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Most Anticipated Book Releases – April 2018

Most anticipated book releases 2018

I have been having a lot of fun making this kind of post of my most anticipated releases each month. I’m trying to actually read the books I say I’m anticipating and I haven’t been doing a good job at it,  but I’m working on it!

Here are the april book releases that I’m anticipating the most:

The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the best burger in Los Angeles) by  Amy Spalding 

I have been waiting for this book for so long and it’s almost time to have it on my hands, I’m so excited! This book has lesbian, fat and latinx representation, and it involves fashion, photography and food. It sounds like such a fun read.

Release Date: April 3rd 2018

Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy

This book involves the fandom of a fantasy book series, the set of the movie adaptation of that series and a romance. It seems like it deals with complicated family relationships and new friendships. I love all of those things, so I hope to love this one. Also, the cover is amazing.

Release Date: April 3rd 2018

Starry Eyes  by Jenn Bennett

This is a story of friends to enemies to lovers and there’s a romeo + juliet element to it? I WANT IT! Also, I have heard that this is very sex positive, it has present parents for both of the main characters and it has sweet swoons and kissing. I’m excited!

Release Date: April 3rd 2018

Isle of Blood and Stone by Makiia Lucier 

This books is about three main characters, a mapmaker,a king and the king’s cousin, who are working to solve the mystery behind the disapearence of two princes in a fantasy world.  I don’t know much more about this book, but I’m really intrigued and can’t wait to read it.

Release Date: April 10th 2018

What April 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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Bookish Style Guide

Martha Aguas Style Guide| If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman

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When I first started my blog,  before I moved from blogger to wordpress, I had a feature called Bookish Style Guide,  where I shared Pinterst boards with clothes and accesories inspired by the style of the main character in a book. I only posted two of them:

Lara Jean Style Guide | To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Blue Sargent Style Guide | The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater 

The boards were full of things that I thought the character would wear and they were SO FUN to make. So I decided to start doing them again and to start I chose Martha Aguas, the main character in If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman. It’s a book that I really enjoyed reading and Martha was a great character. Here’s my review of the book if you want to know more.

The Style Guide: 

I chose Martha Aguas as inspiration because in the book is pretty clear that she likes fashion, she likes clothes and she loves finding things that work for her. In the book, she wears skirts, heels, wide leg trousers and floral print.

“I learned to love dressing for my body, wearing heels and short skirts like i was nobody’s business” – If the Dress Fits

“I pulled out a pair of wide leg trousers … then a silk button down shirt  that was a men’s size XXL. I was sure it was gonna look fantastic with my favorite camel heels” – If the Dress Fits

“What was wrong with wearing a fitted t-shirt and big floral midi skirt?”  – If the Dress Fits

Here’s the board I made inspired by Martha (Unfortunately, you can’t see it on the wordpress reader, you have to go to the actual blog). If you click in the pictures most of them will take you to the store that sells the clothes (it’s not an ad). Also, I add to these boards from time to time, so if you would like to see more, you can follow the board on Pinterest.

More about the book: 

if-the-dress-fitsMartha Aguas kind of has it all–she’s an accountant who loves numbers, an accident-prone puppy that loves her, and the perfect wardrobe. Yes, she wears a dress size 24, her bras don’t fit and she’s never had a boyfriend, but so what? 

It becomes a big deal when her perfect cousin Regina announces her engagement to Enzo, the only boy she’s ever loved (he doesn’t know, so don’t tell him!) Suddenly Aguases from all corners of the globe are coming for the event, and the last thing Martha wants is to be asked why she still prefers her lattes with a waffle on the side. 

Thank god for Max. Goofy, funny, dependable Max, who finds himself playing the fake boyfriend at the family festivities. But why does it feel like only one of them is pretending? 

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Blog Tour: Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid (Review+Giveaway)

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I was highly anticipating this book, it is the end of a series that I really enjoyed, but also it revolves around a couple that has been teased for a while and which I had been intrigued by for a long time. So imagine my surpise and my absolute joy when I recieved an email saying that I was getting an arc of this book as part of the blog tour. I was so excited that I felt like I was gonna start crying at my desk while all my coworkers were around me.  I say this to establish that my expectation for this book were extremely high, I’m not sure it enterily met those expectations but I was not disappointed either.

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Title: Marriage of Inconvenience

Author: Penny Reid

Publishing date:  March 6th 2018

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 510

There are three things you need to know about Kat Tanner (aka Kathleen Tyson. . . and yes, she is *that* Kathleen Tyson): 1) She’s determined to make good decisions, 2) She must get married ASAP, and 3) She knows how to knit. Being a billionaire heiress isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, it sucks. Determined to live a quiet life, Kat Tanner changed her identity years ago and eschewed her family’s legacy. But now, Kat’s silver spoon past has finally caught up with her, and so have her youthful mistakes. To avoid imminent disaster, she must marry immediately; it is essential that the person she chooses have no romantic feelings for her whatsoever and be completely trustworthy.
Fortunately, she knows exactly who to ask. Dan O’Malley checks all the boxes: single, romantically indifferent to her, completely trustworthy. Sure, she might have a wee little crush on Dan the Security Man, but with clear rules, expectations, and a legally binding contract, Kat is certain she can make it through this debacle with her sanity—and heart—all in one piece. Except, what happens when Dan O’Malley isn’t as indifferent—or as trustworthy—as she thought?

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My favorite thing about this book is the main characters, Dan and Kat, and the relationship between them. Dan and Kat are very engaging characters that made me want to keep reading their story. I think Kat is relatable character with her shyness, anxiety and all her little quirks, but also with her caring nature and her strenght. On the other hand, Dan is patient, respectful and caring but also mischivious and funny. They complemented each other quite well and had some really good scenes together.  It was fun to watch their relationship grow as they became closer and as their bond became stronger. Also, the whole marriage of convenience is a trope that I really enjoy.

My second favorite thing about this book is that we got to see the camaraderie and loyalty between the women of the knitting group and their support of Kat throughout this story. They were there to defend her (there’s a scene where the ladies and their boyfriends/husbands confront Kat’s cousin and it’s such a great scene!). Also, they were there to help Kat through a very sad situation that she has to deal with. I think that’s what makes this series so especial to me: it’s about this group of woman supporting, loving and respecting each other throught all the ups and downs of life.

One of my issue with this book was the fact that it had some similar plot elements to other books in the series and since I read those books not so long ago, it felt like it was more of the same and it was a bit repetitive. Don’t get me wrong, there were things I liked: the  pharmaceutical  industry storyline was interesting ( even if it was solved a little too easily) and I think Penny Reid always chooses really thought provoking background themes for her novels. Nonetheless, elements like the kidnapping felt unneccesary and repetitive since it happens in a lot of the books in the series. Other issue I had with this book is that the villain of the story was not that smart, was not that interesting  and was pretty much one-dimentional.

Overall, the characters and the relationship between them is what makes this series , but particulary this book, so magical. Thanks to that I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, even if I did have some issues with the plot.  Before finishing this review, I just wanted to mention that I really, really, really want a longer version of the epilogue to be publish, please!!

Rating : 3,8 stars
If you want a signed set of the entire Knitting in the City Series by Penny Reid, you can participate in the giveaway here: a Rafflecopter giveaway

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The Different Types of DNF Books

The different types of DNF books

Hi guys! before we start and in case someone doesn’t know, DNF =Did Not Finish. Now that it’s clear, here we go!

A long time ago I wrote the only post on my blog that it’s about DNF’ing books. I talked about the only 3 books I had ever DNF’ed at that point (here’s the post). This may seem strange to some people because I had only DNF’ed 3 books in all my life, but the fact is that until 6 months ago or a year maybe? I finished every single book I started. If I didn’t finish it, it was because I was truly hating it or I was so bored that I fell asleep.

Nonetheless, that has change and now I won’t keep reading a book that I’m hating, that I’m bored reading or that I’m not really enjoying. This doesn’t mean that all the books that I stop reading  are the same type of DNF books.  I feel like there are levels that go from I’m just not in the mood for this book to I won’t ever pick up this book again and no one can change my mind. Here are the types of DNF books I encounter often: 

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1. The “I’m just not in the mood” type of DNF book

These books are the ones you read the first 5, 10 or 15 pages and you know that it would be unfair to keep reading the book because you are not in the mood for it and no matter how good the book is, you would simply not enjoy it. It’s particulary common to find this type of DNF books in the shelves of the mood readers around the world. These are the books that you know you’re gonna pick up later when you are in the mood. So it’s kind of a temporary DNF.

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2. The “I gave it a real chance & didn’t convince me” type of DNF book

These are the books that from the very beginning you have reservations about, there’s something about them that doesn’t convince you; maybe the writing style, the characters, the world building… a lot of times you’re not even sure what it is, you just know that you have to convince yourself to pick up the book or maybe it takes you hours to read a few pages, until finally you accept that it’s not the book for you and stop reading it all together.

With this type of books, you may be persuaded to pick them up again. Maybe if you weren’t that bored with them or if it was just one small element that didn’t convince you or if someone says that the book gets a lot better.

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3. The “I was enjoying it but it lost me at one point” type of DNF book

These are the books that you were loving, you thought you were gonna give them 5 stars, there were exactly what you wanted, what you were expecting… until suddenly, everything begins to go down hill and the very promising start goes to waste because the book doesn’t deliver what it promised in those amazing first pages. These books may be great for the first 30%, 40% or maybe 50% of the book and then they fall apart and let you brokenhearted. These are some of the most disappointing books for a bookworm, they play with our emotions making us believe we have a new favorite book and then they crash and burn.

Again, with this type of books you may be persuaded to pick them up again, if someone says that it picks back up after a little bit or if someone says the ending is great or if it’s a series and someone says the next book is amazing.

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4.The “I’m not picking it up ever again & no one can change my mind” type of DNF book

These are the books that you know for sure you are not gonna finish. Maybe because you didn’t like the writing style, maybe you found them boring, maybe you hated one of the characters, maybe there were so many plotholes that you couldn’t stand it, maybe there was ableist/racist/homophobic/discriminatory content in the book that hurt you or made you angry …there’s so many different reason why you would stop reading a book and know with absolute certanty that you won’t pick it up again and no one is gonna convince you otherwise and these are the definitive DNF books.

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Ok, so those are the types of DNF books I encounter often. Now tell me about your experience with DNF’ing books in the comments! Do you DNF books often? What books have you DNFed recently? What type of DNF books do you encounter more often?  What other type of DNF book have you encounter? 
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Reading Habits I Wish I Could Change

Reading habits I wish I could change

Lately  I have been thinking a lot about my reading experience and my reading habits and I have found that there’s some aspects that I would like to change. I have actually tried to change some of these things in the past, but I have discovered that when I go against these habits I end up not enjoying books – that otherwise I could have liked- as much, or I end up in a reading slump.

So, here are some reading habits that I wish I could change but that I have come to accept:

Mood reader 

I’m a complete mood reader and my moods are not easy to satisfy, because they are very specific moods. It’s not like “Oh, I’m in the mood for romance”, nope! It’s more like I’m in the mood for romance where there is modern royalty, diverse characters and there’s a  friends to lovers relationship. Again, very specific.

Other times, being a mood reader for me means that I’m in the mood to read but I don’t know what genre or what book I’m in the mood for, and you may be thinking “oh, that means you can read anything” well, again, nope! This means I end up reading nothing until I know what I’m in the mood for, because I don’t enjoy most books I pick up without being in the specific mood for them.

“I wish I wasn’t a mood reader” 
Can’t stick to a TBR 

This one is connected to being a mood reader. I never make TBRs for the month because I know the probability of reading any book that it’s on that list is close to 0%, because I never know what I’m gonna be in the mood for. That’s why I always fail at readathons, readalongs and all those types of events.

“I wish I could stick to a TBR” 
Knowing before reading

This is another one that it’s connected to the fact that I get very specific moods, because that means that I can’t go into a book knowing nothing about it, I need to know what it’s about so I can see if it fits my mood. But also, not only do I need to know what the book is about, I need to know what people think about a book, so I need to read reviews before reading a book. I literally can’t read a book without reading reviews, I think it’s mainly because people’s comments help me decide if the book is something I would enjoy or not.

I wish I could go into a book without knowing anything about it and let myself be surprised” 
Pay too much attention to negative reviews

As I was saying, I can’t read a books without reading reviews. It’s a habit I have not been able to break and I ctually wouldn’t have a problem with this habit, if it wasn’t for the fact that I tend to pay more attention to negative reviews. If I read 10 reviews ofa book and 2 are negative reviews, what I will remember the most are the negative reviews and it’s very likely that those 2 negative reviews will make me not want to read the book.

“I wish I could pay more attention to positive reviews instead of the negative ones” 

Those were some of the reading habits that I wish I could change -that I have tried to change without being succesful- but that I have come to accept as part of my reading experience.

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Book Review: Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Let's talk about loveTitle: Let’s Talk About Love

Author: Claire Kann

Published by: Swoon Reads

Publishing date: January 23rd 2018

Genre: Contemporary, YA

Pages: 304

Alice had her whole summer planned. Non-stop all-you-can-eat buffets while marathoning her favorite TV shows (best friends totally included) with the smallest dash of adulting–working at the library to pay her share of the rent. The only thing missing from her perfect plan? Her girlfriend (who ended things when Alice confessed she’s asexual). Alice is done with dating–no thank you, do not pass go, stick a fork in her, done.

But then Alice meets Takumi and she can’t stop thinking about him or the rom com-grade romance feels she did not ask for (uncertainty, butterflies, and swoons, oh my!).

When her blissful summer takes an unexpected turn, and Takumi becomes her knight with a shiny library employee badge (close enough), Alice has to decide if she’s willing to risk their friendship for a love that might not be reciprocated—or understood.

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A while ago, I read the first chapter of a few books in an attempt to choose my next read, one of those books was Let’s Talk About Love. Within the first page, I knew I wanted to keep reading it because of the honest and captivating voice of Alice, the main character in this book, who is a biromantic asexual black woman.

From the very first chapter, this book addresses acephobia and confrots a lot of the misconceptions around asexuality. Then as the book progresses, the difference between arousal and attraction is discussed in a way that makes it easy to understand what asexuality means, especially if it’s something new to you. In that sense, this book also does a very good job of portraiting the asolation and loneliness that a lot of ace people go through; as well as the responsability that falls on ace people to educate others because asexuality is not really visible in media or anywhere really.

Other aspect that it’s important to point out, it’s that the representation in this book is #ownvoices in terms of race, the author is a black woman, and it shows in the way racial microaggressions are portraited and discussed in this book, mainly through Alice, but also a little bit through Takumi, the love interest in this book, who is Japanese.

Alice and  Takumi are so cute together and the way their relationship evolves feels so natural. I think this book is so valuable to ace readers, that not only get to see themselves represented, they also get to see an ace woman get a happy ending with a person that loves and respects her.

Also, something else I feel it’s so important about this book is that it puts therapy in a positive light. Lately, more and more books are normalizing therapy but it’s still amazing to see it in a book and I think it’s really valuable.

This book doesn’t have a strong plot, it’s the story of a girl that’s struggling with the opinions and perceptions that other people may have about parts of her identity, mainly her asexuality but also her race. It deals with themes of friendship, love and finding what you want to do in life and how you want to live. It’s told through an honest and captivating voice that will make readers want to invest in her story.

Rating : 4 stars
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Most Anticipated Book Releases – March 2018

Most anticipated book releases 2018

I want to give a special mention to Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid and Alphas Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie, which were my most anticipated releases of March 2018. I got an arc of Marriage of Inconvenience and read it last month, and Alphas Like Us is already out so I read it. Because I have already read them, I didn’t include them on this list.

Here are my other most anticipated book releases of March 2018:

The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar & Michelle Schusterman

I love books full of female friendship and this sounds exactly like that. The main characters are all going to different conventions and end up meeting and becoming friends, I think that’s a great set up to a very interesting story.

Release date: March 27th 2018

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

There’s so much hype surrounding this book and I have heard nothing but good things about it. There’s some people comparing it to Black Panther, which has me really intrigued. I love the fact that lately there’s more fantasy books with POC main characters and especially black MC, so I’m excited to read this one.

Release date: March 6th 2018

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

I really like YA books set in college and this one sounds interesting to me, especially, because I hve heard this is a lighter contemporary, which I really need sometimes. Also, I really like the idea of the main characters communicating mainly via text throughout the story.

Release date: March 27th 2018

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

I have read a book with slam poetry before and I really liked it, so I’m excited to get another on written by an actual slam poet. Also, Im excited because both the author and the main character are latinx. #ownvoices books where I can see myself in anyway are always somthing I look forward to.

Release date: March 6th 2018

To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

I have never read a book about mermaids, but this one sounds mysterious and dark and I’m excited to give it a chance. In this book, we have a siren that kills princes and a prince that kills sirens and I’m intrigued about how their story will unfold.

Release date: March 6th 2018

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan 

This is a book about grief and from what I have heard it’s written in an astonishing beautiful way. Also, I know there’s mental illness representation and it seems it’s done in a very sensitive way.

Release date: March 20th 2018

What January book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of this books? Have you read any of this books and what did you think about it?

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