The Picky Bookworm

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

I didn’t get as much reading done this month as I would have liked, but I did add to my book collection, so part of my reading month was successful!

The Books I Bought

I didn’t pay as much for books as I would have liked. I love supporting authors, but I just don’t have the book budget I would love to have. But I did buy these, so check them out!

The Guitarist by Lindy Hudis

I saw this book for sale through Twitter, I think, and thought the synopsis sounded really interesting.

When Diego Ortega buys a cursed guitar, weird things start to happen, and he has to make a choice: Destroy or be Destroyed. Cursed objects are really interesting to me, so I can’t wait to find out what happens!

How the Wired Weep by Ian Patrick

I recently had the chance to interview Ian for this blog, and bought this book as a way to support him for being so kind. You can check out my interview here.

Set during the 2012 Olympic Games, two men must learn to work together and trust each other in order to survive Troy, an organized crime network. I haven’t read this yet, but reviews on Amazon say it’s hard to put down. I’ll be reading this soon, for sure!

Aurora Rising & Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman

These are book 1 and book 2 in the Aurora Cycle series. I’ve heard so many good things about these books on Instagram and other book bloggers, so I had to check them out!

Aurora Rising: The year is 2380. When Tyler Jones, graduate of The Aurora Academy, rescues Auri from interdimensional space, he inadvertently starts a war millions of years in the making.

Aurora Burning: The continuation of the story about the galaxy’s “misfits and losers” who may be the best hope to save the galaxy.

Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier

I haven’t heard much about this book, but the people I heard about it from raved, so I wanted to give it a shot. I’ll hopefully get to it in July!

Angela Wong has disappeared. No one has any clue that her best friend might know what happened…or was even involved. As secrets are unburied and other truths revealed, everyone’s lives will never be the same.

Hunger by Roxane Gay

This is a memoir, but in her book, she proclaims that it is not a happy story. I’ve been overweight most of my life, so wanted to read this to maybe help me find some acceptance in my own life.

Quoted from the Goodreads synopsis: “As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.”

The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant

I found this book, again on Bookstagram. I love books filled with fantasy, and even though I’m not a fan of historical fiction, this book still seemed right up my alley.

The French Revolution has failed. The city of Paris is now divided into 9 criminal guilds, known as The Court of Miracles. Eponine (Nina) is a talented cat burgler and a member of the Guild of Theives. When her adopted sister is targeted by the leader of the Guild of Flesh, Nina is on a race to protect her sister against all odds. First book in a series.

The Green Door by Heather Kindt

When Julia at One Book More reviewed this book on her blog, it gave me feelings of C.S. Lewis books. But Julia also said this book may be close, but not quite. It still sounded really interesting to me, so I snagged it on Amazon 🙂

Meg discovers a flyer for a game. The game is simple: Open the door, find the object, win prize money. With college out of the question unless she wins the game, she recruits her best friend to help her. The Game involves different doors of different colors; Meg and Brek choose the Green Door. This is the first in a series.

My Book Bub Books

Tuesday’s Child by Anya Mora

I got this for free through Book Bub, and I gotta say, it has been one of the most “twisty-turny” book in my reading career. I had no idea what was going on until the end. I had times where I thought I had it figured out, but I was wrong most of the time.

Emery’s child has been murdered. The worst part of the situation? Her 11 year old adopted son has been accused of the murder. Emery’s husband is a senator, so it’s on everyone involved to get the murder solved as soon as possible.

Plan Bea by Hilary Grossman


Goodreads Synopsis: “We live our entire lives thinking we know those closest to us. But do we ever really?

On the outside, Annabel O’Conner has it all – the perfect husband, two adorable children, an amazing job, and a mother from hell! Just when she gives up trying to regain her overbearing mother’s love, an unexpected call turns her world around and makes Annabel question everything she believes about her life.”

Mercenary by David Gaughran

This seems to be based on a true story. The story of Lee Christmas, a drunk who crashed his locomotive and after he was fired and divorced, moved to Honduras, where he became embroiled in a civil war. Sounds pretty interesting! May have to add this to my July Reads!

Between Mountain & Sea by Louisa Locke

Mei Lin is part of a family that has left Earth to rule over “New Eden.” Mei has never felt as if she fit in with her family, and when she goes on a journey to live with the original inhabitants of New Eden, she discovers things about herself and her family that some people would want to keep buried.

Made for you by K. Shantel

London LaRue has always wanted her own fashion line. But as a broke black lesbian woman, her choices seem few. Until she meets Aubrey, the daughter of the owner of the Atlanta Redbirds. Aubrey and London fall for each other, despite their apparent differences, and forge a path for London to find what she has always wanted. First book in a trilogy.

Steampunk Cyborg by Eve Langlais

Goodreads synopsis:

When a friend drags Agatha “Aggie” Bowles to a romance convention, all she wants to do is find some new authors and a quiet spot to read. Instead of relaxing with a book, she ends up kidnapped by a steampunk cyborg.

Which is as exciting as it sounds.

Except for the fact he’s more interested in the cog hanging around her neck than Aggie herself. He’ll do anything to get his hands on it. Problem is other people want it, too.

Can this cyborg relinquish a priceless treasure for love?

The Frost Eater by Carol Beth Anderson

Ok, I need to take a second for the cover! this cover was beautiful! I’m such a sucker for a pretty cover, and this one has all the things I like!

Zeisha has been kidnapped, and only at night is she truly alive. When she wakes, she remembers nothing about what happened during the  light. Her boyfriend and the princess have teamed up to find her, but can they really save her? This is the first book in a trilogy.

The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

Part of a series. Amaranthe has been charged to hunt down the empire’s most notorious assassin. He is thought to have been involved in a lot of chaos throughout the city, so is Amaranthe’s life in more danger than she thinks?

I love fantasy, and this one seems to tick all the boxes, so I can’t wait to dig in!

Netgalley and BookSirens ARCs I’ve Received

 The Last Piece by Imogen Clark

Cecily disappears for a Greek island without telling her family. When she returns, she will have a story to tell, but will she be the only one?

A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah Maas

Ok, I think most of us have read and loved this book. Has anyone read the series? Let me know!

The Holy Conspiracy by Kristi Saare Duarte

Synopsis taken from Netgalley. Book available in September.

Haunted by the brutal execution of Jesus, his brother Yakov is desperately trying to piece together the fragments of his broken life. Dwelling in constant fear of persecution, he cowers in lakeside Galilee where the Romans rule with bloodstained hands. When the other disciples elect him as their new leader, Yakov refuses at first. He has no desire to put his life at further risk. Until Mary Magdalen suggests that they form a secret society in the shadows of the Jerusalem Temple, and Yakov reluctantly agrees.

The Night Girl by James Bow

Perpetua is the “human” face of an employment agency that specializes in finding work for Goblins and Trolls. It’s not as hard as it sounds, until Perpetua realizes that things aren’t all as they seem. I’ll have a full review up on this book soon, so stay tuned!

Two White Queens & A One Eyed Jack by Heidi von Palleske

Synopsis from Goodreads:

On a hot June day in 1965, two six-year-old boys, Gareth and Jack, compete to see who can climb higher up a tree. When Jack falls and loses his eye on a thorn bush, the accident brings about a series of events that will bind the boys together for the rest of their lives.
When the best friends meet albino twins Clara and Blanca, a shared fate unfolds. With Gareth and Jack’s help, the twins are able to reclaim their lives and leave their nightmarish past behind them.
From the shores of Lake Ontario to the hustle of Berlin, from the art of oculary to punk opera, this is a story of dark secrets, suppressed desires, forgiveness, and love.

The Conductors by Nicole Glover

Synopsis from Goodreads:

As a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Hetty Rhodes helped usher dozens of people north with her wits and magic. Now that the Civil War is over, Hetty and her husband Benjy have settled in Philadelphia, solving murders and mysteries that the white authorities won’t touch. When they find one of their friends slain in an alley, Hetty and Benjy bury the body and set off to find answers. But the secrets and intricate lies of the elites of Black Philadelphia only serve to dredge up more questions. To solve this mystery, they will have to face ugly truths all around them, including the ones about each other.

The House of Styx by Derek Künsken

I’m currently reading this book. While it’s really good, it’s definitely a “slow but steady” read. If you pick this book up, please don’t be discouraged if it takes you a while to get through it.

Pascal lives on Venus with his family. One day, they discover wind on the surface that is heading in a direction it shouldn’t. When they see where it goes, the ramifications could affect all the colonists living in the clouds of Venus.

To Dream of White & Gold by R.K. Hart

I received this book from BookSirens, and it seemed like a really good book. I’m looking forward to getting into it.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Lida d’Cathan has inherited something from her long-dead mother, Siva. Something unknown, something unwanted, and something entirely dangerous. Lida must make a choice: should she spend her life mistrusted and maligned, living as an outsider with the other gifted? Or stay in Kingstown, and risk hurting the people she loves with the power that spills from her in sleep?

In order to control her gift, she will need to follow in Siva’s elusive footsteps and travel further from home than she ever imagined. But just like her power, knowledge has a cost – and it might be more than she is willing to pay.

What will Lida give to become the last dreamer?

Free Books From The Author

The Two-week Arrangement by Kendall Ryan

The author had this book for free on her website, I think. It’s not my usual genre, but it was a light, easy read. Perfect for a lazy weekend!

The Connection by David Billingsley

The author very kindly offered me a copy of this book in return for a review. I hope to have the review up later this month, so stay tuned!

Twisted Grin by Evan Starkman

This book I received when the author posted on Twitter that he had the book for free on Amazon. I find it hard to resist a free book. I haven’t read this yet, but am looking forward to it!

Books I Finished!

Made For You by K. Shantel

Tuesday’s Child by Anya Mora

A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Why Didn’t I Notice Her Before? by Beth Cramer

Nightshifter by L.E. Horn

Alpha: A Black Flagged Thriller by Steven Konkoly

So what do you think? My list is pretty extensive, huh? I received a TON of books last month. Because of that, I am going to try to read most of my own books this month, and not buy very many new ones. I definitely won’t be requesting any from Netgalley or Booksirens until I have the ones read that I already have. As I went through the list, I saw a bunch of books that I really want to read, so I’m going to get through them as much as possible in July! Wish me luck! Until next time, bookworms!

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