GoodReads Monday

This weekly meme was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. It is now being hosted by Budget Tales Book Blog. To participate, choose a random book from your GoodReads TBR and show it off. Which sounds easy enough until you have to decide how to choose that book! I think I will use a different way each week, like picking a color or number of pages. I will let you know each week how I chose the book and then something interesting about it, like how it ended up on the list or why I want to read it. Got it? Okay let’s get started.

I am continuing my look back at 2022 and picking books that I haven’t read that were published this year. There really aren’t that many. Only 18 which in the grand scheme of how many books are published in a year, isn’t that many. Two of them I hope to read before the end of the year, maybe even three.

My GoodReads TBR is getting a bit unruly, I am thinking it might be time for another purge, a New Year’s cleaning so to speak. I know there are lots of books on there that I am no longer interested in reading, so I should just get rid of them. But I would rather spend that time reading.

This book got on my radar early in the year, and it was one I considered requesting on NetGalley, but didn’t. I have seen good reviews though so it is one I am still considering reading.

The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Madonna

Publication Date: August 23, 2022

Summary from Goodreads:

As one of the few witches in Britain, Mika Moon knows she has to hide her magic, keep her head down, and stay away from other witches so their powers don’t mingle and draw attention. And as an orphan who lost her parents at a young age and was raised by strangers, she’s used to being alone and she follows the rules…with one exception: an online account, where she posts videos pretending to be a witch. She thinks no one will take it seriously.

But someone does. An unexpected message arrives, begging her to travel to the remote and mysterious Nowhere House to teach three young witches how to control their magic. It breaks all of the rules, but Mika goes anyway, and is immediately tangled up in the lives and secrets of not only her three charges, but also an absent archaeologist, a retired actor, two long-suffering caretakers, and…Jamie. The handsome and prickly librarian of Nowhere House would do anything to protect the children, and as far as he’s concerned, a stranger like Mika is a threat. An irritatingly appealing threat.

As Mika begins to find her place at Nowhere House, the thought of belonging somewhere begins to feel like a real possibility. But magic isn’t the only danger in the world, and when a threat comes knocking at their door, Mika will need to decide whether to risk everything to protect a found family she didn’t know she was looking for….

I spotted this one sitting on a display shelf for new and interesting fiction at the library the last time I was in and I almost picked it up, but I already had four books in my hand and two or three more at home, so I decided to pass for the moment. If it is there next time, I will probably pick it up. It does sound like a fun read.

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