I’ve discovered so many excellent books in the last two weeks (I did mean it to be one but then life got crazy for a little bit). Ever since joining Bookstagram, I’ve been finding book recommendations left and right. All of those are in addition to the ones I find while browsing online or stopping in a local bookstore to just check out what they have. Anyway, without further ado, here are my top four picks! I decided to toss a non-fiction in there because it looks so interesting.
The book: Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs
Why I added it:
Summary: You may think you know women’s history pretty well. But have you ever heard of. . .
· Alice Ball, the chemist who developed an effective treatment for leprosy—only to have the credit taken by a man?
· Mary Sherman Morgan, the rocket scientist whose liquid fuel compounds blasted the first U.S. satellite into orbit?
· Huang Daopo, the inventor whose weaving technology revolutionized textile production in China—centuries before the cotton gin?
Smart women have always been able to achieve amazing things, even when the odds were stacked against them. In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs tells the stories of the brilliant, brainy, and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors. Plus, interviews with real-life women in STEM careers, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to women-centric science and technology organizations—all to show the many ways the geeky girls of today can help to build the future.
Publisher: Quirk Books
Page Count: 240
Genre: Non-Fiction, History
Release Date: October 4, 2016
The book: Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia A. McKillip
Why I added it: Sarah J. Maas recommended a few books in her latest newsletter. This was one of the ones that I hadn’t yet read so, after looking at the summary, I immediately added it to my TBR list. That’s about the best reason I can give.
Summary: Deep inside a palace on the edge of the world, the orphan Nepenthe pores over books in the royal library, translating their languages and learning their secrets. Now sixteen, she knows little of the outside world—except for the documents that traders and travelers bring her to interpret.
Then, during the coronation of the new Queen of Raine, a young mage gives Nepenthe a book that has defied translation. Written in a language of thorns, it speaks to Nepenthe’s soul—and becomes her secret obsession. And, as the words escape the brambles and reveal themselves, Nepenthe finds her destiny entwined with that of the young queen’s. Sooner than she thinks, she will have to choose between the life she has led and the life she was born to lead…
Page Count: 291
Genre: High Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult
Release Date: February 1, 2005
The book: Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman
Why I added it: I absolutely love stories set in Victorian England, particularly if they have a fantasy aspect. This one looked particularly interesting because of the mirror-world aspect. I’m crossing my fingers that there won’t be a love triangle but it sounds like it will focus more on the mystery aspect (and arranged marriages don’t usually result in love triangles).
Summary: Beautiful and nuanced as it is dangerous, the manners of Regency and Victorian England blend into a scintillating fusion of contemporary urban fantasy and court intrigue.
Between Mundanus, the world of humans, and Exilium, the world of the Fae, lies the Nether, a mirror-world where the social structure of 19th-century England is preserved by Fae-touched families who remain loyal to their ageless masters. Born into this world is Catherine Rhoeas-Papaver, who escapes it all to live a normal life in Mundanus, free from her parents and the strictures of Fae-touched society. But now she’s being dragged back to face an arranged marriage, along with all the high society trappings it entails.
Crossing paths with Cathy is Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds treaty with a dislocated soul who polices the boundaries between the worlds, keeping innocents safe from the Fae. After a spree of kidnappings and the murder of his fellow Arbiters, Max is forced to enlist Cathy’s help in unravelling a high-profile disappearance within the Nether. Getting involved in the machinations of the Fae, however, may prove fatal to all involved.
Publisher: Angry Robot
Page Count: 384
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
Release Date: February 26, 2013
The book: Time’s Echo by Pamela Hartshone
Why I added it: In case you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a huge fan of historical fiction. One of my favorite authors is Phillippa Gregory and this book was recommend for fans of her. I’m hoping that it will be more in line with The All Souls Trilogy as opposed to the Outlander series (I enjoyed books 1 and 2 but beyond that was a little much for me).
Summary: York , 1577: Hawise Aske smiles at a stranger in the market, and sets in train a story of obsession and sibling jealousy, of love and hate and warped desire. Drowned as a witch, Hawise pays a high price for that smile, but for a girl like her in Elizabethan York, there is nowhere to go and nowhere to hide. Four and a half centuries later, Grace Trewe, who has traveled the world, is trying to outrun the memories of being caught up in the Boxing Day tsunami. Her stay in York is meant to be a brief one. But in York Grace discovers that time can twist and turn in ways she never imagined. Drawn inexorably into Hawise’s life, Grace finds that this time she cannot move on. Will she, too, be engulfed in the power of the past?
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Page Count: 460
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, Fantasy
Release Date: August 30, 2012