As I was browsing through Instagram at 4am this morning – when my cough medicine wore off and I woke up snotty – I realised that I have been saving posts for a fair few months with books that I would some time like to add to my larger than life tbr shelves. By now, you all know how obsessed I am with lists…so here is another one about more books I want to own but am not allowed to own until I have cleared at least one double lined shelf.
I also had another thought at 4am this morning, and that was that I really only collect TV series or Film series on DVD. Yet, I have a fair few films sitting on my shelves that I haven’t even watched in the last five years. I could donate those to charity and have more room for books! This is definitely something I’m going to organise over the weekend. I can’t add more shelves or buy a tbr cart because I literally have no space left that isn’t already occupied by furniture and the last time I hung something from the wall, it fell down at night and smashed glass everywhere…
Anyway, on with the list!
Aurelia is a princess, but they call her a witch.
Surrounded by spirits and burdened with forbidden magic, she lives in constant fear of discovery by the witch-hunting Tribunal and their bloodthirsty mobs. When a devastating assassination attempt reveals her magical abilities, Aurelia is forced to flee her country with nothing but her life.
Alone and adrift in an enemy kingdom, Aurelia plans her revenge against the Tribunal, desperate to bring down the dark organization that has wrought terror upon her people for hundreds of years. But there’s something deeply amiss in her new home, too, and soon she finds herself swept into a deadly new mystery with a secretive prince, the ghost of an ancient queen, and a poison vine called Bloodleaf.
Aurelia is entangled in a centuries-long game of love, power, and war, and if she can’t break free before the Tribunal makes its last move, she may lose far more than her crown.
I found this on @wordsinpages – I just thought the cover was so pretty. I haven’t read a magic heavy book in a while and this one sounded interesting enough to grasp my attention. It sounds different than the usual run of the mill magical book.
Two years ago, a misunderstanding between the leaders of Earth and the invading Ilori resulted in the deaths of one-third of the world’s population.
Seventeen-year-old Janelle “Ellie” Baker survives in an Ilori-controlled center in New York City. Deemed dangerously volatile because of their initial reaction to the invasion, humanity’s emotional transgressions are now grounds for execution. All art, books and creative expression are illegal, but Ellie breaks the rules by keeping a secret library. When a book goes missing, Ellie is terrified that the Ilori will track it back to her and kill her.
Born in a lab, M0Rr1S (Morris) was raised to be emotionless. When he finds Ellie’s illegal library, he’s duty-bound to deliver her for execution. The trouble is, he finds himself drawn to human music and in desperate need of more. They’re both breaking the rules for love of art–and Ellie inspires the same feelings in him that music does.
Ellie’s–and humanity’s–fate rests in the hands of an alien she should fear. M0Rr1S has a lot of secrets, but also a potential solution–thousands of miles away. The two embark on a wild and dangerous road trip with a bag of books and their favorite albums, all the while making a story and a song of their own that just might save them both.
Found this on @spinesthatshine – Who was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this. They summed it up rather nicely ‘It’s about an alien who loves pop music and a girl with a secret library! Doesn’t it sound good?’ I mean, I was sold with that! Also, the cover is so pretty.
Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She’s inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices–and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends.
But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe–and the only people they can trust are each other.
Spotted this one on @epicreads – I love all things Sherlock Holmes. I have the complete series in a clothbound edition and have read many a fan fiction that centers aound OC’s or next generation OC’s, so this one appealed to me straight away.
The year is 2380, and the graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are being assigned their first missions. Star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs nobody else in the Academy would touch…
A cocky diplomat with a black belt in sarcasm
A sociopath scientist with a fondness for shooting her bunkmates
A smart-ass techwiz with the galaxy’s biggest chip on his shoulder
An alien warrior with anger management issues
A tomboy pilot who’s totally not into him, in case you were wondering
And Ty’s squad isn’t even his biggest problem that’d be Aurora Jie-Lin O’Malley, the girl he’s just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler’s squad of losers, discipline-cases and misfits might just be the last hope for the entire galaxy.
I have seen this book on many instagram pages but the insta post I saved was on @storiesandsours – For ages I stayed away from this book because I’ve moved away from reading this particular genres. Yet, as it’s been so heavily posted on insta, I’ve decided to give it a go anyway.
You can’t choose your family. Or can you?
Meet the Bensons. They’re an ordinary couple. They wash their car, mow their lawn and pass the time of day with their neighbours. And they have a beautiful little girl called Daisy.
There’s just one problem.
SHE’S NOT THEIRS.
D. S. Nathan Cody is about to face his darkest and most terrifying case yet . . .
Found this on @thrillerorvanilla – Sounds dastardly dark, delightfully gripping and fantastically thrilling. I don’t need anymore incentive to read it!
You’ve been offered a luxury apartment, rent free. The catch: you may not live long enough to enjoy it… No visitors. No nights spent away from the apartment. No disturbing the other residents. These are the only rules for Jules Larson’s new job as apartment sitter for an elusive resident of the Bartholomew, one of Manhattan’s most high-profile private buildings and home to the super rich and famous. Recently heartbroken and practically homeless, Jules accepts the terms, ready to leave her past life behind. Out of place among the extremely wealthy, Jules finds herself pulled toward other apartment sitter Ingrid. But Ingrid confides that the Bartholomew is not what it seems and the dark history hidden beneath its gleaming facade is starting to frighten her. Jules brushes it off as a harmless ghost story – but the next day, her new friend has vanished. And then Jules discovers that Ingrid is not the first temporary resident to go missing… Welcome to the Bartholomew…You may never leave.
Found this on @wanderingthepages_ shelfiesunday post. It’s one of two books by Riley Sager that I’ve found through instagram. It sounds like a story that will make me think and one that will be psychological.
Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest.
Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.
Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town–and their hearts–inside out.
Saw this on a post by @starlightbooktales – I thought the spine of the book looked interesting and inviting and upon reading the blurb, I was gripped. Different to what I usually read but eager to explore it nonetheless.
In My Lady Jane, coauthors Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows have created a one-of-a-kind YA fantasy in the tradition of The Princess Bride, featuring a reluctant king, an even more reluctant queen, a noble steed, and only a passing resemblance to actual history–because sometimes history needs a little help.
At sixteen, Lady Jane Grey is about to be married off to a stranger and caught up in a conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But those trifling problems aren’t for Jane to worry about. Jane gets to be Queen of England.
Like that could go wrong.
Another book from @starlightbooktales insta – I love history, though this book is probably far from historical accuracy, it is still a book I should like to read. I don’t know much about Lady Jane Grey other than the facts I learnt in school, so it will be interesting to see her story told here – even if it is mostly fictional.
Ever since Lucy was two, she’s been on the run alongside her mother. She’s never understood the reason for a lifetime of paranoia, aliases, and lies. All she understands are the rules: never lock eyes with strangers, never let down your guard, and always be ready to move on.
Finally, after thirteen years and eleven states, their next hideaway seems perfect. An isolated, fortress like place in the New Hampshire woods is the new home they share with its owner, a gentlemanly pianist, and his lonely daughter, Gretchen. She’s Lucy’s age and soon becomes Lucy’s first real friend.
But Gretchen and her father have secrets of their own—and an obsession with puzzles that draws Lucy into a terrifying new game of hide-and-seek. Lucy’s dark past is about to come calling. And this time, for her and her mother in the house on the hill, it might be too late to run.
Another book from @thisgirlsbookshelf – I saved this one because it sounded different and the cover is simplistic. Sounds like a thriller to read on a rainy day.
Cassie had it all – the fairytale wedding, the stunning home, the perfect husband. But when she arrives on the intensive care ward at St Catherine’s hospital in a coma, it soon becomes clear that she has a secret; a secret that changes everything.
Alice, the chief nurse on the ward begins to feel a connection with Cassie and can’t help but wonder if things are not quite as they seem.
Frank, another patient, can hear and see everything around him but cannot communicate. He understands that Cassie’s life is in danger and only he holds the truth, which no one can know and he cannot tell . . .
Found this one on @evalunadesie – I read a story earlier this year involving a long term coma patient and this book sounds just as good, even a little darker. I’m sure it’ll have plenty of twists. The instagramer had good things to say about it.
Three girls. Three tragedies. One unthinkable secret.
The media calls them the Final Girls – Quincy, Sam, Lisa – the infamous group that no one wants to be part of. The sole survivors of three separate killing sprees, they are linked by their shared trauma.
But when Lisa dies in mysterious circumstances and Sam shows up unannounced on her doorstep, Quincy must admit that she doesn’t really know anything about the other Final Girls. Can she trust them? Or can there only ever be one?
All Quincy knows is one thing: she is next.
@thecrimebookshelf – I LOVE these types of books that involve villages that have a ton of crime in them. I always find that I am captivated throughout and not clever enough to solve it before it is revealed.
In a large house in London’s fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up.
In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note.
They’ve been dead for several days.
Who has been looking after the baby?
And where did they go?
Two entangled families.
A house with the darkest of secrets.
You can tell how much i like @thecrimebookshelf, can’t you? This is another book I’ve seen all over instagram recently and it sounds like a book that I will be able to enjoy. The blurb certainly sounds enticing enough.
Have you read any of these books? Let me know below. Also, if you think there are any instagram pages I should be following, tell me!