This year, I have actually been doing a pretty great job at keeping my book buying habits in check. If you’ve been following me for a while, you might remember my forty-books-a-month habit from a few years ago. But this yea, I have been focusing on buying books that I just really want to read, and (as much as possible) supporting indie bookstores. Since I no longer do book hauls, I haven’t really been sharing the books I’ve been adding to my collection. So, since I have purchased a few recently, I thought I’d share the books I have picked up recently.
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
I feel like everyone read this earlier in the year when the Black Lives Matter protests were big news. Everyone wanted to learn more and support BLM, and that’s great. Personally, I read Stamped from the Beginning and learned so much from it and am very glad I did. But I don’t think we should stop putting in the work just because it’s not in the news anymore. Personally, I really want to keep learning and growing and just being a better ally to marginalized communities and a better anti-racist. The more I understand, the better I can do, and I think this book is a great step in the right direction. I’m planning to pick it up for Nonfiction November this year, and I am very excited.
The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry
I love Christina Henry! Her retellings are absolutely fantastic! Lost Boy made me completely unable to ever see Peter Pan the same way again. Highly recommend! This sounds a little different from her other books, and it looks like it’s an original story (not a retelling), which I am absolutely here for. Because it’s still super dark and there is a monster and a mystery and I honestly can’t wait for this one. This month has been getting away from me, but I really want to try and squeeze this in. Because it is definitely Halloween vibes.
Over the Woodward Wall by Deborah A. Baker (aka Seanan McGuire)
Earlier this year I read (and loved) Middlegame. And if you’ve read Middlegame, you know that there is a fictional fantasy book series that is pretty central to the story. And now we get to read it! Spinnoffs like this normally aren’t my thing, but I am looking forward to this one. I think this is just going to be a nice fun read (hopefully a good palate cleanser from all the super dark books I’ve been reading).
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig
Also this year, I read and loved How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. This is his newest novel, which is about a library beyond the edge of the universe with infinite books, each about another reality. I would really like to go there, but I guess this book is the next best thing. It just sounds fantastic and magical and if it’s anything like How to Stop Time, I know I’m going to love it!
The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune
Honestly, I know pretty much nothing about this book. But EVERYONE has been talking about it, and the peer pressure got to me. I know it’s fantasy and LGBT and… that’s kind of it. But everyone seems to love it, and I need some new fantasy to read, even better if it’s diverse, so I picked up a copy. Hopefully this does not let me down like The Priory of the Orange Tree did.
A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
I am a huge fan of Naomi Novik’s Uprooted and Spinning Silver. I also really like dark academia books, so this seems perfect. I don’t know too much about the plot, but I feel like I don’t really need to, because I know I like Naomi Novik’s writing. And I kind of think I want to go into this not knowing too much, because sometimes reading is more fun that way.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V. E. Schwab
Last, but not least, you know I had to order Addie LaRue. I’ve known about this book for maybe three years – I went to a Schwab signing and she talked about this (it wasn’t even finished yet). It sounds amazing and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet. This month has kind of gotten away from me, but I definitely want to pick this up very soon. The weather has finally got the memo that summer is over, and I think I’m going to spend a weekend curled up with this book and a cup of tea. That just sounds so lovely.
That’s all the books I have added to my library so far this fall! I’d love to hear from you: which books have you added to your collection this fall? Any new releases you’re planning to pick up?