I did say I was going to try to avoid buying books this year and use my library more, instead. But when books I want to read go on sale, I just can’t resist.
Here’s everything I snapped up (all at less than $3 per book) in the first three months of this year:
- The Revelation of Louisa May by Michaela MacColl (YA, historical fiction) — Little known fact about me, I dressed up as Louisa May Alcott and did a speech as her (in character) for one of my elementary school spirit days. I can’t remember the theme, but my mom probably does. There’s a picture in a box somewhere to prove it. Long way of saying: of course I had to buy this book.
- French Concession by Xiao Bai (Adult, mystery/thriller) — Translated from Chinese. This one’s been on my list for a while. I saw “noir” plus “espionage” and “international intrigue” and said yes, please!
- The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows (YA, fantasy) — Several of my writing buddies were raving about this one, and I know they have good taste in books. So I had to grab a copy when it was on sale.
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (YA fantasy) — I’ve had this one on my “to read” list since before the release date, and the hype is through the roof at this point, but I’m hearing it is well deserved.
- Winter Fae by Suza Kates (Paranormal Romance) — Now that I just finished writing a novel featuring Fae, I want to see what else is out there.
- Trade Me by Courtney Milan (Contemporary Romance) — I’ve enjoyed Courtney Milan’s historical romances, and I don’t read much contemporary romance. I thought I’d check this one out.
- Binti by by Nnedi Okorafor (Fantasy Novella) — I have a bunch of her novels on my TBR, but I heard someone raving about this in a podcast and I decided to check it out.
- Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (YA Fantasy) — I’ve heard mixed things about this one, but it was on sale, and the premise interests me.
- Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (YA Magical Realism?) — Magical mix tapes and 80s misfits in Mexico? Count me in!
- The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev (Contemporary Romance) — I read her first book and loved it. This one is supposed to be slightly darker, but I don’t think I’ll mind. She’s a fabulous author.
- Never Never by Brianna Shrum (YA Fantasy) — A Peter Pan re-telling, but I think in this one Captain Hook is the hero… Another little known fact about me: I played Peter Pan in the fifth grade musical.
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (YA Fantasy) — Another one where I’ve heard mixed things, but the premise interests me and it was on sale.
Now… I just need more time to read!