March ’16 TBR – Historical Fiction Theme

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Hello everyone!

I am here to talk about the books I am hoping to read this month. The first historical fiction book I read was my favorite book of 2014, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and since then I’ve been interested in the genre and I wanted to take a month to delve deeper into it. I’ve picked quite a few books that I am hoping to read, as you all know I tend to do, because I want to finish some series as well as try out some of the more popular YA historical fiction books out there.

Here are the books I’m hoping to read this month:

First Order of Business:
The Memory Jar
by Janine Elissa Hoole

The Memory Jar Cover

I got an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley as I was searching my ass of for a book coming out in April so I could have a review book to read this month. I almost didn’t manage it and it would’ve felt really weird not to have something to review to read. I’ve gotten used to them…


TBR Jar Pick:
The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)
by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn Cover

You might’ve noticed that I did not read the Taking in February, or in January and I should’ve had it for this month as well but I don’t really feel like reading science fiction and aliens right now. And I blame Cristina @ My Tiny Obsessions for this particular choice because I’m technically cheating. There is no actual paper with this title on my TBR jar but technically its made up of all the first books in series that I want to start so this counts!


Monthly Book Club:
A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1)
by Claudia Gray

A Thousand Pieces of You Cover

I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS! This month was my pick and it was between this book and The Conspiracy of Us. Abby and Gervan both wanted this one and it makes me so pumped to be reading my first time travel book! I’ve read other books by Claudia before (her Evernight series) and I gave up before finishing them, but I’ve heard a lot of great things about this and I’m hopeful that we’ll all enjoy it.


Read It While It’s Hot Challenge:
A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1)
by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte Cover

I’m doing so well in this personal challenge, I’ve already read 5 new releases from this year and I’m hoping to continue that with this book. I’ve heard good things and bad things so I’m excited to see what I think about it myself.


Potter Challenge:
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)
by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Cover

Aldii and I had a lot of fun reading the first book and I am so excited to continue on with the series. I am so excited to show you all the posts we have planned for our challenge. The one for the first book will be coming at the end of this month.


Sekret #0.5 and #2
Kursed and Skandal
by Lindsay Smith

Kursed Cover  Adobe Photoshop PDF

 I have been waiting so impatiently to finally finish this duology. Last year I read the first book during a readathon and I really enjoyed it. It’s set in the 1960’s during the Cold War and it talks about the KGB and how they are recruiting teenagers with psychic abilities to help spy on the Americans. The first books left in kind of a cliffhanger so I’m pumped to see how it’s going to end.


Code Name Verity #1 and #2
Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire
by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity Cover  Rose Under Fire Cover

Something you’ll see throughout this post is that I tried to pick books that weren’t all from the same time period. This companion duology was talked about on Booktube a lot when it was first coming out and I heard a lot of great things about it. It’s about a female fighter pilots and that just catches my attention right away.


Lies We Tell Ourselves
by Robin Talley

Lies We Tell Ourselves Cover

This has a really high average star rating on Goodreads but I haven’t seen a lot of reviews about this book. It’s an LGBTQ+ book about two girls during times of segregation in the United States. I’ve read about that time a lot in school obviously, but never in a fiction setting and never from this kind of genres so I’m hopeful that I enjoy this.


Out of the Easy
by Ruta Sepetys

Out of the Easy Cover

There’s been a lot of talk about this author because of her recent release Salt to the Sea but I’ve had my one of this old release for awhile and it feels like the perfect time to read it. I kind of feel like this will be an introduction to her writing before diving into her deeper kind of story lines.


Jackaby #1 and #2
Jackaby and Beastly Bones
by William Rittier

Jackaby Cover  Ritter_BeastlyBones_jkt_COMP.indd

I totally thought this was a duology until I looked it up, just kidding! The third book is coming out this year. This is kind of a like a thriller, paranormal mystery. I’ve heard a lot of mixed reviews about this but damn, those covers are just so beautiful. It’s criminal not to give this a try, right?


Shades of Magic #1 and #2
A Darker Shade of Magic and A Gathering of Shadows
by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade final for Irene  A Gathering of Shadows Final

Victoria is one of my favorite authors of all time and it still blows my mind that I haven’t jumped on this bandwagon yet. I almost didn’t even have these books on my TBR for this month but the second book just came out and there is so much talk and I WANNA TALK TOO! So I’m devouring these two this month. I swear it.


Maids of Honor #0.5, #2 and #3
A Thief Before Christmas, Maid of Deception and Maid of Wonder
by Jennifer McGowan

A Thief Before Christmas Cover  Maid of Deception Cover  Maid of Wonder Cover

I read the first book of the series in December of last year and I really enjoyed it. This is a companion series so I’m really excited to get to learn more about the other Maids. I’m not sure if the third is the last book, though I hope not because there are still two more maids without their own books and I want them, badly.


Vengeance Road
by Erin Bowman

Vengeance Road Cover

I just keep getting surprised at every turn in this post, this is going to be a companion duology or trilogy or series, I don’t know, there’s more than one book. I’ve never read anything by Erin but I’ve heard good things and after reading Revenge and the Wild last month, I want to read more YA Westerns. So I’m hoping this is good.


Prisoner of Night and Fog #1 and #2
Prisoner of Night and Fog and Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke
by Anne Blankman

 Prisoner of Night and Fog Cover  Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke Cover

We are getting to some serious number but I still have a few more books I want to read haha. Again, lots of people have talked about this duology. There’s quite a few books about World War II, its like the thing in historical fiction but this is absolutely one of the highest rated duologies I’ve ever read. I hope to get to read it.


The Diviners #1 and #2
The Diviners and Lair of Dreams
by Libba Bray

The Diviners Cover  Lair of Dreams Cover

I LOVE THE 1920S! I honestly feel like I was born in the wrong time and I was meant to be a sexy flapper during prohibition. So I’ve had my eye on this series for a long time and obviously, so many people love this. But I’m kind of nervous because of the size of these books so that’s why it’s toward the end. So who knows if I’ll get here.


The Gold Seer Trilogy #1
Walk on Earth a Stranger
by Rae Carson

Walk on Earth a Stranger Cover

Sam from Thoughts on Tomes on booktube raves about this author and her books, as well as this book individually and I trust her judgement on books wholeheartedly so I want to give this a try. Plus this is also a Western, about the Gold Rush which is something I’m really interested in right now.


Flappers #1, #2 and #3
Vixen, Ingenue and Diva
by Jillian Larkin

Vixen Cover  Ingenue Cover  Diva Cover

THESE ARE THE LAST ONES I SWEAR!! Again some more of the 1920s because yes, I am obsessed and I want some of these under my belt. I found this in one of my many Goodreads worm hole searches and I hope it’s good because the covers are pretty and I want to own them one day. For real. haha


So that’s it for this giant post. I’m sorry, but I always pick too many because I never know what I’ll feel like reading. Let me know if you’ve read any of these books and your thoughts on them. I am so excited for this month! Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you on my next post.

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14 thoughts on “March ’16 TBR – Historical Fiction Theme

  1. I don’t want to diminish your excitement for A Thousand Pieces of You but it isn’t actually a time travel story. They travel to different dimensions and some are less developed than others, but not time travel :/ thought I should mention that real quick.

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  2. YES! ADSOM AND AGOS ARE THE BEST ❤ sorry for the caps haha, but I'm that excited! I can't wait to read your thoughts on them (I am currently reading AGOS and it's just fantastic).

    Also, Jackaby and Beastly Bones covers? Gorgeous! ❤

    Happy reading! 😀

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  3. Such an ambitious TBR!! You need to hurry up and read the Shades of Magic books so we can gush about it! I’m currently reading AGoS. The Diviners books are still on my TBR for this year, I honestly hear amazing things and I’ve never read a book that takes place in the 1920! and I really hope you keep enjoying HP!

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  4. SO many books! And I want to read a lot of them: A Thousand Pieces of You, Shades of Magic, Prisoner of nIght and Fog, The Diviners, The Gold Seer Trillogy…
    About Vengeance Road, I heard of this book just a few days ago but the cover is really beautiful!
    As you said with the Jackaby books, the covers are soo beutiful and so many mixed things about this are everywhere! If you read them this month I definitely want to read your thoughts!
    I heard about Out of the Easy just a week ago or so because of Salt to the Sea, and I have heard great things about the author so I’m looking forward to read some of her books. Between the Shades of Grey is other book that I have heard amazing things about and it’s from the same author.
    I’m excited to continue the Potter Challenge!
    I hope you enjoy The Wrath and the Dawn, I definitely enjoyed it! 😀

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