Book Haul: March 2018

Hi, readers!

It’s that time again! Today I’m sharing all the books I acquired this month and quite a few of these are young adult novels. There are eight books total here, and split nicely between ARCs and already published novels, so let’s get right to it!


Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, out April 3 from Balzer + Bray

This young adult novel has been much talked about already and is receiving lots of praise. Jane grew up during the Civil War after the dead began to walk again. Now, she’s training to be an Attendant to protect the wealthier white families in town. But when families start to disappear, Jane must work to save herself and protect her community.

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar, out May 1 from Touchstone

This debut novel follows two girls, a Syrian refugee and a mapmaker’s apprentice, living 800 years apart. Their stories parallel each other but also differentiate as each girl seeks to find her home. This book is already being called The Kite Runner for Syria.

My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran & Larissa Zageris, out April 3 from Quirk Books

I’m super excited about this one! It’s a choose your own adventure romance novel. I’ve flipped through this and it promises to be chock full of key players and plot devices of the genre. Should be fun! I think this would be great for anyone who enjoys romance novels.

Other People’s Houses by Abbi Waxman, out April 3 from Berkley Books

In this book, four families’ lives fall apart as an affair comes to light. I love stories like this, in which we zoom in on family life and see how one person’s choices can affect so many other people’s lives.


American Panda by Gloria Chao, published by Simon Pulse

Mei is following her parents’ wishes for her future to the letter, but she isn’t happy. This teen fiction novel is about struggling to find your own way while still honoring your family at the same time.

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

I’ve heard such good things about this young adult book! Leigh travels to Taiwan after her mother commits suicide because she believes her mother turned into a bird when she died. In Taiwan, she searches for her mother’s family and learns about grief, family, and love.

The Last Equation of Isaac Severy by Nova Jacobs, published by Touchstone

After Isaac, Hazel’s grandfather dies, Hazel must work quickly to track down an equation that other people are fighting to find. I’ve heard this compared to The Westing Game, but for adults!

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Twin brothers Martin and Tyler go to a party together, and a good time quickly turns to a police raid and shooting. Later, when Tyler is found dead, a video surfaces claiming Tyler was shot and killed by a police officer. This young adult novel is timely and a necessary contribution to our ongoing conversations about race, police violence, and gun control. This book would be a great next read for fans of The Hate U Give.

That’s it for today! What new books did you pick up this month?

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