June's TBR list additions

Each month I share with you the books I've added to my TBR list - just in case you might find one that appeals to you as well. I also track why I added them - I don't know why, I just like tracking stuff! :) Hope you find something of interest for YOUR TBR list: Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham Genre: Mystery Published 2019, 353 pages Why I added this book: a mystery recommended by a Goodreads buddy Synopsis: a mysterious young girl of indeterminate age petitions for adulthood and a forensic psychologist must decide if she can; the same psychologist is also investigating the murder of an ice skater - are the two cases related? Empire of the Summer Moon by S. C. Gwynne Genre: Nonfic

Red Queen - the first in a YA fantasy series

Red Queen #1 by Victoria Aveyard Genre: YA, Fantasy Awards: several YA awards Published 2015, 383 pages I picked this novel up at my local used book store because the premise sounded interesting and it's got a great cover. After reading it, I still think it has a great cover! This is a hard review to write - I think because the plot for Red Queen is so predictable, therefore unremarkable. It certainly wasn't terrible; it just didn't live up to its potential I think. I read reviews that compared it to Game of Thrones (not even close) or Hunger Games (closer, but less interesting). For me, I was reminded a bit of the Red Rising series, but not as complex. The planet's inhabitants are divided

A coming-of-age story of a young girl in Nigeria - Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Genre: General Fiction Published 2003, 307 pages Although she's written several books since this first novel, most notably Americanah, this is the first I've read and it's a real winner. The writing is excellent: evocative, moving, not filled with cliches. This is the second book set in Nigeria that I've read this month. How Beautiful We Were is also very evocative of Nigeria and gives some insight into a tribal lifestyle as the young people try to save their village from an American oil company polluting their village lands. I feel lucky to have found two such intriguing books so close together! Although the theme of abuse is prevalent throughout

A compelling story of urban Native Americans as they converge on a Powwow in Oakland in There There.

There There by Tommy Orange Genre: General Fiction Award: PEN/Hemingway winner, Pulitzer and National Book nominee Published 2018, 294 pages This book was all over the "best of" lists a couple years ago and I meant to read it but didn't get around to it. It's been sitting on my shelf about a year and I moved it to the top of my nightstand pile because it fits a reading challenge category. Sometimes you just need some motivation, right? This ambitious first novel follows a variety of Cheyenne characters as they make plans to go the first Powwow in Oakland, CA. Each chapter focuses on a different character, their back story and what is motivating them to visit the Powwow. "We are young people

12 books to help you Armchair Travel to India

What do readers do when they are stressed, lonely, or have to stay home? We read. Then we read more. To me, now seems like the perfect time to take a trip - a virtual trip. Here's a list of 12 recommended books from the big and dramatic to the quiet and emotional that will carry you away to India. Most must-read lists heavily favor new releases, but this list includes lots of excellent back list books that you may have overlooked. In fact, maybe they're already on your own bookshelves (or from the library digitally or on audio). Come explore India with me! (My sister Donna got me started reading books set in India and has added some of her favorites to the list.) LOVE STORIES Beneath a M

An African village struggles against big oil in How Beautiful We Were

How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue Genre: General Fiction Publish date originally 6/20 but looks like it's pushed back to 2021; 384 pages I received this book as an ARC (advance reader copy) from #NetGalley and #RandomHouse. The opinions expressed are my own. I requested this book because I liked the premise: a big oil company causes major environmental damage in a small Nigerian village and how it affects the people of the village. This is a character driven novel. Both the people who inhabit the fictional village of Kosawa and the damaged land of the town itself play important roles in moving the story forward. Each chapter is narrated by a different person or group so we are treated to

Young women abducted and kept prisoner in a large enclosed garden 'like butterflies'

The Butterfly Garden (#1 the Collector), Dot Hutchison Genre: General Fiction? Published 2016, 288 pages This one is hard to categorize - not really a thriller since you know the crime from the beginning, so also not a mystery. Definitely not a romance or fantasy. Billed as horror, but not what I'd consider horror, so what then? This is the best Amazon first read (free) book I've read in a while. The premise is interesting: young women captured off the street and kept in a greenhouse type huge garden - fed and clothed and basic needs met. However, they are tattooed with giant butterflies immediately upon their capture and then kept to satisfy the sexual desires of the captor and his son (ra

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