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!

ARCs

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.

Published

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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Book Haul: February 2018

Hi, readers!

Today I’m sharing all the books I acquired this month. Per usual, there are a lot of books here, so I think we’ll jump right to it!

ARCs

The Balcony by Jane Delury (out March 27)

This is a multi-generational novel, which is one of my favorite kinds! This book follows the family and staff living in a small village outside Paris.

The Echo Killing by Christi Daughtery (out March 13)

This mystery/thriller follows Harper, a crime reporter with a painful and traumatic past. Harper is investigating a new case that is eerily similar to the murder of her own mother, fifteen years ago.

Fight No More by Lydia Millet (out June 12)

Pulitzer Prize nominee Millet is back with a new short story collection! This book promises satire and bizarre stories. I’m a little skeptical of this work but I’m game for the ride!

Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh (out March 8)

It’s the newest book from Mackintosh! I loved her first book, I Let You Go, and DNF her second book, I See You. You can read my review of I See You here. Her newest work follows Anna, who is determined to learn the truths about her parents’ deaths.

The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel (out March 27)

This historical fiction novel follows three people as their lives intersect during WWII in France. I have a feeling this will be quite the tearjerker as the blurb says it’s for fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale.

Stray City by Chelsey Johnson (out March 20)

Sooo this book is not pictured because I forgot to put it in the photo. This book is pitched as an anti-romantic comedy. I’m honestly not sure what this means, but I think this will be a warm and funny novel about different kinds of family.

Tangerine by Christine Mangan (out March 20)

I won’t lie. I initially picked up this book for the fantastic cover, but then the plot summary intrigued me. This book details the life of Alice, her husband John, and her friend Lucy in Tangier as the Alice struggles with her new life and the disappearance of her husband.

Published Books

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (out but I have an ARC)

Sooo this book is not pictured because I forgot to put it in the photo. I originally shared my excitement for this book in my post detailing some winter new releases that I was especially excited for. This is a YA book about Camellia, living in a futuristic society in which beauty is prized above all else. The cover art for this book is stunning and I’m really excited to read this!

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

I’ve wanted to read this book for three years and finally (!) bought it at a bookshop for my birthday earlier this month. This is the first book in a fantasy series exploring the notions of parallel Londons and magic. So excited!

Educated by Tara Westover (out but I have an ARC)

Sooo this book is not pictured because I forgot to put it in the photo. As soon as I heard about this book it went right on my TBR. This is a memoir, reminiscent of The Glass Castle, about a young woman’s fight for her education. I think this will be really moving!

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

This is the third book in the Cormoran Strike series by J.K. Rowling. This one kicks off with a bloody and mysterious package and gets more gruesome from there. Strike and his assistant must balance their personal and professional lives as everything comes to a head.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

I’m so excited for Hannah’s newest book! This one follows a family who moves to the Alaskan Wilderness after the patriarch loses his job. This promises to be a beautiful novel about the inner workings of a family, which is something that Hannah writes very well.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

This is the second book in the Cormoran Strike series. I really enjoyed the first book, The Cuckoo’s Calling. This second novel follows Strike as he investigates the disappearance of an author. I’m expecting this mystery to be equally well written and I hear it gets even bloodier as the series continues.

That’s all for now! What books did you pick up this month?

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Book Haul: January 2018

Hi, readers!

It’s time for another monthly book haul! Today I’m sharing all the books I acquired this month. Most of these books were either purchased or were gifts, so we’ll start with the ARCs.

ARCs:

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer (out April 3)

An exciting new book from Wolitzer about a college freshman meeting her feminist idol. I haven’t read Wolitzer before, but this book sounds like an excellent first start!

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (out May 1)

A new book from McLain about another wife of Hemingway, Martha Gellhorn! I really enjoyed her first book, The Paris Wife, and think she’ll do a great job with her newest book.

Mrs. by Caitlin Macy (out February 13)

This has, somehow, been compared to both Big Little Lies and House of Mirth. I’m definitely reading this one! Our main character seems to be hiding a shady past and someone is threatening to expose her.

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton (out February 6)

A Cuban-American woman learns about her family after her grandmother’s death. This book sounds beautiful and delightful.

Already Published Books:

The Body Project by Joan Jacobs Brumberg

This was recommended by Melissa Fabello on her Instagram as a great introduction to how we treat women and girls’ bodies in the US. I was fortunate enough to find a used copy at the bookstore!

Borderlands | La Frontera by Gloria Anzaldúa

This is a foundational text of Xicano/Xicana theory that I somehow lost after college. Found a used copy and scooped it up!

Half a Lifelong Romance by Eileen Chang

I first discovered Chang in the book Literary Witches. This book tells the tale of star-crossed lovers and it sounded so great that I knew I’d want a copy.

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

I loved one of Mackintosh’s earlier books, I Let You Go, and am excited to read her newer one about a woman and her stalker.

Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts

Roberts takes a black feminist lens and applies it to the ways in which black women’s bodies are demonized and criminalized. I think this book will be a difficult read but a very necessary one.

Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang

This is a short story collection by Chang featuring many stories about relationships and romance that I’m hoping to pick up next month.

That’s all for now! What books did you pick up this month?

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December 2017 Book Haul

Hi, readers!

It’s time for another monthly book haul! Today I’m sharing all the books I acquired this month. Most of these books were either purchased or were gifts, so we’ll start with the ARCs.

ARCs:

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (out February 2018)

This novel is about a newly married couple living in the American South and the tests they endure. Jones writes about race, loyalty, and endurance in what seems to be a powerful book.

Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik (out February 2018)

Based on the true story of Forugh Farrokzhad, the scandalous poet of Iran in the 1940s and 50s. I think this book will be heartbreaking and beautiful, as well as a great introduction to a poet I know nothing about.

Sunburn by Laura Lippman (out February 2018)

This is a psychological suspense story (my favorite kind of thriller!) that focuses on a couple facing secrets, lies, and murder. This book is already receiving a lot of buzz and I’m eager to find out what happened!

White Houses by Amy Bloom (out March 2018)

This is a historical fiction novel about the real life relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and reporter Lorena Hickok. This novel covers the changes in their relationship from friends to lovers and promises to be quite the engaging read. I don’t know much about either of these women, and I’m thinking I’ll pick up a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt later this year!

Already Published Books:

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

I started this one on Christmas Day! I’ve seen this book everywhere this year. It’s a historical fictional novel about three women, two of whom were involved with the resistance during WWII. Reese Witherspoon picked this for her book club so I expect great things!

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty

This book comes recommended by the Reading Women podcast. It’s a large (over 500 pages!) high fantasy novel full of magic and secrets. This already promises to be an entertaining read!

The Dry by Jane Harper

Another well-received mystery, The Dry is about a small town with big secrets. The main character returns home under mysterious circumstances, which is a favorite mystery trope of mine.

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

This book comes highly recommended from some of my bookstore coworkers. It’s a dark YA fantasy that seems to have some fairy tale elements. I’ve heard this book has lots of surprises and a great romance, as well! Plus, the cover is stunning.

The English Wife by Lauren Willig

I loved Willig’s series of The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and am very excited about her newest novel. This one has it all: affairs, murder, and secrets. Plus, it takes place in England! I can already tell that I’m going to love this.

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

I won’t say too much about this one as I’ve already reviewed it for the blog. You can read that review here and I gave it 4 / 5 stars.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

This book promises to be a fascinating combination of historical fiction and noir thriller. This will be my first time reading anything by Egan, so I’m greatly looking forward to this one. I’ve heard readers either love it or hate it…

The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson

I first read The Odyssey back in high school. In college, my acting teachers did a much better job of exploring Greek drama. As such, I’m very much looking forward to reading this book next year. Wilson is the first woman ever to translate The Odyssey, and I’m curious to see what unique choices she made.

A Secret Sisterhood by Emily Midorikawa & Emma Claire Sweeney

This nonfiction read is about authors Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, George Eliot, and Virginia Woolf and the letters they wrote. I think this will be a fascinating look at women, writing, and friendships.

Still Life by Louise Penny

Confession time: I’ve never read Louise Penny. I’m excited to finally start this mystery series that I’m constantly seeing over on Instagram. It’s Penny’s debut novel and received quite a lot of great reviews!

That’s all for now! What books did you pick up this month?

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Book Haul: November 2017

Hi, readers!

Today I’m sharing the books I acquired throughout the month of November. There’s a good mix of already published books and ARCs, so hopefully you’ll be inspired to pick up a good book!

Let’s start off with the ARCs…

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin (out January 16, 2018)

I’m very excited to read this book! Benjamin wrote The Aviator’s Wife, about the wife of Charles Lindbergh, and it was fantastic. This book should be more of the same as it’s a fictional account of Old Hollywood stars Frances Marion and Mary Pickford.

Need to Know by Karen Cleveland (out January 23, 2018)

This is a debut novel from an actual former CIA analyst. Need to Know explores one woman’s work to uncover Russian sleeper cells and the ways in which it affects her personal life. This book is already receiving much buzz and there are talks of a movie deal! Stay tuned for my review in the next few weeks.

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey (out January 9, 2018)

This is the first book in a new series about a female lawyer in India in the 1920s who is investigating a mysterious will. I’m definitely on board with more women of color leads in fiction! I first heard about this book on Book Riot’s Read or Dead podcast, which is dedicated to mysteries and thrillers. Stay tuned for my review in the next few weeks!

The Wife by Alafair Burke (out January 23, 2018)

This is a sequel to The Ex, which I have not read. The Wife contains one of my favorite tropes: the couple who keeps secrets from each other. I haven’t decided if I’ll try to read The Ex first, and might instead see if this can be read as a stand-alone.

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (out January 2, 2018)

This is Finn’s debut novel and wow, am I already hooked! With comparisons to Rear Window and Gone Girl, I think this book will easily live on my favorite books of all time list. Should it live up to the hype, that is. I’ll definitely be reviewing this book so stay tuned!

And finally, the books that are already published:

The Burning Girl by Claire Messud

This book is a coming of age story that chronicles the friendship of two girls and questions the depths to which anyone can either know their own self or anyone else. Messud’s written quite a few buzzy books in the past and I’m definitely intrigued by this premise!

The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes

This is a fictional take on the famous Mitford sisters, written by the niece of Julian Fellowes, no less! This book will be perfect for fans of Downton Abbey and I expect it to be quite the fun read. Stay tuned for my review in the next few weeks!

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

This book sounds right up my alley! It’s about five generations of witches and their struggles to protect themselves and the world. I’ve heard great things and I’m excited to read this book!

Sing, Unburied Sing by Jesmyn Ward

This book was much buzzed this year and recently won the National Book Award! Ward writes an intimate portrait of a Southern family and the failed promises of the American dream. I’m incredibly excited to read this book and I’ll share my review in the next few weeks!

The Strays by Emily Bitto

I first heard about this book on the Reading Women podcast and I’m excited to read it! This is a coming of age story about a young girl living in 1930s Australia with her family on an artist commune. The Strays focuses on female friendship which is something I can never get enough of!

Tell Me Everything You Don’t Remember by Christine Hyung-Oak Lee

I also heard about this book on the Reading Women podcast. This memoir tells the story of one woman’s life after a stroke at age 33. I can’t imagine feeling like I’m finally coming into my own as an adult, only to have such a long-lasting incident occur. I hear this book is poignant and beautifully written and I greatly look forward to reading it.

Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

Yes, this book is by that Tom Hanks. I’ve heard mixed things about this short story collection, ranging from “fantastic!” to “ehh mediocre.” I’m guessing this won’t be Hanks’s last foray into writing. Stay tuned for my review next month!

The Vanishing Season by Joanna Schaffhausen

This book tells the story of a police officer whose past comes back to haunt her. After surviving a gruesome attack, other people in her life start disappearing and she knows it’s all connected. This sounds like quite the dark read but it’s supposed to be quite good! Stay tuned for my review in the next few weeks.

What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton

I’ve been psyching myself up to read this book ever since it came out in September. I already know it’s going to lead me on a rollercoaster of emotions and I cannot wait to finally dive in next month. Stay tuned for a very heartfelt review!

That’s all for now! What books did you pick up this month?

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