College break TBR

My exams are over, which means I have a two week break before classes start again! So of course I plan / hope to read a lot during my break. Lets say that I made a good head start last night. Because last night I finished Vengeful by V.E. Schwab, which was originally in this list of books I want to read during my break, but now I can already tick that one off my list!

And yes I know this list is very long, but I like to make my lists too long. So no, I don’t think I’ll get to all of these books over the next two weeks, but a person can hope. Without further ado: here are the books I hope to read during my break.

1. Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

This actually is the book I’m currently reading. I have read the first couple of chapters at the beginning of the month and I’ve read a couple more earlier today. Which means I’m already 12% in so that’s great!

I’m reading Serpent & Dove for Katie Wismer’s book club on February 2.

Premise

Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.

Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

2. The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

This is the audiobook I’m currently listening to. I decided to pick it up because I read The How And The Why by Cynthia Hand earlier this month and really loved that one, so I wanted to read more of her books and The Last Time We Say Goodbye sounds like a book I would love. And I’m really liking it so far, I’m about 35% in.

Premise

There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.

3. Before The Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

I really want to finish all the series I started before 2020 in 2020. It’s really getting ridiculous how many series I’m reading (and keep starting). I read The Diviners and Lair of Dreams, the first two books in this series, in 2019 and those ended up as my favourite books of 2019, so I don’t know why I haven’t picked up the third one? It’s a good time to read Before The Devil Breaks You now because the fourth and last book in this series is coming out in February.

Premise – contains spoilers for The Diviners and Lair of Dreams

New York City.
1927.
Lights are bright.
Jazz is king.
Parties are wild.
And the dead are coming…

After battling a supernatural sleeping sickness that early claimed two of their own, the Diviners have had enough of lies. They’re more determined than ever to uncover the mystery behind their extraordinary powers, even as they face off against an all-new terror. Out on Ward’s Island, far from the city’s bustle, sits a mental hospital haunted by the lost souls of people long forgotten–ghosts who have unusual and dangerous ties to the man in the stovepipe hat, also known as the King of Crows.

With terrible accounts of murder and possession flooding in from all over, and New York City on the verge of panic, the Diviners must band together and brave the sinister ghosts invading the asylum, a fight that will bring them fact-to-face with the King of Crows. But as the explosive secrets of the past come to light, loyalties and friendships will be tested, love will hang in the balance, and the Diviners will question all that they’ve ever known. All the while, malevolent forces gather from every corner in a battle for the very soul of a nation–a fight that could claim the Diviners themselves.

4. A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir

To be able to complete my goal of finishing series in 2020 I’ll obviously have to read them. The An Ember in the Ashes series is also one that I started in 2019. Well, I actually only read the first book. So I want to read this second book during my break and then hopefully the third one some day soon as well, because this series also has is conclusion coming out in 2020.

Premise – contains spoilers for An Ember in the Ashes

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

5. A Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin

The last big fantasy book on this list is A Feast For Crows. And it also fits for my goal to finish series. This is the fourth book in the Song of Ice and Fire (or Game of Thrones) series. I started that series in 2017 and still haven’t finished it, so I really need to do that. And by finish it I mean read up to date with the books that have been published already.

To be honest this book is the one I’m least likely to read during my break, but I like to have too many options.

Premise – contains spoilers for A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords

Crows will fight over a dead man’s flesh, and kill each other for his eyes.

Bloodthirsty, treacherous and cunning, the Lannisters are in power on the Iron Throne in the name of the boy-king Tommen. The war in the Seven Kingdoms has burned itself out, but in its bitter aftermath new conflicts spark to life.

The Martells of Dorne and the Starks of Winterfell seek vengeance for their dead. Euron Crow’s Eye, as black a pirate as ever raised a sail, returns from the smoking ruins of Valyria to claim the Iron Isles. From the icy north, where Others threaten the Wall, apprentice Maester Samwell Tarly brings a mysterious babe in arms to the Citadel.

Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory will go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel and the coldest hearts.

6. Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Of course I want to be able to take some breaks from the big fantasy books and this one seems a perfect read for that purpose. This is a very short book that I’m sure will be a page turner for me.

Premise

Between 2005 and 2009, in a remote Mennonite colony, over one hundred girls and women were raped by what many thought were ghosts or demons. Their accounts were dismissed as ‘wild female imagination’.

Women Talking is an imagined response to these real events. When the women learn the truth, they meet secretly to discuss how to protect themselves and their daughters from future harm. But they have just two days to decide, before the rapists are bailed out and brought home.

7. Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

This is another book to break up al the fantasy reads. I received an e-arc of this book through Netgalley and in like a month I think this book will be published. And I really want to read it and get my review up before it’s published.

Premise

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

8. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This will be the next audiobook I listen to, once I finish The Last Time We Say Goodbye. I’ve decided that I want to read more classics, and this one seems a good book to start with. (And yes I also want to read this because of The Seven Husband of Evelyn Hugo, but hey can you blame me? That’s my favourite book of all time.)

Premise

Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn’t be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another. Whether they’re putting on a play, forming a secret society, or celebrating Christmas, there’s one thing they can’t help wondering: Will Father return home safely?

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