Hello everyone, and welcome back!
As the Stark words say, Winter is coming, and it’s time for me to start considering which books I’ll curl up with against the long, cold nights. My time of TBR shaming is coming to a…middle, since I’ve knocked off five books so far this month from those neglected past-TBR ones, so I can start looking forward to what’s next.
Winter 2017 TBR
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
I don’t really know anything about this book other than that I’ve been enjoying magical realism in YA lately, and this book is supposed to be the magical realism book in YA (or at least, it’s the one that a lot of people seem to review very highly). I picked it up some time ago, but it’s definitely on my upcoming reads radar while I keep on with this genre.
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore
Speaking of magical realism—I dug McLemore’s When the Moon Was Ours, so it’s time soon to read her much-more-talked-about The Weight of Feathers. It’s not her newest, but I gambled in picking it up a while ago (I don’t usually buy an author twice before trying them once, but hey), and now I’m glad it’s waiting for me!
The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman
So I did a whole re-read of the His Dark Materials series last month or so to get ready for this book release, then got my pre-order in the mail and promptly realized that I wasn’t really ready to go back. I mean, what if I don’t like this book? How will it make me feel about a beloved series from my childhood? …but yeah, also I want to know what happens, so with some distance, I want to pick this up this winter and catch up.
Renegades by Marissa Meyer
I nabbed this one a little while ago for second chance reads. (It’s been a while since I’ve gotten to do a new post on that series; I’ve been reading a lot of authors new to me, I think!) I didn’t hate the Lunar Chronicles, but it definitely had culturally appropriative elements that were kinda iffy, and I got bogged down in the narrative bloat of ten billion (all coupled, all very hetero) characters by the end. I want to be impressed by this author because I found her through her Sailor Moon fanfiction, so I can’t help but want this relationship to work out.
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
For some weird reason, the hardcover of this book that I’ve ordered is coming out in January or something, so yes. Many people have read this already and I haven’t. Anyway, I’ve heard it’s a great read along the lines of The Hate U Give, though very much in its own element, and that’s a good selling point for me, because that book was one of few that I think lived up to its hype.
Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman
I read Scythe back in a reading marathon quite some time ago. The villain was a bit hammy in the evil, but other than that, it was a super good time, to the point where I’ve been anticipating this sequel, and that doesn’t happen much. I’m looking forward to this one in the early, snowy next year.
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
This misunderstood-necromancer kinda tale has been out for a while now, but your reviewer here can’t always get free copies and hardcovers are $$$ so I waited for a paperback copy to jump in on this one. The reviews were mixed, but the premise sounds awesome: a girl accidentally raises her brother from the dead. Reviewing a lot of books means sometimes taking a chance on something as simple as that.
Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
I honestly couldn’t tell you the first thing this book is about. I think it’s a space western? But Ashley Poston wrote Geekerella, one of the few fairy tale retellings I’ve read that was as fun as I wanted it to be. I’m ready to hop on board with her again and see if she can impress me even more.
What are you looking forward to reading when the snow flies? (Or not. I mean, we don’t all live in Canada.) Are any of these books on your list? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll speak to you again soon!