So I got a good dozen books this month. I only preordered four books, and I had meant to only get those four… But that didn’t work out as planned. No surprise there. And so, here are the books I got in November! (Everything links to Goodreads.)
Cam Girl by Leah Raeder
The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
These were two that I preordered. I don’t know how to properly summarize Cam Girl, but I’ll try. It’s about a girl named Vada Bergen who has the two things she loves most: her art, and her best friend Ellis. Until an accident leaves her scarred, emotionally and physically, and Ellis pulls away. Alone, when she’s approached about becoming a cam girl, she doesn’t say no. There’s one person in particular she talks to, who wants to her to be all his. And after a while Vada asks him- Can we met irl?
Firstly, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart is called Night Owls in the UK, and the cover design for that edition is so pretty. But it’s about Beatrix who knows how she is spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to gain an edge for a museum sponsored scholarship contest, she’s planning on sneaking into a hospital’s Willed Body program to follow Da Vinci’s footsteps and starting drawing real cadavers. And when she misses the last Metro home, she runs into Jack; charming, attractive, and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. Through midnight bus rides and city rooftops, the two get to know each other. But they both have secrets.
You Don’t Have To Like Me: Essays on Growing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding Feminism by Alida Nugent
Annabel by Kathleen Winter
You Don’t Have to Like Me is basically what the subtitle/tagline thing says. It has thirteen essays, from how to deal with cat-callers, and declaring yourself a feminist at parties, and female friendships. One of them is titled Your Beauty is Magic: On Loving My Face, and I have to say I’m looking forward to that. For some reason I’m really into collections of essays and short stories, even though I haven’t actually read many.
Annabel has been on my Amazon wishlist for a long while, so I decided to just get it. It’s about a mixed gender child born into a remote, blue-collar seaside town in 1968. Only the parents Jacinta and Treadaway, and Thomasina the midwife know. And though Treadaway decides to raise the child as a boy named Wayne, the women quietly nurture his female side. And so while he grows up in the hyper masculine hunting world of his father’s, he has his shadow self, a girl he calls Annabel. When Wayne finally escapes his hometown and moves to a city, it provides the anonymity to explore his dual selves. His choice will challenge the integrity and allegiance of those he loves most.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik
I’ll be honest and say I don’t know much about Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and I don’t follow politics or Supreme Court anything in depth. But the cover caught my eye, and I read the summary, looked up a bit about her, and I thought it was awesome. Ginsburg fought for gender equality and equal rights before it was a real thing, and about fifty years into her career, she won the internet. This book (from Amazon) …draws on intimate access to Ginsburg’s family members, close friends, colleagues, and clerks, as well an interview with the Justice herself. An original hybrid of reported narrative, annotated dissents, rare archival photos and documents, and illustrations, the book tells a never-before-told story of an unusual and transformative woman who transcends generational divides. As the country struggles with the unfinished business of gender equality and civil rights, Ginsburg stands as a testament to how far we can come with a little chutzpah.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Warheart by Terry Goodkind
I’m fairly sure everyone knows what Six of Crows is about. A heist with six criminals, and I’ve heard some amazing things about it. I haven’t read Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha trilogy, and I know that this takes place in the same universe. I don’t know if I’m going to actually read the trilogy, because there are books I want to read more. But I really like the sound of this one, and I think it’ll be awesome.
Then Warheart is the FINAL book of Sword of Truth series. Which I am freaking the freak out about. I’m two books and a prequel/origin story behind in the series, but having in my possession the final book of the epic series that is the Sword of Truth is just ugh, freaky. I can’t say what it’s about because there are fourteen books, and two prequels that come before it. But I’m excited.
I don’t know how to summarize these three, they’re the original Shannara trilogy. It’s high fantasy, and there’s magic, ancient Evils, powerful weapons, bloodlines, and what seems like general awesomeness. Starting January there’s an MTV show based off the second book, The Elfstones of Shannara. HERE is one of the trailers for it. It looks so epic. I probably won’t watch the show until I read the books. Maybe.
Infinite Loop by Pierrick Colinet and Elsa Charretier (link is to Amazon, b/c Goodreads doesn’t have the right edition.)
The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Infinite Loop is about (from the back cover) Teddy, a young woman who lives in a future where time travel in commonplace. Her job is maintaining the status quo by correcting time paradoxes. But when she meets Ana, a time paradox, and the girl of her dreams, she had to choose between fixing the time stream or the love of her life. And both have consequences. It sounds so cool. I love that it’s a lesbian science-fiction love story. Like, yes. And I love the art style, it’s a lot lighter and brighter -color wise- than most of my other comics and graphic novels.
Then The Man in High Castle takes place in 1962, and slavery is legal, surviving Jews live under fake names, and in San Francisco I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. Because twenty years ago, the US lost a war, and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan. This just sounds so interesting to me. I really love reading about World War 2, and I think reading about this alternative history will be epic. I learned about this book because it has been made into a show by Amazon, you can see a trailer HERE. It was released November 20, and I haven’t decided if I’m going to read the book first or not.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Night by Elie Wiesel
I didn’t buy these two. I stole them from my grandma’s house on Thanksgiving. Ready Player One is another that most people know. It’s set in the future, and it’s about a boy Wade Watts, who only feels alive when he’s in the virtual utopia called the OASIS. He dedicates his time to figuring out the puzzles within the world that are based off the creator’s obsession with the pop culture of the past. Unlocking the puzzles promises power and fortune. But when he figures out the first clue, he finds other players are after him, and willing to kill to win the ultimate prize. It sounds badass and a bit nerdy. I’ve been holding off on buying it, and I found it on my grandma’s shelf, and was like, yes!
Then Night is one of the first WW2 books I read. It’s autobiographical about Elie Wiesel who was a teenager in Sighet, Transylvania. He and his family were taken in 1944 from their home to the Auschwitz concentration camp, then to Buchenwald. I actually love this book quite a bit, even though parts of it are difficult to get through. Night (published 1955) is actually the first in a trilogy now, followed by Dawn (1961) and Day (1962). I’m really happy I have this. Even though it’s a copy from the local high school that my cousin never gave back when she read it for class…