Prepare yourselves. My September TBR list will consist of … ten books, mainly ARC’s and books in the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. Most of them aren’t that big, so that’s why I took the risk to compose a huge TBR (at least, it’s huge to me) and besides that: I still have a reading challenge to catch up on!
First Crush, Last Love by Elizabeth McKenna
Remember your first crush? How your heart raced and your cheeks flushed whenever you saw him? Jessie Baxter does, and it’s happening again. Ten years ago, despite her best efforts, Lee Archer wanted to be just friends. Now, he wants more, but Jessie’s still recovering from a psycho ex-husband. Can she learn to trust again and make her first crush into her last love?
Elizabeth McKenna’s latest novel will have you remembering the angst of high school, the grief of a failed relationship, and the happiness of true love.
Yesterday a paper copy of this ARC arrived in the mail and was immediately looking forward to reading it. It sounds like the perfect romance novel, where you’ll get to know everything about the main characters!
Jane of Manchester by J.G. Dow
Jane’s life on the face of it isn’t really too bad…she has great friends like party girl Natasha who’s always up for a laugh and her close pal Polly, always there for her and of course her loving parents, but things could still be better…
Most people she knows are either married or have kids and she has been single a while now and wonders if a good man is ever to be encountered again. The single life is far from a quiet one for Jane however, as she is constantly getting dragged to night clubs and bars by Natasha and the crew as well as enduring a particularly boozy weekend away at the seaside!
Jane loves a lot about her life, disregarding rude plumbers in her flat and dealing with annoying superiors and a smug sister, but as a certain someone takes her eye, is everything about to change and get a whole lot more serious or is the single life determined to keep her captive a while longer yet…
As soon as I got a message from the author that he’s currently working on a sequel to Jane of Manchester (and because of the captivating blurb of course) I knew I had to squeeze this book into my September TBR!
Whispers in the Wind by S.M. Stryker
I was in love with Drayton Clay.
Dray was my everything, the boy that grew into an amazing man.
The day that he proposed to me, was not only the most wonderful day of my life but the most tragic as well. I died that night with him.
Maison Keller walked into my life and flipped it on its axis. He didn’t teach me how to live, but he showed me that there was more to live for. Until that night, and once again, my life came crashing down around me.
Kai was there to catch me, to help me pick up the shattered pieces of my heart, and even though there were missing pieces, the heart he gave back wasn’t glass or crystal that would shatter again, it was gold, pure and strong.
Callie Bailey is in love with her high school sweetheart, Drayton Clay, quarterback for the Cougars. It wasn’t love at first sight, but their friendship grew into an invincible bond, a bond that could only be broken by one thing. The day was amazing; he had it all planned out, they were going to get married and she would have a family again. She never expected that amazing day would end like this.
Every day was the same for her, she is just existing, it had been almost two years. That is until Maison Keller walked into her office turning her world upside down. He was fun, caring and loving. He told her of his dream to build the best night club around and with her help Saber Elite was born.
Maison made Callie feel again, she once again opened her heart, but Maison had a dark secret, and before he had the chance to tell Callie about his demons, the nightmare had started.
Kai Sterling knows he shouldn’t get involved, but can’t help himself. After seeing her that first night, he knew he wanted more. There was something about the woman sitting in the mud puddle in the middle of a rain storm that pulled him to her. Callie was something he never thought he would have, but deep down always wanted.
Callie soon realized what she needed to do. Her spiritual quest showed her just how precious and fragile life is and one of these men possessed the heart of gold she had lost years ago, and this time she wasn’t letting go.
Book one of two.
Well, if that isn’t a thorough and intriguing summary of a book I don’t know what is! This book sounds like the perfect drama and I’m looking forward to diving into it!
Murder in Little Shendon by A.H. Richardson
MURDER IN LITTLE SHENDON Picture, if you will, a picturesque village called Little Shendon, suddenly caught up in dealing with a murder of one of its citizens – not a particularly well-liked one at that. Which makes it all the more intriguing because the list of suspects becomes very long. This tantalizing tale unfolds with delightful twists and turns to find out whodunit to Mr. Bartholomew Fynche, the murdered shopkeeper. Fear grips the community as the investigation slowly progresses. Everyone is interviewed; everyone is suspect! From the murdered man’s housekeeper to Lady Armstrong, her staff and her nephew. Or could it be the shy librarian new in town? Or the defiant retired army major and his ladyfriend, the post mistress? Or perhaps the weird sisters who live on the edge of town? Then there is the couple who own the local inn and pub, along with the two Americans who are staying there? Even the vicar and his wife fall under the gloom of suspicion. Uncertainty, wariness, and terror reign as neighbors watch neighbors to discover the evil that permeates their upturned lives. No one feels safe in this charming little village. A.H. Richardson, noted author, places in your trembling hands a mystery murder that will keep you reading until you learn the details, uncovered by Police Inspector Stanley Burgess and his two amateur detectives, his friend Sir Victor Hazlitt and the famed Shakespearean actor Beresford Brandon. Scratch your head with them over the strange clues that turn up. Follow them as they tread carefully among the landmines that appear innocent as they lie hidden beneath the surface of mystery. Something evil skulks in this tiny country village. Who is the murderer? And why was this strange uncivil man dispatched in such a seemingly civil community? You are challenged to discover the culprit before the last few pages. And no fair looking ahead – it’s the journey that proves the most enticing.
This book has been on my ARC-to-read list for a while now, as have others, so that’s why I’m making September a month of catching up on not only my Goodreads Reading Challenge, but also on all the ARC’s still on my TBR. Murder in Little Shendon is a murder mystery set in a cozy British village, sounds perfect right?
The Leftover by Brooke Williams
A reserved wallflower discovers that reality TV is the perfect backdrop to develop her confidence in this lighthearted rom-com. Megan Malone is the ultimate homebody. When her sister talks her into going on The Leftover, a local version of the TV show Survivor, she isn’t sure she’ll make it past the first vote. Meanwhile, Cane Trevino is nursing a broken heart by joining the show as a medic. With time away from his regular job and a dozen contestants to distract him, he hopes he can finally get over the woman he thought was “the one.”
This book sounds like non of the rom-coms I have ever read: the two main characters take part in a reality TV show! I’m curious about how this lovestory will unfold!
Sleep, Savannah, Sleep by Allistair Cross
The Dead Don’t Always Rest in Peace
Jason Crandall, recently widowed, is left to raise his young daughter and rebellious teenage son on his own – and the old Victorian in Shadow Springs seems like the perfect place for them to start over. But the cracks in Jason’s new world begin to show when he meets Savannah Sturgess, a beautiful socialite who has half the men in town dancing on tangled strings.
When she goes missing, secrets begin to surface, and Jason becomes ensnared in a dangerous web that leads to murder. But who has the answers that will prove his innocence? The jealous husband who’s hell-bent on destroying him? The local sheriff with an incriminating secret? The blind old woman in the house next door who seems to watch him from the windows? Or perhaps the answers lie in the haunting visions and dreams that have recently begun to consume him.
Or maybe, Savannah herself is trying to tell him that things aren’t always as they seem – and that sometimes, the dead don’t rest in peace.
This story sounds to me like a horror story disguised as a murder mystery set in a small village. This book will release on September 25th, so that’ll also be the day when I post my review!!
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Holden Caulfield is a seventeen- year-old dropout who has just been kicked out of his fourth school. Navigating his way through the challenges of growing up, Holden dissects the ‘phony’ aspects of society, and the ‘phonies’ themselves: the headmaster whose affability depends on the wealth of the parents, his roommate who scores with girls using sickly-sweet affection.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
‘Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’
A lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel – a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming-of-age story, an anti-racist novel, a historical drama of the Great Depression and a sublime example of the Southern writing tradition.
I’m finally going to catch up on some classic modern literature! I believe that these two books were the first ones I added to my TBR on Goodreads in 2012, so I think it’s ABOUT time I read them. Since I started watching Gilmore Girls I have the #lifegoal to have one day read all of the books listed in the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge and these two are on that list as well!
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
In the village of King’s Abbot, a widow’s sudden suicide sparks rumors that she murdered her first husband, was being blackmailed, and was carrying on a secret affair with the wealthy Roger Ackroyd. The following evening, Ackroyd is murdered in his locked study–but not before receiving a letter identifying the widow’s blackmailer. King’s Abbot is crawling with suspects, including a nervous butler, Ackroyd’s wayward stepson, and his sister-in-law, Mrs. Cecil Ackroyd, who has taken up residence in the victim’s home. It’s now up to the famous detective Hercule Poirot, who has retired to King’s Abbot to garden, to solve the case of who killed Roger Ackroyd–a task in which he is aided by the village doctor and narrator, James Sheppard, and by Sheppard’s ingenious sister, Caroline.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd is the book that made Agatha Christie a household name and launched her career as a perennial bestseller. Originally published in 1926, it is a landmark in the mystery genre. It was in the vanguard of a new class of popular detective fiction that ushered in the modern era of mystery novels.
This was the only book of this monthly TBR that I picked out of my TBR jar and I’m happy with its choice! I have been wanting to read a Christie for a LONG while now, so this one will also be my first Christie murder mystery ever!
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
“There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.”
Harry Potter’s summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors – and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone… Dobby’s sinister predictions seem to be coming true.
Right after closing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone about two weeks ago, I immediately began missing Hogwarts, its inhabitants and students. I’m planning on rereading the whole HP series this year, so I’m continuing my journey back to Hogwarts in September!
Pfew, those are all of the books I plan on reading in September. Wish me luck!