Hey, it’s Sabrina! My area, Melbourne, is once again in lockdown (Stage 3 for now – we are allowed to leave for one of the four exceptions) so I have a tonne of books out from my library that I will be holding on to (and hopefully reading) for a little while and some more on the way. I am awful at pacing myself with my library holds at the best of times – I get too much of a rush from finding out my books have arrived and I can go pick them up. It’s like shopping, but it’s free. Anyway, the last few months I have been particularly terrible and I now have 20+ books out from the library that I’m going to share here. I’ve decided to not talk about books that I’ve got on hold from Libby because honestly this is already going to be a long post. Let me know if you want to hear my thoughts on any of these books when I’ve read them!
THE CITY OF BRASS
by S.A. Chakraborty
Thoughts: I have seen SO many people singing the praises of this series, and I have finally decided I can brave the page count (and small writing). I haven’t read very many hefty fantasies this year even though they’re some of my favourite books, so it should be nice to get back to it! I’m only a couple of chapters in at this point, but so far, so good – hopefully I keep enjoying it!
A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY
by Brigid Kemmerer
Thoughts: I may have mentioned this before, but I am a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings, so of course I had to pick this one up. I’m over halfway through this now, but I have been reading it for a really long time at this point, lol. I am enjoying it a lot, but not as much as I enjoyed Letters to the Lost. I am loving two of the main characters, but I will say the prince is falling a little flat for me.
DISFIGURED: ON FAIRY TALES, DISABILITY, AND MAKING SPACE
by Amanda Leduc
Thoughts: I really love reading about this specific topic and learning to see fairytales from a different perspective, and the author has so far done this in a very personal and engaging way. A never thought I would connect to a nonfiction book this much.
THE GOOD LUCK GIRLS
by Charlotte Nicole Davis
Thoughts: I have heard a mix of things about this book from reviewers, but it sounds so cool that I have to read it. A historical fantasy that’s described as Westworld meets The Handmaid’s Tale?? I don’t know how that could be bad (though maybe I shouldn’t tempt fate by saying that).
ON THE COME UP
by Angie Thomas
Thoughts: I have heard various things about this book, but what’s really drawn me to it how the main character wants to be a rapper – and how the author was one herself. I’ve definitely never read a book like this, so I’m excited to see how it goes.
WORDS IN DEEP BLUE
by Cath Crowley
Thoughts: I’m not actually sure what compelled me to put this book on hold! I definitely saw one or two people mention it in some kind of context (I don’t remember the context, lol) and decided I wanted to read it. It probably got bumped up my list because it’s by an Australian author too!
A VERY LARGE EXPANSE OF SEA
by Tahereh Mafi
Thoughts: I read Shatter Me by the same author approximately one million years ago, and though I remember liking the writing style, I felt the plot was too slow. Which was also what led to me DNFing Unravel Me and never continuing with the series. So, that being said, I’m hoping I will really enjoy A Very Large Expanse of Sea because I think the pacing of this concept will suit me better, if that makes sense.
A CROWN OF WISHES
by Roshani Chokshi
Thoughts: Even though it had its issues, The Star-Touched Queen remains one of my favourite books I’ve read this year. I’ve heard from a few people that this companion book is even better, so I can’t wait to pick it up! Fingers crossed that I love it.
by Anna-Marie McLemore
Thoughts: I originally was planning on putting a different book by this author on hold, but my library sadly doesn’t have it (if I like this one though, I may request it). Still, this book showed up in its stead and the cover was too beautiful for me to pass it by. I believe it’s magical realism too, and I am always looking for more of that (and fabulism as well). I have pretty high hopes for this one!
GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Thoughts: As I’ve sort of already mentioned, I’ve been in the mood to read more fantasy, so I thought this would be a good book to try. I’ve heard that it’s inspired by mythology too, which is something I’m always interested in! Otherwise, I don’t really know anything about this book, but I’m excited to read it.
by Alice Pung
Thoughts: I’m about 98% sure that I found this book through Wai Chim’s acknowledgements in The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling. This is a YA contemporary by an Australian author that’s been compared to Mean Girls, so I’m interested to see how I find it!
ONCE & FUTURE
by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
Thoughts: This looks awesome – because yes, I mostly decided I wanted to read this because of the cover and I am not ashamed. Having said that, I then read the synopsis and that drew me in further because it sounds awesome too. One character is the reincarnation of King Arthur? I can’t wait to read this.
ALL THE STARS AND TEETH
by Adalyn Grace
Thoughts: I don’t know how this ended up in my possession. I know that I wasn’t going to read it, and then I noticed one detail at some point about it (pirates, maybe?) and added it to my TBR. But.. When did I put it on hold? I have no idea. Anyway, now I get to read it.
A MADNESS OF SUNSHINE
by Nalini Singh
Thoughts: As you probably know, Vera is a huge fan of this author – particularly the Psy-Changeling series – so I decided to give this book a go. I finished reading Slave to Sensation early this month and I enjoyed that for the most part, so I’m interested to try another genre from the same author!
My library is back to shipping out books and I decided to choose “surprise me” when they asked what I wanted to be sent to me. One of these books I did have on hold (Wakenhyrst), so I chose that one, but the others are ones I can only assume someone picked randomly and they’re mostly romance! I don’t plan to read all – if any – of those, so if you have read and loved any of them, please tell me so I know to try it!! (Also don’t be concerned that it was a waste of time and resources – my mum is a big romance fan so she will read these even if I don’t).
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Have you read any of these books? Are there any here that I should prioritise? And, do you think I should read any of the romances being shipped to my house? Let me know!