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A Second TBR List for July - oh my!

This month has been DEADLY to my TBR. For the first time in ages, I had to break the TBR list into two posts. The first one had 24, count 'em, 24!!! books (see them here). Now I'm adding 16 more! I love Top 10 Tuesdays, but honestly, all those book bloggers are killing me (really, thanks everyone)! Here are the books I've added in the 2nd half of July.

I'm thinking of linking each book cover to the Goodreads blurb page. Would that be helpful? Should it be INSTEAD of my mini-blurb, or in ADDITION to my blurb? Does my blurb give you enough of a sense of the book or do you want more? Suggestions appreciated.

The Last Bookshop in London by Madeline Martin

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published 2021, 314 pages

Discovered: book blog Patricia in New Mexico

Synopsis: Inspired by the true World War II history of the few bookshops to survive the Blitz, The Last Bookshop in London is a timeless story of wartime loss, love and the enduring power of literature. (from GR)

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2018, 368 pages

Discovered: book blog Read.Bake.Create

Synopsis: three very different, but all unhappy people, find each other at a small town library. It sounds roughly like The Reading List, which I loved, and I always like stories about found family.

No Ordinary Thursday by Anoop Judge

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, General Fiction

Publish Date: August 2022, 331 pages

Discovered: offered as Amazon First Read

Synopsis: a family, broken by the shattering turns of a single day, will do anything to find their way back to one another.

Beneath Devil's Bridge by Loreth Anne White

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Published June 2021, 344 pages

Discovered: Amazon Prime Reading

Synopsis: set in the Pacific NW (!), a true crime podcaster tries to boost her listenership by interviewing a man in prison for murder but as he dangles secrets to her listeners, the detective who put him away starts to question what she knew and lots of people have secrets.

Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published Dec 2021, 441 pages

Discovered: Readers Digest best books for summer list

Synopsis: set in Korea, from the perfumed chambers of a courtesan school in Pyongyang to the glamorous cafes of a modernizing Seoul and the boreal forests of Manchuria, where battles rage, Juhea Kim’s unforgettable characters forge their own destinies

Belle Greene by Alexandra Lapierre (translated)

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published June 2022; 528 pages

Discovered: Readers Digest best books for summer list

Synopsis: another version of the black woman who passed for white in order to pursue her education and become the personal librarian for JP Morgan (Marie Benedict also has a book about this woman so I want to read and compare

Once There Were Wolves by Charlotte McConaghy

Genre: General Fiction

Published Aug 2021, 258 pages

Discovered: Readers Digest best books for summer list

Synopsis: a scientist tries to reintroduce wolves to the highlands of Scotland; a touch of environmental, a murder, a touch of romance

The Island by Adrian McKinty

Genre: Thriller

Published May 2022, 375 pages

Discovered: Readers Digest best books for summer list

Synopsis: a woman marries a man with kids and the family takes a trip to Australia to bond; on a remote island the family is separated and the new wife must save the kids against dangers even though they don't like her

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published May 2022, 360 pages

Discovered: FB book group recommendation

Synopsis: after the death of her husband, a woman volunteers at the aquarium and cares for an elderly octopus and they form a special bond; the octopus helps the woman locate her missing son

Read 11/2/22 - Review here

The Stardust Thief #1 by Chelsea Abdullah

Genre: Fantasy

Published May 2022, 468 pages

Discovered: Books are the New Black book blog

Synopsis: gripping tale of a legendary smuggler who trades in illegal magic, a cowardly prince, and a dangerous quest across the desert to find a legendary, magical lamp

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Genre: Women's Fiction

Published 2016, 331 pages

Discovered: Wendy at The Bashful Bookworm blog

Synopsis: a young woman in her 20s marries, and starts a happy life but on her first anniversary her husband is on a helicopter ride and disappears. Years later she finds love again and is engaged - and her husband returns saying he's been trying to get back to her. Which is her true love?

I Remember You by Brian Freeman

Genre: Thriller

Publish Date Aug 9, 2022, 384 pages

Discovered: Marlene at Reading Reality blog

Synopsis: a #NetGalley Read Now book - psychological thriller about a woman haunted by terrifying memories of murder - of someone else's life

Read 8/7/22 - Reviewed here

One Step Too Far #2 Elkin by Lisa Gardner

Genre: Mystery / Thriller

Published January 2022, 416 pages

Discovered: Hmmmm, don't remember but I like her books

Synopsis: a young man disappears in the national forest, cops stop looking but a woman keeps looking and discovers more people missing

Six Crimson Cranes #1 by Elizabeth Lim

Genre: fantasy

Published July 2021, 464 pages

Discovered: Janette at Witchy Reading blog

Synopsis: retelling of 6 Swans; full of Asian world building, princess is banished for using her magic and can't speak or her brothers will be killed, so she quits hiding her magic and tries to save the kingdom and her brothers

The Dressmaker of Paris by Georgia Kaufmann

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published January 2021, 398 pages

Discovered: Marg at The Intrepid Reader blog

Synopsis: (that clever cover!) a debut novel about the life of a poor girl from a village in Italy who survives the Nazi invasion, escapes to Switzerland, has love and glamour in Paris, success and self discovery in New York

Ordinary Monsters #1 by J.M. Miro

Genre: Historical Fantasy

Published June 2022, 672 pages

Discovered: Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer blog

Synopsis: England 1882, 'talented' kids (think X-Men) are gathered at an estate in Edinburgh where they discover the extent of their abilities; magic, evil, world building in Victorian England; first in a trilogy

How's your TBR looking so far this year? Mine is kind of getting out of control.....might be time for a purge soon. If it's been on the list more than, I don't know, 6-7 years, I should probably take it off, right?

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