MONTHLY TBR #14 | July 2019

Hi, everyone! I hope your July has gotten off to a good start and that you’ll get to read (or do other hobbies) a ton. This TBR will look a little similar to my June TBR, but that’s because I haven’t read a lot in the past month. However, I still have quite a few new books I plan on reading, too.

Red Riding Hood by Sarah Blakely-Cartwright

This was from my June TBR, and I started it a few days ago. It’s from the library, so I’m hoping to get it finished within the next day or two. From what I know, it’s a Little Red Riding Hood re-telling with werewolves? I think? We’ll see.

The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcolm X

Another from my June TBR. I like American history and biographies/autobiographies, so this seemed like a good match-up. I’ve also had it on my shelf for…a few years. So there’s that, too, I suppose.

Check, Please! Vol. 1 by Ngozi Ukazu

Surprise, surprise, it’s from my June TBR. But I know it’ll be a quick read — it’s a graphic novel, and I’ve been reading parts here and there because I’m so excited to read it. It just looks so cute, and I love the art style!

Empire of Sin by Gary Krist

I mean, I guess this could partially be a re-read? I started it back in the beginning of the year and got about halfway through before stopping for whatever reason. It’s half a re-read, half unread. Bazinga.

The Black Veins by Ashia Monet

I was given an ARC for this, and I’m so excited! A road trip with a group of magical teens, found family, and no romance? Count me in! You bet I’m reading this before the release date (July 17th, 2019, y’all. Write it down and remember it).

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

When I found out that the author of An Enchantment of Ravens wrote another book, I knew I had to read it. So here we are, with my library copy, and I think I’m ready. A love for books, a bisexual protagonist, magic, and an aromantic side character? You got me.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

This is actually the Books and Tea Book Club readalong book for July’s theme: a translated book. I don’t remember much of anything about this book in terms of plot, but I do remember that the series gets pretty dark. I can’t wait to read it!

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

I’m re-reading this in order to get ready for Not Your Villain, pretty much. But! I’m also super excited for Not Your Backup, too! Honestly, I’m excited for this whole series. It’s wonderful, and y’all should check it out.

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

I kinda forgot about this series… Until I saw its newest on NetGalley! I can’t remember if it already came out or if it’s coming out sometime later this year, but I’m pumped for it. I have to re-read the first one because even though I love it, I completely forgot what happened.

And that’s what I plan on reading in July! Let me know what y’all plan to read, whether it’s one of these books or others you have in mind.

Until next time~
Kaitlyn

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TOP TEN TUESDAY #2 | Hidden Gems

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Hi, folx! I know I’m super late for Top Ten Tuesday (which is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl), but…better late than never, right? Anyway, this week’s topic is Hidden Gems: “books that haven’t been talked about as much or haven’t been marketed as strongly that you think deserve some recognition.”

So, in good ol’ me fashion, I only have five books because ten is a lot… But I hope you all like them!

1. Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

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I haven’t actually read this yet (it’s on my TBR for September, so I’m hoping to get to it eventually…), but I’ve heard so many good things about it by the bookish people I follow for book recommendations (amongst other things, of course). However, although I’ve seen people in my little circle talk about it, and its sequel, a lot, I haven’t seen much from people outside of the group I follow. It could be because it’s been a few years since it was published, but it’s been twenty years since Harry Potter was released, and that’s still going on…and on…and on…

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REVIEW #20 | “Ink and Bone” (The Great Library #1)

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Ink and Bone

Title: “Ink and Bone”

Author: Rachel Caine

Pages (hardcover): 355 pages

Original Publishing Date: 7 July 2015

Synopsis (from the inside flap):

“In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time…

“Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly — but the personal ownership of books is forbidden.

“Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from the illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

“When his friend inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe knowledge is more valuable than any human life — and soon both heretics and books will burn…”

Trigger/Content warnings for the novel:

  • suicide
  • blood
  • character death
  • child abuse (brief) (non-graphic)

Representation in the novel:

  • Muslim girl
  • characters of color
  • m/m relationship

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
5/5 stars

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MONTHLY TBR #4 | July 2018

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I hereby dedicate this month to all the library books I took out at once… Which means those are pretty much going to be the entirety of my July TBR.

1. The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

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Saw this at my library, and decided to pick it up. I’m always down for some bi girl rep, so when I saw my library had this on the YA New Release shelf, I wanted to snag it. I guess it’s also a way to distract myself until Queens of Geek comes back so I can read that, too.

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