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A lot of these books are NetGalley requests, largely because I want to get through my excessively long list of ARCs before I start adding other books to my TBR. And yes, I realize that this partially results in the unfortunate situation where I am stuck reading only requested novels and not always the ones I want to be reading, but I’ve got to get this done at some point. And honestly, I really need to get my to-read books in this category down to a more manageable number.
10. Childfree by Choice by Dr. Amy Blackstone
I’m actually not someone who has ever really seriously said that I will never have children, rather I am the sort of person who typically says, I know I’m not ready for a child right now. But the truth about this book is that I am interested in understanding a person’s choice to never have children. And I would never, in a million years, be the type of person to tell someone else that they’ll regret their decision to never have kids. I recognize, at least in some way, that this is something some people genuinely want in their lives. And while that’s not entirely for me, that’s perfectly good for them. I requested this book a while ago with the intention of understanding more about the choice and actually considering it myself, if only due to my own uncertainty. It probably won’t happen since I’m in the category of thinking it would be sad never to have children, but it’s still interesting to read about the reasons of others.
9. Loosing Adam by Adrienne Clarke
This is a fascinating sounding novel that details a young boy’s decent into mental illness as he begins hearing the Snow Queen during his senior year and the ways in which he and his girlfriend deal with the struggle. I’ve been really looking forward to reading this one for a long while now, I just haven’t had the time lately. But I think making a plan to pick it up at some point during the summer might help me finally pick it up and give it a read. I do hope that the mental illness subject is handled well, of course, as that is the most important piece to any novel like this one.
8. I Spy the Boy Next Door by Samantha Armstrong
Honestly, this book sounds like a lot of adorableness mixed up with a lot of awkward mixed with some sort of darkness. And I am looking forward to it. Featuring a home schooled teenage girl who spies on her neighbor, this story follows her experience finally going to public school, meeting this boy, and realizing he wants nothing to do with her. And then there’s something to do with secrets involving her neighbor, Troy, which brings in that bit of darkness I mentioned earlier. And I’m wondering if this book will end up being a darker sort of novel or one that has a cuter sort of ending.
7. Wilder Girls by Rory Power
This book does, somewhat, sound like your typical quarantine, poisonous toxin type story. To an extent, anyway. The characters all have different names, I don’t think I’ve ever seen either of them before. What the girls refer to as the Tox began by killing off the teachers with a mysterious illness and when it infected the students, their bodies began to change. Now, as they wait anxiously for the “cure” to arrive, one of the girls goes missing and suddenly our main character is braving the outside of the quarantine, finding herself in all sorts of horrors that she couldn’t imagine. I’m curious enough about this story to want to read it, though I’ll admit it’s not high on my priority list.
6. The Evil Queen by Gena Showalter
I love the idea behind this retelling. Instead of fairytales being stories about the past, they are actually prophesies of the future! An amazing idea by Gena Showalter and I simply cannot wait to get my hands on it. This is basically the origin story of the Evil Queen from Snow White as she grapples with the realization that the prophesy of this monstrous, mirror obsessed woman, is about her very own future. I am so here for this fantastic new retelling idea. It just sounds so fantastically exciting!
5. 100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons
This is actually a book that I requested on NetGalley recently and got approved for. And I am both excited and terrified to read it. There is nothing that haunts my nightmares more than the possible future I could have going blind. My eyes are already pretty bad. When I take my glasses off, my world is 100% a massive blur. And since I’m such a big reader and writer, I cannot fathom a life where I wouldn’t be able to see what I’m writing or reading. The idea that I would have to rely on audiobooks and other forms of reading because I could no longer see is the single most terrifying thought in the world for me. And this book features a girl who has lost her sight, who doesn’t know if she’ll ever get it back. I can’t wait to read this book, which I think has some sort of irony to it. But there you go.
4. Birthday by Meredith Russo
This is is basically just a story about two kids who were born on the same day, and it follows their lives each year as they grow up together. It follows Eric as he grows into himself and finds his place in the world and Morgan as she learns and realizes that the body she was born in doesn’t match how she feels inside. And finally, the book follows these two characters as they move through life, from the fights to the good times, with the connection they will always share together.
3. The Quiet You Carry by Barthelmess
This is such an incredibly dark novel and while I do feel somewhat anxious about reading it, I am interested in picking it up. Whether or not it actually manages to be a book I pick up this summer is questionable, since this is one of the few that I don’t actually have yet and I’m fairly poor. Even so I do look forward to getting a chance to read this book. But I know I’m going to have to be in a very specific mood to be able to pick this one up since it involves sexual assault.
2. Freak ‘N’ Gorgeous by Sebastian J. Plata
Ah, I’m really looking forward to picking up Freak ‘N’ Gorgeous as soon as I possibly can. This is a novel where some crazy magic happens and one day the nice, shy guy who looks kind of meh wakes up totally beautiful and the popular cheerleader wakes up ugly. Basically, they swap looks. And chaos ensues as a result. The cheerleader is certain that the boy made her ugly on purpose and determined to get her looks back whilst destroying him in the process. Meanwhile, the shy guy may be falling in love with this shallow girl. Basically, I cannot wait to see how this story turns out.
1. Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
If I don’t read this book by the time summer is over, I’m going to be very mad at myself. See, the truth is that I just didn’t like Renegades as much as I wanted to and while I do consider Marissa Meyer to be my favorite author, it’s rather difficult for me to pick up this book for some reason. And I think a large part of that has to do with the fact that I just don’t want to be disappointed with this one, too? Every other book I’ve read by Meyer has been utterly amazing, from The Lunar Chronicles to Heartless and I never expected to feel let down by one of her books like I was by the first in this series. And so, despite the fact that I pre-ordered this and have had it sitting on my shelf since it’s release date, I just haven’t had the motivation to pick it up.
And that’s all for this week! Check back in next Tuesday for a list of my favorite childhood novels!