November 2020 TBR

My goal for this month is to finish reading my November ARCs and all my December ARCs. The overall goal is to set myself up for success in January 2021.

Let’s…pause to admire this foolish venture.

I’m going to do my best. This month I will probably not get as much reading done, as work is going to ramp up to ridiculous levels and I am going to attempt to write the first draft of That Slow Awakening, the sequel to my science fiction novel That Distant Dream.

There are a couple I might decide against reading, either due to a waning interest or it’s not calling to me (damn my mood reading). Plus some audiobooks that are going to slip in there (I don’t TBR those as I am at the whims of my libraries’ holds lists). Unlike normally, there’s a lot of meh on my list, and that feeling is entirely me.

The Long-Lingering Back List

In all honesty, I will probably get to neither of these in November. BUT I pledge that I shall not remove them from my TBR until they are read! This will be my long-lasting mark of shame, because I have heard nothing but amazing things about both of these, and I just want to read them so much! Curse myself for wanting all the ARCs and new releases! Maybe in 2021 I’ll be better…yeah, I laughed too. But at least I’ll make the effort? Maybe December!

November Releases

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer (Nov 3)

Chronic overachiever Prudence Daniels is always quick to cast judgment on the lazy, rude, and arrogant residents of her coastal town. Her dreams of karmic justice are fulfilled when, after a night out with her friends, she wakes up with the sudden ability to cast instant karma on those around her. Pru giddily makes use of the power, punishing everyone from public vandals to karaoke hecklers, but there is one person on whom her powers consistently backfire: Quint Erickson, her slacker of a lab partner and all-around mortal enemy. I’m not as sure about this one. I think it might be a DNF…

The Factory Witches of Lowell by CS Malerich (Nov 10)

Faced with abominable working conditions, unsympathetic owners, and hard-hearted managers, the mill girls of Lowell have had enough. They’re going on strike, and they have a secret weapon on their side: a little witchcraft to ensure that no one leaves the picket line. This is a shorter one (novella that’s just barely close enough to my 150 page mark to count) that has intrigued me. We shall see how it goes.

The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill (Nov 17)

Kit Brightling, rescued as a foundling and raised in a home for talented girls, has worked hard to rise through the ranks of the Isles’ Crown Command and become one of the few female captains in Queen Charlotte’s fleet. Her ship is small, but she’s fast–in part because of Kit’s magical affinity to the sea. But the waters become perilous when the queen sends Kit on a special mission with a partner she never asked for. That blurb had me siiiiiinging, but then the cover was revealed and I…what even is this cover? It looks like something I draw, as in: half-assed and horrible. Stepping into this one cautious as hell.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong (Nov 17)

The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of debauchery. A blood feud between two gangs runs the streets red, leaving the city helpless in the grip of chaos. At the heart of it all is eighteen-year-old Juliette Cai, a former flapper who has returned to assume her role as the proud heir of the Scarlet Gang—a network of criminals far above the law. Their only rivals in power are the White Flowers, who have fought the Scarlets for generations. And behind every move is their heir, Roma Montagov, Juliette’s first love…and first betrayal. 1920s Shanghai. Romeo and Juliet. Magical murder mystery. FUCK YES!

Princess Floralinda and the Forty-Flight Tower by Tamsyn Muir (Nov 30)

When the witch built the forty-flight tower, she made very sure to do the whole thing properly. Each flight contains a dreadful monster, ranging from a diamond-scaled dragon to a pack of slavering goblins. Should a prince battle his way to the top, he will be rewarded with a golden sword—and the lovely Princess Floralinda. But no prince has managed to conquer the first flight yet, let alone get to the fortieth. I absolutely loved Gideon, was befuddled by Harrow, and now this?? It better be queer as hell!

December Releases

Heiress Apparently by Diana Ha (Dec 1)

Gemma Huang is a recent transplant to Los Angeles from Illinois, having abandoned plans for college to pursue a career in acting, much to the dismay of her parents. Now she’s living with three roommates in a two-bedroom hovel, auditioning for bit roles that hardly cover rent. Gemma’s big break comes when she’s asked to play a lead role in an update of M. Butterfly filming for the summer in Beijing. When she arrives, she’s stopped by paparazzi at the airport. She quickly realizes she may as well be the twin of one of the most notorious young socialites in Beijing. Fingers crossed this is as gossipy and flighty as anything!

How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole (Dec 1)

When Shanti Mohapi weds the king of Njaza, her dream of becoming a queen finally comes true. But it’s nothing like she imagined. Shanti and her husband may share an immediate and powerful attraction, but her subjects see her as an outsider, and everything she was taught about being the perfect wife goes disastrously wrong. I LOVE royalty romance, and the Reluctant Royals series was fan-fucking-tastic. I am thrilled to crack this one open!

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo (Dec 8)

The cleric Chih finds themself and their companions at the mercy of a band of fierce tigers who ache with hunger. To stay alive until the mammoths can save them, Chih must unwind the intricate, layered story of the tiger and her scholar lover—a woman of courage, intelligence, and beauty—and discover how truth can survive becoming history. This is the sequel to The Empress of Salt and Fortune, which is a beautiful, beautiful novella on the rage and power and silent legacy of women. I cannot wait to see how this story unfolds!

What do you plan on reading this month?

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