Recent Book Haul
The book community on Instagram is a wonderful place.
My friend Jamele of @bookswithjams posted in her stories that she was reorganizing, donating, and selling a lot of her books. I was curious about how used book stores were taking in books with coronavirus and all, so I messaged her to see how it was going.
Right away, Jamele offered to send me any of her books that I wanted. Which didn't even cross my mind.
Did I need more books? No. Did I happily take some off her hands? OF COURSE. I had had a rough week that involved an unexpected trip to the hospital for surgery (it went well and I'm doing just fine) so to receive a box of books in the mail from a friend...it totally brightened my day.
Here are the books I picked, the genre and release year, and why I picked 'em. Here's a pretty bookstack photo, too.
Thank you again, Jamele!
Books I haven't read yet
The God Game by Danny Tobey
young adult, sci-fi, thriller; 2020
Look at this blurb: "You are invited! Come inside and play with G.O.D. Bring your friends! It’s fun! But remember the rules. Win and ALL YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE.™ Lose, you die!"
This book screams Goosebumps but with a techie horror twist, and I am here for it.
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong
nonfiction, humor, memoir; 2019
I'm super late to the Ali Wong game, but I finally watched her two Netflix specials and fell in love with her. Obviously I have to read her collection of letters to her daughters.
Dear Mrs. Bird by A.J. Pearce
historical fiction; 2018
I borrowed this last year from my library but shelved it when I wasn't in the mood for historical fiction. Ready to try again!
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
contemporary fiction, literary fiction; 2013
All I know about The Goldfinch is that it's set in New York, a movie adaptation came out recently, and it's a beast at nearly 800 pages. Challenge accepted.
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
historical fiction' 2011
One of my favorite authors, Blake Crouch, named this one of his favorite books. Sold!
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
nonfiction, self-help, leadership; 2009
This is one of those business books that everyone recommends to each other, but I don't know anyone who has actually read it.
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
contemporary fiction, LGBT; 2019
That cover. And it's described as a shattering portrait of family, "a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read." Sounds like a tearjerker that's worth the tears.
Books I loved
nonfiction, memoir, 2018
This memoir is still one of my favorite reads in 2020 so far.
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
romance, contemporary fiction; 2019
If you're looking for a sweet romance that's also a tearjerker, this is the one for you!
nonfiction, memoir; 2019
If I could be any of the Fab Five from Queer Eye, it would be Tan France. He's my role model.
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