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Not new, but new to me
c.j.'s selections ten ten ten
|one||When the Moon Was Ours - Anne Marie McLemore |
I've been meaning to read her since Weight of Feathers came out, and instead began with her glorious, lush coming-of-age tale about a girl with a rose garden wrist and a trans boy who paints the moon. I will get to Weight of Feathers eventually!
And I Darken - Kiersten White
I'll be getting to all of White's beautifully-covered books later, because And I Darken was viciously beautiful, a rich, multifaceted, dense epic of an unlovely girl and a gay boy growing up as hostages in the Ottoman Empire. Oh, and the girl is the female version of Vlad Dracul.
|three||1Q84 - Haruki Murakami |
I finally read the great Murakami, and I started light (har har). His spin on Orwell was vast and nigh unconquerable, but I devoured it during my internship interviews and loved its intricate detail, stark weirdness, and Japanese everything.
The Memory Book - Lara Avery
Lara Avery isn't actually new, I just hadn't encountered her until she shredded my heart out with her quirky tragicomedy about an obsessive, awkward girl whose determined to meet her diagnosis of a progressive dementing disorder with a bucket list of essential life goals.
|five||Passenger - Alexandra Bracken |
I didn't love Passenger. It was okay. The portal-driven time travel adventure was great in concept, but I didn't connect with it as much as its 2016 time travel counterpart, The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig. However, I do plan to go back and read The Darkest Minds, because Alex is super sweet and I've heard good things.
|six||Outrun the Moon - Stacey Lee |
Lee totally enraptured me with her spirited historical drama of a young Chinese girl trying to make her way in a white girls school on the eve of the San Francisco earthquake. She's since bowled me over with The Secret of a Heart Note, and I'll be swinging back to catch Under a Painted Sky in the coming months while I wait for her next offering.
|seven||Geek Girl - Holly Smale |
I finally read this and it's freaking adorable and hysterical, like a British version of The Princess Diaries (which was one of my favorite series as a teen). Gawky girl becomes newest model sensation on accident. Hilarity totally ensues.
|eight||The Lie Tree - Frances Hardinge |
Despite having A Face Like Glass on my shelf for ages, I read this first. And I'll be backtracking for sure, because The Lie Tree, a historical fantasy murder mystery about a tree that feeds off of lies, was phenomenally clever and beautifully written.