So I didn’t read all the books on my TBR this month but I did fairly well.
1. Fever by Lauren DeStefano – For 17-year-old Rhine Ellery, a daring escape from a suffocating polygamous marriage is only the beginning… Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago – surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness. The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous – and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion…by any means necessary.
2. Sever by Lauren DeStefano – Time is running out for Rhine. With less than three years
left until the virus claims her life, Rhine is desperate for answers. Having escaped torment at Vaughn’s mansion, she finds respite in the dilapidated home of her husband’s uncle, an eccentric inventor who hates Vaughn almost as much as Rhine does. Rhine’s determination to be reunited with her twin brother, Rowan, increases as each day brings terrifying revelations to light about his involvement in an underground resistance. She realizes must find him before he destroys the one thing they have left: hope.
3. Human Caused Global Warming: The biggest deception in history by Dr. Tim Ball – This
book examines the claims of human induced global warming made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) using proper journalistic and investigative techniques. It explains how it was a premeditated, orchestrated deception, using science to impose a political agenda. It fooled a majority including most scientists. They assumed that other scientists would not produce science for a political agenda. German Physicist and meteorologist Klaus-Eckart Puls finally decided to look for himself. Here is what he discovered. Ten years ago I simply parroted what the IPCC told us. One day I started checking the facts and data—first I started with a sense of doubt but then I became outraged when I discovered that much of what the IPCC and the media were telling us was sheer nonsense and was not even supported by any scientific facts and measurements. To this day I still feel shame that as a scientist I made presentations of their science without first checking it.…scientifically it is sheer absurdity to think we can get a nice climate by turning a CO2 adjustment knob. This book uses the same approach used in investigative journalism. It examines the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How.
4. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – Kelsea Glynn is the sole heir to the throne of Tearling but has been raised in secret after her mother – a monarch as vain as she was foolish – was murdered for ruining her kingdom. For 18 years, the Tearling has been ruled by Kelsea’s uncle in the role of Regent however he is but the debauched puppet of the Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of neighbouring realm of Mortmesme. On Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of her mother’s guard – each pledged to defend the queen to the death – arrive to bring this most un-regal young woman out of hiding… And so begins her journey back to her kingdom’s heart, to claim the throne, win the loyalty of her people, overturn her mother’s legacy and redeem the Tearling from the forces of corruption and dark magic that are threatening to destroy it. But Kelsea’s story is not just about her learning the true nature of her inheritance – it’s about a heroine who must learn to acknowledge and live with the realities of coming of age in all its insecurities and attractions, alongside the ethical dilemmas of ruling justly and fairly while simply trying to stay alive…
5. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is
growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighbouring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion. But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of the Tearling – and that of Kelsea’s own soul – may rest with Lily and her story, but Kelsea may not have enough time to find out.
6. The Bombs that brought us together by Brian Conaghan – Fourteen-year-old Charlie
Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. You don’t want to get on the wrong side of the people who run Little Town. When he meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken. Then the bombs come, and the soldiers from Old Country, and Little Town changes for ever. Sometimes, to keep the people you love safe, you have to do bad things. As Little Town’s rules crumble, Charlie is sucked into a dangerous game. There’s a gun, and a bad man, and his closest friend, and his dearest enemy. Charlie Law wants to keep everyone happy, even if it kills him. And maybe it will …
7. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the ‘Libby Day fund’. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent. Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend – a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family’s past to uncover the truth – no matter how painful…
8. Naomi and Ely’s No kiss list by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan – Naomi and Ely have
been best friends forever. Naomi loves and is in love with Ely, and Ely loves Naomi, but prefers to be in love with boys. So they create their “No Kiss List” of people neither of them is allowed to kiss. And this works fine – until Bruce. Bruce is Naomi’s boyfriend, so there’s no reason to put him on the List. But Ely kissed Bruce – and the resulting fallout is going to shake up the world!
9. Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan – I was just a normal kid, going
to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until I accidentally vaporized my maths teacher. Now I spend my time battling monsters and generally trying to stay alive. This is the one where Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks I’ve stolen his lightning bolt – and making Zeus angry is a very bad idea.
10. Legend by Marie Lu – He is Day. The boy who walks in the light. She is June. The girl
who seeks her brother’s killer. On the run and undercover, they meet by chance. Irresistably drawn together, neither knows the other’s past. But Day murdered June’s brother. And she has sworn to avengehis death.
11. A Dictionary of Polspeak by Hal Lillywhite – This dictionary will help citizens understand politicians and others who speak a language similar to English but with different meanings for the words and phrases. The book is both entertaining and informative. Do you think your representative or senator speaks English? Nope. What he speaks has only a superficial similarity to English. If you want to understand politicians you need to know something about their language. Words and phrases can have different meanings in different languages. For example, “rat” in English means a rodent that most people don’t like. However in German it means “council,” hence the German word for city hall is “Rathaus.” (Pronunciation very similar to “rat house,” make of that what you will.) If we are to understand the Germans we must know what the words mean as the Germans use them. Likewise politicians. To understand politicians we must know what the words mean when politicians use them. That means we must study their language. Politicians and many government officials speak Polspeak. Some journalists and academics also use Polspeak. The Polspeak language is easily mistaken for English since it uses the same words and phrases as does English. However in Polspeak those words and phrases do not mean what they would mean in English. In fact, much like English, a word in Polspeak can have more than one meaning, depending on the context and who is speaking. And much like English, the meaning of a Polspeak word can change with time and place. Adding to the confusion, in Polspeak that meaning tends to change even faster than in English.
12. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters – You can’t tell by looking at me that my dad is
Poseidon, God of the Sea. It’s not easy being a half-blood these days. Even a simple game of dodgeball becomes a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants – and that was only the beginning. Now Camp Half-Blood is under attack, and unless I can get my hands on the Golden Fleece, the whole camp will be invaded by monsters. Big ones.
13. The Mighty Odds by Amy Ignatow – What do you get when you mix a sci-fi nerd, a
cartoonist, a social outcast, and the most popular girl in school with a mysterious bus crash? Some very specific superpowers: Martina can change her eye colour; Nick can teleport four inches to the left; Farshad can develop super strength, but only in his thumbs; and Cookie can read minds, when those minds are thinking about directions. They are, in short, the just okayish heroes. Starring a diverse group of kids with (very limited) superpowers, this series multiple narrators make for a quirky, pitch-perfect read that tackles identity and stereotypes. Ignatow s characters have been praised widely, as very real by the New York Times and completely convincing by the New Yorker.
14. The Bronze Key by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare – Magic can save you. Magic can kill
you. It should be a time of celebration. The Enemy of Death is dead; a severed head proof of his downfall. The magical world has no reason to believe otherwise, and Callum, Tamara and Aaron are celebrated as heroes. But at a party held in their honour, things go horribly, brutally wrong. A fellow student is callously murdered, and it seems Call’s worst fears are confirmed: there is a spy in the Magisterium. No one is safe. Now, using the powerful magic they’ve been taught, the trio must risk their lives to track down the killer. But magic is dangerous – in the wrong hands it could bring terrible destruction. And reveal the deadliest secret of all . . .
15. The Day my fart followed Santa up the chimney by Ben Jackson – If you and your child love to read together, then you are going to love reading along with Timmy, the Little Fart, and Santa Clause as they have another fantastic adventure. The Day My Fart Followed Santa Up The Chimney is a beautifully illustrated journey of Timmy’s best friend the Little Fart and Santa Clause as they help deliver presents and spread happiness and joy. There’s always plenty of laughter and giggles as the Little Fart attempts to help the only way he knows how.
16. The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski – Lady Kestrel’s engagement to Valoria’s crown
prince calls for great celebration: balls and performances, fireworks and revelry. But to Kestrel it means a cage of her own making. Embedded in the imperial court as a spy, she lives and breathes deceit and cannot confide in the one person she really longs to trust … While Arin fights to keep his country’s freedom from the hands of his enemy, he suspects that Kestrel knows more than she shows. As Kestrel comes closer to uncovering a shocking secret, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. Lies will come undone, and Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them in this second book in the breathtaking Winner’s trilogy.
17. The Day my fart followed me to hockey by Ben Jackson – If you and your child love to read together, then you are going to love reading along with Timmy and his Fart as they play hockey together! The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey is a beautifully illustrated journey of Timmy and his best friend the Little Fart as they attend Timmy’s first hockey tryouts. Chaos and laughter ensue as the Fart attempts to help out his best friend the only way he knows how. If you enjoy reading funny books with beautiful illustrations and love having your child read along with you, then make sure you grab The Day My Fart Followed Me To Hockey. Discover and giggle along with Timmy and his best friend on their exciting day at the hockey arena!
18. People Hunter by Hal Lillywhite – After thirty years as a mountain rescue volunteer, the author invites the reader to look in on forty-two of his search and rescue operations, some of which made international news. As a bonus, two more stories are included just for fun. Most rescue missions end successfully, though sometimes with a patient in need of medical attention. Some end sadly. All are interesting. These stories will give the reader insight into the world of mountain rescue, a world of dedication, effort, steep and snowy mountains, and often weather not fit for man nor beast. It tells of people who give of their time and talent to help those in need. It also tells of those who need rescue, sometimes because of sheer bad luck, sometimes because of mistakes others can learn from. Many of the stories are illustrated by photographs.
19. Desert Places by Blake Crouch RE-READ – Andrew Z. Thomas is a successful writer of
suspense thrillers, living the dream at his lake house in the piedmont of North Carolina. One afternoon in late spring, he receives a bizarre letter that eventually threatens his career, his sanity, and the lives of everyone he loves. A murderer is designing his future, and for the life of him, Andrew can’t get away.
20. Asha’s Stone by Riley Marie – Born in a small rural village south of Bangalore, Asha has always yearned to escape the trappings of traditional Indian life. Caught between an alcoholic father and an overbearing mother, Asha’s only comfort—and sense of safety—comes from the protective gaze of her childhood friend Wali. And though her world expands as she blossoms into adulthood, Asha remains torn between her duty to her family and her unending desire to chase her dreams. When a whirlwind romance with wellborn Charu unexpectedly promises to bring order to her chaotic life, it appears Asha’s troubles have come to an end. But a tempest of betrayal soon threatens to drown her new fragile hope and Asha is forced to flee, more desperate and determined than ever. It is through this journey, over land and through her own inner struggles, that Asha begins to discover who she is and where she truly belongs. Set against the beautiful backdrop of modern-day India, Asha’s Stone weaves the poignant story of a young woman struggling to reconcile the past with the present, traditional culture with her unyielding independence, and a childhood relationship with unrequited love. This inspirational glimpse into coming of age in India proves just how powerful self-exploration, forgiveness, redemption and second chances can be.
21. The Fortress by Faye Carlise – Nargassus is in trouble from the evil Sinisters. The Kodo
School trains children with supernatural abilities to defend the Kingdom. A prophecy says that a boy who is able to control the four elements of earth, fire, air and water will be able to restore peace to the land and defeat evil. Cameron, a Kodo student, has these extra-special abilities and is sent on a mission to find the Sinisters with his two friends Anna and Sam. Anna is able to see visions of the future, and Sam has navigating powers. The children’s search for the Sinisters leads them to a fortress where they meet Electro. Can they win against his lightning powers?