TBR List: Trying New Things

I’ve got two pretty interesting and very different (from each other and for me!) books lined up for this next week. One is a newer release and the other is to be released on September 5th. I am quite thrilled for both and can’t wait to dive in! Honestly, neither book is really typical for me to read, which is why I am a bit more excited than usual. But, I love how we can explore so wildly within a book. You never know where you may end up, what you could learn, or even what you may end up falling in love with!!

 

Reflections
Briana Morgan
Publication Date: June 2017
Genre: Fiction, YA, Fantasy
Summary via Goodreads: 

“Rama would trade almost anything for the chance to become someone else, even for a little while.”

In the small, rural town of Aldale, West Virginia, Ramachandra “Rama” Ganeshan wants nothing more than to avoid dressing rooms for the rest of her life. After a brutal assault destroys her confidence and self-esteem, she yearns to be someone else . . . someone pretty, popular, and loved—until multiple girls in town are found murdered.

After stumbling across her beautiful classmate’s body and a terrifyingly familiar face in the murderer, Rama encounters a group of shapeshifters who know more of the killings than they let on.

Only by earning the shapeshifters’ trust and becoming one of them will Rama be able to help serve justice.

But first, she must learn to love herself and confront her painful past—and find the courage to investigate the violence.

*e-book courtesy of author Briana Morgan in exchange for a review

 

Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote
Johanna Neuman
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Genre: NonFiction, History
Summary via NetGalley:

How fashion aided feminism during the women’s suffrage movement  In the early twentieth century over two hundred of New York’s most glamorous socialites joined the suffrage movement.  In newspaper accounts of the day, their names were hidden behind the moniker of “Mrs. Somebody Else,” but they were ultimately revealed to be women named Astor, Belmont, Rockefeller, Tiffany, Vanderbilt, and Whitney.  These women were the media darlings of their day because of the extravagance of their costume balls and the opulence of the French couture clothes, and they leveraged their social celebrity for political power, turning women’s right to vote into a fashionable cause. Although they were dismissed by critics as bored socialites “trying on suffrage as they might the latest couture designs from Paris,” these gilded suffragists were at the epicenter of the great reforms known collectively as the Progressive Era.  From championing education for women, to pursuing careers, and advocating for the end of marriage, these women were engaged with the swirl of change that swept through the streets of New York City.   Johanna Neuman restores these women to their rightful place in the story of women’s suffrage.  Understanding the need for popular approval for any social change, these socialites used their wealth, power, social connections and style to excite mainstream interest and to diffuse resistance to the cause.  In the end, as Neuman says, when change was in the air, these women helped push women’s suffrage over the finish line.  

*eARC courtesy of NetGalley in exchange for a review

 

So, you can see that these are two very different titles but don’t they both look incredible!? Which one would you add to your TBR list, based on the provided summaries and cover art? Or maybe you are like me and think both look fantastic?

…updates and reviews to come… xo

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