Dewey’s reverse readathon – SUMMER edition!


Guys, can you believe it? We will have a summer edition of Dewey’s readathon?! Gah, that is so exciting to me! I need it I think. I have a few more books I’d like to finish this month, and what better way than to read for 24 hours during the last weekend of July. You’ll also find me tweeting again, either as @evilbibliotaph or under the official Dewey’s handle. I also plan on writing an official warm-up post. So stay tuned!

I am thinking I will read Crooked Kingdom – book two in the Six of Crows series – plus I read book one during the April readathon, so it’s kinda like kismet! I also have Rainbird and a few children’s ARCs on the docket. I’ll have plenty to keep me occupied. Since it is summer and since this is a trial readathon, I am going to take it easy. I am busy that weekend already, so I am not going to put pressure on me. I also think it would be fun to be more active on social media this time.

On the subject of snacks, I am thinking watermelon and loads of ice cream. Also coffee. Coffee is everything.

Regarding, reading nooks, I will probably read outdoors, unless the humidity is going to be 1000% again, at a coffee shop, and in my favorite reading chair in my home office. Of course, the pets will give me company, particularly during the wee hours.

Will you be participating? What are you planning on reading? Will you have a reading theme? Where will you be reading? What will be your snacks?


Top Ten Tuesday – Series I’ve Given up on or Don’t Plan to Finish


TTT time! This week’s prompt has to do with series I won’t finish or I shelved for a long time. As usual, Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl hosts these weekly challenges (so, see her blog for more info).

These days, I am very picky about which series I’ll read because I don’t want to commit to two or three or more books in lieu of others on my TBR. As you’ll see, for most of the series on my list I enjoyed the first book but not enough to be drawn into that world to want to experience more. For some, of course, I didn’t even like book 1. There are also some series that I devoured as a teen or in my early 20s and loved but now that I am older and maybe more demanding on what makes a book great, I won’t want to spend my time with a simpler book despite the fact that I would probably enjoy it.

TTT of my bye-bye series


  1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This might be the most controversial on my list. I know people love this series. I did read the first book and listened to the second. But I am not sure I ever even finished that one. I watched the movies since then and somehow I never got into that series and now I just don’t feel like reading it.
  2. Harper Connelly Graphic Novels by Charlaine Harris. Since I liked the Sookie Stackhouse stories, I was drawn to this graphic novel series but alas I didn’t get it and I didn’t even enjoy the illustrations all that much (admittedly I did accidentally read book 2 first but still). I can’t see myself picking up another book in this series or in the actual novel series.
  3. Fifty Shades by E.L. James. I audiobooked the first book but never got around to book 2 and 3 and I am glad I didn’t.
  4. The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch. I enjoyed book 1 but felt that the language was immature and simple. I tried reading the second one but gave up. Maybe it would be better in German???
  5. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I don’t understand why there will be a second book. Nope!
  6. Any James Bond book. I essentially love all Bond movies and was really looking forward to reading Ian Fleming. Well, Casino Royale portrayed Bond quite sexist and that was not enjoyable at all – it was painfully obvious because the book is written in first person view. So, I decided to stay ignorant and just watch the movies.
  7. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. There is a prequel to this book and I am not interested. In general, I feel fairly negative toward prequels.
  8. Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. I actually flew through the first book and vowed I’d read this series. But thinking about it now, I have really no desire to do that.
  9. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.  I liked the first book for sure but again if I weigh the next books against other books on my TBR, the other books win.
  10. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I am torn about this one. I enjoyed the first book but it was just so damn long – unnecessarily so in my opinion. So, although I am interested in the other books, I will probably not read them.


Series I enjoyed as a teen or in my early 20s and now have much more intriguing books on my TBR list:


  1. Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris – I loved those books and made it to like book 10 maybe? I think there are 3 more books but at the moment I can’t justify reading those over some other books on my TBR.
  2. Robert Langdon by Dan Brown. I read books 1-3 but won’t be continuing on. At this point, the series is too trivial and too sensationalized for my taste.
  3. Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple, Colonel Race, Tommy and Tuppence, Superintendent Battle, Harley Quin, or any other Agathe Christie series. I loved, loved, loved everything Christie as a teen and read so many of her books but I don’t think I will purposely finish the series I had started because there are so many other books to be read.
  4. Time Quintet by Madelaine L’Engle. I really enjoyed A Wrinkle in Time but I won’t be reading the sequels. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

High Summer Readathon


Michelle at Seasons of Readings is hosting another readathon – the High Summer Readathon. From what I gather, this is an anything-goes readathon to help us make a dent into our TBRs. I can always use that! Follow me on twitter @evilbibliotaph to get current updates on my #HSreadathon progress.

I just started thinking about my reading list for July and I decided I would like to use that month to catch up on my ARCs as well as make some progress with books I own. I am going on vacation at the beginning of the month and that would be a good time to read some books from my Kindle rather than lugging around paper copies. Specifically, I have 5 ARCS I’d like to review. They range from children’s picture books to middle grade/YA horror, so that should be fun. In addition, I have a few books from my Book of the Month membership that I have been wanting to read forever. I will also carry over any book I didn’t finish in June as I need a clean plate for my August N.E.W.Ts! There is an optional Christmas-in-July edition for the last four days of the readathon and I am going to see what I can find for those – and that will determine if I officially participate in that portion.


Fo’ shizzle July novels for this readathon

Crooked Kingdom is the sequel to Six of Crows, which I devoured during Dewey’s readathon. I have the hard copy and the Kindle version. I’ve read the 50 first pages so far, but have been super busy ever since I started and it doesn’t seem like I am going to make much progress with this book. I essentially just decided to pause the book until July and then read it all in one sitting during my vacation.

I haven’t even started The Astonishing Color of After and Rainbirds, which were both on my June TBR but are now officially moved to July. Although I own hard copies of them, I am going to see that I can get Kindle versions from the library to take along on vacation.

I also need to pick a book for my book club. Our challenge prompt is to read a book we were supposed to read in high school but didn’t. Since, I was such a goodie-two-shoes and read all the assigned books, I will read a book that is read in American high schools for this.


ARCs for the readathon

The Transfigured HartGhouliaAwesome!, Sloth at the Zoom, Trapped in Room 217


June books (sort of) likely to make it into July

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is the most likely to be finished by the end of June actually.  I loved the movies centering around Blade Runner and so I thought I’d love this story but I don’t seem to be getting into it but I am going to persevere and read this novel – it is after all on the 1001 book list!

Uncommon Type has been a slow read for me. I own the hard copy book and read a story here and there. This one will probably be on my list to read for the later part of July.



Hi bookies,

Keep your eyes peeled for these goodies! As always, I’ve linked the titles to my Goodreads reviews or to the actual book page.


Books I reviewed before release:

Somebody’s Daughter July 10 Thriller, Mystery, Suspense

Fast-paced whodunnit novel. Everyone is a suspect. You’ll want to turn the page to find out.


Books I am anticipating to read:

The Last Time I Lied July 3rd Thriller, Mystery

I read Final Girls and while it wasn’t the most amazing thriller, it was a page-turner. So, I am at least curious about this novel. It’s for sure a good option for when I need a fluff read.

Things Jolie Needs to Do Before She Bites It July 10 Contemporary YA

A bucket list of things to do before the protagonist undergoes surgery for her severe underbite. Honestly, this sounds like a super fun read that may actually have a profound message.

Letting Go of Gravity July 17th Contemporary YA

This book is on the list because I love the cover art! The synopsis itself sounds interesting but could be amazing or just a plot rehash of similar books. I tend to trust my gut on cover art, so I’ll read this novel eventually.

Contagion July 24th YA, Sci-fi

The book summary reads like Alien. Do want!

Sea Witch July 31st Retellings, YA, Fantasy

A dark retelling of The Little Mermaid. From the viewpoint of the villain. Count me in!!!

Top Ten Tuesday – Books to Read by the Pool or at the Beach


It’s TTT time! I haven’t been able to post the last couple of Tuesdays but I am back! I have an extremely soft spot for beach/poolside reads. Summers do really call for those. So, I am super stoked about this TTT prompt. As usual, Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl hosts these weekly challenges (so, see her blog for more info).

You’ll notice a theme here. When I think of reading on the beach or by the pool, I imagine myself holding a book with a scandalous cover or intriguing title. I imagine it to be a page-turner, so much so, that I might get sunburn because I can’t even bother to refresh my sunscreen. Fear not, I take sunburns seriously but a pasty girl can dream, right?!

Thus, lazy summer reads are “fluff” reads to me. That doesn’t mean they’re bad or trivial. Au contraire! They’re often really good but tend to feature romances and murders or some form of danger making them less language-heavy and more plot-heavy! And y’all know that my deep impact books are generally because of their prose rather than their plot. Narrowing down my guilty pleasure reads to 10 books seemed impossible but I managed. I will list a few honorable mentions at the end as well. Like I always do, I am linking to my Goodreads reviews if they exist.

TTT sun on your skin, sitting by some water, enjoying a beverage with an umbrella in it reads

  1. Divine Evil was, if I remember correctly, my first Nora Roberts book. I read it in middle or high school in Germany (German edition: Dunkle Herzen) and thus started a lifelong love for anything Nora Roberts. She is my true guilty-pleasure-writer. I particularly love when she combines romance and suspense and that combination has got to be my favorite genre for being lazy in the sun.
  2. Scandalous Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence should be a mandatory read for everyone. It’s like reading the People Magazine of the early 1920s. And we all know how perfect gossip magazines are for the summer.
  3. This one was one of those surprise books I didn’t expect to like quite as much as I did. Big Little Lies had everything: suspense, intrigue, gossip, friendship, strong women, and characters we all can relate to. This story is great as a group read to discuss with your friends on the beach afterward.
  4. Somebody’s Daughter by David Bell is slated to come out July 19th. I quite enjoyed this fast-paced thriller. Everyone is a suspect and you will want to keep reading to find out whodunnit! When I read it I definitely thought this would be a perfect summer read and thus it had to be on this list.
  5. YA fantasy and romance are some of the best fluff reads there are! Both The Selection series by Kiera Cass and Elementals series by Brigid Kemmerer would be wonderful with margaritas and your feet in the sand.
  6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn was so darn messed up but also so darn good. I wish I could read it again for the first time. Preferably poolside with lots and lots of ice cream.
  7. Um, yea, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark was magnificent. Michelle McNamara’s writing on top of the suspense and the realness of the story is excellent. I was frightened at times and I cannot think of anything more fun than reading something scary while lounging by the pool.
  8. I am quite obsessed with Krysten Ritter and so her debut novel cannot be missing on this list: Bonfire. Read it. It’s definitely perfect for laying in the sun.
  9. While I generally prefer dark and creepy retellings of old classics (for example The Alice Chronicles by Christina Henry), modernizing Jane Austen’s work, for example, sound like great summer reads. I highly recommend Curtis Sittenfeld’s reimaginings of Pride and Prejudice, entitled Eligible, while you sip on a cool beverage and bask in the sun.
  10. I recently reviewed The Pisces by Melissa Broder and I did not know that I needed mermaid erotica in my life. Where better to read this than near water. Seriously though, grab a copy and settle in.


Honorable mentions


  1. Friday Night Knitting Club series by Kate Jacobs
  2. The Woman in Cabin Ten by Ruth Ware
  3. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
  4. Anything by Agatha Christie
  5. Matchmaking for Beginners by Maddie Dawson
  6. #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

N.E.W.T.s are coming up


Whelp, I passed my OWLs back in April and sweet, sweet Gintare over at Book Roast is now hosting the N.E.W.T.s August 1 – 31. The schedule looks super intense but I will try my best. There are 13 classes, each with three levels: accepted (A), exceeded expectations (E), and outstanding (O). The general readathon goal is to pass two classes of which one needs to be an outstanding pass.

The prompts for each class level are really fun and I am making my way through my TBR to match books to them. So far, I have book ideas for History of Magic and Potions, which makes it a total of 6 books if I am gunning for outstanding as a pass for both. I feel that could be a reasonable personal goal. I have a few other book ideas but haven’t filled an entire class prompt with them yet. So stay tuned as this readathon TBR will most likely change.

History of Magic

The Tales of Beetle the Bard a book that you think fits in at Hogwarts’ library

Supernatural Tales book published at least 5 years ago

The Stand book at least 400 pages long


The Gray House book with a color in the title

Let the Right One In book with a male character lead

Atonement book over 350 pages long


What books are you adding to these prompts? What personal goals do you have? Leave me a comment. 🙂

Sci-fi summer is the kind of summer I want


Hey bookies,

I spent the first two weeks of June reading some delicious sci-fi inspired by the lovely Michelle over at Seasons of Reading. She hosts a yearly summer readathon centered on science fiction (and she allows fantasy if you’re so inclined). I love me a readathon in general, and I hadn’t come across one that would help me read more science fiction. The readathon ran June1 through June 14 and I was able to read 844 pages (one novel, one short story) and listen to one audiobook (confession: I had finished 50% before June but then my library copy expired and I had to wait a while). All in all, I am pretty happy with my accomplishments for this readathon. I did read a bunch of other books that didn’t qualify as several library copies didn’t come through before the readathon officially ended. Here are my thoughts on what I read:


The Song of the Orphans is the second book in a trilogy about time manipulation and parallel worlds. I received this book as an ARC but never got to it before it came out, particularly because I wanted to read book 1 first before reviewing book 2. The first book had me intrigued but I found some fault with character development and some of the plot feeling too YA. The second book, however, was fabulous! Daniel Price really stepped up the depth of his characters and some of the YA romances actually started making sense – i.e. there was a reason why people were weirdly attracted to each other. If you enjoy sci0fi with some fantasy portions, this series is for you.

The Strange Library is 100% what you would expect from Haruki Murakami. It’s weird and truly strange. There is magic. There is realism. There are books! What more could you want?

The Boy on the Bridge is a sort-of-prequel to The Girl with All the Gifts. Honestly, I didn’t get why this book was necessary. The Girl with All the Gifts was so good and I really had no need to know what happened before. In fact, if I hadn’t known The Boy on the Bridge was related to that story, I probably would’ve liked it more.


How did you fare? Tell me about what you read!

May the book be with you


Let me start off by saying that May was a month of re-energizing. I think I needed a break after all the Dewey pre-readathon and readathon activities. In addition to that, I also participated in two other readathons: OWLs and Spring into Horror. So while I read nine books, three of those were short stories/novellas, and one was a poetry collection, giving me really only 5 longer books (and one of those I had started reading in March, lol). Anyway, I am still happy with my accomplishments, partly because I branched out to a new genre: True Crime, and partly because three of my books were ARCs and that counts toward my ARCs to review goal of 2018. I also started two audiobooks in May (The Boy on the Bridge and Eleonor Oliphant Is Completely Fine) that I am making my way through and should finish soon. I am still working on my slow-read of short stories by Tom Hanks, Salem’s Lot (which I had to pause in between because my library Kindle copy expired), and The Great Gatsby to add to my 1001 books goal. For June, I decided to focus on books that either fulfill my Popsugar Reading Challenge goals or count toward the Sci-fi Summer readathon hosted by Seasons of Reading.

Now that I rambled on enough, here are my reviews for May!





The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov) ♠♠♠♠

176When I found this book while looking through the 1001-books-list, I knew I had to read it – a satire about the Soviet Union – duh! I was a bit nervous about the style (satire) as I struggled with Catch-22, which in fact I have never finished reading, and my predictions were correct. This was a difficult and slow read for me. There were times I flew through 50 pages and really got into the book, and then there were times I read 10 pages and had to stop because I got sleepy. Overall, though, I loved the story and could really relate to the things Mikhail Bulgakov made fun of. I think I would quite enjoy watching this story as a play! I am glad I read it and might do so again in the future, for nostalgic reasons and such.

You’ll enjoy this book if you: know a little (or a lot) about the Soviet Union, like political satire, enjoy a story with devious characters such as satan

Nope on this book if you: don’t understand sarcasm because this novel is dripping with it


The Key to Every Thing (Pat Schmatz) ♠♠♠


This book felt like you just turned on the TV in the middle of a movie and just started watching – you are a bit lost on the characters’ pasts, you don’t really understand all the inter-relationship issues and events, and you don’t quite know if you’re supposed to like or hate a specific character. Honestly, the story itself is interesting and the characters are unique but I felt lost most of the time and that hindered me to really care about anything in the book.

This book is for you: if you’re the target audience (middle grade) – adults need to know too much about the how and why to get into the story

Skip it if you are: older than 16


the sun and her flowers (Rupi Kaur) ♠♠♠♠♠

on the last day of love 

my heart cracked inside my body

i spent the entire night

casting spells to bring you back

-rupi kaur



Hauntingly beautiful. Grotesquely raw. Rupi Kaur didn’t disappoint with her follow up to Milk & Honey.




This poetry collection is for you if you enjoy: a good and ugly cry, feminism, going from swooning to being angry in seconds

This poetry collection is not for you if you: have been living under a rock and have never felt heartbroken/sad/mistreated


Interview with the Vampire (Anne Rice) ♠♠♠♠

191I cannot believe it took me so long to pick up a book by the famous Anne Rice! I gotta say I am a fan, now. I’ve always loved the movie and thus reading this book was a given. Her writing fits the plot perfectly. Her characters are well developed and complex, and the settings of a vampire world in New Orleans, Eastern Europe, and Paris are magical. I think I am going to read the second book soon, though I am a bit afraid I’ll go down a rabbit hole with this series – there are so many books! Not a terrible problem to have though 😉


Read this if you like: vampires, a bit erotic romance

Don’t read it if you are: looking for a fast-paced vampire story


I’ll Be Gone in the Dark (Michelle McNamara) ♠♠♠♠♠


Well, well, well. This was a treat! I flew through the pages. This book gives you not just insight into the Golden State Killer but also Michelle McNamara’s obsession with true crime and her struggle to manage work and family. I loved the way she wrote this book: half memoir and half factual accounts of the mind and doings of a serial killer. Her prose is also all kinds of special – it really takes a lot for me to get hooked on non-fiction.


Devour this story if you: love creepy serial killer accounts, seek to understand the minds of other people

This book is not for you if you: get scared easily, can’t read about murder


late night partners (Fennel Steuer) ♠♠♠


The vampire theme continues with this novella. I gotta say the author is very talented. His writing is descriptive and eloquent. The characters are diverse, and I have never come across a black vampire as protagonist before. I loved the urbanization of this old tale of vampirism! The biggest issue I had with this book was that it was too laden with descriptions, which was too the detriment of the plot. I wanted a bit more action.


This will be a quick read for you if you: enjoy modern vampire stories, are looking for diverse characters

Avoid this book if you: need a lot of plot


Jurassic, Florida (Hunter Shea) ♠♠♠♠


Giant iguanas. Gore. Characters being eaten alive left and right. Townspeople turning on each other. A teenaged female mayor. A lesbian couple. Old wise men. Young wannabes. This book has it all. I loved it. Hunter Shea did not disappoint with this novella. And I personally found the characters in this book much, much more believable than the ones in Fury of the Orcas, which I read last month. Also, that cover art is spectacular and perfect for the book!


This is the perfect read for you if you: love b-rated 60s horror movies

Don’t even try if you: cannot take gore or giant iguanas as main characters


The Outsider (Stephen King) ♠♠♠♠ and 1/2♠

193Guys, I am still swooning hard about this book. King remains King. I know lots of avid King readers didn’t like Sleeping Beauties (though I really did) but I hope we can all agree that this book is amazing and that King is back/did it again/is still the old King we know and love. The first half of the book is probably one of the most gripping thrillers I’ve ever read. The crime is despicable. Beloved characters are slaughtered off by the author that your heart brakes with every page turned. You have no idea who to believe. Everyone is a suspect. Your mind is reeling with ideas and hypothesis on what’s actually going on. And honestly, I wouldn’t have been mad had King not gotten into the supernatural but kept it as a thriller throughout. But, as is clear from my previous statement, the second half becomes paranormal and full of horror through and through. True, it’s not entirely new what King presents here but his antihero/villain is creepy, reminds me of the force behind IT, and seems basically undefeatable – which are all perfect King elements. I loved learning about the outsider. I loved the chase through the cavern system. I loved Holly as a female lead in the second half. What I didn’t love was the fairly rushed ending. How is it possible that wordy King time and time again just sort of vomits out the ending onto paper? This has always bugged me a bit about his writing style. Here, it’s not super detrimental because the whole novel felt perfectly edited and each word appeared to be important for the story but I am still deducting 1/2 spade from an otherwise amazing piece of literary work.

P.S.: There are some Bill Hodges trilogy spoilers in this book. So, if you want to read those, read them first. If you don’t, you don’t need to read them to understand this novel or understand the character Holly.

Stop what you’re doing and open this book if you: love Stephen King, are looking for the old King in a new book, have never read Stephen King, enjoy being scared

This story is not for you if you: get upset about gruesome murders (involving minors), get scared too easily


Laurie (Stephen King) ♠♠♠♠♠♠


Who would’ve thought King can write a heartwarming story of redemption, grief, and animal love? I did! But what I didn’t think was that he could do it oh so well. This short story was simply lovely and I wished it would be longer.


Read it it’s free and very short!

Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Worlds I’d Want to/Never Want to Live In


I am splitting up this TTT so that I can talk about worlds I’d love to live in and worlds that are a big no-no for meAs usual, Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl hosts these weekly challenges (so, see her blog for more info).

5 worlds I’d love to live in

  1. Alice in Wonderland is one of my all-time favorite books and I would give anything to jump down that rabbit hole and meet the Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, and the Queen of Hearts. Oh yeah, and I am very partial toward Tweedledee and Tweedledum from Through the Looking Glass.
  2. Who here wouldn’t want to be a wizard in the Harry Potter stories? I specifically like the idea of being an animagi!
  3. I want to be an Antari and go in between the Londons of the Shades of Magic trilogy or at the very least I’d love to sail along on that famous pirate ship of Alucard’s.
  4. I would love to tag along on the adventures in the Six of Crows series.
  5. A few years ago, I discovered my love for steampunk novels with the Leviathan series and I sure would love to live in that universe. I enjoyed The Clunkers because of the technology but I would want to be a Darwinist for sure.
  6. Ugh whatever, I am adding a No.6 to this list. I adore the heck out of Neverwhere and so would love to live in London Below (as a badass of course!). There’s no way I could leave this one off of this list.

5 worlds I would nope the f*** out of

  1. The idea that we have definite proof that aliens exist and our world going crazy over this scares me. So, no way would I want to be part of The Three-Body Problem universe at this point.
  2. I don’t think I am well-suited for one-on-one combat with people or weird creatures, especially not if it is for the amusement of some stuck-up asshats. Thus, The Hunger Games are on this list.
  3. While I thoroughly enjoyed reading this series, depending on a prince to choose me for a better life would drive me bat-shit crazy, so The Selection world is out for me.
  4. This is not really a world but more of a time period, and even though Kindred involves time travel, which is something that really draws me in, I would not want to live during slavery times in America (or anywhere really).
  5. Good book, terrible futuristic world: InterWorld. I just can’t imagine I would enjoy such a sterile environment despite the fact that it is based on science (and I LOVE science). Maybe the world ruled by magic is better?! But really, all parallel universes in this series are at war, which is utterly no bueno.

US releases: June books to keep on your radar

Hi bookies,

Keep your eyes peeled for these goodies! As always, I’ve linked the titles to my Goodreads reviews or to the actual book page.


Books I reviewed before release:

Jurassic, Florida June 19 Horror, Short Stories

This is my second Hunter Shea book. I read Fury of the Orcas recently and loved the concept of animals and horror. So when I saw NetGalley was offering Jurassic, Florida for review, I jumped on it.


Books I am anticipating to read:

Matchmaking for Beginners June 1 Contemporary Fiction, Romance

Summers are for pool-side romance novels. I am looking forward to reading this one.

MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic June 7 Nonfiction, Graphic Novels, History

This is a companion piece to the Maus Vol.1 and Vol.2 graphic novels. I loved both of those and will surely peruse this book at some point.

The Mermaid June 19 Historical Fiction, Mythology

I loved Christine Henry’s dark Alice in Wonderland retellings and I sure love me a good mermaid story. I have high hopes for this book.

Why Can’t I Be You? June 19 Middle Grade, Growing Up

This appears to be an important read. Alas, I shall read it.

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea June 26 Nonfiction, Memoir

This seems like one of those must-reads in the non-fiction genre.