August 2020 was a great reading month for me – I read some of my favourite books of the year so far, (a 4.5 star and two 5 star reads, more info will be available soon in my August 2020 Reading Wrap Up if you’re interested).
In September, I am hoping to have an equally good reading month, by riding on the motivation that August has given me to get through some of my TBR books, and I am super excited about some of the books on my list. (As a mood reader, I do struggle to stick to a completely set list of reads like some bloggers, but these are the ones I really want to get to)
~~~ Anticipated Young Adult ARCs ~~~
I am not sure what happened in August, but I went from having YALC 2018 and 2019 ARCs and ‘read now’ titles on Netgalley to having access to some really exciting and highly anticipated titles. For which I can only thank the publishers for either granting me access to an ARC via Netgalley, or making the title available at a time that I received a copy. Some of the key titles I want to read and review this month are The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, I received a physical copy of this from Walker Books from the virtual YALC 2020. This is due out on September 3rd. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn has just announced a UK publisher of Simon & Schuster and ARCs were briefly made available without request on Netgalley (thank goodness I was on my lunch break), This one has an anticipated release of September 15th. Finally I was approved by Hodder & Stoughton for a copy of These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong, due for UK release on November 17th.
~~~ Sequel ARCs ~~~
I really couldn’t believe that I was approved for Frostheart 2: Escape from Aurora by Jamie Littler by Penguin Random House Children UK, and this is a classic example where I put in a request on Netgalley fully anticipating a refusal and was shocked when it wasn’t. I read the first in this series for Believathon in November 2019, thanks to How to Train Your Gavin on YouTube, and I cannot wait to continue on with the series. The sequel is due for UK release on October 1st. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World by Elena Favilli continues the series of beautiful artwork and short summaries of women who are leaders within their given area. Due on October 13th, this is one I look forward to finishing soon. Finally The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi is the sequel to The Guilded Wolves, which I received last year in a subscription box. Due September 22nd, this is a continuation of the initial heist story.
~~~ Prioritised Picks ~~~
A book I am very interested to read this month is A Touch of Death by Rebecca Crunden, which is the start of a series known as The Outlands Pentalogy. Rebecca approached me to ask if I would be interested in reviewing the first book in the series, which is a dystopian about a powerful kingdom, and from the description I am really interested to get started. A Touch of Death is already released so if I enjoy the first, maybe there are some further instalments I can look into reading.
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi is the next book in the Shatter Me series, I have recently started the second book so hope to finish it this month. Bunny by Mona Awad is one of my recent library books, (I have received 6 that I had requested pre-COVID that have just come in), unfortunately all of which have further holds and need to be returned this month, so I may have to hand some back and request again at a later time.
This month I also need to finish reading my 3 allocated 10,000 word excerpts for the BBNYA round 2, so I can send my reviews in anticipation for the final picks. I can’t advise which titles I am reading for the fairness of the judging process, but I am looking forward to all them based on their descriptions.
What books are you hoping to read in September 2020? How many do you think you’ll get to?