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July TBR additions

Every month I share with you the books that caught my attention and that made it to my TBR list. This month has more than usual for some reason - maybe it's because I only added 9 last month because I was house-focused (we're remodeling!). You can see my full TBR list, all 600 of them on my Pinterest Terrie's TBR List board. I keep it updated with what is on my list and remove books once I've read them. They're further divided by genre folders to help me find something I'm in the mood for.

A Song for a New Day by Sarah Pinsker

Genre: Sci-Fi

Award: Nebula 2019

Published 2019, 384 pages

I added this book because: Nebula winner that sounds prophetic and intriguing

Synopsis: the government has banned public gatherings due to terrorist attacks and deadly viruses (!!) but music must go on, so a woman continues to have small concerts even though it's illegal

The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2018, 368 pages

I added this book because: intriguing premise and it's set in a bookshop!

Synopsis: as a young girl, a woman spends quality time with her uncle in his bookshop. When he dies and bequeaths her the shop, it comes with a final scavenger hunt

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Genre: General Fiction, Classic

Published 1952, 601 pages

I added this book because: a classic I haven't read strongly recommended by my sister, Donna

Synopsis: a tale of two families in Salinas Valley, whose generations keep reenacting the fall of Adam and Eve and the rivalry of Cain and Abel

A Cold Trail (#7 Crosswhite) by Robert Dugoni

Genre: Mystery series

Published 2020, 355 pages

I added this book because: I love Dugoni's stories!

Synopsis: when Tracy returns home with her husband and new baby, he gets drawn into defending a local merchant and she's drawn into investigating a murder - their cases manage to crisscross and put the family in danger

Darktown by Thomas Mullen

Genre: Mystery

Published 2016, 384 pages

I added this book because: a mystery with black cops in the 1940s

Synopsis: the Atlanta police department is forced to hire its first black officers in 1948 but they have no power and are not allowed to be policemen. When a black woman is killed, they investigate in spite of the pressure and prejudice they face.

Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr

Genre: Travel Memoir

Published 2007, 210 pages

I added this book because: highly recommended book by readers of Modern Mrs Darcy

Synopsis: a memoir of living abroad and trying to raise twin boys

**ED: Read 8/21

At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider

Genre: Travel Memor

Published 2017, 288 pages

I added this book because: I enjoyed Tsh's book Notes From a Blue Bike last year and Ann from #ModernMrsDarcy recommended it

Synopsis: the reflections on a 9-month around the world trip with 3 kids under 10 and what she learned along the way (yikes!!)

Full Tilt: Ireland to India With a Bicycle by Dervla Murphy

Genre: Travel Memoir

Published 1965, 256 pages

I added this book because: recommended on #ModernMrsDarcy

Synopsis: in the middle of winter, a woman starts her journey across Europe and the middle east on a bicycle; written in diary form

Paddling With Spirits: A Solo Kayak Journey by Irene Skyriver

Genre: Travel Memoir

Published 2017, 240 pages

I added this because: recommended on #ModernMrsDarcy

Synopsis: at 40, a woman embarks on a kayak trip from AK to WA and deftly weaves her own adventures with her ancestral stories and history

The Rules of Magic (#0 Practical Magic) by Alice Hoffman

Genre: Fantasy

Published 2017, 369 pages

I added this because: #SimonSchuster put it on Kindle sale

Synopsis: the family story pre-Practical Magic, which I loved

**ED: Read 8/21

This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2003, 339 pages

I added this because: hmmmm, don't remember who recommended it

Synopsis: at the death of the dad, the whole dysfunctional family gathers and secrets and hurts come out

Submerged (#1 Alaskan Courage) by Dani Pettrey

Genre: Suspense

Published 2012, 320 pages

I added this book because: part mystery, part broken romance

Synopsis: debut novel about a woman who returns to small AK town to bury a good friend and gets caught up in a mystery, working with her ex to solve it

Fortune's Pawn (#1 Paradox) by Rachel Bach

Genre: SciFi

Published 2013, 320 pages

I added this book because: a badass heroine mercenary, space style

Synopsis: female mercenary joins a trade ship with a nasty reputation and wonders if she can survive the one-year contract as security force

**ED: Read 1/22

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2014, 284 pages

I added this book because: intriguing premise set in WWII

Synopsis: 10 year old orphan is evacuated from London and is taken in by a woman in dire straits; they team up and turn to a life of crime to pay the bills and survive

**ED: Reviewed here

Bull Mountain #1 by Brian Panowich

Genre: Thriller

Published 2015, 290 pages

I added this book because: it was on Kindle sale and sounds interesting

Synopsis: coming from generations of outlaws, Clayton breaks with the family and becomes a sheriff but when the ATF comes to the mountain, it will pit brother against brother and test loyalties

**ED: Reviewed here

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Published 1974, 343 pages

I added this book because: Donna and I discovered it on #BookBub for an upcoming Buddy Read

Synopsis: compelling, powerful writing telling the story of a sorceress who lives a reclusive life with her magical beasts until a man brings her a baby to raise; a little historical fantasy and Arthurian legend-like

**ED: Review here

A whopping 17 books added to my list this month and I only read 7 so that's a net of 10 new books! I'll never whittle down the list at this rate. (that's actually never been a goal of mine :)) Hopefully you found one that is intriguing enough to be added to your list.

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