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Lauren’s Poor Impulse Control: The Great January Readathon

I left Seattle on Friday with the best of intentions.

You may recall my plan to finish my Bremerton library books, turn them in, and start on backlist books.

I have, after all, at least a dozen partially-read books, a hefty stack of recent purchases, and an embarrassing number of unread Powell’s finds.

Ahem.

This weekend, I checked out 15 YA books from the Silverdale Library.

IMAGINE, for a second, finding 15 FREE brand-new 2018 books from your overflowing TBR.

I might as well accept that this is how I operate. Frustrating, perhaps, but not an inherently terrible practice.

And the BOOKS!

I’m looking forward to finishing this crop.

 

1. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins

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I finished this one last night.

I didn’t sleep.

Stephanie Perkins wrote a book I didn’t hate! Wow!

The Silverdale Library listed this book as one of the best of 2018. They weren’t kidding.

2. An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

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Help, I’ve been brainwashed by the government into reading historical fiction.

The plot summary kind of bores me, but the book looks like a Dumb Fluffy Adventure Time.

I think the main characters join a Shakespeare troupe as cover and fall in love.

I don’t know! I’m excited anyway!

3. Beast by Brie Spangler

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Because I disliked Almost Perfect and I Am J, I’ve been avoiding this Beauty-and-the-Beast-inspired trans romance.

The last time I was in Bremerton, I considered checking this book out.

I finally decided to give it a try.

I’ve seen nothing but praise for it, so I might as well.

4. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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This was another Best Book of 2018 that intrigued me.

I assumed it was historical fiction (pass), but I AM ONCE AGAIN WRONG ABOUT EVERYTHING.

The best way I can describe the plot is “magic beauticians.”

Even that is most likely wrong.

5. The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

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AAAAAAAAH!

WOLF MOTIF! WOLF MOTIF!

My understanding of the plot involves Valkyrie vigilantes.

I get a “Blood and Chocolate meets And I Darken” vibe.

PLEASE SAY MY IMPRESSION IS ACCURATE FOR ONCE.

Doesn’t matter. One of the characters carries a double-bladed axe.

I’m sold.

6. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

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Per a list I don’t have the energy to find, this book was THE BEST of 2018.

I won’t even touch the plot, as I’m so often WRONG.

Let’s all admire the cover together.

Historical fiction! Black heroine! Killer dress! Sickle!

Questions my dad asked about this book:

#1: “This is fiction, right?” (Yes)

#2. “Wasn’t there a book called Abraham Lincoln the Zombie Slayer?” (No)

7. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

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According to Karen Kilgariff, Gail Carriger writes excellent books with awful covers.

I’ve been meaning to read the series.

At this point, my buy-in is low, low, low.

Can I commit to a new series?

More importantly, will the ladies practice espionage politely?

8. The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

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Sorry I’m late!

You would not believe the book traffic out there!

Thanks for saving me a seat!

Is everyone having a good time?

Ooh, an award-winning YA crossover hit? Hand it over.

9. I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

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I’m aware that “magical realism grief novel with illustrations” is an oddly specific formula.

Listen…it’s my formula.

I didn’t even know about the illustrations until I brought the book home.

In my view, that makes it EVEN BETTER.

10. Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel

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This is the second of four grief novels that I picked up.

If you want to understand my love of grief fiction, I don’t have an explanation.

The cover is pretty.

Her last name is Lemon.

She has a dead sister.

I’m interested.

11. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

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FINALLY, FINALLY, FINALLY.

I am only only three months late on this new release!

I’ll be reunited with Fantasy Feminist Teammate Felicity VERY SOON!

I should steel myself against the middling-to-negative reviews…

…OR I could NOT do that and let the book dash my high, high hopes.

12. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

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Two teens blitz around New York for the day.

Okay. I’m interested.

A Clockwork Reader loved this book and I trust her opinions.

What’s this, Google?

A Jamaican-American author married to a Korean man wrote a book about a Jamaican-American teen falling for a Korean student?

I HAD NO IDEA.

No….HE ILLUSTRATES HIS WIFE’S BOOKS???

STOP IT.

Wait, there’s MORE?

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I AM MOVED. MY QUALMS ARE GONE.

DIVERSE BOOKS FOR THE LITTLE ONE.

13. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

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Say it with me:

WE’RE BACK, WITCHES.

You’re telling me I’ll find female friendship, magic, enamel pins, and jean jackets between these pages?

THOSE ARE ALL MY FAVORITE THINGS.

I don’t know who started the recent witchy YA trend, but they deserve a medal.

14. We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

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I have mixed feelings.

This novel is beloved by book bloggers.

On one hand, it’s an LGBTQIA+ novel about grief.

On the other hand, ALIENS.

OH WELL, I HAVE IT.

MIGHT AS WELL READ IT.

15. What We Left Behind by Robin Talley

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Not a traditional grief novel…but a break-up novel!!

I don’t think I ACTUALLY love break-up novels. (I blame Without Annette, which forgot to focus on the break-up.)

I still pick them up time and again.

I don’t know much about Robin Talley. I know she wrote Pulp (last year’s base-breaking hit) and is considered “controversial” by other book bloggers.

I thought I’d ease into her writing before I spend all my money on Pulp.

 

THERE YOU HAVE IT.

I’m taking a break between library books to finish Fangirl. I WILL make time for books I own, mark my words!

MARK THEM.

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She/her. 4w3. Lover of vegan cream cheese and performative angst. Seattle-based writer currently dabbling in socialism and progressive Christianity. I love to call out, complain, overreact, analyze, and reimagine. This site contains the fruit of that labor.

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