One of the greatest book hauls to ever occur on planet earth.
It was just a really good haul.
You know when that happens?
Well, also, I bought myself this haul for Valentine’s Day because I am sadly and happily single for yet another year, and had to spend it alone with my mother. But that’s okay, I’m in love with my job. I’m not bitter.
So not bitter.
Plus, I’m one of those weird people who likes somebody only until they start to like me back and then I run screaming for the hills with my hands flailing above my head like I’m trying to help a spaceship land.
It’s the stupidest thing, but oh well.
- At the Edge of the Universe by Shaun David Hutchinson
SCREAMING BECAUSE ANOTHER GREAT LGBT TITLE AND SCREAMING BECAUSE THE COVER IS GORGEOUS AND SCREAMING BECAUSE GOD DAMNET I LOVE BOOKS.
Tommy and Ozzie have been best friends since the second grade, and boyfriends since eighth. They spent countless days dreaming of escaping their small town—and then Tommy vanished.
More accurately, he ceased to exist, erased from the minds and memories of everyone who knew him. Everyone except Ozzie.
Ozzie doesn’t know how to navigate life without Tommy, and soon he suspects that something else is going on: that the universe is shrinking.
When Ozzie is paired up with new student Calvin on a physics project, he begins to wonder if Calvin could somehow be involved. But the more time they spend together, the harder it is for him to deny the feelings developing between them, even if he still loves Tommy.
But Ozzie knows there isn’t much time left to find Tommy—that once the door closes, it can’t be opened again. And he’s determined to keep it open as long as it takes to get his boyfriend back.
- Starflight by Melissa Landers
God this is a pretty cover. It’s also a very popular book right now. When I purchased it, I was terrified I was going to find it in one of my monthly bookcrates. But noooooope.
- The Impossible Fortress: A Novel by Jason Rekulak
This is the one I am most excited for. The fricken premise. I will read pretty much anything set in the 80s.
This will be the first one I add to my TBR list.
Until May 1987, fourteen-year-old Billy Marvin of Wetbridge, New Jersey, is a nerd, but a decidedly happy nerd.
Afternoons are spent with his buddies, watching copious amounts of television, gorging on Pop-Tarts, debating who would win in a brawl (Rocky Balboa or Freddy Krueger? Bruce Springsteen or Billy Joel? Magnum P.I. Or T.J. Hooker?), and programming video games on his Commodore 64 late into the night. Then Playboy magazine publishes photos of Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White, Billy meets expert programmer Mary Zelinsky, and everything changes.
A love letter to the 1980s, to the dawn of the computer age, and to adolescence—a time when anything feels possible—The Impossible Fortress will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you remember in exquisite detail what it feels like to love something—or someone—for the very first time.
- The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu
This one comes highly recommended and with screaming reviews from an arsenal of book lovers I would trust with my LIFE. Plus, how gorgeous is it?
Fun fact: This cover was actually created from a bunch of cutouts layered on top of each other.
I am full of useless factoids.
The girls of Devonairre Street have always been told they’re cursed. Any boy they love is certain to die too soon. But this is Brooklyn in 2008, and the curse is less a terror and more a lifestyle accessory—something funky and quaint that makes the girls from the shortest street in Brooklyn special. They wear their hair long and keys around their necks. People give them a second look and whisper “Devonairre” to their friends. But it’s not real. It won’t affect their futures.
Then Jack—their Jack, the one boy everyone loved—dies suddenly and violently. And now the curse seems not only real, but like the only thing that matters. All their bright futures have suddenly gone dark.
Told ya this was a good haul.