20 Books I Just Added to My TBR List

by - June 16, 2021


Is your summer reading list looking a little empty? Check out these titles I've added to my own TBR list!

I admitted to you guys earlier this week that I'm in a bit of a reading slump right now. I found this really great series that sucked me right in, and I'm not quite ready to pull myself out of that magic yet. The fact that the series is incomplete isn't helping matters, but knowing that it'll probably be a year or two before the story reaches its conclusion puts it into perspective. So for the time being, I'm rereading a few favorites to reset my reading frame of mind so I'm not making unfair comparisons with anything new I try.

That said, I haven't exactly stopped adding books to my To Be Read list. Half the fun of reading, for me, is discovering new stories and new authors, and I am well aware that my TBR list is so far out of control that I will likely never read everything that's on it. But I won't stop adding to it and sharing my finds with you.

So, take a look at these 20 books I've added to my summer reading list. It's a lot of fantasy because that's kinda where my head is stuck right now, so if that's not your thing, I apologize.


The Mixtape - Single mother Emery is a struggling bartender with no support system. Oliver is spiraling after the death of his twin brother and bandmate. When Oliver stumbles into the bar Emery works at, she helps him escape the crowd. Together, they find solace, but can their love withstand the world?

The Tempted Series - I downloaded this in a boxset since it's a completed series. Flint and her dad move a lot. Now, they've settled in Whispering Bluff, Tennessee, where she hopes to put the carnival life behind her and finish high school. There's just one problem. She's pretty sure her high school is infested with vampires.

Curse Painter - This one is inspired by Robin Hood. Briar can cast any curse with a paintbrush, but she doesn't want to hurt people anymore so she's fled the family business and started a new life peddling non-lethal jinxes and petty revenge. Her powers catch the eye of an outlaw named Archer. When he hires her to save a friend who's been kidnapped, Briar thinks it's her chance to make amends for her past crimes but the family business isn't ready to let her go quite so easily.

The Mad King - One thing you should know about me is that I love a good Alice in Wonderland retelling, so I have high hopes for this one, plus the cover is so good. Alice and Hatter had a legendary love until a curse ripped them apart forever. But a pair of powerful fairy godmothers and one god are determined to make things right. The only problem? One of them has just died and the other is running out of time.

The Tower Card Murder - Dee has psychic abilities, but the only one she's not afraid of is her ability to read tarot cards. Until she learns she must reconnect with her soulmates from a past life - 7,000 years ago.

Wicked Gods - I have a weakness for academy romances. They're like my guilty pleasure, even though they're almost always unrealistic. Rosie lives in a world that's divided between the Norms and Idols. She's a Norm, and she's been offered a place at the Gifted Academy where she needs to go unnoticed to survive. Except she's caught the attention of the most powerful Idols at the school.

Circus of the Dead Chronicles Book 1 - This is a follow-up spin-off book from the Circus of the Dead series I read earlier this year. It focuses on Juliette, the best friend of the protagonist from the series. She gets a scholarship to a school on an island on Lake Superior and thinks it's her opportunity to get away from all things supernatural. But the island is crawling with monsters and a warlock wants her help hunting them down.

Children of Light - Liana is the daughter of a god and has spent her entire life running, afraid of her powers. Then she finds Donavan, the last of the Ursang, sworn to protect the children of the gods, and Cain, the first nephilim. Can they help her rewrite the Tablets of Destiny, survive the King of the Universe, and master her powers?

Gravebriar - Castor is accused of poisoning one of her coven mates, and she can't prove her innocence without exposing her biggest secret. While all other Gravebriar witches are green witches and healers, her magic lies in poisons. Only one person believes her - Forge, the boy sent to kill her. He takes her to a circus, where they agree to join for two nights in exchange for the cure to save her coven mate.

Bacchanal - Eliza can communicate with animals. The Bacchanal Carnival is her ticket out of the swamp trap of Baton Rouge, but the Bacchanal is no ordinary carnival. It is home to an ancient demon that feeds on innocent souls, but she's met her match in Eliza.


Flicker and Flame - Kenna has no idea she has magic until one night at a club, four strangers awaken it. Now, she needs their help learning how to use it and figuring out who she really is.

The Scarlet Thread - Kaidance can see others' deaths. When she foresaw her little brother's but failed to stop it, her parents had her sent to juvie. Now, she doesn't let people touch her, but a random visitor tricks her into spilling her secrets and warns her there are others looking for her. After barely escaping, she finds herself in a mansion learning how to control her abilities.

The Three Mrs. Wrights - Lark, Jessica, and Holly are total strangers that have one thing in common - Trip, Jonathan, and Jack. The names of their one and only may be different, but they are one and the same man.

A Thousand Boy Kisses - Rune and Poppy were childhood sweethearts separated when Rune moved back to Norway. Poppy swore she'd wait for him but suddenly cut him off without explanation, breaking Rune's heart. Now, he's back in Georgia searching for the truth.

The Firefly Witch - This book combines two of my favorite genres: fantasy and historical fiction. Circe escapes her Puritan family to join a group living in secret to practice the ancient ways of the Celts. She lives in peace with them until one day a mysterious man with a map shows up. Together, they will fight the witch hunters determined to kill her new family and destroy her way of life.

Ms. Never - Farya's depression has the power to destroy time and space. In fact, she did. She meets Bryan at a record swap, a divorced telecom CEO who buys human souls in exchange for a luxury afterlife using shady terms of service in mobile-phone contracts. The two fall in love and find themselves backed into a corner by their secrets, where they must come clean and take drastic steps to save not only themselves but also reality.

All Through the Night - When Cadence is turned away as a nurse because of her age, she begins singing to the soldiers at the hospital. Only one doctor, Joshua Ivy, stands in her way. Everything changes when they discover a secret society that could change the war and their lives forever.

The Venice Sketchbook - Caroline's great-aunt Lettie leaves her a sketchbook, three keys, and a final whisper: Venice. She wants Caroline to scatter her ashes in the city she loved and unlock the mysteries stored away for more than 60 years. Key by key, Caroline learns the truth of Lettie's former life in war-torn Italy.

Elvish - When Venick is caught in the elflands, he knows the penalty is death, so in desperation he lies about who he is. Ellina doesn't trust him, but decides to give him the chance to learn elvish - a language it is impossible to lie with. If he reveals his truths, she will set him free. That, of course, doesn't happen. Venick uncovers a dark secret and must decide if risking his life to protect a race that hates him is worth it to save the elf he's not allowed to love.

The Titanic Sisters - Delia and Nora couldn't be more different, but when they get the chance to travel to New York via the Titanic, the sisters accept the offer and travel together. Delia is to be a maid in a modest household, while Nora is to become a governess for a well-to-do family. But, as we all know, the Titanic doesn't complete the journey. After the fateful journey, Delia impulsively decides to take Nora's place as governess, sparking an adventure that takes her from Fifth Avenue to the oilfields of Texas. She grows close to her charge and the girl's father, but her deception does not come without repercussions.

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