Summer Itinerary: July & August

The summer months are here. Time to kick back, sit in the sunshine, and pickup one of my most anxiously awaited reads. Wait. I do that all year round (minus the sunshine).

The two titles that I am most anticipating are Sabaa Tahir’s A Torch Against the Night. Having falling in love with the first book last year, I have been waiting for the next, and it finally arrive this August. My second most anticipated read for the summer is Nalini Singh’s Wild Embrace, a collection of Psy-Changeling novellas. I love Singh’s novellas and after the amazingness that was Allegiance of Honour, I can’t wait to return to this world.

Of course, I’m planning on reading more than two books this summer. In no particular order, here are my summer reading plans…


Spring Itinerary: March to June

It’s that time again. There’s nothing I love more than lists, so I’m also happy to list what I’m most excited to read. There are way too many books publishing this spring. My problem isn’t too many books, it’s not being able to read fast enough. Oh, and you know, the whole requirement to work for money. Sigh. Being an adult it tough work, mainly because it infringes on my reading time.

Without further ado, here’s the titles I’m most excited to dive into this spring:

Adventuring Year in Review: 2015

As 2015 wraps up, its time for the Adventurers to reflect on what we loved most this year. This is always a tough post to write because how do you pick your favourites? We can only presume this is like picking your favourite child: sacrilegious! Yet, we push forward since, heck, it’s fun to revisit the ones we enjoyed the most.

Jaclyn’s Favourite Adventures

11890816This year’s been a bit unusual for me. I switched jobs and ended up commuting over an hour each way to work every day. Every. Single. Day. Obviously this dramatically changed my reading habits. I wasn’t able to read as much and I discovered a love for the audiobook (a format that I never thought I would actually embrace). And despite my newfound love for audiobooks, it turns out it’s a format that I found extremely hard to review; it’s hard to refer back to the book when you don’t have it physically in front of you. That being said, Lyndsay Faye’s The Gods of Gotham is my favourite audiobook that I’ve listened to this year. Followed very closely by Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series. Both have outstanding narrators, which I have learned is rather important when you’re listening to someone for over an hour. (more…)

Winter Itinerary 2015/2016: December to February

There’s nothing better than reading during the winter months, and there is A LOT to look forward to during the cold, desolate winter months (yeah, I hate winter). I’ve got a few of books that I’m really excited for in December (Their Fractured Light, The Rogue Not Taken, and a new Tessa Dare novella), but for the most part it’s January and February that brings some of my most anticipated reads. 2016 you better get here soon.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to this winter. Drop a comment with more suggestions for what should be on my radar (a to-read pile is never to big).


Itinerary for the Autumnal Equinox

Autumn is hands-down my favorite season. I used to delude myself into thinking it was spring (it was easy, I just looked back at winter), but for years know I’ve known autumn is my one true love. The colorful and crackly leaves, the cooler temperatures and flirty breezes, even the occasional thunderstorm. There’s something magical about every season, but I never look forward to the beginning of a season the way I look forward to autumn. (It’s different when the main reason I look forward to spring is to be done with winter).

Speaking of looking forward to things, here are the books I can’t wait to dig into, with a wool blanket, a corner of the couch, and a mug of hot tea.

Fall Itinerary: September-November 2015

As soon as I turn the page on my calendar to September, I immediately feel like the summer is over. Happily this means a whole host of new fall books to look forward to…

Fall Reads


Itinerary for the Last Days of Summer

The strange and wonderful worlds I’m looking forward to traveling as the summer winds to a close and my favorite season begins. (All synopses modified from Goodreads blurbs, which you can get to by clicking on the images).


1. Two families, named after birds, compete in traveling shows. The Palomas believe that the Corbeaus practice only the darkest magic, but when tragedy strikes it is a Corbeau boy that saves young Lace Paloma. I love the bird inspiration, and the families remind me of Romeo and Juliet. Plus, who could ignore a cover like that? Gorgeous.

Expected publication September 2015

2. In a standalone (yes!) companion to her first novel Salvage, Alexandra Duncan shares the story of Miyole, who is finally living her dream of being a research assistant on her first space voyage. When her ship saves another that has been attacked, she and Cassia, a girl from the rover, begin a quest to rescue Cassia’s adopted brother.

Expected publication September 2015

3. Having just finished The Dragons of HeavenI find myself more interested in Chinese mythology and folklore than I have been for a while. Serpentine, by Cindy Pon, fits that bill: Skybright is different from everyone around her, and as the changes begin to manifest even more strongly, and her dark destiny becomes clear, she struggles to keep her sense of self – and falls in love.

Expected publication September 2015

4. Dragon Heart is a story about a queen who kills her suitors because she loathes being forced to marry one of the Emperor’s brothers, her son, who journeys to find his sister, and the queen’s mute daughter, who learns after being attacked by one that she can speak with dragons. Need I say more?

Expected publication September 2015

5. With this synopsis (thanks, Goodreads), how could you pass Wake of Vultures by?

 She’s a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don’t call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand. And just like that, Nettie can see.

Expected publication October 2015

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A Reader’s Guide to Devon, Bath, and London

If you’re like me, you love reading about places you travel to. Or want to travel to.

I was much busier than I expected to be (or I was nodding off on the train, or watching the scenery pass by), or I would have read more of these.

On my recent vacation to England, I was forced by necessity (a wedding) to establish a vacation base for the majority of my stay in the Devon countryside. Since I was so near, I dropped into Bath for a few days, before spending my last night in London (because trains aren’t always reliable, and getting the train to the airport on the same day I needed to fly out just seemed too risky).

Despite the distractions of exploring the outdoors, meeting up with old friends, touring tangible history, and watching British TV in hotel bedrooms, I managed to get some reading done – and to put together a list of ideal books to read to set the tone of travels to these places.

Turn the page for my guide to reading for Devon, Bath, and London.


Summer Itinerary (July-August 2015)

While I haven’t finished all of my anticipated spring reads (there’s never enough time to read everything), there is, of course, a whole slew of books that I want to read this summer. Who needs sunshine? I just want to be sequestered in my reading cave.

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Spring Itinerary (April-June 2015)

I’ve been diving into a lot of highly anticipated books lately: The Other Side of Midnight, Four Nights with the Duke, Half the World, The Diamond Conspiracy and so on. So many books that I have been not-so-patiently waiting for were finally released in March; I have been reading constantly. BUT. When I look at everything that I want to read this spring, I just want to cry – there is so many good books coming out and I want to read them all. Immediately.

There are A LOT of books that I’m looking forward to this spring. Seriously, I should just quit my job and live in my reading cave, there is no other way that I will accomplish everything on my reading itinerary.

Spring Reading


Sigh. These are the days when I wish being a librarian actually meant I got to read at work. Who knew, librarians actually do something other than read at the library…

What am I looking forward to? Well… In no particular order:

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas (May 5, 2015): So, I loved Thorn of Glass, which means there is no way I’m not reading this one. Plus, it’s a fairy tale re-telling. Um, enough said.

2. Against a Darkening Sky by Lauren B. Davis (April 14, 2015): The premise of this historical novel sounds amazing. So far, reviews have been strong for this one, so I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

3. Only a Promise by Mary Balogh (June 9, 2015): I’m a big Balogh fangirl, and I have loved the Survivors’ Club series (see my review of the previous bookOnly Enchanting, to see why historical romance readers need to check out Balogh) . I’m sure that this one will deliver another wonderfully emotional tale.

4. Rook by Sharon Cameron (April 28): Teen spies? Count me in! I love the fact that this one has Scarlet Pimpernel feel to it; it quite reminds me of Lauren Willig’s Pink Carnation series.

5. Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (May 5, 2015): I loved Hodge’s previous book, Cruel Beauty, and I’m so ready for her follow-up. A retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, um this sounds awesome.

6. The Shadow Revolution by Clay & Susan Griffith (June 2, 2015): I’m a big fan of steampunk, so I love the paranormal, alternative Victorian flair that this one has going for it.

7. The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott (April 28, 2015): I had mixed feelings about Scott’s previous series, but the premise of this one sounds deliciously problematic (marriage and magic?) and I can’t wait.

8. The Hanged Man by P.N. Elrod (May 19, 2015): This alternative Victorian London sounds brilliant. The psychic goddaughter of the Queen of England solves crimes. Awesome.

9. Grave Phantoms by Jenn Bennett (May 5, 2015): I’ve had mixed feelings about the previous two books in this trilogy, but I have to tune in for the final book, especially since I’m just so curious about Astrid and Bo’s happily ever after.

10. The Unlikely Lady by Valerie Bowman (May 5, 2015): Bowman is a new-to-me author and I love the sense of fun that comes across in all of the novels that I’ve read by her. I will confess that I’ve already read this one, and it’s delightful; tune in for my review at the end of April.

11. Garden of Lies by Amanda Quick (April 21, 2015): Amanda Quick is always a comfort read to me. The plots are always predictable, but it’s always comforting to jump into a book that you have a pretty good idea of how it will unfold.

12. This Gun for Hire by Jo Goodman (April 7, 2015): I’ve been really enjoying Goodman’s westerns and I’m kind of in love with the idea of the heroine being the hired gun.

That’s it for me. What are you looking forward to this spring???