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Kayla’s September TBR

Yes, I know. We are nearly a full week into September. I’ve already reviewed my first novel for September. I was actually planning to add two more BOTM books to my September pile, but then I realized how crazy that was. After all, I’m back at work. My free time is limited. I’ll be lucky to finish more than the one book I’ve already read this month.

Anyway, enough of that before I get all sad and depressed. This is the list of novels I PLAN to read this month.

Watch Over Me

This is hands down the most captivating ghost story I’ve ever read. The prose alone is worth the read, and it’s super short so you can probably read it in one sitting. Check out my full review here, but you can always just go ahead and pre-order it.

The Unraveling of Cassidy Holmes

This is the one I’m reading right now, and for a 400 page book, it is flying by. Cassidy Holmes is barely 18 years old when she joins the recently signed pop band, Gloss. They are the ultimate girl group of the new millennium, think Spice Girls but if they were American instead of British.

I’m only about 200 pages in, but this fictional band has been well-worth the read so far, and I can’t wait to finish!

Liars and Thieves

I really hope you stopped by for D. Wallace Peach‘s book launch last week. If not, you can check out our posts here.

Here’s the synopsis:

Behind the Veil, the hordes gather, eager to savage the world. But Kalann il Drakk, First of Chaos, is untroubled by the shimmering wall that holds his beasts at bay. For if he cannot cleanse the land of life, the races will do it for him. All he needs is a spark to light the fire.

Three unlikely allies stand in his way.

A misfit elf plagued by failure—

When Elanalue Windthorn abandons her soldiers to hunt a goblin, she strays into forbidden territory.

A changeling who betrays his home—

Talin Raska is a talented liar, thief, and spy. He makes a fatal mistake—he falls for his mark.

A halfbreed goblin with deadly secrets—

Naj’ar is a loner with a talent he doesn’t understand and cannot control, one that threatens all he holds dear.

When the spark of Chaos ignites, miners go missing. But they won’t be the last to vanish. As the cycles of blame whirl through the Borderland, old animosities flare, accusations break bonds, and war looms. 

Three outcasts, thrust into an alliance by fate, by oaths, and the churning gears of calamity, must learn the truth. For they hold the future of their world in their hands.

First of all, I love a good underdog story (who doesn’t?), and this one looks like it will feature three underdogs in a creative fantasy world. I’m sold, and so excited to start reading!

Blunt Force

This is one of my ARCs that I won from bookish first and as a lover of all things thriller and mystery, I am definitely excited to read through this one.

Here’s the bookish synopsis:

Jane Tennison must navigate the salacious world of theatre to solve a brutal murder in the heart of London’s West End, in the brilliant new thriller from the Queen of Crime Drama, Lynda La Plante.

Things can’t get much worse for detective Jane Tennison. Unceremoniously kicked off the adrenaline-fuelled Flying Squad, she now plies her trade in Gerald Road, a small and sleepy police station in the heart of London’s affluent Knightsbridge.

With only petty crime to sink her teeth into, Tennison can feel her career slowly flatlining. That is until the discovery of the most brutal murder Jane has ever seen: Charlie Foxley has been found viciously beaten to death with a cricket bat – his body dismembered and disemboweled.

As a big-time theatrical agent, Foxley had a lot of powerful friends – but just as many enemies. And alongside her old friend DS Spencer Gibbs, Tennison must journey into the salacious world of show business to find out which one is the killer, before they strike again.

Just from the synopsis, I know this books has three things I love to read about: London, theatre, and murder. I’m sold.

To Sleep in a Sea of Stars

I’ve already written a little bit about this one on my www post this week. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is my first audio ARC from Netgalley. I’m about 5 hours into this 39 hour long book, and it’s been a roller-coaster of emotions already. The narrator is an actual voice actor, so she’s been sensational so far by giving each character a voice of their own.

So far, it’s giving me Alien vibes with a touch of Venom, but the overall universe is pretty darn original. It’s going to take me a while to finish this one (at least 34 more hours), but I think it will be well worth the time spent.

What do you think?

I feel like I’ve challenged myself well enough, but it’s an exciting challenge. Wish me luck and let me know what you think of my picks!


17 thoughts on “Kayla’s September TBR”

    1. Thank you! For me reading really depends on the season. I typically direct a couple of big plays each year, so when those are going on I’m lucky to get two books read 😬. Of course, Covid has forced our theatre to go dark, so I’m setting my sights higher.

      To Sleep in a Sea of Stars actually has an animated cover up on its website which is somehow even more beautiful! I’m a big fan so far.


      1. An animated cover, I have to check this out! And wow, yoh direct plays? How cool is that? I have a friend who does the same and enjoy going to his shows pre-pandemic. I hope your theater recovers post-pandemic and that you continue to tell beautiful stories.

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  1. A great lineup, Kayla, and I’m so excited to be among these reads. And I’m still intrigued by To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. The fact that the narrator is exceptional is a real draw. I’ve gone ahead and added this to my wish list so that I don’t forget about it. Happy September.


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