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I joined/subscribed to the Book of the Month club at the start of this year as way to broaden my reading horizons. Each month, a panel of readers five books that you can choose from to have one shipped to you. If you’re not interested in any books that month, you can chose to skip the month and you’re given a credit that can be used to get extra books in future months. These include new BotM books, as well as books from months that have already passed (if still in stock). While there have been a one or two months when I’ve not been interested in any books, most months there’s a least one books that interests me and there have been several months where multiple books have caught my eye.
For September, none of the books immediately jumped out as ones I was DYING to read, but several at least intrigued me. I ultimately decided to chose the intriguing one that was the most out of my reading comfort zone (since I am trying to use this to broaden my reading horizons): #fashionvictim by Amina Akhtar. This book I initially dismissed as one I wouldn’t be interested in (yes, I judged it by it’s #cover). Then I read a snippet that was available on the BotM website and enjoyed the narrator’s voice, so I decided to take a chance with it. It is the shortest BotM book I’ve gotten yet, so it should be a quick read.
Here’s the synopsis:
“Darkly satisfying.”—Martha Stewart Living
“A diabolical page-turner . . . impossible to put down.”—Forbes
“As awesome as it sounds.”—Book Riot
A thrilling take on the fashion world, #FashionVictim is Dexter meets The Devil Wears Prada.
Fashion editor Anya St. Clair is on the verge of greatness. Her wardrobe is to die for. Her social media is killer. And her career path is littered with the bodies of anyone who got in her way. She’s worked hard to get where she is, but she doesn’t have everything.
Not like Sarah Taft. Anya’s obsession sits one desk away. Beautiful, stylish, and rich, she was born to be a fashion world icon. From her beach-wave blonde hair to her on-trend nail art, she’s a walking editorial spread. And Anya wants to be her friend. Her best friend. Her only friend.
But when Sarah becomes her top competition for a promotion, Anya’s plan to win her friendship goes into overdrive. In order to beat Sarah…she’ll have to become her. Friendly competition may turn fatal, but as they say in fashion: One day you’re in, and the next day you’re dead.
Since I had credits to apply to additional books, I got two more. These were books that had been offered for months before I joined, and since they happen to be on my YA Mental Health To-Read list, I figured I should get them.
Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert. The main character of this book has a step-brother who has bipolar disorder, so I’m hoping this will be a book I can recommend to students who have family members with bipolar disorder, or possibly to students who are learning to cope with it themselves.
Here’s the synopsis:
When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.
But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. I’ve never read a John Green novel before, but my school’s library has been talking this one up to me for a while. It focuses on a character with OCD and anxiety, and John Green pulled from his own experiences with OCD and anxiety to write it. I imagine this will be one that gets put on my ‘recommend to students’ list, but I need to read it to be sure.
Here’s the synopsis:
Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis. Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.