July To Be Read List

aka: Lindsey is asking too much of herself.

June was a really good reading month, that was for sure. I’m hoping to keep that momentum going with July, but I made that hard for myself seeing as I chose some rather large books to read. But let’s get into it!

(summaries and cover photos from Goodreads):

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.
32930224Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father.

When the sisters’ long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever. 

Caraval has been on my shelf for such a long time. I’ve been interested in reading it, but I know that the plot – a mysterious week long carnival and a kidnapped sister – would require me to read it one sitting so I saved it for this summer. I’m excited to finally read it, especially since it’s gorgeous cover has been following me around since February.


Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word. A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.

Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party 

25494343on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.

Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?

Lady Midnight is book 1 in the Dark Artifices series, which is a continuation of the Shadowhunter books, probably the top of my favorite series list. I bought this book when it was released, but once again school got in the way of amazing books to read, so I haven’t been able to read it. But since the release of the second book in this series – Lord of Shadows – all I’ve been hearing is amazing things about this series and I need to get to it soon.

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

27779275Sloane isn’t expecting to fall in with a group of friends when she moves from New York to Florida—especially not a group of friends so intense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that’s exactly what happens.

Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up any room, and Gabe, Vera’s twin brother and the most serious person Sloane’s ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins’ late mother goes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, a journey that takes her across state lines—and ever deeper into the twins’ lives.

Without knowing anything about this book, I was interested in it because of the cover. I know, I know ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ and all that jazz, but look at it. It’s beautiful. And then I started hearing amazing things about this novel, which made me even more excited to read it. I think this will be a great summer contemporary read, a fast, fun read. Which I think I need since this month, out of seven books I plan to read, 5 are fantasy and 1 is a nonfiction piece about a murder trial.

Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests
Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

I have never read a summary of a book and decided I needed to read it as fast as with this book. This book – the first in a series – sound amazing and on top of an amazing plot, they’re very quick reads from what I’ve heard. This is going to be one of my favorite books, I can feel it.

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

17347389Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…

Honestly, this entry should say “The Dream Thieves and the rest of the Raven Cycle series” because I’m pretty sure the second I finish this one I’m going to jump into book 3, and then repeat that cycle for book 4.

This series is so creative and so damn well written that it’s hard to put down. Which I mean, works for me. I’ll never say no to good books. Also I have two six and a half hour flights coming up next week so it might be the perfect time to binge a bingeworthy series.

Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry

105992Prosecuting attorney in the Manson trial, Vincent Bugliosi held a unique insider’s position in one of the most baffling and horrifying cases of the twentieth century: the cold-blooded Tate-LaBianca murders carried out by Charles Manson and four of his followers. What motivated Manson in his seemingly mindless selection of victims, and what was his hold over the young women who obeyed his orders? Here is the gripping story of this famous and haunting crime.

After I read The Girls by Emma Cline back in the spring, I’ve been interested in learning more about the true crime story that The Girlwas based off of. I picked up the audiobook after I finished listening to The Girls on audio and this came up as a suggested book. I’m interested in learning about it, especially the court aspect of this case, considering Bugliosi was the main prosecutor in the trial so it’s a first hand account.







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