Summer Book Releases // The Hottest Reads of The Season

Admittedly, I’m not actually sure which books will be the most popular this summer, but I realized that I haven’t done a “new books” post in a while. So despite the fact that I’m completely unqualified to tell you which new books you should read this summer, I’m going to give it my best shot. Without further ado, the 5 books that I thought looked best when scrolling through summer release lists!!!

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July Wrap: A Slow Month Where I Bought A LOT

I can’t believe it’s already the end of JULY and as of right now, I haven’t even gone to the beach.  Once.  Like, who even am I? I’m not sure anymore and I’m having an EXISTENTIAL CRISIS about it because the beach is actually my favorite place in the whole world and I’m… not going!?!?!  Not that that has anything to do with books, or writing, meaning that you guys don’t care at all, so to the real post (which is markedly shorter than my normal wrapups but idk):

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Physical Books

Lola

  1. Lola (4/5)— This was an ARC that I won from LibraryThing, and I was super excited to finally get around to reading it.  The plot lived up to expectations and beyond, but I wasn’t a huge fan of the actual style of writing.  I would recommend, but I’m not sure I would run out to buy something else by the author.

Audiobooks (weirdly there’s a lot of these)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianBehind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai UndercitySave Me

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (4/5)— I listened to this book in the car on the way out to Colorado with my family, and thought it was the perfect family read.  The narrator was the author, which was cool because then you knew it was being read exactly as it was supposed to be, and although it took me a bit to get into the Native American Accent, once I did it was really enjoyable.
  2. Behind the Beautiful Forevers (4/5)-– This book took me FOREVER to read just because I kept forgetting about it, and you need to listen to it for long periods of time in order to get into it/understand, but I adored it once I got into it.  There’s so many characters and you hear lots of different people’s stories all intertwined, but if you’re willing to pay attention it’s worth the read.
  3. Save Me (3/5)— wtf happened to this book.  It started off SO STRONG and I was going to give it a much better rating, but then it went all magical unrealistic mom save the world big conspiracy that only she can uncover save the world.  Like, ummm, no.  just no.  So 4/5 for the first half, 2/5 for the second. Hence the three.

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This is a new section that I’m adding to the wrap up, since I realized it’s kind of weird that I didn’t have it already.  Basically, “New books” just means all the books that I’ve gotten, one way or another, over the course of the month.  This month especially was a really good one for book collection!  Of course, that only means that it’s been especially good for drowning in my own TBR, but yanno, you can’t win everything.

Kindle / eARC

Until It FadesCarnegie's MaidThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

  1. Until it Fades, by KA Tucker
  2. Carnegie’s Maid, by Marie Benedict
  3. The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald

Physical Books

The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth's Children, #1)The Girl in the Spider's Web (Millennium, #4)Those GirlsFirefly Lane (Firefly Lane, #1)

  1. The Girl In the Spider’s Webm by David Lagercrantz
  2. The Clan of the Cave Bear, by Jean M Auel
  3. Those Girls, by Chevy Stevens
  4. Firefly Lane, by Kristin Hannah

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  1. July 2017 Book Releases— There were SO many good books coming out this month, and although I didn’t have the chance to read any ARCS (I’m still behind from June) I can tell that I’m going to be scouring bookstores for months for cheap copies
  2. Genre Shaming Discussion— I wrote a post about why we shouldn’t shame people for reading genres that they enjoy, and I was happy to say that most people agreed with me! Make sure you weigh in on the discussion!
  3. Books that Need Sequels— For one of the BroodyBFF challenges, I wrote about books that I want to have sequels, but that don’t currently.  All the books I chose will probably never have sequels, but I WANT THEM SO AUTHORS ARE YOU LISTENING? but in all seriousness, it was a fun post to write.
  4. One by One Book Tour— I brought book tours back to the blog for this month, since they are quick and I didn’t have time to write a lot, and I really liked the sound of One by One, by Robert Germaux!

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Posts from around the blogosphere that you totally need to head over and check out

  1. May has been blogging FOR 6 WHOLE MONTHS. And it’s life changing.  And there’s a survey you need to fill out.
  2. Apparently July is a popular blogiversary month, because Teacher of YA had her 1 year blogiversary and wrote a post about it!  I’m super happy for her!
  3. Isla (formerly known under another name that I will not say because I don’t know if I’m supposed to) launched her brand new blog and said hi to everyone and I’m super excited.
  4. Nia compared some books and movies and told us what books to read if we like that movie and vice versa which is super helpful to all of us TV and movie nerds out there!
  5. Sarah wrote an interesting perspective on “reading” audiobooks, which although I somewhat disagreed with I loved reading.

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How did your July go? What books did you read? Have you read any of the books that I just got? Let me know all the thoughts

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June Releases I’m Excited For

This month, there are a LOT of good books coming out, because it’s summer, and everyone knows that’s the best time to publish (I don’t actually know that, it’s just a guess).  Since I’m doing a whole separate post for releases rather than mixing it in with my intro post like I normally do, I’ll hopefully be way more organized and make this section more useful to you!  So now, the top 10 books of June…

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Mystery / Thriller

He Said/She Said

He Said/She Said (June 6th)– omg I cannot even tell you how good this looks.  It seems really interesting because there’s a lot of backplot going on, and plus I’ve never heard of anything that sounds quite like this.  I’m 150% putting this on my TBR.

On the eve of a solar eclipse, a couple forced into hiding discovers that they can no longer run from their past in this taut psychological suspense novel.
In the summer of 1999, Kit and Laura travel to a festival in Cornwall to see a total eclipse of the sun. Kit is an eclipse chaser; Laura has never seen one before. Young and in love, they are certain this will be the first of many they’ll share.
But in the hushed moments after the shadow passes, Laura interrupts a man and a woman. She knows that she saw something terrible. The man denies it. It is her word against his.
The victim seems grateful. Months later, she turns up on their doorstep like a lonely stray. But as her gratitude takes a twisted turn, Laura begins to wonder—did she trust the wrong person?
15 years later, Kit and Laura are living under assumed names and completely off the digital grid: no Facebook, only rudimentary cell phones, not in any directories. But as the truth catches up to them, they realize they can no longer keep the past in the past.
From Erin Kelly, queen of the killer twist, He Said/She Said is a gripping tale of the lies we tell to save ourselves, the truths we cannot admit, and how far we will go to make others believe our side of the story.

The Silent CornerThe Silent Corner (June 20th)– I’ve never heard of this author, but apparently he’s popular, and this book looks amazing.  Not only is it a thriller, but it looks like it’s going to feature a totally badass woman and I’m always down for that.

I very much need to be dead.
These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demands: find the truth, no matter what.
People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important so terrifying that they will exterminate anyone in their way.
But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.The Fourth Monkey

The Fourth Monkey (June 27th)– I read and reviewed this book a couple months back, and it was a pretty good read!! If you already own the book or enjoy police crime thrillers, I would recommend.  You can read my review here, but I think my perspective was colored by the fact that I’m not a huge fan of police narratives.

For over five years, the Four Monkey Killer has terrorized the residents of Chicago. When his body is found, the police quickly realize he was on his way to deliver one final message, one which proves he has taken another victim who may still be alive. 
As the lead investigator on the 4MK task force, Detective Sam Porter knows even in death, the killer is far from finished. When he discovers a personal diary in the jacket pocket of the body, Porter finds himself caught up in the mind of a psychopath, unraveling a twisted history in hopes of finding one last girl, all while struggling with personal demons of his own.
With only a handful of clues, the elusive killer’s identity remains a mystery. Time is running out and the Four Monkey Killer taunts from beyond the grave in this masterfully written fast-paced thriller.Final Girls

Final Girls (June 29th)– If you buy one thriller this year it has got to be this one.  It was so dark, mysterious, and yet fun to read.  I adored the characters and pretty much everything about it, and despite the fact I read it in January when I think about it I get excited all over again!! Read my review!

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.
That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

Adventure / Dystopian

The Sandcastle Empire

The Sandcastle Empire (June 6th)– I had heard a lot about this book on Twitter, I think because I follow the author, and it looks exciting.  Even though it’s dystopian, a genre I feel like is sort of overdone, this seems like a fresh take.

When all hope is gone, how do you survive?
Before the war, Eden’s life was easy—air conditioning, ice cream, long days at the beach. Then the revolution happened, and everything changed.
Now a powerful group called the Wolfpack controls the earth and its resources. Eden has lost everything to them. They killed her family and her friends, destroyed her home, and imprisoned her. But Eden refuses to die by their hands. She knows the coordinates to the only neutral ground left in the world, a place called Sanctuary Island, and she is desperate to escape to its shores.
Eden finally reaches the island and meets others resistant to the Wolves—but the solace is short-lived when one of Eden’s new friends goes missing. Braving the jungle in search of their lost ally, they quickly discover Sanctuary is filled with lethal traps and an enemy they never expected.
This island might be deadlier than the world Eden left behind, but surviving it is the only thing that stands between her and freedom.

Adult Contemporary

The People We Hate at the Wedding

The People we Hate at the Wedding (June 6th)– This book looks really fun, with a lot of family drama and a fancy wedding!!  I’m really hoping for a cute book with lots of character development from this one.

Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins.
They couldn’t hate it more.
The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. Donna, the clan’s mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best friend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss. Her brother Paul lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track professor boyfriend who’s recently been saying things like “monogamy is an oppressive heteronormative construct,” while eyeing undergrads. And then there’s Eloise. Perfect, gorgeous, cultured Eloise. The product of Donna’s first marriage to a dashing Frenchman, Eloise has spent her school years at the best private boarding schools, her winter holidays in St. John and a post-college life cushioned by a fat, endless trust fund. To top it off, she’s infuriatingly kind and decent.
As this estranged clan gathers together, and Eloise’s walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family, and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most in the most bitingly funny, slyly witty and surprisingly tender novel you’ll read this year.

The CircusThe Circus (June 13th)– holy shit this book looks amazing and I hadn’t even heard of it before finding it on a June releases list while making this post.  It seems super emotional and yet exciting and nerve wracking and I cannot wait to read it.

Why would a girl who has everything want to run away and never be found?
Willow has staged runaways ever since she was a little girl. She has everything a young person should want: a rich daddy, clothes, money, a pony and a place at a prestigious boarding school. In reality, she has everything except the thing she really wants: a father who cares enough to find her.
Aged sixteen, on the eve of her father’s wedding, she ruins the bride’s dress and escapes through a window, determined never to return. Her missing mother was a circus performer, and Willow wants to follow in her footsteps. But the performers she meets don’t want her. When her last bit of money is stolen by Suze, another runaway girl she thought she could trust, Willow becomes really homeless. Then Suze comes tumbling back into her life and a desperate Willow has to decide whether to trust her all over again . . .
So begins their frightening, exhilarating odyssey though hunger, performance, desperation and dreams. Will they both survive and will Willow make it to the circus of her imagining?
Olivia Levez takes you into the very heart of a girl who wants so hard to be lost, but saves herself through a powerful friendship and the awakening of a need for home.

The Sisters ChaseThe Sisters Chase (June 27th)– This looks really emotional, and it’s a story of 2 sisters who love each other and yet still have secrets, which I think is an underrepresented side of literature.

The hardscrabble Chase women—Mary, Hannah, and their mother Diane—have been eking out a living running a tiny seaside motel that has been in the family for generations, inviting trouble into their lives for just as long. Eighteen-year-old Mary Chase is a force of nature: passionate, beautiful, and free-spirited. Her much younger sister, Hannah, whom Mary affectionately calls “Bunny,” is imaginative, her head full of the stories of princesses and adventures that Mary tells to give her a safe emotional place in the middle of their troubled world.
But when Diane dies in a car accident, Mary discovers the motel is worth less than the back taxes they owe. With few options, Mary’s finely tuned instincts for survival kick in. As the sisters begin a cross-country journey in search of a better life, she will stop at nothing to protect Hannah. But Mary wants to protect herself, too, for the secrets she promised she would never tell—but now may be forced to reveal—hold the weight of unbearable loss. Vivid and suspenseful, The Sisters Chase is a whirlwind page-turner about the extreme lengths one family will go to find—and hold onto—love.

YA / Teen

The Unlikelies

The Unlikelies (June 6th)– I really like the sound of this book, because it’s about 5 kids who just become friends, rather than having been friends their whole lives, and they actually try to do good rather than just messing around and having fun.

Five teens embark on a summer of vigilante good samaritanism in a novel that’s part The Breakfast Club, part The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and utterly captivating.
Rising high school senior Sadie is bracing herself for a long, lonely, and boring summer. But things take an unexpected turn when she steps in to help rescue a baby in distress and a video of her good deed goes viral.
Suddenly internet-famous, Sadie’s summer changes for the better when she’s introduced to other “hometown heroes.” These five very different teens form an unlikely alliance to secretly right local wrongs, but when they try to help a heroin-using friend, they get in over their heads and discover that there might be truth in the saying “no good deed goes unpunished.” Can Sadie and her new friends make it through the summer with their friendships–and anonymity–intact?
This rich and thought-provoking novel takes on timely issues and timeless experiences with a winning combination of romance, humor, and wisdom.

Nonfiction

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman

Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud (June 20th)– This is a really unique take on celebrities and how their success relates to feminism, and I feel like it’s something that everyone should read (although I haven’t read it yet so how should I know) and it’s written by a Buzzfeed author so it’ll probably have some lighter comedic elements in it.

From celebrity gossip expert and BuzzFeed culture writer Anne Helen Petersen comes an accessible, analytical look at how female celebrities are pushing boundaries of what it means to be an acceptable woman.
You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who’s too brazen, too opinionated, too much. She’s the unruly woman, and she embodies one of the most provocative and powerful forms of womanhood today. In Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud, Anne Helen Petersen uses the lens of unruliness to explore the ascension of pop culture powerhouses like Lena Dunham, Nicki Minaj, and Kim Kardashian, exploring why the public loves to love (and hate) these controversial figures. With its brisk, incisive analysis, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud will be a conversation-starting book on what makes and breaks celebrity today.


That’s all for June!!  *heads out door to go buy all of these books on the list*

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What other popular books are coming out in June?  Have you read any books on this list? Are any on your TBR? What book are you most excited to read this month?

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Looking forward on March (There’s so many good books in my future)

Welcome to March!! With luck Spring will come, the weather will become warm, and I will start my first real coaching job!! Woohoo, things to look forward to!! Besides that, obviously, I should be reading!

March TBR…

This month is very, very ambitious, with a total of 7, but I’ve already started the first 3 so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to manage at least starting all of them.518855

  1. The Constant Princess– so far so good, I love learning about history in a romantic, definitely fictional way (I say that with zero sarcasm). BUY ON AMAZONfourthmonkey_3d2
  2. The Fourth Monkey– I can’t wait to find out what happens, and love the way the plot works.  BUY ON AMAZON21853621
  3. The Nightingale– Isabel is my favorite person EVER.  If I lived 70 years ago we totally would have been best friends. BUY ON AMAZON20820994
  4. I’ll Give you the Sun– I read the first chapter of this before being delayed by my buddy reader, and I can already tell that I’m going to love it, and it seems like a cute, easier read which is always fun. BUY ON AMAZONImage result for kit's law
  5. Kit’s Law– I bought this at Book Barn last Spring, and it still sounds really good, I just for some reason haven’t read it.  Well, it’s about time, and I’m going to break it open. BUY ON AMAZONGo Set a Watchman (To Kill A Mockingbird #2)
  6. Go Set a Watchman– It seems weird that I haven’t read this yet since I was so excited for its release.  After I finish Nightingale, I plan on getting this as an audiobook and cranking through it. BUY ON AMAZON

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    Carval // The You I’ve Never Known
  7. Caraval or The You I’ve Never Known– I have a $12 Barnes and Noble gift card which means that I’m going to buy a physical book to add to my collection.  I want both of these so badly so it’s probably going to depend on my gut when I’m actually in the store.  I’m leaning towards TYINK right now, but if I can get to the store in the beginning of the month it might be Caraval, as The Perks of Being a Book Addict is doing a group read of that right now. BUY CARAVAL // BUY THE YOU I’VE NEVER KNOWN

Hot Releases…

Just a reminder that to pick these books I scroll through the Goodreads list of all 200 top rated March releases, “open in new tab” all the ones whose covers and/or name grab me, and then flip through and narrow those 25 down to 5.  So I’m missing a lot of good books, and this is by no means the end all be all of book publishing. Summaries are from Goodreads, book cover links go to Goodreads.

25150798The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (March 21st)– A thrilling new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See explores the lives of a Chinese mother and her daughter who has been adopted by an American couple.  Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.  In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.  After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.  A powerful story about a family, separated by circumstances, culture, and distance, Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond that connects mothers and daughters.

Okay guys Lisa See is literally amazing so you’d be dumb to pass up on this one if it even sounds remotely interesting to you.

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30753708The Cutaway (March 21st)– When brilliant TV news producer Virginia Knightly receives a disturbing “MISSING” notice on her desk related to the disappearance of a beautiful young attorney, she can’t seem to shake the image from her head. Despite skepticism from her colleagues, Knightly suspects this ambitious young lawyer may be at the heart of something far more sinister, especially since she was last seen leaving an upscale restaurant after a domestic dispute. Yet, as the only woman of power at her station, Knightly quickly finds herself investigating on her own.  Risking her career, her life, and perhaps even her own sanity, Knightly dives deep into the dark underbelly of Washington, DC business and politics in an investigation that will drag her mercilessly through the inextricable webs of corruption that bind the press, the police, and politics in our nation’s capital.  Harkening to dark thrillers such as Gone Girl, Luckiest Girl Alive, and Big Little Lies, The Cutaway is a striking debut that will haunt you long after you reach the last page.

Ohhh this could either be really good or really bad and I don’t know which so here it is for you guys to judge!! Knock on wood the former, but I guess I’ll have to read it to find out.

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30754003Our Short History (March 21st)– Karen Neulander, a successful New York political consultant, has always been fiercely protective of her son, Jacob, now six. She’s had to be: when Jacob’s father, Dave, found out Karen was pregnant and made it clear that fatherhood wasn’t in his plans, Karen walked out of the relationship, never telling Dave her intention was to raise their child alone.  But now Jake is asking to meet his dad, and with good reason: Karen is dying. When she finally calls her ex, she’s shocked to find Dave ecstatic about the son he never knew he had. First, he can’t meet Jake fast enough, and then, he can’t seem to leave him alone.  With just a few more months to live, Karen resists allowing Dave to insinuate himself into Jake’s life. As she tries to play out her last days in the “right” way, Karen wrestles with the truth that the only thing she cannot bring herself to do for her son–let his father become a permanent part of his life–is the thing he needs from her the most. With heart-wrenching poignancy, unexpected wit, and mordant humor, Lauren Grodstein has created an unforgettable story about parenthood, sacrifice, and life itself.

This sounds so good for the right audience (not sure if that is me) and you’ll probably cry a lot reading it so I recommend.

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30653967The Women in the Castle (March 28th)– Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined—an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding.  Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once grand castle of her husband’s ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resistor murdered in the failed July, 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.  First, Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin’s mother, the beautiful and naïve Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resistor’s wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war.  As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war—each with their own unique share of challenges.  Written with the devastating emotional power of The Nightingale, Sarah’s Key, and The Light Between Oceans, Jessica Shattuck’s evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.

This book first grabbed me because LOOK, it says “women” instead of “girl”.  That’s super exciting.  It also takes place AFTER Nazi Germany’s invasion (something I don’t often read about) and mentions The Nightingale, so like it’s perfect and going on my Want to Read list.

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Strange the Dreamer (March 28th)– the aftermath of a war between gods and men.  a mysterious city stripped of its name.  a mythic hero with blood on his hands.  a young librarian with a singular dream.  a girl every bit as perilous as she is imperiled.  alchemy and blood candy, nightmares and godspawn, moths and monsters, friendship and treachery, love and carnage.  Welcome to Weep.

I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THIS BOOK IT LOOKS SO SO SO GOOD!!!!!  It was on the list for sure, and I’m really hoping to get it sometime soon (*cough cough* little, brown books *cough cough*).

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Writing Progress…

I’ve finally decided to stick with The Chemical Capitalists and run with it, so I should be able to move a tiny bit faster from here on out.  I would love it if I could talk to someone about diversity stuff, or maybe help me flesh out character development.  If not I’ll take it to Fictionpress and have that fam help me out.  I’m currently working on chapter 7, and plan to finish chapter 10 by the end of this month.

Editing Progress…

I’m over halfway done with my current project right now, and so I am in the process of looking for someone who wants an editor for their manuscript sometime in the next month or two! Head over to the editing service page to see if you are interested.  Services include editing, character development, finding plot holes, writeups, and anything you could possibly want me to do.  I do charge, but if you have a legitimate reason (ex. you’re in college, or just don’t have much money) I will lower the rates dramatically.

That’s all for me!  What is on your March TBR?  Are you writing a novel? Which March releases are you most excited for?


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