Welcome back to what should usually be a weekly TBR challenge created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.
The aim of this challenge is to take back control over our tbr piles/shelves/etc and cut out those books that we no longer desire to read.
It works as follows:
- go to the Goodreads to-read shelf
- order the books by their ascending date (oldest book first)
- take the first 5 or 10 books
- read the synopses
- decide: keep it or should it go?
I started doing this back in November and at that point, my main Goodreads to-read shelf stood at 358 books. With this challenge and a huge cull, it now stands at a more manageable 136 books that I have every intention of reading. Because I have reached that stage, I have decided that this post will showcase 5 of the newest books that I have added to my tbr.
Idols of the theatre Henry Irving and Ellen Terry are preparing to stage Macbeth in Edinburgh. But long before the actors hit the boards the playhouse is hit with horror; the piercing, desolate wail of a banshee and a bloody message smeared on the street.
Legendary Detective ‘Nine-Nails’ McGray and disgraced London sceptic Inspector Ian Frey are to investigate. While McGray flicks through tattered tomes on the supernatural, Frey is convinced the whole thing is just a publicity stunt.
But as the gory messages keep coming one thing is sure; whether by human hand or not, death is coming
I have recently read the first two books in this Victorian mystery series and really enjoyed them. This instalment might not be out in the UK for the next couple of months but it is one I’m highly anticipating and I know I’ll devour it rather quickly.
What if Belle’s mother cursed the Beast?
Belle is a lot of things: smart, resourceful, restless. She longs to escape her poor provincial town for good. She wants to explore the world, despite her father’s reluctance to leave their little cottage in case Belle’s mother returns–a mother she barely remembers. Belle also happens to be the captive of a terrifying, angry beast. And that is her primary concern.
But Belle touches the Beast’s enchanted rose, intriguing images flood her mind–images of the mother she believed she would never see again. Stranger still, she sees that her mother is none other than the beautiful Enchantress who cursed the Beast, his castle, and all its inhabitants. Shocked and confused, Belle and the Beast must work together to unravel a dark mystery about their families that is twenty-one years in the making.
This is where my love for books and Disney amalgamate, especially when it comes to Beauty and the Beast. I will devour everything Disney does in relation to this story and so it unsurprising that I will be reading this as soon as I get my hands on it.
Even before she came to Belton, Minty Cane had known that she was a witch, or something very like it. . . .
Minty is the kind of girl who notices things. Pockets of cold air on a stairway. Cries on the wind. Ghosts.
On night-time expeditions from the house where she’s staying, Minty stumbles upon a moondial which takes her back in time. There she finds Tom, a sickly kitchen boy, and Sarah, a girl whose family thinks she has the mark of the devil. . . .
Will Minty find her way home, or will she get stuck in the past forever?
I don’t read primary/middle-grade but this sounds right up my street, and something quick and easy when I want a break from my normal reading.
When newly single Marie decides to shake up her social life, she has no idea what she is letting herself in for. With her sights set on the flamboyant Sebastian and his sophisticated group, Marie is sure that things are about to change for the better.
But when a chance encounter brings some unlikely characters into her life, things start to veer off course. Marie would never normally be seen with this bunch of misfits but to her annoyance, they just keep turning up.
As lives quickly become entwined and unusual friendships form, Marie realises that we don’t always get to choose our friends; sometimes they choose us.
Buoyed by her newfound friendships, Marie might even take another chance at love.
I need some more cosy, adult contemporaries in my tbr pile and this sounds great.
When twenty-six-year-old Lucy Mitchell loses her job, she momentarily loses her mind too and agrees to take part in a reality TV show. Before she knows it she’s jetting off to a piece of paradise on a beautiful Spanish island.
Much to her surprise, Lucy makes new friends and has the time of her life, even indulging in a behind-the-scenes romance with a hunky cameraman.
Convinced the production will never make it to the screen, Lucy returns home on cloud nine but soon finds that things are not always as they seem.
Again another adult contemporary that will just help to offset the amount of YA fantasy and make my reading a bit more varied. Hopefully, it won’t be long before I download it onto my kindle and dive in.
So that is it.
Thanks for reading and have a good day.