My Top 5 Most Anticipated Books of Fall

Even though I struggle to get through books in the fall and winter due to not always feeling well, there are a few titles I’m excitedly awaiting.

  1. Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss. I don’t have words for how excited I am about this book. History of Love is one of my favorite books ever. I’m just hoping that either the bookstore in my local airport or the one in Orlando has it because I am going to Disney World the day that this is released.
  2. The Living Infinite by Chantel Acevedo. This historical fiction novel is about a rebellious princess, the Chicago World’s Fair, and a visit to revolutionary Cuba. What’s not to like?
  3. Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. I imagine after the success and acclaim of A Visit from the Goon Squad, this will be on all the must read lists and I can’t say that I blame anyone. I am always interested in books on The Great Depression as I grew up listening to stories from my grandmother about her childhood.
  4. We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Coates is one of my favorite essayists and I loved Beyond the World and Me so much. I bought multiple copies and shipped them to friends who I felt needed to read it (and then felt slighted when they didn’t respond about whether or not they loved it, naturally). I’ll be picking this up on audio for sure.
  5. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Despite the unending amount of shit I get for being a John Green fangirl, I steadfastly remain a John Green fangirl. I preordered this as soon as it was announced and I absolutely cannot wait for this teenage detective story with a neuroatypical heroine.

Honorable Mentions:

  • One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
  • They Both die at the End by Adam Silvera
  • A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • Remember Me Always by Renee Collins
  • Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
  • Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
  • Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi
  • Artemis by Andy Weir

All I can say is with a list like this, I am hoping for some serious bookstore gift cards for the holidays!

Mid-Year (ish) check in

Since I am in the process of moving things over from other sites to this one, please bear with me. I decided having one spot for everything books and knitting was infinitely easier than having 3 blogs that almost never updated. PROGRESS.

Anyway. on to the books since presumably that’s why most people would be here. Due to Real Life being Real Life, I set my Good Reads goal at 52. I’m coming out a little ahead of the game so far this year. I’m up to 35 with only one book that I’ve DNF’d. So far my top three books of the year are:

  1. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  2. The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich
  3. Dead Little Mean Girl by Eva Darrows**

We Are Okay may be short, it is only 234 pages of a smaller hard cover book, but it packs a huge punch. It’s primarily a grief novel about how sometimes we push people away even if they only want the best for us because things are too hard. As someone with cptsd I related to this so much and spent half the book in tears. If you don’t mind a darker book that depicts grief in a way that it usually isn’t then I highly, highly recommend it.

The Love Interest is part spy novel and part romance with a whole lot of trope subversion. Love Interests are assigned to people the agency deems important. These can be geniuses, athletes, influential people, etc. The agency sets up a love triangle and whichever Interest loses the battle for the target’s heart is killed. Things don’t go exactly as the agency plans and the classic love triangle trope is turned on its head.  Action, espionage and a very sweet romance put this one on my top list.

Dead Little Mean Girl is a grief novel and mean girl trope subversion in one. Emma’s step-sister Quinn is your garden variety mean girl. She terrorizes the school, Emma, her mom, and pretty much everyone she comes in contact with. When Quinn dies, Emma has to deal with grieving for someone she hated and who did awful things, while learning that there may have been more to Quinn than met the eye. It hits you hard even while you’re laughing and gives you a lot to think about.

 

** Disclaimer: I know and am friends with Eva Darrows but my copy of DLMG was purchased by me and I legitimately love the book and have foisted it upon people of my own accord.

2016 Book Wrap Up

So my posting got bricked in 2016 because I was sick for most of the year, but I did manage to hit my GoodReads goal of 52 books. Barely. The last two I was finishing up on NYE. I even came really close to finishing the BookRiot Read Harder Challenge too. I got through 20 of 24 tasks on the list. Here’s what I read last year. Bolded titles were my top books for the year.

  1. Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
  2. Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge
  3. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
  4. Normal Gets You Nowhere by Kelly Cutrone
  5. Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell
  6. The StoneKeeper (Amulet #1) by Kazu Kibuishi
  7. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
  8. Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
  9. Anatomy of A Misfit by Andrea Portes
  10. Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge
  11. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  12. Fuck Love by Tarryn Fisher
  13. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  14. Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
  15. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
  16. Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
  17. Curio by Evangeline Denmark
  18. The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
  19. The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane by Kelly Harms
  20. Shakespeare by Bill Bryson
  21. One of those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies by Sonya Sones
  22. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  23. Used & Rare: Travels in the Book World by Lawrence Goldstone
  24. The Fireman by Joe Hill
  25. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  26. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  27. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
  28. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
  29. Unbreakable by Kami Garcia
  30. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  31. Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  32. Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry
  33. All Involved by Ryan Gattis
  34. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy
  35. Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn
  36. Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
  37. Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi
  38. Everyone Leaves by Wendy Guerra
  39. The Moment of Everything by Shelly King
  40. Spinster by Kate Bolick
  41. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
  42. The Disappearance of Melody Dean by Alexis Sugden
  43. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  44. A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
  45. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  46. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  47. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
  48. The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland by Rebekah Crane
  49. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey
  50. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga
  51. The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman
  52. Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Mid Year Progress

Well, the first half of this year kicked my ass health wise and along with it went all my beautiful plans of blogging, but such is life with a chronic illness. On the bright side, I got lots of reading done and a fair amount of knitting too. I figured I’d take a look at what I’ve read so far this year and see what I’ve enjoyed, what I’ve not enjoyed and see how I stand on my challenges.

  1. Belzhar – Meg Wolitzer 3.5/5 – BR Challenge – Read a book with a main character with a mental illness.
  2. Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic – Meghan Ciana Doidge 4/5
  3. Why We Broke Up – Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman 4.5/5
  4. Normal Gets You Nowhere – Kelly Cutrone 1/5 (DNF)
  5. Assassination Vacation – Sarah Vowell 3/5 – BR Challenge – Read a book about politics
  6. Amulet: The Stonekeepers – Kazu Kibuishi 3/5 – BR Challenge – Read a middle grade novel
  7. This is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper – 5/5 – BR Challenge – Read a book adapted to a movie and then watch the movie. Debate which was better. I’m going with book, though the movie was quite good for this one, especially if you were a fan of Arrested Development.
  8. Illusions of Fate – Kiersten White 5/5
  9. Anatomy of a Misfit – Andrea Portes 4/5
  10. Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic – Meghan Ciana Doidge 4/5
  11. Me Before You – JoJo Moyes 2.5/5
  12. F*ck Love – Tarryn Fisher 4/5
  13. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath 5/5
  14. Rebel Belle – Rachel Hawkins 3/5
  15. Warbreaker – Brandon Sanderson 4/5 – BR Challenge – Read a book over 500 pages
  16. Trigger Warning – Neil Gaiman 4/5
  17. Curio – Evangeline Denmark 1/5 (DNF)
  18. The Walls All Around Us – Nova Ren Suma 4/5
  19. The Good Luck Girls of Shipwreck Lane – Kelly Harms 3.5/5
  20. Shakespeare: The Word as Stage – Bill Bryson 3/5 – BR Challenge – Read a Biography
  21. One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies – Sonya Sones 5/5
  22. Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng 4/5
  23. Used and Rare: Travels in the Book World – Lawrence and Nancy Goldstone 3.5/5
  24. The Fireman – Joe Hill 5/5 – BR Challenge – Read a dystopian/post apocalyptic novel
  25. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz 1/5 (DNF)
  26. The Sea of Monsters – Rick Riordan 4/5
  27. The Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan 4/5
  28. The Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan 5/5
  29. Unbreakable – Kami Garcia 3/5
  30. The Disappearance of Melody Dean – Alexis Sugden 5/5 (There was a kickstarter for the printed trade paper book of this webcomic so I got to read the whole thing already :P ) – BR Challenge – Read a non Superhero Comic debuted in the last 3 years

Overall I’ve enjoyed most of what I’ve read so far this year, with only a couple books that I’ve given up on. I’m 30 out of 52 on my yearly goal of books read and only 8 out of 25 of the Read Harder challenges, so I guess I’m really going to have to step those up for the latter half of the year. I’m in the middle of a few more Read Harder challenges, but I’ve not gotten much reading done in the last couple weeks. I’ll do a more detailed breakdown on what I’ve read and my thoughts on the books in the next post!