ARC Wishes & Bookish Box Dreams

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Is this how the bookstagrammers do it?

This week didn’t get off to the best start—fifteen inches of rain and soggy car floorboards tend to put a damper on things—but today was made of awesome.

First, I managed to snag a subscription for May’s Bookish Box after a few spots opened up at the last minute. Bookish Box is a new(ish) literary-inspired subscription box which pairs limited edition Appraising Pages tees with 3-4 other bookish home, beauty, or fashion items. I’ve been lusting after Justine’s past few boxes (including her gorgeous Outlander box), and when I saw next month’s theme was Harry Potter, I was so disappointed that she was sold out and beyond thrilled when I picked one up! I’m sure I’ll be gleefully reviewing this box once I get it next month.

Next, the copy of Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible I pre-ordered from Amazon finally arrived! I was supposed to get it yesterday, but I think the flooding in Houston wreaked havoc on the mail delivery schedule…I’ll give them a pass. Eligible is based on Pride and Prejudice and is the fourth book in the Austen Project series in which best-selling authors rewrite and reimagine one of Austen’s six novels. The third installment, Alexander McCall Smith’s Emma, is still on my TBR after I saw some less-than-favorable reviews; however, based on Sittenfeld’s past novels, I’m really excited for this book! I will consume literally any P&P retelling you put in front of me, bad or good, and I think Sittenfeld has the perfect style and voice for a modern Austenian comedy of manners.

Finally, the best kind of surprise bookmail! St. Martin’s Griffin sent me an advanced reader copy of The Star-Touched Queen after I entered (and apparently won) a Goodreads giveaway on a whim a couple weeks ago. I’ve been hearing SO MANY GOOD THINGS about this book. Here’s the blurb:

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.”

Secrets, romance, the promise of strong female characters, a hint of magic realism, and India? I’m salivating.

 

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