At my mid-year assessment (Aubrie wrote a great post about doing this the other day), I find I’m pretty much on track with my original reading goal for the year. As usual, I’ve got a few physical books, a few audiobooks, and this time there’s even a graphic novel on my TBR.

Here’s what’s on my physical book stack TBR this week:

There Will Come a Darkness by Katy Rose Pool – I’m about halfway through and this one is interesting so far, though I want the five main characters to get to the part where they all meet each other faster. But I’m intrigued to see where it goes.

Who Speaks for the Damned by C.S. Harris – I really love the Sebastian St. Cyr series, so I was excited when I won this one in a Goodreads giveaway, but I received it back in may. It’s been on my bedside table this whole time, and I really need to get to reading it soon!

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine – I really enjoyed the first book (Ink and Bone) in the Great Library series, so now I’m on to the second.

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu – A historical YA fantasy about Mozart’s very talented sister (Nannerl) who was a real person, forced to give up writing music when she married. She is sometimes held up as an example of historical ways women have been held back from exercising their talents. I’m excited for this one!

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus – Billed as The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, this is not my usual cup of tea. But I’m intrigued by how the mystery is set up, so we’ll see how it goes…

I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf by Grant Snider – The only graphic novel on my list this time, the title caught my eye right away. So far, it’s right up my alley.

And here are my audiobooks on the TBR list:

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – I’ve just started this YA fantasy about a girl who is the daughter of a general in a conquered land. It’s going a bit slow (for my taste) as they set up the background and relationship between the two main characters, but hopefully it picks up soon.

How to Stay Human in a F*cked-Up World by Tim Desmond – I started this one because mindfulness is difficult these days. At about halfway through the audiobook I’m finding that, though I already knew a lot of these things, this has been a great reminder of the right way to talk to those with different viewpoints if you want to make real, positive progress.

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar – This is the one I’m listening to with the kids right now. It was recommended to us as a good middle grade story, but also as an interesting look at the vectors that spread contamination.

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia – I just received this one from the audio library and haven’t started listening yet, but it looks like an interesting YA fantasy with themes around haves vs have nots and a girl who realized she needs to be a part of the push to create equality.

The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean – Currently sitting in my audio files, this will be my next non-fiction audiobook. It’s stories of different elements on the periodic table, which might sound boring, but the book blurb has given me hope: “…it’s also a treasure trove of stories of passion, adventure, betrayal, and obsession.”


    • Now that I’ve finished the first book I have many thoughts. Also, I forgot that you read this one, but now that you mention it I remember our conversation, and I think that’s why it took me so long to do this one. LOL.

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