The Picky Bookworm

"Books are a uniquely portable magic." –Stephen King

Monthly wrap-up posts are some of my favorites to write! I’ve missed a few months, I’m sure, but this month I’m trying something a little new.

Last month, if you remember, I only told you about the books I read. Well, needless to say, my post was a little scarce 🙁

This month, I wanted to tell you about the books I’ve bought or received during the month as well, even if I haven’t read them yet. So without further ado….

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Books I’ve Bought

These are the books I actually spent money on, rather than getting them through BookBub, or Netgalley. Those will be listed later on.

Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray

This was a book I bought to read for Star Wars day, but didn’t get read in time. Since Star Wars Day was also on a Monday, I opted for a star wars themed Movie Monday instead. I’ll get this book read at some point, though! It’s set before the beginning of The Phantom Menace, so should put some things in perspective for me.


The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

I bought this because I love vampire stories, and I heard a lot about this through Bookstagram, and The Blogoverse. Not my favorite book read, but it wasn’t horrible.



Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

I saw this when I was browsing through the Kindle shop, and it looked pretty good. Haven’t had time to read it yet.



The Dysasters by P.C. & Kristin Cast

This book I bought for a buddy read with my bookish friend Julia. You can check out my post here, which includes a link to Julia’s review as well.



The Similars & The Pretenders by Rebecca Hanover

I put these books together because they’re an original and a sequel. I’ve read the first book, but haven’t read the second yet. I’m really excited to add this to my June TBR!



Books I’ve received for Free

These are books I’ve received either through a BookBub deal, or through Netgalley. I’m really excited for these! I haven’t read any of them yet, so expect to see them in a future post!


The Tomb of El Dorado by Christopher Cartwright

Clouds in My Coffee by Julie Mulhern

Night of the Hunted by Renee Pawlish

Defying Pack Law by Eve Langlais

The World Beneath by Rebecca Cantrell

Soulbound by Bethany Adams

Love & Murder in Savannah: 1920’s Historical Paranormal Mystery by Harper Lin

Dream Casters: Light by Adrienne Woods

Twisted Vine by Toby Neal

The Advocate’s Felony by Teresa Burrell

The Finch Trilogy by D.F. Bailey

Hope(less) by Melissa Haag

Hush Now Baby by Cheryl Bradshaw

Rising Tide: Dark Innocence by Claudette Melanson

Hook: Dead to Rights by Melissa Snark

Dr. Vigilante by Alberto Hazan

Black Annis: Demon Hunter by Aubrey Law

Betrayal by Pippa DaCosta


I try not to request too many books from Netgalley at a time, because I try to have their books read within a reasonable amount of time.

This Eternity of Masks & Shadows by Karsten Knight

This was a 5 star read for me! It mixed Superhero origin stories with world mythology and a murder mystery. I loved it! You can grab it on Amazon here.

Update: I have since read and reviewed this book. Please read my review here.

Why Didn’t I Notice her Before? By Beth Cramer

I haven’t read this one yet, but it’s on my list for June.

NightShifter by L.E. Horn

Number 1 in a series, but each book can be read as a standalone. I received this book from Book Sirens, not Netgalley. I read book number 3, and it was REALLY good!

Night Shaker by L.E. Horn

This was book number 3 in a series, which I received from Book Sirens. They only allow borrowing one book at a time before review, but I’m hoping to have the entire series at some point. The books are really good!


Books I’ve Read in May

The Dysasters by Kristin & P.C. Cast

This was a buddy read I did with the lovely Julia over at One Book More. We really enjoyed doing our buddy read, so you might see more from us at some point. You can check out my review here.

Dead Silence by Robin Caroll

I received this book from Netgalley a couple months back. I loved it, and kicked myself for not reading it sooner! Check out my review here.

Night Shaker by L.E. Horn

I got this book from Book Sirens, and it was so good! I think I read it in a couple days. I didn’t have time to get a full review here, but I highly recommend it! I think I read it in just a couple days. It was hard to put down!

Transit of Mercury by Simon Jones

I really enjoyed this book, and will need to read it again, because it was convoluted enough that I couldn’t quite figure everything out my first time through. Luckily, it was good enough that re-reading it won’t be a chore. This book isn’t available for purchase yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as it is.

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

I love vampire books, and this was definitely a unique take on the typical myth. A book club comes across someone in their neighborhood that’s really different, and as they continue to ask questions, his true nature comes to light. They then must fight their families and the town in order to find the truth, and save everyone.

This Eternity of Masks & Shadows by Karsten Knight

You can read my full review here on my blog, but needless to say, this book was SO good! Mythology, superheroes and a good old-fashioned murder mystery merge to make a story so engrossing that I couldn’t put this book down! I hope the author makes more with these characters!My full review is here.

Stranger Still by Marilyn Messik

I received this book from Netgalley, but once I received it, I realized this is the third book in a series. This book cannot read as a standalone, so I had to go back and read at least the first book, in order for this one to make sense. I’m glad I did, because it helped me enjoy this book more. The author had some writing idiosyncrasies that I had a hard time with, but I still really enjoyed the book. You can read about it here.

Defying Pack Law by Eve Langlais

This book was a freebie from somewhere I think. I enjoy werewolf books, and this one is unique. This is one of those books that has lots of spicy scenes, but has a good enough storyline that those spicy scenes don’t ruin the book. I don’t read many of these kinds of books, but every once in a while, they can be enjoyable.

Relatively Strange by Marilyn Messik

This is the first book in the series from above. I read this one in order to get some history on the characters from book 3, and I’m glad I did. This book was really good, told in first person, and had lots of interesting characters. I will likely start at the beginning again, read the entire series, then write a full review here for you.


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