books i got in September

Hey guys, it’s time for another books-I-got-this-month post!!

Arcs I Received and Read

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
releases Mar. 6, received Aug. 25

I picked this up because of Mackenzi Lee’s blurb and the concept, and I liked this a lot!! It’s a novel in verse about painter Artemisia Gentileschi and her struggle with being raped and manipulated.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
releases Sep. 26, received Sep. 2

This is marketed as a YA version of Scream, but it’s seriously not. It’s a contemporary with death in it. I enjoyed this a fair amount; it just could’ve been better.

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
releases Sep. 2, received Sep. 8th

I returned this to my bookstore and it promptly disappeared, which I assumed meant I would have to buy a copy. But guess what? They still had that arc.

This is a bit of polarizing one, but I adored this reverse order retelling of Mr. Ripley. The eerie tone, themes, and character development… it was all awesome.

Warcross by Marie Lu
releases Sep. 9, received Sep. 13

Okay, the cover IS a lot prettier in person. This is Marie Lu’s new book, obviously, and god do I adore her. I’m reading it as I write this post, will almost certainly finish by end of September.

Arcs I Got and Haven’t Read

Where I Live by Brenda Rufener
releases Feb. 25, received Aug. 25

This follows a girl who’s living in the walls of her high school, and I don’t know, that just sounds really interesting?? And there also seems to be an emphasis on abuse. So, yeah, I’m here for this.

The Tombs by Deborah Schaumberg
releases Feb. 20, received Aug. 25

I know practically nothing about this; it just seems suspenseful and interesting.

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh
releases Jan. 23, received Aug. 29

This is fantasy about murder and girls kissing. Does that sound amazing?? Well, so does the first line, which is genuinely one of the best book opening lines ever. I ALMOST DROPPED THE BOOK. I am genuinely so excited to read this one, I can’t even wait.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
releases May 15, received Aug. 30

This follows a girl whose twin brother is accused of raping her best friend. It’s a really interesting premise and I’ve heard fabulous things about this author.

Fortitude Smashed by Taylor Brooke
releases Sep 26, received Sep. 12

This is essentially a mlm soulmate au?? Idk, a few of my friends reviewed and loved it, so it got a request on Netgalley. And then mediocre reviews promptly started coming in. Booooooooo.

The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
releases Jan. 30, received Sep. 13

I’ve just seen a ton of hype for this recently. It’s a creepy retelling of Alice and Wonderland, I believe, and the cover is GORGEOUS.

The Last to Let Go by Amber Smith
releases Feb. 6, received Sep. 13

This is about a woman who murders her abusive husband and honestly?? sounds amazing and iconic

Annie On My Mind by Nancy Gardner
released years ago, received Sep. 14

This is an iconic lesbian classic, apparently, and I know it’s one of the lovely Tasha’s favorite books. So when it showed up on Netgalley I requested it!!

The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
releases Oct. 3, received Sep. 25

I tried to start this from netgalley, but for some reason they only sent me a computer copy and I hate the computer-only copies. I always read on kindle because my computer screen is just too small. I love my itty-bitty laptop because I’m proud that I bought it myself at age fourteen – an achievement!! – but I’m also annoyed by the lack of size occasionally.

So, anyway, I ended up getting it through edelweiss. Please be good. Please.

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
releases Oct. 3, received Sep. 25

This is a family drama which I wasn’t planning to read. But I have five goodreads friends, many of them trusted, who have read this. Every single one has given it a full five. Yeah, that’s worth sending a random request. I’m really excited to read this now.

The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza by Shaun David Hutchinson
releases Oct. 3, received Sep. 25

I get all my good arcs through Keplers, as usual. This is going to be like We Are the Ants but with f/f. I think. I hope. Please.

Books I Bought and Read

Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
bought Sep. 31

I wasn’t sure whether to read this after finding book one sort of disappointing, but I was interested to see how Okorafor would expand her world. I… didn’t like it any more. It wasn’t bad, just kind of mediocre.

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
new release, bought Sep. 31

Of course I had to buy this. Do it for Leigh. I actually read one of the stories back in March, so I’m cheating, but I actually ended up rereading it!

Books I Bought and Haven’t Read

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
new release, bought Sep. 7

I love Adam Silvera. But I also feel like this book is going to rip my heart out of my chest. I’ll probably have started it by the end of the month.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone
backlist, bought Sep. 8

This is two of my friends’ favorite book. And I got to meet the author, so here we are with a signed copy!!

The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexander Bracken
new release, bought Sep. 8

I got a copy of this because I saw some fantastic reviews, adored the spine, and got to meet Alex Bracken at the same event as I met Stone. Hopefully I’ll enjoy it!!

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books I got in August

It’s time for yet another “books I got / received this month” post. I’ve decided to start keeping track of how long books are on my shelf so we don’t repeat that situation with the Diviners. (Which I still haven’t read, by the way. I’m a failure.) Again, books that I’ve read are linked to their reviews.

books I bought and have read

  • This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales – A used-but-perfect-condition buy. (It was even in the pretty cover edition!!) I read this in November 2015, as a matter of fact. This is a fantastic contemporary about depression and I’ve somehow never owned a copy. I’m actually considering a reread??
  • Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios – This wasn’t on discount!! Just a normal copy!! I’m surprised too!! I started reading this at a bookstore and immediately bought it because holy shit, was it fantastic. I’m actually around halfway through reading it as I write this five hours later, and I’m really glad I bought it instead of struggling through the arc copy on my kindle. My review will definitely be positive.
  • Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz – another damaged copy that… isn’t… damaged?? Well, it is a little. But barely. It’s not even noticeable. And I loved this book when I read an arc earlier this year, to the point where I seriously considered a reread right away. That link leads to my gush review!!

books I bought and have yet to read

  • Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler – $1.99 for a kindle edition all of August!! Go, go, go!! Anyway, this is an f/f romance that I’ve been looking to read for around a year now. When I saw the price I decided it was time to actually buy a copy.
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – I bought this due to a friend’s recommendation. I’m going to be totally honest and say it was mostly because the protagonist is apparently bi?? Your girl is Here for that!!
  • Fingersmith by Sarah Waters – One dollar at Friends of the Library!!! Give me those historical fiction mystery lesbians. Come on.
  • The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins – Another one dollar buy!!! I’m kinda mixed on whether I’ll like this, but it’s such a classic that I don’t think I’ll ever avoid putting it on my tbr. Why not.
  • Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moira Fowley Doyle – Oh man, I got three books that weren’t on any discount besides my employee discount?? Three?? Your eyes do not deceive you, lovely followers. I keep calling this the bi witches book and honestly? Big mood. I’m writing this really early in the month and am hoping to read this by the end, just because all my friends keep saying I need to read it and I loved the author’s first book and I’m basically desperate to read this.

arcs I got and read

  • Before I Let Go by Marieke Nijkamp – my kink is creepy ambiguously queer suspense books set in Alaska. I feel like that’s just… my genre. Unfortunately, I kind of despised this book. Review is linked.

arcs I got and have yet to read

  • Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston – SPACE. ANASTASIA. HOLY SHIT. This is the author of Geekerella, which I’ve heard good to mixed things about.
  • Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurt – This is about dragons and bisexuality. Is that the only reason I picked up a copy? Yup.
  • An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – People will not stop recommending this to me and it was on edelweiss so HERE I AM. This is about fairies and magical realism.
  • Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff – Netgalley treats me better than any man ever could. I’m reading Nevernight right now!!

July Book Haul + WrapUp

Arc Haul

  • Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner – A physical arc I got through my bookstore. This is contemporary, which I haven’t been reading so much recently, but I loved Gardner’s debut You’re Welcome Universe so I wanted to check this out. I’m really happy I tried this!! Here’s my review.
  • The Window by Amelia Brunskill – A physical arc I got through my bookstore. It’s a fairly short suspense novel and I need more of those.
  • Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller – Edelweiss. This got a ton of hype for being one of the first fantasy books with a nonbinary protagonist, and I was really excited for it. I saw a ton of negative reviews for this debut, but one of my friends just read it and gave it five stars!! So I’ll be trying it. Why not?
  • Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire – Edelweiss. I requested this as soon as I saw it due to my love for the rest of the series – this is one I definitely would’ve bought as well. Here’s my review.
  • The Tiger’s Watch by Julia Ember – Netgalley!! This is fantasy with a nonbinary protagonist and I’ve heard good things about the author’s other books.
  • Artemis by Andy Weir – Edelweiss. It’s a space opera and I saw a good review of this from a friend!!
  • Like Water by Rebecca Podos – Edelweiss. Again, I’m not that into contemporary anymore, but I know this is about two girls falling in love, it has great reviews, and I love the cover. I’d like to try this one out!!

Books I Bought (mostly on discount)

  • I got a few copies of different Shakespeare plays that I’ve read before but didn’t own for fairly cheap.
  • The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore – One of the only two full price books I bought this month, and it was on an employee discount. I had already read most of the book, but I bought this for a signing I went to with the author. Here’s my review!!
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz – The other full-price book, and of course on an employee discount as well. I don’t know if this even counts, but I needed it for school.
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – I just really needed a short suspense novel and this has been on my list for a while. And this one was cheap too!!
  • Cleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter – Again, discounted book I’d never seen before!! Strand bookstore was really a lot of fun. This is a historical fiction book that I’ve seen get a lot of praise. I think it’s also lgbt??
  • Saint Death by Marcus Sedgewick – A really short standalone that, again, I’ve never found in a store beyond Strand.
  • Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz – A standalone I’ve been excited to read and have literally never found in a store. I finally found a copy of this for only five dollars at Strand.
  • Shiny Broken Pieces by Chairoptra / Clayton – A sequel to a book on my shelf. More discounts at Strand.
  • In Ageless Sleep by Arden Ellis – A novella. I just needed to finally download and finish this, considering how short and cheap it is. Anyway, it’s f/f scifi.
  • The Devil You Know by K.J. Parker – Another cheap novella I just needed to finally download. This is existentialist fantasy.

TBR Update 7/11

It’s time for me to start a random new meme which I may or may not ever again use. Let’s do the first ever TBR Tuesday!

I love talking about my to-be-read shelf probably even more than I love really reading it. And given the amount of people I see talking about their TBRs constantly, I don’t think I’m alone. This tag will just give people an opportunity (read: excuse) to talk about or complain about their TBRs!

Here are a few ideas for what to do on TBR Tuesday!!

  • Track what you’ve added or removed from your list. This part is obligoatory: in fact, you can even do it on your normal Tuesday posts! This way, you can keep track of how long you’ve wanted to read a book or why you did want to read the book.
  • Book hauls / arc hauls
  • The Intimidating TBR Tag
  • Top Five TBR Books In [insert genre here]
  • List the top five books out of your comfort zone!!
  • Discuss your plans for the next month or next [random stretch of time here]

If any of you do take part, please link back to me so I can link you the next week, whether I do the meme or not!

For this week, I’ll be talking through some of my most recent TBR additions because there are A LOT. Also, an arc haul. Minus the pictures, because Edelweiss.

SOME NEW BUDDYREADS!! because my friends are terrible

I’m doing a bunch of buddyreads soon that have been planned for ages. Recently, I read Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, Nyxia by Scott Reingarten, and Scythe by Neal Shusterman. But I’ve somehow gotten wrapped into buddy-rereading SIX. MORE. I’ll be reading The Abyss Surrounds Us duology by Emily Skrustkie with two of my friends, because I finally convinced them to read it (!!). Then I’m rereading Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo with one of them. Why? Because I’m a trash human. And finally, I’m rereading the last three books of the Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, because one of my friends only liked the last book. Which is maybe my least favorite of the series. I’m bitter. So we’re rereading one of my favorite books of all time, The Dream Thieves, in the process.

Books I Bought In June!!

I actually bought a lot of books in June due to graduation presents and the like. I also just recently decided I like adult sff, so most of this haul is cool stuff from that genre. So it’s a LONG LIST. This isn’t really normal for me; I tend to only buy five or ten books in a month and read around twenty. This was just a lot worse than usual.

  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel – Bought this because I got an arc of book two. I liked this one a lot, but book two kind of disappointed me :/ My reviews are here and here. And I’m still confused why robots have stereotypical gender presentation.
  • The Traitor Baru Cormarant by Seth Dickinson – This is adult sff with an lgbt+ protagonist and all the amazing people at Keplers seem to love it. So this is
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – This is adult sff and again, a Keplers fave. It looks so good.
  • Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye – This is adult sff and everyone on my GR feed loves it. But the plotline looks SO COOL. It’s a Jane Eyre retelling with added murder. What on earth.
  • You by Caroline Kepnes – This has been on my list for literal ages. Suspense that deconstructs creepy romance? Yes.
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys – One of the few YA books I bought this month! I read Between Shades of Grey back in like seventh grade, so I really needed to read more by her. This just looks really good; it’s about 1950 New Orleans. Swoon.
  • The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin – Got this randomly on discount. I haven’t read book one yet, but I’m so excited to read it; it’s one of my top adult sff books to read.
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuine – Had a really cool conversation with an adult sci-fi guy at the local bookstore. And it was pretty cheap because of the weird size. Anyway, I know this is adult sff that deals with gender stuff and I love LeGuine’s short stories. So hopefully this will work for me!!
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – One of my five YA books of this month. I’ve heard great things about Zappia’s novels and needed to check one out.
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard – One of the five new YA books I bought this month. This is a sequel to a book that’s on my shelf right now, which I again only bought on discount.
  • The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley – More adult sff!! I’m pretty sure this one also has a romance between two girls.
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North – I’m so excited to read this adult sff mystery! (Notice any trends?)
  • When the Moon Was Ours by Anne Marie McLemore – One of the five new YA books I bought this month. McLemore is coming to my local bookstore soon, so I had to read this quickly.
  • The Secret History by Donna Tart – I know this is a gothic adult mystery and it looks really good. Hopefully I’ll get to this soon!!
  • Good Omens by Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman – Humorous adult sff by an author I’ve just gotten into.
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue – Another adult mystery!! Recommended by GR people and Keplers people.
  • Six Wakes by Mur Lafferty – Adult sff murder mystery. I’m ready. Again, I got a technically-damaged version of this cheap.
  • Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee – One of the five new YA books I bought this month. I was in a reading slump and couldn’t bear reading this on my kindle, so I ended up buying a physical copy and bingereading it in one day. WORTH IT.
  • AND A BONUS! Now I Rise by Kiersten White – I just needed to own a physical copy of this. This was such a massive improvement of everything about book one. It was physically one of the best books I’ve read in my entire life.

So in total: a lot of adult sff and a few adult mysteries, plus two new-release YA books, two discounted YA books, one copy of a book I loved and am desperate to reread, and one YA book that I needed to read right away. Not as bad as I thought on the self-control level.

Anyway, thanks to anyone who read and finished this post!! I swear I’m not usually this bad; I’d be broke otherwise. Let me know if any of you guys have read these and enjoyed / hated them!!