Welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!

Since I have been on a huge reading kick lately, I have subsequently been on quite the book buying kick as well! I had not purchased many new books for quite sometime, until last month when I used a gift card to buy myself some new reads (click here to see that book haul). After I made that purchase, I immediately started adding new books to purchase for my next book shopping spree (I’ll admit, that was probably not the smartest idea), and I purchased them just last week! They showed up on my doorstep a few days ago, so I wanted to share them with you here! These are books I will be adding to my growing Summer TBR shelf, and I am so excited to read all of them!


The first book I picked up was Stamped From The Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. In my opinion, it is SO important to educate yourself on history from all different groups. Before I start reading how I can become a better and more active antiracist, I first want to educate myself on the hardships the African community has faced from the beginning of time. As a proud Jewish person, I too have faced racism and racist comments (on this blog!), and I think it is important to learn about other groups who have also faced extreme hardships just by merely existing. Since this book is so detailed and dense, I have started by reading one chapter everyday, in hopes of finishing it before the end of August. At the time of writing this post, I have already completed the prologue and first chapter, and I have already learned more about the history of racist ideas than during my twelve years of public schooling! Surprising? I am not so sure.


The second book I picked up was my second and final non-fiction book purchase in this haul. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty was a book that I was influenced to pick up by Kat from PaperbackDreams. I have an “interesting” perspective on this industry, and I am incredibly excited to pick up this book and hear Caitlin’s experiences and opinions on it.


The third book I purchased was practically the sole reason for this purchase. A Woman Alone by Nina Laurin is a new thriller that has just been released. Nina Laurin’s The Starter Wife was my favourite book of last year, and I had been planning to read some of her backlist titles this year. While I haven’t gotten to any of them yet, I wanted to pick up her newest book since it seems like a mystery/thriller that I would be very interested in. If you are a mystery/thriller fan like myself, I highly recommend Nina Laurin’s The Starter Wife, and you can read my full review on it here!


I then went on to purchase The Swap by Robyn Harding. I don’t know anything about this book (as per usual with thrillers), but I do know that it was just released and has already gotten some fantastic reviews!


The next book I purchased was I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver. I have heard some fantastic things about this novel, and have been wanting to read it ever since I saw ARCs of it floating around last year. This book is an own-voices story set around Ben De Backer and his life after coming out as non-binary, while trying to get through his final year of high school. I believe this book has a few triggers, so I would look into those before reading the book if that is something you need. I hope to read this book very soon!


Since I have been watching Kat’s videos recently, I stumbled upon a video that talked about I’m Thinking Of Ending Things by Iain Reid. Ever since I heard her talk about it, I have not stopped thinking about it and knew that I needed to purchase it! I have zero clue as to what this book is about, which in turn, is making me even more excited to read it!


The last book I purchased was The Passengers by John Marrs. As you should know by now, John Marrs has quickly become one of my new favourite thriller authors, and I am slowly trying to get through his entire backlist. This was his 2019 release, and since it just became available in paperback in North America, I wanted to pick it up immediately! I am really looking forward to reading this one!


Those are all of the books I recently purchased from Indigo! Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Good Night Book Owls!


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