Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett (Founders #1)
A general idea of what it’s about: fantasy, a thief, a heist, magical technology
Why I want to read it: Robert Jackson Bennett’s other books, The Divine Cities, is on my short list of series that I’ve finished. They’re also on my list of favorite fantasy books and favorite books full stop. His writing- that’s how I want to write. His characters- I forget a lot of character names, but I doubt I will ever forget Shara and Sigrud and Mulaghesh. His plots- by the third book I knew, I knew, there was going to be a turn and twist coming, but I still didn’t see it. They were the kind of books that absolutely shattered my self-control. They were so good, and there’s no way Foundryside will be any different.
Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
A general idea of what it’s about: contemporary, high school, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, new friends, a girl and a boy, mean girls
Why I want to read it: This book has been on my to-be-read list the longest out of every book on this list, and now I will finally be reading it. I would say the timing isn’t bad either. Emma Mills has a book coming out next year, and reading Foolish Hearts before then will put me in a good position to stay caught up with all her books. I’ve read both of her other two (not including an ebook she wrote): First & Then and This Adventure Ends. For First & Then, I distinctly remember just reading along and then at one point near the end being like ohmygoodnessthisissogooddon’tend. Unfortunately, I did not like This Adventure Ends as much. I think it was because I didn’t really like the characters in that one. But I am still very excited to read this. I have a good feeling about it.
Sidenote #1: Can we take a moment for the covers of Emma Mill’s books?
Sidenote #2: She also has a Youtube channel (that is inactive). I’ve only watched a few of them, but they were so funny and goofy and real. If I ever made Youtube videos, I would want them to be like that.
The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud (Lockwood & Co. #2)
A more thorough idea of what it’s about: It takes place in England (not now, in the past), and there are ghosts who haunt houses. It follows that there are also people- specifically, young people- whose job it is to get rid of those ghosts. (When you grow older, you lose your ghost sensing abilities.) Anthony, Lucy, and George are three of those said people. They make up Lockwood & Co, a ghost-hunting agency that is struggling to stay in business because of a larger, more established rival. This all leads to a challenge, a case gone wrong, arguments, and a misplaced and very important object.
Why I want to read it: I read the first book of this series this summer. If I had known what it was about going in, I don’t think I would’ve read it. Ghosts and paranormal stuff is a genre I almost never read (along with horror, thriller, mystery, and dystopian). It’s another piece of evidence that it’s a good idea for me to go into books blind. The Screaming Staircase was hilarious and so, so good. The first book is already on my list of favorites, but I’m hoping to read the other four books so that Lockwood & Co. will also be on my list of finished series.
A general idea of what it’s about: memoir, pop culture, God, faith
Why I want to read it: Pop culture and God aren’t two words that I would expect the same book to be about, but I’m so excited for the weird combination. Knox McCoy is the cohost of two podcasts, one of which I’ve listened to every episode of. The bigger one is called The Popcast with Knox and Jamie, but the one I listen to is The Bible Binge. In it, they talk about stories from the Bible through their pop-culture tinted lenses. Knox and Jamie take people and what they did thousand of years ago and put them in real life in a way that I think those stories are usually not. They also bring in context and helpful explanations from biblical commentaries (aka smart people writing about what they think the Bible says). Another reason why I’m pumped for this book is that it was on Goodreads’ monthly newsletter. I’m not sure how Goodreads decide those things, but I’m guessing it means more than nothing.
We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
What it’s about: World War II, one Jewish family, siblings, three generations, separated
Why I want to read it: I heard about this book from Episode 157: The stories behind the stories we love to read of What Should I Read Next? In that podcast episode, the author talks about how she realized her family had a far greater and more interesting story than she realized and how this book came to be because of it. We Were the Lucky Ones is historical fiction, but it basically isn’t. The only reason why Georgia Hunter chose for it to be historical instead of non-fiction was so she could make the story come to life by doing things like writing thoughts and feelings into the characters and details into the setting. The story itself is fully true. I have a very strong feeling that this book is going to be so good.
What have you been reading or are planning to read? I started The Annie Dillard Reader, but I don’t think I’m going to keep reading it for now.
The book that’s been on your to-be-read list the longest? I’m not sure, but the first book I added as Want to Read on Goodreads was Pride and Prejudice. I did read my sister’s old school copy one time, but I didn’t really get it. I want to read it again, maybe by listening to the audiobook version by Rosamund Pike. I’ve heard it’s really good.
Books series you’ve finished? The big ones: Percy Jackson (both of them and also the Kane Chronicles), Hunger Games, Divergent. The Mysterious Benedict Society. Penryn & the End of Days, which is kind of random. I honestly can’t think of any more that I know for sure. Oh my goodness, that’s seven. Wait, I’m look at my shelves: The Doll People, Snow Like Ashes, maybe Artemis Fowl? Oh! And Matched, Gallagher Girls. Okay, there’s more that I don’t remember.
P.P.S. Photograph from lovelybookspines tumblr.