Can you believe that I’ve forgotten what part of August I’m up to so far? I had to go back and look at the previous post to remember. And I’ll be completely frank here, I’ve been pretty exhausted thanks to work lately so I have a feeling that’s affecting my writing.

our stories, our voicesI feel kind of bad for not being more excited to read Our Stories, Our Voices. And it’s not really anything in particular that has me feeling like I don’t want to read it, but rather that I’ve been reading a lot of books about how it feels to grow up female in America. Of course, I imagine once I’ve had a bit of a break from this subject I’ll be far more thrilled about reading this book, a collection of stories from a variety of YA authors that is undoubtedly going on my TBR. I’ll keep you all updated on the rest.

From Amy Reed, Ellen Hopkins, Amber Smith, Sandhya Menon, and more of your favorite YA authors comes an anthology of essays that explore the diverse experiences of injustice, empowerment, and growing up female in America.

This collection of twenty-one essays from major YA authors—including award-winning and bestselling writers—touches on a powerful range of topics related to growing up female in today’s America, and the intersection with race, religion, and ethnicity. Sure to inspire hope and solidarity to anyone who reads it, Our Stories, Our Voices belongs on every young woman’s shelf.

This anthology features essays from Martha Brockenbrough, Jaye Robin Brown, Sona Charaipotra, Brandy Colbert, Somaiya Daud, Christine Day, Alexandra Duncan, Ilene Wong (I.W.) Gregorio, Maurene Goo, Ellen Hopkins, Stephanie Kuehnert, Nina LaCour, Anna-Marie McLemore, Sandhya Menon, Hannah Moskowitz, Julie Murphy, Aisha Saeed, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Amber Smith, and Tracy Walker.

the winter of the witchThis book is just proof that I really should have read more of this series quite some time ago. I’ve only actually read The Bear and the Nightingale and while I did enjoy the story, I wasn’t in love with it or anything. I never grew massively excited to read the next books or anything. Ironically enough, I genuinely felt as though the first book ended in a way that didn’t leave it open for sequels. And yet, here I am looking at The Winter of the Witchthe third book in the series, and slowly adding it to my TBR despite the fact that I’m not immensely driven to read it in the first place. Go figure.

Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.
Now Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers—and for someone to blame. Vasya finds herself alone, beset on all sides. The Grand Prince is in a rage, choosing allies that will lead him on a path to war and ruin. A wicked demon returns, stronger than ever and determined to spread chaos. Caught at the center of the conflict is Vasya, who finds the fate of two worlds resting on her shoulders. Her destiny uncertain, Vasya will uncover surprising truths about herself and her history as she desperately tries to save Russia, Morozko, and the magical world she treasures. But she may not be able to save them all.

That’s all for this week! I hope, if nothing else, this post has given you a new book to think about.

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