WAAAAAAYYYYY too many books, guys. Just way too many, like to the point of no return. Like all time low total buyer’s remorse peaking psycho moment in the bookstore today.
- This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Y’all know this one was coming. Eventually I was bound to pick this book up because everybody has picked this book up and I’m one with the times. I’m progressive.
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books, This Savage Song is a must-have for fans of Holly Black, Maggie Stiefvater, and Laini Taylor.
Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. In This Savage Song, Victoria Schwab creates a gritty, seething metropolis, one worthy of being compared to Gotham and to the four versions of London in her critically acclaimed fantasy for adults, A Darker Shade of Magic. Her heroes will face monsters intent on destroying them from every side—including the monsters within.
- And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman
I’ll read anything by Fredrik Backman, and especially something as small and cute as this little number.
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here comes an exquisitely moving portrait of an elderly man’s struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family’s efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.
With all the same charm of his bestselling full-length novels, here Fredrik Backman once again reveals his unrivaled understanding of human nature and deep compassion for people in difficult circumstances. This is a tiny gem with a message you’ll treasure for a lifetime.
- If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Oooooo y’all, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t buy this book for the cover. I honestly don’t even think I read the description.
A big-hearted, groundbreaking novel about being seen for who you really are, and a love story you can’t help but root for
Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school. Like anyone else, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret, and she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.
But when she meets sweet, easygoing Grant, Amanda can’t help but start to let him into her life. As they spend more time together, she realizes just how much she is losing by guarding her heart. She finds herself yearning to share with Grant everything about herself, including her past. But Amanda’s terrified that once she tells him the truth, he won’t be able to see past it.
Because the secret that Amanda’s been keeping? It’s that at her old school, she used to be Andrew. Will the truth cost Amanda her new life, and her new love?
- The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it.
Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best—the language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preacher’s kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone.
As their senior year unfolds, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.
- The Abundance by Annie Dillard
I don’t know what the hell I was doing in the poetry and essays section, but for some reason I stayed there for quite some time and left with four books. I must have been seriously off my rocker, because I never go into that section.
It’s all the blackout poetry. It’s doing something profound to me.
I read a few paragraphs and felt some serious feelings, so I had to buy it. Also, the cover reminds me of Seattle, which is my favorite place on Earth.
In recognition of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s long and lauded career as a master essayist, a landmark collection, including her most beloved pieces and some rarely seen work, rigorously curated by the author herself.
“A writer who never seems tired, who has never plodded her way through a page or sentence, Dillard can only be enjoyed by a wide-awake reader,” warns Geoff Dyer in his introduction to this stellar collection. Carefully culled from her past work, The Abundance is quintessential Annie Dillard, delivered in her fierce and undeniably singular voice, filled with fascinating detail and metaphysical fact. The pieces within will exhilarate both admiring fans and a new generation of readers, having been “re-framed and re-hung,” with fresh editing and reordering by the author, to situate these now seminal works within her larger canon.
The Abundance reminds us that Dillard’s brand of “novelized nonfiction” pioneered the form long before it came to be widely appreciated. Intense, vivid, and fearless, her work endows the true and seemingly ordinary aspects of life—a commuter chases snowball-throwing children through neighborhood streets, a teenager memorizes Rimbaud’s poetry—with beauty and irony, inviting readers onto sweeping landscapes, to join her in exploring the complexities of time and death, with a sense of humor: on one page, an eagle falls from the sky with a weasel attached to its throat; on another, a man walks into a bar.
Reminding us of the indelible contributions of this formative figure in contemporary nonfiction, The Abundance exquisitely showcases Annie Dillard’s enigmatic, enduring genius, as Dillard herself wishes it to be marked.
- We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
This book is the whole reason I went to the bookstore to begin with, which makes my whole nightmare shopping spree Michael Kun and Susan Mullen’s faults!!!!!
My dear friend, Alex, recommended this book on her YouTube channel, so of course I had to have it, and in going out to get it, I walked away with seven superfluous books and gah. Life hit me hard over the head. Now I have no place to put my books because my bookcase is respectfully full.
But did that keep me from ordering seven books today? No! It didn’t!
It’s the summer of 1982, and for Scott and Cath, everything is about to change.
Growing up across the street from each other, Scott and Cath have been best friends for most of their lives. Now they’ve graduated high school, and Cath is off to college while Scott stays at home trying to get his band off the ground. Neither of them realized that their first year after high school would be so hard.
Fortunately, Scott and Cath still have each other, and it’s through their letters that they survive heartache, annoying roommates, family dramas, and the pressure of figuring out what to do with the rest of their lives. And through it all, they realize that the only person they’ve ever wanted to turn to is each other. But does that mean they should think about being more than friends? One thing is clear, Change is an inescapable part of growing up, and we share unbreakable bonds with the friends who help us navigate it.
This funny, extraordinary, and deeply moving book—set to an awesome ’80s soundtrack—captures all the beautiful confusion and emotional intensity we find on the verge of adulthood…and first love.
- For Teenage Girls With Wild Ambitions and Trembling Hearts by Clementine Von Radics
This book has like three pages and I still bought it, all because I loved the title so much. Does my obsession know no end?
The title just made me feel ultra badass. And the book, being that it’s cloth and I have no cloth-covered books, is undeniably beautiful and perfect for, I don’t know, a coffee table or something.
A beautiful clothbound volume as enduring as its message: Young women of the world — the world is yours!
- Beautiful Chaos by Robert M. Drake
And finally, we have my last book, a collection of poetry to add to my tiny poetry list because I never buy poetry, but alas.
Chaos is not pretty. It is like feeling a hundred things, hearing a hundred voices, and somewhere in the riot we tend to lose ourselves and lose direction in our heads. This book is the truth. It is everything we have been feeling and running away from for so long.
In this powerful collection of short poems, Drake explores themes of love, loss, pain, and loneliness in an effort to make sense of a chaotic world.