Bank Or Bin

Bank It Or Bin It #24 [organising my goodreads want to read shelf]

My Goodreads Want To Read List has 300+ books on it and sadly I cannot stop time to read them all, so it’s time to PURGE.

I’m going to choose a few books once a fortnight and Bank Them, keeping them on my Want To Read shelf, or Bin Them, removing them from my wishlist entirely.

Let’s go!

Marrow Charm by Kristin Jacques

Azure Brimvine lives in a world decimated by magic. One where humans have retreated underground from the overwhelming dangers of the surface. But Below is no safer than Above. Magic borne plagues continue to eat away at the remaining human cities. A sickness that doesn’t merely kill, but creates aberrations from the stricken: people twisted by magic into something dark, dangerous, and powerful.

But when Azzy’s brother, Armin, is infected and cast out into the Above, she sets out after him, determined to be there for him no matter what he becomes. The world Above is full of monsters, both wild and cunning, some more human than Azzy was led to believe.

Her search for Armin leads her to Avergard, a ruthless city of inhuman lords and twisted creatures. Azzy must find allies and forge new bonds in this broken world, brave the perils of the Above, and reach Armin before his new power is used to open the Gate once more.

Verdict – Bank It

This sounds cool as hell.

Firebird by Elizabeth Wein

I am not a traitor. Let me tell you how I became a pilot and why I landed my plane behind enemy lines – and what I did afterwards. And then you can judge for yourselves …

Nastia Nabokova is a daring pilot, the daughter of revolutionaries, and now, as Russia enters the Second World War, she must fight to save the glorious Motherland. But when the battles begin and life itself is at stake, long-held secrets are revealed, and Nastia must question everything she once thought she knew.

Verdict – Bank It

I’ve gotta read more of Elizabeth’s books, Code Name Verity smashed my heart into tiny little pieces and I’m still recovering a decade later.

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages by Various

Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer figures live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens.

From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.

Verdict – Bank It

I always put off reading Anthologies and I have no idea why. I may have to make 2022 my Anthology year and start reading all the ones on my tbr.
(Because my year of reading series is going so well not)

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice – but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian – but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country – or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are… and what they are willing to become for peace.

Verdict – Bin It

I’m cutting down on fantasy books this year, there’s so many in YA. I also hate court politics and want to avoid them at all costs, which I think this may be.

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Love grows such strange things.

For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.

The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.

Verdict – Bank It

I almost removed this from my shelves because the blurb reminded a little too much of another book I read this year, Into The Heartless Wood, but Goodreads friends have rated this really highly and assured me that this story is much deeper than a story about women who grow flowers.

Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry

Michael is an atheist. So as he walks through the doors at St. Clare’s – a strict Catholic school – sporting a plaid tie, things can’t get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow nonbeliever at that. Only this girl, Lucy, is not just Catholic… she wants to be a priest.

But Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare’s outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism. After an incident in theology class, Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school’s hypocrisies. When Michael takes one mission too far – putting the other Heretics at risk – he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom, or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.

Verdict – Bank It

This one sounds really fun, and I am obsessed with found families of any genre. I recently read Bad Habits set at a Christian school and loved that, so hopefully this is just as good.

Did any of these books make their way on to your shelves? Let me know in the comments!

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