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Pub Day Shout-Outs! for October 12, 2021 featuring Andreen, Chambers, and Ursu

by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)


Here are three books coming out today that I'm excited to read!


Book cover of The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy by Anne Ursu

Anne Ursu's The Troubled Girls of Dragomir Academy (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"If no one notices Marya Lupu, is likely because of her brother, Luka. And that’s because of what everyone knows: that Luka is destined to become a sorcerer.


"The Lupus might be from a small village far from the capital city of Illyria, but that doesn’t matter. Every young boy born in in the kingdom holds the potential for the rare ability to wield magic, to protect the country from the terrifying force known only as the Dread.


"For all the hopes the family has for Luka, no one has any for Marya, who can never seem to do anything right. But even so, no one is prepared for the day that the sorcerers finally arrive to test Luka for magical ability, and Marya makes a terrible mistake. Nor the day after, when the Lupus receive a letter from a place called Dragomir Academy—a mysterious school for wayward young girls. Girls like Marya.


"Soon she is a hundred miles from home, in a strange and unfamiliar place, surrounded by girls she’s never met. Dragomir Academy promises Marya and her classmates a chance to make something of themselves in service to one of the country’s powerful sorcerers. But as they learn how to fit into a world with no place for them, they begin to discover things about the magic the men of their country wield, as well as the Dread itself—things that threaten the precarious balance upon which Illyria is built."


Why I want to read it: There are some great middle-grade reads coming out today. I picked this one because I was so intrigued by the title of the book and then when I saw it was fantasy with magic and a mysterious school for wayward girls--I was all in!


Book Cover of So, This Is Christmas by Tracy Andreen

Tracy Andreen's So, This is Christmas (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"When Finley Brown returned to her hometown of Christmas, Oklahoma, from boarding school, she expected to find it just as she left it. Christmas hasn’t changed much in her sixteen years. But instead she returns to find that her best friend is dating her ex-boyfriend, her parents have separated, and her archnemesis got a job working at her grandmother’s inn. And she certainly didn’t expect to find the boy she may or may not have tricked into believing that Christmas was an idyllic holiday paradise on her grandmother’s doorstep. It’s up to Finley to make sure he gets the Christmas he was promised. This is Finley’s Christmas. It’s about home and family and friends and finding her place, and along the way she also finds the best Christmas present of all: love."


Why I want to read it: So, here is the thing. If a book is coming out that centers around a holiday. I am always going to want to read it. I love a holiday read. This one is YA, which makes it all the better. Sign me up to read this one ASAP!


Book Cover of Small Pleasures by Clare Chambers

Clare Chambers's Small Pleasures (Amazon | Bookshop.org)


Description from Publisher:

"1957: Jean Swinney is a feature writer on a local paper in the southeast suburbs of London. Clever but with limited career opportunities and on the brink of forty, Jean lives a dreary existence that includes caring for her demanding widowed mother, who rarely leaves the house. It’s a small life with little joy and no likelihood of escape.


"That all changes when a young woman, Gretchen Tilbury, contacts the paper to claim that her daughter is the result of a virgin birth. Jean seizes onto the bizarre story and sets out to discover whether Gretchen is a miracle or a fraud. But the more Jean investigates, the more her life becomes strangely (and not unpleasantly) intertwined with that of the Tilburys, including Gretchen’s gentle and thoughtful husband Howard, who mostly believes his wife, and their quirky and charming daughter Margaret, who becomes a sort of surrogate child for Jean. Gretchen, too, becomes a much-needed friend in an otherwise empty social life.


"Jean cannot bring herself to discard what seems like her one chance at happiness, even as the story that she is researching starts to send dark ripples across all their lives…with unimaginable consequences.


"Both a mystery and a love story, Small Pleasures is a quintessentially British novel in the style of The Remains of the Day, about conflict between personal fulfilment and duty; a novel that celebrates the beauty and potential for joy in all things plain and unfashionable."


Why I want to read it: The cover caught my eye, and I found the description of the book utterly enthralling. I love a good mystery. Throw in a love story, and that checks a lot of boxes for me.

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