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Most Anticipated Book Releases of October 2018: books I can’t wait to get my hands on!

Most anticipated book releases 2018

September and October are always the best months for releases in my opinion, so I have some amazing book that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee 

I read and enjoyed the first book in this series and I can’t wait to read Felicity’s story, since she is one of my favorite characters from book one. In this sequel, Felicity is looking for a way to accomplish her dream of becoming a doctor, in a time when men are seen as the sole guardians of science, and in this persue,  she becomes part of a perilous quest.

Release Date: October 2nd 2018

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore 

I’m a huge fan of Anna-Marie McLemore, I LOVE When The Moon Was Ours, and I can’t wait to read her next book. I’m definetely adding this to my Latinx Book Bingo TBR since I completely forgot this was coming out during the readathon. This is the story of two sisters that are rivals because of a curse that one day will leave one of them a girl and trap the other in the body of a swan.

Release Date: October 9th 2018

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera 

This is the story of  Arthur and Ben, who meet-cute at the post office, and what the universe have in store for them. I have never read an Adam Silvera book and that really needs to change but I’m scared of how sad his books seem to be, so I’m excited to read this one, because after reading Simon vs the Homosapiens Agenda, I’m sure Becky won’t let him crush our heart too badly. RIGHT?!

Release Date: October 9th 2018

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi 

It’s 2002, a year after 9/11. It’s an extremely turbulent time politically, but especially so for someone like Shirin, a sixteen-year-old Muslim girl who’s tired of being stereotyped. I’m so excited to read this kind of story from an #ownvoices author, and I’m even more excited because I have heard nothing but great things from people who got arcs.

Release Date: October 16th 2018

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas 

This is my most anticipated release of the entire year, I have been reading these books for the longest time and I just want to know how everything ends …who am I kidding? I’M DYING TO KNOW HOW THIS ENDS.  Aelin’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. 

Release Date: October 23rd 2018

What October book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of these books? Have you read any of these books and what did you think about them?

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My TBR for the Latinx Book Bingo

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There’s only one week left before the #LatinxBookBingo begins! I’m so excited to be one of the hosts of this readathon and I’m incredibly happy with the response that we have gotten so far from so many people in the book community. If you want to participate, but need recs for your tbr, here’s a list I made with 90 Book Recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo. Also, if you’re participating, remember to follow the official twitter account @latinxbookbingo

Now, here’s my tbr:

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova – Sci-fi/Fantasy with a Latinx Main Character

When all her classmates, including her boyfriend Maks, die in a bus crash, Lula tries to bring Maks back with her healing power, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous and it turns out, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back.

I really liked the first book in the Brooklyn Brujas series, so I’m excited to continue on, even if this follows a different main character. #ownvoices Latinx rep

They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – Latinx Main Character with Mental Illness

Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio get a call letting them know they’re going to die that day, then they meet through an app called the Last Friend for a last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

I’m honestly ashamed to say that I haven’t read an Adam Silvera book, but all his books have been in my tbr for a long time and this is the perfect opportunity to finally read one of them! #ownvoices Puerto Rican rep & #ownvoices anxiety and OCD rep. Also, there’s Cuban-American rep. 

Acting on Impulse by Mia Sosa – On Cover Representation 

Fitness trainer Tori Alvarez goes on vacation and she vows to keep it a man-free zone, but then she meets a guy on the plane, who turns out to be actor Carter Stone. She doesn’t recognize him because he underwent a physical transformation for a movie, he’s  looking to get back in shape and Tori agrees to help him without knowing who he is.

I have heard nothing but great things about this book and since I’m a huge fan of romance books, I really wanted to include a romance with a latinx main character on my tbr. #ownvoices Puerto Rican Rep

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by  Ingrid Rojas Contreras – Historical Fiction 

Set against the backdrop of the devastating violence of 1990’s Colombia, this is the story of a sheltered young girl and a teenage maid who strike an unlikely friendship that threatens to undo them both. 

I found out about this book a few months ago and since I’m Colombian, I immediately added it to my most anticipated books of 2018 list. I can’t wait to see what Ingrid those with this story! #ownvoice Colombian rep

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes – Contemporary/Romance 

Since her mother passed away, Analee Echevarria spends her time role playing in an online game where she meets a boy she likes but she isn’t able to tell him. At the same time, in real life, a popular boy asks her to be his fake girlfriend and he starts to coax her out of her comfort zone. 

I have an arc of this and I’m extremely excited to finally read it!  This comes out September 18th and it sounds like a perfect YA Contemporary read. #ownvoices Cuban-American rep

La Casa de los Espíritus (The House of the Spirits) by Isabel Allende – Magical Realism

This book tells the story of Patriarch Esteban, whose desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

Isabel Allende is my favorite Latinx author and I have read several of her books, but I have owned The House of the Spirits, her most recognized novel, for over a year and I still havent read it. BUT now it’s defintely the moment to finally read it! #ownvoices Chilean rep

 Peluda by Melissa Lozada-Oliva – Poetry 

The book explores the relationship between femininity and body hair as well as the intersections of family, class, the immigrant experience, Latina identity, and much more, all through Lozada-Oliva’s unique lens and striking voice. 

I just found out while writing this that while Melissa’s mother is from Guatemala, her dad is Colombian. Now, I’m even more excited to read it! #ownvoices latinx poetry

Diarios de Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries) by Ernesto Che Guevara – Non Fiction 

The young Che Guevara’s lively and highly entertaining travel diary. 

I’m gonna be honest, this is the only book on this list that I chose especially to get a bingo. I wasn’t planning on reading this one, but since it’s short and it’s non fiction, it fit the requirements that I had. #ownvoices argentine rep

Cien Años de Soledad (One Hundred Years of Solitude) by Gabriel García Márquez – Classic Latinx Author 

This book tells the story of the Buendia family, and chronicles the irreconcilable conflict between the desire for solitude and the need for love. 

I tried to read this book when I was 14 years old, almost 10 years ago, and honestly I got really confused and I DNFed it. After that, I have never tried agan until now. This is the most famous colombian novel of all time, it won a nobel prize for literature, and as a colombian, I feel a bit bad about not having read it. #ownvoices Colombian rep

The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea – Free Space

The entire De La Cruz clan gathers for the final birthday party that the Patriarch, Big Angel, is throwing for himself, as he nears the end of his struggle with cancer.  When Big Angel’s mother, Mama America, dies herself, he must plan her funeral as well. Among the attendants is his half-brother, Little Angel, who comes face to face with the siblings with whom he shared a father but not a life. 

Another 2018 release, I’m so excited to be reading! This sounds so interesting and I have heard the writing is beautiful. #ownvoices Mexican-American rep

Now, let’s check how many bingos I’m getting….

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If I read all the books on this TBR,  I get 2 bingos! And I’m missing only 1 book for my third bingo, so after reading all these books, I’ll defintely try to find a book with a Latinx Bisexual main character to read.

 

 

 

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wrap up

August 2018 Wrap Up

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Life Update 

  • There’s not much to tell, I have basically been preparing to move to Spain for a year on the 20th of September. So there’s being lots of paperwork, packing my apartment, and spending time with friends and family during August.
  • The only other thing is that I’m hosting the #LatinxBookBingo and that had been so well receive, especially on twitter,  which has made me really happy and it has made the whole experience feel extremely especial.

What I Read 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (4,3 stars): I really enjoyed this book, it has a soft male love interest, which is rare in romance, it has #ownvoices autistic rep, there’s a lot of chemestry between the two main characters and the book is really steamy and there’s a lot of sex scenes, which I like, but if it’s not your thing be aware.

The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar & Michelle Schusterman (4,3 stars): I loved this book, I loved all three main characters, I loved the female friendship and I loved the premise of the three conventions. Also, there’s two really cute romances, there’s lesbian rep, non binary rep, mexican rep and I think there were well handled.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud (4,3 stars): I loved the two main female charaters in this one and I loved the fact that it’s a Moroccan inspired fantasy. Here’s my review!

Useless Magic by Florence Welch  (3 stars): This is basically a book with the lyrics to a bunch of Florence + The Machine songs, there’s a few doodles and phrases that are added, but not much of this is new. Nonetheless, I listen to all the songs as I read so I had a good time.

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung (3,5 stars): this was relatable for me as an introvert, it was funny and it was a quick read.

Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie (3,6 stars): This is the first Hercules Poirot book I have read in which he’s trying to solve a case from the past and I still enjoyed it but it didn’t blow my mind. Honestly, I have started to notice the repetitive elements that Agatha Christie uses in her novels, so the books are losing a bit of their appeal.

Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid (3.6 stars): I liked the two main characters and I liked he fact that they used to be  best friends but haven’t spoken in years, the plot was a bit predictable but not entirely, I didn’t like the time jump between the last book and this, and I didn’t like that we saw so little of the rest of the Winstons.

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale (3,2 stars): The plot of this was really predictable,I wasn’t completely sold on the romance, I didn’t really felt the chemestry between the characters, but it was still fun to see a cute f/f romance.

The Chase by Elle Kennedy (3,4 stars): I liked the chemestry between the characters nad I liked the way in which the relatioship developed. Also,  I really liked the female friendship in this and the side characters.

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G. (3,4 stars): Best friends to lovers is my favorite trope, so I enjoyed that aspect of this book, the conflict at the end was a bit dumb and it relied on miscommunication, which I didn’t like, but overall, it was a fun read.

Sincerely, Arizona by Whitney G. (3 stars): This was just an epilogue for Sincerely, Carter. It was cute, but that was it.

After the Kiss by Lauren Layne (3,6 stars): This is like anothe version of How to Lose a Guy in 10 days and it was actually really fun to read. The main characters are very different but they have a lot of chemestry; the male main characters is the serious and a bit dominant kind of guy, but it wasn’t excesive, and the female main character, whom I liked a lot, is charismatic and nice.

Love The One You’re With by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): This book has an amazing love interest, he is flirty and a bit cocky, but he is a nice guy from beginning to end. I also liked the female main character and how heartbreak was shown in the story.  I enjoyed the battle of the sexes aspect of the story and the chemestry between the characters.

Just One Night by Lauren Layne (3,5 stars): This is a friends to lovers story, but the actions and conversations of the two main characters didn’t show them to be as good friends as it was being said they were. That definetely lowered my enjoyment of the story, just like the fact that I didn’t like the male main character that much. However, I did like the female main character.

The Trouble With Love by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): I really liked both main characters in this book, I could relate a lot to the main female character, who was an introvert and kind of quiet and serious, I liked the fact that they had history and there was all the mystery surrounding their failed engagement 7 years before.

Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): I loved that this story revolves around two sportwriters and it touches a bit on how difficult it is to be a woman in the sport industry. I really liked both of the main characters. The main problem I had with this is that the female mc had self-esteem issues and she could go more than a couple pages without mentioning that she wasn’t pretty or sexy or desirable, and it definitely got a bit repetitive.

On the Blog 

Here’s everything I posted this month on the blog:

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read any of them?Tell me what happened in your life during August! What did you read? What did you post? 

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Latinx Book Bingo · readathon

90 Book Recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo

Hi everyone, I’m so excited to finally be posting this! Last week was the official announcement of the Latinx Book Bingo, which I’m co-hosting, and since then so many people on twitter have been asking for recommendations for the different squares of the bingo and, today, I’m delivering SO MANY RECS in this post! I have worked really hard for a long time to have a wide selection of books on this list, because I want this to be useful for as many people as possible.

But before getting into the list, I wanted to make some clarifications about it:

  1. I haven’t read every book on this list, but I read #ownvoices reviews for almost every single one of these books to make sure the Latinx rep was good. Nonetheless, if you know the rep in one of the books is not good, please let me know!
  2. When I mention a book is #ownvoices, this means is #ownvoices for latinx rep. I wish I had the time to especify if other kinds of rep are also #ownvoices, but I honestly didn’t have the time.
  3. Next to the title and author, there’s a parentheses (), in which I added information like the genre of the books and the kind of rep they have, so you could know if it works for more than one square.

With that out of the way, here are the recommendations:

Latinx bingo board

Latinx Bisexual Main Character
Sci-Fi/ Fantasy with Latinx Characters
Latinx Main Character with Mental Illness
On Cover Representation
Historical Fiction with latinx main characters
Female/Female Relationship
Contemporary/Romance with Latinx Main Character
Refugee/Immigrant Story
Latinx Neurodiverse Main Character
Non Fiction
Male/Male Relationship
Magical Realism with Latinx Main Characters
Fat Representation
Afrolatinx main character
Classic Latinx Authors
Transgender /Gender Queer Latinx Main Character
Poetry
Disabled/Chronic Pain Main Character
Indigenous Main Character
Free Space

Are you participating in the Latinx Book Bingo? Are you reading any of the books on this list? or have you read already any of the books on this list? Let me know!

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Most Anticipated Book Releases of September 2018: So many amazing books!

Most anticipated book releases 2018

September is gonna be such an amazing month for book releases, there’s so many books that I’m desperate to read that come out this month and I honestly can not wait!

Here are the six books being release in July that I’m highly anticipating, I hope you find something new to add to your tbr!

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren 

I have read a few Christina Lauren books this year so far and I have really liked them, so off course I’m excited for their newest book to come out, especially since it’s a friends to lovers story with a premise that sounds hilarious. This is about two completely different people who have been acquaintances for years and start setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates, because there’s obviously nothing going on between them. I have heard nothing but good things from people that got ARCs, so I’m even more excited!

Release date: September 4th 2018

Pride by Ibi Zoboi 

I have heard great things about American Street by Ibi Zoboi, but I haven’t read it yet, so I’m excited to give one of her books a chance and what better choice than a Pride and Prejudice retelling with an afro-latinx main character, and a storyline that revolves around the gentrification of a primarily latinx neighborhood. Honestly, what more could I ask for?

Release date: September 18th 2018

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith 

I have been waiting forever for this book and I can’t believe it’s finally here! This is book 4 in the Cormoran Strike series and after the end of book 3, I’m excited to see the changes in the dynamic between the characters. In this book, Detective Cormoran Strike and his ex-asistant- now partner in the detective firm- Robin Ellacott, try to find out what happened years ago to a troubled man who comes looking for their help.

Release date: September 18th 2018

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalo 

This has to be one of my most anticipated books of the year, it’s the third book in the Stalking Jack the Ripper series and I’m so excited to read about Audrey Rose and Thomas new adventure. In this book, the luxurious ship, where Audrey Rose and Thomas are passengers, becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers start being murdered and there’s nowhere to run from the killer. The fact that Kerri wrote a fake ending for the ARCs has me so intrigued, I need this book inmidiately!

Release date: September 18th 2018

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes 

I have been meaning to read Janelle Milanes’ debut novel The Victoria in my Head for a while, and I still haven’t done it, but because of that, I requested an ARC of this book and got it, and I’m excited to read it during the Latinx Book Bingo. This is the story of a latina girl, who’s mother passed away and she spends her time role playing in an online game where she mets a boy she likes but she isn’t able to tell him. At the same time, in real life, a popular boy asks her to be his fake girlfriend and he starts to coax her out of her comfort zone. I don’t know if I’m right, but I’m sensing a You’ve Got Mail situation and I’m excited about it!

Release date: September 18th 2018

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green 

Honestly, I’m mainly curious to see if this is any good since it’s Hank Green’s first book and the premise sounds intriguing. In this book, a bunch of sculptures started to show up in different cities around the world and this is the story of the woman that posted the first video of one of the sculptures online and how that video went viral and that changed her life. Also, it’s about the mystery surrounding the sculptures, about what they are and what they want from us. I have hard that this is quirky, pop-culture-filled, sci-fi-ish and I’m excited to read it!

Release date: September 25th 2018

What September book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of these books? Have you read any of these books and what did you think about them?

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Blog Tour: Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Review + Giveaway)

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I’m so excited to be part of the blog tour for such an amazing book! If you want to check out the other stops of the tour, here’s the tour schedule.

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Book: Mirage (Book #1 in the Mirage series)

Author: Somaiya Daud

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Release date: August 28, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

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Mirage is a wonderfully written sci-fi story, with amazing characters and a rich setting, that provides a message about the importance of culture and traditions, especially for communities that have had a lot taken from them,  that it’s really important in the times we are living in. 

This is definitely a character driven story, the plot moves really slowly, not a lot of things happen and there’s no that much action. So if you prefer plot drive, action packed books, this may not be for you. BUT if you are like me and prefer character focused books, you’ll really enjoyed this one. I was absolutely captivated by the characters, especially Maram and Amani, the princess and the body double. In one hand, Amani is a relatable and likable character; she isn’t trained to be a fighter, she isn’t great at strategy, she is just a girl that is put in a difficult situation and manages to survive. On the other hand, Maram is cruel and arrogant, but as the story unfolds, her backstory is revealed and it’s easy to see that she is conflicted by a lot of the things that have happened and it’s trapped between what it’s expected of her and who she wants to be. Honestly, she is such a complex character and probably my favorite in this book. 

The romance is very prominent  in this story and, at the beginning, I didn’t know how to feel about it because I thought it was gonna be insta-love, but then as the story progresses, I realized there’s instant attraction, but then there’s enought moments and conversations between the two characters to show why they fell in love. They have a lot in common and they are in similar situations, so they understand each other.

Now, going back to the plot,  it was not the most original and unique plot. It follow the line of a girl from a lower class taken to the palace to perform some kind of task that put her life in risk to protect the conquering queen or king and then becoming friends with people in the palace and later on joining the rebelion.  BUT the fact that it is Moroccan inspired, added the uniqueness that was missing from the plot, there were so many elements of this wolrd, in term of history, religion and traditions that felt new and interesting and especial, because they haven’t been portrait in sci-fi before and that defintely made me enjoy this book more.

Another thing that I think it’s worth mentioning is that this felt a lot more like a fantasy than a Sci-fi book. I think that has to do with the fact that the plot has elements that are common in YA fantasy books and that maybe aren’t as common in Sci-fi. Also, there are mythological creatures and gods in this story and they are given a lot more attention than things like space travel and the technology behind the androids that serve as guards.

Mirage is beautifully written, it has complex and fascinating characters, Moroccan inspired setting and traditions that give it a unique touch, and a  mix between sci-fi and fantasy elements that also make it seem new and exciting. For those reasons I enjoyed my time reading it inmensly. 

Rating: 4,3 stars 

About the author:

SomaiyaDaud-Photo Somaiya Daud was born in a Midwestern city, and spent a large part of her childhood and adolescence moving around. Like most writers, she started when she was young and never really stopped. Her love of all things books propelled her to get a degree in English literature (specializing in the medieval and early modern), and while she worked on her Master’s degree she doubled as a bookseller at Politics and Prose in their children’s department. Determined to remain in school for as long as possible, she packed her bags in 2014 and moved the west coast to pursue a doctoral degree in English literature. Now she’s preparing to write a dissertation on Victorians, rocks, race, and the environment. Mirage is her debut, and is due from Flatiron Books in 8/28/2018

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Giveaway: 

  • Prize: One finished copy of Mirage by Somaiya Daud (USA only)
  • Starts: 8/22/18
  • Ends: 8/30/18
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Latinx Book Bingo · readathon

Latinx Book Bingo Announcement

latinx book bingoI’m so excited to FINALLY be able to tell you guys about this amazing event I have been working on for a long time with some other wonderful people!

The Latinx book bingo will take place from September 15 to October 15, which is Hispanic Heritage Month 2018. The bingo is being hosted by Paola (@Mancerelle), Allie (@Alliembooks) and myself (@SofiainBookland) and it was created as a way to highlight books about latinx characters and written by latinx authors.

The aim of the bingo is to read as many Latinx books as you can, guided by the prompts on the bingo board.  You can also try to get a bingo (read all prompts on a single line or row — you can read horizontally, vertically, and diagonally), but it’s not necessary, we just hope you read some latinx reads during this month.

Latinx bingo board

I just want to quickly explain that the idea is to read some intersectional stories, so the first square, for example, says Bisexual MC and that means read a book with a main character that it’s both Latinx AND bisexual. When the square says MC W/ Mental Illness, it means read a book that has a Latinx main characters with a mental illness. It’s the same with all the squares that mention other identities.

 Also, we have a few chats planned on Twitter and this is the schedule:

  • September 22
  • September 29
  • October 6
  • October 13

The Twitter chats will be done through the @LatinxBookBingo Twitter account, and you can use the #LatinxBookBingo hashtag for all your related tweets and posts. I will be posting a tbr and a recommendation list in the next couple of weeks in case you need help setting up your tbr.

I hope you can join us! If you have any comments or questions, please let them in the comments! 

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