As the new school semester starts, I have a long list of textbooks to read! But I try to find some time for leisure reading too! I always try to lean more towards e-books during school time because I usually have to read on the go, which means on my phone or iPad. I also gave myself a challenge to read 4 physical books (one was a last minute addition by publisher request). So I hope to get around to everything, but will not be too hard on myself if I don’t finish every single book on the list.
Dream a Little Dream by Giovanna Fletcher–Started
This book was on my summer TBR, and it’s the only book out of those 10 that I didn’t get to at all! I’m quite proud of that, but I do still want to read this book. I know it’ll be a quick read because I tend to fall into Gi’s books and not come out until a few hours later having read half of it in one sitting!
Goodreads rating: 4.01 stars
Melmoth by Sarah Perry
This one is also an ARC from work that came in right before I left for school! I’m not gonna lie, I really liked the cover… but the synopsis also sounds super cool! The story appears to be a sort of historical fiction/gothic fantasy which sounds right up my alley so hopefully I’ll enjoy this book, and it’s only 245 pages so I should be able to read through it pretty quickly!
Goodreads rating: 3.79 stars
The Ensemble by Aja Gabel
This was a late addition to my Summer TBR because I grabbed a free copy from the break room around the release date for the novel. The Barnes and Noble panel for “Explore New Writers” sent an extra copy so booksellers could keep up with the new sale titles and this one totally fit my reading profile! The note said this was a great read for fans of Emma Staub’s the Vactioners and Modern Lovers, both of which I have read and enjoyed. I love the bright yellow cover and how cute this book looks already so I look forward to reading it!
Goodreads rating: 3.50 stars
Murder in the Garden of God by Eleanor Herman
This just tacked onto my list the other day because a publisher in the UK just acquired this title in a revised edition, and they reached out to see if I would read and review it! I very much enjoyed Eleanor Herman’s YA Historical/Fantasy series about Alexander the Great (called The Blood of Gods and Royals). I’ll tag all of my posts related to her books at the end of this post! Eleanor writes mainly non-fiction about great monarchs and rulers of history, and this is slightly out of my normal reading profile. I don’t usually read non-fiction for fun, but I am definitely willing to give this a try because learning about the history of kings and queens and popes does interest me. I also have an electronic copy of her most recent non-fiction The Royal Art of Poison, so if I like Murder in the Garden of God I may also read that one!
Goodreads rating: 4.34 stars
The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg [NetGalley]
I’ve had this eARC for almost a year I think… I remember being excited to have access to it since the synopsis sounded great, but I haven’t gotten around to reading the book yet. This one was recently put on a Buy 2 Get 1 free table at work, so I figured that means it’s a fairly popular title. That made me decide to put it on this list because I knew I had it for months and just needed to set aside some time to breeze through this short 240 page novel!
Goodreads rating: 4.16 stars
I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon [NetGalley]
I love historical fiction, so this story about Anastasia Romanov piqued my interest when I saw the ARC online last year! I love reading fiction that also helps me learn more about history because the authors generally put a lot of research into their subject before adding fictional aspects to their novels. This was on my highly anticipated books of the year list in January, so I definitely want to get to it before the end of the year!
Goodreads rating: 3.79 stars
The Midnight Dance by Nikki Katz [NetGalley]
I’ve had this ARC since last year as well, and it really just appealed to me because there’s a ballerina on the cover. I have danced since I was 2 years old, doing a few years of pointe in high school, and this is a YA contemporary fantasy about a ballerina training in Italy. I am interested to see what happens in this book becuase it’s rare that I find a standalone YA fantasy novel. We shall see what I think! This is also the lowest rated novel on this TBR, so maybe I’ll agree with that ranking… or maybe I won’t *shrugs*.
Goodreads rating: 3.20
Hello, Sunshine by Laura Dave [Edelweiss]
Not much by way of first impressions on this one. It just looks like a cute, light contemporary novel that will be a nice pick me up after one of the more intense books on this list!
Goodreads rating: 3.42 stars
The Simplicity of Cider by Amy E. Reichert [Edeweiss]
This one is also a light contemporary women’s fiction novel with a bit of added magical realism! I have had access to this ARC for almost 2 years at this point, so it’s about time I actually read it. It looks cute and fun, so it’ll be good to sandwich in between some historical fiction or high fantasy novels.
Goodreads rating: 3.75 stars
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes [NetGalley]
I am SO excited to read this novel!!! If I had known about Fawkes earlier this year, it would definitely have been on my most anticipated list. This is a YA historical/fantasy novel about Thomas Fawkes, son of Guy Fawkes who attmepted to assassinate King James I in 1605. I love a good English historical fiction plot, so this one should be a lot of fun. I have seen this pop up in a few YouTube videos and decided that I HAD to read Fawkes… SOON!! Obviously, I am very excited about this one, I hope it lives up to the hype.
Goodreads rating: 3.98 stars
Contained (Virus #3) by RJ Crayton [NetGalley]
This is the third and final installment of the Virus trilogy. I just finished part two last week, so I am interested to see how Crayton ends the short series. These books are relatively short on their own so they don’t take too long to read. I will stick this in between some contemporaries and then write a full series review when I have finished this one!
Goodreads rating: 4.12 stars
Other titles on my school reading list this semester:
Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, and many more…
I hope I haven’t put too much on my plate for this semester, there are only 4 months left in the year, so I think 11 books may be doable, but school might get in the way a bit so we’ll see if I get around to all of it!