Here’s another monthly installment where I select the books I’m excited about that are mentioned in the Bookpage monthly magazine. If you’re not familiar, Bookpage is a free magazine given out at libraries in America. They cover new releases of books in all sorts of genres and topics.
The Power of Ritual by Casper Ter Kuile
I think this sounds like a really interesting take on rituals. I hear and read a lot about how important it is for self care to have a morning and evening ritual. They mention that the author focuses on how they can impact four different areas of our lives, ourselves, other people, the natural world, and spiritually. I’m interested in seeing how that plays out.
Lawns into Meadows by Owen Mormser
I remember several months ago when I was reading how to be more environmentally friendly and I saw an article talking about this concept. I also remembering in my environmental classes in college talking about the Iowa Prairies and how we can bring them back. So I think this is a really cool concept although I understand the concerns about it.
Trouble the Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson
This sounds like a really great book set in the 1940s featuring magic and other stuff. I actually love World War II novels, I think it’s such a fascinating period of time. And I love the idea that it isn’t focused on a solider or someone who went through the Holocaust. A lot of historical fiction books I see set in this time period focuses on maybe two or three different types of characters.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acedevo
This sounds like a really interesting coming of age story where two half sisters finally meet after their dad dies. I love family stories and how stuff like this affects people.
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
This concept is too cute, I’ll say that. I’ve always loved the idea of guys reading romance books, but a book club for guys around romance books? Sounds so great! I wish more men would actually try reading the romance genre and start finding ways to better understand and connect with the women in their lives.
The Silence of the White City by Eva Garcia Seanz
I love mystery thrillers like this. But I think it’s great that this is a Spanish novel. I’ve been seeing a lot more translated versions of Spanish media. I’m excited to see it featuring archaeologists since I know they’re a popular crime solver instead of crime doer.
The Margot Affair by Sanae Lemoine
I think the premise of a girl who wants to go public about her parentage but anonymously sounds really interesting.
Pull the Stars by Emma Donoghue
Considering that this book is set during the 1918 Pandemic following a nurse, I’m really excited to see how this goes. I’ve read a couple of books focuses on the Pandemic back then, but not enough. I’m hoping since the virus, more books featuring this time period and other similar events will crop up. I’d love to see more to contrast with how ours played out.
What You Wish For by Katherine Center
This sounds like a great adult book with a bit of romance in it. It seems a bit more literary fiction-y then what I usually like to read, but I’m going to give it a shot.
A Saint from Texas by Edmund White
I think the premise of this sounds interesting where two different sisters branch off into different realms of society but still stay connected. I think it’s interesting they focused on identical twin sisters and how they can be so different but so alike.
Pew by Catherine Lacey
This book sounds fascinating. I love that it takes a non-binary person and explores how they identify and how the town and society reacts. I don’t see too many stories with this take on the non-binary community so I’m excited to find and read this.
Leave It As It Is by David Gessner
I’ve always been a big fan of the national parks. My family used to road trip around a lot when I was younger and so I visited a lot of national parks. I think national parks are so important to American and our society. It makes me sad to see that they’re being opened up to commercial purposes and that eventually our children might not be able to see them as how they were when we were younger.
Looking for Miss America by Margot Mifflin
I’ve always found pageantry to be a bit fascinating. Growing up in my area, we have the Dairy Princesses who end up getting their faces carved in blocks of butter at the State Fair. My cousin is competing in them this year or next for her state. So I’m interested in reading this to learn more about how the Miss America pageantry defined womenhood.
Is Rape a crime? by Michelle Bowdler
I may or may not get to this book. It might be a bit triggering to me but I’m so excited to see a book seriously discussing this. I believe law enforcement and the criminal justice system really does fail victims when they’re the most vulnerable.
The Last Stargazers by Emily Levesque
I’ve always loved stargazing and astronomy. I think it’s a great topic to look at modern astronomers and the field to explain it better to the general public. A lot of people I believe don’t pay a lot of attention to it unless there’s a new planet or an asteroid coming towards us.
Unspeakable Acts by Sarah Weinman
I’ve always loved crime documentaries although I don’t listen to the podcasts as often as I should. Part of the reason is that I listen to podcasts mainly before I go to bed and I don’t want to have bad nightmares. But nevertheless, I’m excited to read this book.
The Death of the Artist by William Deresiewicz
As someone who knows a lot of artists and does some art herself, I think this is a really interesting take to explore. I have heard a lot of people talking about how tech and the gig economy is supposed to support artists but actually makes it worse for them. And I believe it.
Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy
I love that this is set in Denmark which is a country I only ever hear about from my college since they’re the last and only Danish school in the United States. Otherwise, I only ever hear Denmark about how great it is. So I’m excited to see a YA fantasy novel set there.
Chasing Starlight by Teri Bailey Black
Another exciting murder mystery YA novel. I love that it’s set in 1938 right when Hollywood was starting to become the behemoth that it is. And I think it’s interesting that they incorporate the Hays Code into it which was a set of morals imposed on the movie industry back when.
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