September TBR| 2018

So I’m a little behind with this post, but I’m really not sure how to write it up! I’ll link my video version here, cause it’s easier to babble and explain that way. However, I’ll attempt to list at least the basics of what I’d like to read this month!

Let’s get going!

First up, I aim to finish my beta read of Jemahl Evan’s newest book in the Blandford Candy series. There’s no cover image for this book yet but I am excited to finally finish it up and give Jemahl my thoughts!

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Aaru by David Meredith

This was sent to me as a review copy by the author, so I’d like to get around to this while I still have access to the physical copy. It’s a dystopian novel about the possibilities of a digital afterlife and the impacts that will have on society when it’s owned by a company.

empathy problemThe Empathy Problem by Gavin Extance

This book follows a banker who discovers he has a brain tumour, and after this he slowly starts to become more empathetic (where previously he had been uncaring). I absolutely loved The Universe versus Alex Woods, also from this author, so I’m excited for this one.

truth sisterTruth Sister by Phil Gilvin

I got this book as an ARC at the NYAListFest at the beginning of the year and I didn’t manage to read it before the publication date, so this is one I would love to be able to get to!!

 

mysteryofthreequartersThe Mystery of the Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah

This beauty (I mean look at it!) came out at the end of last month, and I got an ARC of it from NetGalley so I’d like to get around to it sometime soon. I’m a liiiitle behind on my arcs (I’m so far behind, please send help!)

 

wayofallfleshThe Way of All Flesh by Ambrose Parry

According to Goodreads, this book is released in October. So maybe I could actually get to it before it’s pub date?! Probably not, but it’s the aim at least! Set in 1800s Edinburgh, there is murder afoot.

 

timeschoolTime School by Nikki Young

This is a middle grade novel and is based around WWII so of course I need to read it. This should be a nice quick read as it’s only 129 pages long and aimed at a younger audience.

 

endofchiraqThe End of Chiraq by Young Chicago Authors

This is a collection of modern poetry set in and based around Chicago. As a Brit I don’t know too much about this area so this should be an interesting read, and possibly another quick one as poetry usually flows quickly. We’ll see

 

So there it is, the main bulk of my September tbr! There are a few offshoots and random bits and pieces here and there that I mention a little more in my video, but this is the core, and is what is written down in my bullet journal! Fingers crossed I can complete this tbr this month. I really hope I can!

This Deceitful Light by Jemahl Evans

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I was lucky enough to win both This Deceitful Light and the first book in the Blandford Candy series in a Goodreads giveaway. I absolutely fell in love with The Last Roundhead and so was incredibly excited when I found out I’d won This Deceitful Light. I love that both of my editions have been signed by Jemahl Evans with some personalisation too, a really nice addition to a series which has quickly become one of my new favourites.

Read my review of book #1 here!

The second book in this series continues to follow Blandford (Sugar) Candy looking back, in his old age, on his life during the Civil War of Roundheads vs Cavaliers. Find the full synopsis on Goodreads here. We go on a wild ride up and down the length of England, as Captain Candy is sent all over the country on the orders and whims of those higher than him. When he returns to London he finds much of what he expected to come back to changed, with death and worry all around him. He still manages to be our good old Sugar and find some time with the ladies though, many different ladies… some things never change! We encounter Cromwell within this book and see both his gruff and demanding side as well as the softer side that history often forgets, making him appear much more human than the frequently portrayed character would suggest.

As with the first book in this series, all historical events are referenced in the back of the book and there is an enormous wealth of detail to go alongside Candy’s storyline, with extra information included from his sister Anne and from historical accounts of important events he was not part of added in within the chapters in a different font to allow for clear differentiation (definitely loved this bit as the font for the letters is just perfect and the typewriter style for the historical accounts is a good choice).

A beautifully written historical fiction, with enough humour to counteract the death which is an expected companion of a piece set in this time period, but also enough focus on the important moments. I really don’t know why these books aren’t more popular, definitely recommended by me!

The Last Roundhead by Jemahl Evans

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I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I really wasn’t sure what to expect as it is the first giveaway I’ve ever won. It was a nice little extra to find a personalised signing and I can tell Jemahl that I definitely did enjoy!

I wasn’t expecting to hugely enjoy this book, bad I know but it isn’t something I’d normally pick up and I just applied on a whim to the giveaway. I am so glad I did because this book was such a good read and so fun! I became comrades with our main character Candy very quickly and I felt that the portrayal of the English Civil War (Roundheads, obviously, vs Cavaliers) was done very realistically, although I don’t know the period in depth.

It is a fast-paced book with many highs, lows, twists and turns which will make you keep turning the pages long after it’s dark outside. I really really hope there will be a sequel written for this book and I have to know more about Candy and his life! Even if it was written from different characters (such as Hurry, Elizabeth or James) just to enjoy this setting more. (EDIT: I’ve just got off my arse and looked and there is! Definitely going onto my tbr!)

All in all, a very well written book and one I’d encourage you to pick up, people of any age can enjoy this book (although there is some crude language, so the younger bracket depends on their personal development) and should give it a shot.