There’s another post on my heart, but I need another week or so to gather my thoughts.
So, in the meantime:
For our two year wedding anniversary Mikey built two bookshelves for me from Ikea and gifted me with two $25 dollar gift cards.
Do you see how he incorporated the theme?
I about died, if I’m honest. I’ve wanted my own bookshelves for a long time.
My mom’s bookshelves are my inspiration. She has these long cascading black ones on the 2nd floor of her house and white ones in her bedroom. It’s a mini library. Just books, for no reason, and I’ve been dying to get on her level.
My husband, of course, knows all of this. He also knows that as much as I’ve wanted bookshelves, I’d be the last one to get them for myself. There never seems to be enough money for bookshelves or books, but really I’d feel too guilty indulging in the way I could if I had it like that.
But alas, fate.
I spent my Barnes & Noble money pretty quickly but not before revisiting some of the Book Riot book lists I’ve sent to myself, just in case I ever came across some extra cash.
The Book Riot Book Lists:
- 100 Must-Read Sad Books That Make You Cry
- 20 SFF Reads To Get You Through The 5 Stages of Grief
- 7 Tear Jerker Books That Made Me Cry In Public
With only $50 (I went over by $9) to spare I read through these lists again and compared them to Goodread reviews. The conclusion: the books that stood out to me the most wouldn’t disappoint and so I’d like to share my findings with you.
1. The Sparrow
I found this one on the 5 stages of grief list. I chose it because the author of the list stated that this was a book the staff at Book Riot always recommends and the reason being, because it’s that good.
It also helped that via Goodreads the book has 47,000 reviews and a 4.13 rating out of 5 stars.
In the novel the human race has finds proof of life on another planet called “Rakhat” after hearing beautiful singing from this alien place. As a result eight people are sent on a trip to the planet and discover more than what they expected.
2. The Fifth Season
I also got this one off the “Stages of Grief” list, but I was sold when I learned that the author is a black woman.
I was also impressed to find that with forty-eight thousand reviews this book had a 4.3 out of 5 star rating on Goodreads.
It’s number two on my list, but it’s the first one I plan to read. The words: “THIS IS THE. WAY. THE WORLD ENDS. AGAIN.” helped me make this decision.
It screams drama, plus I can’t wait to find out how the world could end twice. I bet the first time was 45’s fault.
The novel follows a desperate Essun.
Essun, home from work finds that her husband has murdered their son and kidnapped their daughter. There’s also “Orogenes”—powerful and feared beings, and it all just gives me Lord of the Rings vibes. I loved that movie series, but found out too late that the movies were book adaptations. The Fifth Season feels like a second chance, but most importantly it seems like it’s a great and different book.
3. Tell the Wolves I’m Home
I found this book on the “100 Must-Read Sad Books That Make You Cry” and I knew I could trust it when The Fault in Our Stars also made the list.
That book left me sobbing, but it was a good cry that I needed.
I also wanted to go with this book because I love a good debut novel. It gives me hope for the day I publish my first work of fiction.
Moreover, I loved that with 103 thousand ratings this book scored a 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads. That’s not bad at all for a first book.
The novel follows two characters—a young girl, June and a man, Toby torn by the unexpected death of her uncle Finn. They meet after his funeral and apparently, the story takes off from there.
I’m super interested to see why this book has left such a mark on it’s readers and I can’t wait to read it.
4. Children of Blood and Bone
Admittedly, the list I found this book on is not mentioned. However, it was a book that Book Riot was gifting in a giveaway back in December and it’s been imprinted in my mind ever since.
Not only that, but, the author is a black woman and I am here for black women authors doing the damn thing in fiction. Talk about representation.
Children of Blood and Bone follows Zélie Adebola who is on a mission to bring magic back. A mad king has targeted and killed those who use magic in Orïsha, including Zélie’s parents, but despite the danger, she won’t be stopped.
This book will be the second one I read for a lot of reasons, but mainly because Tomi Adeyemi wrote the first draft in a month and sold it, in under a year, for a seven-figure book deal. There’s no way I’m not reading this book.
How about you, Wordies? Will you give any of these books a try? And what are some good book lists you’ve come across? Let me know!