I’ve been doing very little serious reading while self-isolating at home the past two weeks. This is actually a good thing, because it means that I’ve been working so hard that I haven’t had time to really settle into a book. I mean, I’d rather be reading, but right now I’m grateful to be one of the few retail employees who can work from home. If you’re curious what a bookstore manager does while her store is closed, stay tuned for this coming week’s Diary of a Bookseller. But for the time being, I figured might as well do a Self-Isolation Saturday post and feature the books that have been keeping me sane this week!
American Royals by Katharine McGee
While going through all of the upcoming catalogs for the publishers, I found the sequel to this book is coming out in the fall. I’d picked this book up and put it back down a couple of times but decided that now would be the perfect time to actually sit down and read it. Basic premise is that George Washington became America’s king instead of president, and it follows his descendants in contemporary America.
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
Two of my coworkers and I had planned to buddy read this book well before our self-isolation began but now it seems even more fitting! It’s a YA fantasy about magicians that’s a perfect mashup of Caravel and The Night Circus. Where Dreams Descend comes out in June.
The Enigma Game by Elizabeth Wein
I love love love Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and I have been a fan ever since. When the advance copy for her latest came into the store, I couldn’t wait! It’s told in three alternating perspectives and two of them are characters from other Verity books (Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire, and The Pearl Thief). The Enigma Game is presently slated for a May release but that may change.
The Mall by Megan McCafferty
I first read Megan McCafferty’s Jessica Darling books, her debut series, in high school in the early ’00s. When she wrote them, there wasn’t really a clear YA/adult fiction boundary and I found them shelved in the adult fiction section, despite having a protagonist in high school. Such ambiguity served the series, and Megan, well as it followed Jessica through to her late twenties. In The Mall, Megan returns to the setting of one of my favorite scenes from the Jessica books, the New Jersey mall, but she takes us back almost thirty years to 1991. The Mall is perfect for nostalgic Gen Xers like Megan, and contemporary YA readers alike! It’s slated for a June release.
Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston
I’ve always loved a good fairy tale retelling, especially one of Beauty and the Beast. I haven’t read one of Ashley’s fairytale retelling series that started with Geekerella yet, but I’m very excited to sink my teeth into this one as I’ve already seen it all over #bookstagram and it’s been getting pretty good early reviews! It’s also set for a June release date.
Where to Buy
In the USA, I recommend purchasing through BookShop or your local independent bookstore, in the UK, and many other parts of the world, I recommend Blackwell’s, and if neither of those cover where you live, I recommend checking out your local booksellers! Independent bookstores are vital parts of every local community and I wholly endorse supporting your local stores versus Amazon.