Saturday, August 6, 2016

My TBR List -- August 2016 Voting

My TBR List is a monthly meme hosted by Michelle @ Because Reading.
The basic gist of this activity is to have others help decide on which book out of three I'm selecting from my TBR pile I should read for the month via votes.  The posts will be published on the first two Saturdays (voting and winning book announcement, respectively), and the winning book review will be posted on the last Saturday of the month.
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I decided that I like the idea of using the My TBR List meme each month to help me decide which books to read for my 2016 Reading Assignment.  It was about this time last year that I started having trouble deciding which book to pick from my quickly dwindling pre-chosen list of books for this reading challenge.  It also didn't help that a lot of books I thought I would read at the beginning of the year became books that I either dreaded reading or lost interest in as the year progressed.

Anyway, this time around, as stated, is the August Reading Assignment edition of My TBRL.  I've chosen three books from my 2016 Reading Assignment list (three different kinds of books from three different genres), and as an added bonus, these are also all books that will qualify for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge as well.  So I'm kind of killing two birds with one stone here since one of my biggest ongoing goals is to read books that I already own, whether digitally or physically.  This time around, all of these books are in my library as e-books.

It's a start.

Thank you to everyone in advance for voting!

The Books

My Lady, My Lord by Katharine Ashe
-- Book 1 of Twist series

The Bluestocking
Lady Corinna Mowbray has three passions: excellent books, intelligent conversation, and disdaining the libertine Earl of Chance.

The Rake
Lord Ian Chance has three pleasures: beautiful women, fast horses, and tormenting high-and-mighty Corinna Mowbray.

Neighbors for years, they've been at each other's throats since they can remember.  But when a twist of fate forces them to trade lives, how long will it be before they discover they cannot live without each other?

Crash and Burn by Allison Brennan & Laura Griffin
-- Book 1 of Moreno & Hart series

Trial by Fire...
Three years ago LAPD Detective Scarlet Moreno and rookie cop Krista Hart were nearly killed during a botched sting operation.  Now, they’re best friends and partners in the Orange County private investigation firm of Moreno & Hart.  But their routine assignments are anything but safe...

Scarlet Moreno has her hands full with a cheating spouse case when the bartender at her favorite pub becomes a murder suspect.  Worse, the detective in charge of the investigation threatens to arrest Scarlet for obstruction—even when she tries to give him valuable information.  Scarlet risks her PI license and her life to find out the truth, absolve her friend, and track down a killer—with or without the help of the arrogant, mysterious Detective Alex Bishop.

And Burn...
Krista Hart is burned out on catching deadbeat dads and philandering husbands when a big-time criminal defense attorney hires her for a choice assignment: find the sole witness to murder the day before the trial.  The case could be a boon for Moreno & Hart, but the witness is in hiding, someone is following Krista, and her own client is withholding information.  The last person she wants help from is sexy investigator R.J. Flynn, but he claims he’s willing to share intel—for a price.  If she can solve this case, it’ll elevate Moreno & Hart above being divorce voyeurs, but first she has to survive, with her life and heart intact.

Endsinger by Jay Kristoff
-- Book 3 of Lotus War trilogy

The flames of civil war sweep across the Shima Imperium.  With their plans to renew the Kazumitsu dynasty foiled, the Lotus Guild unleash their deadliest creation—a mechanical goliath known as the Earthcrusher, intended to unite the shattered Empire under a yoke of fear.  With the Tiger Clan and their puppet Daimyo Hiro in tow, the Guild marches toward a battle for absolute dominion over the Isles.

Yukiko and Buruu are forced to take leadership of the Kagé rebellion, gathering new allies and old friends in an effort to unite the country against the chi-mongers.  But the ghosts of Buruu’s past stand between them and the army they need, and Kin’s betrayal has destroyed all trust among their allies.  When a new foe joins the war tearing the Imperium apart, it will be all the pair can do to muster the strength to fight, let alone win.

The traitor Kin walks the halls of Guild power, his destiny only a bloody knife-stroke away.  Hana and Yoshi struggle to find their place in a world now looking to them as heroes.  Secret cabals within the Lotus Guild claw and struggle; one toward darkness, the other toward light.  And as the earth splits asunder, as armies destroy each other for rule over an empire of lifeless ash and the final secret about blood lotus is revealed, the people of Shima will learn one last, horrifying truth.

There is nothing a mother won't do to keep her children by her side.


Let's Vote!

**For BookLikes members reading this in the BookLikes dashboard view:  Click here to generate the voting box on another page if you would like to vote.  I don't know why the voting box doesn't show, though it appears in blog view just fine.

**For everyone else voting via BookLikes blog view or at the Book Abyss's Blogspot home:  You may ignore the above tangent.  The voting box shows just fine.

Again, thank you for stopping by and voting!

Previous My TBR List months at Ani's Book Abyss can be found at the Bookish Memes page.


  1. I voted Crash and Burn because it sounds like a fun PI story and I like that the two women have their own agency. Looks good! Happy reading, whichever one wins. :)

    1. Thanks for voting! I'm also looking forward to reading this book. PI stories are one of my favorites types in the crime thriller genre, and I love Laura Griffin!

  2. I also voted for Crash and Burn, although it wasn't an easy choice to make. I am really curious about this one though. I hope you enjoy whichever one wins! have a great week!

    1. Thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing how Brennan and Griffin handle co-authoring this book. I've only read one book by Allison Brennan, but I've pretty much read everything by Laura Griffin.

  3. Not my cup of tea, but I voted for Endsinger.

    1. I'd like to finish Endsinger, and while I didn't really enjoy the second book, Kinslayer, I DID like the first book, Stormdancer, so I'm going to cross my fingers and hope that the conclusion is satisfactory.

  4. I liked the way My Lady My Lord sounded. Enjoy the winner!

    1. I read a review once that got me interested in My Lady, My Lord; and since I'm on a sort of historical kick, I'd like to see how this one turns out as just a straight forward historical romance, since I've been reading historical mysteries. Thanks for voting!

  5. I voted for Endsinger as I like the cover for that one and as it is book 3 I am assuming you enjoyed the first two books in the series. It sounds like an interesting series.

    1. I loved the first book, Stormdancer, a lot, so I proceeded to purchase the last two books when they were available. But the second book, Kinslayer, ended up being a hot mess of YA cliches and tropes and uncontrolled chaos. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that Endsinger will be a satisfactory ending, because when it comes to trilogies, I really don't like leaving a series hanging when I've just got one book left.

      And yes, the covers for this series are amazing! Thanks for voting!

  6. I voted for Crash and Burn because it sounded so interesting! I hope you enjoy whichever one wins!

    1. Thank you for voting! I'm looking forward to Crash and Burn and am kind of hoping it will win. :P