dewey’s 24hr readathon sign up!

It’s that time again for another Dewey’s 24hr Readathon! This is a (mostly) yearly readathon that takes place in October over a 24hr period. This month’s readathon is from 8:00am October 20-8:00am October 21! I know I literally just wrote a post about how I maybe don’t like 24hr reading events because they’re too much pressure, but I kinda want to try this one again because it’s my favorite one and I actually have the weekend off so I can do it!

Here are my plans for this readathon:

  • Read WILDCARD and LADY’S GUIDE. Or most of one of them. I have been meaning to read my ARCs of these for so long and now they’re out so I really need to read them.
  • Try not to put too much pressure on myself. I always psyche myself out and think I’m not going to be able to stay up all night so I shouldn’t even try doing the readathon, but *hopefully* I can put that aside this time and just try to enjoy it.
  • Schedule my reading time. I’ve been experimenting vaguely with scheduling things in general, such as what the heck to do over weekends, so I think perhaps scheduling what time blocks I’m going to be reading for will help.
  • Snacks. I might make sugar cookies again this weekend, but I also got a super cute cookbook with a lot of great desserts so I may try one from that. I also have a little pepperoni platter that I get for special occasions at my grocery store with goat cheese and crackers so I might do that.
  • Take breaks. I will definitely try to schedule in reading breaks over the weekend in which to do other things, like move around or journal. I don’t *have* to read a whole 24 hrs, just read a lot during that period.
  • Try to enjoy it. Again, instead of putting so much pressure on myself to read straight through or beat myself up if I can’t stay up all night. Just do the best I can and read as much as I want or don’t want.

Three Bookish Things Tag

So I wasn’t actually tagged for this tag yet, but I saw it on Velvet Spade Reads and really liked it, so I am stealing it sans being tagged. I have also been in a bit of a posting slump lately and have no ideas for posts, so here we are with bookish tags, aka my favorite thing to post and to read other than TBR lists. Woohoo!

 

Three Read Once & Loved Authors

I don’t think this is correct but I’m interpreting this as “authors I’ve only read one book by but loved.” So here we are. I loved Emma Mills’ THIS ADVENTURE ENDS but don’t remember much about it, but I would really like to read her new book, FAMOUS IN A SMALL TOWN, and also go back and read my really old eARC of FOOLISH HEARTS. I also LOVED Heather Demetrios’ SOMETHING REAL, about a girl whose family is part of a huge reality show but she wants out, but then I was too scared to read any of her other books. I also loved DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY about a snarky reporter, but Brodi Ashton’s other books don’t really appeal to me.

 

Three Titles I’ve Watched but Haven’t Read

  • Whale Rider – This was one of my favorite movies as a child, and is about a young Maori girl who wants to be trained to become chief even though women are not allowed to become chief. My mom read the book of this and said the movie was way better, so I am probably not going to read the book.
  • Winter’s Bone – I actually forgot this was a book until I saw this prompt. I don’t remember much about the movie other than Jennifer Lawrence was in it and pulling a body out of a lake.
  • The Shining – I honestly love the movie of The Shining. I don’t usually go for older movies, especially old horror movies, but this is definitely a classic for a reason. I’m not interested in reading Stephen King though.

 

Three Characters You Love

  • Meggie from Inkheart – All three of these books were my favorites as a kid, but INKHEART is an extra favorite because I love Cornelia Funke’s fantasies so much, and Meggie and her dad are super bookish in this story. This is the ultimate fantasy novel if you’re a book lover.
  • Lyra from The Golden Compass – Lyra is the epitome of a strong female heroine. These books will have my heart forever and I read them a million times as a kid.
  • Maddie from A Northern Light – Whenever I hear the phrase “feminist YA,” I always automatically think of this book. Maddie makes a lot of distinctly feminist choices in this book, but in a way that does not seem anachronistic to the time period of the book or like the author is being preachy.

 

Three Series Binged

This might as well have been titled “How Many Books By Jenny Han Have You Read” and the answer would be “all but one.” I binge read the Summer trilogy a few years ago and enjoyed it, and recently binge reread TATBILB after watching the movie and loved it even more the second time. The only other series I can think of that I’ve binge read is the MIND GAMES duology, a paranormal duology from about 5 years ago. I don’t remember much other than it was paranormal and I really liked it.

 

Three Unpopular Bookish Opinions

  • I don’t like series. I don’t care if it’s 7 books or even just 3 books…I just don’t like them. I have dreadful series amnesia, and I always have to reread the previous book in the series before I can continue a series, which takes time away from other books I could be reading for the first time, so series just irk me.
  • I kind of still like love triangles? But only if it’s done well. A love triangle that’s half-assed is a love triangle I will still complain about. But a love triangle with the romantic tension of…something with a lot of romantic tension, then yes yes give it to me, YA writers! Plus I’m still waiting for an excellent bisexual or lesbian love triangle.
  • I think dog-earing pages is ok. I do sometimes dog-ear my books if I have no bookmark available. I prefer not to, but I don’t think it’s as big a deal as some readers seem to think it is.

 

Three Current Favorite Book Covers

 

Three Goals for This Year

  • …participate in NaNoWriMo…??? This is a very hesitant goal because I do not know what my life will be like next month because of a few potential recent developments. I also have attempted NaNo in the past but have never completed it because I always miss days. I also haven’t written anything new at all basically since last NaNo. I do have an idea for a gay Southern Gothic Jane Eyre retelling, but it’s so outside of what I normally try to write and I’m worried it’s a stupid idea.
  • Organize my bookshelves. Well, specifically bookshelf. I have one bookshelf in my living room that is a total mess because I keep lots of junk other than books on it, and it is dreadful.
  • Try scheduling out my reading. I want to try scheduling what I’m going to read throughout the month instead of relying on my moods, because mood reading has recently gotten me into a lot more reading slumps than normal and I need to pull myself out of it. Plus, I want to get more on top of my eARCs and ARCs of recent releases.

Sex and Spoopy // 2 queer reviews

I read a lot of queer books because that is my jam and I am queer, and the past couple months have been no exception. Recently, I read JACK OF HEARTS and SAWKILL GIRLS, so I will be talking about both of those briefly today.

 

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Meet Jack Rothman. He’s seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys – sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says, ‘it could be worse’.

He doesn’t actually expect that to come true.

But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, the mysterious love letters he’s been getting take a turn for the creepy. Jack’s secret admirer knows everything: where he’s hanging out, who he’s sleeping with, who his mum is dating. They claim they love Jack, but not his unashamedly queer lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they’ll force him.

As the pressure mounts, Jack must unmask his stalker before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous…

…….

Outside of WILDCARD, JACK OF HEARTS was probably my most anticipated book for the second half of 2018. It is so rare to read about sexually active queer teens, so I was very excited for that, as well as the fact that is was basically SIMON VS. meets PRETTY LITTLE LIARS. The mystery of the book and finding out who Jack’s stalker was was definitely the highlight of this book. The mystery was fun and scary but also realistic and believable, which actually made me not like it at times, but I’d say overall the mystery was the strongest aspect of the book. I thought the twist of who the stalker was was very well done and well plotted, because there were some hints but not so many that I guessed who it was. I realize that I really only like major plot twists if there seems to be a kernel of believability and it seems logical in some way, and I definitely believed the plot twist in this book.

The downside of JACK OF HEARTS was the character development. I felt like all we got to know about Jack was that he likes sex. I didn’t feel we got a lot about him outside of that. I get that the major selling point of the book is that it’s open about sex, but I’m sure Jack has other interests, and he even says that he doesn’t want that to be the only thing people know about him. And honestly, I started skipping the sex advice columns because they were too upsetting or graphic for me. I am not a person who likes reading about graphic sex, and even don’t like watching TV with lots of sex in it. I don’t know why because I’m not prudish or anything in real life, but it’s just not a thing I like a lot of in my media. Still, I think this book did a good job of dealing with the sexual aspects in a healthy way for teens and other readers.

 

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Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.

Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now. 

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I was expecting to like this book a lot even though I was a bit worried it would be too scary for me since even though I used to love horror, I haven’t been that into it lately. Unfortunately, I was largely disappointed by this book. My main issue with it, strangely, was that I was just bored. The writing was pretty good itself, but the rest of the story elements just struck me as slow and dull even though exciting things happened. I think my main issue with the plot was the pacing. We know who the killer is and know what the deal with that is right away, so that took a major part of the suspense out of it for me. I felt like the rest of the story was too slow as the other characters tried to catch up to what the reader already knew.

I also wasn’t sold on really any of the characters. None of them was particularly complex other than Val, I guess: Zoe was angry about her missing friend, and Marion continued being sad and plain. The most interesting thing to me about the characters was that they were all queer. Two characters have a romance, and Zoe is asexual and has a romance. I liked that there wasn’t a clear label on Marion or Val’s sexuality, but that there was for Zoe, since there are so few ace characters in YA. Overall though, I thought their characters were pretty flat.

I was also weirded out and confused by the sentient Rock that had feelings and possibly did things to move the story along?? I’m honestly still not quite sure what the heck happened with the rock. I think it gave them powers to fight the Collector? I don’t really know. But I was not a fan of the Rock parts and started skimming them. Actually, I skimmed most of the last 20% of the book because it was too slow and I was done with it at that point. In general this book was disappointing and not what I was expecting.

my netgalley queue

NetGalley. A book blogger’s blessing and curse. It provides so many good books, but too many to keep track of on our ever-growing TBR lists. Today, I’m sharing some of the books I’ve requested from NetGalley that I’m excited to read.

  1. The Everlasting Rose | Dhonielle Clayton – Is there a book that I’m more excited about reading on this list than THE EVERLASTING ROSE? Probably not. Honestly, I had mixed feelings about THE BELLES while I was actually reading it, but after I was away from it for a while, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and I knew I had to read the sequel when it came out, and now I have the eARC of the sequel and EEEEEEEEEEE!
  2. Wicked Saints | Emily A. Duncan – I am unsure why this book is being SO hyped when it doesn’t even have a synopsis yet and I can’t find any info about it other than the fact that it’s about gods and monsters. All of the Flatiron YA books I’ve read have been really excellent, so this one will probably follow suit, but seriously, what is with the hype about this book?
  3. The Waking Forest | Alyssa Wees – This book I downloaded on a whim pretty much. It was comped to THE HAZEL WOOD, one of my all-time favorite books, and also PAN’S LABYRINTH, one of my all-time favorite movies, plus it’s about a witch, so obviously I had to download it.

 

4. Toxic | Lydia Kang – I added this one because I loved Lydia Kang’s most recent YA release, THE NOVEMBER GIRL. I’m a little worried about this one because it’s sci-fi and I do not do sci-fi, so we shall see how it goes.

5. Famous in a Small Town | Emma Mills – I don’t even really remember what this one is about; I just know I found Mills’ second novel, THIS ADVENTURE ENDS, completely delightful, and I have been meaning to read more by her ever since then.

6. The Similars | Rebecca Hanover – This is a book about clones, and a girl who goes to school with a clone of her dead best friend. This kind of book isn’t my usual thing, but for some reason I have a really good feeling about it.

7. The Devouring Gray | Christine Lynne Herman – From what I can gather, THE DEVOURING GRAY has a dead sister and a mysterious town, and I am all about mysterious towns filled with secrets. Bring it on. 

October TBR

Ummm how is it already time for my October TBR list?? I’m v confused by this but also excited because there are SO MANY good books coming out this month that I am DYING to read. So, without further ado, here is my October TBR!

  • Damsel | Elana K. Arnold | Oct. 2 – I’m maybe not *as* excited for this one as most of the ones on this list, but I’m still including it because I might read it. This one is about a girl who is rescued from a dragon as a rite of passage for a local prince, but not everything about her rescue is as it seems.
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy | Mackenzi Lee | Oct. 2 – I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS ONE I COULD SCREAM!!!! GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE SEQUEL!! WITH FELICITY!
  • When We Caught Fire | Anna Godbersen | Oct. 2 – I haven’t read a book by this author since her LUXE series, but I loved that one as a kid and have been debating rereading it. This one sounds like a Gossip Girl-esque historical fic about high society, scandals, and romance, so I’m hoping it’ll be as good as I’m expecting.

 

  • Grim Lovelies | Megan Shepherd | Oct. 2 – I have been looking forward to a new Megan Shepherd book that’s not a dystopian or MG since her first trilogy ended. I’m a *little* nervous about this one because I saw a very negative review of it from a blogger I like recently, but maybe it’ll still be good?
  • Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand | Oct. 2 – Horror with queer girls? YES, PLEASE!

 

  • Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak | Oct. 9 – TBH, I don’t remember THE BOOK THIEF all that much, so this one I’m mainly reading because of the hype.
  • Blanca & Roja | Anna-Marie McLemore | Oct. 9 – I am embarrassed to say I have yet to read a book by this author, but I really want to! Maybe this Snow White retelling will be my first?
  • What If It’s Us | Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera | Oct. 9 – I am apprehensive about this because I don’t really like either of these authors very much, but they’re both known for their queer stuff so of course I have to read this one despite my misgivings. Plus, there’s always a chance it could be as good as Simon Vs.

 

  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea | Tahereh Mafi | Oct. 16 – TAHEREH! MAFI’S!! FIRST! CONTEMPORARY!!! (technically 2002, but that’s still contemporary, right? My life is not historical fiction yet??) BUT SERIOUSLY NEED I SAY MORE???
  • The Light Between Worlds | Laura E. Weymouth | Oct. 23 – This book sounds like basically a YA Narnia minus the religious allegories, and I am interested in reading it.

 

Books I’ve Added to my TBR Recently

All bookworms understand the problem of the never-ending TBR list. My “want to read” shelf on Goodreads is currently 359 books long, but that doesn’t mean I ever stop adding to it. Today, I wanted to share some of the titles that I have added to my TBR list over the past couple of months.

  • Enchantee | Gita Trelease – This is one that I added mainly because of the hype, aka everyone asking for it on #booksfortrade. However, it does sound quite good. It’s about a girl in Paris in 1789 whose parents die of smallpox, and then she uses dark magic to transform herself to survive. I like alternate histories with magic, so this should be fun.
  • The Everlasting Rose | Dhonielle Clayton – I don’t know how I missed the cover reveal for this??? It’s not as pretty as THE BELLES, but still good. I’m debating rereading THE BELLES before diving into this book, which I wanted to read as soon as I was autoapproved on NetGalley. I am looking forward to this sequel.
  • Slayer | Kiersten White – I really liked Kiersten White’s paranormal duology from a couple years ago, and this book sounds different than the other based-on-already-existing-stories books out there like the YA Marvel books. This isn’t about Buffy, but still has to do with vampire slayage and such. I might actually give this one a read.

 

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  • An Assassin’s Guide to Love & Treason | Virginia Boecker – I dislike that this title is a rip of of the GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE duology, but oh well. I added this on kind of a whim after hearing about it at a virtual librarian’s conference, and it sounds like it might be good. A girl discovers her father was plotting to kill Queen Elizabeth I, and sets out to carry out his mission.
  • Winterwood | Shea Earnshaw – This is the second book by the author of THE WICKED DEEP, which I still haven’t read. It’s about a creepy forest in the mountains where a boy everyone thought was dead suddenly returns. Give me all the creeptastic, atmospheric YA, please!
  • The Last Witchdoctor | Rena Barron – This book is set in a West-African inspired fantasy kingdom, and is about a girl who can’t do magic even though she’s descended from a long line of witch doctors.

 

Are any of these books on your lists? What have you added to your TBR recently?

TTT \\ Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is to share your fall TBR list!

  1. Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand | October 2 – This is a YA horror novel, so woohoo for that. I have not read horror in a while. The author said on her twitter account once that it has girls kissing, angry girls, and creepiness, so I am here for it.
  2. What If It’s Us | Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera | October 9 – I am apprehensive about this book because it’s by two authors who everyone else loves known for queer books, but I have only liked one book each by them. However, since it is queer I feel obligated to read it. It’s about two boys who meet cute and their subsequent relationship.
  3. Rule | Ellen Goodlett | September 11 – RULE was pitched as Pretty Little Liars meets THREE DARK CROWNS, and I will read anything comped to PLL. Basically, the king is dying and he brings his three illegitimate daughters to court, but someone knows all their secrets and is trying to blackmail them to keep them from becoming queens.

 

4. Jack of Hearts | L. C. Rosen | October 30 – This book is about a sexually active gay teen who writes a sex advice column, but then someone tries to blackmail him back in the closet and he has to figure out who’s been stalking him. So basically a dark Simon. Very excited for this one!

5. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy | Mackenzi Lee | October 2 – The sequel to GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE!!!!!! Need I say more? No, not really. GG sequel about Felicity, the sister, with ace rep!

6. A Very Large Expanse of Sea | Tahereh Mafi | October 16 – Tahereh Mafi’s first contemporary novel! That is basically all anyone needs to know about it.

 

7. Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman | September 11 – I didn’t read this author’s first book, but everyone seemed to really like it so I’m feeling optimistic about this one. SBB is about a girl who wants to make music forever with her sister, but then her sister dies, she goes to Hawaii, and it sounds like the kind of sad contemp I used to love. We’ll see if I can love it now.

8. When We Caught Fire | Anna Godbersen | October 2 – I honestly don’t really know what this book is about other than that it’s historical fic, but I’m just excited she has a new book that’s not a series. I loved her LUXE series and have been debating rereading it, so hopefully this one lives up to my expectations.

9. Pulp| Robin Talley | November 13 – I really liked this author’s last book, AS I DESCENDED (lesbian Macbeth retelling), so I have high hopes for this one as well. It’s a dual narrative that shifts between a story about a girl in love with her best friend in the days of Macarthyism and a girl in the present who is doing her senior project on 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. It sounds very cool and gay.

10. A Blade So Black | L. L. McKinney | September 25 – Black Alice in Wonderland retelling yes yes yes I love Alice retellings so much, plus it’s diverse so = !!!!!!

TTT \\ Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is to share your fall TBR list!

  1. Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand | October 2 – This is a YA horror novel, so woohoo for that. I have not read horror in a while. The author said on her twitter account once that it has girls kissing, angry girls, and creepiness, so I am here for it.
  2. What If It’s Us | Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera | October 9 – I am apprehensive about this book because it’s by two authors who everyone else loves known for queer books, but I have only liked one book each by them. However, since it is queer I feel obligated to read it. It’s about two boys who meet cute and their subsequent relationship.
  3. Rule | Ellen Goodlett | September 11 – RULE was pitched as Pretty Little Liars meets THREE DARK CROWNS, and I will read anything comped to PLL. Basically, the king is dying and he brings his three illegitimate daughters to court, but someone knows all their secrets and is trying to blackmail them to keep them from becoming queens.

 

4. Jack of Hearts | L. C. Rosen | October 30 – This book is about a sexually active gay teen who writes a sex advice column, but then someone tries to blackmail him back in the closet and he has to figure out who’s been stalking him. So basically a dark Simon. Very excited for this one!

5. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy | Mackenzi Lee | October 2 – The sequel to GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE!!!!!! Need I say more? No, not really. GG sequel about Felicity, the sister, with ace rep!

6. A Very Large Expanse of Sea | Tahereh Mafi | October 16 – Tahereh Mafi’s first contemporary novel! That is basically all anyone needs to know about it.

 

7. Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman | September 11 – I didn’t read this author’s first book, but everyone seemed to really like it so I’m feeling optimistic about this one. SBB is about a girl who wants to make music forever with her sister, but then her sister dies, she goes to Hawaii, and it sounds like the kind of sad contemp I used to love. We’ll see if I can love it now.

8. When We Caught Fire | Anna Godbersen | October 2 – I honestly don’t really know what this book is about other than that it’s historical fic, but I’m just excited she has a new book that’s not a series. I loved her LUXE series and have been debating rereading it, so hopefully this one lives up to my expectations.

9. Pulp| Robin Talley | November 13 – I really liked this author’s last book, AS I DESCENDED (lesbian Macbeth retelling), so I have high hopes for this one as well. It’s a dual narrative that shifts between a story about a girl in love with her best friend in the days of Macarthyism and a girl in the present who is doing her senior project on 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. It sounds very cool and gay.

10. A Blade So Black | L. L. McKinney | September 25 – Black Alice in Wonderland retelling yes yes yes I love Alice retellings so much, plus it’s diverse so = !!!!!!

Contemporary-A-Thon TBR

It’s time again…for a readathon! I recently wrote about whether I like readathons or not and concluded that in general I do not like them, but I also can’t resist a good readathon, especially if it has prompts, so I am making a TBR list for this readathon even if I don’t end up actually doing it. Contemporary-A-Thon is a ‘thon all about reading contemporary books, happening from the September 17-23 and is hosted by @BookHangover_ on Twitter and Youtubers Page and Pens, Chelseadollingand MyReadingIsOdd.

Here are the prompts and the books I’m hoping to read for each:

1. Read a book with orange on the cover

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This…counts as orange, right? This book is about a music contest, plus it’s diverse, so I’m hoping it’ll be good even though people seemed not to be super into the author’s first book. It’s also a 400pg contemporary, and honestly, I always side-eye contemps that are 400+ pages, because usually they do not need to be that long. So I am skeptical about this one, but we will see.

 

2. Read a book that is dark/taboo/spooky

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I requested this one impulsively because of the pretty cover, but I’m not generally into abuse stories. However, I read a positive review of it from a blogger I like, so I’m considering trying it.

 

3. Read a diverse book

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I am so excited for this book. It’s basically about 1950s lesbian pulp fiction, and has a contemporary narrator and a historical narrator. Plus, I really liked this author’s lesbian Macbeth retelling, AS I DESCENDED. Hopes = high.

 

4. Read a book in a non-traditional format

Weirdly enough, I’m stuck on this one, even though I love books in quirky formats. If it’s in a quirky format, it’s basically automatically a Mel book. I just don’t have any contemporaries in weird formats on my TBR currently, apparently.

 

5. Read a book with your initials on the cover

This one is hard. Plus, do I use my real initials or online name initials? This is dilemmatic.

 

6. Read a book by a new to you author

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People seem to really like Bowman’s first book, STARFISH, so I am hopeful about this book, which is about Hawaii and music and grief.

 

7. Read a predicted five star read

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I will read everything Tahereh Mafi writes and I’m so excited for her to write a contemporary novel (2002 counts as contemporary, right?? Is my life historical fiction already????)

September TBR

I don’t know why I do a monthly TBR list either, since I don’t follow a schedule with my reading (though honestly it would probably help me). Whatever; they’re fun posts to write, so screw it.

Here are the books I want to read this month:

  • A Blade So Black | L. L. McKinney – Basically, Alice in Wonderland retellings with a black protagonist. I LOVE Alice retellings, and a diverse one makes it even better!
  • Not Even Bones | Rebecca Scaeffer – This is a dark book about cutting up monsters and selling their parts. Every review I have read so far has basically said it’s delightfully disturbing, which I am so here for.
  • To Make Monsters Out of Girls | Amanda Lovelace – I loved Amanda’s first poetry collection, so I am very eager to read more from her even though I wasn’t hugely into THE WITCH DOESN’T BURN IN THIS ONE.

 

  • Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman – I admittedly have not read this author’s first book, but every blogger I follow seems to have loved it, so that is promising. This book is about a girl who wants to write music forever with her sister, but then her sister dies. She ends up going to Hawaii, and musical and surfing things ensue.
  • Rule | Ellen Goodlett – This book was pitched as THREE DARK CROWNS and PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, so of course I have to read it, because I read anything comped to PLL. Fantasy PLL, here I come!
  • Wildcard | Marie Lu – This should’ve been the first book on the list because MORE WARCROSS! MORE EMIKA! MORE HIDEO! MORE WARCROSS!! That is all that needs to be said, really.

 

  • Give the Dark My Love | Beth Revis – This book is a fantasy with PLAGUES and I love plagues (sorry, that came out wrong, but oh well, I’m a sadist, who cares) so i am excite. Plus, it’ll be my first Beth Revis book!
  • Strange Grace | Tessa Gratton – This sounds horror-y, which might not actually work for me now that I don’t really do anything horror, but I was still grabbed by the synopsis, so we will see how I fare with this book.

 

Are you planning to read any of these books this month? Which September releases are you most excited for?