Book Thoughts

A couple people have asked me about book recommendations, so based on my 2017 reads I’ve whipped up a few random lists for you. The only way I could think to do this was by creating a few categories, because everyone’s taste is different.

P.S. Not all of these books were published in 2017, but I read them all last year.

Books that teen Theresa would have <3 <3 <3 and fangirled all over

  • A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
  • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Want by Cindy Pon
  • The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
  • Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Books that I think everyone should read

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • See also, the next list.

Books that are devastatingly good (but also nearly destroyed me or messed with my head)

  • The Broken Earth books by N. K. Jemisin
  • The Changeling by Victor LaValle
  • My Sister Rosa by Justine Larbalestier

Books for fairytale lovers

  • Roses and Rot by Kat Howard
  • The Girl Who Swallowed the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
  • Ash by Malinda Lo
  • Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie Dao

Books for the worldbuilding afficionados

  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
  • The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Newest comfort reads 

  • Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh
  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Insta-buy Authors

  • Renee Ahdieh – Historical fantasy + romance
  • Sabaa Tahir – Big not quite grimdark epic fantasy + romance side plot
  • Marjorie Liu – Monstress graphic novels

Compulsively readable, oh God I dislike those tropes, but why am I so invested?  Someone help me I have a problem…

  • The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (Have you seen the TV show? I can’t wait for season 3 – also I’m glad they aged up the characters, because some of these themes are kinda iffy for YA)


Book Thoughts

The Changeling Book Cover The Changeling
Victor LaValle
Spiegel & Grau
June 13, 2017


Let me tell you what it can be like being a new mother. You go home from the hospital, with a bundle of flyers, already worn down to the bone. "You will get frustrated," the flyers warn. "BUT DO NOT SHAKE THE BABY". You heard a long time ago that if you don't sleep for a week, you'll die, but you discover this is not true. You don't die, even though you don't sleep, but weird thoughts start to creep through your head. You know the baby would fit in the oven, you start to believe that if you don't stare at the baby all night she might die. Delirium becomes your resting state. Arguments flare up, because everyone's so tired that patience ran out months ago. And there's the ever present terror that some small error will end in catastrophe, and if anything went wrong it would destroy you.

This book captures that feeling all too believably. "The Changeling" falls into the uncanny territory of horror. What's real? What's imagined? Is it magic? Or postpartum depression? Maybe everyone's just so damned tired that they've lost it? The tale goes beyond the snapping point, into territories I didn't venture, but dreaded during those terrified wakeful nights.

The novel blends the realities of modern parenting: cell phones and Facebook posts, with children's books and folk tales. There are trolls and trolls. You could call it a fairy tale, but if it is, it's a dark one.

This book is eerie, but compulsively readable. It will be on my mind for a long time.