So first off, I wanted to remind y’all of good books coming out really soon:
- Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn, June 9th release | Review HERE
What happens when you take three self-destructive, morally grey people and force them to interact with each other? A high stakes psychological thriller from Stephanie Kuehn, potentially her best work yet.
- Dumplin' by Julie Murphy, September 15th release
So, when I was in high school and saw the title "The Designated Ugly Fat Friend" while browsing my local Borders, I was reluctantly curious. I didn't know what the book was about and yet I had a feeling that I would just click with it. When I read The DUFF, I had the sense that Kody Keplinger had seen all my insecurities and I had read a book that put a name to something I hadn't always realized that I was feeling. Yes, I had felt like the DUFF multiple times. That sort of realization -- a book making you more aware of societal norms/constrictions -- is exactly the sort of feeling I got from Dumplin'. Julie Murphy not only understands female friendship particularly well but she also excels at portraying how we treat female bodies and socialize females to look at their own bodies. If you're a fan of the DUFF, definitely check out Dumplin' this fall.
Also not in video but: I just read a fairly popular YA contemporary romance that essentially does what this book is fighting: fat-shaming. So, yeah, Dumplin’ is a really important read to have on your radar.
- Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, September 22nd release
This book is like Oregon Trail meets In a Handful of Dust (California is the Promised Land; road trip with girls carrying guns and being self-sufficient; harsh land and evocative writing styles about these dystopic atmospheres; water is a hugely valuable resource, etc.), with a large character cast. Rae Carson writes with as much historical detail as someone like Diana Gabaldon, and her story is reminiscent, to me at least, of the older fantasy tales where daily actions made for a large part of the narrative, which gives us a distinct sense of atmosphere (and the danger inherent to the terrain and other outlaws). Her world very much comes to life. There's less romance than I expected (and a little less fantastical elements too - I think that'll get expanded on in the future), but strong, well developed heroine, wonderful sense of the world and atmosphere, a fully developed cast of characters to root for and hate: I’m definitely returning for more!
Books That I Recently Read and Loved:
- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart
I think that it’s fairly easy to tell whether or not you’d like this book. I saw the premise and knew that I would love it, as it reminds me of one of my favorite personal essays (“Your Life as a Girl” by Curtis Sittenfeld). But, as she did with We Were Liars and The Boyfriend List, E. Lockhart changes narrative styles, so that might not jive with other readers as it did with me. My advice: read an excerpt. Does the premise appeal to you? Are you okay with the narrative style? Then I think that you’ll be good.
- Black Iris by Leah Raeder | Review HERE
Leah Raeder is an auto buy author. Sometime in this video I mention that & mention my excitement for her upcoming new title this November 3rd, CAM GIRL.
They’re on my radar. Either they’ll be the first ones I’ll look for BEA or the ones I’ll pre-order or somewhere in between those options. TBR PILE!!!
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, October 20th release!
I now have an ARC of this thanks to my good friend, Ameriie, at the YT channel, Books Beauty Ameriie. Y’all should definitely follow her; she’s an EXCELLENT booktuber.
- Definitely not at BEA: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas, September 1st release!
- Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan, May 26 release!
- The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater, February 23rd, 2016 release :( :(
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, September 29th release!
- Court of Fives by Kate Elliott, August 18th release!
- The Golden Specific by S.E. Grove, July 14th release!
- Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke, August 18th release!
- The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick, August 18th release!
- Truthwitch by Susan Dennard, January 5th, 2016 release!
- Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, August 25th release!
- The Rose Society by Marie Lu, October 6th release!
- Passenger by Alexandra Bracken, January 5th, 2016 release!
- More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, June 2nd release!
- The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker, June 2nd release!
- Soundless by Richelle Mead, November 10th release!
- Dreamstrider by Lindsay Smith, October 6th release!
- Tonight The Streets are Ours by Leila Sales, September 15th release!
- Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, September 1st release!
- Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett, September 22nd release!
- A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, October 6th release!
- Serpentine by Cindy Pon, September 8th release!
- Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, September 1st release!
- Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti, September 29th release!
The reason why I’m awful at reading lists is because lists like these are always updating and I’m always forgetting about titles. My TBR books - hahaahahah, I'm doing such a good job with those (NOT). My most anticipated debuts titles, I’ve read a few more on; my most anticipated 2015 books, I’ve also read some more on… and in the end, still most of the above titles were not on those lists. ALWAYS UPDATES. ARGH TBR WHY YOU ALWAYS EXPANDING??
Which titles are you most anticipating? Are you going to read any of the ones I recommended above? Have you read any of these books? Let me know!
P.S. - if you're looking for bookish rounds... they're coming... hopefully... it's hard to catch up on 3 weeks (and 3 weeks because of internet issues + lots of work!).