Hello, my fellow book lovers! Today, I am going to show you the books I bought in November. I actually ordered these back in October, but as usual, they took a while to arrive.
I had expected to buy more books this month, but the sales on Black Friday were incredibly disappointing; I didn’t buy a single book that day!
More photos can be found on my bookstagram!
synopsis: Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.
But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches.
Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.
I ordered the Epic Crush of Genie Lo on Book Depository, but I received a completely different book – one I had never even heard of – instead! I was so angry, but thankfully, I did receive the correct book after all, though I’ve had numerous bad experiences with that seller. Unfortunately, it’s the cheapest option for me (especially since the changes on Amazon lately are a disaster) so I guess I have to keep buying from them, even though I don’t really want to.
Anyway, this novel sounds really fun and all my friends loved it. I’m hoping to read it in early 2018.
synopsis: Three misfits come together to avenge the rape of a fellow classmate and in the process trigger a change in the misogynist culture at their high school transforming the lives of everyone around them in this searing and timely story.
Who are the Nowhere Girls?
They’re every girl. But they start with just three:
Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.
Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.
Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.
When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.
After I bought this book, I learned that this book about rape culture is very flawed (as you can read in this article, for instance). Well, I own the book now, so I might as well read and review it one day. I was excited to read The Nowhere Girls, but very hesitant as well because 1) this is not an enjoyable topic to read about and 2) it can go wrong in so many ways. I just hope there will be some redeeming aspects.
synopsis: Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.
Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.
I hesitated whether I should buy The Language of Thorns, because I still haven’t read the Shadow and Bone trilogy yet. But I highly enjoyed the Six of Crows duology and these short stories have received such raving reviews, I was intrigued. I already had a peek at the inside and it looks beautiful!
synopsis: A trio of friends from New York City find themselves trapped inside a mechanical board game that they must dismantle in order to save themselves and generations of other children in this action-packed debut that’s a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair.
When twelve-year-old Farah and her two best friends get sucked into a mechanical board game called The Gauntlet of Blood and Sand—a puzzle game akin to a large Rubik’s cube—they know it’s up to them to defeat the game’s diabolical architect in order to save themselves and those who are trapped inside, including her baby brother Ahmed. But first they have to figure out how.
Under the tutelage of a lizard guide named Henrietta Peel and an aeronaut Vijay, the Farah and her friends battle camel spiders, red scorpions, grease monkeys, and sand cats as they prepare to face off with the maniacal Lord Amari, the man behind the machine. Can they defeat Amari at his own game…or will they, like the children who came before them, become cogs in the machine?
I’ve had my eyes on The Gauntlet ever since it was released. I’m interested in reading it for similar reasons as The Epic Crush of Genie Lo: this book sounds incredibly fun and my friends love it! Additionally, I really want to read more middle grade novels. I’m in a massive reading slump at the moment, so this could help me out.
synopsis: As the tomboy daughter of the town’s preacher, Billie McCaffrey has always struggled with fitting the mold of what everyone says she should be. She’d rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee.
But when Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she’s in love with Woods, Billie’s filled with a nagging sadness as she realizes that she is also in love with Woods…and maybe with Janie Lee, too.
Always considered “one of the guys,” Billie doesn’t want anyone slapping a label on her sexuality before she can understand it herself. So she keeps her conflicting feelings to herself, for fear of ruining the group dynamic. Except it’s not just about keeping the peace, it’s about understanding love on her terms—this thing that has always been defined as a boy and a girl falling in love and living happily ever after. For Billie—a box-defying dynamo—it’s not that simple.
Dress Codes for Small Towns hasn’t received a lot of hype, but it sounds like the kind of books I love! And my favourite BookTuber BooksandLala adores it, so that’s a plus!
So these are the five books I got in November, and of course they’re all hardcovers 😀 Which books did you acquire this month? Did you have better luck than me on Black Friday?
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