June To Be Read

Tangerine
Tangerine
by Christine Mangan

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends—once inseparable roommates—haven’t spoken in over a year. But there Lucy was, trying to make things right and return to their old rhythms. Perhaps Alice should be happy. She has not adjusted to life in Morocco, too afraid to venture out into the bustling medinas and oppressive heat. Lucy—always fearless and independent—helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country.

But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice—she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice’s husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her: her relationship with her enigmatic friend, her decision to ever come to Tangier, and her very own state of mind.

Tangerine is a sharp dagger of a book—a debut so tightly wound, so replete with exotic imagery and charm, so full of precise details and extraordinary craftsmanship, it will leave you absolutely breathless.

Million Love Songs
Million Love Songs
by Carole Matthews

After splitting up with her cheating ex-husband, Ruby Brown is ready for a change. She’s single again for the first time in years and she’s going to dive into this brave new world with a smile on her face and a spring in her step. The last thing she’s looking for is another serious relationship.

Mason Soames represents everything Ruby wants right now: he’s charming, handsome, and perfect for some no-strings-attached fun, and yet Ruby can’t help feel that something is missing. Joe Edwards, on the other hand, is also lovely and handsome but he comes with the sort of baggage Ruby wants to avoid: an annoyingly attractive ex-wife and two teenage children.

Ruby soon has some very tough decisions to make. Is she ready for a relationship of any kind, and what type of life does she really want? Because while Ruby may think she knows what she wants, is that what she needs to be truly happy?

Feel-good, wonderful and an absolute must-read from the queen of romance Carole Matthews, Ruby’s story will make you laugh, cry and leave you wanting more. It’s about to get emotional in Million Love Songs

In My Sister's Shoes
In My Sister’s Shoes
by Sinéad Moriarty

Kate O’Brien is thirty and has very little to think about except trying to keep her balance as she totters up London’s media-land ladder.

Fiona O’Brien is Kate’s responsible older sister – with a husband, twin boys, a dog and now … a life-changing problem.

It’s a problem that means Kate going back to Dublin. Pronto. There she finds herself stepping into Fiona’s shoes – and discovering that she’s definitely not cut out to be a domestic goddess. On top of that, the ex she thought she’d got over years ago turns up to haunt her.

Will either of the O’Brien sisters survive? And even if they do, can either of them slip back into their old shoes ever again?

Line of Fire (Nick Stone #19)
Line of Fire
(Nick Stone #19)
by Andy McNab

Nick Stone is back in an up-to-the-minute thriller – ripped fresh from the headlines.

Stone has returned to London.

The world is in a state of unrest and opportunists are looking to take advantage of an unstable world.

Their motives are unclear. But their threat is real.

Who are they really working for?

Bad Boy (Inspector Banks, #19)
Bad Boy
(Inspector Banks #19)
by Peter Robinson

A distraught woman arrives at the Eastvale police station desperate to speak to Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks. But Banks is abroad, and the woman’s revelation of a loaded gun hidden in her daughter Erin’s bedroom leads to a shocking fatality when a police armed-response team breaks into her house. The fallout will have dark consequences for Banks and his partner, DI Annie Cabbot. It turns out that Erin’s best friend is Banks’ own daughter, Tracy . . . who was last seen in the company of the weapon’s actual owner, a very bad boy indeed.

Now that his child is on the run with a psychopath, Banks finds himself caught in a bloody tangle of betrayal and murder. But the rogue DCI is a bit of a bad boy himself, and he’ll freely risk his life and career in the cause of love—and vengeance.

Piece of My Heart (Inspector Banks, #16)
Piece of My Heart
(Inspector Banks #16)
by Peter Robinson

1969… In an era of free love and rebellion, a dead body is discovered among the detritus of a recently concluded rock festival—a beautiful young woman stabbed so savagely through the chest that a piece of her heart was sliced off.

Now… A freelance journalist, a stranger to the region, is savagely bludgeoned to death in a shocking act of violence with no apparent motive.

Two murders separated by four decades are investigated by two very different but equally haunted investigators—one, a casualty of war unable to come to terms with a confusing new world; the other, a rogue policeman harbouring ghosts of his own. But the truth behind a grisly present-day slaying may somehow be hidden in the amplified, drug-induced fog of a notorious past, propelling Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks into the darkest shadows of the peace, love, and rock ‘n’ roll generation.

If you haven’t guessed yet by the blurbs, I was gifted those books or bought myself and I read or try to read any book I’m given. Now I will go on my Goodreads to read list and pick two books at random.

Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked
Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked
by S.J. Goslee
These Witches Don't Burn
These Witches Don’t Burn
(These Witches Don’t Burn #1)
by Isabel Sterling

Hannah’s a witch, but not the kind you’re thinking of. She’s the real deal, an Elemental with the power to control fire, earth, water, and air. But even though she lives in Salem, Massachusetts, her magic is a secret she has to keep to herself. If she’s ever caught using it in front of a Reg (read: non-witch), she could lose it. For good. So, Hannah spends most of her time avoiding her ex-girlfriend (and fellow Elemental Witch) Veronica, hanging out with her best friend, and working at the Fly by Night Cauldron selling candles and crystals to tourists, goths, and local Wiccans.

But dealing with her ex is the least of Hannah’s concerns when a terrifying blood ritual interrupts the end-of-school-year bonfire. Evidence of dark magic begins to appear all over Salem, and Hannah’s sure it’s the work of a deadly Blood Witch. The issue is, her coven is less than convinced, forcing Hannah to team up with the last person she wants to see: Veronica.

While the pair attempt to smoke out the Blood Witch at a house party, Hannah meets Morgan, a cute new ballerina in town. But trying to date amid a supernatural crisis is easier said than done, and Hannah will have to test the limits of her power if she’s going to save her coven and get the girl, especially when the attacks on Salem’s witches become deadlier by the day.

Soon June is pride month, I need LGBTQIA+ books recommendations I can add to my list this month. So use comments section to do that! Looking forward to hear what you want me to read.

Alex 

 

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May 21: Books That I Refuse to Let Anyone Touch (too special/valuable, perhaps?) (submitted by Savannah Grace @ Scattered Scribblings)

Since, I normally donate all the books I read and I’ll create a wish list of books that I wish I had. Having said that I do have two books that I always kept from the time I was gifted them.

Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard
Trans Mission: My Quest to a Beard
by Alex Bertie
The Definition of Normal: ...A Transgender Love Story
The Definition of Normal: …A Transgender Love Story
by E.S. Carpenter
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
The Other Boy
The Other Boy
by M.G. Hennessey
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
by Sue Monk Kidd
Babylon's Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
Babylon’s Ark: The Incredible Wartime Rescue of the Baghdad Zoo
by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence
LGBTIQ Youth Activism: The past & the present
LGBTIQ Youth Activism: The past & the present
by Bizuayehu Castaniere, Kirsty Farrugia

This book is written by the Maltese Lgbtiqa+ community and I would never let it go.

A Seat at the Table
A Seat at the Table
by Simon Bartolo
Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo (Toronto, #1)
Life, Love, and a Polar Bear Tattoo
(Toronto #1)
by Heather Wardell

This one is a weird one, I loved it.

The Elephant Whisperer
The Elephant Whisperer
by Lawrence Anthony, Graham Spence

Alex

 

 

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May 7: Characters That Remind Me of Myself

Not going to lie I’m worried about this one, but giving a try anyway.

Life Without Limits
Life Without Limits
by Nick Vujicic

Nick is fearless, and I’d like to think that I have a few of those kind of cell in my body.

American Spy
American Spy
by Lauren Wilkinson

I like to gather all the information I can get just like Marie Mitchell.

Starworld
Starworld
by Audrey Coulthurst , Paula Garner

Sam Jones and Zoe Miller are both very caring, and I hope to be like that too.

Brown Girl Dreaming
Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson

She fights to be herself and I see a lot of that in me.

An Unwanted Guest
An Unwanted Guest
by Shari Lapena

I like the mystery in this like the unknown of my life.

Laughing at My Nightmare
Laughing at My Nightmare
by Shane Burcaw

Shane breaks walls that society puts up like me.

Can't Escape Love (Reluctant Royals, #3.5)
Can’t Escape Love
(Reluctant Royals #3.5)
by Alyssa Cole

Regina Hobbs had to learn how to break the walls that she build around her, just like what I’m trying to do with my life.

The Pants Project
The Pants Project
by Cat Clarke

I smell a lot of Liv in myself.

A Dog's Way Home
A Dog’s Way Home
(A Dog’s Way Home)
by W. Bruce Cameron

Lucas and I, share the same love for animals.

Naked Without A Hat
Naked Without A Hat
by Jeanne Willis

Will is ready to love with all his heart and I’m a hopeless romance.

Alex

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April 23: (First Ten) Books I Reviewed (These do not have to be formal reviews. A small sentence on a retailer site or Goodreads counts, too! Submitted by Rissi @ Finding Wonderland)

I’m going to list the first ten books I reviewed on this blog.

The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
The Other Boy By M.G. Hennessey
Courting Murder (Judge Rosswell Carew, #1)
Courting Murder (Judge Rosswell Carew Mystery #1) By Bill Hopkin
Lakeshore Secrets (The McAdams Sisters, #1)
Lakeshore Secrets (By The Lake #1) by Shannyn Leah
Life's Forever Changed (Show Me, #0.5)
Life’s Forever Changed (The Show Me Series: The Prequel) by Anne Stone

 

Midwife in Behruz
Midwife in Behruz by Judy Meadows
Uneasy Pieces (The League, #4)
Uneasy Pieces (The League #4) By Declan Rhodes
Big City Bachelor
Big City Bachelor by Gretchen S.B.
Escape From Behruz
Escape From Behruz By Judy Meadows
Still Waters: What lies beneath will change you forever
Still Waters: What lies beneath will change you forever By Ellen K. Bennet
Mending Heartstrings (Forging Forever, #1)
Mending Heartstrings (Forging Forever #1) By Aria Glazki

I linked the reviews to the title, in the last few months I changed the way I review books and if I were to honest back then I didn’t know what I was doing.

Alex

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April 16: Rainy Day Reads (submitted by Shayna @ Clockwork Bibliotheca)

If you know me, you know that I love rain and read so this week’s list is right up my alley!. For this week, I’ll be listing books that I read this year so far.

Can't Escape Love (Reluctant Royals, #3.5)
Can’t Escape Love
(Reluctant Royals #3.5)
by Alyssa Cole

This is a novella, but I wanted a full novel with these characters, however, having said that it’s still good to the point that I gave it four stars.

Brown Girl Dreaming
Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson is nonfiction poetry that if you’re looking for a quick read, this is the perfect read for you.

Angel (Maximum Ride, #7)
Angel
(Maximum Ride #7)
by James Patterson

I never knew that James Patterson wrote fantasy but he does, and his books are always quick to read.

Day of the Accident
Day of the Accident
by Nuala Ellwood

Is it really an accident? Go read it to find out!

Five Feet Apart
Five Feet Apart
by Rachael Lippincott,
 Mikki Daughtry
, Tobias Iaconis

If you need a good cry, this book is for you and you can go watch the movie right after. My book review is here.

Friend Request
Friend Request
by Laura Marshall

This is creepy good!

Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery, #1)
Louisiana Longshot
(Miss Fortune Mystery #1)
by Jana Deleon

This will help your crave for funny and mystery.

The Saffron Gate
The Saffron Gate
by Linda Holeman

Historical Fiction and showcasing culture.

A Dog's Way Home
A Dog’s Way Home
(A Dog’s Way Home)
by W. Bruce Cameron

If you’re looking for something different.

House of the Hanged
House of the Hanged
by Mark Mills

For the action lovers!

Alex

 

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April 9: Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books (i.e. skip meals, camped outside a bookstore, broke up with someone because they don’t like books, etc. – submitted by Aggie’s Amygdala)

1. Going out with friends.
2. Missing TV shows
3. Locking myself in my room to read
4. Skipping showers (I don’t do that one very often don’t worry)
5. Don’t talk to my family for a weekend
6. Skipping sleep
7. Bailing out on family gatherings
8. Work parties are something I never go to
9. Never go sightseeing Malta
10. Family outings are non-existent

Alex

My dog Yoka

 

 

 

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April 3rd: Collectibles on Bookshelf
–Discuss your favorite collectibles on your shelf, whether they are special editions of books, funko pops/figurines, candles, bookmarks, etc! They don’t all have to be from the same category; you can mix and match 🙂

The issue I’m having this is that I don’t own a bookshelf because where I live, I don’t have space for one. So, I keep my book is a plastic box. If I were to look for my lovely bookmarks, I wouldn’t be able to find them because that’s what happens when you need things right now, they disappear. However, I didn’t want to skip this week’s post, so I’m doing the bookmarks I would love to have instead. You must do what you must sometimes do.

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Alex