Book Recommendations for Each Zodiac Sign

Hi everyone! Today I bring you a post that took me forever to put together, so I hope you enjoy it! I have had this idea for a long time and I finally sat down and did some research about each zodiac sign and based on what I found I chose one book recommendation for each sign. Disclaimer: I’m obviously not an expert on astrology. I knew a bit about the zodiac signs but I definitely had to do research before writing this post, if there are any mistakes, I’m sorry!

In this post you will find: a basic description of the 12 zodiac sign and, based on those descriptions, a book recommendation for each zodiac sign and a few elements of the book that I think they would enjoy.

Credit for the images of the zodiac signs go to: pikisuperstar + click in the book titles to go to the Goodreads page

ARIES

People who have Aries as their sun sign love to be the hero, lead others into adventure and steal the spotlight. They fight for their beliefs and inspire others to do the same. Some of their strengths are their courage, confidence, boldness and passion. Some of their weaknesses are their impatience, impulsiveness and their tendency to be bossy.

My recommendation for Aries is Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria, in which they will find a relatable heroine. Bossy, bold, implusive and brave. With convictions so strong that she persuades her friends to fight back the powers that opprese them and follow her into the adventure of a lifetime.

TAURUS

People who have Taurus as their sun sign love great food, romance and beautiful things.  They work hard and they get the job done. Some of their strengths are their patience, practicality, loyalty and responsability. Some of their weaknesses are their stubbornness, possessiveness and tendency to be uncompromising.

My recommendations for Taurus is The Tiger’s Daughter by K. Arsenault Rivera, in which they will find a romance that will take their breath away and a heroine that’s loyal, stubborn, possesive, used to getting what she wants and that will wait however long is neccesary to be with the woman she loves.

GEMINI

People who have Gemini as their sun sign constantly flip between moods and interests, their minds move really fast so they have a million great ideas. Some of their strengths are their curiousity, adaptability, and their ability to learn quickly and exchange ideas. Some of their weaknesses are their nervousness, inconsistency and indecisiveness.

My recommendations for Gemini is A Duke By Default by Alyssa Cole, in which they will find a heroine with many hobbies and interests, who’s curious and loves to learn for the sake of learning about the topics she cares about, even if they seem useless to other people.

CANCER

People who have Cancer as their sun sign are nurturing and they like to take care of others. At first, they may be perceived as cold or distant, but with time they reveal their gentle nature. Some of their strengths are their loyalty, sympathy and persuasiveness. Some of their weaknesses are their  pessimism and insecurity.

My recommendation for Cancer is Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri, in which they will find a hero who is perceive as cold and distant by others and even by the heroine at the beginning, but that ends up being the kindest, softest man, who tries to keep the main character safe and even risks his life to do so.

LEO

People who have Leo as their sun sign are natural-born leaders and they love to be the boss. They need praise and appreciation, but they have big hearts and they always help the people they love. Some of their strengths are their creativeness, passion and cheerfulness. Some of their weaknesses are their arrogance and stubbornness.

My recommendation for Leo is Invictus by Ryan Graudin, in which they will find a passionate, arrogant and stubborn main character who decides to fulfill his dream at any cost and leads a group of his friends into a huge adventure, where he is the boss and tries to protect them.

VIRGO

People who have Virgo as their sun sign analyze everything, forming opinions and judgments. They are there when help is needed and they are an amazing listener and give the best advice. Some of their strengths are their loyalty, kindness, and practicality. Some of their weaknesses are their tendency to worry and be overly critical.

My recommendation for Virgo is Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez, in which they will meet Gabi, who is smart, loyal and kind, who has opinions about everything and sometimes can be a little quick to judge people, like she does with Sal, but then she also sees her mistakes and corrects them.

LIBRA

People who have Libra as their sun sign love to be surrounded by culture and beauty in a harmonious environment with lots of people. They can’t stand anything that’s unfair or unbalance. Some of their strengths are their tendency to be cooperative and fair-minded. Some of their weaknesses are their indecisiveness and aversion to confrontations.

My recommendation for Libra is Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno, in which they will find a peaceful and beautiful little town, full of people who know and love each other and a main character caught between cultures, who won’t stop until she saves the Marina from being sold.

SCORPIO

People who have Scorpio as their sun sign are intensed and focused, they know what they want and aren’t afraid to work hard to get it. They see every little detail and they can read people well. Some of their strengths are their resourcefulness, passion and loyalty. Some of their weaknesses are their tendency to be distrusting, stubborn and secretive.

My recommendation for Scorpio is The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa, in which they will find a main character who is focused on making her small buisness a success. She is the wedding planner who will get every little detail right and she will make sure the couple gets exactly what they want. She is resourceful, passionate and stubborn.

SAGITTARIUS

People who have sagittarius as their sun sign like open spaces with plenty of adventure. They juggle a million projects and hobbies. They have big goals and they love to tell it like it is. Some of their strengths are their idealism, open-mindedness and ambition. Some of their weaknesses are their impatiance and tendency to be undiplomatic.

My recommendation for Sagittarius is Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika & Maritza Moulite, in which they will find a main characters who is traveling to Haiti and having an adventure that may not go how she wanted. She is smart, ambitious, she has a lot of projects and plans and she gets into trouble for being outspoken and undiplomtic.

CAPRICORN

People who have capricorn as their sun sign play by the rules and follow tradition. They often think rewards arrive through suffering and sacrifice. They are devoted to their love ones. Some of their strengths are their responsability and discipline. Some of their weaknesses are their tendency to be unforgiving and condescending.

My recommendation for Capricorn is Erotic Stories For Pujabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal, in which they will find a story about traditions, cultural clashes, community, friendship, and women’s lives at all ages. A story of the sacrifices that are expected of some women and about the love that can exist between women.

AQUARIUS

People who have aquarius as their sun sign have originality and an authentic style. They are individualistic, but also naturally popular and they care deeply about social justice issues. Some of their strengths are their originality and independence. Some of their weaknesses are their tendency to be temperamental and uncompromising.

My recommendation for Aquarius is The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar and Michelle Schusterman, in which they will find three girls that are all uniquely themeselves: a drummer, a fangirl and a taxidermist, who are part of three different conventions taking place in the same hotel and become friends while they help each other.

PISCES

People who have pisces as their sun sign have huge imaginations and they love art and music. They often try to run away from problems and they can easily become swallowed by emotions. Some of their strengths are their creativity, intuition and gentleness. Some of their weaknesses are their fearfulness and their tendecy to escape reality.

My recommendation for Piscis is Invitation to the Blues by Ronan Parrish, in which they will find a struggling pianist who fled his partner, his career and a hospital a few months before. In his new life, he is falling in love again but he’s very fearful about the future and overwhelmed by the choices he needs to make.

What is your sign and have you read the book I recommend for it? Did you like it? or if you haven’t read it, does it sound like something you would enjoy?

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Books That Need Adaptations

Hi everyone! I had so much fun writing today’s post, so I’m hoping you’ll love it! A few days ago, I was thinking about what books I would like to see adapted into tv shows or movies and I came up with 5 books that, for different reasons, I think would make great adaptations. For each of these books, I also included a comparision with tv shows or movies that already exists, so you get a better idea of what I’m picturing for the adaptations.

Without further ado, here are the 5 books I would love to see adapted:

*Click the book tittle to go to goodreads and click the movie/tv show tittle to see the trailer on Youtube*

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

I think this book would make a great movie with visuals similar to the ones of Juniper Ascending: just imagine this book which is inspired by indian foklore translated to the screen in the luxurious and extravagant style of the movie. Also, the engaging plot and shocking ending of the book would work so well for an adaptation.

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

I see this as a perfect Disney+ show, something with a precocious, smart, funny tone and a lot of Latinx characters similar to Diary of a Future President, but with Sci-Fi elements and a really powerful depiction of a kid’s grief. The message of acceptence of others that are different from us in this book is wonderful and we need more children’s shows that include this type of message.

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

I see this being similar to the tv show His Dark Materials, in terms of the visual style of the show, but also similar because there’s one big organization with religious ties that rules everyone, there’s betrayal, scheming and double crossing and it has a bittersweet ending. Beyond these similarities, I think this book with its diverse and compelling cast of characters, heists and underground adventures would make for a unique show.

The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

I think Alaska would be a beautiful setting for a tv show and this book would make a perfect netflix show similar to Virgin River with the wintery vibes, the small town, and the heroine with a complicated past. I think the sexual tension between the main characters of the book would translate great to tv with the right actors in the roles and the complex father/daughter relationship as well as the tragic love story between the main character’s parents would lend itself for some great flashbacks.

Well Met by Jen DeLuca

This would be a great tv show, just imagine something like Gilmore Girls with the small town where everyone knows everyone else and knows their histories and their secrets, but add to that the whole idea of organizing the Renaissance fair and the hate to love romance between the protagonists and you have a masterpiece.

What book would you like seeing adapted? What book to screen adaptations do you love?

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Top 10 Books of 2019

Hi everyone! It’s New Year’s Eve! I’m wishing all of you a wonderful 2020 full of happiness, love and so many great books! In my last post of 2019, I want to share with you my favorite books that I read in 2019 that are not romance books since I already posted my favorite romance books of 2019.

I had a lot of trouble deciding what books to include in this list and I finally narrowed down to ten. This list is in no particular other except for the first book, which is my favorite of the year. Without futher ado, here are my favorite books of 2019:

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

This is my favorite book of the year because it’s the book that has struck with me the most, I think about it constantly and everytime I do, I get so emotional. It’s not often that a book breaks my heart and makes me sob while also being hopeful, but this book managed to do just that. The writing is beautiful, the characters are flawed but lovable, the small town and the community that’s like a huge family are wonderful elements of the story, but my favorite aspects of this book are the complicated and bittersweet family dynamics and the brilliant way it explores the feelings of a granddaughter of immgrants: the feelings of confusion and guilt for belonging to two places at once, speaking biligual words, not knowing exactly where she comes from and not knowing what happened to the family that stayed behind.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

This book is magic, it reminded me why I love fantasy and it reminded me how awestruck I can be by a new magical, whimsical world. The writing is stunning and it sets a tone of wonder and curiosity and posibility, that goes perfectly with the mystery within the story. The main character Lazlo is precious and there are so many other fascinating and complicated characters, that it’s imposible not to root for them. I was so captivated by the discovery of what happened in weep and I was amazed by how the consequences of it are shown: the quiet and subtle sorrow and anger. The combination of all these things sucked me into this story of gods and monsters and made me feel invested until it hit me with the shocking and heartbreaking ending.

The Wicked King & The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

The Wicked King and The Queen of Nothing are highly entertaining, full of twist and turns, and brimming with complex and compelling characters and relationships. These two books are filled with angst, betrayal, deceive, lust, murder, mind games, viciousness and wit, all of it is so enthralling and intoxicating that you can help but be completly captivated by the story. My favorite character by far is Jude, a human in a fairy court, who manages to surprise the fairies by being smart and coniving. And my absolutely favorite thing about this series is Cardan and Jude’s relationship, which is angsty and complicated, but so intense and passionate. (review)

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

We Set the Dark on Fire captured my heart with two beautifully complex main characters, a forbidden love story,  fascinating mythology, an infuriating world and a flawed and complicated rebelious group. This book holds a really special place in my heart because it’s the respectful and wonderful Latinx representation that we have been waiting for in fantasy. Beyond all those amazing things, the strengh of this book lays in the way it addresses immigration, privilege, poverty and opression, because it manages to evoke so many emotions and be incredibly thought-provoking, it’s brilliantly done.

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

This book has five diverse main characters – queer, poc, struggling with mental health and trauma- that have distintive voices and personalies and one of my favorite things about this book is the way it seamlessly integrates the different aspects of the characters identities to the story. Moreover, I loved the way the relationships between the main characters is explored; there’s so many things that make the relationships between them complicated and STILL they love and trust each other and it’s so beautiful. Other great elements of the story are the twists and turns that are very well done and the pace that keeps the book entertaining and engaging the whole time. (review)

Before the Devil Break You by Libba Bray

This book has the same eery, creepy vibe that the other two books in this series and it’s one of my favorite things about it, there are some scenes in this book that made me so uneasy – specially the ones that take place at the asylum. I think one of the things this series does so well is that the plot keeps getting more and more complex and because of that, it manages to keep me interested in the whole mystery behind what’s happening and it makes me want to get to the bottom of all the secrets and lies. Also, I’m so invested in what’s gonna happened to the characters, specially Evie and Sam, I’m rooting so hard for them.

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

This book takes place in a universe full of gods and goddesses from Indian lore, which gives a unique and intereting setting to the story. I loved that this book is full of political intrigue, sentient spaceships, floating cities, broken and complicated relationships. One of my favorite things about this book was one of the friendships that falls into the trope of the lazy prince that doesn’t care about anything except for the main character, which is a trope I love and that made me very emotional while reading this book. But the main reason this book is on this list is because of the ending, which shocked me and broke my heart and I hated it but at the same time it made sense and it was a good ending for the book.

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

This book has a fascinating magic system that revolves around dacing; incredible mythological creatures; a villain that’s cruel, mannipulative and conniving; two strong and resilient main characters; a slow-burn love story that’s so touching and beautiful that I get emotional everytime I think about it; and amazing writing that keep me gripped the entire time. This book does a great job at showing the fate of a conquered nation, how law and faith work together to maintain certain groups oppresed and the things people are capable of doing to others when those others are seen as less than human because of their differences.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

This book is full of twists and turns and the unexpected. While it’s a very action pacted book- there’s a missil attack, a contagious disease that creates zombie like creatures, a defective AI that kills people – one of the strengths of the book lays in how much it makes you care about characters that you only see for a few pages, so that it’s very distressing and worrisome when bad things start happening to them. Another great thing about this book, is that it maneged to make me root for Kady and Ezra the entire time, I just wanted them to be together. Nonetheless, my favorite thing about this book were Kady and Aidan (the defective AI) and how complex and fascinating they were as characters and how devastating and engrossing their relationship was.

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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5 Amazing Queer Books I’ve Read in 2019

amazing queer books i've read in 2019

Hi everyone! Since it’s Pride Month, I want to talk about some incredible books that I have read in the last few months and that include LGBTQIA rep.

Without further ado, here they are:

 

darius the great is not okayDarius the Great is not Okay by Adib Khorram

This book is about a biracial, gay teenager, who has depression, and that travels to Iran to meet her mother’s family in person for the first time. Darius is discovering his sexuality in this book and there is a sweet friendship between him and a boy he meets in Iran, but the main focuses of the book are family, tradition and mental health.

 

Graham-Delicacies-CoverGraham’s Delicacies by Em Ali

This is a collection of three queer love stories. There’s one about a Black bisexual women with anxiety and a chubby and anxious nonbinary baker, another one about a nonbinary baker and a Korean foodie vlogger, and one about a gay Mexican-American man and his gay Black coworker. If you are looking for diverse romance stories with low angst and so much cuteness that you’ll smile most of the time while reading them, this is for you! (Full review)

 

Red, White & Royal BlueRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This book is about the love story between Alex, the Mexican-American son of the President of USA, who throughout the book realizes that he is bisexual, and Henry, the gay prince of England. It’s a swoon worthy, heartwarming romance! Also, this book has a huge political aspect, that’s fascinating, because Alex’s mom is up for reelection and because there are international political consecuences to their relationship.

 

we set the dark on fireWe Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

This is a Latinx fantasy book with an f/f romance that captured my heart. In this world, men have two wives, a Primera and a Segunda, each one with a different role in the family. This is the story of a Primera and a Segunda who fall in love and get involved with a rebelious group. Dani and Carmen, the main characters, are Latinx and Queer and they have a complex and captivating relationship.

 

Beneath the Citadel Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

This book has five main characters and three of them are Queer. One is an ace, plus sized POC that has severe anxiety; another one is a bisexual POC; and the other is a gay teenager that was a victim of parental abuse. This book is about a heist in a world where there’s magic and the story is full of twists and turns, which makes it entertaining and engaging the whole time. (full review)

 

What amazing queer books have you read in 2019? Have you read any of the books I mentioned on this list? What queer books are you anticipating for the scond half of 2019? 

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Book Review: Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

Beneath the Citadel 

Title: Beneath the Citadel

Author: Destiny Soria

Published by: Amulet

Publishing date: October 9th 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy

Pages: 480

In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.

In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves. 

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Trigger Warnings: panic and anxiety attacks, abusive parents, captivity and torture, and death.

Beneath the Citadel has five main characters, all of them with chapters told from their point of view, and all of them with distintive voices and personalities. The characters are flawed, they make mistake, they have insecurities and because of that they were compelling and felt like real, three dimentional people, which made them my favorite part of the story. Also, there’s a lot of diversity in this book, which is another aspect that I loved about it! One of the main characters is a POC; another is an ace, plus sized, POC, that has severe anxiety; another one is a bisexual POC, and the other one has trauma from being abuse by his father. All these aspects of the characters identities are integrated seamlessly to the story.

Another great things about this book is the way it shows complex relationship and dynamics between characters that disagree most of the time but still love each other; or characters that come from families that have bad blood between them but still trust each other; or characters that have history between them that makes things awkward but they still love each other. Honestly, there’s so many things that make the relationships between these characters complicated and STILL they love and trust each other and it’s so beautiful and it was something I loved about this book.

Beneath the Citadel has an amazing, layared magic system. This book doesn’t go into too much details about the history of the world, the gods and the magic, it focuses more on the actual abilities that people have and that choice works really well with the pace of the book. There are abilities that people are born with and that are more closely related to the mind, like being able to see and manipulate other people’s memories or being able to see the future. And then there are abilities that people acquire through a painful procedure that only a few have access to and that only one man knows how to perform, those abilities are more physical since people are able to control one substance in most cases a metal, but also other things like glass. As I said, the magic system is fascinating and adds a really cool element to the story, but I really liked the fact that not all the main characters have magic abilities, but all of them offer something to the team and contribute in their own ways.

Now, in terms of the plot, this is a story about a heist and what’s really interesting, more so that the actual heist, is that there are two people pushing the main characters to pull off the heist but they are expecting completely different results. So, it’s really hard for the characters to know what side to choose since they can’t trust neither of them, and that makes the story so much more captivating. Also, throughout the book, sometimes it’s hard to know if the main characters should trust each other, because they have secrets and different motivations that can force them to make choices that can affect the others in negative ways even if they don’t want to hurt them.

There are a lot of twists and turns in this book and there’s always something happening, so the book is entertaining and engaging the whole time. Sometimes it feels like everything is a bit too easy for the main characters, it seems like they manage to get out of the trickiest situations with relative ease, and at the beginning that’s true, but by the end everything gets so intense and so many things go wrong that the resolution  is kind of shocking and bittersweet.

Overall, Beneath the Citadel is an entertaining read, with a cast of amazing diverse characters, complex relationships between them and a plot full of twist and turns that will keep at the edge of your seat.

Rating: 4,5 stars 

Have you read this book? Are you planning on reading it? Are any fantasy books that are standalones and that you would recommend?

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January 2019 Wrap Up (+ Mental Health Book Bingo Wrap Up)

Monthly Wrap Up newest

Life Update 

  • I started the month in the best way, traveling through Italy. I went to Rome, Florence and Venice and it was amazing! Venice was so beautiful.
  • Then I got home the 8th of January and I started my internship the next day – after a 20 days trip through France and Italy – and it was exhausting if I’m being honest. The internship has been kind of a disappointment.
  • I also had exams during January, I did really well on those, but with everything that was going on, my anxiety got a bit out of hand after a few months of being in very low levels, which sucks.
  • Still, overall it was a good month, I love the fact that I started the year traveling and I’m so grateful I got that chance!

What I Read 

This year I’m participating in a few reading challenges, so I’ll be lkeeping track of that with some emojis!

                     🌸 =Reading Women Challenge 🌿= Catch Up on Classics                                    ⭐= Dancing with Fantasy and Sci-fi Challenge 🌻= Year of the Asian

In An Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire (4,3 stars): my favorite book in the series so far! I found the goblin market so interesting and the characters were so complex! This entire book was so bittersweet and I loved it! (review)  – ⭐

A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle (3 stars): This was disappointing; the writing style wasn’t for me, I didn’t found the case interesting and the only really good thing was the characters. (review) – 🌿

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (5 stars):  Lovely, flawed, amazing characters and a really interesting relationship and dynamic between them.  (review coming this week!) – 🌿🌸

Tangled Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie (4 stars): This was really good, Thatcher is not my favorite but I love Jane and they work as a couple and I liked that we got to see more of the Cobalts. Honestly,  I can’t wait until we get a Sulli and Akara book. I NEED IT! – 🌸

Hi Fi Fight Club by Carly Usdin (4 stars): I really liked this, I think the characters are amazing and the art and color pallet are so lovely! (review)

Lumberjanes by Various Authors (4 stars): This was so much fun! The perfect amount of spooky and mysterious to make want to continue with the other issues. (review)

Lumberjanes: 2016 Special by Various Authors (3,4 stars): Didn’t really enjoy this story as much, I think it was a little too ridiculous and not spooky enough. But the art was pretty. (review)

Mental Health Book Bingo 

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (4 stars): Beautifully written, I loved the romance and seeing the evolution of the father/daughter relationship. I wasn’t even 10% into this and it had me tearing up. My only problem with this is that it dragged a little. It has depression rep, so trigger warning for that and for suicide.  (review) – 🌻 🌸

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria (4,5 stars): I loved all the characters in this book so much and I had a lot of fun reading this story until the moment when my heart was broken. Besides that, I really liked that this was a Fantasy standalone, which we need more of, and it’s a fantasy with anxiety rep, which we need even more –  ⭐

Darius the Great in Not Okay by Adib Khorram (4,5 stars): This was fantastic, the family relationships were the main focus of this book and there were so many complex and interesting characters that even when there’s not much plot, I still found this absolutely compelling. The friendship part of the story was also really sweet and i loved that it was set in Iran and mostt of the main characters were iranies. Also, this was the second book this month that made me tear up, which is so unusual for me! Trigger warnings for depression- 🌻

You Are Here by Dawn Lanuza (3,5 stars): The writing style wasn’t that great, but I really liked the themes this addressed, like depression and  second love, and I found a lot of what the author was trying to say relatable. (review coming this week!)

Blog Posts 

Here are some of my favorite blog posts I wrote in January:

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2018 Releases I Want to Read in 2019

2018 releases i want to read in 2019

Hi everyone! Today, I want to talk about 10 books that were released in 2018 and that I didn’t manage to read, but that I still really want to get to. I did this at the beginning of 2018 as well, because every year there’s a few (or many!) books that are release and I’m highly anticipating, but I don’t get to read them for multiple reason. So, I like to make a list at the end of the year to remind myself of the main releases of that year that I still need to get to.

Without further ado, here are the 10 books:

Reign of the fallen

Reing of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

I need more bisexual main characters in fantasy books, and this has one, so I’m reading it. I haven’t read a book especifically about necromancy, so I’m also intrigued by that. And I read Sarah Glenn Marsh’s debut and I really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.

 

The Astonishing Color of After

 

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

This book is one of my 5 star predictions, this seems like a beautifully written, quiet book about grief and I LOVE that type of book. I have a feeling this may be a new favorite for me, so I can’t wait to read it!

 

Escaping from Houdini

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco 

I’m so nervous about this book, I was going to get to this as soon as it came out, but then I heard so many negative things about it and that made me doubt if I wanted to read it or not. But since then I have talked to some friends that already read it and I have decided to give it a chance, since this is one of my favorite series.

 

Nine Perfect Strangers

 

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty 

The description of this book makes it sounds like an Agatha Christie novel and since I love those, I really want to read this one. I have only read one book by Moriarty and I really enjoyed it, so that also gives me hopes I’ll like this one!

 

Queen of Air and Darkness

 

Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

I read Lord of Shadows in November and I after THAT ENDING I can’t wait to read the final book in the series. I didn’t manage to include this in my December tbr because I’m participating in 3 different readathons and it didn’t fit any of the challenges 😭but I will read it SOON.

 

Sadie

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers 

Everyone seems to love this one, so I put it on my 5 star predictions and I’m hoping I’ll love it too. I’m excited about the podcast element, because I LOVE true crime podcasts and I really liked the one book I have read that revolved around a podcast.

 

Vengeful

 

Vengeful by V.E. Shwab

Vicious was the first Victoria Shwab book I ever read and I really liked it, so I’m really curious about this sequel, especially because I have heard it focuses a lot more in female characters.

 

 

Beneath the Citadel 

 

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

I don’t know of that many fantasy books with anxiety rep, so as soon as found out one of the main characters in this book has severe anxiety I knew I had to get my hands on it.  All my Goodreads friends that have read this have giving it 5 stars, which is really impresive!

 

Strange Grace

 

Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton 

I have been hearing everyone talk about this book and people seem to love it, so I want to know what all the hype is about. Also, the premise sounds creepy and it has me intriged and there’s a polyamorous relationship, which I have never read in any book, so I’m excited!

 

The Boneless Mercies

 

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke

I have heard mixed things about this book, which usually makes me loss interest in a book, but surprisingly, I’m still really intrigued by this and I’m hoping to get to it soon!

 

 

Is there any 2018 release that you didn’t manage to read but you’re hoping to read in 2019? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Which of this books should I read first? 

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9 Books with Anxiety Representation

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9 Books Monday is a feature here on Bookish Wanderess, where I talk about 9 books that have positive representation of diverse experiences including the experiences of people of the LGBTQIA community, Native people, people of color, people with physical and cognitive disabilities or mental illnesses, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

In the past, I have done posts about 9 book with: Bisexual female mcLatinx mcBlack mcMuslim mc, Lesbian mcAsian mc and  Trans mc. (mc=main characters).

This time I’m doing 9 books with Anxiety Representation:

3 Books I Read and Loved

queens of geeks

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

I loved this book; this not only has a ton of references to books, tv shows and movies, it also has so much diversity. One of the main characters, Taylor, is on the autism spectrum and has severe anxiety,  and the other, Charlie, is bisexual and chinese. This  has some amazing quotes about anxiety that literally describe things that I feel on a daily basis and I felt so understood while reading this. 

 

under rose-tainted skies

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

This is an #ownvoices book about a girl that has agoraphobia, anxiety and OCD. Some of the quotes about anxiety on this book resonated with me so deeply, it was like it was talking about me. Also, this book doesn’t treats love as a cure for a mental illness and it has a positive view of therapy and meds and that’s amazing and so needed!

 

TTurtles_All_the_Way_Down_-_John_Greenurtles All the Way Down by John Green

This books means so much to me, it has #ownvoices OCD and anxiety rep and while I only struggle with anxiety and not with OCD, the depictions of intrusive thoughts were SO RELATABLE.  I loved that this book addresses the fact that mental illnesses are a life long struggle and that sometimes even the people that try to understand what someone with a mental illness is going through, they have moments were they just don’t. Also, this books hasa positive view of therapy and shows that love is not a cure for mental illness.

4 Books on my TBR 

10 Things I Can See from Here10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

This books is a bit scary for me because I have read some review by other people with anxiety that mention that this was very hard to read for them because the depiction of anxiety is very accurate and detailed. BUT I still want to read it, because I’m always looking for the books that make me feel less alone in terms of my anxiety.  Beside the anxiety rep, this has an f/f romance and it’s #ownvoices queer rep.

 

A Quiet Kind of Thunder 

A Quiet Kind of Thunder by Sara Barnard 

I have heard this books is really, really cute and that it will put a smile on my face, so I want to read it and see, because that’s not usually what people say about books that have a character with anxiety.  I know this is heavy on the romance, but it’s not one of those stories where romance cures mental illness, so YAY! 🎉 This has selective mutism, deafness, poc and social anxiety rep.

 

Learning Curves

 

Learning Curves by Ceille Simkiss

This is a romance novella and I have heard it does a very good job of exploring the experience of having anxiety and being in a relationship. There’s fat, Puerto Rican, panromantic, lesbian and asexual rep. f/f romance.

 

Beneath the Citadel 

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

I don’t know of that many fantasy books with anxiety rep, so as soon as found out one of the main characters in this book has severe anxiety I knew I had to get my hands on it. This book not only has anxiety rep, it has fat, poc and queer rep as well. It keeps getting better and better! Also, all my friends on Goodreads that have read this have giving it 5 stars, which is really impresive!

2 Books Releasing Soon  

I Wish You All the Best

 

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

For what I have heard this book will break our hearts but it will be lovely while doing it, so…that sounds fun! Right? This not only has anxiety rep, but also #ownvoices non-binary rep.

 

You Asked for Perfect

 

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman 

This book touches on anxiety and panic attacks and it’s all about how sometimes people put too much pressure on themeselves. It has an m/m romance, but I have heard that it’s not the main focus of the story.

 

What books with anxiety rep have you read and loves? Which ones are on your tbr? DO you know of any fantasy or scifi books with anxiety rep? 

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