February 2022: Black History Month Mini TBR

Hello Everyone,

I already have two tbrs that are going well. I’ve finished two books so far today on the first of February, and hope to read many more! I thought for fun I would add a third tbr, but this one will be black authors to celebrate black history month!

I don’t know how many of these I’ll get to this month but I really do hope to read a good chunk of each tbr I’ve posted! What books are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Five Books on The TBR: I haven’t read a single one of these but they’ve been on my tbr for years!

Hello everyone,

I’ve had a lot of tbrs over the years and many books that I had every intention of reading but failing to do so. I’m hoping that next month-where I already have 40+ books on my tbr-I can get some of these out of the way. Let me know your thoughts on if you’ve read any of these!

Notes: there’s at least two different covers for this book and both are equally gorgeous!

Goodreads Summary:

This is at once an epic love story and a heart-pounding journey across WWI-era Russia, about an ambitious young doctor and her scientist brother in a race against Einstein to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the universe.

In Russia, in the summer of 1914, as war with Germany looms and the Czar’s army tightens its grip on the local Jewish community, Miri Abramov and her brilliant physicist brother, Vanya, are facing an impossible decision. Since their parents drowned fleeing to America, Miri and Vanya have been raised by their babushka, a famous matchmaker who has taught them to protect themselves at all costs: to fight, to kill if necessary, and always to have an escape plan. Can they bear to leave the homeland that has given them so much?

Before they have time to make their choice, war is declared and Vanya goes missing, along with Miri’s fiancé. Miri braves the firing squad to go looking for them both. As the eclipse that will change history darkens skies across Russia, not only the safety of Miri’s own family but the future of science itself hangs in the balance.

Thoughts: I’ve been drawn to this book for years. I love historical fiction and a good romance. I’m hoping to squeeze this in next month!

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Notes: I have read book one but it’s been a few years! I need a reread!

Goodreads Summary:

The fantasy novel you’ve always wished Jane Austen had written

Shades of Milk and Honey is exactly what we could expect from Jane Austen if she had been a fantasy writer: Pride and Prejudice meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. It is an intimate portrait of a woman, Jane, and her quest for love in a world where the manipulation of glamour is considered an essential skill for a lady of quality.

Jane and her sister Melody vie for the attentions of eligible men, and while Jane’s skill with glamour is remarkable, it is her sister who is fair of face. When Jane realizes that one of Melody’s suitors is set on taking advantage of her sister for the sake of her dowry, she pushes her skills to the limit of what her body can withstand in order to set things right—and, in the process, accidentally wanders into a love story of her own.

My Thoughts: Who doesn’t love a good Jane Austen retelling? I loved this first book and I really want to do more “Series Review” on my book blog. This is one series I hope to get to this year.

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I can’t make the picture bigger. Sorry!

Notes: I adore historical fiction. Especially the ones that really capture the past and sweep me away to another place and time.

Goodreads Summary:

When Zenobia takes control of her own fate, will the gods punish her audacity?

Zenobia, the proud daughter of a Syrian sheikh, refuses to marry against her will. She won’t submit to a lifetime of subservience. When her father dies, she sets out on her own, pursuing the power she believes to be her birthright, dreaming of the Roman Empire’s downfall and her ascendance to the throne.

Defying her family, Zenobia arranges her own marriage to the most influential man in the city of Palmyra. But their union is anything but peaceful—his other wife begrudges the marriage and the birth of Zenobia’s son, and Zenobia finds herself ever more drawn to her guardsman, Zabdas. As war breaks out, she’s faced with terrible choices.

From the decadent halls of Rome to the golden sands of Egypt, Zenobia fights for power, for love, and for her son. But will her hubris draw the wrath of the gods? Will she learn a “woman’s place,” or can she finally stake her claim as Empress of the East?

My Thoughts: This sounds so good! I can’t wait to read this!

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Notes: I must be the last person that hasn’t read this yet…right?

Goodreads Summary:

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

The Bear and the Nightingale is a magical debut novel from a gifted and gorgeous voice. It spins an irresistible spell as it announces the arrival of a singular talent.

My Thoughts: This sounds so beautiful and cool. I’ve heard mostly positive things about this!

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And finally… the last of these five books that I hope to read next month…

Notes: I have had this on my tbr since 2016. That is just sad.

Goodreads Summary:

A Seattle Times Best Book of the Year

In her most ambitious, moving, and provocative novel to date, Sarah Bird makes a stunning departure. Above the East China Sea tells the entwined stories of two teenaged girls, an American and an Okinawan, whose lives are connected across seventy years by the shared experience of profound loss, the enduring strength of an ancient culture, and the redeeming power of family love.

Luz James, a contemporary U.S. Air Force brat, lives with her strictly-by-the-rules sergeant mother at Kadena Air Base in Okianawa. Luz’s older sister, her best friend and emotional center, has just been killed in the Afghan war. Unmoored by her sister’s death and a lifetime of constant moving from base to base, Luz turns for the comfort her service-hardened mother cannot offer to the “Smokinawans,” the “waste cases,” who gather to get high every night in a deserted cove. When even pills, one-hitters, Cuervo Gold, and a growing crush on Jake Furusato aren’t enough to soften the unbearable edge, the desolate girl contemplates taking her own life.

In 1945, Tamiko Kokuba, along with two hundred of her classmates, is plucked out of her elite girls’ high school and trained to work in the Imperial Army’s horrific cave hospitals. With defeat certain, Tamiko finds herself squeezed between the occupying Japanese and the invading Americans. She believes she has lost her entire family, as well as the island paradise she so loved, and, like Luz, she aches with a desire to be reunited with her beloved sister.

On an island where the spirits of the dead are part of life and your entire clan waits for you in the afterworld, suicide offers Tamiko the promise of peace. As Luz tracks down the story of her own Okinawan grandmother, she discovers that, if she surrenders to the most unbrat impulse and allows herself to connect completely with a place and its people, the ancestral spirits will save not only Tamiko but her as well.

Propelled by a riveting narrative and set at the very epicenter of the headline-grabbing clash now emerging between the great powers, Above the East China Sea is at once a remarkable chronicle of how war shapes the lives of conquerors as well as the conquered and a deeply moving account of family, friendship, and love that transcends time.

My Thoughts: I have mixed feelings in reading this book. On the one hand I feel I might love it. On the other I honestly put this off because of the hype that surrounds this book. I still want to read it I’m just tentative in doing so but hopefully next month I might finally get to it.

Those are some of my oldest books on my tbr. I hope you enjoyed this post and look forward to my next post which should be a WWW Wednesday post here in a couple days. I may have something else in between. We shall see.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

November TBR: Netgalley November, Nonfiction November, Novellas for November, Remember November…so much to read!

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I have a lot of projects this month and decided this year I’m not doing NaNoWriMo. Instead reading will be my primary focus, especially arcs as I have found that I have approximately 389 arcs on Netgalley…not counting the titles that got backlisted and are no longer there, oops. I have taken a year away for personal reasons but now I really need to play catch up. 2022 is already looking to being busy busy busy. But I’m hoping to get the arcs to a more manageable number. Sooner rather than later. Anyway here’s my ambitious November Tbr!

Netgalley Arcs To Read:

There’s way more arcs, of course, but these are my hopefuls! Then we have the nonfiction books on my tbr.

Nonfiction November:

I hope to do more than four, but honestly I generally don’t read a lot of nonfiction books. I have a few others I *might* can squeeze in…

Novellas for November:

These are the most immediate on my tbr, a few I have to wait for my library to get them. Network Effect is also an arc for Netgalley so bonus for that!

Remember November:

So many many books that I simply didn’t get to this year, and probably won’t be able to still. There’s authors who have large lists of books that I’ve only read a few. Classics that I hoped to read but didn’t manage it. Bestsellers. Prize winners. Favorite authors I still haven’t read of all their back titles. It was a good reading year but there’s still so much to read! Here’s hoping that the last two months of this year I can manage better than I had the past two.

Historathon:

A few of these you’ll have seen on here before. But I’m doubling up because some of these books are quite huge . These are series that I haven’t finished, or historical books I put off reading. The longest one I think (I could be wrong) is The Fall of Giants by Ken Follett. I’m not sure how big Diana’s last book in Outlander is yet but I look forward to finding out. I doubt I’ll get to all of these this year but I’m still quite hopeful. Hope your reading is going equally well. Let me know what I should prioritize in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

TBR BOOKS: 100+ Books I STILL Haven’t Read

Hello Everyone,

I’m sure we’re all guilty of having books on our shelves languishing on our shelves, sitting and waiting with accusing eyes. I’ve easily got several dozen that I am guilty of not reading yet. Here’s a bit of a list of all that I’m hoping to get to soon! So settle in, bring up Goodreads, and be prepared to add books to your TBR!

TBR BOOKS:

Many of these I’m embarrassed that I still haven’t read them! I’m always looking at other books or arcs that are priorities and many of these I just don’t have and need my library to access them. Which ones should I focus on? Also? Final count for all of this is 125 books. Ouch. There’s more but these are top of my tbr pile for now. I’m hoping to get to them soon.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

Currently Reading Saturday: Books I’m Working On

Hello Everyone,

I’m going to be doing Saturday and Wednesday updates on my reading, as a means to keep track and to kick myself into reading more. Friday, I reached my goal of reading 200/200 books on my Goodreads challenge! But there’s still series, and other things that I need to read along with Netgalley November coming up where I focus primarily on arcs. At the moment I have read exactly one book but it was four stars.

Books Read

4 ⭐! I adored this!

Books I’m Reading

I hope to at least get three of these five read before Wednesday but that depends on how much busy I’m going to be with real life. Anyway these are my weekend plans. Hope everyone has a good weekend!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

WWW Wednesday: Is It That Time Again Already?

Hello Everyone,

Another week has passed by rapidly and so it’s time for another WWW. I won’t have much to update but here we are attempting to keep track and posting more anyway.

What Have I Read?

I have read five books since the last batch, three of them were dnf’s and one was a dnf and a 1 ⭐ read being the Philippa Gregory book. It was just definitely not for me. But at least I had two glorious 5 star reads! Cry Wolf may also, but I’m hoping not, be the last of a delightful series so that would maybe be another series finished. Yay!

What Am I Currently Reading?

I have a bunch of novellas that I’m hoping to get through. Two aren’t novellas, and I started one, The Bachelor by Sabrina Jeffries as I enjoyed the first book so much I wanted to continue the series. I’ve read Elizabeth Bear before, but the other authors are all new to me apart from Aliette de Bodard who I also love.

What Will I Read Next?

These are ones that I *might* get to in the next week. Several, I have to wait for my library to get a hold of first as I don’t own them. I’m in a reading mood for a lot of different things that I just don’t have, lol. Anyway, that’s what I’ve been up to this past week. Let me know how your reading is going!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

September TBR: I Haven’t Done One Of These In Ages!

Hello all,

Lots of things happening in September. September first is my birthday!!! 🎂🎉🎂 Happy birthday to me!!! (I’ll be 32 for those curious.)

Series September is also going on, meaning you try to knock out as many series as possible.

Magical Readathon is happening but I doubt I’ll participate in that one.

Becca’s Bookopolathon which I think I misspelled lol, is also happening. I’m not sure I will participate in this yet or not?

Big Books September is something I’m doing for myself in reading as many big books as I can seeing as we’re at the home stretch of the end of the year.

Here’s my potential tbr subject to change:

All the books I want to read!

Now I have read Eragon books 1 + 2 but I don’t think I’ve read book 3 and I know I haven’t read the last one.

I have read the Poppy War but not the remaining two.

I have read ALL of Pawn of Prophecy first original set up until the second series midway through.

And I’ve read book one of Sabriel but not the rest.

See a theme going here? Lol. I’m hoping to grab these from my local library and finish these all off hopefully. The rest I haven’t listed are ones that I’ve not read. These are some extras that I’m contemplating for series + big books:

Extra books I’ve been meaning to read!

I probably won’t get to all of these lol. And I’m still struggling in writing reviews, but I really am behind and hopeful that September can be my catch up month. Y’all can join me in #BigBookSeptember. I’d love for you to spread the word! Just tag me on Twitter as @Lovesbookandtea! What’s your tbr looking like? Read any of these? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book.

History or Mystery? Top Six Books On My TBR

Hello everyone,

I’ve got quite the hefty tbr going and so I thought I’d share some that I’m looking forward to reading here soon (I hope!). In no particular order these books are high on my wishlist to read:

A historical fiction piece about a group of men surviving in Alaska while the leader’s wife makes her own efforts to survive.
After losing her husband to war, a woman begins to become a well known midwife and leads a revolution.
A married couple become separated by war and husband believes that his wife has died when a chance encounter shows otherwise a few years later.
A woman goes on a hunt for lost art, and becomes involved in a mystery a painting believed to have been destroyed might actually be around after all.
A woman homicide detective returns to Ireland after clues show up of a long ago missing woman.
A woman begins to question that the man she loves might be a serial killer.

Each of these have elements history or mystery that I’m eager to explore. Some are new releases, while others are are backlist titles I’ve been meaning to get to for ages. Are any of these ones y’all have heard of? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

TBR Thursday: 8 Books

Greetings and welcome to TBR Thursday. This is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly Faye Reads, where you post a title from TBR and find out what other readers think about it. 

Currently Reading: Shattered by Dani Pettrey

Up Next:

The Rakess by Scarlett Peckham

A Rogue to Remember by Emily Sullivan

All Rivers Flow to the Sea by Alison McGhee

The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Holton

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex

The Mountain Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor

The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson

I hope to have completed several in this coming week! What are you reading? Have you read any of these? Leave a like, and let me know in the comments and don’t forget to hit the follow button for updates!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book.

My Ambitious October TBR

This month is yet again filled with ARCs and New Releases, some of these new Releases that I still haven’t gotten around to reading yet. I just finished reading two massive books, however, so maybe this month will go even better! Here are the books that I really hope to get to this month, the ARCs being more important than the New Releases, as per usual.

 

Almost fifty books. I also have a bunch of requests I’m hoping to get that are on Netgalley and Edelweiss, and I just discovered a cool place called Booksprout that has arcs as well, and there’s a bunch of arcs in my email that I still haven’t gotten to either, and this will clearly be a month of heavy reading, in between writing book two of a trilogy/series that I’m currently working on as well!

So that’s my ambitious TBR pile for October, what books on here are you guys hoping to read, or are you reading other books that I haven’t yet heard of? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time,

Pass Me That Book

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