Grace's August TBR
Hey y'all!It's Grace on my (singular, precious) day off of the session, and I'm trying to both collect myself to face the children tomorrow and somehow manage to plan everything about the next month or so. Needless to say, I'm not sure it's going particularly well but I'm going to try and seem semi-coherent.One of my most overwhelming thoughts of the past few months has been that there is so much I want to read before I go back to school. The other day, I sat down to review the books I've read this year so far. I've loved them, and I'm proud I've expanded my reading taste, but I would love to go back to the core and read more YA. Specifically, more new YA.I'm convinced part of the reason I reread so many books this year as opposed to enjoying fresh reads was that I wanted comfortable books I knew I'd like. Next year, I'm hoping to be more adventurous and get back into the swing of things. Without further ado, here's August.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | Goodreads
Sarah J. Maas is a queen, and this is one of those series that's so canon, it's expected that I'd have read it before. But I've been putting it off for so long. I'm halfway through the first book, and it's remarkably good. Vivid setting, a smoldering romance. Action that keeps me turning pages. Also, excellent word choice. It's satisfying.
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh | Goodreads
Alchemy, arranged marriages, samurai, a girl disguised as a boy, and a gang of bandits. Plus, the last book I read by Renee Ahdieh made me cry and throw a book against a wall. So I feel pretty confident about her ability to rattle me, surprise me, and make me care about her characters deeply.
Wicked Like a Wildfire by Lana Popovic | Goodreads
I've had an eye on this one since I first found out about it. Beyond the killer title, the synopsis and reviews have promised my style: lush writing and atmosphere. Plus, the "seaside town" and artistic slant are appealing to me. Alexa says it has "odd, dark, beautiful magic" and that's enough for me.
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater | Goodreads
When I found out I was getting this one early, I started screaming and jumped up and down. All the other counselors thought I was crazy because I just couldn't totally describe the depth of my emotion. I love Maggie Stiefvater. If I go a month without rereading a Stiefvater book, it's an off time. Also, Ronan fascinates me. I do need to finish The Raven King on audio, which brings me to...
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater | Goodreads
I have a problem reading final books in series. For one, that's a goal for this year -- try to finish series I've been reading since 2008. I'm hoping, however, that my deep-rooted love for Will Patton's voice and desire to savor every word Maggie Stiefvater ever writes will let me salvage this conclusion.
Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle | Goodreads
Moïra Fowley-Doyle's The Accident Season captivated me wholeheartedly. Magical realism at its finest. Her scenery was phenomenal -- ethereal and haunting in the best possible ways. Plus, her books emulate autumn as a season and I love moody reads.
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton | Goodreads
I loved Rebel of the Sands. It had everything required for a fantastic debut: a snappy heroine, a high stakes plot, a gorgeous setting, and djinni. If the sequel lives up to my expectations, I'll be so happy. I read the first chapter in June, then put it down to reread the first book because I'd forgotten a lot of details. Brimming with intrigue.
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson | Goodreads
Jodi Lynn Anderson writes one of my favorite books of all time -- possibly my favorite of all time, if I'm being entirely honest. Tiger Lily is a raw, stunning explosion of feeling. I dig that this one is historical fiction and futuristic, with no overlap in the present. I have no doubt that Jodi Lynn Anderson's thoughtful writing will lend itself to some poignant reflections about the nature of time and coming-of-age, framed in a cinematic way. I'm a little nervous, just because it's so hyped up in my head.
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han | Goodreads
I started rereading this one in the spring, but never finished it because a friend was interested in it. I had another copy back in Tampa, so I lent that one to her. There's been a lot of talk around this one because the movie is coming out. I don't remember being incredibly impressed the first time I read it -- I mean, I liked it but wasn't starstruck -- so I'd love to reread it again to see if it lives up to the discussion. Plus, I could use a light read revolving around letters. That's a fun topic.