This is another part of my new TBR project. I am wanting to get on top of my backlist in 2022 and I thought It would also be a fun idea to do that while also getting to promote some of my Favourite Bloggers.
There was a Instagram template floating around at the end of 2021 that inspired this idea. It asked for 12 people to recommend a book. This looked like fun but I didn’t want to have to buy 12 new books. Instead I wanted to twist the idea to help me cull my back list. So I changed it up a little and I have decided to have 12 blogger friends pick my TBR for me. One each month. I have asked them to select two books from my collection of 308 unread books and in this post I will introduce you to them, their awesome blog and then about the books they picked for me to read this month.
About Kerri McBookNerd
I met Kerri over 2 years ago during one of the many The Write Reads Chat groups, and I knew she was going to be an awesome blogger to follow!
Kerri’s blog is filled with insightful reviews from all genres, describing herself as “an open-minded consumer” of everything from “adult and YA fantasy, but I also enjoy science fiction, historical fiction, mystery/thrillers, true crime, and contemporary. ” She also has some really fun tags and bookish memes that are always jam packed with epic recommendations.
We share a favourite in The Night Circus and I have always trusted her recommendations so I am sure I will love what she has picked out.
You can learn all about Kerri on her blog … kerrimcbooknerd.home.blog
So I let Kerri loose on my huge owned TBR pile and this is what she choose…
Why it was Picked:
Kerri – First. I’m going to pick Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko because how could I not? It’s my favourite YA fantasy, it has beautiful world-building and characters, and I think you’ll enjoy the themes and layers woven throughout the story.
What the book is about:
Nothing is more important than loyalty.
But what if you’ve sworn to protect the one you were born to destroy?
Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?
With extraordinary world-building and breathtaking prose, Raybearer is the story of loyalty, fate, and the lengths we’re willing to go for the ones we love.
Ink and Bone
The Great Library #1
Why it was Picked:
Kerri – Second, I’m going with Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine. It’s a criminally underrated series that I would love more people to discover! And it’s centered around an alternate history where the Library of Alexandria never burned to the ground. I love the fantastical direction Rachel Caine goes with that concept and the found family aspect of the story is just *chef’s kiss*
What the book is about:
Knowledge is power. Power corrupts.
In a world where the ancient Great Library of Alexandria was never destroyed, knowledge now rules the world: freely available, but strictly controlled. Owning private books is a crime.
Jess Brightwell is the son of a black market book smuggler, sent to the Library to compete for a position as a scholar . . . but even as he forms friendships and finds his true gifts, he begins to unearth the dark secrets of the greatest, most revered institution in the world.
Those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn. . . .
So there are Kerri’s Choices! I have actually started Ink and Bone before and I remember absolutely loving it but only getting to Chapter 5, I don’t know why I stopped and I am looking forward to picking it up again. I have two special editions of Raybearer yet haven’t read it!!! Again I don’t know why.
Thanks again to Kerri, I am really excited to start the reads. You can find out what I think of them in my reviews and end of month wrap up! Remember to pop over to Kerri’s Blog and give her some love!