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You’ve Got (Book) Mail!: The Summer Orders

It isn’t often that I do a book mail type of thing, but this summer is pregnant with promise when it comes to my reading list. There are a lot of heavyweight champs on the title lists for me to knock-out in the coming months, so it felt like the moment needed some grand gesture. Of course, that means ordering a handful of books (and maybe a pre-order) for me to be excited about coming!

Amazon Orders:

Amazon is one of the last places I order books from, but new releases require reading (and also the prices are nice) so here we are with the selection from them!

1.I Believe in a Thing Called Love (Pre-order)

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Desi Lee knows how carburetors work. She learned CPR at the age of five. As a high school senior, she has never missed a day of school and has never had a B in her entire life. She’s for sure going to Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation-magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds her answer in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Rules for True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and fake car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

I’m finding myself more and more drawn to the increasing number of romcoms coming out that feature non-white protagonists. This book sounds pretty damn cute (I’ll probably do a book breakdown on it soon), and Korean representation is always something I can get behind.

2.Sofia Khan is Not Obliged: A Heartwarming Romantic Comedy

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‘Brilliant idea! Excellent! Muslim dating? Well, I had no idea you were allowed to date.’ Then he leaned towards me and looked at me sympathetically. ‘Are your parents quite disappointed?’

Unlucky in love once again after her possible-marriage-partner-to-be proves a little too close to his parents, Sofia Khan is ready to renounce men for good. Or at least she was, until her boss persuades her to write a tell-all expose about the Muslim dating scene.

As her woes become her work, Sofia must lean on the support of her brilliant friends, baffled colleagues and baffling parents as she goes in search of stories for her book. In amongst the marriage-crazy relatives, racist tube passengers and decidedly odd online daters, could there be a a lingering possibility that she might just be falling in love . . . ?

See above explanation honestly. It is so important to have positive Muslim representation in this modern age, and this seems like just the ticket. Hailed as the Muslim Bridget Jones this book seems to promise some light-hearted fun as well as a quick look into the world of Muslim dating, which will be interesting in itself.

3.Blood for Blood

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There would be blood. Blood for blood. Blood to pay. An entire world of it.

For the resistance in the Third Reich, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun. Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against Hitler’s army, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.

But in the midst of the chaos, Yael’s past and future collide when she comes face to face with a ghost from her past, and a spark with a fellow rider begins to grow into something more. Dark secrets reveal dark truths and one question hangs over them all—how far can you go for the ones you love?

Wolf By Wolf was one of my favorite reads last year, and easily shot up into my list of favorite books. I’m super excited for this sequel and to see where the story goes; and yes, I know it came out ages ago but honestly fight me at this point.

Thriftbooks Orders:

Honestly at this point I feel like Thriftbooks should be paying me because of how much I buy from them (the reading rewards program helps). It’s defiantly my favorite site for older titles, so any book mail/haul from me is going to feature them.

1.Crazy Rich Asians

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Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.
When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry. What she doesn’t know is that Nick’s family home happens to look like a palace, that she’ll ride in more private planes than cars, and that with one of Asia’s most eligible bachelors on her arm, Rachel might as well have a target on her back. Initiated into a world of dynastic splendor beyond imagination, Rachel meets Astrid, the It Girl of Singapore society; Eddie, whose family practically lives in the pages of the Hong Kong socialite magazines; and Eleanor, Nick’s formidable mother, a woman who has very strong feelings about who her son should–and should not–marry. Uproarious, addictive, and filled with jaw-dropping opulence, Crazy Rich Asians is an insider’s look at the Asian JetSet; a perfect depiction of the clash between old money and new money; between Overseas Chinese and Mainland Chinese; and a fabulous novel about what it means to be young, in love, and gloriously, crazily rich.

This is actually slated to become a movie soon, boasting names like Constance Wu and Awkwafina, and has been on my TBR for a while. Since a movie is coming soon it seemed like the perfect time to dive into this high-society ride. It seems mostly what I’m after with this list is “chic-lit” with POC leads. (But honestly isn’t that what we all want?)

2.Coraline

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Coraline’s often wondered what’s behind the locked door in the drawing room. It reveals only a brick wall when she finally opens it, but when she tries again later, a passageway mysteriously appears. Coraline is surprised to find a flat decorated exactly like her own, but strangely different. And when she finds her “other” parents in this alternate world, they are much more interesting despite their creepy black button eyes. When they make it clear, however, that they want to make her theirs forever, Coraline begins a nightmarish game to rescue her real parents and three children imprisoned in a mirror. With only a bored-through stone and an aloof cat to help, Coraline confronts this harrowing task of escaping these monstrous creatures.

This is my all-time favorite movie, and one of my all time favorite children’s books. But I actually do not have a copy of it, a tragedy that must be rectified. I’m probably going to re-read this one, simply because it’s been so long since the last time. Hopefully I will also be getting the above cover, since it’s (in my opinion) the best.

 

 

3.Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl

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In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annexe” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death.

This is one that I’ve never read, but never got around to since it wasn’t assigned to me for class. Since I’ve just started The Book Thief  it seems like a good time to finally read it and have the knowledge about this book I don’t have. Here’s to most likely crying by the end!

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