newly released books i’m excited for

Alternatively titled, brand new books with gorgeous covers that I definitely would not mind someone giving me out of the kindness of their heart, hint hint. (Even though I already own one out of the list. But I wouldn’t object to a second copy!)

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (feb 28)
    32075671
    I’ve heard so much good about this one! It’s a YA contemporary inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and everyone is raving about it. It tackles serious topics from the view of a sixteen-year-old girl, it’s simultaneously important and humorous, and I really want to get my hands on a copy.


  • The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi (march 28)
    29346880
    I’ve been waiting for this one for at least a year and it’s finally out! It’s an MG adventure about “a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair” with a Bangladeshi-American main character and lots of family dynamics. Also, apparently, a lot of food descriptions Every aspect of the book just looks so good. Out of this entire list, this is the one I currently want most.


  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (march 28)
    28449207
    I actually don’t know the premise of this one clearly, so it’s kind of a mystery to me, but I’ve heard the prose is really beautiful. It’s apparently about an orphan-dreamer-librarian and a mythical lost city, which is a really cool premise even though it doesn’t give away much. Of course, the only way to find out more is to read it!


  • Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham (feb 21)
    24382227
    This one is a YA historical fiction mystery with two points-of-view a hundred years apart! There’s a girl who finds a skeleton and starts investigating a century-old murder, and a boy in Tulsa in 1921. And of course I love mysteries and historical fiction (well, I love everything and those genres fall under everything), so I really really want this book.


  • A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab (feb 21)
    34831043
    This is the only one from the list that I’ve actually started. I’ve already posted pictures of my (twice) signed copy here and I’m reading this slowly, but I’m very excited to see how everything concludes. The basic concept is four parallel Londons with varying degrees of magic, if you don’t already know that. In this book specifically, there are boats and funny scenes on said boats and very intense moments, as well as multiple things I haven’t gotten to yet so no spoilers. This is a wonderful series, people. Read it if you haven’t already!


  • Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves (march 28)
    31020402
    This one is a YA historical fantasy! It takes place in Hungary and it’s about a girl who can’t do magic at all but comes from a family of people with pretty powerful magic. Of course, it’s a concept that has been done before, but I want to read it for the setting, history, and pretty cover if nothing else. Plus I’ve heard that it takes its own unique spin on the concept, so I’m excited to read it!


  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (march 7)
    30095464
    This is a YA paranormal fantasy about a necromancer named Tea! According to the summary, necromancers are feared and she has to leave her kingdom to train under an older, wiser necromancer. I love stories about necromancers and such, so nothing to object to here!


  • Strangers in Atlantis by Matt Myklusch (april 1)
    31321081
    This is the second of the Seaborne books, and it happens to be by one of my favorite authors (who also wrote the Jack Blank series, which I HIGHLY recommend). It’s MG and it’s about pirates and apparently there’s a gateway to Atlantis, so all good things!


  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (march 14)
    30312547
    This one is a contemporary MG featuring a Pakistani-American girl! It’s about identity and culture and dealing with vandalization, and I want this book so much. I want them all so much. Please give them to me.


Do any of these books appeal to you, and if so, which ones? Are you willing to gift me any of them? Or all of them? Let me know!

MAGICAL WORD OF THE DAY/WEEK/MONTH/WHATEVER:

Savoir faire, which is the ability to act or speak appropriately in a social setting. Also known as something I do not have.

-THE END-

Gallery

bookish photos of a conjuring of light

MY SIGNED COPY OF A CONJURING OF LIGHT BY V.E. SCHWAB (THIRD BOOK IN THE SHADES OF MAGIC TRILOGY) HAS ARRIVED AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL.

SO, OBVIOUSLY, I AM GOING TO FORCE ALL OF YOU TO GAZE UPON ITS BEAUTY AS WELL!

APPRECIATE MY PHOTOS I SPENT A LONG TIME TAKING THEM.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

P2240036.JPG

P2240043.JPG

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

-THE END-

pictures of a defaced book

One of my rewards during NaNo was to deface a book of my choice, and so of course I chose my favorite book, Of Enemies and Endings, to deface with one of the best scenes and quotes inside.

The quote reads, “I want this WORLD to be transformed by RORY LANDON. I want you to LIVE,” and right underneath it says “Rapunzel,” the character who said the quote. On the side by the spine, it says faintly, “The Tale of Rory Landon.”

Defacing books is really fun and I recommend it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

-THE END-

just a bunch of books

PicMonkey Collage.png

IT’S SUMMER AND THAT MEANS MORE TIME TO READDD. Which means I’ll maybe possibly shrink my ever-growing to-read list. At least to below seventy books . . . yeah, probably not. Especially since the list just grew forty books larger than I last remember it being oh no

Anyway, I recently read Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige and Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Both of them weren’t quite on par with most of the other books I’ve read this year, but they had their good qualities. Besides those, I also read the two books pictured above on the right, and they were AMAZING. The other three are for reading throughout the summer: one is for school, one is there because my mom wanted me to read it, and one is there just ’cause.

(I also got Paper Towns by John Green and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee recently. Just pretend those are also pictured.)

Out of the hundred books I want to read this year, I’ve read twenty-five. That’s not bad, considering school, but it’s also apparently twenty-seven books behind where I should be, so I GOTTA READ A LOT FASTER. Wish me luck.

-THE END-

impressions left by good books

I’ve noticed that when I start a good book, more often than not, my first impression is that it’s just a cool concept expressed in a neat arrangement of words. That’s all. I expect to remain distant from the characters and mainly just enjoy the plot, and maybe also the writing style. I think this is because I can’t expect anything about the characters, and I can’t guess what sort of people they might be, whereas I know the general plot from the summary and the writing style from an excerpt.

I’m pretty much always surprised.

When I finish a good book, my impression is very different. The book becomes a messy, tangled web of emotion instead of a thoughtfully organized set of words. At first the book gave off an impression of being professional, which generally equals distant–but at the end, it’s much more personal. I can’t view it from a distance because I’m so caught up in that tangled web, and so when I finish good books, it’s hard to adjust to real life. Even if I forget the plot, I don’t forget the emotion. Good books, in a way, seem so human.

Because it’s like when you meet someone, you understand the smallest bit about them–maybe you just know they’re nice, or have certain habits. Then you get to know them better, and there are suddenly layers upon layers of personality. You discover that the little bit you knew about them hardly told you anything, because they’re so much more than someone with many little habits or a kind and distant stranger.

So yeah. Is it like that for anyone else?

MAGICAL WORD OF THE DAY/WEEK/MONTH/WHATEVER:

Oporopolist, which means fruit-seller. It’s so much fun to say. Oporopolist. Oporoporoporoporoporoporo . . .

-THE END-