Today has been full of ups and downs – my mom and brother went back to Ontario, but on the plus side I spent a ton of time with my dad, and spend a ton of time taking photos for my Instagram account (@words_pages_books!). And honestly, I’m not sure if I’ve ever put as much effort into photos like these. I’m really happy with every photo I took and I hope you all like them (also selfishly hoping for some likes too).
Anyways, I know that I’ve already gone over the books that I got for Christmas, and obviously they are all books that I’m super excited to read, but I thought that I would go over some books that I’m really excited to read (outside of the obvious SJM books haha).
- Circe by Madeline Miller
Synopsis: In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.
Threatened, Zeus banishes her to a deserted island, where she hones her occult craft, tames wild beasts and crosses paths with many of the most famous figures in all of mythology, including the Minotaur, Daedalus and his doomed son Icarus, the murderous Medea, and, of course, wily Odysseus.
But there is danger, too, for a woman who stands alone, and Circe unwittingly draws the wrath of both men and gods, ultimately finding herself pitted against one of the most terrifying and vengeful of the Olympians. To protect what she loves most, Circe must summon all her strength and choose, once and for all, whether she belongs with the gods she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.Why I want to read this: I L O V E MYTHOLOGY. Circe is my girl, and since I’ve heard so many good things about The Song of Achilles I’m sure that Circe will be just as incredible.
- The Dark Artifices Series, mainly Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare
Synopsis: In a secret world where half-angel warriors are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word.
A parabatai is your partner in battle. A parabatai is your best friend. Parabatai can be everything to each other—but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs is a warrior, a Shadowhunter, and the best in her generation. She lives for battle. Shoulder to shoulder with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Los Angeles, where vampires party on the Sunset Strip, and faeries—the most powerful of supernatural creatures—teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When the bodies of humans and faeries turn up murdered in the same way Emma’s parents were when she was a child, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge—and Julian’s chance to get back his brother Mark, who is being held prisoner by the faerie Courts. All Emma, Mark, and Julian have to do is solve the murders within two weeks…and before the murderer targets them.
Their search takes Emma from sea caves full of sorcery to a dark lottery where death is dispensed. And each clue she unravels uncovers more secrets. What has Julian been hiding from her all these years? Why does Shadowhunter Law forbid parabatai to fall in love? Who really killed her parents—and can she bear to know the truth?Why I want to read this: I have had Lady Midnight on my bookshelf for maybe two years now, probably close to since it was published. I loved the original trilogy, and would be hard pressed to saw whether or not I loved the prequels more. Long story short, I love immersing myself into the world of Shadowhunters and I’m eager to do it again this summer!
- Warcross by Marie Lu
Synopsis: For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.Why I want to read this: Hacker Girls? Virtual Worlds? I’m all about this! Also, I love books where women are shown to be extremely proficient in areas where men like to put us down or go “oh really? name five of their albums” or #fakefan us. ANyways, yeah, show more awesome hackers, more assassins, more lawyers, more doctors, more women in STEM, more black women, more Asian women, more hispanic woman. Give us more diversity and show more women everywhere, write them into more positions of power, give women more roles! (Rant OVER!). I hope that this book accomplishes that haha.
- The Hate U Give
Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.Why I want to read this: This book covers some really relevant and important topics in the world today, that I really think should be discussed more openly and candidly. Also as a white woman I know that I need to listen to these things, and it’s up to white people to address them (AKA don’t put the onus of dealing with racism and sexism on those who are oppressed – we need to stand up to racists and sexists!).
- Far From You by Tess Sharpe
Synopsis: Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.
That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.
Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?Why I want to read this: I’ve heard this is an LGBTQ book, and it’s in my volunteer organization’s library. So accessible and gay – two things I love!
Anyways, hopefully I get to read all of these books soon, and I have as much fun reading them as I had ranting about them! See you tomorrow ducks!