Hello everyone and welcome to day six of my month of posts! Honestly, it’s already been a bit of a struggle to get here, but I’m still determined to make it through the rest of the month. Today, however, we’re talking about some of books I’ve bought so far this year that I can’t wait to get to. So without further ado, let’s get to it.
When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris
This was actually one of the first books I bought this year and I was intending to read it pretty much straight away but then it just got pushed back for other things. I’m pretty sure this is going to be a sad and moving story as it looks at a teenage boy searching for his missing older sister and the effects race, class and gender has on missing person cases. That being said, it also sounds like a phenomenal book and I am equally excited and nervous to read it. This sounds like it might be a little bit of a mix between Tiffany D. Jackson and Angie Thomas, who are both definitely in my top authors list, so I have high hopes that I’ll end up enjoying this one. I have quite a lot of really intense books on my TBR for May already, so this might end up being a June read, but either way, I’m sure I’ll be back to talk about it once I’ve read it.
Red Doc> by Anne Carson
I’ve become a little bit obsessed with Anne Carson since reading Autobiography of Red last November. I think she’s a fascinating and extremely talented writer and I hope to one day read the majority of her works. I purchased two of them earlier this year—If Not, Winter, which is Carson’s translation of the works of Sappho, and this one, Red Doc> which is a sort of sequel to Autobiography of Red. I’m extremely excited about both of them, but I think I’m going to end up picking this one up first. Autobiography of Red was one of those books I started reading and couldn’t put down, and I figure that the first of Carson’s work is probably going to follow that same pattern, or at least I’m hoping it will. I am hoping to pick this one up this month since it’s a nice quick read and I desperately need some more of those this month.
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B Alston
This book has definitely been doing its round over on Booktube lately and I’ve just been getting more and more excited for it. When I bought this originally, no one was talking about it yet but it sounded so incredible that I couldn’t pass it up. That’s turned out to be a great decision because I haven’t seen anyone say a bad word about this and I am so desperate for a good middle-grade fantasy right now. I have quite a few middle-grade fantasies on my Eurovisionathon TBR at the moment so I’m not sure I’ll get to this one this month either, but I’ll definitely be making room for it in June. I just don’t want to overload myself with too much this month, alongside getting all these posts done for you all. If you’re one of the many, many people who has read and loved this I would love to hear your thoughts on it down below too!
The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
I talked about being excited for this way back in September of last year, but I didn’t actually buy it until February this year. I still haven’t gotten around to actually reading it, but that’s mostly because I’m trying to work on knocking out a few of the historical romance series that I’m still in the middle of before jumping into any new ones. With that said, I probably won’t get around to starting this one for another few months as some of those series I’m finishing off right now are quite long ones, but I am still extremely excited to get to this one then. There are seven books in this series right now, with an eighth on the way (I think?) so if I end up enjoying this first one then I’ve got quite the journey ahead of me yet. I’ll keep you all posted on how I go with this one, and of course, with all those others I’m reading right now.
The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor
I wish this picture did justice to the cover, but it’s truly stunning in real life. I don’t think this has been published as a physical book anywhere else, but if you live in Australia, I highly recommend going to look at the cover because it’s gorgeous. This is a historical middle-grade that takes place in Cole’s Book Arcade in Melbourne which was once this beautiful bookshop here. It’s been a little while since I read anything set in Melbourne, let alone a middle-grade and I’m really excited for that. Obviously, I’m quite biased, having lived here my entire life, but I think Melbourne is the perfect place for a bookish story to take place—we have the small streets, the bookstores and that sort of bookish feel. I’m just extremely excited to be transported into what sounds like a magical world and story with this one.
So those are some of the ones I’m most looking forward to, what about you?