Latinx Book Bingo 2022 TBR | Latinx Heritage Month 2022

Putting together a tbr for the Latinx Book Bingo is one of my favorite things to do every year and this time it was not an exception. I was trying to pick short books or romances, which I read really fast for this tbr because I want to read one book for each prompt. But adding the page count of all of these books, it’s 4.606 pages in total, which is a bit ambitious because I have a full-time job and a work trip on top of that during the weeks of the readathon. Still, I will try my best.

Are you participating in the Latinx Book Bingo? Have you picked the books for your tbr?

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August 2022 TBR: 2022 releases, lots of romance, fantasy sequels and more

I had a good reading month in July and I decided to put together an overly ambitious tbr to see if I can keep the momentum going. Hopefully that’s the case because I’m hoping to read all of these 10 books in August:

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher: this was on my tbr of other people’s favorite books of 2021 which I posted at the beginning of this year and I really want to read all the books on that tbr before the year ends.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke: another book that I included in the other people’s favorite books of 2021 post, I have heard great things about this, I started it and I was liking it so I’m excited to finally finish it.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang: This is on my list of books I need to finish before the end of the year, I need to get over my fear of being devastated while reading this and finally get to it.

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb: I read the first book two years ago and really liked it, but never continued with the series and it’s time to change that. I’m curious where this story goes especially since some of my favorite booktubers love this series.

Recursion by Blake Crouch: I have been in the mood to read more Sci-fi and this one keeps popping up everywhere, so I’ll give it a chance, especially since and it has a mystery/thriller aspect which I’m curious about.

Ruby Fever by Ilona Andrews: I have been waiting for this book for so long and I’m excited that it’s finally being released. I can’t wait to see how this trilogy ends.

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood: I have read and really enjoyed every story that Ali Hazelwood has published and this is one of my most anticipated releases of 2022, I can’t wait to get to it.

For Butter or Worse by Erin La Rosa: this sounds like a really fun romance and I have the audiobook from my library, so it’s just what I need.

The Godparent Trap by Rachel Van Dyken: I remember loving the movie Life’s Too Short when it came out, and I’m SO excited that someone wrote a book inspired by that movie. Also, I have heard good things from people who got ARCs.

An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn: This is the last book that I have to read to catch up with the Veronica speedwell series, which is a comfort series for me, so I’m happy to get to it.

What books are on your August tbr? Have you read any of the books on my tbr? which one should I prioritize?

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July 2022 TBR: fantasy, romance, sci-fi and more

Hi everyone! Before starting with this post, I wanted to mention that I posted my june wrap up on Sunday, which from my experience it’s not exactly the best day to post. So in case you missed it, check it out here.

Now, let’s talk about my July tbr. I know I don’t usually have tbrs since I’m a mood reader, but the last couple of months I have put together tbrs and I have managed to read most of the books on them and I feel like that’s helping a little to pull me out of the weird reading slump I’m in, so I will keep putting together tbrs for the time being and see if it works.

These are the books I’m planning to read in July:

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel: I read Station Eleven at the end of 2020 and I have been meaning to pick another book by this author since then and it’s finally time.

A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine: I just finished the first book in this series, A Memory Called Empire, on June 30th and I loved it, so I can’t wait to continue with the sequel.

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher: It’s been a while since I read a book in this series and lately, I have been feeling curious about where the story goes after what happened in the last book, so I think it’s the perfect time to continue on with the next installment.

The Tower of the Shallows by Andrzej Sapkowski: I read the previous book in this series right before season 2 of the tv show came out and I really enjoyed it and I don’t want to let too much time pass before reading the two final books in the series.

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: I watched The Hours as part of the film club I participate in, which made me really curious about this book, and I have owned it for a while, so I want to read it before I lose interest again.

The Paris Apartment by Lucy Foley: I enjoyed The Guest List when I read it at the end of last year and I want to read more from this author.

How to Fake it in Hollywood by Ava Wilder: I added this recently to my tbr because it sounds exactly like the kind of romance I would enjoy. I hope this is as fun as the cover makes it look.

To Marry and to Meddle by Martha Waters: I have really enjoyed the previous 2 books in this series and I’m excited to continue reading more since I really enjoy Martha Waters’s writing.

What books are on your July tbr? What book are you most excited to read?
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June 2022 TBR: queer books + 2022 releases

While I don’t usually make tbrs because I’m a mood reader, I have been in a weird reading slump that comes and goes for over a year at this point, so I’m going to try and make tbrs because 1) it takes away the time-consuming task of choosing my next read throughout the month and 2) it makes me want to check books off my tbr list, so I’m hoping both of those things help me read more and start to enjoy reading again.

Last month, my tbr was overly ambitious because I forgot that I’m reading half the amount of books that I used to read, so this month I tried to be more realistic when I was making this tbr.

Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen: I have been meaning to read this for a while and I’m trying to read more nonfiction this year, so it’s a perfect choice.

D’Vaughn and Kris Plan a Wedding by Chencia C. Higgins: this sounds like a fun, low-angst book and that’s exactly what I need right now.

Delilah Green Doesn’t Care by Ashley Herring Blake: this cover is beautiful and I read and loved a YA book by Ashley Herring Blake, so I’m excited to give her adult romance debut a chance.

From Bad to Cursed by Lana Harper: the first book in this series is one of the best books I have read this year, and I have been highly anticipating this sequel since then. I can’t wait to read this!

Book Lovers by Emily Henry: I loved Beach Read when I read it, but I thought People We Meet on Vacation was just ok, so I’m intrigued to see how much I enjoy this one. But it sounds right up my alley so I’m hopeful that I’ll love it.

The Maid by Nita Prose: I’m a big fan of cozy mysteries or books that are similar to cozy mysteries and I have heard great things about this one, so I’m hoping I’ll love it.

What are you planning to read for pride month? What are some of your favorite books by queer authors?
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May 2022 TBR: so many books by Asian authors

I may have been a little overly ambitious with this tbr, but I couldn’t narrow it down any more than this. May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, so I put together an incredible tbr with books written by Asian authors that I already owned or that my library had available and that I can’t wait to read.

Before the Coffee Gets cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi: I have heard so many fantastic things about this book, it’s been on my tbr for so long and it’s relatively short, so I’m really excited to finally get to it.

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata: I read another book by this author (Convenience Store Woman) a few years ago and I thought it was really unique, so I’ve been interested in reading more from her and the cover and synopsis of this book caught my attention.

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo: This sounds amazing and I have heard great things from so many people, so I can’t wait to read it. I have a feeling that it’s going to be a heavier book than what I usually read but I think I’ll like it nonetheless.

If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha: I started this in March and I was really enjoying it but I ran out of time and I had to give it back to the library, but I’m getting it back soon and I’m looking forward to finishing it.

White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad: One of my goals this year is to read more nonfiction and I have heard some great things about this one, so I’m excited to get to it.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang: I have been avoiding this book for a year since I read the second book in this series, I’m really nervous to read it and I think it’s going to break my heart, but it’s time I finally get to it.

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong: I read the first book at the beginning of 2021 and I really enjoyed it, so I want to finish this series before I forget everything that happened in the first book.

A Sweet Mess by Jayce Lee: I needed some romance in this tbr because I’m in a big romance reading mood right now. I have heard some mixed things about this book but it sounds like a cute, low-angst story and I think I’ll enjoy it,

Kamilla Knows Best by Farah Heron: This is an Emma-inspired book and it sounds incredible. I read Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron last year and it ended up being one of my favorite romances of 2021, so I’m excited to read more from her.

Home Body by Rupi Kaur: I have really enjoyed Rupi Kaur poetry collections in the past and I needed some shorter reads for this tbr and I think this is the perfect pick.

What are you planning to read for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month? What are some of your favorite books by Asian and Pacific islander authors?
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February TBR: books I want to read for Black History Month

Hi everyone! I’m really excited to share my tbr for Black History Month because I included a lot of books that sound really good. Since I’m not completely over my reading slump from last year, I chose mostly novellas, shorter books and romances to make sure I actually read them.

These are the books I’m planning to read:

The Year of the Witching: This book was on my February 2021 tbr and I didn’t end up reading it, but since then I have heard great things about it and I’m excited to give it a chance. I love witchy stories and I know this has a cult element as well and that sounds like a great combination.

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas: Despite reading some mixed reviews, I’m still intrigued since a slow gothic story with dark academia elements sounds like something I would enjoy.

The Angel of Khan el-Khalili by P. Djelí Clark: I read the first novella in this series in January and I don’t want to let a lot of time pass before continuing on with the series because then I won’t read the rest. This series is steampunk fantasy, which is a subgenre that I haven’t read that much, and there are angels and djinnis and it’s set in Cairo, so I’m excited.

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djelí Clark: As I said, don’t want to let too much time pass without continuing with this series, so I will read this in February as well.

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers: Started this before but I wasn’t really in the mood, so I put it down and now it’s time to picking it back up. I want to read more sapphic stories with POCs as main characters and I have heard great things about this book, so it’s a good place to start.

Bending the Rules by Christina C. Jones: I need to finish this trilogy. The Wright Brothers series is the second trilogy I read by Christina C. Jones and I have really enjoyed all of her books so I’m confident I’ll like this, especially since it’s best friends to strangers to lovers and I have heard that it’s really steamy.

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw: honestly this title and cover were the reason I first became interested in this book, but the good reviews helped cement it as part of my tbr. Also, when a book addresses the church’s double standards and shows Black women following their own needs and desires I have to read it.

I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown: I wanted a short non-fiction book to read for Black History Month and this one sounds interesting and has amazing reviews from all my friends on goodreads.

What are you planning to read for Black History Month? What are some of your favorite books by Black authors?

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Reading Other People’s Favorite Books of 2021 | TBR

Hi everyone! As you may know, I usually don’t make tbr because I’m a mood reader, but after the abysmal reading year I had in 2021, I decided that I needed to do something to try to find some amazing books in 2022. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to put together a tbr with books included in favorite books of 2021 lists of bloggers, booktubers, and people from book twitter. To pick the books for this tbr, I set some rules:

  1. It had to be on the list of favorite/best books of 2021 of more than 1 person
  2. It had to have good reviews from my goodread friends
  3. It had to sound interesting to me

After going through SO MANY lists of favorites/best books of 2021, I finally have a tbr of 6 books that I’m looking forward to reading in the first few months of 2022.

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir: This was already on my tbr because it sounded interesting and because I have been hearing great things about it all year. It feels like everyone loves this book, so many people that I follow on different platforms and that have completely different reading tastes have enjoyed this book, so I’m hoping I won’t be the exception.

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke: This sounds a little like The Starless Sea, which was one of my favorite books of 2020, so I’m hoping I’m going to love it. I enjoy clever, layered, confusing books, so this sounds right up my alley.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake: for what I gather this was a hit on booktok and it spread all through the bookish community, and most people seem to love it. I have heard people compare this to The Secret History, which is a book I loved, so I’m excited for some dark academia in a fantasy setting.

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher: I started to read more horror in 2021 and I’m excited to continue to explore that genre, so I’m happy that a horror book made it to this list. Still, I’m a little worried because from what I can tell this is a polarizing book, people either love it or hate it, so I’m hoping to fall in the camp that loves it.

Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano: this book has such a quirky premise and for I understand it’s almost like a cozy mystery, which sounds perfect for me. I have heard that the journey this book takes you on is really surprising, so I’m intrigued.

The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina by Zoraida Córdova: I think I’m going to love this, I started it a few months ago and made it 15% into the book but I had to return the audiobook to my library, so I’m waiting to get it back. But I’m so glad to see it on other people’s lists and I can’t wait to continue listening to it.

Have you read these books and did you enjoy them? What books have you seen a lot on people’s favorite books of 2021 lists?

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Latinx Book Bingo TBR | Latinx Heritage Month 2021

Hi everyone! This is a post that I look forward to writing ever year, I have so much fun putting together a tbr for the Latinx Book Bingo and i’m happy to be sharing this year’s tbr with all of you. I will try to read one book per each prompt of the bingo board, which means I’ll try to read 16 books total.

If you don’t know I’m one of the hosts of the  Latinx Book Bingo, this is the fourth year this readathon is taking place and it goes from September 15th to October 15th and the goal is to read as many books by Latinx authors as you can.

Set in LATAM

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno Garcia

An adult historical fiction book about a daydreaming secretary, an enforcer, and a missing woman they are trying to find.

I read Mexicna Gothic and Gods of Jade and Shadow last year and LOVED them both, so I can’t wait to read Silvia Moreno-Garcias newest book even if it’s completely different to the other books I have read by her. I’m excited to read Moreno-Garcia’s take on a historical noir thriller.

Name in the title

Lupe Wong Won’t Dance by Donna Barba Higuera

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Lupe Wong has a chance to meet her favorite pitcher, who’s Chinacan/Mexinese just like her, the only thing standing in her way is square dancing as part of her gym class, which can affect her grade, but she won’t let that stop her.

2020 was the year I discovered my love for middle grade books, especially if they are about latinx characters, so I’m excited to read this middle grade novel a chance, espcially since I have heard nothing but great things about.

Nonfiction

The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans. 

This was on my tbr last year but I didn’t get it from my library on time, so I had to read something else. This year, I’m really excited to be able to read it, it sounds like a hard hitting and very interesting read.

Backlist

Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez

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A short story collection about a contemporary Argentina where shocking inequality, violence, and corruption are the law of the land, while military dictatorship and the people that went missing during that time loom large in the collective memory.

Within the last few years, there has been a boom in Latin America of horror books written by women which are getting very positive reviews and since I have been getting into horror lately, I’m looking forward to reading more of them.

Indie Pub

Signs Preceding the End of the World by Yuri Herrera

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A book about the border between Mexico and the United States and those who cross it that explored the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another.

I only heard about this book recently, but two people I trust have really enjoyed this, so I’m excited to give it a chance. I haven’t read that many stories about immigration, so that’s another reason why I want to read this.

Favorite Color

Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas

YA retelling of Peter Pan where children are going missing from a small town and Wendy and Peter will work to find them.

I LOVED Cementery Boys, so I can’t wait to read another Aiden Thomas story. I haven’t read that many Peter Pan retellings nor have I read the original, but i find the story of Peter Pan interesting, so i’m excited to see their take on this classic tale.

Favorite Genre

Oculta by Maya Montayne

A thief and a prince have to work together to save their kingdom after freeing an ancient evil power. 

Oculta is the sequel to Nocturna, which came out in 2019, so I have been waiting 2 years to read the continuation, and after the ending of the first book, I can’t wait to know what happens next. Some people I really trust enjoyed this, so I’m hopeful that it will be a good sequel.

Intersectional MC

Sabrina and Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

A Short story collection about Latina characters of indigenous ancestry and the land they inhabit. It explores friendship, mothers and daughters, and the deep-rooted truths of our homelands

This sounds like a really good book and I need to read more books about indigenous characters, but I’m also really nervious because I’m not the biggest fan of short story collections.

Translated

Fever Dream by Samantha Schweblin

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A young woman lies dying in a rural hospital. A boy sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins, and the power and desperation of family.

As I mentioned before, there’s a boom in Latin America of horror books written by women, this book is another one that it’s part of that boom and that’s highly recommend, so I’m excited to give read it and see if I like it.

Rec’d by a Latinx Reader

Illusionary by Zoraida Córdova

This series is about a girl who has a magical ability that makes her feared and she has to infiltrate the palace to help a group of rebels that wants to save her people from persecution.

I’m always nervious about reading sequel of books I love because I have been disappointed one too many times. But all my friends who have read this have loved it, which makes me feel more confident that I will like this and it’s the reason I decided to choose it for the prompt of rec’d by a Latinx reader.

Queer Rep

Her Night With Santa by Adriana Herrera

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 The romance between Santa, who is a lesbian named Kris, and Farnaz, the bisexual niece of one of the Kings of the Magi, who left the family toy business to start her own adult toy company. 

I always enjoy Adriana Herrera’s books, so I was obviously going to pick this up, but the synopsis sounds so fun that I’m even more excited to read it.

Any Book by a Latinx Author

A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria

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A second chance at romance for two childhood best friend, who haven’t seen each other in years until they are reunited and have to work together.

I LOVED You Had Me at Hola, as well as Daria’s Dance Off series, so I’m really excited for this one. I also really like friends to lovers romances, so I’m hoping I’ll love this.

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The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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A young woman goes to the city for the first time and there she meets another telekinetic like her, who teaches her to control her abilities and starts to court her, but he has an ulterior motive that threatens to end their relationship.

this has been on my tbr for years and it’s finally time for me to read it. I have heard nothing but great things about it, and after loving other Silvia Moreno-Garacía books, I’m sure i’ll enjoy it.

2021 Release

Cazadora by Romina Garber

This series is about a girl who is an undocumented immigrant and she has a distinctive eye color, which ends up connecting her to a secret magical world of lobizones (werewolves) and witches. 

I have been highly anticipating this book, it came out less than a month ago and you don’t know how much it has costed me to wait to read it during Latinx Heritage Month. I loved the first book SO MUCH and I can’t wait to see where the story goes.

Afrolatinx

One Week to Claim it All by Adriana Herrera

Second chance romance where a woman is set to become the CEO of her late father’s company and her ex is the only one standing in the way.

As I mentioned before, I have read and enjoyed almost every single book that Adriana Herrera has released, so I’m so excited to read her newest full lenght novel, espcially since it has two tropes I love, second chance romance and dislike to love.

Author’s Debut

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

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Short Story collection about the realities of women’s lives and the violence visited upon their bodies.

I read Carmen Maria Machado’s memoir last year and it was great, so I’m looking forward to checking out her debut. I’m not the biggest fan of short story collection, but I’m crossing my fingers that I will like this one.

Are you participating in the Latinx Book Bingo? Have you picked the books for your tbr?
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May 2021 TBR: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month + new releases

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to share my may tbr, I chose most of these books to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the other 4 books are my most anticipated May releases.

Here are the books I’m planning to read:

We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal: I had fun reading the first book in this series even if I had issues with it (here’s my full review) and I have heard that this sequel is so much better than the first book, so I can’t wait to see how this duology ends.

Jade War by Fonda Lee: I’m so scared of reading this book because I know it’s going to make me suffer, but I know I’m goign to love it and I want to read it before the last book comes out at the end of the year.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang: another book that I’m scared of reading because I know it’s going to break my heart but I also know I’m going to love it.

Murder in Old Bombay by Nev March: as an Agatha Christie fan and in general a fan of cozy mysteries, I’m looking for more diverse books in this subgenre and I have heard nothing but great things about this one.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan: I rewatched the Crazy Rich Asian movie this month and I’m even more excited to read the final book in this series.

Tha Dating Plan by Sara Desai: I thought the first book in this series of companion novels was just ok, but this one has two of my favorite tropes: fake dating and marriage of convenience, so off course I’m going to give it a chance.

A Sweet Mess by Jayci Lee: This ounds like a really sweet, fun romance, which is exactly what I’m looking for.

A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau: I have read and enjoyed a couple of Jackie Lau’s books and this is a short novella, which is great since this is an overly ambitious tbr.

Illusionary by Zoraida Cordova: I loved the first book in this duology and I can’t wait to know how it all ends

People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry I loved Beach Read, so I was looking forward to Emily Henry’s next romance and then I heard it was a friends to lovers romance and my excitement multiplied.

Hang the Moon by Alexandria Bellefleur: I really enjoyed the first book in this series of companion novels and I can’t wait for this best friend’s little brother romance.

How to Find a Princess by Alyssa Cole: Alyssa Cole’s books are great, I loved the first book in this series and I can’t wait to read another f/f romance written by her because I know I’m going to love it.

What books do you want to read in May? Have you read any of the books on my tbr?

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April 2021 TBR: new releases, accidentally in love book club and fantasy books

Hi everyone! I haven’t making tbrs for the last few months becayse I was in a reading slump and mood reading seem like the best option, but I’m not in areading slump anymore and it’s time to catch up on some of my goals and some of the series that I put aside because of the slump. So that’s why the tbrs are starting again.

Here are some of the books I’m planning to read in April:

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan: It’s been over a year since I read the first book in this series, so it was time to continue with it. I’m almost done with this and I’m really enjoying it.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang: I’m so intimidated by this book, Im pretty sure its going to hurt me. I read the first two books in the series in 2020 and I dont want to let too much time pass before finishing it, so it’s time to get to this book.

The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski: I have tried to read this before but I wans’t in the mood for it, hopefully now I can finish it and continue with the series.

Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse: One of my goals for this year is to read more books by Indigenous authors and I have been failing that goal, so it’s time to start working towards accomplishing it. I have heard great things about all of Roanhorse books and this was the first one to be available from my library..

Oculta by Maya Motayne: I loved the first book in this series, Nocturna, and I have been waiting for this sequel for such a long time, I’m so glad I’m finally going to be able to continue with this story. Release date: April 6th.

Twice Shy by Sarah Hogle: I really liked Sarah Hogle’s debut novel You Deserve Each Other, so I’m excited to pick up her new release especially since the premise sounds amazing. Release date: April 6th.

To Love and to Loath by Martha Waters: I loved the first book in this series and I’m really intrigued about the relationship between the characters that are the protagonists of the book. Release date: April 6th.

Damaged Goods by Talia Hibbert: I’m one of the co-host for the Accidentally in Love book club this month and this is the book that we are going to read . I’mreally excited since I have read two of the books in this series and I enjoyed them.

What books do you want to read in April? Have you read any of the books on my tbr?

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