How far we have come from my spring TBR, when I struggled to think of 10 because I was in such a reading slump! Freed from my seasonal night job for the first time in a decade, and with 99% of my coronavirus anxiety melted away by the end of April, I took full advantage of my newfound ability to sit outside in the evenings as the days got longer and warmer. I read everything in that set except Jo's Boys, and 29 more besides.
(yes I realize I JUST posted a TBR list last week. there will be (almost) no overlap with this post. but on the bright side, they're on standby)
The most recently published Tony Hill/Carol Jordan novel. After reading the first 10 in about 6 weeks, I've been putting this off for a month now because I don't want to step into the unknown of not knowing when the next book will be published. If she holds to tradition then it won't be for over a year, and I don't want this book to end on a downer or a cliffhanger like the last book. While I've peeked into the first chapter to take the edge off, I'm not ready for the temporary end of these two beautiful idiots.
2. The Visitors - Simon Sylvester
I just read my first K.A. Tucker novel, and the library tragically has none of the others that I want, but this cover caught my eye since it looks like a K.A. Tucker book, even if it doesn't sound like a very similar style. Also because Scotland. Maybe selkies. (Probably not. BUT ALSO MAYBE, which reminds me of how I felt going into the movie Ondine.) It's not YA but it features a 17-year-old, so I'm hopeful for its readability.
3. Happiness for Beginners - Katherine Center
This will be my third from her. "Wilderness survival course" in Wyoming in the summer? HELL YEAH. I also like the fact that she's 32 and talked into it by her younger brother, because this feels very much like something that could happen to me if my brother (a super ridiculously avid outdoorsman, compared to my "yeah, I like hiking on well groomed trails when it's not too hot or buggy" self) and I talked more.
4. The Map of Lost Memories - Kim Fay
I convinced myself not to buy this at Goodwill in December after I found out the library had it, which I hope I do not come to regret. True, its reviews aren't great. But it's so pretty, and it promises me a 1920s female treasure hunter/historian whose character description makes me think of Chuck from Pushing Daisies in another life (or maybe someone Chuck would imagine being. or her ancestor. Or maybe I throw that whole idea out and decide she actually reminds me of Evy from The Mummy, if her area of expertise was the Orient rather than Egypt. The possibilities are endless).
5. Double Trouble and/or Roses Round the Door - Doreen Tovey
I've read 2 of her delightful vintage British cat-focused memoirs now (the first and the 7th), and I just may continue. The former is book 6, which I realized I owned only after reading book 7 (oops!), and the latter is the only other one the library has, which was published later but describes her childhood and life prior to her first book.
6. Echo Island - Edward Karlow
"Theresa’s vacation on Echo Island takes a dark turn when she discovers a conspiracy to pollute the pristine island. She enlists Max, a charming local, to help her expose the scheme." Read it and release it already, self. You know you gotta. It's so pretty, but it's also time to say goodbye, unless the story inside is somehow spectacular despite apparently introducing some sort of weird magic abilities/powers. #DOUBT (why can't it just be a nice story about two normal environmentalist teens?? I would love that)
7. This Is How I Find Her - Sarah Polsky
Sophie has always lived her life in the shadow of her mother's bipolar disorder: monitoring medication, making sure the rent is paid, rushing home after school instead of spending time with friends, and keeping secrets from everyone. But when a suicide attempt lands Sophie's mother in the hospital, Sophie no longer has to watch over her. She moves in with her aunt, uncle, and cousin--a family she's been estranged from for the past five years. Rolling her suitcase across town to her family's house is easy. What's harder is figuring out how to rebuild her life.
Another possible read-and-release, or maybe I change my mind and keep it because wow, pretty cover.
8. Semiprecious - D. Anne Love
Turns out my local library has one of the books from last week after all. So I'm gonna grab it! You know, before they weed it for being *gasp* 14 years old.
9. Everglades Adventure - James Ralph Johnson
Solid 70s boys' adventure story, featuring a white boy and his Native American friend who decide to test their survival skills by living off the land during a 3-week camping trip in the title location, but also apparently adopt an orphan baby puma along the way. Yet another obscure one from this year's personal library read-down Imma have to add to Goodreads myself.
10. Bonny's Boy Returns - F.E. Rechnitzer
This is not my first time vowing to read it soon, but I've had great success with reading other 1950s juvenile books lately, so my brain might be in the right shape to appreciate it this time!
Your Turn: Have you read any of these? Or do any of them sound good?
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P.S. Local libraries are still closed to in-person visits (you can request items for curbside pickup), but as of May 20th they FINALLY let us start returning items again -- you drop them in a big outdoor bin, which they rotate out daily so each one sits inside for 3 days afterward before they remove the items and check them in again -- so my reign of lording All The Hotly Demanded Items (which ended up including season 15 of Criminal Minds, a Little Women cookbook and the new Little Women DVD) is definitely coming to an end on July 1st. But man, it was fun feeling like a rich person who could buy all this stuff on release day while it lasted.
In the meantime, it was quite nice to FINALLY divest myself of 15+ books I was very much done with and tired of having to keep in my overcluttered space. I still have 28 items out for various reasons, but some of those are new and my hoard peaked at 44, so this is technically an improvement.