Hi friends! We’re nearing the end of the year, which means hypothetically book releases should be slowing down until January/February of next year where we all get SLAMMED with books. But because of COVID, many books have had their release dates pushed back. So let’s do this!
Beautiful Wild by Anna Godbernsen | I don’t usually read historical fiction or romance, but hey, I think it’s time to branch out a little! Plus, this takes place on a ship. Until the ship sinks* and our main character is stranded on an island with the boy she wants to marry and his dashing best friend. Actually, this sounds like it’ll have some adventure so now I’m even more excited!
*these are definitely titanic vibes
All I Want For Christmas by Wendy Loggia | I am determined to actually be a good mood reader for once and read a Christmas book this year. This sounds like the average Hallmark Christmas movie, but I don’t care! I want holiday vibes!
Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer | YES HI HELLO I AM TRASH FOR MARISSA MEYER’S BOOKS AND SHE’S RELEASING HER FIRST CONTEMPORARY. Well, contemporary with a hint of magical realism. Basically, this follows a girl who suddenly gains the ability to cast instant karma on everyone. Thus, both good and bad chaos follows. I am. So. Excited. I mean, it’s not like I haven’t been screaming all year about this.
Rent A Boyfriend by Gloria Chao | This book sounds SO good. As the author says, “Rent a Boyfriend is inspired by a real-life practice in some Asian countries where women hire fake boyfriends to bring home, commonly at Lunar New Year, to alleviate the pressure from family to find a husband.” UM, HECK TO THE YES TO THE ASIAN REP AND HOLIDAYS AND FAKE DATING TROPE.
The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim | The cover and title intrigued me when I was making this post, and then I read the description and wow. This follows a girl named Anna Chiu who is balancing working in a restaurant with taking care of her mother with mental illness. Apparently, this book dives deep into culture and the stigma surrounding mental illness, as well as a good romance. Plus there’s dumplings.
Rebel Rose by Emma Theriault | I am trash for fairy-tale retellings. However, what really intrigues me about this series (Rebel Rose being the first book) is that these follow the Disney Princesses but with historical context. This novel in particular focuses on Belle after she breaks the curse, and grappling with both becming royalty and the tumultuous politics of France in 1789.
City of the Uncommon Thief by Lynne Bertrand | I, um, really need to read my e-ARC of this one. But this is inspired by Ancient Greece, and it has a thief, and there’s guilds and a walled city and stolen magical items. That’s the majority of what I know, and that’s all I really want to know.
These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong | I am struck speechless every time I read the synopsis. I mean, Romeo and Juliet retelling. Gangs. Shanghai. I desperately need this with every ounce of Slytherin in me. While I’ve read some reviews that aren’t screaming with praise for this book, I’m still hoping to enjoy it.
Super Fake Love Song by David Yoon | I’m reading this right now and I’m actually really enjoying it! This follows a boy nammed Sunny Dae who pretends to be in a rock band to impress a girl. It’s hilarious! Also, this is OwnVoices for the Korean rep.
How The King of Elfhame Learned To Tell Stories by Holly Black | CARDAN. We’re getting a Cardan prequel, a Cardan epilogue, and familar moments told from Cardan’s perspective. I am…so satisfied. PLUS THERE’S ART. This has so much potential.
That’s it! Tell me your most anticipated releases for November below!