Today my friend and I went into Itaewon (Seoul) to check out the two English bookstores there, so I have some new reads.
1. Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley - My friend and I were at the used bookstore talking about how much we like reading adaptations of fairy tales, and then this one happened to be right in front of me so I bought it on a whim. The internet tells me it’s not as good as McKinley’s other Beauty and the Beast novel, but whatever. It’s probably good enough for a light read, at the very least.
2. Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran - I love all things Egypt and/or Roman, so I just grabbed it without even thinking. It’s pretty highly ranked on Goodreads, but then there are also a lot of reviews on that site saying it’s terrible and inaccurate and blah blah, so who knows.
3. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier - I LOVE THIS BOOK. It’s a retelling of the Celtic swans myth, and it is just perfect. I love the main character, I love her love interest, I love all of the side characters, I love the world, I love the writing... I would shove this book down everyone’s throats if I could. (Disclaimer: There is a rape scene which might triggering, but it is very clearly a Not Okay thing and is dealt with accordingly.) I had to order it since it wasn’t available in-store, but I am super excited.
4. Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier - I don’t know this one, but I love the author and the story (about Transylvanian sisters going through a secret portal in their castle to a magical land every month) seems intriguing, so I ordered it anyway.
5. Cybele’s Secret by Juliet Marillier - Okay, so I just like this author. Plus, it’s set in Istanbul! Branching out from my comfort zone!
6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine l’Engle - My friend and I were talking about childhood books and I happened upon this one. I haven’t read it since elementary school so I barely remember it, but I remember enjoying it.
7. The Wolf Hunt by Gillian Bradshaw - Okay, this is cheating because I already own this and didn’t buy it today, but I LOVE THIS BOOK. It is cheesy and awesome and it brings me so much joy. It’s based on a medieval French poem, and although it’s really obvious where the story is going from the beginning, I just can’t put it down. I reread it all the time and have loaned it out to half my coworkers and they all love it too.
So, what are you guys reading? Or if you’re not reading anything in particular, what books would you like to recommend?
And one more book .gif, because I giggled: