When I first started thinking about my haul for the month, I initially thought I’d only have a few things to post about. However, after digging around my Goodreads (and realizing just how long this month has been…), I actually made out better than I first thought! This list does NOT include my haul from Book Outlet’s Black Friday sale – let’s just say I’m going to need a whole post to deal with that once my order arrives.
Earlier this month, I participated in Love Your Bookstore Week by actually going to my local Barnes & Noble, something I haven’t done in MONTHS. It was so nice to be inside a physical bookstore again, though the desire to buy everything in sight was all-consuming. I managed to limit myself to the following two things:
RECORD OF A SPACEBORN FEW by Becky Chambers
If you’ve been hanging around my blog for a while, you know how much I adore the loosely tied together anthology series that kicked off with THE LONG WAY TO A SMALL, ANGRY PLANET. It is killing me that I still haven’t read this one, but I am one step closer now that I’ve bought it!
SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo
I am so late to the Leigh Bardugo game, but I am slowly catching up! I’ve finished the original Grisha-verse trilogy, and now want to dive in to this raved about duology. I’ve been promised a magical heist, and heists are one of my very favorite things ever, so I’m looking forward to this!
I also managed to swap books through Twitter and got my hands on an ARC of GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE by Natasha Ngan, which released this month. I really enjoyed the read!
SKYWARD by Brandon Sanderson
I almost forgot about this amazing beauty! SKYWARD is definitely going somewhere on my top reads of 2018 list – check out my review if you haven’t already!
ROSEWATER by Tade Thompson
I was very fortunate to receive this as a gift from C. L. McCollum via a Twitter giveaway to promote #ownvoices. It’s been high on my reading list and I plan to read it in December!
REFLECTION (Twisted Tales) by Elizabeth Lim
I haven’t been that intrigued by this Disney-produced anthology series, which imagines the paths stories could have taken if one crucial detail of the plot were changed. However, I AM a sucker for all things Mulan, and this tale supposes that if Captain Shang had been mortally wounded during the giant battle with the avalanche, Mulan would have journeyed to the Underworld to bring his spirit back. My favorite kick-ass Disney heroine taking on death itself? Sign me up! (Oh, and it was $1.99 on an Amazon Daily Deal. That helps too.)
THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN by J.Y. Yang
This e-book was this month’s giveaway for the Tor Book Club program. (Incidentally, if you haven’t signed up, do yourself a favor and do so now! It’s free and you get a free book roughly once a month!) This novella was a Nebula nominee.
DREAD NATION by Justina Ireland
I did a remarkable job holding onto my wallet during Cyber Monday, but the deal for DREAD NATION, an alt-history where the dead start to rise after the Battle of Gettsyburg and young African Americans are recruited to fight, was too good to pass up. The initial premise didn’t grab me, but after seeing this pop up on several Best of 2018 lists, I have to give it a shot!
WINTER OF THE WITCH by Katherine Arden
This currently is one of my most anticipated releases for 2019, and I am so happy I was approved on NetGalley! WINTER OF THE WITCH will conclude the Winternight trilogy, a fantasy inspired by Russian folklore about a young woman who becomes increasingly intertwined in the affairs of mortal rulers and the spirits of the woods. I still want to get my hands on a physical copy because that cover art is GORGEOUS!
THE BIRD KING by G. Willow Wilson
I’ve long loved Ms. Wilson’s work on Marvel’s MS. MARVEL comic series, so I’m very much looking forward to this fantasy. Set in the Muslim Spain during the Spanish inquisition, it follows a palace concubine and a sorcerer working together to flee to safety.
DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE by Joan He
This Asian-inspired fantasy has been pretty buzzy lately, so I’m eager to check it out for myself! Court dramas give me life!
How about the rest of you? Any book you’re particularly excited about acquiring?