So my mailbox has been pretty happy these days and so have I! There have been lots of books I’m excited about and I just need to find that balance between reading and writing, especially now that my novel is almost “finished” (which means I’m at the proofreading stage and paranoid I’m missing something but pretty sure I’ve done all I can.)
Everything except One came courtesy of Random House Canada, and overall it’s a fantastic batch full of titles I’ve been interested in for months, if not years. One by Leigh Ann Kopans came from the author, who is self-publishing the book with support from her agent after the unique superhero story wasn’t able to find a traditional home. I rarely take self-published books for review, but Kopans caught my interest on Twitter, and she has an excerpt of her novel posted on her blog that was fantastic, so I knew that regardless of who was publishing it I’d be getting a beautiful, exciting story. She included a personal note, which is pretty much the sweetest thing ever– so thank you!
The Blood Keeper by Tessa Gratton is the followup novel to Blood Magic, Gratton’s debut, which I loved. I was sad it featured a different cast of main characters, but I’ve been busily reading it all the same this weekend and should be reviewing it soon. I’m not sure how come I still haven’t read Every Day because I love David Levithan, and the concept of a person who falls in love with the same girl again and again in a different body is really intriguing. I can’t wait to read it. Orchards by Holly Thompson I already devoured, as evident by my reference to it in my last post, and her verse was fantastic and the Japanese setting really unique and beautiful. I just love novels in verse so much, I don’t know why it took me so long to decide to write one!
Jo Knowles wrote a heartbreaking middle grade story, See You At Harry’s, that was so beautifully written I had to pick up something else by her, which makes this young adult novel about a teenage pregnancy, Jumping Off Swings, one I’m really excited to get to. Finally, pretty much everyone in the world has raved about Graffiti Moon by Australian author Cath Crowley, and hopefully I’ll soon be among them.
This most recent week a batch of books came for me when I was in Montreal, and luckily I was there to pick them up. A big box of young adult from Scholastic Canada, these books were all a surprise but they are all ones I would potentially be interested in reading so it was definitely a good surprise.
From its cover, I definitely took A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty to be a contemporary novel, but it’s not quite. It’s about a girl who begins exchanging letters with a boy from another world through an accidental gap, and their lives start to intertwine. Admittedly it’s the girl’s contemporary storyline, about moving to England under mysterious circumstances and a potentially ill mother, that caught my interest more than a fantasy element, but it could definitely be a unique story worth trying.
Pretty much all I needed to know about That Time I Joined The Circus by J. J. Howard was the word circus. After falling in love with The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, I’ve been waiting for a young adult novel with a circus setting. Even though I don’t think this one has magic elements to it, the promise of fortune tellers and tigers and trapeze artists is enough to lure me in.
In The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson takes place in a futuristic BRAZIL. Yes, I had to capitalize that setting because I was so excited when I realized that. I don’t know that I’ve ever read a young adult set in South America, and it’s about time.
I thought the last novel I read by Elizabeth Eulberg, Take a Bow, was an easy, charming, read and since she was the only author among these I was familiar with I was particularly excited to see her latest novel, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, included. The summary description pretty much matches the title and if it’s anything like her last, I’m sure I’ll be reading it in close to one delicious sitting.
As a side note, I realize that these book update posts might better belong on my regular book blog, but even though I review there I’ve decided it would be fun to share the books I’m excited about here in my personal space. It’s also where I post about any other exciting mail or purchases, and even though I might not be reviewing here, reading and writing are so linked that it just felt like the right place to do it. I might also share some book-related lists or reading recommendations here in the future. So basically you can probably expect a pretty eclectic blog, because I’m still going to be featuring nail polish, and any other whimsy that catches my attention. This is basically a space for things that make me happy 🙂
Still, I’m curious– what do you think of these book posts? Do you think they belong here? Also, have you gotten any exciting bookish mail lately, or purchased any you’re excited for? I’d love to know!