Yes, I know, I’m a little late.
At any rate, I picked up several new books the last week of October/First week of November. I got a total of seven–three hardbacks, a paperback, and 3 ebooks. There were also a couple of library books in there, but that is a whole other post. 🙂
I have been super excited about all of these books since I first heard about them, and for some I’ve been waiting a year or more!
First up, we have Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger. This is the last book in her YA Finishing School Series, and it promises to be just as delightful as the previous three books. I love the lighthearted angle that she approaches even serious situations with, whether it be espionage, murder, or afternoon tea.
From a last book we go to a first–Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard book 1, The Sword of Summer. Continuing Rick Riordan’s world of demigods and immortals, this book shifts away from Greek, Roman, and Egyptian mythology and focuses on the Norse. I’ve been avoiding spoilers like the plague, so I don’t know too much about the plot, but it promises to be great. Like Gail Carriger, Rick Riordan never fails to make me laugh!
For something a little more emotional, there is Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On. Carry On is a novel based on a fanfic from the novel Fangirl, which comes from a made-up series of books (the “Simon Snow” craze) that are loosely based on Harry Potter.
I read Fangirl earlier this year, and loved it. It was a really cozy read and while it isn’t highbrow literature by a longshot, it has stuck in my head ever since, like a song on repeat. When I found out that Rowell was going to publish Carry On, I knew that I had to read it. At first, I was just going to get it from the library…but then I got too excited, particularly when I had the urge to re-read Fangirl and they didn’t have a copy available at either of my local library systems. With eight people ahead of me on the waiting list for just the ebook, I caved.
My one and only “grown up” novel this time around is Reap the Wind by Karen Chance. I’ve waxed poetic about this series in the past, but if you’ve forgotten you can find some of my ramblings here and here. This is another book that I’m avoiding spoilers for, but the Book Depository link above should give a quick idea of the plot. This is the 7th book in the series though, and the Cassie Palmer books are not a series I would advise reading out of order!
Not pictured, of course, are the three ebooks: The Mummy by Jane Loudon, Life in the Victorian Asylum: the World of 19th Century Mental Healthcare by Mark Stevens, and 1920s Fashion for Your Body Type by Debbie Sessions.
I heard about The Mummy in a podcast, I think, and the summary makes it sound like the first Steampunk novel–and it was written in the 1820s! There’s airships and fantastical tech, and of course a cursed mummy walking around. Once I finish my current ebook, that one is next on the list.
The other two I got for reference material. Some of you might remember that my Nano story from last year, the one that I am currently shopping around, involves a Victorian asylum. With 35 rejections thus far, I’m starting to wonder if I shouldn’t revisit the manuscript. At any rate, I’m one of those morbid people who finds things like that interesting.
The last book does not have great reviews, but I wanted to look at it anyway. As a curvier sort of girl, 1920s fashions do not look good on me, but this book is supposed to combine the advice of several 1920s fashion magazines aimed at helping women who did not naturally have the flapper body type dress for every occasion. I’m calling this one research for my current Nano novel, a 1920s steampunk story.
Now I just need to decide which book I’m going to read first!