National Read a Book Day falls on a Sunday this year, so why not make the whole weekend (three day weekend if you’re in the U.S.!) your own personal bookfest?
We’re always reading here at Bookstacked, so you can be sure that we’ll be joining in on the reading fun.
Here’s a peek at what we’ve been reading lately to celebrate.
I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee
Kristy Mauna: This ownvoices book is perfect for all K-pop fans! Skye Shin has been told that she’s too fat to become a singer or dancer and should learn to be content living in the background of others. When she crushes her audition for a K-pop competition she begins her journey of breaking the rules of what society has always told her to be. Readers are sure to love this heartwarming, body positivity story!
Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson
Spencer Miller: Jared is a 16-year-old burnout who lives on the rez with his reckless mother who already has too much to deal with — selling pot, paying the bills and taking care of an elderly neighbor. He really doesn’t have time for bullies, traditions or a grandmother who hates him and says he is not human. But as it turns out, there really is an explanation for all the wildness and trickery in Jared’s life. I got so lost in this book, I found myself staying up late, reading with my flashlight, desperate to know what happens next. Equal parts terrifying and enchanting, this is a dark tale about finding your place in a hard world.
Loveless by Alice Oseman
Eleanor Maher: This gorgeous new contemporary from Alice Oseman follows Georgia as she navigates her first year of university with her two best friends. A romantic through-and-through, she can’t understand why she hasn’t found love of her own — until thoughtful friends and new experiences help shed the light on her sexuality. This book is an incredible addition to LGBTQ+ YA literature. Oseman is comforting and kind in her exploration of asexuality and teenage-hood, and delivers a story that creates an atmosphere of coziness, whilst providing a safe place for self-reflection. (Read our review)
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Chelsea Regan: All Rose wants to do is keep her best friend Lissa safe. But when your best friend is a vampire, with some pretty unique abilities, that’s much easier said than done. This book is a classic, and while I completely missed it when it was first popular, I am very glad to be reading it now. Its focus on strong female friendship makes it feel more honest than your typical paranormal love story (not that there isn’t plenty of romance as well) and if you like it, there is a whole series you can binge.
Lobizona by Romina Garber
Saul Marquez: In my eternal quest to find a Latinx-inspired fantasy novel that can compete with Tolkien, I picked up Lobizona this week. To be clear: this is not a high fantasy novel, but that’s OK. This Argentine inspired take on werewolves and witches centers around Manuela Azul, an undocumented immigrant whose life turns upside down when she learns of her family’s ties to a world of folklore. I’ve only just started reading this book but so far it starts with a bang!