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5 Books 1 Week: My Very Ambitious TBR

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Hey guys! I’m really excited because I’m going to be a free person next week! I don’t know how it works in the States, but in Colombia we have a Holy Week during Easter and that means is a free week for almost everyone. I have a lot of uni work to do (Homework, papers, mid-terms to get ready for) during that week, but I will still have a lot of time to read, that’s why I decided to set a very ambitious tbr and try to read as much as I can next week.

Here are the books I will try to read or at least start next week:

1.When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

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To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up. 

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I have been meaning to read this one for a long time, but lately I want to read it even more because I want to read more magical realism and learn a bit more about the history of this genre and the connection between it and latinamerican authors. Anyway I’m buddy reading this with Sinead @Huntress of Diverse Books.

2. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Shwab  

a darker shade of magicKell is one of the last travelers–magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes connected by one magical city. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, and with one mad King–George III. Red London, where life and magic are revered–and where Kell was raised alongside Rhy Maresh, the roguish heir to a flourishing empire. White London–a place where people fight to control magic and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London. But no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red traveler, ambassador of the Maresh empire, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.

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I have been meaning to read this for the longest time, but my history with Victoria Shwab kind of got in the way of my reading it. I have read 2 books by her: I really liked one and DNF’ed another, so I even when I was really interested in the premise of this book I wasn’t sure if I was gonna like it or not. Now that the last book came out, I decided that I definitely want to give this series a chance because I have heard great things about it.

3. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) 

A Storm of SwordsOf the five contenders for power, one is dead, another in disfavor, and still the wars rage as alliances are made and broken. Joffrey sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, victim of the sorceress who holds him in her thrall. Young Robb still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun. Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world. And as opposing forces manoeuver for the final showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost limits of civilization, accompanied by a horde of mythical Others—a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords

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This book is over a thousand pages, of course I’m not planning on reading it in one week and not when I’m trying to read another 4 books in that week. But I really want to continue with this series, so my goal is to read at least 300 pages of this next week.

4. Better at Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra

Better at Weddings than you Daphne Cardenas is the best wedding planner around, and everyone knows it. That’s why her friend Greg hired her as an emergency replacement one month before his wedding—because he fears his fiancée Helen is falling for the guy they first hired for the job.

Aaron Trinidad is new to the wedding industry but years of conference planning and loads of charm make him good at it. Really good at it. Planning the wedding of his friend Helen should be easy, and it is. To be unceremoniously fired isn’t good for his new career, but the chance to learn from the best might be the silver lining.

Aaron and Daphne have chemistry, but there’s history with Helen that at least one other person considers a threat. Who’s the planner who can fix this impending disaster? 

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I have an ARC of this books and the official release date is April 15th, so I want to try and read and review it before it comes out.  I’m not ure it’s gonna be possible, but I do want to try. I have never read anything by Mina V. Esguerra, but I have heard great things about her books, so I want to read something by her.

5. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

The long way to a small angry planetSomewhere within our crowded sky, a crew of wormhole builders hops from planet to planet, on their way to the job of a lifetime. To the galaxy at large, humanity is a minor species, and one patched-up construction vessel is a mere speck on the starchart. This is an everyday sort of ship, just trying to get from here to there.

But all voyages leave their mark, and even the most ordinary of people have stories worth telling. A young Martian woman, hoping the vastness of space will put some distance between herself and the life she‘s left behind. An alien pilot, navigating life without her own kind. A pacifist captain, awaiting the return of a loved one at war.

Set against a backdrop of curious cultures and distant worlds, this episodic tale weaves together the adventures of nine eclectic characters, each on a journey of their own. 

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I didn’t particulary want to read this until recently, I had heard about it but I didn’t really know what this was about.  Last week, I saw someone talk about it on Booktube and I finally payed atention to what this was about and sicne  I have been wanting to read more Sci-Fi, I’m really excited to read it now.

That’s it! I’m pretty sure I’m not reading all of them in one week, but I’m excited to try!

Have you read any of this books? What did you think about them? Which one should I read first?  Let me know in the commets! 

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Review: The Backstagers by James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh

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Title: The Backstagers

Author: James Tynion IV & Rian Sygh

Published by:  Boom! Box

Publishing Date: August 17th 2016

Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, YA.

Pages: 25

When Jory transfers to the private, all-boys school St. Genesius, he figures joining the stage crew would involve a lot of just fetching props and getting splinters. To his pleasant surprise, he discovers there’s a door backstage that leads to different worlds, and all of the stagehands know about it! All the world’s a stage…but what happens behind the curtain is pure magic!

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The Backstagers is a short and cute graphic novel about finding people to fit in with. It has a diverse cast of characters that includes a lot of POC’s, also an underrepresented body type, and it seems like there’s gonna be characters that belong to the LGBTQ+ community, which makes this graphic novel so important in terms of representation.

There is a bit of a mystery that’s introduced in this first issue about rooms and creatures and it seems like it’s gonna be expanding through all the issues of this graphic novel. The mystery and the fantastical elements are definitely what make this graphic novel interesting and intriguing.

Also, it’s worth-noting that this has a really cool art style that goes really well with the story and manages to convey this different sense of space that’s portrait in it. There’s room that shouldn’t be there and corridors that move and that sort of thing, but it’s never confusing because the art style is really clear and shows those elements really well.

Overall, the first issue of The Backstagers is definitely a strong one, it manages to intrigue the reader by introducing fantastical elements in a contemporary setting and it has an incredible art style. More important, it does a great job in terms of diversity by including different types of minorities.

Rating: 4 stars

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Diversity Spotlight Thursday #2

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I really enjoyed participating in this meme last week, so I’m back with more diverse books! Diversity Spotlight Thrusday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, the participants are suppost to choose one book for each of the three categories: a diverse book you have read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your tbr, and a diverse book that has not yet been released. 

I have decided to pick  books that have  less than a thousand ratings on Goodreads, because I want to promote less known diverse books and authors, and I will try to choose only #ownvoices books, because I want the authors that I promote to be members of minorities and marginalized groups.

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Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

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Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan, sort of, one that’s going to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. She’s interning with the author of her favorite book: Harlowe Brisbane, the ultimate authority on feminism, women’s bodies, and other gay-sounding stuff. 

Will Juliet be able to figure out her life over the course of one magical summer? Is that even possible? Or is she running away from all the problems that seem too big to handle?

With more questions than answers, Juliet takes on Portland, Harlowe, and most importantly, herself.

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I don’t know how many times have I talked about this book in the last 2 months, but I don’t think I will be stopping any time soon. I will say this again, just in case you don’t know, this was my favorite book of 2016 and it’s now one of my favorite books of all times. Because of that, I want everyone to read it. So this is the weekly reminder that if you haven’t read this, you should. This book talks about feminism, queerness and intersectionality in a perfect way. Also, it has a main character that I want to protect at all cost, because she is precious.

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Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza 

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Rhee, also known as Crown Princess Rhiannon Ta’an, is the sole surviving heir to a powerful dynasty. She’ll stop at nothing to avenge her family and claim her throne.

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Aly has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. But when he’s falsely accused of killing Rhee, he’s forced to prove his innocence to save his reputation – and his life.

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With planets on the brink of war, Rhee and Aly are thrown together to confront a ruthless evil that threatens the fate of the entire galaxy.

A saga of vengeance, warfare, and the true meaning of legacy.

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This book was one of my most anticipated books of 2017 and it was released a few days ago. I’m a big fan of fantasy, so I’m always in the lookout for diverse fantasy books and this book has an asian main character, as well as a black main character . The synopsis of Empress of a Thousand Skies intrigued me and the cover captivated me. Also, I participated in a twitter chat with the author and she is incredibly nice. This is the kind of fantasy book that I want to see more of.

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How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

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All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

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This book sounds both adorable and incredible sad at the same time. I just got an arc through Netgalley, so I’m super excited to be able to read it before release date, which is May 2nd 2017. The LGBTQ+ characters are one of the main reasons I’m looking forward to reading this.

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Have you read any of these? Did you like them? Can you recommend me some diverse books you love? 

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2016 Reading Challenges Wrap Up

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I’m going to start by saying that you are gonna see a lot of blog posts the next couple of days that may seem like they are post that should have been up like 2 week ago and I want you to know that you are right! I’m really behind with my blog posts because of lack of inspiration to blog, traveling and because I moved my blog from blogger to wordpress. But! the important things is that I’m posting them now.

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My goal was to read 12 books, one each month, that I owned and that I had been meaning to read for a long time. I’m very happy to say that I reached this goal and read 20 books for the challenge.

Flights of Fantasy

My goal was to read 30 fantasy books in 2016 and I was so sure I could do that, but I didn’t count with the fact that I was gonna need a rest from fantasy in the middle of the year. At the end, I read 26 of the 30 books I had planned, which is still pretty good but not exactly what I wanted.

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Backlist Books

This challenge was really fun, I was supposed to read 20 books realised at least a year before I read them and I ended up reading 55 backlist books. If you are new to this blog, you should know that while a lot of people are reading and reviewing arcs, backlist titles are my thing.

Finishing the Series 

My goal was to finish between 3 a 6 series that I had already started before the beginning of the year. At the end, I only finihsed 3 series but I still managed to complete this challege.

Goodreads Reading Challenge

My goal was to read 52 books in 2016 and I ended up reading 101 books. Almost double!

That’s it, I complete 4 out of 5 reading challenges and the one I didn’t complete it was only for 4 books. Anyway, I had a lot of fun. If you want to know about my reading challenges for 2017, here’s the link.

Let me know in the comments, how you did with your 2016 reading challenges and in which ones are you participatin in 2017. If you posted about it, leave me a link! 

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December 2016 Wrap Up

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The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su & Kate Rorick (4 stars)

I read this because I had watched the web series and I loved it. I definitely enjoyed this companion novel as well. A thing that I really liked in both the web series and the book is the diversity that was added to the original story, because some of the main characters were asian and that makes it more relatable. Also, I liked the writing, the humor and the romance.

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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (4,5 stars)

I think this was a great conclusion to the series, I had been hesitant to read this because I had heard mixed comments, but I think it improved the one thing that had made me not like the other books as much: I felt like Alina and Mal finally had some agency, their decisions were theirs, no one else was controlling them or taking the shots.

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (4,3 stars)

Heist stories aren’t really my thing, but I really enjoyed this book anyway because the characters were so amazing. This book was full of diverse and complex characters, which kept me engrossed in the story; I ended up rooting for them even when I knew some of their decisions and actions were wrong.

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Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo (4 stars)

I actually liked the first book more. After spending so many time in the planning, the deceit, the trickery, I felt like the ending was rushed. The characters continued to be the strong point in these series, the character development was really good and the relationship between the characters evolved in an organic waym they weren’t rushed.

labyrinth-lostLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova (4,2 stars)

I loved reading this book and it made me even more centaint abput how much representation and diversity matter. Even when the cultural background, traditions and belief sistem are not exactly the same as mine, they do share a lot of similarities and I loved being able to relate certain parts of the book to cultural traditions of my country. Also, I loved the writing and I felt connected to the magic and world that Zoraida Córdova created.

Run by Kody Keplinger (4,3 stars)run

I loved the experience of reading this book, I knew before reading it that this was a #ownvoices book and it was interesting to read about a legally blind character and feel like I was actually understanding a bit better what it is like live as a legally blind person.  I could feel the authenticity in the way the story was told and that made this book something special. I think Kody Keplinger also portrayed female friendship and bisexuality in a very postive way.

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In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park (4 stars)

This book was 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. Even when I knew how important this book is and how heartbreaking what I was reading was; I felt like the writing didn’t fit the book, it didn’t let me connect with the story as much as I wanted to.

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I found a lot of the poems in this collection very relatable and powerful. I bookmarked a lot of them, my favorite poems were for the most part about women, about how wonderful and strong we are; but a few of the other poems I loved dealt with death, abuse and suicide.There’s a broad variaty of themes in these collection and a consistency in the quality of the poems.

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This was a good book, but I think I would have liked it more if I was new to feminism and feminist ideas when I read it. I feel like this is a good introduction, but it’s so short that it’s just that, an introduction, and it only explores very basic ideas about gender. I understand that that was the purpose, but I was expecting a bit more.

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This was not as funny as I was expecting it to be. Actually, this wasn’t what I was expecting it to be, period.  I was really disappointed while I was reading this book, there were only a few that I actually thought were entertaining or bizare enough that I enjoyed them. Also, I felt like the art didn’t add anything to the book.

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This book was really funny and it dealt with a lot of the stereotypes that people have about Muslims and their love lives, while being respectful, honest and entertaining. That may have to do with the fact that this is an #ownvoices book. Another thing that I loved about the book was that female relationships have such a central place throughout it.

I loved this book so much, it was funny and charming and the writing was amazing. I loved the way it adressed intersectionality and how it works (or doesn’t) in broader movements. My favorite thing about this book was Juliet; having a latinx characters that felt so incredibly authentic almost made me want to cry tears of happiness. Also, the way in which it adressed queerness was brilliant.

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Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick (3,5 Stars)

So many times when I read memoirs of famous people, they focus so much on silly anecdotes of their childhood and honestly, I wish they would tell us about their jobs that’s the why I’m reading the book. I want to know how you got where you are, I want to know anecdotes of you on set and so many other things. I felt this book was full of a lot of stories I didn’t find interesting or funny and way too little about her job as an actress.

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The thing is I loved some of the poems in this collection, I bookmarked a lot of them, but the ones I didn’t love were really disappointing. There wasn’t a consistency in the quality of the poems, I either loved them or didn’t care about them.

 Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Let me know in the comments! 
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The Diverse Books Tag

It’s been a long time since I did a tag and when I found this, I felt like I had found the perfect one to post. This is The Diverse Books Tag created by Naz @ReadDiverseBooks

The Rules

  1.   Credit the original creator, Read Diverse Books.
  1. The Diverse Books Tag is a bit like a scavenger hunt. I will task you to find a book that fits a specific criteria and you will have to show us a book you have read or want to read.
  1.  If you can’t think of a book that fits the specific category, then I encourage you to go look for one.A quick Google search will provide you with many books that will fit the bill. (Also, Goodreads lists are your friends.) Find one you are genuinely interested in reading and move on to the next category.
The Tag

Find a book starting a lesbian character 

     I really enjoyed reading this book, specially, because it’s one of the few YA books that I have read that it’s not a coming out story and I feel like that made it different and interesting to read. The main character gets involved in a little bit of a mystery related to a famous actor that just died. Said main character happens to be a lesbian and we get to know here ex gilfriend and her love interest and it’s just part of the story not the entire plot and I really enjoyed that




 Find a book with a muslim protagonist
I am really sorry to say that I have not read any book with a Muslim protagonist, but I’m currently reading Sofia Kahn is not obliged by Ayisha Malik and it’s really good so far.



 

      Find a book set in Latin America

    City of Clowns was originally written in spanish, it’s a graphic novel by Daniel Alarcón, a peruvian author, and Sheila Alvarado, a peruvian ilustrator. If you haven’t read any books by Latin American authors, you can start with this short graphic novel that tells the story of a young man who’s father just died and he is remembering his life and his relationship with his father and through his story the author talks a little bit about a particular time period in Perú. Also, a constant theme in this graphic novel is poverty in Perú.

 
Find a book about a person with a disability 

      Run by Kody Keplinger is about a girl who is legally blind and what made this a very interesting take on a character with a disability is that as a reader you can definitely tell is an #ownvoices book. There’s so many subtle moments that let you understand someone who is legally blind in a better way. But at the same time, the author does included a very important conversation in a not so subtle way about the conception that disable people are a burden; off course the author makes very clear throughout the book that this is not true.

 
Find a Science-Fiction or Fantasy book with a POC protagonist.
Labyrinth lost by Zoraida Cordova is an amazing YA fantasy book that it’s based on the culture and spiritual believes of a few different Latin American contries. Almost all the character are latinxs and also there’s a great depiction of bisexual characters. This book made me so happy, because I’m colombian and there were some cultural references that I related to. Actually, there was a sense of familiarity that I felt throughout this book that made it special for me. 
 
 

Find a book set in (or about) any country in Africa.

I started to read Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a long time ago, I read like 25% of it (I think!) and I’m ashamed to say I didn’t finish it. At the time, something came up in uni and I didn’t have time to read this book, but after that I’m not sure why I didn’t pick it up. I actually was really enjoying it. Big part of this book takes place in Nigeria and by reading this you can learn a lot about the history of this country. Also, Chimamanda’s writing is beautiful. I will pick this up again soon.

Find a book written by an Indigenous or Native author.

This was the hardest answer to come up with, I have not read any books that fit into this category and I didn’t have any on my tbr either. At the end, I remember hearing  on Booktube about The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, which is a book about a  boy that decides to go to school outside his resevation and all he has to deal with because of that decision. It sounds interesting, but I’m not sure about this one because I have read mixed reviews.

Find a book set in South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, etc.)
I didn’t have a book for this one, but after looking for a while I found a book that I think I will enjoy. It’s Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman, a historical fiction book set in India about a girl trying to find her place. I love stories about the way girls live in different countries, time periods or cultures and that’s why this book sounds interesting to me.

Find a book with a biracial protagonist. 

I read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han a long time ago and I really liked it. It’s a really cute romance book, but the most interesting thing about it was the relationship between sisters and the Korean heritage.

 
 

Find a book starring a transgender character or about transgender issues.

I’m ashamed to say that I have not read a book with a trans character before. Redefining Realness by Janet Mock has been on my tbr for a really long time;  I haven’t read anything like it. This book is the memoir of a black trans woman and her quest for identity.  I don’t know why I haven’t picked it up yet, but I can’t wait to read it.

 

 Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? If you have recommendations for books that fit into this categories, please leave them in the comments. 

I’m tagging

 
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Let’s Put Music to the Book: Addicted/Calloway Sisters Series by Krista & Becca Ritchie

Let’s Put Music to the Book is a new feature here at Bookish Wanderess, where I share playlists for books I love. Usually, when I do this kind of post I try to match song lyrics to certain scenes, moments or characters from a book, but this time, I made this playlist with the songs I have been listening to while I read the books in the Addicted Series and the Calloway Sisters Series by Krista and Becca Ritchie. I have been reading both of these companion series for a week, there’s 10 books total and I’m currently reading book 8. If that doesn’t tell you I’m completely obsessed with these series, I don’t know what will.

Most of the songs are from the Top 50 list on Spotify, which I’m listening on repeat, and I chose the specific ones that I thought were a good fit for the books. Also, I included a song in Spanish and it’s the only one I specifically looked for,  because the lyrics remind me of this series. I hope you enjoy the playlist! 

Do you make playlists for the books you read? Do you post them in your blog? Let me know in the comments!