The Unfinished Books

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There were a few books I started in 2021 that I never got around to finished. It was nothing wrong with the books, I just had a lot going on and then I lost where I was.

I hate the idea of logging a book as a DNF. It feels like quitting , especially as I really was enjoying some of these books. Some I still consider myself as currently reading. Hopefully, I’ll finish them in 2022.

Fish Bone Alley by David F Burrows

A satire historical detective novel. This isn’t my usual read but the author is a lovely person, and it is quite funny. The chapters feel like short stories so I feel this will be easy to come back to.

Court Out by Deb McEwan

This is marketed as YA Fiction but it didn’t feel like YA too me. It wasn’t what I was expecting, and that made it difficult to get into. I might try again with fresh eyes…

A Choice of Essence by Katelyn Uhrich

This MG Fantasy book is incredible. What I’ve read so far is amazing and I restarted it with my son. I have the eBook but I love it so much I might buy a physical copy too. 😍

Fate of the Blue Moon by H B Lynn

This shifter fantasy book ticks all my boxes. It feels well researched and is a good grounding to the series. I have all the books so I want to get into this.

Forever Burn by Trinity Lemm

This complex college romance kept me entertained with my broken ankle. I stopped at a point where I was angry at the love interest, but as I have book two waiting for me, I’ll have to give him a second chance to make it right.

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

This is truly the book I am currently reading. It’s really good but it’s a big book and as a slow reader it’ll likely take me until the end of 2022 to finish. 😅

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New Releases for 2022!

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Every year billions of books are published. Here is a mini shortlist of some I am closely following and excitedly anticipating their release.

The Weavers by Ania Whitely

Ania is known as LondonGirlWrites on Instagram. I’ve been following her journey to publication for over two years and somehow missed the release during the December holidays. As soon as I realised, I ordered it.

Released 22 December 2022

A Garden of Pawns by Katelyn Uhrich

I am still reading book one, A Choice of Essence, as an eBook. It’s so good I’m thinking of buying a physical copy and want to get my hands on book two!

Releases February 2022

When Our World’s Collide by Danielle Jawando

I discovered Danielle via Net Galley and was fortunate enough to ARC read her Debut novel And The Stars Were Burning Brightly. I loved it so much I bought a physical copy. I have also applied to ARC read her new release & preordered the book.

Releases 31 March 2022

The Guidal: Discovering Puracordis by Roxy Eloise

Roxy was a PitMad success story. We met via Instagram and collaborated together on a post to help people with pitching their books called 7 Secrets to PitMad Success.

Releasing 2 April 2022

Wolf Bait by Ciara Delahunt

Ciara was one of the authors that joined my Street Team to help spread the word for Ocean Hearts release. Now she is working on the release of her debut shifter novel, Wolf Bait. But, if you cannot wait, you can sign up to her news letter to get the sequel Killer Instinct.

Sorceress of Flame by J.D. Groom

Following Jodie’s story publishing her debut novel Sorceress of Truth inspired me to go indie, and she’s been very supportive answering my questions, and even was part of my Street Team. I’ve waited over a year for this book and I’m desperate to read it.

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All The Twos Reading Challenge

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I’ve set myself a challenge for 2022 to read as many book twos as I can. I often start a series and never get to the next book so I have plenty of choice. Join in with the hashtag #AllTheTwos

Check out the link at the end to get a free printable to track you books read!

I’m planning to publish book two this year. Enjoying amazing book twos is sure to keep me motivated to publish mine.

Here are ten, 2nd in the series, books I’m looking forward to reading in 2022:

Sea Witch Rising by Sarah Henning

You can read my review of book one, Sea Witch, here: https://allyaldridge.com/book-review-sea-witch-by-sarah-henning/

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

You can read my review of book one, Red Queen, here: https://allyaldridge.com/book-review-red-queen/

Holiday Date by Debbie Ioanna

You can read my review of book one, Blind Date, here: https://allyaldridge.com/reading-challenge-blind-date-by-debbie/

Kairos by Naomi Kelly

You can read my review of book one, Meraki, here: https://allyaldridge.com/book-review-meraki-by-naomi-kelly/

Essentia by Hannah Reed

You can read my review of book one, Tenebrasco, here: https://allyaldridge.com/book-review-tenebrasco-by-hannah-reed/

Awaken by K.S Marsden

You can read my review of book one, Winter Trials, here: https://allyaldridge.com/book-review-winter-trials-by-k-s-marsden/

This Poison Heart by Kalynn Bayron

You can read my review of this authors debut novel, Cinderella is Dead, here: https://allyaldridge.com/book-review-cinderella-is-dead/

A Court of Mist & Fury by Sarah J Mass

You can read my review of book one, A Court of Thorns and Roses, here: https://allyaldridge.com/book-review-a-court-of-thorns-and-roses/

Dance of Despair by Kara S Weaver

You can read my review of book one, Crown of Conspiracy, here: https://allyaldridge.com/reading-challenge-crown-of-conspiracy-by-kara-s-weaver/

The Almost Boyfriend by Christina Benjamin

You can read my review of book one, The Practice Boyfriend, here: https://allyaldridge.com/book-review-the-practice-boyfriend-by-christina-benjamin/

Bright New Penny by Grace Herbst

You can read my review of book one, Brave New Girl, here: https://allyaldridge.com/reading-challenge-brave-new-girl-by-grace-herbst/

Wiccan Romance: Sam’s Story by Nicola Hebron

You can read my review of book one, Wiccan Romance: Amelia’s Story, here: https://allyaldridge.com/reading-challenge-amelias-story-by-nicola-hebron/

Forever Frozen by Trinity Lemm

I am currently reading book one, Forever Burn, but hopefully should have a review very soon!

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Reflecting on my 2021 reads…

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My Goodreads Reading Goal was to read 10 Books this year. I set it low because I’m often juggling reading and writing, and I’m lucky to read one book a month. This felt like a realistic goal. I’m please to confirm I read 16 books.

I managed to read 15 books. My reading increased over the summer when I took part in World Indie Warriors book bingo challenge.

Joy’s Summer Love Playlist by Piper Bee

This is a summer YA Romance with a fake boyfriend plot. It has all the feels, following your dreams, and brings to life the feeling of sticky watermelons. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: Paperback

Dear Diary by Kevia Dauphiney

This laugh out loud book about motherhood is writing in an easy to read diary entry format. It’s like chatting with your BFF. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: eBook ARC

Blind Date by Debbie Ioanna

This is an entertaining Rom-Com about disastrous first dates, and a very loveable cat.

Version: eBook

Mirror Souls by Julia Scott

A futuristic dystopian romance with aliens and fated lovers. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: Paperback

The Spine of Winter by Angeline Trevena

A futuristic dystopian set in a world of eternal winter. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: Paperback (won)

Meraki by Naomi Kelly

Blurb for Meraki by Naomi Kelly

A fantasy romance where a warlord captures a siren to use as a weapon, but things get heated. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: eBook

Brave New Girl by Grace Herbst

A Contemporary YA about confronting your past and taking responsibility for your actions. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: Paperback

Tenebrasco by Hannah Reed

A Contemporary Fantasy Romance where a mer-Princess is stranded on an island and has to hide her true self as there is a war between humans and merfolk. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: eBook

Seal Mother by Rose English

A beautiful retelling of the Selkie myth in rhyme for children. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: Paperback

The Rookery by Deborah Hewitt

A contemporary fantasy with magic, portals, and soul birds. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: eBook ARC

A Heart of Salt & Silver by Elexis Bell

Told from the perspective of a Demi-demon makes this a fascinating high fantasy romance. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: Paperback

Red Blood: Card Holders by Kaitlyn Legaspi

A super powered YA Fantasy about a rebel being captured and forced to fight to the death in the arena. But, there are greater dangers beyond the arena. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: eBook

Seducing the Substantial Meal by Florian Green

An erotic satire making fun of silly lockdown rules pubs had to follow and a good helping of food related sexual innuendos. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: eBook (gift)

Winter Trials by K S Marsden

A YA Low Fantasy MM Romance about a teen boy learning about witchcraft. He needs to learn fast as the cursed new boy needs his help. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: eBook

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

A dystopian fantasy WW Romance about a patriarchy evolved from the Cinderella fairytale. One girl will not go to the ball, she will escape the curse and break the spell. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: Hardback (preorder & exclusive pin)

Garden in the Sands by Ellie Mitten

Blurb for Garden in the Sands by Ellie Mitten

A fantasy retelling of The Secret Garden with Greek mythology, and a world cursed with an eternal summer. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Version: Paperback

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