Books I’m Reading in January

Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone has been having a great start to your year!

I recently returned from a fun New Years Eve gathering in Central Pennsylvania. It was so enjoyable to watch funny videos and seeing the ball drop in Times Square!

Today I’ve been going through my Goodreads, choosing my TBR (To-Be-Read) list for this month. I have a mix of old and new stories, and I can’t wait to get started!

Here is my TBR list for January:

Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith (YA)
I received a copy of Don’t Read the Comments from NetGalley, and I’m excited!

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (Nonfiction)
This is the January book club selection at my local library!

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason (Romantic Suspense)
I received a complimentary copy of Collateral Damage from Revell Reads!

Kneaded to Death by Winnie Archer (Mystery)
I picked up Kneaded to Death at my local library! I was unable to pick up Killers of the Flower Moon at the time, so I wanted to try something new!

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Fiction/Romance)
Yup, I’m finally going to read The Night Circus! At least, I hope so, lol!

That’s my TBR list for January! What books are you going to read this month? Let me know in the comments!

Three Books I Meant to Read Last Year/Blogtober Day 12

Well, it’s time to look at the books I meant to read last year!

There are soooo many books that I wanted to read, but it either:

A) fell to the wayside, or

B) I fell in love with another book lol

Here are three books out of my TBR pile that I meant to get to last year, but never did!

‘Nevernight’ by Jay Kristoff

Nevernight is a story I hope to get around to reading soon! Everything I hear (about all three novels in the series) sounds thrilling. I recently got the Kindle edition for it, so that’s one more step to jumping in!

‘Twelfth Grade Kills’ by Z. Brewer

I’ve read all of the Vladimir Tod stories, except this one. Why? Your guess is as good as mine, since all the books are so good!

‘On the Meldon Plain’ by Pam Brondos

This is Book Two of the Fourline trilogy. Natalie is a struggling college student who agrees to assist a shopkeeper who is really a gatekeeper to a magical world called Fourline. Book One ended with so many questions unanswered, and I can’t wait to find out what’s next…if only I can finally pick it up and read it!

What are some books you meant to read last year, but haven’t? Feel free to share in the comments!

Note: I’m participating in The Library Looter and Anniek’s Blogtober Challenge.

June 2019 TBR list

For the month of June, I’m going to continue reading Asian themed novels. I received two new books as I was taking on the Asian , and just never got to them in time! My reading pace is just THAT slow, lol!

These are the books I’m planning on reading during June. I may add on as the month progresses:

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Length: 480 pgs
Farrar Straus Giroux
Genre: YA

People lived because she killed. People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

The Buried: An Archeology of the Egyptian Revolution by Peter Hessler
Penguin Press
480 pgs
Genre: Non-Fiction/History

Drawn by a fascination with Egypt’s rich history and culture, Peter Hessler moved with his wife and twin daughters to Cairo in 2011. He wanted to learn Arabic, explore Cairo’s neighborhoods, and visit the legendary archaeological digs of Upper Egypt. After his years of covering China for The New Yorker, friends warned him Egypt would be a much quieter place. But not long before he arrived, the Egyptian Arab Spring had begun, and now the country was in chaos.

In the midst of the revolution, Hessler often traveled to digs at Amarna and Abydos, where locals live beside the tombs of kings and courtiers, a landscape that they call simply al-Madfuna “the Buried.” He and his wife set out to master Arabic, striking up a friendship with their instructor, a cynical political sophisticate. They also befriended Peter’s translator, a gay man struggling to find happiness in Egypt’s homophobic culture. A different kind of friendship was formed with the neighborhood garbage collector, an illiterate but highly perceptive man named Sayyid, whose access to the trash of Cairo would be its own kind of archaeological excavation. Hessler also met a family of Chinese small-business owners in the lingerie trade; their view of the country proved a bracing counterpoint to the West’s conventional wisdom.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Scribner Books
384 pgs
Genre: Historical Fiction

In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen.

The stranger’s arrival marks the first entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock—conceived with a man her parents consider a bad match—she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city.

As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her insular village for an education, a business, and city life, her daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins, and across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu’er, the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for centuries.