Books I Want To Read By The End Of The Year

We are on the home stretch now everyone! Once September rolls around I start getting into Christmas mode, not the biggest fan of Halloween, and I start looking at what I want to accomplish before the year finishes as it always catches me by surprise!

My birthday was last month and I also went on a spree at some charity shops so my physical TBR pile is quite big at the moment. That being said this post is dedicated to the books I am prioritising for these last couple of months before I am greeted by 2020!

How I obtained this book: Birthday present from my boyfriend.

Why I want to read it: It’s a re-telling of the 12 Dancing Princesses one of my favourite fairy tales ever! It is also a ghostly murder mystery which I just love. If you saw my Book Bait post you will know that I can’t resist re-tellings and murder mysteries.

Synopsis: Annaleigh lives a sheltered life at Highmoor, a manor by the sea, with her sisters, their father, and stepmother. Once they were twelve, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Each death was more tragic than the last—the plague, a plummeting fall, a drowning, a slippery plunge—and there are whispers throughout the surrounding villages that the family is cursed by the gods. Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that the deaths were no accidents. Her sisters have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with? When Annaleigh’s involvement with a mysterious stranger who has secrets of his own intensifies, it’s a race to unravel the darkness that has fallen over her family—before it claims her next.

How I obtained this book: A good-bye gift from my colleagues when I left my job. I left that job in May so I have really been putting this one off. Other books have just been coming along and sweeping me off my feet. Also, the page number is quite daunting.

Why I want to read it: I am really intrigued in the idea of Gods having to adapt to the modern world. Also, my friend highly recommended this book and he has great taste.

Synopsis: Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow’s best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and a rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself. Life as Wednesday’s bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined. Soon Shadow learns that the past never dies… and that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.

How I obtained this book: Charity Shop

Why I want to read it: This book to me feels like a rite of passage book. I love Greek Myths a lot and I feel if I haven’t read some of the classic then I’m not doing it right. How can I claim that I am a massive fan if I haven’t at least tried to read one of the classics. That being said I feel like this one is going to be a tough read.

Synopsis: The Iliad tells the epic story of the climax of the ten-year Trojan War. The legendary Greek warrior Achilles quarrels with Agamemnon – his Commander-in-Chief – over possession of the lovely maid Briseis and leaves the field of the battle to sulk in his tent. As a result the fortunes of the Greek army suffer a reverse and Achilles is only drawn out again onto the field of battle to face the mighty Trojan hero Hector after his friend Patroclus has been slain by Hector while wearing Achilles’ armour.

How I obtained this book: Charity Shop

Why I want to read it: It’s a murder mystery about actors set in Shakespearean Times what more could you ask for!

Sypnosis: Oliver Marks has just served ten years for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day of his release, he is greeted by the detective who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, and he wants to know what really happened a decade before. As a young actor at an elite conservatory, Oliver noticed that his talented classmates seem to play the same characters onstage and off – villain, hero, temptress – though he was always a supporting role. But when the teachers change the casting, a good-natured rivalry turns ugly, and the plays spill dangerously over into real life. When tragedy strikes, one of the seven friends is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless…

How I have obtained this book: Waterstones (Mainsteam Bookshop)

Why I want to read it: This book I my choice for ONTD Reading challenge (October) which is “Read a book about war.” I have also heard nothing but great things about this book.

Sypnosis: Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies’ man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners. In the camp, he is looked up to, looked out for, and put to work in the privileged position of Tätowierer– the tattooist – to mark his fellow prisoners, forever. One of them is a young woman, Gita, who steals his heart at first glance. His life given new purpose, Lale does his best through the struggle and suffering to use his position for good. This story, full of beauty and hope, is based on years of interviews author Heather Morris conducted with real-life Holocaust survivor and Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist Ludwig (Lale) Sokolov. It is heart-wrenching, illuminating, and unforgettable.

How I obtained this book: Netgalley

Why I want to read it: This book is my choice for November’s ONTD Reading Challenge theme which is “Read a graphic novel, comic or manga.” It also looks like an incredibly cute LGBTQ romance. Also, graphic novels are always a fun and easy read.

Sypnosis: Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

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