Bookish Delight of the Month (Bookish Delight for short) is a monthly feature in which I’ll spotlight the number one book I’m most anticipating at the beginning of the month it releases. This could be a book I don’t have yet, or have an ARC of already – even a book I’m already reading, because it doesn’t matter whether I have it or not, or have read it or not – this is just all about me spotlighting the book I’m most excited for in a given month.
So, without further adieu, let’s get started!
Sooooo…… I kinda messed up (again). October was insanely busy and I’ve been sick the last week, so I COMPLETELY forgot to post my Bookish Delight picks. Sooooo…… Even though October is WAY over and we’re already a week into November, I’m still gonna share both! I haven’t read my October pick yet, and my November pick is releasing TODAY, so it will still be fun to share and discuss both of them. Okay.. Ready? Ready!!
The book I was most highly anticipating in October was… The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee! I haven’t read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue yet (I know, I know!!! It’s on my Immediate TBR!!!), but I’ve been excited for this book ever since it was announced. I can’t wait to dive into both the books in this series, they just look absolutely amazing and I’ve heard nothing but good things about them!
In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. A must-have for fans of Mackenzi Lee’s extraordinary and Stonewall Honor-winning novel.
A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.
But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.
In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.
Happy Book Birthday to my November pick, Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean! I can’t even put into words how epic this book sounds – Intriguing mythology, an enchanted palace, supernatural monsters and spirits? Yes, please!!!! I CANNOT wait to get my hands on this book!!!
Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.
Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.
Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy.
So, there you have it! My (belated) October and November picks for Bookish Delight! Now, tell me: What was your most anticipated book in October? November? Have you read it/them? Did you enjoy it/them? Share it in the comments!