I’ve never been one to make a formal TBR. I am very much a mood reader and have always found the concept of a set TBR to be a constraining thing. Something to keep me squashed within a preconceived notion that I am required to follow along with like a prison in chains. To say the least, I’m not particularly fond them.
I am behind on my review copies to an alarming degree. Well, to me it is alarming. I have one that I should have completed and reviewed by next Tuesday and another three in July. I typically read my review copies months in advance and have the reviews written and schedule, ready to go, so that I don’t get into a hopped up sense on panic with due dates. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening this year so for the next two months I’m going to try setting myself a more strict TBR in hopes of getting these books reviews as I have promised I would do.
For the Wolf (Wilderwood #1) by Hannah Whitten – While this one isn’t an ARC, it is a book that released June 1, 2021 that I was incredibly hyped to read and had preordered. As of this writing I am about half way through and loving it. Reading the description I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from this debut author but most everything so far has been fabulous. I would say that while this is billed as an adult fantasy I feel that it falls very firmly into the New Adult category instead and since that is my favorite fantasy genre I can’t say I mind that one bit. June 1
The Jasmine Throne (Burning Kingdoms #1) by Tasha Suri – I started reading this one in early May and put it down because I wasn’t in the mood for a more political leaning fantasy. The early reviews for this adult fantasy are phenomenal and many reviewers I’ve come to trust have adored it. Not to mention there is supposedly a sapphic relationship and I am here for that as I’m very much a person who likes a bit of romance in her reads. I need to to get to this book ASAP and I’m anticipating a 4 star from it. June 8
What We Devour by Linsey Miller – Linsey herself has billed this book as a dark fantasy and I am here for it. This gothic fantasy supposedly has queer rep, asexual rep, and features violence that has lead to a list of content warnings (cutting, violence, blood, murder, abuse, and death). I love me a dark fantasy so I’m looking forward to what Miller has in store. July 6
Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian – I will willingly tell you that while I did request this book I’m also a bit hesitant about it. Sebastian’s debut series, Ash Princess, was not a hit with me and I found potential in her writing but as it was it just didn’t hit the mark. This is also a Camelot/King Arthur retelling which isn’t something that truly scratches an itch for me. Why did I request it then? When I read Ash Princess I could feel such promise from the author, I could see what the story could have been and I just want her to succeed so badly. Sebastian could be great and I’m hoping to find that greatness in Half Sick of Shadows. July 6
Now, I’ve only added four books to this list I have been reading 8-12 books a month so far this year. I’m keeping it short for two reasons. One, three of these books are over 400 pages so they will take a little longer to read and I don’t want to overextend myself. Two, it gives me leeway to pick up a mood read or two if something pulls at me. This way I have both a TBR and wiggle room to add things as my fancy strikes me. Win-win. Hopefully.
What books are you planning to read in June?