Hello y’all, and welcome back!
I thought I’d share with you some of the books on my TBR that I’m particularly looking forward to getting to in March! My TBR system is organized chaos: I have a cute and tidy shelf that I keep my TBR books on (the physical ones, anyway; I do read some ebooks as well), but I pick whatever I feel like reading in a pretty random order. (You can see all my TBR books on my Goodreads to-read list.) My last TBR post was all the way back in December, and I’ve read all but one thing on it by now…but probably not all in December. (And Hunter is still waiting around while I’ve read lots of other stuff.)
In any case, it’s been a while since I talked about my TBR (and I never do hauls, but you can check out my Instagram for that, though be warned there are also many pictures of food and cats). Now seems like a good time to catch up on what I’m the most excited to get to next month, so let’s get into it!
Windwitch by Susan Dennard
More about this in Friday’s post, but obviously I read and didn’t hate Truthwitch, so I’ll be continuing this week with Windwitch! This is an actual guaranteed read because I don’t really like to split up series-reading more than I have to and I want to know what happens next, so you’ll probably hear what I think about Windwitch later this week as well.
It’s no guarantee I’ll make it to Bloodwitch, though—I often start a series thinking it has a lot of potential that I hope it’ll develop in following books, and…90% of the time, in my experience of YA, a trilogy goes downhill from books one to three. Womp womp.
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I read a lot of books around here (150 is the goal for this year), so though I look into reviews and summaries before I get a book, in many cases, I have very little clue what they’re about. This is something about a dark circus and games with romance and magic, probably. It is very hyped and has variable covers underneath the jacket. (Mine has a water drop? Do I win?)
I am excited to read it because the premise sounds like a fun aesthetic and no one I follow has said it was bad or offensive. That is basically what my world comes to, friends.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
So I have that whole thing about giving authors another shot and here I am, giving it a go with Leigh Bardugo. (Yes, I am one of the few humans in the entire universe who didn’t like the Shadow and Bone trilogy.)
Six of Crows and its sequel, Crooked Kingdom, are two of the most hyped books of ever forever in the YA BookTube/blogging community, so far as I can tell. The idea of morally grey characters pulling a heist in a fantasy world does please me, but honestly, I avoided this duology for a while because I didn’t want to be that person who again was like, “Not to rain on everyone’s parade, but A LONG LIST OF REASONS WHY NOPE.” Let’s not have that happen, Six of Crows. Please be a long list of reasons why yes.
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
I know this book addresses mental illness (the protagonist has ADHD) and I’ve seen a lot of super positive reviews accompanied by claims that this is an emotional gut punch, so I get the feeling this book will have no trouble pulling me in.
(I had a lot of feels for All the Bright Places even though it definitely contains problematic attitudes it doesn’t address about medication and even therapy—and I’ve seen valid complaints about it otherwise. For me, it captured some very real feelings from my own life, so maybe my perspective was biased. My gut was too punched. But in a way, I like learning that about myself—the times I cannot emotionally separate myself from the book.)
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
This is actually the book I’ve heard the least about from this author—she has a new book, Wild Beauty, coming out this fall, and an older book, The Weight of Feathers. But I’ve heard she writes beautiful magical realism and I really like magical realism and don’t see much of it in YA, to be honest. (Basic genres seem to be contemporary or slightly-in-the-past romance, fantasy, and dystopian.) Also, diverse characters as a definite plus. I just recently found a good deal on this book, so it’s coming in the mail and I am stoked.
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
I know essentially nothing about this book except that it’s a) epic fantasy, b) very popular, and c) going to become a movie at some point. I try to get around to reading what’s most popular (if it’s not also universally panned, anyway), so I’ve obviously been lagging in getting around to this. Speaking of which…
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
It’s actually pretty pathetic that I’ve read the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, liked it pretty well, and yet, I have had The Raven Boys on the shelf for months and haven’t touched it. This has…ghosts, or something, which to be fair to me isn’t as compelling as werewolves. (I live for new spins on werewolves.) But it is loved by so, so many folks, and I should really try to get to it this month.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Back to movie adaptations, though. This one’s IMDB date says 2017, so I should probably get on reading it! This one is about a young girl who is forced to go to gay conversion therapy, something I don’t know much about beyond humorous portrayals in But I’m A Cheerleader and Saved! (thankfully, it hasn’t come up for me or the people I know), so it’ll be interesting (though I’m sure heartbreaking) to learn about, even fictionally.
Gay conversion therapy is a thing in my country, although it was banned in my province in 2015; it’s less discussed here, and politicians really don’t seem to get away with supporting it in Canada the way they may in the States (ahem, Mike Pence), but it exists here. Which grosses me right out. Anyway, speaking of upcoming movie adaptations…
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
My life as a YA blogger is a constant catch-up game, obviously. I didn’t pick up Everything, Everything right away because the premise read a lot like instalove, a trope that annoys me, but Nicola Yoon has a lot of fans and does seem like a cool lady in interviews, plus this will be a movie at some point, so I decided to cave and give this a chance.
It’s about a girl who lives in a bubble, basically, who falls in love with a cute boy who moves in next door, but there are obviously obstacles since she can’t really leave her house? (I probably would/will prefer The Sun is Also a Star, but this one is coming out in paperback and I’m killing my bank account buying books over here.)
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
This is a very weird-sounding book about a sad boy who gets abducted regularly by aliens (?!) who give him the choice of whether or not to save the world. I have no idea what to think of this book, but I’ve been into reading YA that has protagonists working through grief (as Henry here is), and it has gotten some rave reviews, so I really want to see what is actually going on. I mean, there has to be a catch in that premise somewhere, right?
So those are some books I’m looking forward to reading in March! What’s on your TBR for next month? Do you have any recommendations or anything that blew you away lately?