Hey guys! We’re already at July! Crazy, isn’t it? This will be a HECK of a busy month, since I have a huge recital, finals, and a long awaited vacation. Still, I am believing that this month will be a much better reading month than June was. I’m way behind on my reading goal of 100 books this year, so I need to step up my game! I’ve set up my list (which was mostly last month’s list), and I’m hoping to stick closer to it this month. Take a look!
Orbital Resonance by John Barnes
Genre: Science Fiction
Synopsis: Melpomene Murray’s concerns are those of any teenager: homework, friends, dates. But Melpomene lives on the Flying Dutchman, an asteroid colony located thousands of miles from an Earth almost destroyed by disease, war, and pollution. She and her spaceborn classmates are humanity’s last hope, and Mel’s just starting to realize how heavy a responsibility that is. Her parents and teachers have trained her from birth to lead mankind into the future.
What they never realized is that Melpomene might have plans of her own…
This I chose on a complete whim! I don’t really know what it’s about and I have no expectations, so I’m kind of going in blind here. I’m a little nervous because Science Fiction can be a hit or miss for me, and they often take a long time for me to read. Still, I’ve got a little excitement mixed in with the nervousness, and I’m hoping to pick it up soon!
The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
Synopsis: The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler—the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years—has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.
As Kelsier’s protégé and slayer of the Lord Ruler she is now venerated by a budding new religion, a distinction that makes her intensely uncomfortable. Even more worrying, the mists have begun behaving strangely since the Lord Ruler died, and seem to harbor a strange vaporous entity that haunts her.
Stopping assassins may keep Vin’s Mistborn skills sharp, but it’s the least of her problems. Luthadel, the largest city of the former empire, doesn’t run itself, and Vin and the other members of Kelsier’s crew, who lead the revolution, must learn a whole new set of practical and political skills to help. It certainly won’t get easier with three armies – one of them composed of ferocious giants – now vying to conquer the city, and no sign of the Lord Ruler’s hidden cache of atium, the rarest and most powerful allomantic metal.
As the siege of Luthadel tightens, an ancient legend seems to offer a glimmer of hope. But even if it really exists, no one knows where to find the Well of Ascension or what manner of power it bestows.
I actually did start this in June, like I said I would. However, I’ve had pretty much zero time to listen to audio books (or for just plain reading for that matter), so I haven’t gotten that far into it yet. But I really, REALLY want to finish it soon, because I absolutely love the Mistborn series and I can’t wait to see what happens next!
The Piano Shop on the Left Bank by Thad Carhart
Synopsis: Walking his two young children to school every morning, Thad Carhart passes an unassuming little storefront in his Paris neighborhood. Intrigued by its simple sign—Desforges Pianos—he enters, only to have his way barred by the shop’s imperious owner.
Unable to stifle his curiosity, he finally lands the proper introduction, and a world previously hidden is brought into view. Luc, the atelier’s master, proves an indispensable guide to the history and art of the piano. Intertwined with the story of a musical friendship are reflections on how pianos work, their glorious history, and stories of the people who care for them, from amateur pianists to the craftsmen who make the mechanism sing. The Piano Shop on the Left Bank is at once a beguiling portrait of a Paris not found on any map and a tender account of the awakening of a lost childhood passion.
Again, you probably recognize this from last month’s list. I HAD started this book, but I quickly found I just wasn’t in the mood for this book and ended up reading John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down instead…which I didn’t like. Anyway, I’m going to try my hardest to finally get to this, because I really do want to read it! Perhaps I’ll finally be in the mood?
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Synopsis: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
Another book that was on the list for last month, and another I did not get to, unfortunately. I don’t know what it is about this book, but I just can’t get myself to pick it up. I just really haven’t been in the mood for a pure romance novel. Lately I have been in the fantasy mood, but I do want to try and get this book read this month, because it’s been sitting on my shelf for awhile now. Fingers crossed!
Dune by Frank Herbert
Genre: Science Fiction
Synopsis: Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for…
When House Atreides is betrayed, the destruction of Paul’s family will set the boy on a journey toward a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. And as he evolves into the mysterious man known as Muad’Dib, he will bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.
Someday this book will be read…someday. Well, that day has to be before October 1st, which is when the movie will be releasing! I started reading this awhile back and I got pretty far into it before I put it down, and I didn’t pick it up again until I had forgotten most of what happened. So it’s back to the drawing board with this book, which is why I haven’t picked it up again yet. It’s just…so thick and intimidating! Hopefully it will be read this month!
Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
Synopsis: It should be simple—a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess’, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.
With a desperate fairy’s last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent’s agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?
Okay guys, I’m gonna do it… If you read yesterday’s post on what I read last month, you’ll know I’ve decided I really don’t enjoy Liz Braswell’s books. HOWEVER, I’m going to give this one a chance, and that’s mostly because I really love Sleeping Beauty! I have very low expectations going into this book, but I’m going to do my best to keep an open mind. Here goes nothing!
Gifted Hands by Ben Carson, M.D.
Synopsis: Gifted Hands by and about Ben Carson, M.D., is the inspiring story of an inner-city kid with poor grades and little motivation, who, at age thirty-three, became director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. Gifted Hands will transport you into the operating room to witness surgeries that made headlines around the world, and into the private mind of a compassionate, God-fearing physician who lives to help others. In 1987, Dr. Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head — an extremely complex and delicate operation that was five months of planning and twenty-two hours of actual surgery, involving a surgical plan that Carson helped initiate. Gifted Hands reveals a man with humility, decency, compassion, courage, and sensitivity who serves as a role model for young people (and everyone else) in need of encouragement to attempt the seemingly impossible and to excel in whatever they attempt. Dr. Carson also describes the key role that his highly intelligent though relatively uneducated mother played in his metamorphosis from an unmotivated ghetto youngster into one of the most respected neurosurgeons in the world.
Ugh, yet another book I didn’t finish last month… I’m seriously going to up my reading game this month, so wish me luck with that! But this book will definitely be read this month! In fact, I’m probably going to start reading it tomorrow, if not today! I was so excited to get my hands on this book, and I can’t wait to read it!
Fable by Adrienne Young
Synopsis: For seventeen-year-old Fable, the daughter of the most powerful trader in the Narrows, the sea is the only home she has ever known. It’s been four years since the night she watched her mother drown during an unforgiving storm. The next day her father abandoned her on a legendary island filled with thieves and little food. To survive she must keep to herself, learn to trust no one, and rely on the unique skills her mother taught her. The only thing that keeps her going is the goal of getting off the island, finding her father, and demanding her rightful place beside him and his crew. To do so Fable enlists the help of a young trader named West to get her off the island and across the Narrows to her father.
But her father’s rivalries and the dangers of his trading enterprise have only multiplied since she last saw him, and Fable soon finds that West isn’t who he seems. Together, they will have to survive more than the treacherous storms that haunt the Narrows if they’re going to stay alive.
I bought this on a whim one evening. I had been seeing it around, and I thought, well let’s do it! The cover is so beautiful, and the story sounds like the exact kind of thing I like. I’m anxious to get to it, but also nervous it won’t live up to my expectations. I’ve heard it’s a bit of a slower read, but hopefully I’ll be able to get it read this month!
American Royals by Katharine McGee
Genre: Alternative History
Synopsis: When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.
As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling.
Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her.
And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.
At this point it shouldn’t be a surprise that this is a book on last month’s list. Like, most of the books on here are just being recycled, I guess. Well, that won’t be the case next month (even if I don’t read a lot of these). Hopefully it won’t, anyway…I’m running out of other options, as weird as it sounds. Anyway, I’ve been thinking about starting this one for awhile now, and I have a feeling it’ll happen this month. After all, we’ll be celebrating our country’s independence, so It sounds like a good book to read this month!
The Mysterious Island by Jules Verne
Genre: Adventure Fiction
Synopsis: After hijacking a balloon from a Confederate camp, a band of five northern prisoners escapes the American Civil War. Seven thousand miles later, they drop from the clouds onto an uncharted volcanic island in the Pacific. Through teamwork, scientific knowledge, engineering, and perseverance, they endeavor to build a colony from scratch. But this island of abundant resources has its secrets. The castaways discover they are not alone. A shadowy, yet familiar, agent of their unfathomable fate is watching.
I really want to get this one done already. I started this audio book for the second time in my life last month, and once again I put it down. It’s interesting and all, but I guess I just haven’t been in the mood for it. It can be dull at times, but I do want to know what it’s all about! Fingers crossed that I’ll finally get this one done this month!
So that’s my list, comprised of books that were on last month’s list, which is incredibly sad. Well, July will just have to be a better reading month! A lot of the things keeping me busy will end this month, so that will free up some reading time! Not to mention that I’ll be spending two days in the car at the end of it, so that ought to get me through a book or two…
Got any thoughts? Let me know in the comments below! God bless you and have a wonderful week!
The synopsises were taken from Goodreads