So here we are at the start of another month and another TBR list. I’ve noticed that I’m not actually doing great at sticking to these over the last few months as other books have caught my eye instead. I wondered whether to stop making a monthly TBR list for myself but I’ve decided to carry on for now as it is making me think about what I want to read in a more considered way.
Right now the books I’m aiming to read this month are…
Q by Christina Dalcher
I’m thrilled to have been granted an e-ARC of this one. Vox was a great read and the premise behind Q is an interesting one.
Elena Fairchild is a teacher at one of the state’s new elite schools. Her daughters are exactly like her: beautiful, ambitious, and perfect. A good thing, since the recent mandate that’s swept the country is all about perfection.
Now everyone must undergo routine tests for their quotient, Q, and any children who don’t measure up are placed into new government schools. Instead, teachers can focus on the gifted.
Elena tells herself it’s not about eugenics, not really, but when one of her daughters scores lower than expected and is taken away, she intentionally fails her own test to go with her.
But what Elena discovers is far more terrifying than she ever imagined…
The Guest List by Lucy Foley
I’ve been eyeing up The Guest List for a while and I’m in the mood to intersperse my more regular science fiction/fantasy reads with some good crime stories and this one sounds like the type of crime story I usually enjoy.
The bride ‧ The plus one ‧ The best man ‧ The wedding planner ‧ The bridesmaid ‧ The body
On an island off the coast of Ireland, guests gather to celebrate two people joining their lives together as one. The groom: handsome and charming, a rising television star. The bride: smart and ambitious, a magazine publisher. It’s a wedding for a magazine, or for a celebrity: the designer dress, the remote location, the luxe party favours, the boutique whiskey. The cell phone service may be spotty and the waves may be rough, but every detail has been expertly planned and will be expertly executed.
But perfection is for plans, and people are all too human. As the champagne is popped and the festivities begin, resentments and petty jealousies begin to mingle with the reminiscences and well wishes. The groomsmen begin the drinking game from their school days. The bridesmaid not-so-accidentally ruins her dress. The bride’s oldest (male) friend gives an uncomfortably caring toast.
And then someone turns up dead. Who didn’t wish the happy couple well? And perhaps more important, why?
Honor Among Thieves by Rachel Caine & Ann Aguirre
I was sent a copy of this to review and I’m looking forward to it. Rachel Caine is an author who has been on my ‘must get round to reading something by’ list for a while now and a book with sentient ships seems like a great place to start!
Petty criminal Zara Cole has a painful past that’s made her stronger than most, which is why she chose life in New Detroit instead of moving with her family to Mars. In her eyes, living inside a dome isn’t much better than a prison cell.
Still, when Zara commits a crime that has her running scared, jail might be exactly where she’s headed. Instead Zara is recruited into the Honors, an elite team of humans selected by the Leviathan—a race of sentient alien ships—to explore the outer reaches of the universe as their passengers.
Zara seizes the chance to flee Earth’s dangers, but when she meets Nadim, the alien ship she’s assigned, Zara starts to feel at home for the first time. But nothing could have prepared her for the dark, ominous truths that lurk behind the alluring glitter of starlight.