Late last year I decided that 2018 would be the year that I got my incredibly awful book buying habit under control. I already have a house overflowing with them and nearly 400 unread books that deserve my attention. So, I set a limit of $100 for books every month… and that didn’t go so well this month. I went about $40 over my limit but I blame AND I DARKEN, NOW I RISE, ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (I bought 4 new copies, someone help), and 3 new middle grade releases that were on my most anticipated 2018 releases. To balance it out, I’m going to try and keep my buying around $60, which shouldn’t be too hard. I only have 2 books on my most anticipated list releasing this month.
Here’s what I bought and received in January!
- A DASH OF TROUBLE (LOVE SUGAR MAGIC #1)- Anna Meriano. This one is about a young girl who discovers her family is made of brujas and there bakery is anything but ordinary. Tired of being seen as the baby, Leo decides to take matters (and magic) into her own hands… with some disastrous consequences. I LOVED this book.
- REIGN OF THE FALLEN by Sarah Glenn Marsh. Besides the cover, I was totally sold on this book by the premise of necromancy. I mean, give it to me. REIGN follows a young necromancer as she races to figure out who is, essentially, creating a zombie army. I’ve also heard our MC is bi.
- WINTERHOUSE by Ben Guterson. Exiled from her aunt and uncle’s house during Christmas break, Elizabeth finds herself at Winterhouse, a vacation mansion where secrets lurk around every corner.
- THE PROBLIM CHILDREN by Natalie Lloyd. After their house is destroyed, a family moves into their Grandfather’s abandoned mansion. While the Problim children think it’s a grand opportunity to make friends, rumors are already flying about the family, their return… and a secret treasure.
- MODERN VEGAN BAKING by Gretchen Price. I’m a vegan and I liked baked goods. So…
- THE NAMES THEY GAVE US by Emery Lord. When Lucy’s mom finds out her cancer is back, Lucy’s life is turned upside down. After being sent to a camp for kids who have gone through a rough time, Lucy makes friends with her coworkers. This looks like a really great story about learning to cope with hard times and family bonds.
- THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black. Honestly, I haven’t had much luck with Holly Black books, but I want to give this one a try. I don’t know much about this book besides the fact that it’s supposed to have faeries and strong sibling bonds, so cheers to that.
- EMILY OF NEW MOON by L.M. Montgomery. Lucy Maud, I’m going to read all of your books. This is another orphan story and that’s all I know!
- A PLAIN LEAVING by Leslie Gould. Years after leaving the Amish community, Jessica is called back to attend her father’s funeral. Dealing with her father’s death and being shunned by her family and community, she’s determined to just grin and bear it until she can leave once again. But all that changes when she realizes her boyfriend from years ago may still have feelings for her.
- THE DISAPPEARANCES by Emily Bain Murphy. Um, I think this is a mystery within a mystery?
- MORE THAN FRIENDSHIP by Amy Lillard. Two friends discover they have more than friendly feelings for each other. This was a quick, mildly fun read.
- A SON’S VOW by Shelley Shepard Gray. After a fire kills both of their fathers, two friends struggle to reconcile their feelings for each other.
- HER BROTHER’S KEEPER by Beth Wiseman. I don’t know a lot about this one. I think it’s about a woman who infiltrates an Amish community, trying to get revenge for her brother’s death but she ends up falling in love with someone? Listen, my brain demanded Amish books and I obeyed.
- AMISH PROMISES by Leslie Gould. Amish girl falls in love with a soldier who has PTSD.
- THE FIVE STAGES OF ANDREW BRAWLEY by Shaun David Hutchinson. The only thing I know about this book is that a boy lives in the hospital after his family is killed in an accident. And it was $.50 at the thrift store.
- THE LOST LEGACY (THE SUPERNORMAL SLEUTHING SERVICE) by Gwenda Bond. This author is going to be at SeYa Fest so I decided to pick up a copy of this at the used book store when I saw it!
- THE IRON TRIAL by Holly Black and She Who Must Not Be Named. I almost passed this one up because of She Who Must Not Be Named but my godkids wanted it and… I’m a sucker for them. I think this is about some kind of trial (duh) that everyone wants to pass except for our MC… who ends up doing well on it. Adventures ensue?
- DOLL BONES by Holly Black. Poppy, Zach, and Alice are three friends who play an epic, unending game of pretend… until Zach suddenly tells them he doesn’t want to play. Believing her doll is haunted, Poppy coaxes the other two on an adventure. Is the doll really haunted or is Poppy playing one last game?
- FAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe. I’ve avoided this one for a long time because I generally don’t like books that involve drug use, but I couldn’t really pass up a nice copy for $1.
- SONG OF THE CURRENT by Sarah Tolcser. This was a total cover buy and I’m not even ashamed of it. I know this has to do with river gods and blessings, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it regardless.
- THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by Leslye Walton. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.
- AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White. LAAAAADDDDDAAAA. I didn’t truly expect to love this Vlad the Impaler (but as a girl) retelling but, whew boy, I’m in love with Lada and would marry her in a heartbeat. If she were into marriage, that is.
- A CROWN OF WISHES by Roshani Chokshi. So, I haven’t even read THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN, but this was on sell for like $7 on Amazon for a hardback and I couldn’t pass it up.
- UNDER ROSE-TAINTED SKIES by Louise Gornoll. I think this one deals with anxiety and agoraphobia, so I picked up sometimes after Christmas.
- NOW I RISE by Kiersten White. LAAAAADDDDAAAA is back. And I can’t wait to see her destroy more men.
- WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore. I finally, finally got a hardback copy of one of my favorite reads of 2017. If you haven’t read this incredibly story about sisters, secrets, and flowers… what are you waiting for?
1. MY SO-CALLED BOLLYWOOD LIFE by Nisha Sharma. Winnie Mehta was never really convinced that Raj was her soulmate, but their love was written in the stars. Literally, a pandit predicted Winnie would find the love of her life before her 18th birthday, and Raj meets all of the qualifications. Which is why Winnie is shocked to return from her summer at film camp to find her boyfriend of three years hooking up with Jenny Dickens. Worse, Raj is crowned chair of the student film festival, a spot Winnie was counting on for her film school applications. As a self-proclaimed Bollywood expert, Winnie knows this is not how her perfect ending is scripted.
Then there’s Dev, a fellow film geek, and one of the few people Winnie can count on to help her reclaim control of her story. Dev is smart charming, and challenges Winnie to look beyond her horoscope to find someone she’d pick for herself. But does falling for Dev mean giving up on her prophecy, and her chance to live happily ever after? To get her Bollywood-like life on track, Winnie will need a little bit of help from fate, family, and of course, a Bollywood movie star.
These are the new Anne books I added to my collection this month!
And that’s my January haul!