As I only had about 48 hours in Seattle, Elliot Bay Book Company ended up being my number one bookstore to visit. It ranked high on recommendation lists; it was relatively close to where I was staying; it was open late on Friday when I had no other plans. Thirst was plaguing me, so for literally the second time in my life, I bought (and enjoyed :O) a tea from the cafe in the back to drink while browsing. As for books, I bought an autographed hardcover copy of Jeff VanderMeer’s Borne (which my sister and I previously discussed for Family Reads). The hardcover has a design element that the paperback doesn’t have. See the rabbit?
I stumbled across this wonderful little shop during my many walks from my accommodation to downtown. I kept forgetting I had seen it, but I made an effort to stop in just before I caught the bus back home. I imagine I could return to this shop many times and find something new and intriguing on each trip. Too bad it isn’t in Vancouver! The selection ranges from folklore and mythology to alchemy and magic. I picked up Celtic Fairy Tales and The Mabinogi.
What are some of your favourite reasons to visit a bookstore? Do you have any bookstore recommendations for Seattle?
Middle grade fantasy is supposedly one of my favourite genres, yet it’s one I don’t seem to get around to reading very often! That genre’s the theme of this list, though I’ve decided to add the term ‘speculative fiction’ here so I include a few books that aren’t quite traditional fantasy. (Last summer I wrote a blog on my understanding of the term spec fic.) Links to GoodReads, followed by a brief note on what about the book appeals to me.
I have a little table in my reading nook where I pile up my high priority TBRs. This pile is usually two or three books high. Mostly it consists of new releases I’m excited about or library books due back soon. Lately, the pile has grown faster than I can keep up with it so I thought I’d do a run down of what’s waiting for me. The stack in the photo below is sorted by source: borrowed (from a friend), borrowed (from the library), and owned.
The Midnight Sunby Cecilia Ekbäck
(library) – New release from the author ofWolf Winter! My library has labelled this Canadian…not sure how accurate that is? I know the author lives in Alberta now.
The Anchoressby Robyn Cadwaller (library) – This has been on my TBR for awhile because I heard it has a similar atmosphere to Burial Rites. Recently I’ve been in the mood for a story like that.
If I Was Your Girlby Meredith Russo (own) – One of two books I bought the day my sister had 40% off at work. An own voices narrative about a transgender teenager.
A Conjuring of Lightby V.E. Schwab (own) – The final book in the Shades of Magic trilogy. I received this for my birthday at the end of February ^^; My bff has finished it and wasn’t overly enthusiastic about it, so I’m not feeling very motivated…
When the Moon Was Oursby Anne-Marie Mclemore (own) – This book received a lot of praise in the book blogging community and I am excited to check it out (magical realism + Pakistani trans MC + gorgeous purple cover). I won a copy from Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf.
Drift & Daggerby Kendall Kulper (own) – Companion novel to Salt & Storm. I won an annotated copy from Kendall back in October. Then Cybils happened and I kept having other reading priorities these past few months. I think I can promise to finish before the end of June….
Every Heart a Doorwayby Seanan Mcguire (own) – The other book I purchased on my sister’s discount. Another book I’m excited to read because of blogger buzz, a gorgeous cover and an ace MC.
Which books would you prioritize out of this list? How are you managing your physical TBR at the moment?
I have found two more reading challenges to sign up for this year. Both compliment my 2017 reading goals.
2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge
Hosted by Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales and Shelly @ Read, Sleep, Repeat, the purpose of this challenge is to “encourage the reading and support of diverse books and marginalized voices, and therefore this challenge hopes to help you read more diversely in 2017!” I remember seeing this challenge back in December, but I totally forgot about it when I wrote my looking forward post. Thankfully January hasn’t ended and there’s still time for me to complete this month’s mini-challenge. The monthly challenges are one of the reasons why I like this challenge in particular. I plan on reading a book for this challenge and reviewing it for Naz’s Read Diverse challenge. Here’s my reading list (subject to my reading mood whims. Throughout the year, I hope to find more new releases/lesser known books to read):
January – When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin (based on/inspired by diverse folktales/culture/mythology)
February – Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older (POC/biracial/multiracial MC – Latinx)
March – Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell (disability – club foot)
April – More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (mental health – depression)
May – Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan (religious diversity – Muslim)
June and July – When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore, If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, Nevada by Imogen Binnie (sexuality and gender identity – trans)
August – One Half From the East by Nadia Hashimi (non-Western setting – Afghanistan)
September – Sanaaq: An Inuit Novel by Mitiarjuk Nappaaluk (Own voices – Inuit)
October – A Two-Spirit Journey: The Autobiography of a Lesbian Ojibwa-Cree Elder by Ma-Nee Chacaby (Intersectionality – LGBT+ and Indigenous)
November – The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember (Diverse retelling – lesbian Little Mermaid)
December -TBD (2017 release)
Newbery Reading Challenge
I stumbled upon this challenge via Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf. Hosted by Julie @ Smiling Shelves, this is a points-based challenge, where points are awarded for each Newbery medal winner (3 pts), Newbery honour book (2 pts), and Caldecott book you read (1 pts). I’m aiming for the first level – L’Engle (15-29 points). I’m undertaking this challenge because I think it will help me with my goal of reading more classic children’s literature.
Between these two and Read Diverse, Canada 150, and Diversity Bingo, I think I’m all set for challenges! I suppose it’s about time I update my 2017 Challenges page… What reading challenges are you undertaking this year?
I have historically been slow to read ‘new’ releases. I find there can anywhere from one to three years between me adding a yet-to-be-published book to my TBR, and actually getting around to reading it. One of my general priorities this year is to read more front list titles. 2016 gave us a lot of great releases that I have heard so much about, but still haven’t read. Here are 10 2016 releases I want to catch up on this year (links to Goodreads).