Anticipated Releases of February 2019

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Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about some of the books that are coming out in February 2019 and that I can’t wait to read!

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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas 

Release Date: February 5th

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least make it out of her neighborhood one day. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he hit big, Bri’s got big shoes to fill. But now that her mom has unexpectedly lost her job, food banks and shutoff notices are as much a part of Bri’s life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it—she has to make it.

Why am I anticipating it?: I obviously read and loved The Hate U Give and I can’t wait to read Angie Thomas second novel. The cover’s amazing and I have heard great things from the few people that got arcs and I’m just excited to get this! Also, it comes out right on time for Black History Month, so I will be reading this as soon as I get it. 

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The Risk by Elle Kennedy (Briar U #2) 

Release Date: February 18th

Everyone says I’m a bad girl. They’re only partly right—I don’t let fear rule me, and I certainly don’t care what people think. But I draw the line at sleeping with the enemy. As the daughter of Briar’s head hockey coach, I’d be vilified if I hooked up with a player from a rival team.

And that’s who Jake Connelly is. Harvard’s star forward is arrogant, annoying, & too attractive for his own good. But fate is cruel—I require his help to secure a coveted internship, and the sexy jerk isn’t making it easy for me. I need Connelly to be my fake boyfriend. For every fake date…he wants a real one.

Which means this bad girl is in big trouble. Nothing good can come from sneaking around with Jake Connelly. My father would kill me, my friends will revolt, and my post-college career is on the line. But while it’s getting harder and harder to resist Jake’s oozing sex appeal and cocky grin, I refuse to fall for him. That’s the one risk I’m not willing to take.

Why am I anticipating it?: This book has fake dating AND enemies to lovers, which are two of my favorite tropes, so I would read it just for that. But the truth is that I have been meaning to read this since I finished the first book in the series, because I loved Brenna when she was introduced in that book and now  she is gonna be the main characters. Also, the glimpses we got of Brenan and Jake in the first book left me really intrigued about their dynamic.

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The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon 

Release Date: February 26th

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel. Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

Why am I anticipating it?: Dragons + Matriarchy+ Secret Society of Mages??!  I CAN’T WAIT to get my hand on this book!  Not only does it sound amazing, I actually  have heard great things from people that got arcs.

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We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia 

Release Date: February 26th

At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children, but both are promised a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class. Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her bright future depends upon no one discovering her darkest secret—that her pedigree is a lie. Her parents sacrificed everything to obtain forged identification papers so Dani could rise above her station. Now that her marriage to an important politico’s son is fast approaching, she must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society, where famine and poverty rule supreme.

On her graduation night, Dani seems to be in the clear, despite the surprises that unfold. But nothing prepares her for all the difficult choices she must make, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio. Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or to give up everything he’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?

Why am I anticipating it?: This is close to the top of my list of most anticipated books of 2019, it has a Latinx main characters, the author is also Latinx and there’s an enemies to lovers f/f romance. I mean WHAT ELSE COULD I ASK FOR??! Nothing, really, but still this book gets even better becuase it discusses important subjects like gender roles, immigration and being undocumented. I honestly can’t wait to read it! 

What February book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of the books I mentioned? Have you read any of them already? what did you think about them?

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Diverse Nonfiction Book Recommendations

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Hi everyone! Today I have a post that’s a bit different for me. I don’t read that much nonfiction, I mainly read YA fantasy and Sci-fi, YA Contemporary, Romance and Mystery. Nonetheless, from time to time, I’ll pick up a nonfiction book and more times than not, I’ll love it. So, I was thinking the other day that maybe some of you also like to read nonfiction from time to time and if that nonfiction is diverse that’s even better and that’s why I decided to share with you some of my favorite diverse nonfiction books.

Without further ado, here they are:

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom by Yeonmi Park & Maryanne Vollers

In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

Human rights activist Park, who fled North Korea with her mother in 2007 at age 13 and eventually made it to South Korea two years later after a harrowing ordeal, recognized that in order to be “completely free,” she had to confront the truth of her past. It is an ugly, shameful story of being sold with her mother into slave marriages by Chinese brokers, and although she at first tried to hide the painful details when blending into South Korean society, she realized how her survival story could inspire others. Moreover, her sister had also escaped earlier and had vanished into China for years, prompting the author to go public with her story in the hope of finding her sister. 

Why I recommend it?: I think this is a perfect book for YA readers that want to try nonfiction, especially for readers who like hard hitting contemporaries, because it tells the story of a girl that goes through many heartbreaking things and it focuses on a relatevely small period of time, not like other nonfiction books that tell the story of someone’s entire life. This book is hard to read, because the whole time you know this actually happend to a girl, you know it happens to a lot of girls all over the world. This is heartbreaking, horrific and honest. I’ll admit that the writing isn’t the best and that made it a bit harder to connect to the story, but I still found it an impactful and touching book.

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More by Janet Mock 

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In 2011, Marie Claire magazine published a profile of Janet Mock in which she stepped forward for the first time as a trans woman. Those twenty-three hundred words were life-altering for the People.com editor, turning her into an influential and outspoken public figure and a desperately needed voice for an often voiceless community. In these pages, she offers a bold and inspiring perspective on being young, multicultural, economically challenged, and transgender in America.

Why I recommend it?: This book is incredibly thought-provoking, because Mock doesn’t hold back, she is achingly honest and that makes her story and what she has to say so compelling.  Mock talks about being biracial, trans and poor, she talks about poverty and prostitution, about her priviliges for “passing” as a cis woman, about what’s consider to be the ‘right’ kind of trans women and why that needs to end.  This book is insighful and moving, as well as beautifully written and I feel like everyone should pick it up. (Full review)

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay 

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In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her own past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

Why I recommend it?: This book unlike the two that I have already mentioned, it’s made up of essays, so there’s no linear story. There are extremely personal essays, including a incredibly heartbreaking essay about rape (huge trigger warning!), but then there’s also essays about various subjects like how harmful tv shows about losing weight can be. Still, this is mainly a book about Roxane Gay’s relationship with her body, with her weight, with food and it’s personal, raw and honest. This is a very hard book to read, but it is so powerful because it’s talks about her experience as a fat women in a world not built for her in a way that makes you empathize, that makes you see things as common as chairs in a new way because you see them through her eyes.

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

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In Furiously Happy, a humor memoir tinged with just enough tragedy and pathos to make it worthwhile, Jenny Lawson examines her own experience with severe depression and a host of other conditions, and explains how it has led her to live life to the fullest:

“I’ve often thought that people with severe depression have developed such a well for experiencing extreme emotion that they might be able to experience extreme joy in a way that ‘normal people’ also might never understand. And that’s what Furiously Happy is all about.”

Why I recommend it?: Out of all these books, this is the less heartbreaking and the one that has the most humor, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a very important and touching book. This book focuses on living with a mental illness, on how that looks like in the day to day and on the good and bad that comes with it, and it handles those topics in such a brilliant way. At some points while I was reading, I couldn’t believe someone had the words necessary to explain certain feelings and experiences, that’s how good Jenny Lawson is at translating her experience with depression into words. I would recommend this book to anyone, but particulary, to people that struggle with mental illnesses, I found this to be – as strange as that may seem- a very reassuring book.

Do you have any diverse nonfiction books to recommend? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? is any of them on your tbr? 

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Anticipated Releases of January 2019

Hi everyone! A new year means new amazing books that are being released and I’m so excited to talk about 4 books coming out in January that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

There’s one book coming out in January that it’s missing from this list, Tangled Like Us by Krista and Becca Ritchie, because I mentioned in my post about December anticipated releases before it was announced that the publication date was being moved.

King of Scars

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army. Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Nikolai is one of my favorite characters from the Grisha Trilogy and I’m so excited to see how his journey continues. I’m also looking forward to cameos of some of the characters I love from the original trilogy and also from Six of Crows.

Release date: January 28th

The Wicked King

The Wicked King by Holly Black

After the revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

The Cruel Prince was one of my favorite books of 2018, so I’m incredibly excited to find out what happens next. I feel like we are gonna get a lot more of Jude and Cardan in this book and I’m here for it! Also, the fact that so many people that got arcs loved the book is giving me a good feeling about it.

Release date: January 8th

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In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

This is the story of a very serious young girl who would rather study and dream than become a respectable housewife and live up to the expectations of the world around her. As well she should.

When she finds a doorway to a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies, she thinks she’s found her paradise. Alas, everything costs at the goblin market, and when her time there is drawing to a close, she makes the kind of bargain that never plays out well. For anyone . . .

I have so much fun reading this series, I truly love the concept behind it and I’m excited to find out more about one of the most intriguing characters in the series and the fact that it’s set in a goblin market makes it even better.

Release date: January 8th

Black Enough

Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi

Black Enough is an anthology that will delve into the closeted thoughts, hidden experiences, and daily struggles of black teens across the country. From a spectrum of backgrounds—urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—Black Enough showcases diversity within diversity.

Whether it’s Jason Reynolds writing about #blackboyjoy or Renee Watson talking about black girls at camp in Portland, or Jay Coles’s story about two cowboys kissing in the south—Black Enough is an essential collection full of captivating coming-of-age stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America.

I wasn’t much of a fan of short story collections, but in 2018, I found a few that I really enjoyed and I want to read more of them. The topics of this particular collection are so important and I’m looking forward to see how every author addresses them, especially since I have read and loved books by some of them.

Release date: January 8th

What January book releases are you anticipating? Do you want to read any of the books I mentioned? Have you read any of them already? what did you think about them?

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Best Books of 2018

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Hi everyone! This is such an exciting post, I’m sharing my favorite books of 2018! 🎉 I didn’t make this list based on ratings, I just thought about the books that have stayed with me the most, the ones I still think about weeks or months after I read them. Here are my favorite books of this year:

the seven husbands of evelyn hugoThe Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

What is this book about?: An old Hollywood movie star is giving an interview for the first time ever about her life story, including her relationships with her seven husbands.

Why I love it?: It is an amazing story about a morally gray character that unapologetically does terrible things in order to achieve what she wants in life, but she’s also fiercely loyal to those she loves. The main things I love about this is that it’s about a complex woman that’s neither good nor bad, and while reading the books it’s imposible not to fall in love with her. All the other characters are also complex and compelling and, because of that, there’s some very powerful relationships in this book. Also, I really liked that there’s discussions about gender and sexuality that are very well handled, Evelyn is a Cuban-American bisexual woman and there’s lesbian and gay rep in this book as well.

Children of Blood and Bone

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

What is this book about?: A West African inspired fantasy, about a girl that’s trying to bring magic back and fight against the king, with the help of some unexpected allies.

Why I love it? This is a captivating read, the world and magic system are so well crafted and it’s action packed. But my favorite thing about it are definitely the characters, Amari is a new all time favorite, her character development in this book is incredible. And Zélie and Iman are complex and intriguing. This book is angsty, dramatic and emotional and it basically gave me all the feels. (Review)

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Mirage by Somaiya Daud

What is this book about?: A girl is taken in secret to the royal palace to be the body double for the cruel Princess, who is so hated by her conquered people that she requires someone to appear in public as her, ready to die in her place.

Why I love it? From this entire list, this is the book I keep thinking about even months after I read it. Mirage is a wonderfully written Moroccan inspired 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. I was absolutely captivated by the characters, especially Maram and Amani, they are so different but I loved the development of their relationship. Mariam is one of my new favorite characters. (Review)

Kingdom of Ash

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

What is this book about?: Aelin Galathynius’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.

Why I love it? This is such a great ending to the series, I cried so much while reading it, it broke my heart but it also made me happy. This is a lot more action packed than the other books in this series, but there is still so much character development. Also, both of the ships I had in this series have so many amazing moments together and that made me enjoy this book so much. Honestly, this is one of my favorite series of all times, even if I know it has its problems.

The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

What is this book about?: Jude and her two sisters were stolen away to live in Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, but many of the fey despise humans. As betrayal threatens the Courts of Faerie, Jude will need to risk her life to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

Why I love it? I was in a fantasy slump for a long time and this was one of the only books that managed to make me feel consumed by a world and characters during that time. It managed to enthrall me and it made me feel inmersed in a world full of political intrigued, deceitful characters, unexpected turns and so much cruelty. I was so inmmersed in it that it kept me on the edge of my sit, I was so worried for all the characters throughout the book. Also, it gave me a new couple to root for, which always makes me enjoy a fantasy book more.

Into the Drowning Deep

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

What is this book about?: Seven years ago, a crew set off to film a “mockumentary” about mermaids and it was lost at sea. Now, a new crew has been assembled and for the scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Why I love it? This is a very complex and scientific look at mermaids and it’s as fascinating as it is scary. I’m not kidding, this is horror sci-fi, which I had never read, and I was so worried while making my way through it that I had an anxiety attack at one point. BUT it was still such an amazing book with a really unique concept and great execution. It kept me entertained, but also made me think a lot because it was very scientific but also because it dealt with a lot of ethic concerns. Also, I really enjoyed the fact that this had a very diverse and compelling cast of characters.

The Poet XThe Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

What is this book about?: Xiomara, a girl from a traditional latinx catholic family, loves writing poetry. When she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her family finding out.

Why I love it? This is a story told in verse, which allowed me to feel more connected to the main character’s thoughts and emotions. It’s a touching and powerful story, and it explores a Dominican-american girl’s struggle with inhabiting her body, a body that attracs attention and because of it, it’s unwillingly subjected to the male gaze; it also deals with growing up in a conservative latinx family that it’s extremely religious and that imposes faith and leaves no room for questions. It’s a book about trying to figure who you are in an enviroment that doesn’t leave much room to do so and it’s fantastic. I LOVED the way it explored all those topics.(full review)

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We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

What is this book about?: Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. Now, months later, Mabel is coming to visit and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid.

Why I love it? This is a quiet book about grief and it’s so powerful. I loved the alternating timelines, in both of the timelines the main character goes through loneliness, hurt and grief in different ways. In the past, there’s this big reveal about what happened that it’s both unexpected and heartbreaking, and in the present, the book explores the hardships and awkwardness of second chances, of rebuilding relationships and trust. I cried reading this, which doesn’t happen often, it was just such a beautiful book.

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The Diviners & Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

What is this book about?: The Diviners series is set in the 1920s and follows a group of people with different abilities that have to solve mysteries and face ghosts, curses and evil spirits.

Why I love it? This series helped me discovered my love for spooky books and it has become one of my favorite paranormal series of all time. This is an atmospheric series with a creepy vibe and some really scary scenes, which is something I loved. Also, both books have these mystery elements that make the stories really intriguing. The characters are captivating and so different from each other and I loved the way their stories intertwined.

What were your favorite books of the year? Have you read any of the books on this list? Did you enjoy them?

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Most Disappointing Books of 2018

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Hi everyone! Today I’m talking about some books that I was highly anticipating in 2018 and that ended up disappointing me because they didn’t live up to my expectations. These are not the worst books I read this year, I even really enjoyed one of them, but for one reason or another, I felt disappointed after finishing them.

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

What is this books about?: Josh and Hazel are very different, but they end up becoming friends and setting each other up on a bunch of double blind dates that go really badly and leave them hanging out together.

Why is on this list?: This was gonna be a 5 stars read, but then the last 50 pages happened and I was so dissapointed. For the most part, this was funny, sweet, entertatining, steamy, and the main couple was amazing, but the authors throwed a bunch of elements at the end that were not necessary and they had no time to tie all the strings together and it’s kind of a rush and messy ending.t This got 3,6 stars, it wasn’t a bad book but it was disappointing to think I had found a new favorite book just to have it fall apart because the ending sucked.

A Court of Frost and Starlight

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas 

What is this books about?: Feyre, Rhys, and their friends are busy rebuilding the Night Court, but some of them have wounds that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

Why is on this list?: This book was absolutely unnecesary, most of it revolves around characters walking around Velaris and shopping for presents. Then there’s scenes that are simply fans’ wish fulfillment. Also, there was a really weird sex scene in this that left me confused and creep out. (Full review)

 

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The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One by Amanda Lovelace

What is this books about?: Poems that encourage resilience and embolden women to take control of their own stories. Enemies try to judge, oppress, and marginalize her, but the witch doesn’t burn in this one.

Why is on this list?: There are a few poems in this collection that I really liked, but most of them were  just ok for me. I do think Amanda Lovelace writes about some important topics, like body positivity, sexual assault and self-love, but I feel like the way these topics were explored in this collection became repetitive.  Also, the poems in this one didn’t evoke any emotion from me. (Review)

What books disappinted you in 2018? Have you read any of these books? What did you think about them? 

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Most Surprising Books of 2018

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Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about some books that I read this year and that I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did!

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The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

What is the book about?: A teenager has to work in her father’s food truck with her nemesis as a punishment for a prank gone wrong and she starts to wonder if it’s time to take some things seriously.

Why is on this list?: I loved this book when I read it at the beginning of the year, but it made it to this list because even months later, I still smile every time I think about it and I wasn’t expecting to love it that much. I have mentioned it in so many posts throughout the year because it does a lot of things well, it made me fall in love with L.A., it made me hungry with its amazing food descriptions, and it gave me warm feelings with the cute romance, lovely female friendship and the wonderful father/daughter relationship. (Full review)

From Lukov with love

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata 

What is this book about?: Two figure skaters that hate each other team up to compete as a pair and end up falling in love.

Why is on this list?: When I found out that this book was about figure skating I was really excited to read this because it’s one of my favorite sports, but then I heard that Mariana Zapata took the concept of slow burn romance a bit too seriously and that nothing happened between the characters for most of the book. Nonetheless, I decided to read it and I found the most beautiful enemies to friends to lovers relationship of all times. The main character, Jasmine, goes through so much character development and it’s amazing, and she and Ivan are perfect for each other. I usually don’t get crushes in fictional characters, but I have a huge crush on Ivan Lukov.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne 

What is this book about?: Two people that work together and hate each other compete for the same job as they act on their sexual tension.

Why is on this list?: I had heard mixed things about this book before reading it, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. But I did! There were a few minor things that I had issue with, but I really enjoyed reading about Josh and Lucy’s relationship. Enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes and this book did it so well. I really liked Josh as a love interest, he was surprising because when he is introduced in seems like he is one way, a bit of an asshole, but ends up being such a soft guy and I want to cry just thinking about it!

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal 

What is this book about?: A young woman teaches writing clases to a group of Punjabi widows and things take an unexpected turns when they start writing erotic stories in secret.

Why is on this list?: This book was so much more complex and intricate than I was expecting. There’s an amazing storyline about a community of women supporting each other, there’s a storyline about women not being ashamed of their sexuality, there’s a mystery involving the murder of a young woman, there’s a storyline about a radical group in a community and how people get tangled in it so easily. Honestly, this is a very thought provoking read and I think more people should give it a chance.

The Kiss Quotient

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

What is this book about?: An autistic women hires an escort to teach her how to be in a relationship, but they end up developing feelings for each other.

Why is on this list?: Another book with an amazing love interest. Michael is a soft boy and he’s so kind and wonderful and I really liked him. And then there’s the fact that Stella, the main character,  has Asperger and the rep is #ownvoices and it was insightful and touching and it was my favorite thing about the book. Also, this was really steamy, like one of the steamiest books I read this year.

 

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2019 Bookish Goals

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Hi guys! I always feel like I’m more likely to stick to my goals if I share them, so here is a list of  my reading and blogging goals for 2019:

Reading 

1. Read 52 books: This was my goal in 2018 and I ended up reading 141 books (so far!), but I had a lot of free time in 2018 and I’m pretty sure that’s not gonna be the case in 2019. BUT I still want to get to at least 52 books next year.

2. Read more Fantasy books than I did in 2018: Fantasy is my favorite genre, but I was in a slump for a long time when it came to reading it and I’m finally out of the slump, so I want to make sure I’ll read more fantasy in 2019. In 2018, I read 18 fantasy book, which means about 12% of my reading this year. I’m hoping in 2019 Fantasy represents at least 20% of my reading.

3. Keep reading diverse books: In 2018, about 45% of the books I read were diverse books. I’m hoping to increase that percentage by a lot next year.

4. Read more of my anticipated releases: I make a post each month for my most anticipated releases of 2018 that month and I want to make sure I read at least half of the books I include on those posts, since I failed so badly in reading my anticipated releases this year.

5. Read the books on my 2019 TBR and the 2018 releases I want to read in 2019: I made 2 lists, which I posted recently, with 10 books in each one that I wanted to read in 2019, so I’m hoping to read those 20 books.

Blogging 

1. Post at least 3 times a week: I have tried to do this the last few months and I have failed, but I want to keep trying. I have found, since I have posted every single day in December so far,than I can post more regulary and it’s a matter of organizing myself.

2. Do 9 Book Monday consistently: 9 Books Monday is a feature where I talk about 9 books that have positive representation of diverse experiences. I want to write more of those posts because I really like making them, but also because they are the ones getting views even months or years after I posted them, so I know they are useful to people.

3. Host Latinx Book Bingo: I hosted the Latinx Book Bingo with two of my friends in 2018 for the first time and it was so much fun and so many people participated and it was amazing to feel like we were helping highlight latinx books and authors. I can’t wait to organize it again in 2019.

4. Interact more with the bookish community: In 2018, I engaged so much more with bookish people on Twitter and I blog hopped more and found amazing blogs and friends and I just want to do those things even more in 2019

5. Write more discussion posts: I feel like you ahve to put more work into a discussion post (at least I do), so I always postpond it and don’t end up doing it and I want to change that in 2019. Especially because those posts are the ones that get the more comments and interaction (at least in my experience!).

What are some of your 2019 goals? Did you accomplish your 2018 goals? 

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