I fucking love book mail day, guys. It’s never one package either. It’s like fifteen packages that I get to rip into and then parade around my mom’s room with all the innards like, “Look at all my presents, Mom. Look, you have no presents. Your life is sad and meaningless.”
I’m actually thinking this is one of the best book mail days ever, because I also got an OwlCrate, and pretty much love every single book that came for me. Which means I have good taste because I ordered them all for myself.
Up first: Furthermore by Tehereh Mafi
This is a much buzzed about book, guys. Like every book blogger I know has millions of photos of just this book. And then there’s the September #JourneytoFurthermore readalong. So if you guys manage to get a copy, don’t forget to join us on Instagram for a worldwide readalong!
Personally, I just find the cover to be particularly dazzling. I’m not even ashamed to admit that’s 100% of the reason I bought it. I don’t typically read middle grade fantasy as a 21-year-old literary fiction writer lol.
There are only three things that matter to twelve-year-old Alice Alexis Queensmeadow: Mother, who wouldn’t miss her; magic and color, which seem to elude her; and Father, who always loved her. The day Father disappears from Ferenwood he takes nothing but a ruler with him. But it’s been almost three years since then, and Alice is determined to find him. She loves her father even more than she loves adventure, and she’s about to embark on one to find the other.
But bringing Father home is no small matter. In order to find him she’ll have to travel through the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, where down can be up, paper is alive, and left can be both right and very, very wrong. Her only companion is a boy named Oliver whose own magical ability is based in lies and deceit—and with a liar by her side in a land where nothing is as it seems, it will take all of Alice’s wits (and every limb she’s got) to find Father and return home to Ferenwood in one piece. On her quest to find Father, Alice must first find herself—and hold fast to the magic of love in the face of loss.
The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner
This is a total one-of-a-kind title that I fell in love with based solely on the description. Griffin Teen put this novel out, and if you’re not aware of them as a published, they’ve put out the most AMAZING YA books in the book world. Seriously. So if you need a good YA read, I would check them out, see their recent releases and their bestsellers.
On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down from the window of Stuyvesant High School. Moments later, terrified and fleeing home to safety across the Brooklyn Bridge, he stumbles across a girl perched in the shadows, covered in ash, and wearing a pair of costume wings. With his mother and sister in California and unable to reach his father, a NYC detective likely on his way to the disaster, Kyle makes the split-second decision to bring the girl home. What follows is their story, told in alternating points of view, as Kyle tries to unravel the mystery of the girl so he can return her to her family. But what if the girl has forgotten everything, even her own name? And what if the more Kyle gets to know her, the less he wants her to go home? The Memory of Things tells a stunning story of friendship and first love and of carrying on with our day-to-day living in the midst of world-changing tragedy and unforgettable pain—it tells a story of hope.
The One-Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
I loved this movie. Anybody else? Helen Mirren is in it? And the dude that died on 90210. The one Ivy married because he was dying and then he wasn’t dying and then he actually did die.
Whew. Memory lane I just took us all down. Or spoiler lane. Whichever.
“Slumdog Millionaire meets Ratatouille” (The New York Times Book Review) in this “delicious fairytale-like read” (NPR) about family, nationality, and the mysteries of good taste.
Born above his grandfather’s modest restaurant in Mumbai, Hassan Haji first experienced life through intoxicating whiffs of spicy fish curry, trips to the local markets, and gourmet outings with his mother. But when tragedy pushes the family out of India, they console themselves by eating their way around the world, eventually settling in Lumière, a small village in the French Alps.
The boisterous Haji family takes Lumière by storm. They open an inexpensive Indian restaurant opposite an esteemed French relais—that of the famous chef Madame Mallory—and infuse the sleepy town with the spices of India, transforming the lives of its eccentric villagers and infuriating their celebrated neighbor. Only after Madame Mallory wages culinary war with the immigrant family, does she finally agree to mentor young Hassan, leading him to Paris, the launch of his own restaurant, and a slew of new adventures.
The Hundred-Foot Journey is about how the hundred-foot distance between a new Indian kitchen and a traditional French one can represent the gulf between different cultures and desires. A testament to the inevitability of destiny, this is a fable for the ages—charming, endearing, and compulsively readable.