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Recent Book Haul

row of books in front of bookshelves

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 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

Educated by Tara Westover

  • 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!

Naturally Tan by Tan France

  • 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.

Follow me on Goodreads to see what I think of these new books!

Oh, and let's be friends on bookstagram.

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