Books. BOOKS EVERYWHERE.
The annual LA Times Festival of Books is basically the Super Bowl of book fairs of Southern California, maybe even of the entire West Coast. And ever since my college freshman year 5 years ago (was it really?!?!?!?!), I’ve made it my mission to attend this festival every single year.
One, because books. Two, because author signings and conversations. Three, because independent bookstore support. And four, because food. The only time I’ve failed in my mission is when I went abroad to Ireland. But that’s totally excusable I think.
This year’s festival was a bit smaller in scale: less vendors and outdoor convos. But the food trucks and bookstores were still going strong.
Even though there weren’t as many books I was interested in buying this time of year, I still managed to cobble together a lovely selection, if I do say so myself.
DREAD NATION | Justina Ireland
“Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations…”
ELIZA AND HER MONSTERS | Francesca Zappia
“Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.
In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try…”
TEMPESTS AND SLAUGHTER | Tamora Pierce
“Arram. Varice. Ozorne. In the first book in the Numair Chronicles, three student mages are bound by fate . . . fated for trouble.
Arram Draper is a boy on the path to becoming one of the realm’s most powerful mages. The youngest student in his class at the Imperial University of Carthak, he has a Gift with unlimited potential for greatness–and for attracting danger. At his side are his two best friends: Varice, a clever girl with an often-overlooked talent, and Ozorne, the “leftover prince” with secret ambitions. Together, these three friends forge a bond that will one day shape kingdoms.”
CIRCE | Madeline Miller
“In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child–not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power–the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves…”
*Really excited to read this one!!!!
UPROOTED | Naomi Novik
“…The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.”
THE NOVICE (The Summoner, #1) | Taran Matharu
“When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help…”
THE LAST OF AUGUST (Charlotte Holmes, #2) | Brittany Cavallaro
“Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming morethan friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them…”
RED SPARROW | Jason Matthews
“In present-day Russia, ruled by blue-eyed, unblinking President Vladimir Putin, Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Ordered against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress, Dominika is assigned to operate against Nathaniel Nash, a young CIA officer who handles the Agency’s most important Russian mole…”
*I had no interest to see the film, but I do love espionage so I’ll be reading the book instead. Also, fun fact: I got this book for free as part of a book deal after buying Circe!!!
So excited to read all of these!! I’m reading Dread Nation right now and am loving it so far. I’ll probably be reading Children of Blood and Bone next, but then I’ve got my eye on The Novice after that!!
So many great books, but so little time.
That’s all for now. Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time 😀