Hey guys! It’s time to run down all the books I bought or hauled this November. And I bought… around 2% of them? I mean, as of writing this, I borrowed a grand total of one book this month and plan to buy it. This was the first month where I started seriously using #arcsfortrade online, and so most of my haul comes from that source.
I’m also still using Romie @RomieWeDeserveLove‘s great idea for rep indicators – the 🏳️🌈 means lgbtq rep, ☀️ means major characters of color, and 🌸 means mental illness, disability, abuse, or trauma rep.
— Arcs I Received and Read —
A past-months read! Jane Unlimited is a masterpiece of creative storytelling and one of the coolest books I’ve read this whole year. Also, my new go-to sapphic suspense recommendation.
Another past-months read! I feel like this could be a full five upon reread. It’s full of such well-developed characters and focuses on a relationship between a stepmother and her stepdaughter. Basically, it’s my shit. I loved it.
For once, not a past months read! I have no idea how I felt about this. It’s a slice-of-life story about a girl who gets pregnant, and while it’s very well-done for what it is, I’m just not sure slice-of-life is ever my favorite.
Finished this in a day! It’s more slice-of-life-ish and lacking in a concrete arc, which isn’t my favorite, but this book was lovely. The theme work was amazing.
— Arcs I Received and Did Not Read —
This is about time travel and found family. That is all I know. But. Everyone seems to love it so much. And it seems like my absolute shit.
It’s a thriller about dance and I am obviously here for that. Come on, guys. You know me too well to know this isn’t my absolute shit. Also, it sounds like just the kind of vaguely-obscure-yet-universally-adored book people love.
Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
received Nov 2, releases Jan 16
thanks to Orbit publishing for the netgalley e-arc!
This has been highly recommended by my forever friend @MelToTheAny. Also, the premise of books based off the tower of Babel sounds amazing!
The Island Will Sink by Briohny Doyle
received Nov 2, new release
thanks to Lifted Brow publishing for the netgalley e-arc!
This was an improv request because I felt like reading it randomly? Essentially, though, this is a short environmentalist dystopia book.
This is “darkly humorous.” It is also about mental illness. It is also sapphic as hell. I am very very here for this concept.
Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner
received Nov 5, releases Jan 18
thanks to Disney-Hyperion publishing and Kepler’s for the arc!
I’m reading this for Amie Kaufman. And for space. And for the hate-to-love trope. And because it’s free.
I’ve seen several great reviews of this by bloggers I know and trust, including the lovely Joss. All I know is it’s character-driven fantasy.
— Physical Books I Received and Did Not Read —
I’ve had this on anticipated releases lists for months now. Yes, this is the bi girls and demonic mermaids book, and yes, I’m desperate to read it. Right now.