Whoops, I’ve done it again. My “too much” gene has caused me to buy even more books that I probably don’t need to own right this minute. Don’t be like me, spend your money responsibly. You don’t have to own a million different books, take advantage of your public library and borrow books when you can. I heavily encourage this as a library can give you an amazing selection of books and will allow you to branch out of your comfort zone way more often than paying for every book you read will.
Books purchased: 14
Okay, without further ado, my preaching is over. Here’s the books I picked up this month:
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan: After reading the Percy Jackson books, who wouldn’t want to read about Percy’s sarcastic comments about the Gods and their stories?
Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (Book 1): This is a Middle Grade Fantasy read all about a cursed girl named Morrigan Crow. Having been born on Eventide, she’s blamed for everything that goes wrong and is destined to die on her eleventh birthday. However, Juniper North appears and whisks her away into the safety of the magical city named Nevermoor. Once she’s there, Morrigan realizes that Juniper has plans for her to join the Wundrous Society. In order to join this, the most prestigious society, she needs to compete in four trials against hundreds of other children with talents – something Morrigan claims that she doesn’t have. She needs to find a way to win these trials in order to stay in the city to escape the death that was foretold. Reading the synopsis of this story gives me vibes of the hunger games with magic thrown in. I don’t know if that’s true at the moment as I haven’t read it yet, but I’m looking forward to figuring it out.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach by Mark Manson: While not the type of book that I usually go for, this Self Help book caught my attention. Who doesn’t want to learn how to take things a little less seriously sometimes? I’m not saying that you everyday life should be filled with not giving a flying f*ck, but sometimes people can care a little bit too much. This blogger cuts through positivity being the key to life, injecting his words with a dose of reality. One of the things that caught my attention about this book in the first place is the fact that Manson uses academic research along with “well-timed poop jokes” (because sometimes you need to appease the little kid in yourself) to get his points across. Learning when to stop running from your problems is something a lot of people struggle from, myself included. I’m looking forward to seeing Manson’s way of getting around your innermost insecurities in order to lead a fuller life.
Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers (Book 1): This is where living near a library comes into play. Seeing that this was the first book in a duology, I picked it up eagerly. Of course, I didn’t do enough research and it’s a duology based on a previously existing world in LaFevers’ His Fair Assassin trilogy. Luckily, instead of spending more money on books I’ll be able to borrow the trilogy from my public library. So while I bought Courting Darkness right now, I plan on putting it off until I can borrow LaFevers’ original trilogy first. Without saying much about the book, as I’m not sure what could be considered spoilers for the first trilogy, this is a Young Adult Fantasy read about two girls, Sybella and Genevieve, going along their separate quests. I’m sure they’ll meet along the way and this will change both of them – for the better I hope.
Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel by Val Emmich: This is a book inspired by the musical of the same name. When a letter that wasn’t meant to be seen gets shared to the world, Evan Hansen is no longer invisible. The only problem is, he has to lie about being the best friend of Connor Murphy, recently deceased. A Young Adult Contemporary book, Dear Evan Hansen focuses on Evan’s struggles with what every teenager struggles with – anger, regret, confusion, and most importantly a sense of self. A coming-of-age story, Evan needs to deal with himself in order to escape the hole he’s dug himself into and become a greater person.
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett (Book 1): This is an Adult Fantasy story about Sancia Gradio, a thief with unique abilities. When she’s sent to steal an artifact of untold power – well, to her at least as she had no idea what she’d been sent to steal – Sancia catches the ire of someone for the Merchant Houses, resulting in her being wanted dead. In order to survive, Sancia has to team up with the unlikeliest of allies, use this powerful artifact for herself, and undergo a transformation that’ll change her in ways she never imagined. As an avid fan of the BookTuber Regan from the channel PeruseProject, I had to pick up this book. She’s mention it enough that it’s caught my attention and as I’ve had similar reactions to books as her in the past, this book intrigued me. I’m hoping this series is similar to the Poison Study series, as I also pick that series up on her recommendation and loved it.
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan: A Historical Fantasy story about a family of witches that have been without magic for generations after Grandmére Ursule gives her life to save her tribe. The family never forget, though, and continued the Old Faith. However, magic begins to flow anew when Ursule’s youngest granddaughter steps into the magic circle in the middle of a ritual. This story takes the reader through five generations, starting in World War 2, as they fight to protect their family and heritage. Paranormal reads are a weakness of mine, so I can’t wait to pick this one up.
Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (Book 1): When her mom goes missing, Enne Salta must put aside her proper young lady ways, leave her finishing school, and enter the City of Sin. She enters the city with one lead – the name Levi Glaisyer. Not the gentleman she expects him to be, Enne offers up compensation for his help in uncovering what happened to her mother. Levi, a street lord and conman, agrees to help in the search. Unearthing impossible secrets about her past, Enne ends up needing to surrender herself to the city to save Levi from his enemies as they catch up with him.
The Bear and the Nightingale (Book 1) and The Girl in the Tower (Book 2) by Katherine Arden: Another BookTuber recommendation, I couldn’t help but pick up the first two books in the trilogy in paperback. I’ll have to patiently wait to purchase the third one, which shouldn’t be too hard as I’ve already got a wide selection of books to choose from at home. As I don’t want to spoil the series for anyone, the first book is about Vasilisa living in the Russian wilderness where winter lasts most of the year. When Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father remarries and her new stepmother forbids the family from honouring the household spirits. Vasilisa senses that more hinges on their rituals than they anyone realizes, defying the people she loves and calls upon long concealed powers to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.
Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton (Book 1): 17 year old Mia Rose has pledge her life to hunting Gwyrach, the same demons that killed her mother. When her dad pledges her marriage to the prince, she’s forbidden from taking up her knife again. She instead finds herself being forced into silk gowns. After the wedding goes horribly wrong does she realize she has the same magic that she’s sworn to destroy.
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst (Book 1): Princess Dennaleia has been betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria as a way to seal the alliance between the two lands. But Denna has a secret affinity for fire, dangerous for a queen while magic is forbidden in the kingdom. After a shocking assassination, Denna finds herself forced to rely on Princess Amaranthine – Mare – the sister of her betrothed. While originally intimidated by Mare, Denna quickly becomes her friend which in turn leads to something more. With the dangerous conflict brewing, the alliance between the two kingdoms is more important than ever and acting on their feelings could be deadly.
A great opportunity to get books at a discounted price as well as a way to save space in your home, eBooks often get a bad rap that they don’t deserve. While I mostly get my eBooks off of BookBub, and thus am able to survive off of free and heavily discounted eBooks, even without this site (which is very useful, believe me) eBooks are very reasonably priced. If you’re the kind of person that likes to own their books (I get it, libraries aren’t for everyone even though I highly recommend them), eBooks are a great way to go about this. It allows you to own the titles you want without having to dish out large sums of money to grow your collection.
Frostfire by Amanda Hocking (Book 1): Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful troll tribe. A tracker who’s determined to become respected, her only goal is to become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. Not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden will stand in her way. When Konstantin, a fallen hero she once loved, begins to kidnap changelings, Bryn is sent out to stop him. I read this series a number of years ago and remember really liking it. While my tastes have changed over the years, I’m excited to see if this series is as good as I remember it being. Still, only getting the first book is a great way to dip my toe into the world before fully committing to the trilogy.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell: A Young Adult Contemporary book about sixteen year old star-crossed lovers over the course of a school year. While they both know that first loves rarely last, they’re willing to try to make things work. As I have already read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, I found myself wanting to try more books by this author. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book so I figured why not give it a try?