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My TBR List Additions for June

I've found that this is a great way to track my newly added books and measure that against how many I read to come up with a net addition to my TBR. And it is almost always an add - I never seem to be able to read more than I add to my list. Sigh. Here are 15 books that intrigued me this month.

Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda (translated)

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Publish Date: June 2022, 286 pages

Discovered: Emily at Budget Tales book blog

Synopsis: a psychological thriller set in Tokyo where two people are spending their last night together - both thinking the other is a murderer. Who was killed and who IS the murderer?

Crime Writer by Dime Sheppard

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Published Oct 2021, 423 pages

Discovered: Verushka @ Pop.Edit.Lit blog

Synopsis: a successful crime author "recruits her main characters to investigate her maybe-unfaithful fiance`".

**ED: Reviewed here

Modern Magick by R.J. Johnson

Genre: Fantasy

Published May 2022, unknown pages

Discovered: free from Book Sirens

Synopsis: first in a new series set in current day about a group of 5 people (thieves) who find a magical amulet and have to work together to figure out how it works and save the world. (review here)

Past Crimes #1 by Glen Erik Hamilton

Genre: Thriller

Published 2015, 324 pages

Discovered: series recommended by book blogger Mark @ Carstairs Considers who never met a cozy mystery he didn't like. :)

Synopsis: edgy and suspenseful, man who has given up the criminal life for a military career is drawn back to the life to avenge the death of his grandfather and clear his own name.

The Lies I Tell by Julie Clark

Genre: Thriller

Published June 2022, 320 pages

Discovered: Likewise (an app kinda like reddit)

Synopsis: by author of The Last Flight which is also on my TBR, a twisted domestic thriller featuring 2 women - the ultimate con woman who lies like she breathes, and a victim who has waited 10 years for her revenge.

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James

Genre: Mystery

Published March 2022, 352 pages

Discovered: book blog from Top Ten Tuesday: Abyssal Librarian

Synopsis: woman who hosts a true crime podcast randomly meets and gets an interview with a woman who was tried and acquitted (lack of evidence) for 2 murders. The interviews turn into friendship, until things begin to go wrong.

The Weight of a Thousand Oceans #1 by Jillian Webster

Genre: Fantasy

Published June 2022, 439 pages

Discovered: book blog from Top Ten Tuesday: Among Stories

Synopsis: first in a trilogy, beautiful writing and the story of a young woman in a dystopian world who is trying to find her purpose in life. Heart, adventure, and a little magic.

A Winter's Promise #1 by Christelle Dabos

Genre: Fantasy

Published 2018, 492 pages

Discovered: book blog from Top Ten Tuesday: Lifestyle of Me

Synopsis: translated from French: the world has shattered into hundreds of celestial 'arks', each with its own society; a girl from one arc is married off to a man from another and becomes a pawn between rulers

Risuko #1 by David Kudler

Genre: YA Fantasy

Published 2016, 230 pages

Discovered: this one also from Lifestyle of Me

Synopsis: young fatherless girl is torn from her family and sent to a school that isn't what it seems and she becomes enmeshed in a plan to reunite Japan

A fantasy series where the last book, Locklands, has just been published, so it seems a good time to start it. Discovered via Likewise with a notification of the new release, I looked it up and read the blurbs and they sound fascinating: magic, excellent world building (according to Bryan Sanderson's review) and it all starts with a heist scheme. I'm totally ready for it.

The Last Blue by Isla Morley

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published May 2020, 336 pages

Discovered: SSOP (Strong Sense of Place)

Synopsis: 1937 - a writer and photographer set off in the hollers of Tennessee to track down a story, and find a blue woman (could work as a companion to the Book Woman of Troublesome Creek?)

She Walks These Hills #3 by Sharyn McCrumb

Genre: Mystery

Published 1994, 448 pages

Discovered: SSOP Podcast (Strong Sense of Place)

Synopsis: set in Appalachia this award winning book is about a old woman gifted with "the sight" and a policewoman who try to put to rest the superstition that a young woman's ghost is once again roaming the hills of Tennessee.

Grave Lies #1 by A.N. Willis

Genre: Thriller

Publish date July 26, 2022, 320 pages

Discovered: Book Sirens ARC

Synopsis: a retired FBI agent needs help solving a cold case and turns to the Mercury Mediums for help; one sees the dead, one reads the living

**ED: Review here

I added 15 books to my TBR list this month and have read 10 for a net addition of only 5 books. I can live with that! What got added to your reading list this month? Are you like me and the list grows faster than you can possibly read from it?

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