December TBR

Somehow we find ourselves at the end of this year, and time for one last TBR for 2020. I am a little behind in my Goodreads challenge for the year and I don’t think I’ll be able to reach it – which is OK as I’ve read some great books this year but it would have been nice to hit it. To make it I’d need to read 8 books this month which is about double what I usually manage. I’m not going to set a TBR that long as I want to leave some room for choice as well if I make it to that many books. Ones I definitely want to read this month are…

World Serpent Arcanist by Shami Stovall

Death. Destiny. The rise of god-arcanists.

Volke Savan has reunited with the Frith Guild just in time to help fight the Second Ascension, a group of power-hungry dastards bent on controlling the newly created god creatures. The world serpent is the first on their list, and if the Second Ascension manages to harness its power, the world will forever be changed for the worse.

But the Frith Guild has another plan. They intend to beat the Second Ascension to the world serpent and have it bond with someone trustworthy—a mysterious man who Guildmaster Eventide believes will usher the world into an era of peace.

As Volke struggles to improve his magic, and also become a mentor for a new knightmare arcanist, he realizes that this may be one adventure the guild never makes it back from…

My last pre- order for the year, I can’t wait for this one to appear on my Kindle mid December. I read the others in this series back-to-back earlier in the year, I love it so much.

Christmas is Murder by Val McDermid

From an irresponsible baron whose body is discovered beneath a silver birch tree, to an author who is haunted by the spiteful presence of a jealous writing partner, the characters McDermid conjures are enigmatic and dangerous, never above suspicion.

Follow Tony Hill and Carol Jordan as they track a deadly killer who is preparing to strike on Christmas Day, and lose yourself in a festive exclusive – a recently unearthed case for a classic detective duo, set as the lights are going out across Europe.

These evocative, atmospheric tales will shock and delight. This is the perfect book to curl up with as the frosty winter draws in and each night gets darker than the last, written by one of our greatest living crime writers.

A collection of short Christmas crime stories from one of my favourite crime authors. I’ve been waiting for December before starting this.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

An unexpected quest. Two worlds at stake. Are you ready?

Days after Oasis founder James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts makes a discovery that changes everything. Hidden within Halliday’s vault, waiting for his heir to find, lies a technological advancement that will once again change the world and make the Oasis a thousand times more wondrous, and addictive, than even Wade dreamed possible. With it comes a new riddle and a new quest. A last Easter egg from Halliday, hinting at a mysterious prize. And an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits, one who will kill millions to get what he wants. Wade’s life and the future of the Oasis are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance.

I’ve been waiting ages for this book – I had it on pre order as soon as it was possible to do so. It arrived last week and its gorgeous, it had to have a spot on this months TBR.

The Chalet by Catherine Cooper

Four friends. One luxury getaway. The perfect murder. French Alps, 1998

Two young men ski into a blizzard… but only one returns.

20 years later

Four people connected to the missing man find themselves in that same resort. Each has a secret. Two may have blood on their hands. One is a killer-in-waiting.

Someone knows what really happened that day.

And somebody will pay.

I’m enjoying mixing a few more crime reads in with my SFF at the moment and I have a copy of this from Netgalley. It sounds great and I’ve seen good things about it.

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