March 2022 books I plan to read

Three new books I’m excited to read when I can get a copy!

I keep a list each year of new books scheduled for publishing that sound interesting to me. I add to it as the year goes on. The following books are from that list.

I used to put lots of books on this blog list each month I knew I’d never get a chance to read. In the last few months I’ve started only adding books to this monthly post I know I will read or at least start to read. (Every year there are books that sound good, but either don’t fit my mood, cost too much or have things about them I don’t like.) I also start books, but don’t always finish them if they’re not keeping my interest or have other issues I don’t like.

The three books on my list this month are all books by authors I’ve read before and I’m excited they’re going to finally be published!

March 8

Crowbones

by Anne Bishop

Series: The Others #8

Published by Ace

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Vampires

384 pages

Synopsis: Crowbones will gitcha if you don’t watch out!

Deep in the territory controlled by the Others-shape-shifters, vampires, and even deadlier paranormal beings-Vicki DeVine has made a new life for herself running The Jumble, a rustic resort. When she decides to host a gathering of friends and guests for Trickster Night, at first everything is going well between the humans and the Others.

But then someone arrives dressed as Crowbones, the Crowgard bogeyman. When the impostor is killed along with a shape-shifting Crow, and the deaths are clearly connected, everyone fears that the real Crowbones may have come to The Jumble-and that could mean serious trouble.

March 15

The Kaiju Preservation Society

by John Scalzi

Published by Tor Books

Genre: Science Fiction

272 pages

Synopsis: When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls “an animal rights organization.” Tom’s team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on.

What Tom doesn’t tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm and human-free world. They’re the universe’s largest and most dangerous panda and they’re in trouble.

March 29

Sea Storm

by Andrew Mayne

Series Underwater Investigation Unit #3

Published by Thomas & Mercer

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

302 pages

Synopsis: A distress call draws rescuers Sloan McPherson and the Underwater Investigation Unit to a cruise ship off the coast of Fort Lauderdale that’s sinking from a mysterious explosion. When it appears to be the work of an ecoterrorist and other ships are threatened, it becomes a race against time. More clues are discovered, and evidence is in danger of being washed away by a coming tropical storm. Sloan grows concerned that key details are being ignored, and a strange lack of urgency by authorities sets off alarms.

As the troubling questions compound, Sloan is determined to chase down every lead she has. Her persistence is getting her closer to the truth: that there’s something far more troubling at play than the official explanation.

What March books do you want to read?

Top Ten Tuesday: The favorite new-to-me authors I discovered in 2021

Ten new authors I’m glad I read last year

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/) in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’m trying to do more on my blog this year so I occasionally plan to participate in Top Ten Tuesday. I won’t do it every week since sometimes I can’t think of any answers for some of the topics!

In 2021 I read books by 28 new-to-me authors.

My ten favorite new authors in 2021

Science Fiction

  • Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Fantasy

  • The Case of the Dragon-Bone Engine by Galadriel Coffeen
  • A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
  • The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
  • The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore and Bar by Seana Kelly
  • The Lord of Stariel by A.J. Lancaster

Mystery

  • Arsenic and Adobo by Mia P. Manansala
  • The Girl Beneath the Sea by Andrew Mayne
  • Cry Dance by Kirk Mitchell

Romance

  • Much Ado About You by Samantha Young

Who were your favorite new authors in 2021?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

This is my jam–a time travel, historical mystery by Kelley Armstrong!

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

A Rip Through Time

by Kelley Armstrong

Series: A Rip Through Time #1

Published by Minotaur Books

Publishing date: May 31

Genre: Historical Mystery, Time Travel

352 pages

Synopsis: In this series debut from New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, a modern-day homicide detective finds herself in Victorian Scotland—in an unfamiliar body—with a killer on the loose.

May 20, 2019: Homicide detective Mallory is in Edinburgh to be with her dying grandmother. While out on a jog one evening, Mallory hears a woman in distress. She’s drawn to an alley, where she is attacked and loses consciousness.

May 20, 1869: Housemaid Catriona Thomson had been enjoying a half-day off, only to be discovered that night in a lane, where she’d been strangled and left for dead . . . exactly one-hundred-and-fifty years before Mallory was strangled in the same spot.

When Mallory wakes up in Catriona’s body in 1869, she must put aside her shock and adjust quickly to the reality: life as a housemaid to an undertaker in Victorian Scotland. She soon discovers that her boss, Dr. Gray, also moonlights as a medical examiner and has just taken on an intriguing case, the strangulation of a young man, similar to the attack on herself. Her only hope is that catching the murderer can lead her back to her modern life . . . before it’s too late.

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Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors and I’m always awestruck by the many different types of books she writes.

This sounds so good and I definitely Can’t Wait!

Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 releases I wanted to read. . .

Ten 2021 books I thought I would read as soon as they were published

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl (http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/) in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I haven’t done any Top Ten Tuesdays for a couple of years, but I’m trying to do more on my blog this year. I won’t do it every week since some I can’t think of any answers for some of the topics!

A Marvellous Light

by Freya Marske

The Last Binding #1

Historical Fantasy

Reason I haven’t read it: Digital edition still on hold at my library

Miss Moriarty, I Presume

by Sherry Thomas

Lady Sherlock #6

Historical Mystery

Reason I haven’t read it: Digital edition still on hold at my library

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by Janet Edwards

Drago Tell Dramis #3

Science Fiction

Purchased, but need to wait for the “right” mood to read it

Down a Dark River

by Karen Odden

Inspector Coravan #1

Mystery, Police Procedural

No digital editions at my library & “too soon to put this new physical book on hold” according to my library

Saving Time

by Jodi Taylor

Time Police #3

Science Fiction, Time Travel

I bought the audiobook, but then forgot to listen to it

The Hiding Place

by Paula Munier

Mercy Carr Mystery #3

Mystery

My library finally got a digital edition. It’s on hold at my library.

Between Family

by W.R. Gingell

The City Between #9

Urban Fantasy

I’ve a DL of the Kindle Unlimited book, but not read it yet. I think this series is coming to an end and that’s hard for me since I’ll miss the characters.

Between Kings

by W.R. Gingell

The City Between #10

Urban Fantasy

I still need to read book #9 (see above)

Project Hail Mary

by Andy Weir

Science Fiction

I had a digital copy from my library, but didn’t feel like reading it before I had to return it. I’ve checked it out again.

The Unkindness of Ravens

by M.E. Hilliard

Greer Hogan Mystery #1

Mystery, cozy

Another book that had to be returned to the library before I had a chance to read it. I’ve checked it out again.

What 2021 books did you forget to read or didn’t have time to read or just couldn’t read in 2021?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Sea Storm by Andrew Mayne

A series about a law enforcement diver in Florida

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Sea Storm

by Andrew Mayne

Series: Underwater Investigations Unit #3

Published by Thomas & Mercer

Publishing date: March 29

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

302 pages

Synopsis: A distress call draws rescuers Sloan McPherson and the Underwater Investigation Unit to a cruise ship off the coast of Fort Lauderdale that’s sinking from a mysterious explosion. When it appears to be the work of an ecoterrorist and other ships are threatened, it becomes a race against time. More clues are discovered, and evidence is in danger of being washed away by a coming tropical storm. Sloan grows concerned that key details are being ignored, and a strange lack of urgency by authorities sets off alarms.

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I’ve read the first book in this series–The Girl Beneath the Sea–and enjoyed it. I have the second book and hope to read it before this book is published!

January 2022 books on my list

Two mysteries I’m hoping I like

I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and I add to it as the year goes on. The following books are from that list. I’ve started only adding the books to my monthly post I really plan to try reading. (Every year there are books that sound good, but either don’t fit with my mood or have things about them I don’t like. I might start a book, but I don’t always finish it.) If I paid over $5 for that book I would feel I had wasted my money. My husband and I are on a fixed income so we try not to waste money.

I’m only listing two books this month since these are books I know I want to try. I found digital copies of the books at the library and I’ve put both books on hold. The links to the following books will take you to the book on Goodreads.

January 4

The Maid

by Nita Prose

Published by Ballantine Books

Genre: Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by.

Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life’s complexities all by herself. No matter—she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisp uniform each morning, stocking her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection.

But Molly’s orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it’s too late?

A Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different—and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.

January 25

The Fields

by Erin Young

Series: Riley Fisher #1

Published by Flatiron Books

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

352 pages

Synopsis: Some things don’t stay buried.

It starts with a body—a young woman found dead in an Iowa cornfield, on one of the few family farms still managing to compete with the giants of Big Agriculture.

When Sergeant Riley Fisher, newly promoted to head of investigations for the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office, arrives on the scene, an already horrific crime becomes personal when she discovers the victim was a childhood friend, connected to a dark past she thought she’d left behind.

The investigation grows complicated as more victims are found. Drawn deeper in, Riley soon discovers implications far beyond her Midwest town.

What are the January 2022 books you hope to read?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Sacred Bridge by Anne Hillerman

A favorite mystery series I’ve read since I was a teenager

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

The Sacred Bridge

by Anne Hillerman

Series: Leaphorn, Chee & Manuelito #25

Published by Harper

Publishing date: April 12

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

352 pages

Synopsis: Sergeant Jim Chee’s vacation to beautiful Antelope Canyon and Lake Powell has a deeper purpose. He’s on a quest to unravel a sacred mystery his mentor, the Legendary Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn, stumbled across decades earlier.

Chee’s journey takes a deadly turn when, after a prayerful visit to the sacred Rainbow Bridge, he spots a body floating in the lake. The dead man, a Navajo with a passion for the canyon’s ancient rock art, lived a life filled with many secrets. Discovering why he died and who was responsible involves Chee in an investigation that puts his own life at risk.

Back in Shiprock, Officer Bernadette Manuelito is driving home when she witnesses an expensive sedan purposely kill a hitchhiker. The search to find the killer leads her to uncover a dangerous chain of interconnected revelations involving a Navajo Nation cannabis enterprise.

But the evil that is unleashed jeopardizes her mother and sister Darleen, and puts Bernie in the deadliest situation of her law enforcement career.

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I’ve read these books since I was a teenager (when Tony Hillerman wrote them). In the last couple of years I reread many of the older books which has been so fun. This is the seventh book Anne Hillerman, Tony Hillerman’s daughter, has written after her father died in 2008. I enjoy her books just as much as I enjoy her father’s.

November & December books on my list

Check out the books that made my short list for November & December published books

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I keep a list of all the books I might want to read and add to it as the year goes on. As each month comes along I create a list on my blog for others and for me to keep track of as the months go by.

I hope people reading my post may find some new books to read. I also hope these people will point me toward books I might not know about! The links to the following books will take you to the book on Goodreads.

I don’t buy all these books–since I already have way too many books to read and some of the new books are very expensive. I’m trying to stick to a budget! I always check my library for the expensive books and I add authors to eReader IQ which then tells me when the authors’ books have gone on sale.

Since I didn’t have many books published in November or December I want to read I’ve combined my November and December lists. Even though there aren’t many books on my list I’m still late getting this posted.

A Marvellous Light

by Freya Marske

Series: The Last Binding #1

Published by Tordotcom

Genre: Historical Fantasy

384 pages

Synopsis: Robin Blyth has more than enough bother in his life. He’s struggling to be a good older brother, a responsible employer, and the harried baronet of a seat gutted by his late parents’ excesses. When an administrative mistake sees him named the civil service liaison to a hidden magical society, he discovers what’s been operating beneath the unextraordinary reality he’s always known.

Now Robin must contend with the beauty and danger of magic, an excruciating deadly curse, and the alarming visions of the future that come with it–not to mention Edwin Courcey, his cold and prickly counterpart in the magical bureaucracy, who clearly wishes Robin were anyone and anywhere else.

Robin’s predecessor has disappeared, and the mystery of what happened to him reveals unsettling truths about the very oldest stories they’ve been told about the land they live on and what binds it. Thrown together and facing unexpected dangers, Robin and Edwin discover a plot that threatens every magician in the British Isles–and a secret that more than one person has already died to keep.

Miss Moriarty, I Presume?

by Sherry Thomas

Series: Lady Sherlock #6

Published by Berkley Books

Genre: Historical Mystery

368 pages

Synopsis: A most unexpected client shows up at Charlotte Holmes’s doorstep: Moriarty himself. Moriarty fears that tragedy has befallen his daughter and wants Charlotte to find out the truth.

Charlotte and Mrs. Watson travel to a remote community of occult practitioners where Moriarty’s daughter was last seen, a place full of lies and liars. Meanwhile, Charlotte’s sister Livia tries to make sense of a mysterious message from her beau Mr. Marbleton. And Charlotte’s longtime friend and ally Lord Ingram at last turns his seductive prowess on Charlotte–or is it the other way around?

But the more secrets Charlotte unravels about Miss Moriarty’s disappearance, the more she wonders why Moriarty has entrusted this delicate matter to her of all people. Is it merely to test Charlotte’s skills as an investigator, or has the man of shadows trapped her in a nest of vipers?

November 9

Down a Dark River

by Karen Odden

Series: Inspector Corravan #1

Published by Crooked Lane Books

Genre: Historical Mystery, Police Procedural

336 pages

Synopsis: London, 1878. One April morning, a small boat bearing a young woman’s corpse floats down the murky waters of the Thames. When the victim is identified as Rose Albert, daughter of a prominent judge, the Scotland Yard director gives the case to Michael Corravan, one of the only Senior Inspectors remaining after a corruption scandal the previous autumn left the division in ruins. Reluctantly, Corravan abandons his ongoing case, a search for the missing wife of a shipping magnate, handing it over to his young colleague, Mr. Stiles.

An Irish former bare-knuckles boxer and dockworker from London’s seedy East End, Corravan has good street sense and an inspector’s knack for digging up clues. But he’s confounded when, a week later, a second woman is found dead in a rowboat, and then a third. The dead women seem to have no connection whatsoever. Meanwhile, Mr. Stiles makes an alarming discovery: the shipping magnate’s missing wife, Mrs. Beckford, may not have fled her house because she was insane, as her husband claims, and Mr. Beckford may not be the successful man of business that he appears to be.

Slowly, it becomes clear that the river murders and the case of Mrs. Beckford may be linked through some terrible act of injustice in the past—for which someone has vowed a brutal vengeance. Now, with the newspapers once again trumpeting the Yard’s failures, Corravan must dredge up the truth—before London devolves into a state of panic and before the killer claims another innocent victim.

November 16

Termination Shock

by Neal Stephenson

Published by William Morrow

Genre: Science Fiction

896 pages

Synopsis: One man has a Big Idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental.” But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for the planet and all of humanity should it be applied?

Ranging from the Texas heartland to the Dutch royal palace in the Hague, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sunbaked Chihuahuan Desert, Termination Shock brings together a disparate group of characters from different cultures and continents who grapple with the real-life repercussions of global warming. Ultimately, it asks the question: Might the cure be worse than the disease?

December 31

Between Kings

by W.R. Gingell

Series: The City Between #10

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: G’day. I’m Pet. Heirling. Biter of fae lords. Trouble.

I have a lot of names these days—including my own, real name. Unfortunately for me, someone else knows that name too; not to mention the names of my other heirling friends. Now those heirling friends have disappeared, stolen by the current King Behind for a fight to the death where only one contender to the throne remains.

The rules say there’s no way in and only one way out of that fight, but I’ve always preferred to work outside the rules. I just have to trust my friends to help each other stay alive long enough for me to get them out—without becoming a contender for the throne myself.

Because one thing is for sure: I am absolutely not planning on being the next King Behind.

What November or December books are you looking forward to reading? Have you already read some of these books?

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Homicide and Halo-Halo by Mia P. Manansala

A fun series. . .and I learned some things about Filipino food!

Homicide and Halo-Halo

by Mia P. Manansala

Series: Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #2

Published by Berkley Books

Publishing date: March 8

Genre: Mystery, cozy

336 pages

Synopsis: Things are heating up for Lila Macapagal. Not in her love life, which she insists on keeping nonexistent despite the attention of two very eligible bachelors. Or her professional life, since she can’t bring herself to open her new cafe after the unpleasantness that occurred a few months ago at her aunt’s Filipino restaurant, Tita Rosie’s Kitchen. No, things are heating up quite literally, since summer, her least favorite season, has just started.

To add to her feelings of sticky unease, Lila’s little town of Shady Palms has resurrected the Miss Teen Shady Palms Beauty Pageant, which she won many years ago–a fact that serves as a wedge between Lila and her cousin slash rival, Bernadette. But when the head judge of the pageant is murdered and Bernadette becomes the main suspect, the two must put aside their differences and solve the case–because it looks like one of them might be next.

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I read the first book in this series last spring and really enjoyed it. I found out all sorts of things about Filipino culture and food as well as getting to read an entertaining book.

Can’t Wait Wednesday: Evil Intent by Jane Isaac

I’ve mentioned before how much I like police procedurals!

Can’t Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Evil Intent

by Jane Isaac

Series: DCI Helen Lavery #4

Published by Legend Press

Publishing date: Feb 1

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

288 pages

Synopsis: When a series of women’s bodies are discovered in the heart of rural Hamptonshire with a pentagram carved on their chests, DCI Helen Lavery is forced into a cat and mouse chase with a murderer who ultimately turns the tables and targets her.

Meanwhile, she is shocked to discover that her younger son’s new best friend is the nephew of organised crime boss Chilli Franks – the man who has held a grudge against Helen’s family since her father first put him away in the 1990s.

As her personal and professional lives collide, Helen finds herself in mortal danger as she races to track down the serial killer and restore safety to the streets of Hampton.

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I’ve read the first three books in this series and really enjoyed them. And I appreciate that these are Kindle Unlimited books!