Hi readers! Welcome to a little feature that I call “Meet Me at the Bookstore,” where I highlight some of the cool bookstores I go to! Some upcoming ones that I want to feature here on Lyrical Reads include The Strand and Books of Wonder (they have tons of signed books!).
*The Voracious Reader – New York*
But today, I want to show you all The Voracious Reader, a bookstore that probably describes most of the book community. Exactly as to why I hadn’t realized this store existed until one of my teacher’s had his book launch party there (one of the coolest experiences, I have to say), I don’t know. But since I just visited The Voracious Reader, I’m going to show you my haul and let you guys take a photographic tour through this amazing bookstore!
The Voracious Reader is such a cute bookstore that you almost miss when looking along the street. It’s an indie bookstore that has a lot of books in stock (considering its size), but it’s an especially great place if you love middle grade books and picture books!
Since I wasn’t there to buy anything (or so I thought *wink*), I needed a way to distract myself from attempting to make a mental list of all the books I didn’t own, so I decided to focus on the books that I recognized. That lasted about 5 minutes. I definitely wasn’t upset that I got to spend an hour or so in an amazing bookstore, but I wasn’t so sure what to do.
Of course you’re all probably thinking…umm, read, DUH. I think that option escaped my memory in the beginning😉. Luckily, I found A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis tucked next to my teacher’s new book, so I sat in the chair in the corner. When it was time to leave, I was completely engrossed in the story! I visited The Voracious Reader a few days before my family’s vacation and family vacation always meant “a new book I could get without paying a cent for it” (*score!*)
But THEN! I found out that if you spent over $10 at the bookstore, you could choose a free ARC too!! CAN YOU TELL I WAS ECSTATIC?? As I was flipping through all of their options, I kept finding books that I knew! I saw Royal Bastards, Dividing Eden, When Dimple Met Rishi, A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue…basically, how was I supposed to choose ONE?
Because I have a great mom, she ended up getting another book (which has amazing illustrations in it, by the way), so I walked away with two ARCS!
This bookstore also hosts some great events! One that I’m particularly bummed that I can’t make is called the YA Alliance which is the final Friday of each month at 6 pm! ARCs are, again, available and $10 allows you to get pizza and lemonade, and there are exclusive events and discounts!
*The Voracious Reader HAUL*
A Madness So Discreet – Mindy McGinnis
“Grace Mae knows madness.
She keeps it locked away, along with her voice, trapped deep inside a brilliant mind that cannot forget horrific family secrets. Those secrets, along with the bulge in her belly, land her in a Boston insane asylum.
When her voice returns in a burst of violence, Grace is banished to the dark cellars, where her mind is discovered by a visiting doctor who dabbles in the new study of criminal psychology. With her keen eyes and sharp memory, Grace will make the perfect assistant at crime scenes. Escaping from Boston to the safety of an ethical Ohio asylum, Grace finds friendship and hope, hints of a life she should have had. But gruesome nights bring Grace and the doctor into the circle of a killer who stalks young women. Grace, continuing to operate under the cloak of madness, must hunt a murderer while she confronts the demons in her own past.
In this beautifully twisted historical thriller, Mindy McGinnis, acclaimed author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust, explores the fine line between sanity and insanity, good and evil—and the madness that exists in all of us.”
First of all, I think this cover is so cool! Plus, for any of those who know me well, I love history, so when I started reading and found out that the story explored the insane asylums of the United States during the nineteenth century, I was hooked! Warnings for rape and gore (brain surgeries are described in semi-detail), since the protagonist, Grace, ends up working as a doctor’s assistant and deals with solving crimes.
ARC: Roar – Cora Caramack
“In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.
Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.
To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.
Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.
She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.
Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.”
I’ve heard so much about this book! Yet, somehow, nothing at all😅. I’m not entirely sure of the plot, but I’m always down for a unique fantasy!
ARC: Eliza & Her Monsters – Francesca Zappia
“In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.
Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.
But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.”
I saw that Owlcrate had included Eliza and Her Monsters in one of their boxes, and honestly, I didn’t think much about it. That is, until I read Maé’s 5 star review on the novel (found here). Since then, Eliza and Her Monsters has been on my radar, but I didn’t want to buy it on Amazon quite yet (can anyone say broke one more time?), and I knew that my local library doesn’t really stock new releases that quickly. So…free ARC available? I’ll take it!
In short, if you’re ever visiting New York City, hop on a northbound train and check out this bookstore!