that I have stayed hyped for since ordering. Instead of letting it drift to the back of my mind, I checked the release date a bunch of times. Spirits? Diaries? Sinister churches? Count me in. Linda suggested I read this so I have high hopes!

Three Men on the Brummell by Jerome K. Jerome

Three Men on the Bummel records a break from the claustrophobia of suburban life some ten years later; their cycling tour in the Black Forest, at the height of the new bicycling craze, affords Jerome the opportunity for a light-hearted scrutiny of German social customs at a time of increasing general interest in a country that he loved. This account of middle-aged Englishmen abroad is spiced with typical Jeromian humour. 

I read Three Men on a Boat in February. It was actually my first time not listening to the abridged version of the audiobook… Although I did listen to that right after because Hugh Laurie does such a fantastic job. So the sequel has been one of those things that I’ve been absent-mindedly thinking about reading for a while now! 

What are you hoping to read in these last few months? Have you read any of my picks?

My Autumn TBR!

My Autumn TBR!
Today is officially the beginning of Autumn so Happy Autumn!

My Autumn and Winter reading is always different from my Spring and Summer reading. In the darker months I feel like I can get stuck into deeper reads, whereas in the bright months I want light reads. It’s not a hard or fast rule, but it is a trend I’ve noticed for a while. So here are the books I want to read now that Summer- or what we got of it, is well and truly over.

My Autumn TBR!

I’m continuing my re-read of The Chronicles of the Invaders by Jennifer Ridyard and John Connolly that I started last month because I really want to finish this series this year. I can’t believe I’ve had the last book for over a year and haven’t read it yet. Last book fear is real!

I reached for Call the Midwife by Jennifer Worth a couple months ago after finishing the series and wanting to read the source material, only to find it was blank for the first 50ish pages! Luckily the publisher was absolutely wonderful about sending me another copy and thus, it joined my Autumn TBR. I’m excited to read more in-depth about London in the 1950s.

The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell were on my Summer TBR but it just didn’t feel like the right time to read them. They’re full of dark forests and creaking ships, and that’s more Autumn to me. So I’ll be picking them up this season instead, in a different order than I thought after reading this. Especially now that two of the books are signed by Chris Riddell!

Since finishing the Harper Connolly series in August, I’ve been unfortunate in being Charlaine Harris free. I’ve not wanted to start the Midnight trilogy because the third book isn’t out in paperback yet and I’ve been hesitant to start the Lily Bard mysteries because the third book is a Christmas themed story. However, now it’s Autumn, Christmas is closer (95 days) and I think I can pace myself enough to save the Christmas book for nearer the season. So The Lily Bard Mysteries: Shakespeare’s Landlord and Shakespeare’s Champion by Charlaine Harris join the TBR pile.

I started the Lux series by Jennifer L Armentrout series as part of my Summer TBR with Obsidian and I loved it! I promptly ordered the rest of the series and in true Imogen fashion, was completely intimidated by the pile of books. I really want to dive back into the world though, Jennifer’s writing is so easy to read.

And lastly, I want to start the Lord of the Rings series with The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien. It’s about time I finally read it.

I’m hoping a shorter list, darker nights, slightly less work and more hot cocoa will make this TBR a success! Of course, this doesn’t include the books I have on my #Hallowreadathon TBR! But more on that soon…

What do you plan on reading this Autumn?

My Summer TBR!

According to the internet it is officially the beginning of Summer today! Happy Summer! Fun fact: Last time I wrote a blog post about books I wanted to read in Summer, I read one of the ten. Hopefully this will be more successful. I decided to do seasonal TBR’s this Spring and really enjoyed it. No matter how unsuccessful I was. So here are my Summer picks…

My Summer TBR!

There were a few books I didn’t read in Spring that I still want to read; mainly The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Dominion by Jennifer Ridyard and John Connolly*, and the last two books in the Harper Connolly omnibus by Charlaine Harris. So they jumped from my Spring TBR to my Summer TBR.

In Spring I said I wanted to read the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett, but after my Most Owned Authors post I decided it was time to re-read The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell. I can’t wait to revisit the world that was home when I was younger, and find out how it all ends.

I’ve been invited down to London for a pretty cool event and Jennifer L. Armentrout is going to be there! Problem: I’ve never read any of her books. But I do have one. So Obsidian is top of my list. I’ve actually been looking for a sign to pick this up so I have high hopes.

After re-reading most of The Walking Dead comics in Spring, I want to finish them and move on to re-read the novels. I’ve got Rise of the Governor and The Road to Woodbury, and after I read these I’m going to treat myself to the rest of the series. There’s six books now, I feel like a bad Walking Dead fan for only having read two.

Speaking of zombies, World War Z by Max Brooks and Can You Survive the Zombie Apocalypse? by Max Brallier are both begging for a re-read. People named Max do seem to write the best zombie books!

I still have four books of the Princess Diaries series to read before I finish. I may be getting a little too old but I’m a completist and I never finished the series as a kid so I don’t know how it ends. So Seventh Heaven, After Eight, To The Nines and Ten Out of Ten by Meg Cabot are going to be marathoned this Summer.

Gorilla Beach by Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi is probably the most mentioned un-read book on this blog. I wished for itgot ittalked about ittook it to Italy, but I’ve only read the first book in this duology. This Summer I’d like to actually read and review this book. It’s getting a little ridiculous that I haven’t.

I’m hoping (and I’m sure I’m going to kick myself for this when it comes to me Summer TBR wrap-up) to read at least 3 books/ 1000 pages a week over Summer. I love a challenge.

What’s on your Summer TBR?
*I was sent this to review!