#StartOnYourShelfAthon: December

My last finals have been submitted and I’m ready to help Castor collect stars! My plan is to alternate between genres as I tackle the books I own to avoid a reading slump, and I’m doing some buddy reads along the way to keep me motivated!

Here is my TBR list for December:

Title: Serpent & Dove

Author: Shelby Mahurin

Publication Date: September 3rd, 2019

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Fantasy, romance

Age Range: YA

Synopsis: Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.

Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.

The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.

And love makes fools of us all.

I’m buddy reading Serpent & Dove with my favorite people ever to kick off my #StartOnYourShelfAthon journey and I’m super excited! I’ve been wanting to read this book ever since it came out and got a ton of 4-5 star reviews by my mutuals and this was the perfect opportunity to finally read it!


Title: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling

Author: Wai Chim

Publication Date: August 5th, 2019

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Genre: Contemporary, romance

Age Range: YA

Synopsis: Anna Chiu has her hands pretty full looking after her brother and sister and helping out at her dad’s restaurant, all while her mum stays in bed. Dad’s new delivery boy, Rory, is a welcome distraction and even though she knows that things aren’t right at home, she’s starting to feel like she could just be a normal teen.

But when Mum finally gets out of bed, things go from bad to worse. And as Mum’s condition worsens, Anna and her family question everything they understand about themselves and each other.

A nourishing tale about the crevices of culture, mental wellness and family, and the surprising power of a good dumpling.

If there are two things I love more than most things in the world, it’s good dumplings and a discussion of the mental health stigma within the Asian community. The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling came highly recommended by CW herself, and I have a good feeling that this will be one of those books I share with my mom as well. Orianna and I have plans to make dumplings from scratch and talk books, and I’m ready to hunker down and get my cry on.


Title: Jade City

Author: Fonda Lee

Publication Date: June 26th, 2018

Publisher: Orbit

Genre: Fantasy, urban fantasy

Age Range: Adult

Synopsis: The Kaul family is one of two crime syndicates that control the island of Kekon. It’s the only place in the world that produces rare magical jade, which grants those with the right training and heritage superhuman abilities.

The Green Bone clans of honorable jade-wearing warriors once protected the island from foreign invasion–but nowadays, in a bustling post-war metropolis full of fast cars and foreign money, Green Bone families like the Kauls are primarily involved in commerce, construction, and the everyday upkeep of the districts under their protection.

When the simmering tension between the Kauls and their greatest rivals erupts into open violence in the streets, the outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones and the future of Kekon itself.

I got Jade City as a part of my Book Outlet haul this summer and I’ve been patiently waiting until I had the time to actually read it. Jade City will be accompanying me to work this month and I’ll probably be texting Orianna in all-caps the entire time I’m reading it. Most of the fantasy I’ve read has been YA so I’m really excited to read more adult fantasy!


Are you participating in the #StartOnYourShelfAthon? What’s on your TBR?

To learn more about the readathon, check out CW’s introduction post here!

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