Shelf Control – June 20, 2018

Shelf ControlShelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies! The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet. I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me. Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!


685375Title: Lord John and the Private Matter
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Published: Published September 30th 2003 by Delacorte Press
Length: 305 Pages

Goodreads Summary: In her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels, Diana Gabaldon introduced millions of readers to a dazzling world of history and adventure — a world of vibrant settings and utterly unforgettable characters. Now one of these characters, Major Lord John Grey, opens the door to his own part of this world — eighteenth-century London, a seething anthill of nobility and rabble peopled by soldiers and spies, whores and dukes. Great Britain is battling France for supremacy on three continents — and life is good for a soldier.

The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John Grey emerges from London’s Beefsteak Club, his mind in turmoil. A nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty’s Army, Grey has just witnessed something shocking. But his efforts to avoid a scandal that might destroy his family are interrupted by something still more urgent: the Crown appoints him to investigate the brutal murder of a comrade in arms, who may have been a traitor.

Obliged to pursue two inquiries at once, Major Grey finds himself ensnared in a web of treachery and betrayal that touches every stratum of English society — and threatens all he holds dear. From the bawdy houses of London’s night-world to the stately drawing rooms of the nobility, and from the blood of a murdered corpse to the thundering seas ruled by the majestic fleet of the East India Company, Lord John pursues the elusive trails of a vanishing footman and a woman in green velvet, who may hold the key to everything — or nothing.

The early days of the Seven Years War come brilliantly to life in this historical mystery by an author whose unique and compelling storytelling has engrossed millions of readers worldwide.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: I bought it in the spring of 2015.

Why I Want To Read It: It’s a spinoff of the Outlander series featuring Lord John Grey. As you may already know, I am obsessed with Outlander so I want to read everything and anything I can get my hands on that relate to these characters.

Have any of you read this book? What did you think of it?

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May 2018 TBR

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I think this is the first month where I really have a solid TBR that I plan to stick to.  Normally I have a hard time adhering to a TBR because I am a mood reader but there are so many books I’ve received lately or will be receiving this month that I am dying to read.  I’m keeping it about half of what I usually read in a month so I have plenty of room for other books that strike my fancy during the month.  I’ve put them in the order I plan to read them as it stands now but that could change. LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff will for sure be the last book of the month since it doesn’t release until the 29th.  I’m currently reading The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory but as soon as I finish that I plan to start A Court of Frost and Starlight right away. (Links go to book’s Goodreads page)

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  • A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas – I have been dying to read this one ever since I finished ACOWAR.  I have missed Feyre, Rhys, and the others so much! I can’t wait to see what they are up to.
  • I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara – I love reading true crime books so I’ve been looking forward to reading this one for months. My library’s hold list is so long and I couldn’t wait any longer so I recently bought a copy.
  • Lean on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli – I adored Simon Vs. so when I found out she was writing a sequel about Leah, I knew I needed it.

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  • Circe by Madeline Miller – I really enjoyed Song of Achilles and I love mythology so I’ve been really looking forward to reading this one!
  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi – Another one I’ve been waiting months to read. I wanted to let the hype die down a little bit before starting it for myself so I won’t have those opinions on my mind while reading.
  • LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff – If you know me then you know I love Jay Kristoff so having this one on my list is a no brainer!  I can’t wait for this to FINALLY be released!

What books are you looking forward to reading this month?

 

 

February 2018 TBR

Picture_20180203_224706655Hey everyone! After taking a long break from TBR lists, I decided that this month I felt like giving it a try again.  My goal is to read 8 books this month but I wanted to leave a little room for a couple spontaneous reads since I tend to be a mood reader.

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These are the books I am really hoping to read this month.  Most of them are ones that I’ve been putting off for no particular reason but am really excited to finally get into them.  Links go to Goodreads.

  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – I feel so behind on this series.  I loved the first 4 books but for whatever reason I ended up setting this one off to the side.  With the series ending this year I really want to get caught up with this one and Tower of Dawn.
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard – I loved Truthwitch!! I wanted to wait until book 3 was released before I read Windwitch but the publication got pushed back and with the prequel coming out, I decided I was finally ready to start this one.
  • Blackbringer by Laini Taylor – This was a more recent edition to my collection.  After reading Strange the Dreamer last year and falling madly in love with it I have wanted to devour everything that Laini has ever written.  I’m going to be buddy reading this one with Tricia @ Bookworm Coalition sometime this month.
  • The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera – I received this as a review copy through LibraryThing months ago but was in a weird place with how I felt towards review copies so I wanted to wait until I had a break from them before diving into this one because it sounds absolutely amazing.
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson – I had hoped to read this one closer to when I read and loved Mistborn but of course other things cropped up and this one got set to the side.  Kind of easy to do with how big my TBR is.

What books are on your TBR for this month if you make one?

Shelf Control – February 1, 2018

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Shelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies! The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet. I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me. Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!


12813630Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Author: Holly Black
Published: September 3rd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Length: 419 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: I don’t even remember exactly but it’s been on my TBR for at least 2 years.

Why I Want To Read It: I originally bought it because vampires… but I recently read my first Holly Black book (The Cruel Prince) and loved it so much that I want to read everything that she has ever written.

Have any of you read this book? What did you think of it?

Shelf Control – January 25, 2018

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Shelf Control is a weekly feature from Bookshelf Fantasies!  The goal is to take a look at the books that are already released that you own but have not read yet.  I have MANY that fall under that category so this feature is perfect for me.  Check out Lisa’s inaugural post for more details!


17261190Title: Stormdancer (The Lotus Wars #1)
Author:
   Jay Kristoff
Published: Published August 21st 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Length: 352 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Stormdancer is the first in the epic new fantasy series The Lotus War, introducing an unforgettable heroine and a stunningly original dystopian steampunk world with a flavor of feudal Japan

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. When hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a legendary griffin, they fear their lives are over. Any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.  Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, the girl Yukiko finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled griffin for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

How I Got It: I bought it.

When I Got It: June 2016 but added to TBR April 2016

Why I Want To Read It: I LOVE Jay Kristoff’s writing and all of his other books so I really wanted to read this trilogy but for whatever reason, I’ve set it off to the side.  My goal is to read it either in February or March.

Have any of you read this book?  What did you think of it?