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Following on from the last two weeks is the continuation of the incredibly difficult alphabet list! This week’s letters are K-L-M-N-O, and for once I was actually super happy because I thought I had no ‘The’s’ or ‘A’s at the start of these titles (like I have had the past two weeks).
And then I realised I’d just typed up the wrong title on my spreadsheet and the correct title did have a ‘the’. So once again I have failed! I am sorry.
This week I thought I’d give both a title I really enjoyed as well as one I’m looking forward to for the rest of the year because I still have so many books I want to read and I want to share the love.
So without further ado…
The letter K
Keep This to Yourself – Tom Ryan
This book was an absolutely brilliant queer YA thriller. I feel like there really isn’t many YA thrillers (at least I haven’t read very many) so this was a really great new genre for me! The thriller/mystery aspect was very engaging and tense and I loved the slow reveal – it was so gripping and the setting was excellent!
Kingdom of Souls – Rena Barron
Okay how awesome is that cover?!? So powerful! Kingdom of Souls is about a girl called Arrah who comes from a long line of witchdoctors, but she isn’t able to wield magic. So, she sells years of her life in order to gain the power of magic. This sounds like it will be a really immersive and interesting read and it’s publishing on September 3.
The letter L
(The) Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali – Sabina Khan
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali is a brilliant story about a queer, Muslim teen and what happens when her parents catch her kissing her girlfriend. A representation not often seen, this book does a wonderful job portraying the blend of cultures in Rukhsana who feels torn by her American upbringing and her Bengali heritage. You can read my full review of this title here!
Love from A to Z – S.K Ali
Love from A to Z is one of my absolute favourite love stories I’ve ever read. It’s a fantastically beautiful tale about Adam and Zayneb, who keep running into each other. Zayneb is such a fantastic and strong character, and I love the interwining of religion and romance this book has. You can read my full gushing review of this title here!
(The) Light at the Bottom of the World – London Shah
This book is one of the releases I have been most looking forward to this year. Set in an underwater London after sea levels rose, diverse characters, terrible sea creatures, corrupt governments, this has everything I love in a dystopian novel! This book publishes October 29 and I am so so excited.
The Letter M
Missing, Presumed Dead – Emma Berquist
Missing, Presumed Dead is one of my favourite reads this year so far. It focuses on the mental impact of having magic, specifically magic that means whenever you touch someone, you see how they die. When Jane comes back to haunt Lexi after being murdered, Lexi vows to help find the killer. This book is AMAZING!!!! It’s was much darker than I expected, but so thrilling. The mystery, the magic, the gritty atmosphere, it was all awesome. You can find my full reviw here!
(The) Merciful Crow – Margaret Owen
The Merciful Crow is just one book with a bird on it that I want to read this year. This sounds like such a great new fantasy – first of all, it has a group of undertakers which I don’t think I’ve ever seen before??! Necromancy, yes. Grave robbers, yes. Undertakers?? This feels like a really new take on the death fantasy trend. Then we have a prince who fakes his own death and a bodyguard who wants to live his own life and not protect his prince. This just sounds like an epic conglomeration of ideas and I can’t wait to read it when it publishes at the end of this month!
The Letter N
Normal People – Sally Rooney
I read Normal People last year after I spotted it on the longlist for the Man Booker and it became another book which made me far, FAR too emotional on public transport. The book tells the tale of two teens in Ireland, who fall in love and grow apart and all the hurt and pain that comes with it. It’s spectacular!
Ninth House – Leigh Bardugo
I haven’t actually read any of Leigh Bardugo’s other work. But when I heard she was publishing an adult novel, I was intrigued. And then I found out it was about secret societies and witchy occult magic and I was sold! Also the cover is stunning.
The Letter O
Other Words for Smoke – Sarah Maria Griffin
Other Words for Smoke is a very haunting, lyrical, fairytale-esque horror tale about an evil being in a house in Ireland. Dealing with the struggles of growing up alongisde the magic, Other Words for Smoke weaves a beautiful mystical world. Also there’s a talking cat. What else does a book need?! You can read my full review here!
Our Wayward Fate – Gloria Chao
A diverse book retelling of a Chinese folktale, set in small town America? Yes please! A book about family and racism and belonging, this sounds so excellent. I haven’t read American Panda but from reviews this book sounds like it’ll be a bit darker and heavier, and I am very interested to read.
That’s it for this week! Let me know what you think of this list – I hope you are excited for some of these as I am.
Rach + Draco