To Be Read: September 2023

September is when I really start getting festive content ready, so I’m most likely going to spend the majority of the month reading festive ARCs. I’ve already read three at the time of writing this post, but I still have nine to get through so trying to balance those with regular reads for reviews can be a lot.

For this reason, I’m going to keep my to be read very short and pressure-free for next month.

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins

As such a huge The Hunger Games fan I’m surprised I haven’t read this by now. I think at the time of it coming out, I wasn’t interested in a book about President Snow, however, I do want to watch the film and I want to read the book first.

I’m also playing with the idea of rereading the original books, so this may give me the motivation to do so. 

Synopsis: It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capital, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to mentor the winning tribute.

The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined — every choice Coriolanus makes could lead to favour or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute… and must weigh his need to follow the rules against his desire to survive no matter what it takes.

A British Girl’s Guide to Hurricanes and Heartbreak by Laura Taylor Namey

I haven’t read A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow (I really want to), however, when the invitation to read an ARC of this landed in my inbox, I couldn’t say no. I’ve had a look and I don’t think they’re connected anyway, so it doesn’t matter.

I haven’t done an ARC review in what feels like forever, I’m really excited to read this.

Synopsis: Winchester, England, has always been home for Flora, but when her mother dies after a long illness, Flora feels untethered. Her family expects her to apply to university and take a larger role in their tea-shop business, but Flora isn’t so sure. More than ever, she’s the chaotic “hurricane” in her household, and she doesn’t always know how to manage her stormy emotions.

So she decides to escape to Miami without telling anyone—especially her longtime friend Gordon Wallace.

But Flora’s tropical change of scenery doesn’t cast away her self-doubt. When it comes to university, she has no idea which passions she should follow. That’s also true in romance. Flora’s summer abroad lands her in the flashbulb world of teen influencer Baz Marín, a Miami Cuban who shares her love for photography. But Flora’s more conflicted than ever when she begins to see future architect Gordon in a new light.

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