As promised - return to normal service! Apologies for the summer hiatus... we can blame my French half, who thoroughly believes in six weeks off during the hottest weather.
Anyway, here's my August TBR - it's mostly a repeat of previous month's TBRs, as I'd really like to fully clear the massive pile on my nightstand before the fall hits and I'm A) reading through my pre-orders of the new releases I'm really excited about and B) starting a full-time PhD, while also keeping my job part-time, and will be way too busy and brain-nackered to read novels for fun anymore. Or, well, I'll keep reading novels, but I'll probably go from reading 4 a week to only reading on weekends and watching a lot of trash TV.
So, what's on my TBR for this month, you ask? Well, rather a lot. I'm in self-isolation for ten days, will only be in the office a few times, and my social and dating life has never been all that active (I'm sorry but real men just never live up to their fictional counterparts - Mr Darcy clearly does not actually exist so why even bother trying? That's all I have to say about THAT). All this to say, I've got a relatively empty month ahead of me that I can fill with reading.
So, as I was saying, my TBR list for this month is a bit of an eclectic mix (I feel like I say that every month, and every month it ends up being the same mix of historical fiction, contemporary family sagas, romances, and Agatha Christie. Oh well): we've got the next three Miss Marple novels, because they're delightful murder mysteries and also serve as a very effective palate cleanser between heavier-lifting novels; quite a few (three, which for me is quite a few) nonfictions, covering a range of topics (two historical analyses, one on the history of conflict, the second on the history of immigration and immigration policing) and one on how the interplay of sexual desire and relationships impacts modern-day feminism; six romances (one historical, one contemporary retelling of Pride & Prejudice, and four contemporaries); a historical urban fantasy; three thrillers (a French-language serial killer, one set in a publishing house, and one about 'final girls' who get targeted post-massacre); a couple mythological retellings; a modern classic; seven historical fictions; one classic retelling; one family, contemporary saga (the FictionMatters book club pick for August); and two contemporary sagas exploring pertinent themes in the LGBTQ community. This last one is a real blind spot in my reading, so I'm looking forward to exploring it a bit more fully.
As always, below is my full TBR for the month - and I've highlighted the ones I'm hoping to review, as per usual, so give me a holler if there are any that you would like my take on that I haven't highlighted.
4.50 from Paddington, by Agatha Christie
The Mirror Crack'd From Side to Side, by Agatha Christie
A Caribbean Mystery, by Agatha Christie
Second First Impressions, by Sally Thorne
Bath Tangle, by Georgette Heyer
The Other Black Girl, by Zakiya Dalila Harris
War: How Conflict Shaped Us, by Margaret Macmillan
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent, by Isabel Wilkerson
Detransition, Baby, by Torrey Peters
The Murmur of Bees, by Sofía Segovia
Unmarriageable, by Soniah Kamal
The Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo
Mistress of Rome, by Kate Quinn
The Madwoman Upstairs, by Catherine Lowell
The Passion, by Jeanette Winterson
The Midnight Bargain, by C.L. Polk
The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
She Would Be King, by Wayetú Moore
A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki
Olympus, Texas, by Stacey Swann
Skye Falling, by Mia Mckenzie
Malibu Rising, by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Razorblade Tears, by S.A. Cosby
The Right to Sex, by Amia Srinivasan
L'été tous les chats s'ennuient, by Philippe Georget
Le Montespan, by Jean Teulé
Le suspendu de Conarky, by Jean-Christophe Rufin
Le train d'Erlinghen, by Boualem Sansal
L'Évangile selon Pilate, by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt
The Secret Bridesmaid, by Katy Birchall
The Final Girl Support Group, by Grady Hendrix
The Roadtrip, by Beth O'Leary
The Butchers, by Ruth Gilligan
Right, I better get to reading.