New Feature – TBR Topple – June

Like many of you I’m battling between reading ARC’s and books I’ve bought for myself. As the latter list continues to grow I’ve decided to create a monthly feature to try and get at least one of those books read each month (clever eh?!) I’ve seen a few variations of this across blogs, so apologies to anyone if I’ve borrowed your ideas here. I have tried to keep this as original as possible but you know what it’s like in the land of blogs!

Basically what I am going to do is each month I’m going to pick up to five books from my TBR, they will be books which were all published that month (but not necessarily that year),  I will give you the cover and blurb, then there will be a poll, the poll will stay open until the middle of the month and whichever book has been voted for the most I will read and review.

Now as you can see I have called the feature TBR Topple, because, well, my aim is to topple the TBR!

So, here are my five books for June and at the end of the post you will find the poll!

The Gunslinger - Stephen KingThe Gunslinger by Stephen King
‘The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.’ The iconic opening line of Stephen King’s groundbreaking series, The Dark Tower, introduces one of his most enigmatic and powerful heroes: Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger.

Roland is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey toward the mysterious Dark Tower, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

On his quest, Roland begins a friendship with a kid from New York named Jake, encounters an alluring woman and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.

Green Sky & Sparks - Kate CoeGreen Sky & Sparks by Kate Coe
In a world of magic, wind, and electricity, Catter Jeck is offered the chance to explore a myth. Travelling from city to city, his search for the centre of the magic catches others in its coils. When the Lord Heir of Meton offers to continue the search in his flying machine, the consequences of their crash – and Toru’s accidental link to a dying Healer – suddenly become of central importance to all of their lives.

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The Hundredth Queen - Emily R KingThe Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

If I Break - Portia MooreIf I Break by Portia Moore
Fresh off of a broken heart I met Cal Scott.

He was just what I lacked a beautiful distraction.

At six-foot-two, with ebony hair, storm gray eyes, and a smile that
could only hide an agenda, I knew he was trouble. And for the first
time in my life, a little trouble was just what I needed.

No. What I wanted.

It wasn’t like I’d ever marry the guy.
Until I did.

What I thought would be my happily ever after, was only the beginning.

Cal has a secret. One that makes loving him come with a price, and
being his wife cost more than I bargained for.

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride - Kristen PainterThe Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.

The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In thirty days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.

Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets…

The Bloggers Bookshelf – Kate Coe @writingandcoe

Welcome to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.

This week I have my first blogger! I’m so excited to finally be introducing the blogger side of this feature and the blogger I’m introducing is so lovely and one I’ve met in person aswell, albeit quite briefly! Kate Coe blogs over at Writing & Coe where she writes reviews and also about the progress she is making on her own novels. She also blogs for SFFWorld, which I think is pretty damn awesome!

I hope you enjoy peeking into her bookshelf…and as always click on the books for more info or to buy…

What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
I never really had my own bookshelf…my parent’s house is filled with shelves, and I browsed them all endlessly as soon as I could read. I remember Paddington, Enid Blyton, assorted fairy tales, Tom’s Midnight Garden, Look&Learn, The Jolly Postman…a lot of the books migrated to my room but it was an ever-changing selection, and I think my mother was convinced that the bookshelves moved in the night because I’d randomly change things around as I read! The first books that I bought for myself were Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, but even they weren’t ‘mine’ – my mother and aunt would eagerly borrow them as soon as I’d finished, and even now there’s usually a gap on the shelf where one’s on loan.

    

What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
I’ve just bought a copy of The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison and was given a copy of A Little Knowledge by Emma Newman. Beyond that, my virtual bookshelf has Waters and The Wild by Jo Zebedee and Silversands by Gareth L Powell, with a whole stack more on my wish-list waiting for my next paycheck.

   

Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
This is the point that I admit I read too much…I am a reviewer as well as a book blogger! From my review pile, it was The Heart of Stone by Ben Galley. From my personal virtual bookshelf, I’m part way through The Moon King by Neil Williamson – I read his collection Secret Language last year and adored it, and so far The Moon King is as good! From my physical pile of new books, it was Ursula Le Guin’s Left Hand of Darkness and from my actual bookshelf it was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, in memory of a beloved friend.

   

Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
The Vagrant by Peter Newman; a beautiful hardback copy of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted; The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett; The Midnight Queen by Sylvia Izzo Hunter (although this is a bit of a cheat, as it’s currently on loan to a friend); and The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.

    

Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
The Seven from Peter Newman; Peace Talks from Jim Butcher; Anachronism by Jennifer Lee Rossman; A Closed And Common Orbit from Becky Chambers; and I’m slowly collecting my own sets of Agatha Christie, The Dresden Files and Tintin, so more of those!

 

Which genre is most predominant on your bookshelf?
Fantasy, definitely! Second is probably classics – I’ve got a lot of the Penguin translations, which sit in a neat row on the top shelf. Third would probably be ‘other’, as I have a random line in poetry, philosophy, humour, science…and sci-fi and crime come in last, with very few examples.

Which genre do you wish you had more of on your bookshelf?
Classical studies. I studied Roman history at university and I still adore the period, but I find it so hard to pick up books that either present a new view on the period, or blend fact and fiction in a way that is still true to the sources (Conn Iggulden, I’m looking at you!). I recently picked up The Ancient Paths by Graham Robb which I absolutely adored, but I struggle to find anything to better Colleen McCullough in the historical fiction section. Anything by Tom Holland is certain to find a place on the shelf, though, and I really enjoy writers such as Naomi Novik, the Lady Isabella Trent series from Marie Brennan, and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell from Susanna Clarke, who expertly blend historical periods with fantasy.

8. I also wish I read more classic novels…I’m trying to work my way through some in my 2017 Discoverability Challenge, but I have to admit that I mostly don’t enjoy the genres. I’ve read a lot of random things, and while it is good for me to get outside my genre once in a while, I have been known to throw books across the room – so I am a firm believer in reading the things I enjoy, rather than the books I ‘should’ be reading!

 

If your bookshelf could talk what would it say?
My bookshelves are ridiculously over-engineered, so I doubt they’d been complaining about the weight! I hope that they’d say they are loved. I’m a librarian as well as a reader; I despise broken spines or folded pages, but I also firmly believe that books should be read. My books are well-worn but very much loved and used.

What colour do you see more of when you look at your bookshelf?
Thanks to the chunk of Penguin Classics and Dresden Files, I think black’s winning it…with a side-note of red and white.

Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?

About Kate Coe

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. and reviews for SFF World. In real life she lives with an engineer and lazy cat, and fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.

     

The Bookshelf

the-bookshelf-logoThanks so much for stopping by Kate, I’ve loved having you here and have added quite a few books to my wish list!

Want to take part?
If you are a blogger or author and would like to take part in The Bookshelf click here, and fill in the really short contact form to let me know! I’m currently looking for people to fill spaces through May.

I can’t wait to hear from you!