September continues its month-long attempt to kill me with a flood of amazing-looking releases this week. Here’s what I’ve got my eye on for September 10.

books I’ve read

I’ve read arcs of four of the YA titles hitting shelves today, and they’re an exceptionally mixed bag: a three-star, a four-star, a very rare one-star (only the third time I’ve given one star in a full review on this blog) and a book that I’d give six stars if I could.

Wait a minute… I can do that! I have that authority. It’s my blog, I do what I want! *skips away to amend rating system*

Okay, then. Let’s start with the book that has completely stolen my heart. The Ten Thousand Doors of January is my favorite new release of 2019 and one of my all-time favorite books.

You can read my full review to hear me gush about the skillful way revisits the colonialism underpinning beloved nineteenth/twentieth-century British children’s literature through a present-day, YA lens. It’s… beyond good. It’s the best of what books can be.

But if you’re trying to decide if you want to pick up Ten Thousand Doors… please. If you trust me at all, make this be the recommendation you take.

There doesn’t seem much point in talking about other books when The Ten Thousand Doors of January exists, but whatever–here are the other three I’ve read that release today:

I adored Frankly in Love. Be warned, though–if you’ve put Frankly in Love on your TBR because you were promised an adorable fake-dating romantic romp, adjust your expectations. I actually wrote a whole post arguing that Penguin Teen’s heavy promotion for the book is very misleading. That’s a shame, because Frankly in Love is a truly special book. If you let it be what it is, you’re in for a treat.

I read Tiger Queen some time ago, and I’ve already completely forgotten it. My review was a very lukewarm three stars, so I suppose that makes sense.

I was suuuuper not a fan of Rebel Girls. It was my first one-star review in a long time, and I’m fully expecting it to be one of my least favorite reads of the year. I only finished because I don’t feel right about DNFing ARCs, especially if I want to be able to argue for why I didn’t like them. In the case of Rebel Girls, I gave one star for terrible writing and a disturbing lack of empathy.

books I’m looking forward to

I can’t wait to get my hands on Gideon the Ninth, which is a favorite of several bloggers in my orbit. I don’t know much about it, but I’m willing to dive in blind on the strength of those recs. I’m also looking forward to A Treason of Thorns and I’ll pick up His Hideous Heart once I’m over the anthology burnout induced by The (Other) F Word and It’s a Whole Spiel.

other books on my radar

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