Hey everyone! I hope you are having a good weekend. I have been trying to limit my book buying this year and while I still have acquired a fairly large amount of books, I am buying significantly less so YAY! I’ve been trying to do the 5-book-method where I get to buy one book for every five that I read. It has been working well, except for a few times when there were book sales going on and I couldn’t resist the cheap prices.
So onto the book haul. These are all the books that I have gotten from January-March
My 21st birthday was in January and I got some books as gifts. These were all books that I was desperately wanting to read.
♡ The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller, Iliad retelling with a romance between Achilles and Patroclus. I loved the Iliad when I read it in high school so I am so excited to read Miller’s take on it.
♡ Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn*. Female asian superheroes. Need I say more?
♡ The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin*, an alternate earth called the Stillness, which is plagued by constant seismic activity. This leads to frequent near-extinction events. I have been wanting to read one of Jemisin’s books for a while now. She is known for writing very diverse fantasy which is my jam. This one in particular won the Hugo award for best novel so I figured this would be a good place to start.
♡ The Mad Scientists Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke, a love story between a woman and an android. That alone had me interested. I love books that have an AI character. Some of my favorites are The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and Illuminae. I adored both of these books so I am hoping the AI theme continues with this one.
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♡ If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan*, two best friends fall in love, but Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love. This book was only $1 so I really couldn’t pass it up. I’m interested to read about a lesbian relationship set in this dangerous climate. I have heard that this book is transphobic so I will be keeping an eye out for that.
♡ The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera*. After stealing her father’s credit card to buy new clothes, Margot is grounded and forced to work off her punishment in her families grocery store. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this one and it is an #OwnVoices book! Also it has been compared to Pretty in Pink which is a movie I love.
♡ Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde*. I read and reviewed this book and absolutely loved it. The anxiety and bisexual rep was a breath of fresh air.
♡ Otherbound by Corrine Duyvis*, is the story of Nolan and Amara, two people who share a mind link. Every time Nolan blinks he’s transported to Amara’s world and forced to witness her ordeals until the day comes when he gains control over Amara’s body. Aside from that amazing sounding plot this book has queer ladies, poc main characters and a disabled main character. Also it is a Bisexual Book Award Winner! Hell YES!
♡ Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed*, following a Pakistani girl who has always known her parents will arrange her marriage. But she breaks the rules and falls in love with a boy her parents don’t approve of.
♡ The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig*, follows Nix who has spent her whole life aboard her father’s ship, sailing throughout time. With a map, her father can sail to any time and place, real or imagined. Their goal is to find a map of Honolulu that can take them back to Nix’s mother. The problem is that this could erase Nix from existence. I have this book on my kindle but I had to buy a physical copy because there are so many beautiful maps throughout the book.
♡ Far From You by Tess Sharpe*, is a thriller about two friends and the secret they shared. Four months ago Mina died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong. But only Sophie, her best friend, knows the truth. That there was no drug deal and Mina was murdered. This book sounds amazing and it also has a TON of diversity.
♡ Magic of Blood and Sea by Cassandra Rose Clarke. When I saw this book I got so excited. This is a bind-up of one of my favorite duologies that went out of print a few years ago. Thank god it got picked up by a new publisher and reprinted in this beautiful edition. The jist of this duology is, a pirate princess and a cursed assassin bound together. If you enjoy a good hate-to-love romance, then you will love this.
♡ The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley. Also known as Lesbians in Space. I’ve heard this books is feminist, brutal and gay. My top three buzz words.
Books Sent for Review
♡ Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra, is about a girl in 1800s London who has a speech disorder that causes her to stutter but allows her to perfectly imitate other people’e voices. That alone sounds fascinating to me.
♡ Island of Exiles by Erica Cameron. I don’t know the general plot of this book, but I accepted it for review because I was told that the entire cast was is PoC and are all either bisexual, asexual, or categorize themselves somewhere on the gender binary.
♡ Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza. Basically I will read anything that is pitched as a space opera. But this one in particular caught my attention because it sounds like it has a very badass female lead.
♡ The Valiant by Lesley Livingston, follows princess Fallon, the sworn enemy of Julius Caesar. When she is seventeen she is captured and sold to an elite training school for female gladiators and owned by none other than Julius Caesar. The Gladiator is one of my all time favorite movies and I have always wanted a YA version of it so I am beyond excited to read this.
♡ The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu. This book is hard to sum up as it seems to have some magical realism aspects to it. But with its gorgeous cover and intriguing blurb, I had to see what it was all about. “Devonairre Street Girls must not fall in love. That is the responsibility, that is the Curse, that is what is true.”
♡ City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson, is pitched as Oceans Eleven meets Blood Diamond. SOLD.
Book of the Month
This month I worked with Book of the Month and was sent their March book selections. Basically BotM is a subscription box service where every month you get to choose one book out of their 5 selections chosen by their judges. All the books are brand new releases. If you want to sign up, your first month will be $5 (then $14.99/mo).
♡ Marlena by Julie Buntin
♡ All Grown Up by Jami Attenburg
♡ Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
♡ The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
♡ Dead Letters by Caite Dolan-Leach
I filmed a video on my channel where I read the first chapter in each of these books and chose which one I was most interested in reading. You can watch it here.
Finally we have reached the end of this never-ending post. Sorry about that. Hopefully my hauls will get smaller. Let me know in the comments if you have read any of these or what your last book purchase was!