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May TBR Additions

Each month I share with you all the books that have been added to my TBR list. This month is a heavy ARC (advance reading copy) month.....I better get reading!

The Defense #1 by Steve Cavanagh

Genre: Legal Thriller

Published 2015, 320 pages

Why I added this book: the start of a promising legal drama series and on sale on Amazon

Synopsis: a con man turned lawyer has quit the profession until a mafia don kidnaps his daughter to force him to use all his tricks to get the don free and save his daughter.

**ED: Reviewed here

You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

Genre: Thriller

Published 3/20, 379 pages

Why I added this book: on the 'page-turner' list of books by Sarah's Bookshelves

Synopsis: a woman living a lonely, unremarkable life in NYC when she sees a woman jump in front of a subway train. It's about loneliness and the lengths people will go for companionship.

The Black Sky by Timothy Minneci

Genre: Dystopian

Publish date 8/8/20, 308 pages

Why I added this book: ARC received from author

Synopsis: post asteroid, 15 walled cities remain in US and a man is hired to transport a scientist from one city to another across the wasteland but doesn't realize the political power against him - watch for my review

** ED: Reviewed here

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson

Genre: Sci Fi

Publish date 8/4/20

Why I added this book: ARC received from #NetGalley

Synopsis: debut novel that examines privilege and identity as a woman travels between worlds trying to save her home planet - watch for my review

**ED: Reviewed here

Miss Iceland by Audur Ava Olafodottir

Genre: General Fiction

Publish date 6/15/20, 256 pages

Why I added this book: ARC received from #NetGalley

Synopsis: woman moves to Reyjkavik to live with a gay friend and pursue art together and their art changes them in various ways

**ED: Reviewed here

Pale Morning Light With Violet Swan by Deborah Reed

Genre: General Fiction

Publish date 6/16/20, 288 pages

Why I added this book: ARC from #NetGalley

Synopsis: told by a female abstract artist at the end of her life; a story of family, art, and secrets

**ED: Reviewed here

The Center of Everything by Jamie Harrison

Genre: General Fiction

Publish date 6/9/20, 304 pages

Why I added this book: ARC from #NetGalley

Synopsis: multi-generational saga with Polly at the center as she arranges a big July 4th birthday celebration as she struggles with memory issues following a biking accident as well as memories that come up as the family congregates for the event

**ED: DNF 6/20

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2016, 368 pages

Why I added this book: favorite from the #ModernMrsDarcy Summer Reading guide in 2016 & on sale on Amazon

Synopsis: A severely dysfunctional family has a rude awakening when one of the siblings is in a severe car accident and threatens their inheritance, their 'nest'.

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

Genre: General Fiction

Published 2014, 181 pages

Why I added this book: recommended by my niece

Synopsis: an epistolary novel of recommendations letters from a college professor and each is a representation of low spirits and passive aggressive strategies as this beleaguered prof struggles with his own unsatisfying life.

The Keeper of Lost Causes #1 by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Genre: Mystery

Published 2007, 400 pages

Why I added this book: showed up on Amazon sale list and sounded like my kind of book

Synopsis: award winning book set in Copenhagen, a detective is reassigned to cold cases; a police procedural (translated)

We moved to a new house this month so my reading time took a bit of a hit (and I'm behind in review blog posts too!) but I'll get back on track soon. I added these 10 books to my TBR this month but only read a net increase to my list of only 4 books - woohoo!

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It's my goal to provide real reviews of the books I read without totally rehashing every plot. I'll never spoil a story by giving away a plot twist! Hopefully you'll find one or two of interest and will discover a new book or author to add to YOUR TBR list.  Take a moment to explore, read a couple reviews, and let me know what you think.


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