Hey there bookworms and welcome to the new year!
I hope we all had a wonderful Christmas and you are all pumped to get into 2018 like me! I feel like this is going to be a good year for me, in all aspects. I am on my way to finishing up my University degree and become a Registered Nurse, my partner and I are getting accepted for a partner visa so he can start really calling Australia home.
My new year’s resolution (besides read WAY more books than I did in 2017) is to begin learning sign language. I work with people with all sorts of intellectual and physical disabilities, and learning to sign is something I have wanted to do for a long time, so I’m going to!
Anyway, onto the bookish things for this post! This year I am taking part in a couple of book/reading challenges which are the Library Love Challenge and the Beat the Backlist Challenge. You can read about them by clicking on their names, and it will take you to my sign-up information posts! As well as reading one book for each of those challenges, I also want to listen to at least one audiobook a month, as I am taking part in the Audiobook Challenge and I need to listen to at least 12 audiobooks in the year. I also have some books for review to read, so I am hoping to read AT LEAST 5 books a month! I have a list of extras to pick up if I have a good month!
So without further ado, let’s get into this month’s TBR!
I liked the look of the movie trailer when this first came out, so when I discovered it had been a book first, I needed to add it to my TBR. My local library had it in stock so I snapped it up and will be reading this as soon as the new year begins!
Synopsis: After twenty years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave. But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar. Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat—the town’s only policeman, who harbors an unusual passion for fabrics—and a budding romance with Teddy, the local football star whose family is almost as reviled as hers, she finds a measure of grudging acceptance. But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, causing old resentments to surface, it becomes clear that Tilly’s mind is set on a darker design: exacting revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion.
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I have had this one on my Audible for so long it is time I finally got around to listen to it. I have loved all other books by Stephanie Meyer, so I have high hopes for this one!
Synopsis: She used to work for the U.S. government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning.
Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.
When her former handler offers her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror, the information she acquires only makes her situation more dangerous.
Resolving to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply her unique talents in ways she never dreamed of.
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This one I am reading for a review, as part of a blog tour run by Rachel’s Random Resources. It sounds like a decent read, and it is on my kindle ready to go. Review will be posted on the 8th of January!
Synopsis: Busker Dylan spends his days pulling pints in the local pub and singing on the high street, waiting for fame to call. That suits him fine, until beautiful, but frosty, air stewardess, Scarlett, tosses some coins into his hat but ignores his killer smile and his offer of pizza.
He sets out to get the girl, but Scarlett isn’t in the right frame of mind to date anyone, let alone a penniless, if charming, busker boy.
Dylan’s desperate for his big break, but will it bring him the happiness he longs for? And with Scarlett’s past threatening to ruin her future, will Dylan be left to make sweet music all on his own?
Five star Amazon review: ‘Air Guitar and Caviar is a lovely romance, with well-drawn, fully-rounded characters, some rather passionate love scenes, and a lot of humour. I absolutely defy anyone not to fall in love with Dylan within the first page. He is a gorgeous hero in every sense of the word, and his laid-back, open, totally honest personality makes him the ideal partner for the wounded, scared, somewhat withdrawn Scarlett
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I received this one for review from Netgalley, and it has been sitting there waiting for the longest time, I am going to get my butt into gear this year and catch up on my netgalley reviews, beginning with this one in the month of January!
Synopsis: When kingdom come, there will be one.
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.
The last queen standing gets the crown.
Beat the Backlist Challenge Book:
I have decided on this one for my first book on the Beat the Backlist challenge for 2018! If you’re not too sure on what this challenge is all about, you can have a look at my sign-up post here and get al the info!
This book has been on my shelf for way too long, time to get it read!
Synopsis: Tony is worried. His wife, Anna, isn’t coping with their newborn. Anna had wanted a child so badly and, when Jack was born, they were both so happy. They’d come home from the hospital a family. Was it really only six weeks ago?
But Anna hasn’t been herself since. One moment she’s crying, the next she seems almost too positive. It must be normal with a baby, Tony thought; she’s just adjusting. He had been busy at work. It would sort itself out. But now Anna and Jack are missing. And Tony realises that something is really wrong…
What happens to this family will break your heart and leave you breathless.
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So I am setting myself the goal to read at least these five books this month, that will be a good start to my 2018 reading year, as 2017 was really quite dreadful!
What books are you all planning on reading in the month of January?? I would love to hear about them! Are any of yours the same as mine?? Let me know your thoughts in the comments box below!
Until next time, happy reading!
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