Every month on my blog, I typically post a to be read (TBR) list that I want to accomplish in the upcoming month. For this post, I decided to switch it up and only talk about books that are in my advanced reader copy (ARC) TBR list. Here are four books that I have received as digital ARCs from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review:
- Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party by Megan McDonald
Release Date: September 11, 2018
Jolly smashing! Could the Moodys really have royal blood? Judy brings her new look to a comical episode about the ups and downs of exploring a family tree.
Judy Moody is in a royal purple-mountain-majesties mood. Make that Majesty with a capital M! With Grandma Lou’s help, Judy has dug up proof that some old-timey Moodys (aka the brave Mudeyes) lived in merry olde England. In fact, if her grandpa’s notes are right, Judy might even be related to — royal fanfare, please — the Queen herself! Should Judy start packing her purple robe for a sleepover at Buckingham Palace? But then Judy’s family tree gets a few more shakes — thanks to her nemesis, Jessica “Fink” Finch — and some more surprises come tumbling out. Crikey! These new gems are not nearly as shiny or sparkly as the crown jewels. Now Judy has some right royal family secrets she’d like to keep hidden away in a dungeon somewhere — and especially away from Jessica, the princess in pink herself!
Technically, the release date for this book has already passed. However, I still want to read and review this book. I love a good middle grade book and haven’t picked up when in quite some time. Hopefully, this will inspire me to read some more middle grade books next year! The Judy Moody series is always hit or miss for me now, although I LOVED it when I was younger. I’m crossing my fingers this new installment can become a new favorite.
- The Geography of Lost Things by Jessica Brody
Release Date: October 2, 2018
In this romantic road trip story perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Morgan Matson, a teen girl discovers the value of ordinary objects while learning to forgive her absent father.
After Ali’s father passes away, he leaves his one and only prized possession—a 1968 Firebird convertible—to his daughter. But Ali doesn’t plan on keeping it. Not when it reminds her too much of all her father’s unfulfilled promises. So when she finds a buyer three hundred miles up the Pacific coast willing to pay enough money for the car to save her childhood home, Ali can’t wait to get going. Except Ali has no idea how to drive a stick shift. But guess who does?
Ali’s ex-boyfriend, Nico. And Nico has other plans.
He persuades Ali that instead of selling the car, they should “trade up” the items they collect on their trip to eventually reach the monetary amount Ali needs. Agreeing with Nico’s crazy plan, Ali sets off on a unique adventure that is unlike anything she ever could have expected.
And it’s through Ali’s travels, through the strangers she meets and the things that they value—and why they value them—that Ali eventually comes to understand her father and how his life may not have been as easy and carefree as she previously thought. Because just like the seemingly insignificant objects Ali collects, not everything is exactly as it appears.
Like with Judy Moody and the Royal Right Tea Party, the release date for this book has already passed. However, I’m still excited to read and review it. Seeing two books on my ARC TBR with the release dates already passed makes me really want to focus on reading and reviewing ARCs in a timely manner in the new year to best support the authors of these books. This description, like the recommendation at the top mentions, gives me Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour vibes. Morgan Matson and Sarah Dessen are two of my favorite young adult contemporary authors, so I definitely have high hopes for this book.
- Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills
Release Date: January 15, 2019
For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. She has the Yum Yum Shoppe, with its famous fourteen flavors of ice cream; her beloved marching band, the pride and joy of Acadia High (even if the football team disagrees); and her four best friends, loving and infuriating, wonderfully weird and all she could ever ask for.
Then August moves in next door. A quiet guy with a magnetic smile, August seems determined to keep everyone at arm’s length. Sophie in particular.
Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.
I’m always hesitant to read books that involve someone famous. However, I’ve heard great reviews for books by Emma Mills, so I’m excited to read my first book by this author. This release date is quickly approaching, so it’s one that I’ve already started reading.
- You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is most definitely going to end up one of those things.
But unfortunately for Clay, if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. That’s what happens when your bad boy image turns into bad boy reality. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents’ tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay’s label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.
Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. From the start fans want them to be more than just tour mates, and Annie and Clay can’t help but wonder if the fans are right. But if there’s one part of fame Annie wants nothing to do with, it’s a high-profile relationship. She had a front row seat to her parents’ volatile marriage and isn’t interested in repeating history. If only she could convince her heart that Clay, with his painful past and head over heels inducing tenor, isn’t worth the risk.
This ARC has the furthest release date, so it is the last on my TBR. Once again, I’m always hesitant to read books involving famous people. However, I will still always pick them up to see if there is one that I really enjoy. This book’s description reminds me of Open Road Summer by Emery Lord. That book was only okay for me, but I still am hopeful that this one will work out for me.
What ARCs are on your TBR?