January 2021 TBR

New Year, New TBR!

For anyone new here, I am a huge mood reader. Meaning my TBR should be taken with a huge pinch of salt and the understanding that I probably will read an entirely different selection of books from the ones I am planning to read below. But it does give me the opportunity to tell you about some new releases I am really looking forward to read, and in other months, some of my older titles that have peaked my interest.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas
Siri Who Am I? by Sam Tschida
Rebel Girls Lead by Rebel Girls

~~~ The ‘Definitely Will Be Read’ TBR ~~~

So maybe it is cheating a little to put books on your TBR that you have already read or started reading – but the updates should be posted up here during January for the above three titles.

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas is the much anticipated YA prequel to The Hate You Give publishing in the UK on January 12th. I was lucky enough to get to read an extended sampler from Walker Books, and I was hooked. Following Maverick’s journey of becoming a teenage father, this story looks to examine a number of important topics. I was already engaged by Maverick from the first few chapters, so as soon as my finish copy arrives in the post, I will be reading it with a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on my door.

Siri Who Am I? by Sam Tschida is an adult title that I was approved on NetGalley to review; due to be published on January 12th by Quirk Books. Emerging from a coma is traumatic enough, but waking up with no recollection or clue who you are and no-one looking for you in the new reality for the heroine of this story. As she begins to investigate who she is and what happened to her, this mystery story has a romantic undercurrent that I look forward to telling you more about later this month.

Rebel Girls Lead by Rebel Girls. If you are unfamiliar with the Rebel Girl novels, these short biographies and stunning artwork are designed for a middle grade audience about all the amazing accomplishments achieved by women. In this edition, due to publish in the UK on January 26th we highlight women who lead in their fields. I look forward to giving my views on this latest addition to the Rebel Girls collection along with my thoughts on the previous release 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed The World.

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The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Once and Future Queen (Secrets of the Starcrossed) by Clara O’Connor

~~~ January ARC Releases ~~~

My next three picks are all ones I have received on NetGalley for an honest review. All are fantasy/dark fantasy titles that are due to release in January 2021. Plus based on the synopsis provided, all I really want to get to sooner rather than later.

The Ravens by Kass Morgan and Danielle Paige is a Young Adult novel being published on January 5th by Hodder and Stoughton. This dark fantasy story centres around a sorority of witches, and our heroines who wants to join (some who have no idea that the group is actually a coven). I have also received a physical finished early copy of the book in one of my subscription boxes last month (December 2020), so this is a definite priority this month.

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse due January 21st, published by Rebellion’s imprint Solaris is an adult title that I have been seeing a lot of praise for from readers and reviewers in the States. The NetGalley synopsis states the following: “A god will return; When the earth and sky converge; Under the black sun. In the holy city of Tova the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world. ” A summary so intriguing, I have already ordered a Goldsboro edition of the book, so fingers crossed I love it.

Also due on January 21st is The Once and Future Queen (Secrets of the Starcrossed) by Clara O’Connor from Harper Collins UK. This one has been listed as both New Adult and Young Adult – so I look forward to being able to say which side of the divide I would put it on. Pitched as one for fans of The Hunger Games (a sometimes overused comparison), I will be looking forward to picking up this first in series story to see if it does rate so highly.

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6 books seems a sufficient number for my TBR this month – given the very limited number of titles I finished across October, November and December in 2020. But hopefully it means I will get the opportunity to read and review all of the above. I do also have quite a number of library books that I will need to finally return this month – so if possible, I would like to try and finish a few of them also.

What books are you hoping to read in January 2021 and what new releases are you looking forward to? Let me know, in the comments below!

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