I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday. It’s been raining all afternoon where I live, but you know what? I’m not complaining. Who wants to go outside when they’ve got new books to read? Not me!
I treated myself to 4 new books this week and they arrived just yesterday.
First of all, can we appreciate how pretty these covers are? I feel like YA fiction has been stepping up its cover game for the last year, two years. Just think of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, The Sun is Also a Star etc. All stunning covers. You can’t really see it in this picture, but We Are Okay is up there with some of the best covers I’ve seen.
So what did I get?
1. Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt
I’ve started reading this one first because I was in the mood for a fun, light read and Unconventional seemed like the book to best fit that criteria. I’m now 200 pages in and I can definitely say that it does. It’s a fun read for all geeks, nerds, or anyone who’s ever been a big fan of anything in their life. Which is everyone. That’s why I loved the little excerpt at the start of the book: “Everyone’s a fan of someone…” followed by a cute passage from further along in the book.
Here’s the Goodreads summary to give you an idea what I’m talking about.
Lexi Angelo has grown up helping her dad with his events business. She likes to stay behind the scenes, planning and organizing…until author Aidan Green – messy haired and annoyingly arrogant – arrives unannounced at the first event of the year. Then Lexi’s life is thrown into disarray.
In a flurry of late-night conversations, mixed messages and butterflies, Lexi discovers that some things can’t be planned. Things like falling in love…
I’ll admit that the romance (so far) is a bit cliché (arrogant love interest who turns out to be not all that bad) but I really don’t care. Like I said, I was looking for a book that’s just nice and cute and lovely, you know? So I’m rolling with it.
2. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
This one is second on my list to read because I’ve heard plenty of good things about it. It’s a lot darker, though, since it deals with difficult subjects (death, grief, mental illness, etc.).
When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.
To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.
If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.
It sounds like something Saénz could’ve written and since I was a big fan of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, I think I’ll like this one, too. I have a feeling this one will go straight to the feels though.
3. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
I’m not going to lie: I chose this one over other books because of the cover. I can’t help it. I love stunning covers, so I needed this one in my life.
You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…
Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.
Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.
4. A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Bernard
This is another book that I think will be a cute, not-too-heavy romance. I also wanted to read this one because the MC, Steffi, is a selective mute and her love interest, Rhys (I love that name!) is deaf. I imagine they’ll have an interesting dynamic, and I’m all for representing more diverse MC’s and/or MC’s with a disability.
Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life – she’s been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He’s deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she’s assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn’t matter that Steffi doesn’t talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she’s falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
So, there you go. This is my TBR for March. I’m hoping to read all four of them this month, but Unconventional is 400+ pages long and I have a work trip coming up so I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish them all.