Next month’s bookish to-do list

I’m so excited to be returning to England at the end of the month and to get myself into a great reading and writing routine. I’d originally given this post the title ‘Next Month’s TBR’ but given that I’m planning to do some fun challenges on #Bookstagram as well I thought I may as well just write myself something that is, for all intents and purposes, a to do list.Untitled design (2)

Books

I have a terrible (amazing) confession to make. Since I’ve been over in Canada I’ve not really been able to order books. For one, I don’t have a fixed mailing address out here. The other reason is lack of suitcase space for newly acquired treasures. But, ladies and gentlemen, fear not – I found myself a most elegant solution. SELF-PRESENTS! Over the past few months I’ve just been ordering goodies for myself and having them delivered to my parents at home in England (sorry Mum!) I’m so excited to go home and dive into my mountain of bookish goodies! Here are some of the books I have waiting for me:

The Girls – Emma Cline

My sister read this book after I’d ordered it and recommended it to me so now I’m more excited than ever to get started. I finished The Roanoke Girls and LOVED it and heard that it reminded people of Emma Cline’s book so, of course, I had to have it. This one has been sat on my bed at home for many weeks now and I cannot wait to compare notes on it.
If you’re lost, they’ll find you…

Evie Boyd is fourteen and desperate to be noticed. 

It’s the summer of 1969 and restless, empty days stretch ahead of her. Until she sees them. The girls. Hair long and uncombed, jewelry catching the sun. And at their centre, Suzanne, black-haired and beautiful.

If not for Suzanne, she might not have gone. But, intoxicated by her and the life she promises, Evie follows the girls back to the decaying ranch where they live.
Was there a warning? A sign of what was coming? Or did Evie know already that there was no way back?

 

Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard

If you’re a bookstagrammer you’ve probably heard of this series – YA fantasy plays a huge role on the bookstagram scene and I just keep seeing this book everywhere. With the collectors edition cover just released I bit the bullet and ordered one for myself! Lets hope it’s a goodun’!

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart . . .

Yesterday – Felicia Yap

This one is actually a Netgalley request I was granted so isn’t a part of my little haul. I do want to get this one read next month though! It features human beings with varying degrees of memory retention – monos only remember one day prior whilst duos remember two days prior – it’s an interesting concept and I’m sure I’ll love it once I get started.

There are two types of people in the world: those who can only remember yesterday, and those who can also recall the day before.

You have just one lifeline to the past: your diary. Each night, you write down the things that matter. Each morning, your diary tells you where you were, who you loved and what you did.

Today, the police are at your door. They say that the body of your husband’s mistress has been found in the River Cam. They think your husband killed her two days ago.

The Book of Ivy – Amy Engel

After reading Amy Engel’s The Roanoke Girls it wasn’t long until this little gem popped up on my radar and subsequently my amazon basket. Whoops! Fans of Engel’s stuff were raving about this series on goodreads so I thought it was definitely worth picking up.

What would you kill for?

After a brutal nuclear war, our country was decimated. A new nation of survivors lives within a fenced community. No one knows what lies beyond the fence; only that to be cast outside it is a fate worse than death.

Two families fought to govern our new society. Now, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing faction to the sons of the winning side in a yearly ceremony.

This year, it’s my turn. My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill Bishop Lattimer, the president’s son and my soon-to-be husband, and return the Westfall family to power.

I never expected that my new husband would be the one person in the world to truly understand me. But I can’t falter now – I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.

Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…Untitled design (2)
          Challenges

I will be participating in two main challenges next month (though there’s always time to add to the list!)

One of which is the ever popular #grimdragon book challenge hosted by @grimdark_dad and @the_infinite_book_dragon. They’re doing a ‘greatest hits’ edition for September so I thought it’d be the perfect one to get started with!

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The other is the first set of challenges hosted by @rachel_r._smith, friendly bookstagrammer and author of the Records of Ohanzee fantasy series. Her feed is full of fairy sparkles and she’s also hosting a Harry Potter themed giveaway at the moment! Talk about having your sh** together!

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If you’re wanting to start a new challenge on the same page as everyone else it’s a great place to start. Plus Rachel is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met on the ol’ #bookstagram so you’re in safe hands.

You can find her books on Amazon:

What are your bookish plans for September? and how are your yearly goals coming along?

I’ve reached 21/30 on my goodreads challenge so far so I’m tentatively hoping to exceed my goal. I am not a fast reader.

Top Books so far:

The Roanoke girls

A Court of Wings and Ruinflowers

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