New Releases of September 16th

No one knows why Tuesday is new release day, but are we really going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Every week I’ll post books that I’m excited for.

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

I haven’t read a lot by Woodson, but what I have read, I’ve adored. I have a feeling this is going to be no different. She’s a master at her craft and a must read author. I’ve been waiting for the right moment to sink into this story because I have a feeling once I start, I’m not going to want to be disturbed.

Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes

More queer SFF for 2019 and I couldn’t be happier. Add in the words quirky space opera, and this debut novel is hitting all my “what to read after A Long Way to a Small Angry Planet” vibe. It’s more of an adventure story than Chamber’s story, but still a lot of fun that I think we’re all going to enjoy. With Gideon and January coming out last week, this might get pushed in the background so keep your eye out for it.

That’s it for me. It was a quiet week, but next week looks to be robust. Let me know what new releases you picked up in the comments.

Acquired ARCs for the Week of September 2nd

I’ve been battling a cold, but luckily that gives me even more time to read and pick up ARCs. In this week’s news Kensington must have just gotten tired of pushing that approval button on Netgalley so much because they granted me the coveted “Auto approval” which means any books they have up on the site, I just get to download it without asking permission. Very exciting. Speaking of Netgalley, we’ll start with them.


The Merry Viscount by Sally MacKenzie

Last year I got a good chunk of my non romance reading bookseller coworkers to read What Ales the Earl by MacKenzie and it was a hit so when I saw the next in the series was available…the clicking was so fast. I read it in one sitting, it’s on the shorter side, but wow. So spicy. It’s a little of an insta-love trope, but it works. I had a good time.


Pub date: September 24, 2019


Blitzed by Alexa Martin

This is the third in Martin’s Playbook series. While I generally don’t read any sports romances, this series has charmed the hell out of me. Brynn, our main character, has been in the last two books as a side character and I’m really glad to see more of her in this one. Martin writes from a bit of experience in the field (hahahaha. nope I’m not sorry) as she is the wife of a former NFL player. This one is bound to be a good time.

Pub date: December 3, 2019


A Jewel Bright Sea by Claire O’Dell

I’ve been reading O’Dell’s Janet Watson series which is a twist on the Holmes canon by making both Sherlock and Watson black queer women and have really enjoyed it so seeing that she had something new on the horizon sparked my interest. This seems to be a heist fantasy which is definitely in my Venn diagram of read it now.  Good news, it’s already out so you can pick it up as well!

Pub date: September 3, 2019



The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

Right after I finished last week’s post, this beauty came up on my Edelweiss. It’s the second book in the Gilded Wolves series which is a YA heist fantasy (remember what I said about heist fantasies) and the first was one of my favorite books of last year. I’m excited to see what the gang is up to. This read very crossover to me, great for YA readers and great for adult SFF readers who have read everything.

Pub date: February 4, 2020


The Prince of Broadway by Joanna Shupe

This is the second in Shupe’s Uptown Girls series and it takes place in Gilded Age NYC. I usually stay on the other side of the pond in this era, but I’ve read Shupe and a couple others and I must say, I might have been missing out. Also he’s the owner of a casino which in Regency would be a hell and hello, I’m listening. Bad boy meets rich girl trope has become a weakness as well, I firmly blame Sarah MacLean. She’s probably cackling right now

Pub date: December 30, 2019


That’s it for this week. What did you pick up this week? Share your literary loot in the comments.





Acquired ARCs Week of August 26th

This week’s Acquired ARCs only came from Edelweiss. Let’s see what they are.


A Pale Light in the Dark by K.B. Wagers

I liked Wager’s Indranan War series (even though I haven’t finished it, I really plan to) so I definitely wanted to see what this new series was all about. Consider me interested. It seems to have found family vibes, which I’m always here for. Bad ass leading lady also check. Possibly a big competition? That’s another one in its favor.

Pub date: March 3, 2020



Grown Up Pose by Sonya Lalli

I have mixed feeling’s about Lalli’s previous book The Matchmaker’s List, but I’m willing to give her another shot here. I don’t really have a lot to say here to be honest. It’s a story about a woman starting over after separating from her husband who she married at a young age, and her community’s impact on her life so there’s a lot Lalli can explore here. I hope the execution is as good as the premise.

Pub date: March 24, 2020


The Sinister Mystery of the Mesmerizing Girl by Theodora Goss

I had a great time with the first in this series and am working on the second now (it’s a chunkster). The idea that daughters of literature’s mad scientists would band together and have adventures? Oh man. I was there day one. I especially love that it’s told with each girl breaking into the narrative to give her side of the story or impart a snarky retort.

Pub date: October 19, 2019


The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, and Jonathan Snipes

Ever since I read An Unkindness of Ghosts, I’ve been aching for another story from Rivers. When I found out they had a novella inspired by The Deep by Clipping, well, let’s just say, it couldn’t get into my hands fast enough. I read this too fast and will probably read it again soon. There are so many details that you don’t expect to find in such a short story. Haunting, mesmerizing, and impactful are all words I would use to describe this story. It is nothing short of a work of art.

 Pub date: November 5, 2019

The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

Don’t lie. You squeed when you saw this. If you’re like me, you watched Shrill (hopefully you read the book as well) and were in love. Lindy’s take on feminism, pop culture, and body image is nothing short of masterful. I have been awaiting this essay collection with bated breath and am trying to hurry to write this post so I can sit in my comfy chair with a bottle of Magic Hat #9 and just devour every word of this collection.

Pub date: November 5, 2019


Will you pick up any of these? Did you acquire any books this week? Tell me in the comments.



BoB 26 Round Up Day 2

Here we go again! This was a good day for reading. Only had one morning errand and the rest of the day was spent waiting for an Ikea order, which was of course late.    I’m actually surprised at what got accomplished considering I was also refereeing a hide and go seek tournament of my spawn. What was your favorite thing you read today?

How To Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford

I’ve been enjoying this series following a group of men who are all touched by a death in their family and how a certain Lord brought them together to heal them…all with the power of love. This book in the series uses a combination of the neighbors to lovers trope and an enemies to lovers trope as Roger blames Fenella for his first wife’s death. It’s executed pretty well and I like seeing our matchmaking Macklin show up with the lovable urchin Tom to shake things up. Looking forward to the next in the series.

Pub date: August 27, 2019


Husband Material by Emily Belden

I read Hot Mess by Belden when it came out and really enjoyed the way she told a story.  This is less a romance and more a contemporary fiction, much like Hot Mess. The point isn’t the happily ever after, it’s about a woman coming to terms with who she is and who her deceased husband was as people. Also like our main character, Charlotte, I too am a Frenchie mom  so that added a lot of enjoyment. I found it to be an enjoyable read and recommend it.

Pub date: December 30, 2019


The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

I’m so mad I’ve slept on this one. Clark’s writing is so atmospheric that I was immediately drawn in. The dialogue and the descriptions were all carefully constructed to bring you into the story and it shows. I totally understand why it was nominated for Best Novella in the Hugos. As much as I love the novellas, I also am sad they’re novellas. I always want more. This is my first book by Clark, but it won’t be my last. I hope we’ll see more of Creeper and Ann-Marie in future books.

Published August 2018


Let’s see what tomorrow brings. What books did you finish?



Making March Count

I did one of those things where I stopped paying attention to my diversity count and the inevitable happened. My ratio dropped to 15%. In my defense I was binging a couple series so it was bound to happen, but it proved to me that it’s true how the publishing world doesn’t reflect the percentage of authors of color that are out there. To get my numbers up and to challenge myself I have decided to dedicate March to reading AoC. The only exception will be a couple series books that come out that I can’t bear to wait on. Here’s a list of books I already own or have easy access to (Thanks Oyster and Scribd), plus a stack I picked up at the library.

Come Together Fall Apart by Cristina Henriquez, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo, Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen, and Frog by Mo Yan
Come Together Fall Apart by Cristina Henriquez, A Concise Chinese-English Dictionary for Lovers by Xiaolu Guo, Mona in the Promised Land by Gish Jen, and Frog by Mo Yan

Possible March AoC books (in no real order)

  1. The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan(scribd) – I’m actually working on this one right now, but I doubt I’ll finish by Mar 1st so I’m counting it.
  2. The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai (oyster) – Same same
  3. Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary by Anita Anand (kindle)
  4. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (kindle)
  5. Half Resurrection Blues by Daniel José Holder (kobo)
  6. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi (kobo)
  7. The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri  (kobo)
  8. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven by Sherman Alexie (oyster)
  9. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Achidie (oyster)
  10. Becoming Madame Mao by Anchee Min (oyster)
  11. Wild Ginger by Anchee Min (oyster)
  12. In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner (oyster)
  13. The Mountain of Light by Indu Sundaresan (oyster)
  14. Three Sisters by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi(oyster)
  15. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord (oyster)
  16. Thirst by Mahmoud Dowlatabadi (oyster)
  17. The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar (oyster)
  18. Skeleton Women by Mingmei Yip (oyster)
  19. Secret of a Thousand Beauties by Mingmei Yip (oyster)
  20. Rules for Virgins by Amy Tan (kindle)
  21. Brick Lane by Monica Ali (scribd)
  22. Belong to Me by Marisa de los Santos (scribd)
  23. Kickboxing Geishas: How Modern Japanese Women Are Changing Their Nation by Veronica Chambers (scribd)
  24. The Sleeping Dictionary by Sujata Massey (scribd)
  25. Pearl of China by Anchee Min (print)
  26. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama (print)
  27. Moth Smoke by Mohsin Hamid (print)
  28. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (print)
  29. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (print)
  30. The Calligrapher’s Daughter by Eugenia Kim (print)
  31. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (print)
  32. Sula by Toni Morrison (print)
  33. Paradise by Toni Morrison (print)
  34. The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushie (print)
  35. The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie (print)
  36. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (print)
  37. China Dolls by Lisa See (print)
  38. Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi (print)
  39. The Forty Rules of Love by Elif Shafak (print)
  40. On Beauty by Zadie Smith (print)
  41. The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan (print)
  42. An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine (print)
  43. No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe (print)
  44. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez (print)
  45. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (print)
  46. We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo (print)

I can’t even begin to tell you where I’m going to begin, besides the library books and the two I’ve already started. I’ve been averaging about 30 books a month so I think I can make a good dent. There are so many that have been sitting on my shelves for so long. I also forgot to add I’m reading Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler for a Scifi/Fantasy by AoC book club I just got invited to today. I definitely am going to read at least one Toni Morrison, Gabriel García Márquez, Salman Rushdie, and Zadie Smith. Which ones I’m not sure yet. I’m up for suggestions.

Any others off of the list I should get to sooner than later?