My TBR stack this week all seem to have dark spines. That is not a metaphor.

But the actual stories themselves range from thriller to SFF to fantasy, with a  good mix of YA vs adult titles, and contemporary vs historical.

Physical books:

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir — this is the second book in The Locked Tomb series. The first book, Gideon the Ninth, was amazing, original, and a great mix of sci-fi and fantasy. I can’t wait to dig into this next one!

I can’t possibly be the only person who, when they like a series, orders (often from the library) as many of that series as they can get their hands on, right? I recently discovered Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ The Naturals series (think Criminal Minds but with teenagers), and after reading the first one I got the next few to stack into my TBR pile:

Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Naturals bk 2)

All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Naturals bk 3)

Bad Blood by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Naturals bk 4)

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes — this is not a Naturals book. It’s actually the reason I found the Naturals series. I read the description (“A Cinderella story with deadly stakes and thrilling twists, perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out.”) and wanted it so much (it wasn’t released yet) that I got something else to read by the same author. Now that it has been released, I’m really looking forward to this one!


Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe by Heather Webber — contemporary romance with a bit of mystery thrown in. A couple friends liked this one so much that I had to try it.

Blood of Elves by Andrej Sapkowski (first full-length novel in The Witcher series) — To the people on FB who saw the short stories on my last TBR and said I’d love these books: you were right. I’m delving into the full-length novels and, since the reader did such a great job on the short story collections, I’m sticking with the audiobooks.

Voyage of the Frostheart by Jamie Littler — this is the Middle Grade that I’m currently listening to with the kids about a boy who doesn’t fit in and has to find his place as a Songweaver in a clan of fighters who are suspicious of, if not downright hateful towards, people with magic. It’s a bit like How to Train Your Dragon. Cute so far!

Tilly and the Bookwanderers by Anna James — the is the next MG I have queued up for when we finish Frostheart. It’s about book characters that escape during the night to wander, and the girl who can see (and follow) them.

Thoughts on any of the above? What are you reading this week? Let us know in the comments!

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