Six For Sunday: Taking On The TBR – Books That Have Been On Your TBR Forever

Hi Six for Sunday-ers! It’s been quite some time since I last did one of these, or much of anything on my blog, but I’m going to make up for it in April! Probably… This month’s prompts are all about our TBRs, and like all fellow book bloggers mine is a bit of a mountain that I attempt to keep track of on Goodreads!

Six for Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by the lovely Steph at ALITTLEBUTALOT. You can find a list of prompts for April, May and June here

Books That Have Been On Your TBR Forever

So my Goodreads doesn’t go back that far, I only started using it more regularly when I started blogging at the beginning of 2017. I did add all the books I already had sitting on my shelves then, but I’m going to cheat and ignore them!

A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – Added to my TBR 8th January 2017

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other

I love all things Sherlock Holmes, so when I heard about this series focused on his great-great-great-granddaughter I had to have it. I finally got around to buying it in 2018 and it’s actually near the top of my TBR. It’s my next read once I finish the Magical Readathon. I’ve been instructed to read it by the lovely Charlotte, of Charlotte, Somewhere fame as she is convince it is a story about her.

Novelista Girl by Meredith Schorr – Added to my TBR 23rd January 2017

Feisty New Yorker Kimberly Long runs the most popular chick lit book blog on the web, loves playing house with her sexy lawyer boyfriend, Nicholas, and is finally pursuing her lifelong dream of becoming a published author. At first glance, her life is worthy of five pink champagne flutes. But is there more to the story than meets the eye? After hearing the phrase “chick lit is dead” more times than she’s read The Devil Wears Prada, Kim is driven to desperate measures, seeking advice from up-and-coming chick lit author, Hannah Marshak, her high school nemesis and resident “mean girl.”

As if Kim doesn’t have enough on her plate balancing her secretarial duties with her blog, Pastel is the New Black, shrugging off the growing pile of agent rejections, and keeping her best friend from turning green over Kim’s budding friendship with Hannah, Nicholas is so blinded by his career ambitions, he doesn’t see that their home sweet home could use more than a dash of sugar.

This is the year when all of Kim’s dreams—professional and romantic—are supposed to come true, but will her story have a happily ever after or will Kim end up unpublished and all alone?

I read and reviewed the first in this series Blogger Girl back in 2017 and added this follow up to my Kindle but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. There’s a third in the series now so I probably should get around to it.

Little Deaths by Emma Flint – Added to my TBR 4th March 2017

It’s 1965 in a tight-knit working-class neighborhood in Queens, New York, and Ruth Malone–a single mother who works long hours as a cocktail waitress–wakes to discover her two small children, Frankie Jr. and Cindy, have gone missing. Later that day, Cindy’s body is found in a derelict lot a half mile from her home, strangled. Ten days later, Frankie Jr.’s decomposing body is found. Immediately, all fingers point to Ruth.

As police investigate the murders, the detritus of Ruth’s life is exposed. Seen through the eyes of the cops, the empty bourbon bottles and provocative clothing which litter her apartment, the piles of letters from countless men and Ruth’s little black book of phone numbers, make her a drunk, a loose woman–and therefore a bad mother. The lead detective, a strict Catholic who believes women belong in the home, leaps to the obvious conclusion: facing divorce and a custody battle, Malone took her children’s lives.

Pete Wonicke is a rookie tabloid reporter who finagles an assignment to cover the murders. Determined to make his name in the paper, he begins digging into the case. Pete’s interest in the story develops into an obsession with Ruth, and he comes to believe there’s something more to the woman whom prosecutors, the press, and the public have painted as a promiscuous femme fatale. Did Ruth Malone violently kill her own children, is she a victim of circumstance–or is there something more sinister at play?

Inspired by a true story, Little Deaths, like celebrated novels by Sarah Waters and Megan Abbott, is compelling literary crime fiction that explores the capacity for good and evil in us all.

Emma Flint did an event for this in Edinburgh’s Waterstones, it was the first book event I attended and I have had a signed copy sitting on my shelf ever since. I really should get to it….

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder by Sara Barnard – Added to my TBR 12th March 2017

Steffi doesn’t talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can’t hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn’t a lightning strike, it’s the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

I’m fairly certain this one was added to my TBR following a SundayYA twitter chat, I actually now own 4 of Sara’s books but I’ve not actually read any of them yet… Sorry Charlotte!

Wing Jones by Katherine Webber – Added to my TBR 12th March 2017

Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.

Another SundayYA recommendation. This has also been sitting very prettily on my shelves since November 2018, and it is very pretty, the sprayed edges are gorgeous!

The Upside Of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – Added to my TBR 14th March 2017

I don’t entirely understand how anyone gets a boyfriend. Or a girlfriend. It just seems like the most impossible odds. A perfect alignment of feelings and circumstances

Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly is always careful. Better to be careful than be hurt

But when Cassie gets a new girlfriend who comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick, everything changes. Will is funny, flirtatious, and basically the perfect first boyfriend.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid, the awkward Tolkien superfan, she could never fall for … right?

A heart-warming and hilarious story about growing up and learning to be comfortable in your own skin.

What makes the fact this has been sitting on my TBR for three years even worse is the fact this was a NetGalley request. Despite liking the sound of it every time I’ve gone to pick another book I’ve picked something else…

They were my #SixforSunday! If you’ve taken part leave a link to your post below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

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