Book Mail Monday 12/5/2022

Happy Monday, book friends! Tis the season of holiday sales, and every now and again I can’t help but be tempted. Book Outlet had an extra discount going on for Black Friday, and I snagged a few books that I’ve been eyeing for a while. They showed up on my doorstep this past week, along with one review copy. Naturally, that means we’ve got another Book Mail Monday on our hands!

HausMagick: Transform Your Home with Witchcraft by Erica Feldmann

I fell in love with HausWitch during a visit to Salem several years ago, and I’ve debated about buying this book for a long time. I’m not the best when it comes to household maintenance, so the idea of using my living space to create magic makes me about as anxious as the words “interior design.” But when I saw it on sale, I knew the time to check it out had at last arrived.

Modern Tarot: Connecting with your Higher Self Through the Wisdom of the Cards by Michelle Tea

Our spare room is chock full of books on Tarot, yet it never quite feels like I have enough of them. I love using the Tarot as a personal reflection tool, so this book has always seemed perfect for me. Now, I’m finally about to find out.

Witches of America by Alex Mar

I cannot resist an investigative memoir, particularly one that’s billed as a journalist seeking her own spirituality and choosing to deep dive into the history of witchcraft to do so.

The Wife App by Carolyn Macker* (Out June 27th, 2023)

One of these things is not like the other here, and that’s because this one is an advanced reader copy (thank you, Simon & Shuster!). Possibly my first physical ARC for 2023 releases (but don’t quote me on it). This is the story of three women who decide to start an app to try and monetize the type of thankless work often handed off to wives, and I’m definitely curious to see how that goes.

That’s it for me, book friends! Any new books hit your physical or digital shelves this week?

Book Mail Monday 11/14/2022

Happy Monday, book friends! I had a restful weekend at home with Azula, reading and baking and playing Stardew Valley. Now, another workweek begins.

A couple of books arrived on my doorstep this weekend, so I’m here with another book mail Monday!

(Serious) New Cook* by Leah Su Quiroga and Cammie Kim Lin

I’ve somehow begun attracting the attention of PR folks who are promoting cookbooks, and as a cookbook lover, I am very here for it. I was delighted to be offered a review copy of this cookbook, which is designed to teach basic cooking skills through popular recipes. I’ll admit I expected some pretty basic stuff here, but this book is chock full of gorgeous color photos of recipes that genuinely have me excited to get into the kitchen.

The recipes are grouped into trios that teach a particular cooking technique or skill, then build on it in subsequent recipes. There are full color photos of the steps to really walk you through the process, and a ton of general cooking knowledge at the start. Though I’m not a particularly “new” cook at 30, I do think I’ll learn some new things from these recipes, including how to make steamed pork buns and mochi. Many thanks to Rizzoli publishing and Andrea Burnett PR for the review copy.

Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

This was my October pick from Authentic Books. I met Celeste at a book signing back when I lived in Cincinnati and read Everything I Never Told You. She became an auto-buy author for me, which is why I’m going to check this one out even though it doesn’t quite sound like the kind of book I usually like. It’s about a 12-year-old boy called Bird, who goes on a journey to find his mother. There’s a distinct dystopian/speculative vibe here, wherein the government has implemented strict laws to preserve “American culture,” including the ability to relocate children with dissident parents and remove “unpatriotic” texts from libraries. Bird’s mother was a poet with some “unpatriotic” views, and he grew up knowing next to nothing about her.

I imagine this will be a difficult and heartbreaking read much like her previous books. To be honest, 12-year-old boy narrator gives me distinct shades of the (deeply boring) books I was forced to read throughout middle school, which is my main reason for not being over-the-moon excited for this one.

That’s it for me this week! I did also grab a couple of library cookbooks to try and find some good vegan recipes, but TBD on whether either of them makes their way into my permanent collection.

What about you, book friends? Get any exciting new books recently?