April 15, 2022

Goodreads Update April 2022 #1

I just checked. The list of books added to my TBR is not terrifying, but it's enough to warrant making this post.

Very Bad People

Very Bad People by Kit Frick - Calliope (what a name for a main character, eh?) saved her sisters in a watery car wreck in which her mother died. Now, she is enrolled at the elite boarding school her mom went to. She joins the secret society at the school to try to find out what happened to her mom to have her drive into that lake 6 years ago. Buzz words: dark academia, boarding school, secret society for social justice. Oh yes.


Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow - This starts in 1995 when Joan and her mother and siblings escape her abusive family, back to her mother's ancestral home in Memphis. The story is told over the course of the 20th century and includes lots of the author's own black family history. I spent a week in Memphis in 1995 and really enjoyed it. That's my link to this book. That's it. But I heard it's amazing.

Book of Cold Cases

The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James - I have a Simone St. James book on my bookshelves for when I'm feeling brave enough to tackle a thriller. This one is about a young journalist who gets a chance to interview the woman everyone is convinced murdered several men 40 years ago. But when she goes to the woman's mansion for the interviews, weird things happen. Haunted house? I could be into that.

Nettlr& Bone

Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher - This dark fairytale includes the following characters: 1.) Marra, whose family is trapped by a 2.) cruel Prince. 3.) a gravewitch 4.) a fairy godmother who would rather not be 5.) a knight has been and 6.) a chicken possessed by a demon. Need I say more? I think not.

Surviving Savannah

Suviving Savannah by Patti Callahan - I had never heard of the Pulaski steamship disaster, but apparently it's a real thing. This ship sunk off the coast of North Carolina in 1838 when the boiler exploded. The wreck was just discovered last June. A whole bunch of people on board were some of the elite society folks of Savannah, Georgia. This fictionalized version follows a professor who is cataloging artifacts taken from the wreckage. Then it follows two women who were on the ship when it sank. Could be good. Could be a train wreck.

King of Battle and Blood

King of Battle and Blood by Scarlett St. Clair - Wow. So the whole trope with the _______ of _______ and ________ for a title is taken to new depths here. And that author's name HAS to be a penname, right? This is fantasy romance and I cannot believe that people are saying they like this. But wait. It's a vampire romance. Now it all makes sense.


Abundance by Jakob Guanzon - This novel is told from the perspective of a homeless father and son. It's about how they got to this point and how they hope to get out of their situation. This kind of thing is like catnip to me, but I have to be in a much better place mentally to read it. But I'll put it on my list.


Booth by Karen Joy Fowler - This book has showed up on several book podcasts I listen to. It's about the family of John Wilkes Booth and their history in a cabin in the woods outside Baltimore. One of the podcasters had been on a kick about Lincoln and was disappointed the assassination didn't get more page count, but that fact prompted me to put it on my list.

And there we have it. All the new books on my TBR. Does anything strike your fancy here?