Well, I’ve done it again, I’ve bought more books. Every month, I swear that I’m going to read all the books on my shelves and not buy any books until I’m finished. And I literally never listen to myself, I’m such a push over. If it helps, I did restrain myself a little and only bought like 5 books. And honestly, I deserve an award for controlling myself so much. One gold medal, please! Anyway, on with the book haul!
1. Broken Things by Lauren Oliver
Lauren Oliver is an instant buy for me. She won me over when I read her Replica series and it reminded me so much of Stranger Things. Lauren writes deep and rich stories with so well developed characters that I loose myself reading her books, they are that immersive. So it was a surprise to no one that when her latest book, Broken Things came out, I had to have it. This story follows two young girls who everyone thinks killed their best friend 5 years ago. They blame their obsession with a fantasy novel series. They all say they got too caught up in their fantasy world that they murdered their best friend. But they didn’t do it and they would like to forget it. But on the five year anniversary of their best friends death, small and new details surrounding her murder turn up. They get pulled back into the past and fantasy and soon the lines blur and they’ll have to fight to find the truth. So much yes! Murder, check, mystery, check, and strong female characters, check. My girl Lauren always comes through and I can’t wait to dive into this book.
2. Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
I originally was interested in this book because the cover made me think of one of the best movie series of all time, Scream. And while I was disappointed that it was not a novelization of Scream, I was pleasantly surprised by its description. This book is about a space crew that’s been in states for hundreds of years. Their ship has the one thing that can save earth. Laura, a scavenger, finds the ship and is positive she has saved the whole of human race. But something isn’t right. Things are going wrong at every possible moment. This book encompasses terror and horror and sci-fi and basically all the good things a book can offer. And from what I’ve heard other people say, possibly space zombies? Either way, I’m pretty stoked to read this book soon!
3. Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston
Another space book! Ana is scavenger, drifting through space with her android D09. She lives on a ship with her crazy captain and her weird shipmates she calls family. But D09 has started to glitch and Ana will do anything to try and fix him. In her quest to save D09, Ana must steal coordinates to a lost ship that may be able to help D09. But before she can get there, an Ironblood boy beats her to it and he has his own reasons for the coordinates. And then they get into trouble and soon Ana and this Ironblood boy are on the run together while the whole kingdom chases after them. On top of all that, dark secrets from Ana’s past have come back to haunt her and she’ll be forced to choose, between her home and her android. I love a good space story!
4. When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry
Is it nerdy to say I picked up this book purely because I love the X-Files so much and I miss it so much that I hope this book would fill the X-Files shaped hole left in my heart? It’s definitely got an X-Files vibe with you know, aliens. But these characters are no Mulder and Scully. I’m in the process of reading this book right now and its about a group of teenagers who are spending their last summer together before they go their separate ways. They are filming a short film at an adbandoned house when they see a flying object crash. They go to check it out and one of the characters touch it. And suddenly they wake up and its light outside and they realize they’ve lost several hours. Soon they realize, that it wasn’t any old junk falling out of the sky, it was aliens and they’ve got proof on their camera. Everything is about to change for these characters, in more ways than one. This book is okay so far, it’s been a bit slow. I’m hoping it’ll pick up soon! It’s got all the makings of a good and interesting story.
5. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
I fell in love with Becky’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda that when I saw this at the bookstore, I had to have it. This story follows Molly who has been through unrequited love 26 times. Molly crushes hard and always in secret. No matter how many times her sister tells her to just tell her crush about her feelings, Molly just can’t do it. As a plus size girl, she feels that she has to be more careful with her feelings and who she tells about her crushes. But soon a new girl has Molly’s sister lovesick. But Molly won’t be third wheeling it for long. Her sister’s new girlfriend also comes with a cute boy. He’s funny and flirty and Molly is ready to win him over. But then there’s Reid, who’s a super nerd, but there’s no way Molly will fall for him, right? This story seems so cute, I can’t wait to dive in! Also, hell yes to a plus size main character and some LGBTQA characters!
And that’s my list of books I’ve bought in the last few months. What have you been reading lately? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading!
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