So, it’s been a while. Life has gone crazy and I haven’t been able to work on my blog, also I wasn’t really feeling ‘’it’’ and I was in a reading slump . (Thanks reading slump for coming to the party even though nobody invited you.) BUT, I did bought new books and I’m again in a ‘’book mood’’: excited to read, taking new photos and just in general with more inspiration. Nothing make me happier than the smell of ‘’New Books’’. Hopefully, this mood sticks and I can update more regularly!
Okey, let’s get started then:
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.
This book has been on my TBR List for a very loooong time, but for one reason or another I never bought it till now. I did had a free e-book copy, but I’m not gonna lie, I don’t know why I never read it. Maybe I really wanted the hardcover edition? I mean, look how pretty it is!
Anyway, since this book was published I just keep on seeing amazing reviews about it so I can’t wait to read Sorcery of Thorns.
Genre: Horror, Historical Fiction
In isolated mansion. A chillingly charismatic aristocrat. And a brave socialite drawn to expose their treacherous secrets. . . .
From the author of Gods of Jade and Shadow comes a novel set in glamorous 1950s Mexico.
After receiving a frantic letter from her newlywed cousin begging for someone to save her from a mysterious doom, Noemí Taboada heads to High Place, a distant house in the Mexican countryside. She’s not sure what she will find – her cousin’s husband, a handsome Englishman, is a stranger, and Noemí knows little about the region.
Noemí is also an unlikely rescuer: She’s a glamorous debutante, and her chic gowns and perfect red lipstick are more suited for cocktail parties than amateur sleuthing. But she’s also tough and smart, with an indomitable will, and she is not afraid: not of her cousin’s new husband, who is both menacing and alluring; not of his father, the ancient patriarch who seems to be fascinated by Noemí; and not even of the house itself, which begins to invade Noemi’s dreams with visions of blood and doom.
Her only ally in this inhospitable abode is the family’s youngest son. Shy and gentle, he seems to want to help Noemí but might also be hiding dark knowledge of his family’s past. For there are many secrets behind the walls of High Place. The family’s once colossal wealth and faded mining empire kept them from prying eyes, but as Noemí digs deeper she unearths stories of violence and madness.
And Noemí, mesmerized by the terrifying yet seductive world of High Place, may soon find it impossible to ever leave this enigmatic house behind.
This one I’m super excited about! I actually saw this book for the first time in a blog post a couple of month back and it was love at first sight. I mean, I’m Mexican, and anything with the world ‘’Mexican’’ in the cover it falls on my TBR automatically. I’m trying to lower my expectations though, because I will be really sad if this book ends up disappointing me.
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
A sweeping, multi-layered romance with a divine twist, by the Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II.
It’s 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She’s a shy and talented pianist; he’s a newly minted soldier with dreams of becoming an architect. When they fall in love, it’s immediate and deep–and cut short when James is shipped off to the killing fields.
Aubrey Edwards is also headed toward the trenches. A gifted musician who’s played Carnegie Hall, he’s a member of the 15th New York Infantry, an all-African-American regiment being sent to Europe to help end the Great War. Love is the last thing on his mind. But that’s before he meets Colette Fournier, a Belgian chanteuse who’s already survived unspeakable tragedy at the hands of the Germans.
Thirty years after these four lovers’ fates collide, the Greek goddess Aphrodite tells their stories to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: Why are Love and War eternally drawn to one another? But her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music and reveals that War is no match for the power of Love.
I saw the Lovely War by Julie Berry in a blog post around February for Valentin’s Day and since that moment I have been looking for this book. It just had the magical words: Greek Gods. Anything that has anything to do with Greek Mythology, even if it is very small, I will bough and read. I’m simple like that. Still, I have seen nothing but amazing review about this book so I can’t wait to finally read it.
Genre: Graphic Novel, Romance, LGBT
Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player, meet at a British all-boys grammar school. Friendship blooms quickly, but could there be something more…?
Charlie Spring is in Year 10 at Truham Grammar School for Boys. The past year hasn’t been too great, but at least he’s not being bullied anymore. Nick Nelson is in Year 11 and on the school rugby team. He’s heard a little about Charlie – the kid who was outed last year and bullied for a few months – but he’s never had the opportunity to talk to him.
They quickly become friends, and soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in surprising ways, and sometimes good things are waiting just around the corner…
Fun fact: I already read it. I was organizing all the new books I received, and I started to skim through the pages and suddenly I was in the last page. I mean, it is a comic so I usually read them faster, but I was surprised on how I was completely captured by this cute and lovely story. I just kept on smiling.
A lot of people kept on recommending me Heartstpper and I’m so glad that I finally read it, it is totally worth it and now I need the rest of these books. Highly recommend it.
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, LGBT
F. C. Yee’s The Rise of Kyoshi delves into the story of Kyoshi, the Earth Kingdom–born Avatar. The longest-living Avatar in this beloved world’s history, Kyoshi established the brave and respected Kyoshi Warriors, but also founded the secretive Dai Li, which led to the corruption, decline, and fall of her own nation. The first of two novels based on Kyoshi, The Rise of Kyoshi maps her journey from a girl of humble origins to the merciless pursuer of justice who is still feared and admired centuries after she became the Avatar.
I mean, AVATAR. Do I need to say more? I just finished rewatching Avatar: The Last Airbender and I needed more. So, when I found out that there were books about one of the most badass characters of the series, I knew it was a book I needed ASAP.
Honestly, I’m in love with that moment in the series when Aang becomes Kyoshi and just confesses that she killed Chin the Conqueror, like she was talking about the weather. That was the moment I feel in love with Avatar Kyoshi.
Genre: Poetry, Nonfiction
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Mary Oliver presents a personal selection of her best work in this definitive collection spanning more than five decades of her esteemed literary career.
Throughout her celebrated career, Mary Oliver has touched countless readers with her brilliantly crafted verse, expounding on her love for the physical world and the powerful bonds between all living things. Identified as “far and away, this country’s best selling poet” by Dwight Garner, she now returns with a stunning and definitive collection of her writing from the last fifty years.
Carefully curated, these 200 plus poems feature Oliver’s work from her very first book of poetry, No Voyage and Other Poems, published in 1963 at the age of 28, through her most recent collection, Felicity, published in 2015. This timeless volume, arranged by Oliver herself, showcases the beloved poet at her edifying best. Within these pages, she provides us with an extraordinary and invaluable collection of her passionate, perceptive, and much-treasured observations of the natural world.
I love poetry. I love pretty book. This book is the perfect combination of that.
In a serious note, I have been trying to read more poetry and I really want to read Mary Oliver’s poem. I already started to read some poems at random and I’m very excited to sit and go trough this book.
Genre: Writing, Nonfiction
“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said. ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'”
With this basic instruction always in mind, Anne Lamott returns to offer us a new gift: a step-by-step guide on how to write and on how to manage the writer’s life. From “Getting Started,’ with “Short Assignments,” through “Shitty First Drafts,” “Character,” “Plot,” “Dialogue.” all the way from “False Starts” to “How Do You Know When You’re Done?” Lamott encourages, instructs, and inspires. She discusses “Writers Block,” “Writing Groups,” and “Publication.” Bracingly honest, she is also one of the funniest people alive.
If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a writer, what it means to be a writer, what the contents of your school lunches said about what your parents were really like, this book is for you. From faith, love, and grace to pain, jealousy, and fear, Lamott insists that you keep your eyes open, and then shows you how to survive. And always, from the life of the artist she turns to the art of life.
Fun fact: I want to be a writer. I already started working on writing my first novel, but it’s really hard. Aside of me being the number one procrastinator, there are a lot of thing that I don’t really know about writing, so Bird by Bird is one of those books that I keep seeing people recommend and that can be very helpful to beginners writers like myself. I’m very excited to start reading it.
Hope you enjoy it! What do you think about my book haul? Have you read any of these books?