Three Random Picks | Books on my TBR

Sometimes I just sit and look at my shelves or the books sitting on my digital TBR and I feel like I’ve abandoned them, left them out in the cold, sent them to bed without dinner…you get my drift. There are times when I wonder if I will ever get around to reading them all. The honest answer is no, probably not, but I like to pretend.

In honor of all of those books sitting on my shelves I’ve decided that even if I don’t get to them anytime soon I at least want to give them some attention. A bit of a gentle, loving pet if you will. To do that I am going to be using a random number generator to pick three random books from my TBR to talk about with you all every week. At least, that is the plan. The plan may evolve and change as we go along but this is as good a jumping off point as any.

As of this post there are 226 books on my Goodreads TBR

Title: King of Scars (King of Scars #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Published: January 29, 2019

Genre(s): young adult, fantasy

Place on my TBR: 64


Face your demons… or feed them.

The dashing young king, Nikolai Lantsov, has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war–and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, Nikolai must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha general, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried–and some wounds aren’t meant to heal. (Goodreads)

My thoughts:

Let me be honest with you all. I put this book on my TBR around when it was announced even though at the time I had only read Bardugo’s original Shadow and Bone trilogy and hadn’t really liked it and Six of Crows and REALLY hadn’t like that. Since then I’ve reread Six of Crows and the Crooked Kingdom and fell in love so I don’t know what past me was thinking. We don’t know her.

At the time I put this on my TBR I hadn’t really enjoyed this world which only proves how susceptible to hype I am. Truly, if a book gets hyped I get swept up in the wave every time, it’s terrible. Now that I have read more of her work and enjoyed it and absolutely lovedthe Netflix adaptation it makes me want to pick up King of Scars ASAP.

Title: Among Thieves by M.J. Kuhn

Published: September 7, 2021

Genre(s): fantasy, LGBTQIA+

Place on my TBR: 221


In just over a year’s time, Ryia Cautella has already earned herself a reputation as the quickest, deadliest blade in the dockside city of Carrowwick—not to mention the sharpest tongue. But Ryia Cautella is not her real name.

For the past six years, a deadly secret has kept her in hiding, running from town to town, doing whatever it takes to stay one step ahead of the formidable Guildmaster—the sovereign ruler of the five kingdoms of Thamorr. No matter how far or fast she travels, his servants never fail to track her down…but even the most powerful men can be defeated.

Ryia’s path now leads directly into the heart of the Guildmaster’s stronghold, and against every instinct she has, it’s not a path she can walk alone. Forced to team up with a crew of assorted miscreants, smugglers, and thieves, Ryia must plan her next moves very carefully. If she succeeds, her freedom is won once and for all…but unfortunately for Ryia, her new allies are nearly as selfish as she is, and they all have plans of their own. (Goodreads)

My thoughts:

I added this to my TBR relatively recently as of this writing but I honestly have no memory of it. The description does catch my attention though. How can I say no to a badass female lead with a sharp blade and a shady past? I eat that kind of thing up. I think this book could be a great read and I’ll be keeping my eye on it leading up to its September 2021 release.

Title: The Mozart Code by Rachel McMillan

Published: January 18, 2022

Genre(s): historical fiction, romance, intrigue

Place in my TBR: 172


Lady Sophia Huntington Villiers is no stranger to intrigue, as her work with Alan Turing’s Bombe Machines at Bletchley Park during the war attests. Her wartime marriage of convenience to Simon Barre, the eighth earl of Camden, granted her the independence she craved and saved his estate. Now, as part of his covert team in postwar Vienna, she uses her charm to uncover a lethal double agent immersed in the world of relics—including the long lost death mask of Mozart. 

Simon is determined to gather any information he can to end the Cold War before it becomes as devastating as the war Britain has just won. He has been secretly in love with Sophie Villiers for years, and their work together in Vienna leads him to hope for genuine romance in their marriage. Until a mission in Prague drives Sophie to a decision that will brand her not only a traitor to her country but also to her husband.

With Sophie’s allegiance in question, Simon is torn between his duty to the crown and saving the woman who might have betrayed his cause and his heart.

My Thoughts:

I am a huge fan of historical fiction although, I have to admit, the time frame this is set in isn’t my usual. I tend to lean much more toward medieval or ancient historical fiction. However, something about this book pulls at me. Sounds like we have some intrigue, romance, and questioned allegiances although I’m curious why the book as a whole has Mozart in the title when it appears to be little more than a passing reference in the description. I guess we will find out!

Well that was a fun little jaunt down the long and winding avenue that is my TBR. I hope you all find this anywhere near as interesting as I do. There are some books hiding in my TBR list that I haven’t thought about in a long time or have forgotten about entirely and it will be interesting to explore them and give them all a little bit of attention.

What is a book on your TBR that you haven’t got around to reading but you feel deserves some attention?

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