June / Sims-A-Thon TBR

 

Instead of my standard TBR for this month, I am sharing what I plan to read for the Sims-A-Thon. This is a month-long readathon that runs from June 1st to June 30th, and was created by Cara from BiancaReads. You can watch her video about the readathon here, and find the information pack here. Here is what I plan on reading in the month of June:

[create-a-sim – read a book that is first in a series]Heaven by V.C. Andrews“Of all the folks in the mountain shacks, the Casteels were the lowest– the scum of the hills. Heaven Leigh Casteel was the prettiest, smartest girl in the backwoods, despite her ragged clothes and dirty face… despite a father meaner than ten vipers… despite her weary stepmother, who worked her like a mule. For her brother Tom and the little ones, Heaven clung to her pride and her hopes. Someday they’d get away and show the world that they were decent, fine and talented– worthy of love and respect. Then Heaven’s stepmother ran off, and her wicked, greedy father had a scheme– a vicious scheme that threatened to destroy the precious dream of Heaven and the children forever.”

[buy a house – read a contemporary or book set in our world]Normal People by Sally Rooney“Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.”

[get a job – (criminal) – read a thriller]The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor“It was only meant to be a game… None of us ever agreed on the exact beginning. Was it when we started drawing the chalk figures, or when they started to appear on their own? Was it the terrible accident? Or when they found the first body?”

[get a promotion – read a book you think will be 5 stars]Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid“They were the new icons of rock and roll, fated to burn bright and not fade away. But on 12 July 1979, it all came crashing down. There was Daisy, rock and roll force of nature, brilliant songwriter and unapologetic drug addict, the half-feral child who rose to superstardom. There was Camila, the frontman’s wife, too strong-willed to let the band implode – and all too aware of the electric connection between her husband and Daisy. There was Karen, ice-cool keyboardist, a ferociously independent woman in a world that wasn’t ready for her. And there were the men surrounding them: the feuding, egotistical Dunne brothers, the angry guitarist chafing on the sidelines, the drummer binge-drinking on his boat, the bassist trying to start a family amid a hedonistic world tour. They were creative minds striking sparks from each other, ready to go up in flames. It’s never just about the music…”

[cook french toast – read a travel book] – Sweet Valley High: Perfect Summer“It’s summer in Sweet Valley, and the Wakefield twins and their friends are taking a bike trip up the beautiful California coast. What could be more exciting than four weeks of glorious sunshine, sandy beaches, and endless fun at every stop? But the dream of a perfect vacation soon fades. Elizabeth Wakefield is about to break up with her boyfriend, Todd, over another girl. Her twin, Jessica, chases after sexy Robbie October, who ignores her. Bruce Patman is mean to his cousin Roger, Lila Fowler holds a grudge against Ms. Dalton, and Ms. Dalton is barely speaking to Mr. Collins. Can this feuding group unite when an unexpected disaster threatens their lives?”

[get married – read a book with an established couple] – Sweet Valley University: No Means No“Jessica Wakefield’s met the perfect guy. James Montgomery is gorgeous, intelligent and, best of all, he adores her. But James wants more from Jessica than she is willing to give. Can he take no for an answer? Elizabeth Wakefield has learned something terrifying about Jessica’s new boyfriend. Can she save her sister before it’s too late? Lila Fowler and Bruce Patman are stranded in the wilderness, driving each other insane. Is there a secret attraction behind their stormy arguments? William White has returned to the SVU campus with one thing in mind – Elizabeth Wakefield. He’s going to get her back any way he can.”

May Book Haul

 

Normal People by Sally Rooney“Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years.”

Nightmares and Dreamscapes by Stephen King“A wrong turn on a lonely road lands a wayward couple in Rock and Roll Heaven, Oregon, where there’s no escaping the free nightly concert… A novelty toy becomes an unexpected and terrifying instrument of self-defense… An ex-con pieces together a map to unearth a stolen million dollars–but at what price?… A private investigator in Depression-era Los Angeles is finding his life unraveling as he discovers the shocking truth of who he really is… A third-grade teacher is willing to dig deep in order to exact revenge for his murdered wife… These are just some of the haunting scenarios to be found in this classic collection–spellbinding tales from the darkest places and the unparalleled imagination of fiction’s master storyteller.”

BorrowAThon TBR

 

Borrow-a-Thon is a week long readathon created and hosted by Riley from RMFickFack. This round will run from Sunday 19th May until Sunday 26th May. I will be participating, and will even be hosting a sprint during the readathon this time around, so please feel free to join in!

1. A book featuring one of your bucket list items – Lick, by Kylie Scott
2. A book you’re in the mood for – The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner
3. Read a book completely outside of your home – Sweet Valley Confidential, by Francine Pascal
4. A book in a non-traditional format – Lullaby, by Leila Slimani
5. A book set during your favourite time of year – Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
6. Read a book that features a library – The Body In The Library, by Agatha Christie

April Reading Wrap Up

 

Total Books Read: 4
April TBR Books Read: 3
Total Pages Read: 1,462

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – 5/5 – This was a great way to kick-start my month, and I was so happy that I was able to finish a 5 star book and not end up with a book hangover afterward. This book had been hyped up to the max for me, but the character development in this book was impeccable and the concept was so unique that I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend picking this up if you get a chance. This has been my favourite book of the year so far.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – 3/5 – I picked up the Kindle version of this book in order to fulfil the ‘Ancient Runes’ challenge of the OWLs Readathon. This is a retelling of sorts, and pretty obviously by the cover and title, it’s set in the world of The Wizard of Oz. This book was a lot of fun. It had an enjoyable protagonist, a really interesting concept and story, and although it was slightly longer than I would have wanted it to be, it kept me entertained throughout.

Suicide Club by Rachel Heng – 3/5 – This was a beautifully written book. Unfortunately, I started a new job around the same time that I picked this book up, which meant my exhausted brain wasn’t able to enjoy it as much as I think I could have. The concept of the story was fascinating, and I could see this translating easily into a sci-fi movie. This book dropped me into a massive reading slump so I wasn’t able to read as much in April as I would have liked, but hopefully May will be a bit more successful.

April Book Haul

 

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake“Mara and Owen are as close as twins can get, so when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can her brother really be guilty of such a violent act? Torn between her family and her sense of right and wrong, Mara feels lost, and it doesn’t help that things are strained with her ex-girlfriend, Charlie. As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie come together in the aftermath of this terrible crime, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits into her future.”

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige“I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado-taking you with it-you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a road of yellow brick-but even that’s crumbling. What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe. My name is Amy Gumm-and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. And I have a mission: Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart. Steal the Scarecrow’s brain. Take the Lion’s courage. And-Dorothy must die.”

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid“They were the new icons of rock and roll, fated to burn bright and not fade away. But on 12 July 1979, it all came crashing down. There was Daisy, rock and roll force of nature, brilliant songwriter and unapologetic drug addict, the half-feral child who rose to superstardom. There was Camila, the frontman’s wife, too strong-willed to let the band implode – and all too aware of the electric connection between her husband and Daisy. There was Karen, ice-cool keyboardist, a ferociously independent woman in a world that wasn’t ready for her. And there were the men surrounding them: the feuding, egotistical Dunne brothers, the angry guitarist chafing on the sidelines, the drummer binge-drinking on his boat, the bassist trying to start a family amid a hedonistic world tour. They were creative minds striking sparks from each other, ready to go up in flames. It’s never just about the music…”

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara“When four graduates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their centre of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome – but that will define his life forever.”

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen“When you read this book, you will make many assumptions. It’s about a jealous wife, obsessed with her replacement. It’s about a younger woman set to marry the man she loves. The first wife seems like a disaster; her replacement is the perfect woman. You will assume you know the motives, the history, the anatomy of the relationships. You will be wrong.”