So I actually think I did pretty well for December in terms of book buying. In comparison, to other months… with physical books any how. Mostly… Anyways, sorry I’m late posting this.
*everything is linked to Goodreads*
This Raging Light by Estelle Laure (ARC copy)
Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood
The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff
The Sworn by Gail Z. Martin
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill
Burning Glass by Kathryn Purdie (uncorrected proof copy!)
I actually won an ARC copy of This Raging Light on Goodreads, which is so awesome, and it’s my first ever ARC/early copy of anything. I only got it a few days before it was released but I still freaked out a bit. Lucille’s dad went crazy, her mom left, and she has a little sister to look after. So now is not the time to fall in love… But that’s what happens.
Not If I See You First is about Parker Grant, who lives by three rules; Don’t treat her differently because she’s blind, never take advantage of her, and there will be no second chances. A few months after her father dies, Scott the ex who broke her heart, comes back into her life. Her reaction; shun him so hard it hurts. She’s working on joining the track team, and not crying about her father. But when she finds out more about what happened, both with her father and with Scott, she questions if things are what as they seem.
Inherit the Stars is one of the two books I had planed to get this month. There are three ruling families in three interplanetary systems. Asa is the youngest daughter of the House of Fane, which has been suffering from food and energy shortages for too long. In trying to save her save her family, she poses as her older sister in an arranged marriage to Eagle, the heir to the prosperous House of Westlet. Then her mother, a traitor who defected to the House of Galtron returns to add to the fire. While Asa is trying to save her sister, she and Eagle form a genuine bond. But will secrets, and the needs of their people, keep them divided?
The Danish Girl is loosely inspired by true story, and is now a movie starring Eddie Redmayne (Trailer, if you’re interested), about a Danish painter Einar Wegener and his wife Greta. One day Greta asks him to sit for her so she can finish a portrait, wearing woman’s stockings and shoes, and that one small favor sets off something neither could have anticipated. It’s the story of their marriage and their love, while also being the story of Lili Elbe, a transgender pioneer in 1925.
Then I got the Sworn, which is the first in the Fallen Kings Saga. I had gotten the second one from bookoutlet on Black Friday, so I wanted to get this one too. It’s actually a companion/sequel series to The Chronicles of the Necromancer, so I won’t say what it’s about. But if you’re into high fantasy, magic, politics, and an awesome world, I highly recommend The Chronicles of the Necromancer.
I finally got Daughter of Smoke and Bone! The concept of it sounds awesome, and I’ve heard great things. I got Dreams of Gods and Monsters as well, which is the third book of the trilogy. I tried getting Days of Blood and Starlight but bookoutlet sold out while I went through checkout, twice. So I’m holding out for a while, but I am planning on reading them this year.
The last book I bought was The Movement of Stars. What’s cool is that it’s inspired by the work of Maria Mitchell, who was the first professional woman astronomer. It’s set in 1845, in a Nantucket Quaker community. Hannah Gardner Price has lived her 24 years following Quaker principles, where a woman’s path is expected to lead to marriage and motherhood. But at night she sits on a roof to pursue a very different and elusive goal, to discover a comet and win a gold medal award by the King of Denmark, something unheard of for a woman. When she meets Isaac Martin, a dark skinned whaler who, like her, had ambitions beyond his expected station. She takes him on as an apprentice, drawn to his intellectual curiosity. Then their shared interest in the stars changes, and Hannah’s standing in the community begins to unravel, and shakes her fundamental beliefs about love and work, and ultimately change the course of her life.
Burning Glass I won from Epic Reads as part of their Early Readers Group! It’s an uncorrected proof copy, but I’m really excited to read it, and not gunna lie, I nearly cried. I’m a loser, yes, but it was freaking exciting! Anyways, it’s about Sonya, who has the ability to feel what others around her feel, both mentally and physically. After hiding it for 17 years, an accident reveals her gift, and she is sent to guard the new ‘charming-yet-volatile’ ruler by scanning for feelings of malice and bloodlust. But Sonya is often carried away by the intense feelings of others. With a growing rebellion she must decide to side with either the emperor or his mysterious brother, the crown prince. And she realized her gift may save the empire, or be its greatest threat.
I got most of these at an awesome discount. I don’t think I spent more than five bucks on any of these, and a handful were even free.
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
Damaged and the Beast by Bijou Hunter
Pack of Dorks by Beth Vrabel
The Girl in a Box books 1-3 (Alone, Untouched, and Soulless) by Robert J. Crane
The Pirate’s Booty by Alex Westmore
Deflowered: My Life in Pansy Division by Jon Ginoli
Insanity: the Complete Books 1-3 (Insanity, Figment, Circus) by Cameron Jace
No Reprieve by Gail Z. Martin
Boystown: Three Nick Nowak Mysteries by Marshall Thornton
Descendants Series: Box Set (Bound by Prophecy, Shifting Fate, Reign of Shadows) by Melissa Wright
Love May Fail by Matthew Quick
A Small Country About to Vanish by Victoria Avilan
Don’t Try To Find Me by Holly Brown
Roosevelt by Brett Harper
Elizabeth I by Abigail Archer
18 Things by Jamie Ayres