Hello Readers! I managed to get caught up on my ARCs in February (and also had one of my best reading months in a long time) so in March I can spend a little time mood reading. One of my most anticipated books of 2020 comes out on March 3rd. I pre-ordered it last year and I’ve been impatiently waiting for it since. 😉
(Link to Goodreads synopsis through book title.)
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare
If you’re tired of hearing about Shadowhunters from me, I promise it’s almost over… for awhile, anyway. I did a major reread of some of Cassandra Clare’s books last month in anticipation of Chain of Gold, and I’ve been somewhat immersed and obsessed. 😉 If you are a fan, and you missed my post on everything to read before you pick up Chain of Gold (and my TID playlist), it’s here. <3
Synopsis: Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.
James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.
I have one ARC that will be published this month and it’s one I’ve been looking forward to!
A Good Neighborhood by Therese Anne Fowler
Synopsis: In Oak Knoll, a verdant, tight-knit North Carolina neighborhood, professor of forestry and ecology Valerie Alston-Holt is raising her bright and talented biracial son. Xavier is headed to college in the fall, and after years of single parenting, Valerie is facing the prospect of an empty nest. All is well until the Whitmans move in next door―an apparently traditional family with new money, ambition, and a secretly troubled teenaged daughter.
Thanks to his thriving local business, Brad Whitman is something of a celebrity around town, and he’s made a small fortune on his customer service and charm, while his wife, Julia, escaped her trailer park upbringing for the security of marriage and homemaking. Their new house is more than she ever imagined for herself, and who wouldn’t want to live in Oak Knoll? With little in common except a property line, these two very different families quickly find themselves at odds: first, over an historic oak tree in Valerie’s yard, and soon after, the blossoming romance between their two teenagers.
Told from multiple points of view, A Good Neighborhood asks big questions about life in America today―What does it mean to be a good neighbor? How do we live alongside each other when we don’t see eye to eye?―as it explores the effects of class, race, and heartrending star-crossed love in a story that’s as provocative as it is powerful.
When I received the invitation to read What You Wish For on Netgalley, I may have squealed… It’s another one of my most anticipated reads of the year, and even though it won’t be published until the summer, I’m hoping to read it this month. 🙂
What You Wish For by Katherine Center
Synopsis: Samantha Casey loves everything about her job as an elementary school librarian on the sunny, historic island of Galveston, Texas—the goofy kids, the stately Victorian building, the butterfly garden. But when the school suddenly loses its beloved principal, it turns out his replacement will be none other than Duncan Carpenter—a former, unrequited crush of Sam’s from many years before.
When Duncan shows up as her new boss, though, he’s nothing like the sweet teacher she once swooned over. He’s become stiff, and humorless, and obsessed with school safety. Now, with Duncan determined to destroy everything Sam loves about her school in the name of security—and turn it into nothing short of a prison—Sam has to stand up for everyone she cares about before the school that’s become her home is gone for good.
The above three books are the only ones I’m planning on reading this month. I’m going to leave myself some breathing room because we’ll be getting new floors in our house this month and I know that will take up a lot of my time. Let’s be real, it’s basically like moving. And I have a LOT of books to box up. But I’m looking at the positive. We’re planning on figuring out a new location and shelving situation for all my books after the floors are in, and that is my idea of fun. 😉
Whatever else I read will be books chosen off my TBR for my Popsugar Reading Challenge. I do have Daisy Jones & the Six on audiobook, so that might be a good one to listen to while I’m cleaning and boxing. I’m also anxious to dive into Leigh Bardugo’s books. I think that means I need to start with Shadow and Bone?? If I get time, I’ll continue with Siege and Storm. And The Bromance Book Club would be a fun and light distraction this month. 🙂
Do we share any books on our TBRs? Have you read any of these books? How will you spend your Spring Break? Let me know in the comments!