August TBR

 

The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay – “Seven-year-old Wen and her parents, Eric and Andrew, are vacationing at a remote cabin on a quiet New Hampshire lake. Their closest neighbors are more than two miles in either direction along a rutted dirt road. One afternoon, as Wen catches grasshoppers in the front yard, a stranger unexpectedly appears in the driveway. Leonard is the largest man Wen has ever seen but he is young, friendly, and he wins her over almost instantly. Leonard and Wen talk and play until Leonard abruptly apologizes and tells Wen, “None of what’s going to happen is your fault”. Three more strangers then arrive at the cabin carrying unidentifiable, menacing objects. As Wen sprints inside to warn her parents, Leonard calls out: ‘Your dads won’t want to let us in, Wen. But they have to. We need your help to save the world.’”
 
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins – “In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn’t pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she’s afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool…”

July TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Sweet Valley High Super Edition – Spring Break“Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are nearly bursting with excitement. Spring break has arrived, and the twins are off to the glamorous South of France! It’s the vacation of a lifetime: Elizabeth can’t wait to practice her French, but Jessica’s dying to meet those romantic French boys. The Riviera turns out to be even more beautiful and wonderous than the twins had imagined, with its beach clubs, magnificent mansions, and the glittering Mediterranean Sea. But while the Frenchwoman with whom Jessica and Elizabeth are staying with is a welcome hostess, her handsome son, Rene, is arrogant and rude. Can the twins figure out why Rene seems to despise them, or will he spoil their dream vacation?”
 
Sweet Valley High #28 – Alone In The Crowd“Lynne Henry is tall, awkward, and painfully shy. The one bright spot in her life is her songwriting. In her room, playing her guitar, Lynne forgets how lonely she is and becomes someone special. When The Droids, Sweet Valley High’s most popular rock band, announce a songwriting contest, Lynne enters it. But she is so insecure about her talent that she submits her song anonymously. As soon as they hear Lynne’s song, The Droids know they’ve got a winner. Guy Chesney, the attractive lead guitarist for the band, vows to find the songwriter, no matter how long it takes. Only Elizabeth Wakefield knows Lynne’s secret. Can she persuade Lynne to come out into the open and share her talent, or is Lynne destined to remain unnoticed?”
 
Sweet Valley University #24 – His Secret Past“Jessica Wakefield has hooked up with the perfect guy. Nick Fox is sexy, smart, and dangerous. And just like her, he lives for excitement. Jessica knows Nick has secrets to spare – and she’s determined to find out every last one! Elizabeth Wakefield is worried about her boyfriend, Tom Watts. His twenty-first birthday is just a few days away, and he’s depressed that he doesn’t have a family to help him celebrate. Elizabeth’s sure the surprise party she’s planning will cheer him up – but will her gift be more than he can handle? Celine Boudreaux is back at SVU and determined to make a splash with the most exclusive sorority on campus. Celine will do anything to get into Thetas – even if it’s illegal…”
 
Sweet Valley University #25 – Busted!“What is Nick Fox’s secret? Jessica Wakefield’s curiosity leads her deeper and deeper into the middle of Nick’s mysterious world, and the middle of a drug bust! Will the guy Jessica loves send her to jail? Tom Watts has never been happier. He’d once thought that his entire family was dead, but George Conroy changed that. Now Tom has a father, brothers, sisters, a trust fun – even a dog! It looks so perfect. But sometimes looks can be deceiving. Elizabeth Wakefield is thrilled that Tom finally has a family. But she’s afraid that his father’s affection for her isn’t as innocent as it should be. How can she tell Tom her fears without destroying his newfound happiness?”

RYFO TBR (July)

 

The general goal for a #ReadYourFaceOff readathon is to get through as much reading as you can in a 24-hour window of time. It’s a fun (and short) readathon that was created by Riley from RMFickFack. This round will run from 9am on Saturday 17th July to 9am on Sunday 18th July in your time zone. My focus for this round is to churn through a few “easy” reads, after being stuck on the dense (but beautiful) Fates and Furies for the last couple of weeks. Good luck to everyone participating in this round!

July TBR

 

The Survivors by Jane Harper – “Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on a single day when a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that haunts him still resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal town he once called home. Kieran’s parents are struggling in a community which is bound, for better or worse, to the sea that is both a lifeline and a threat. Between them all is his absent brother Finn. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge in the murder investigation that follows. A sunken wreck, a missing girl and questions that have never washed away…”
 
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton – “On an autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman knocks at the door of a grand house in the wealthiest quarter of Amsterdam. She has come from the country to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt, but instead she is met by his sharp-tongued sister, Marin. Only later does Johannes appear and present her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. It is to be furnished by an elusive miniaturist, whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in unexpected ways …Nella is at first mystified by the closed world of the Brandt household, but as she uncovers its secrets she realizes the escalating dangers that await them all. Does the miniaturist hold their fate in her hands? And will she be the key to their salvation or the architect of their downfall?“

June TBR (Nostalgic Reads)

 

Sweet Valley High #26 – Hostage!“When Elizabeth Wakefield learns that Regina Morrow has returned unexpectedly to Sweet Valley from Switzerland, she drops by to visit. A strange woman answers the door and says Regina cannot have visitors. With the help of Jessica, her twin, and Bruce Patman, Regina’s boyfriend, Elizabeth discovers that Regina and her parents are being held hostage! If Elizabeth calls the police, the Morrows may be killed. So she, Bruce, Jessica, and Regina’s brother, Nicholas, vow to rescue the Morrows on their own – before the kidnappers take desperate action!”
 
Sweet Valley High #27 – Lovestruck“No one at Sweet Valley High can believe that football star Ken Matthews has fallen in love with super-sophisticated Suzanne Hanlon. Suzanne likes poetry, gourmet food, and art films, while Ken’s idea of a good time is listening to rock ‘n’ roll and eating pizza. Two people couldn’t be more different. Elizabeth Wakefield knows that snobbish Suzanne is wrong for Ken. But Ken seems to be blindly in love with Suzanne and is willing to do anything she wants. Can anyone help Ken come to his senses before he gets hurt?”
 
Sweet Valley University #22 – Elizabeth’s Summer Love“Ryan Taylor is a loner at heart. But he can’t keep his eyes – or his lips – away from irresistible Elizabeth Wakefield. Will giving in to his feelings be the biggest mistake of Ryan’s life? Jessica Wakefield’s summer is ruined. First Elizabeth steals the hottest guy on the beach, then housemate Ben Mercer decides Jessica’s the woman of his dreams. Can Jessica prove this loser wrong before he convinces her he’s Mr. Right? Life can’t get much worse for Winston Egbert. Not only did he completely embarrass himself at lifeguard tryouts, but now he’s accepted the most humiliating job on the beach. Sure Harry the Hamburger pays big bucks, but Winston isn’t that desperate for cash… or is he?”
 
Sweet Valley University #23 – Sweet Kiss Of Summer“Elizabeth Wakefield has lost her summer love. In the midst of a passionate kiss, head lifeguard Ryan Taylor missed a critical save. Now Ryan has disappeared. Can Elizabeth find Ryan and make him hers again before the summer is over? Nina Harper is determined to get even! Convinced that her new boyfriend, Paul Jackson, is a spy for the rival beach, Nina creates the ultimate test to prove his guilt. Will her plan backfire and destroy her chance for an unforgettable summer? Winston Egbert is one persistent guy. No one wants to be a lifeguard more than Winston – but no one’s less qualified. Can Winston make a miraculous rescue and show everyone he’s not a beach-blanket bozo?”