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August's First Class Post & Monthly Recap

First Class Post - because this post is first class!

Books Purchased:

Physical Copies:

Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid by Christopher Bo Bramsen (2010)
Not the Girls You're Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi (19th June 2018)
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali (12th June 2018)
Myth and Romance: The Art of J.W. Waterhouse (30th December 2001)
La Petite Sirène, Poucette et la Reine des Neiges by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Boris Diodorov (3rd February 2005)
This is a beautifully illustrated picture book of The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina & The Snow Queen. It's in French, so I can't read it, but it's the only version with these gorgeous illustrations! It's out of print now, so I had to grab it whule I could.
The Mermaid Handbook by Carolyn Turgeon (15th May 2018)
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings, edited by Ellen Oh (16th June 2018)
Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao (10th October 2018)
Mythos by Stephen Fry (26th July 2018)
The Forgotten Guide to Happiness by Sophie Jenkins (9th August 2018)

Books Received for Review:

Books with an * are reading copies I received as a book seller.


Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon* (6th September 2018)
A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmer* (1st January 2019)
You Only Live Once by Jess Vallance (23rd August 2018)

Finished Copies:

And the Sky Was Our Ocean by Patrick Ness, illustrated by Rovina Cai* (4th September 2018)


Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier (25th September 2018)
Broken Things by Lauren Oliver (18th October 2018)
The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner (25th September 2018)

What They Don't Know by Nicole Maggi (2nd October 2018)
The Twisted Tree by Rachel Burge (4th October 2018)
The Oyster Thief by Sonia Faruqi (2nd October 2018)

Thank you to Usborne, Bloomsbury Children's Books, Hot Key Books and Gollancz, Amulet Books, Hodder & Stoughton, Red Hook, Sourcebooks Fire, Hot Key Books, Pegasus Books via NetGalley for the review copies.

Check out mail memes: The Sunday Post on Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Stacking the Shelves on Tynga's Reviews.


On the blog:


  • A Thousand Perfect Notes by C. G. Drews - This book is amazing! It's powerful and hardhitting, but just so brilliant! I loved it!
  • Sea Witch by Sarah Henning - Aaah, I loved this! There was a bit of a lull in the middle, but was such a great origin story! With a twist I didn't see coming! Just awesome!
  • Bookshop Girl by Chloe Coles - Such a good book! A fun, quick UKYA read, but with some strong messages.
  • Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley - This book was so, so beautiful. Oh my god, it was just gorgeous! Kind of predictable, but wonderfully told, filled with a passion for books!
  • Grace & Fury by Tracy Banghart - Such a fantastic story! Two incredible sisters fighting for what's right, in an oppresive fantasy world. I absolutely adore this book!
  • Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence - This was incredible! So action-packed, so fast-paced! And so much danger! Even though I knew this was the second book in a trilogy, there were a number of times where I thought the only outcome was death. Just unbelievable. Loved it!

Blog Tours:

  • Show Stealer by Hayley Barker - The Importance of Literature to Me - in which Hayley Barker talks about how important literature has been in her life.


Once Upon a Retelling:

  • Fawkes by Nadine Brandes - a fantasy retelling of the Gunpowder Plot!

Six for Sunday:

  • Books that Have Been on My TBR Forever

Other Posts:


What I've Been Reading Online:

Cover Reveals:
  • Better Than the Best Plan by Lauren Morrill on Pub Crawl.
  • Descendant of the Crane by Joan He on Hypable.

  • Queer and Here: 10 QPOC YA Books on Book Riot.
  • 3 on a YA Theme: Queer YA Fantasy Hitting Shelves Fall 2018 on Book Riot.
  • 21 YA Queens Of Color Who, If You Don't Know, You Should On Buzzfeed.
  • 2018’s Glorious New Crop of Weird YA on BN Teen Blog.
  • 12 Books to Keep You Swooning After Watching To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before on BN Teen Blog.

  • Jason Reynolds: "What's Unusual About My Story is that I Became a Writer" - interview on The Guardian.
  • 12 Sophomore Authors Share Some Second Book Wisdom on BN Teen Blog.
  • Tiny Pretty Things breakout Sona Charaipotra previews solo debut Symptoms of a Heartbreak on EW.

Book-to-Screen Adaptations:
  • Jenny Han Spills on the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix Movie Premiere! on BN Teen Blog
  • An Asian-American Teen Idol Onscreen, Finally by Jenny Han, on the To All the Boys I've Loved Before movie, on NYT.

  • Rachel of Rec It Rachel has put together the Young Adult (US) Books of 2019 Spreadsheet.
  • Shealea of That Book Bitch compiles lists of 2018-2019 Asian-inspired fantasy novels and 2018-2019 Asian science fiction.

  • Shealea of That Book Bitch asked for 2019 debut novels written by Asian authors. Read the replies for the recs.
  • Cecelia Tan twitted a thread of queer recs from the Queer Joy panel at World Con.

  • Kelly Marie Tran: I Won’t Be Marginalized by Online Harassment on NYT.

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