books i’ve requested from edelweiss lately

If you follow me on Twitter, you may be aware of the Edelweiss panic I had that led me to delete my old Edelweiss account and start a new one. Honestly, I’m kind of glad I did, because now I’m not autoapproved for everything and have to request everything the normal way, which will maybe encourage me not to go downloading eARCs all willy nilly? However, I did request some I had on my old account, because I want to actually review them when I read them, as well as some new things I hadn’t been aware were on Edelweiss before.

So today, I’ll be sharing some of the books I’ve requested on Edelweiss lately.

Plain Bad Heroines – emily m. danforth

I am embarrassed to admit I’ve never read Cameron Post, Emily M. Danforth’s first novel, but honestly I’m just not that interested?? I am a shameful queer. However, this gothic, dark academia-esque new book from her sounds AWESOME. From what I have gathered thus far, this book has:

  • a book club for a scandalous memoir
  • a secret society
  • sapphics who are obsessed with each other
  • at least 5 mysterious deaths
  • a school with a dark past

How can all that be combined and not be utterly amazing? We stan.

kingdom of the wicked – kerri maniscalco

I will admit I was NOT a fan of Kerri Maniscalco’s first James Patterson Presents series, STALKING JACK THE RIPPER, but I was for sure interested in requesting KINGDOM OF THE WICKED, which is about Italian witches, a legend about seven princes from Hell, murder, and the Devil. I started this one recently and am LOVING it. There is magic and food and wonderful family dynamics and it *might* even be my new favorite of 2020, but we’ll see how the rest of it goes.

when no one is watching – alyssa cole

When I discovered this thriller by romance writer Alyssa Cole, I was pumped because:

  • It is comped to GET OUT
  • It is a thriller but deals with topics like gentrification
  • It has a history hunt about a community
  • Possible conspiracy theories

So basically, it is a must read. I’m unclear about the release date on this because on Edelweiss it says it’s already out but on Amazon it says preorder? But anyway: I am PSYCHED to read this book.

the invention of sound – chuck palahniuk

I have loved two other of Palahniuk’s books, LULLABY and DIARY, and keep meaning to read more by him. This horror novel is about a father’s search for his missing daughter and the dark side of Hollywood. On the surface, the plot may sound kind of done and cliche, but since it is Chuck Palahniuk, I am expecting some deep weirdness and unique writing.

somewhere between bitter and sweet – laekan zea kemp

I have not seen this book anywhere on the book community’s radar, but it sounds like one that will need to be hyped up forever. SBBAS is about Pen, an aspiring pastry chef who wants to open her own place next to her family’s taco restaurant, but must choose between following her dreams and her parent’s traditional expectations of her. There is going to be food, family, and romance in this book and if book Twitter doesn’t get all over it, I am going to throw a riot.

witches steeped in gold – ciannon smart

Are we even surprised I had to request another witch book? And give me ALL the diverse witches, please! This book has 1) witches 2) RIVAL witches 3) pursuits of revenge and 4) a tenuous alliance. I am so here for this book and am utterly pumped to start reading it.

happily ever afters – elise bryant

WHY have I not heard anything about this book before?!?! HAPPILY EVER AFTERS is about Tessa, a secret romance writer who writes love stories so she can find herself in the pages of books. She’s accepted to a prestigious art school, and let me tell you how much I love books about teens who go to art school since that was me.

Basically, I have a lot of reading to do soon, especially for all those September eARCs I have now! Hopefully I’ll be able to get to a few of them this weekend for Dewey’s Readathon’s Reverseathon! Wish me luck.

7 atmospheric &/or melancholy reads that will enhance your FOLKLORE listening

Hello, and HAPPY TAYLOR SWIFT DAY!!!

I may as well forewarn you all now: you can probably expect a lot of Taylor Swift content coming up when everyone makes their own FOLKLORE book tags and readathons come up and other content. I am not sorry, because the past few years have made me a huge Taylor Swift stan and honestly, my life has improved a lot since becoming a TS stan.

ANYWAY. This post is here to help inspire your reading picks to accompany your FOLKLORE listening as you dive deep into the album and imagine yourself crying in the woods with the leaves crinkling under you wearing your ex girlfriend’s favorite cardigan. So, I present to you atmospheric and/or melancholy reads that have the mood of FOLKLORE. Enjoy!

the devouring gray – Christine Lynn Herman

While thinking about books that fit the mood of FOLKLORE, THE DEVOURING GRAY immediately came to mind. This book is a bisexual anthem about a town with a mysterious history, very creepy woods, a monster, and lots of angsty romance. TDG is full of moody bisexuals who would definitely listen to FOLKLORE while researching the town’s history and trying to find a way to defeat the Beast that’s gobbling people up and making the forest sick.

house of salt and sorrows – erin a. craig

HOUSE OF SALT AND SORROWS is a very eerie retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses where the “princesses” all live in an old manor by the sea and they seemed to be cursed because the sisters keep dying. This book made me coin in my mind the genre “ocean gothic”–i. e. eerie and dark ocean books with death and ghosts.

summer of salt – katrina leno

Okay, this book doesnt *exactly* fit the vibe of atmospheric and melancholy, but I think the characters in this book would definitely listen to FOLKLORE. SUMMER OF SALT is a sapphic book about a girl waiting to receive the magical powers that have been passed down to women in her family for generations. However, when something bad on the island happens involving a legendary bird, the summer visitors to the island turn to the magical family and look for someone there to blame.

sawkill girls – claire legrand

The slow, sleepy-but-eerie pace of this book reminds me of FOLKLORE a lot. Think “Exile.” Marion, Zoe, and Val all live on Sawkill Rock, where there is an urban legend of a monster in the woods, only Val knows it might not really just be an urban legend after all.

the last true poets of the sea – julia drake

I am so annoyed at myself for not having finished this one even though I really liked the part of it I read. This sad, sapphic book about shipwrecks and mental health struggles is perfect for FOLKLORE. “Cardigan” belongs on a playlist about Orion and Liv’s relationship. Sarcastic, moody Violet, our MC who is trying to find the right words to say to her brother who is in the hospital for a suicide attempt, would probably listen to “Betty” on the plane to Lyric, Maine, where she and Liv attempt to uncover the real story of how Violet’s family founded the town after a shipwreck.

the sky is everywhere – jandy nelson

I know this book is really old and has a love triangle, but it will always be one of my favorites. The lyrical writing just brims with raw emotion, and I promise it will destroy you. It’s about Lennie, who just lost her sister, and her relationships with two guys–one with her sister’s boyfriend, and one with a new boy in town.

extraordinary means – robyn schneider

Actually, a lot of Robyn Schneider’s books would go well with FOLKLORE, but this one stuck out to me because it definitely has a strong melancholy vibe because it’s set at a boarding school for sick teens. I don’t remember much about the plot to be honest, but I do remember I really liked it and even gifted it to the person I was dating at the time.

There were so many books I could’ve picked for a melancholy/atmospheric themed list, but these ended up being the ones that especially stood out to be relevant to read while listening to FOLKLORE! I hope I’ve managed to add some books to your TBR, and that you get to listen to FOLKLORE as many times as your heart desires this weekend!