Recently Added [11]

This week, as many of you know because I won’t shut up about it, I purchased The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. While I was at the bookstore, I wandered around and looked at things. I don’t think I have the “get in and get out” setting when it comes to the bookstore.


While I was there, I added a few books to my TBR. Here they are.

Kids of Appetite by David Arnold

What it’s about (from Amazon):

The critically acclaimed author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this New York Times bestselling tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss. 

Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.

It begins with the death of Vic’s father.

It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.

The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.

But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.

Why I added it: I very much enjoyed Mosquitoland, and would like to see what else Arnold has to offer.

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

What it’s about (from Amazon):

In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.

Jamie and Charlotte are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved Uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.

So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

Why I added it: I found A Study in Charlotte to be an entertaining Sherlockian romp, so I’d like to pick up the second.

Black, White, Other by Joan Lester

What it’s about (from Amazon):

Identity Crisis.

As a biracial teen, Nina is accustomed to a life of varied hues—mocha-colored skin, ringed brown hair streaked with red, a darker brother, a black father, a white mother. When her parents decide to divorce, the rainbow of Nina’s existence is reduced to a much starker reality. Shifting definitions and relationships are playing out all around her, and new boxes and lines seem to be getting drawn every day.

Between the fractures within her family and the racial tensions splintering her hometown, Nina feels caught in perpetual battle. Feeling stranded in the nowhere land between racial boundaries, and struggling for personal independence and identity, Nina turns to the story of her great-great-grandmother’s escape from slavery. Is there direction in the tale of her ancestor? Can Nina build her own compass when landmarks from her childhood stop guiding the way?

Why I added it: As half of an interracial couple who will (someday) have a biracial child, one of the things I frequently think about is how our progeny will walk in the world. I like using fiction to help me process challenging topics.

Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor

What it’s about (from Amazon):

A year ago, Sunny Nwazue, an American-born girl Nigerian girl, was inducted into the secret Leopard Society. As she began to develop her magical powers, Sunny learned that she had been chosen to lead a dangerous mission to avert an apocalypse, brought about by the terrifying masquerade, Ekwensu. Now, stronger, feistier, and a bit older, Sunny is studying with her mentor Sugar Cream and struggling to unlock the secrets in her strange Nsibidi book.

Eventually, Sunny knows she must confront her destiny. With the support of her Leopard Society friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, and of her spirit face, Anyanwu, she will travel through worlds both visible and invisible to the mysteries town of Osisi, where she will fight a climactic battle to save humanity.

Much-honored Nnedi Okorafor, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, merges today’s Nigeria with a unique world she creates. Akata Warrior blends mythology, fantasy, history and magic into a compelling tale that will keep readers spellbound.

Why I added it: This is the second book in the Akata Witch series. I don’t know how long we’ve been waiting for this, but Nnedi Okorafor is a favorite author in our house.

Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson

What it’s about (from Amazon):

Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And she has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods. And just because Maxine, her college-graduate mentor, is black doesn’t mean she understands Jade. And maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and finding ways to make a real difference.

Why I added it: This one is also easy. I enjoyed the book by her (This Side of Home) I received in my Quarterly Box.


  1. As someone who’s read The Hate U Give twice (and planning to again), I enjoy and encourage your constant talk about it. I haven’t read any of the others yet, but I thought Kids of Appetite was pretty good. Happy reading! 😀

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