February TBR: books I want to read for Black History Month

Hi everyone! February is Black History Month and while I read books by Black authors all year (and you should too!), I wanted to put together a tbr that would help me make sure I don’t read only fantasy and romance books (which are my favorite genres). In 2021, I want to explore two genres a bit more and those genres are horror and non-fiction and I want to make sure I read diverse books within those genres, so I think this is a good way to start doing that. Which is why this tbr is fantasy, romance, horror and non-fiction.

Without further ado, here’s my tbr:

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin: I read the first book in the series for Black History Month 2020 and it’s finally time to read the sequel. This book is going to break my heart and I’m ready (I think).

A Phoenix First Must Burn: I have been meaning to read this for a while and this seemed like the perfect chance. I really wanted an anthology in this tbr as a way of discovering new authors, so I can pick up their other books later.

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole: I love Alyssa Cole’s romance books, so I’m excited to read her first attempt at a thriller/horror book. I have heard that the commentary this book makes on gentrification is on point, so I’m looking forward to reading it.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson: This book sounds exactly like something I would enjoy, an atmospheric, quiet book about witches and it also involves a cult, which makes it sounds even more interesting.

How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole: Another Alyssa Cole book on this list because I love her romance books, I haven’t read her lastest release and this seems like the perfect time to do it.

Queen Move by Kennedy Ryan: I have heard a lot of amazing things about this book and I’m looking forward to reading a book by a Black romance author that I have never read before.

Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi: I decided to read the shorter, more accesible version of this book first, because it’s very focused on the history of the United States and I’m not from the United States. But I may pick up the longer version later on.

The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin: I have watched the documentary about James Baldwin, I have watched his speeches and commentary on youtube, and I have read some of his quotes, it’s finally time I read one of his books!

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

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Favorite Adult Books of 2020

Hi everyone! This is my last post of 2020 and that’s so wild! Blogging was such a refuge for me in 2020 and I fell even more in love with it, so I’m excited to keep sharing content with all of you in 2021.

In case you missed it, the last couple of days I posted my Favorite YA Books of 2020 and my Favorite Romance Books of 2020. Check them out if you want to see what other books I loved this year. Today, I want to talk about 10 adult books that I loved in 2020. These are all books that I read in 2020 even if they didn’t come out in 2020 and the only rule that I had was that I couldn’t have two books from the same series.

Without further ado, here are my top 10 adult books of 2020:

10. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

The world-building and magic system in this book are unique, captivating and devastating at the same time. The way the society in this book mirrors our society is smart and poignant. There are so many twists, some that I saw coming and some that I didn’t, but they all make sense to the story and make it more interesting. I loved Syenite and Alabaster and I’m heartbroken over everything they went through. What this book has to say and how it says it is so powerful and heartbreaking that it left me feeling hopeless and it took me a long time to recover but I think it was worth it.

9. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-García

The writing in this book makes it feel like reading a myth or fairytale, it is so engaging. The Mayan mythology is captivating and lush, and since it’s a mythology that it’s not often used in fantasy books, this book is full of gods and mythical creatures that feel unique. This book is set in 1920’s Mexico and the mix of the mythological elements and the ‘modernity’ of the Jazz Age works well and gives this story an even more unique touch. Finally, the main characters, Casiopea and Hun-Kamé, who is the Mayan god of death, are both very engaging characters and their journeys and character development were fascinating.

8. To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers

This is a quick, fascinating, and thought-provoking read. It focuses a lot on the scientific and technical side of space travel but the truly interesting thing is that Becky Chambers doesn’t forget about the impact that the discoveries, the advancements, and the search for those things have on people and environments. Also, there are a lot of queer characters in this book, which I love.

7. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This book was so powerful. I was captivated the entire time while reading, I was amazed by the way the author takes all of these different elements (a pandemic, a cult, a theater group, some graphic novels) and different timelines and ties them all together in a way it makes sense and it’s interesting and meaningful. I found all the characters and storylines incredibly fascinating. This book made me really sad while reading it, but it also made me feel thankful and, in the end, it gave me hope. 

6. The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

This book is brilliant. I’m not the biggest fan of Military fantasy, but this series does it so well that I’m really invested in the story. The way this book talks about war and power is grim but fascinating. I think the main reason I enjoy this series and this book so much is that it has given me some characters that I adore. I still love Kitay as much as I did in book 1, this book made me fall in love with Venka and I love the angsty, complicated relationship between Rin and Nezha. Also, this book discusses colorism, colonialism, and the role of religion within colonialism in such a thought-provoking way.

5. Jade City by Fonda Lee

This book may have one of the coolest premises ever, it’s like the Godfather with martial arts and magic. It’s such a unique book! Fonda Lee does an amazing job of describing the action scenes in this book and the way she incorporates martial arts is incredible. The clan war element of the story is so interesting, this is a very intense book and I was completely invested in everything that was happening. I think I cared so much because I LOVED the main characters, who are siblings that are incredibly loyal to each other and they won my loyalty too. This book broke my heart at one point, I was devastated but it was SO GOOD.

4. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

This book is whimsical, nonsensical, and peculiar and the writing is absolutely beautiful. This book doesn’t have a defined plot; it’s full of metaphors and stories within stories, so it can be very confusing and, by the end, I felt like I only understood parts of it; and since it feels like you are reading a story, a myth, a fable, most of the characters feel like characters in that story and not like real people. But I didn’t dislike any of that. While I read this, I felt like I was lost in a strange and beautiful world. I loved and I was invested in all the stories within stories, I was intrigued by the mystery of this underground library, I was captivated by everything.

3. The Strange Case of The Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss

I love the characters in this book, monstrous women are my favorite thing in the world, and I love their relationship with each other and the found family aspect of the book. The premise of this is so unique, the daughters of famous scientists from classic gothic literature work together to solve a mystery that it’s linked to their lives. Also, I love the funny and unique structure in which this book is told, the fact that the characters interrupt the narrative to give their commentary on what’s happening. Basically, I love everything about this.

2. The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

This is a hopeful and heartwarming book that explores the idea that prejudice keeps growing and wins when people stay silent in the face of it and live comfortably in their bubbles. The concept of this book is fascinating, well-executed and it mirrors a lot of real-life situations, this book is set in a world where magical beings exist and there’s a lot of prejudice against them. The main character in this book is so endearing and the children are cute, funny, lovable and so compelling. The sweet, loving relationship between the main character and the kids is my favorite part of the book. Also, there’s a very sweet m/m romance in this!

1. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-García

This creepy, atmospheric, and disturbing book. The writing is beautiful and captivating while being simple and unpretentious, and the main character is three-dimensional and flawed, while being charming and bewitching. This story is so effective in being scary because even when it’s not clear if there are ghosts, magic, or other supernatural things going on, the real villains of the story are manipulative, abusive, disgusting men that you could find anywhere in the world and anytime in history. This book is creepy from very early on, Moreno-García made my skin crawl with the simplest scenes, sometimes nothing too scary was happening but with one perfectly crafted phrase, I was spooked. Also, this includes important commentary on sexism, colonialism, and eugenics that gives depth to the story.

What are your favorite Adult books that you read in 2020?

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Favorite New-to-Me Authors of 2020 | Blogmas Day 21

Hi everyone! Today, I’m sharing my list of favorite new-to-me authors of 2020. This list doesn’t include romance authors because I wrote a separate list for my favorite new-to-me romance authors since I read so much romance.

These are all authors I can’t wait to read more from:

Erin Morgenstern: For a while, I have been looking for fantasy books that were more whimsical and magical and less grim and sad and Erin Morgenstern gave me exactly what I wanted. The Starless Sea is so nonsensical and fairytale-esque and the writing is so beautiful.

T.J. Klune: The House in the Cerulean Sea is everything I didn’t know I wanted, T.J. Klune managed to write a story that was hopeful and heartwarming while still talking about serious topics like privilege, prejudice, and complacency.

Romina Garber: Romina Garber took me back in time, Lobizona made me feel so nostalgic, it’s the perfect YA fantasy. Garber does an amazing job of having a unique world and a really cool made-up sport, and at the same time, integrating so many elements from Argentinian culture and discussing difficult topics like immigration.

Amparo Ortiz: The award for the coolest concept ever goes to Amparo Ortiz, the idea of a made-up sport played by humans and dragons is incredible. The expansive world building, the complex history behind the made-up sport and the captivating writing style are some of the strengths of Blazewrath Games.

Fonda Lee: Fonda Lee’s ability to write an intense, fast-paced story, with the coolest and most realistic combat scenes is outstanding. But the true strength of her writing is in her characters, I emotionally invested in all of their lives and suffer with them the entire book.

R.F. Kuang:  I’m not the biggest fan of Military fantasy, but it’s so well done in The Poppy War Series that R.F. Kuang has made me feel very captivated and engaged with the story. The way Kuang discusses war, colorism, colonialism, and the role of religion within colonialism is very powerful. But I think the main element I love from her books is the characters, which are very complex, interesting and morally gray.

N.K. Jemisin: N.K. Jemisin created a fascinating, unique and devastating world for her The Broken Earth Series. She made me feel invested in her characters and then she made me pay for it.  The way certain elements of the story mirror our society is smart and poignant.

Emily St. John Mandel: The way Emily St. John Mandel included so many different elements in Station Eleven is masterful. She manages to weave together storylines that seem completely unrelated, from a nomad theater group to a cult to a mysterious town in an airport. St John Mandel did an amazing job keeping her story intriguing and captivating.

What are some amazing authors you discovered in 2020?

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Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

Hi everyone! I can’t believe 2020 is almost over, this was such a weird year and I want to end it in a good note. So I chose a bunch of books I think I’ll really like to read the last two months of the year. This list includes 24 books and I know that may sound like a lot, but I usually read between 12 and 17 books in a month, so I think it’s manageble.

I chose 3 types of books:

  • Books that are part of a series that I want to finish or continue before the end of the year
  • The audiobook loans I have from the library
  • Some 2020 romances that I’m really excited to read

Without further ado, here are the books I hope to read in November and December:

SERIES

The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan: I started the series this year and the plan was to read at least the first 3 books, which didn’t happen, but I want to read at least book 2.

Death Masks by Jim Butcher: another series I started this year, already read the first 4 books and I want to finish the year reading another one.

The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang: I read The Poppy War this year and, depending on how this book goes, I may add The Burning God to this list to read the entire trilogy in 2020.

The Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski: I have read 3 books in this series in 2020, the last one I just finished on November 3rd, and I just want to continue with it inmediately.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi: I read 45% of this book in May and I put it down but I do want to finish it and I’ll try to do it before 2020 is over.

Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco: I have put off this book long enough, I love Audrey Rose and Thomas and I need to know what happens to them.

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan: I enjoy these books so much and I really want to finish this series in 2020 so I can start Kwan’s new series in 2021.

One by One by Ruth Ware: this sounds like an Agatha Christie novel, since I love her books, I want to give this a chance!

AUDIOBOOKS

The Only Good Indians by Sthephen Graham Jones: I’m reading it for IndigAThon and I’m so excited!

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline: This has been on my tbr forever, I’m finally reading it for IndigAThon

Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware: I was supposed to read this in October, for spooky season, but I run out of time.

The One by John Marrs: I have heard great things about this one and the audiobook was available in my library

A Song of Wraiths & Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown: that cover! enemies to lovers romance! black main characters!

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin: the concept of this book is amazing and I have heard great things about it

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin: the first book in this series devastated me back in February and now that I have recovered, I want to continue with the series.

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez: I had an earc of this book and didn’t read it in time, I haven’t been in the mood for it, but I want to read it before 2020 is over.

ROMANCE

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev: I really liked the first book in this series of companion novels, which is not a suriprise since I’m a huge Jane Austen fan, and I want to continue on.

Love Hard by Nalini Singh: I have never read a Nalini Singh book before and I’m curious because I have heard they are great.

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade: A fat main character in a romance book? Sign me up!

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams: I really liked the first book in this series, the second book was a disappointment and I’m hoping this book will redeem the series.

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews: I really enjoyed the first book in this triology, the world and magic are so interesting and I can’t wait to know what happens next in the story.

The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite: I loved the first book in this series of companion novels and I have heard this one is even better.

A Duke, the Lady and a Baby by Vanessa Riley: I’m trying to read more historical romance and this one sounds so good!

American Christmas by Adriana Herrera: I have read every other Adriana Herrera book, I love her writing and I can’t wait to read this!

That’s it! Those are all the books I want to read before the end of the year. What books do you want to read before the end of 2020? What books being released in the next two months are you excited about?
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Finished Book Series I Haven’t Finished Yet

Hi everyone! A while back, I went through my Goodreads shelves and I made a list of all the series I haven’t finished and I separated them in 3 categories: the series I want to finish, the ones I may finish and the ones I have no intention of ever finishing. Today, I want to talk to you about some of the series I know I want to finish and that also fulfill another requisite and it’s the fact that all the books in the series are already out.

Without further ado, here are some finished book series that I have not finished yet but that I’m planning to:

*Click the series titles to go to the Goodreads page*

Stalking Jack The Ripper Series by Kerri Maniscalco

I loved the first two books in this series and I was highly anticipating books three, but I heard so many mixed things about it that I never picked it up. Nonetheless, I love Audrey Rose and Thomas Cresswell, the characters are definitely the strong suit of these books, and I want to know what happens to them and their relationship, so I’m hoping to finish this series.

The Bone Witch Trilogy by Rin Chupeco

I read the first book in this series last month, May 2020, and I loved it and I was suppposed to read book two as part of a buddy read this month but I was simply not in the mood for it. I’m hoping to continue with this series soon because I don’t want it to become one of those series that takes me years to read. Also, because since there are two timelines I’m very intrigued and can’t wait to figure out how things changed so drastically from one timeline to the other.

The Dark Artifices by Cassandra Clare

I read Lady Midnight when it first came out and I read Lord of Shadows last year, and I really enjoyed both of them, but I’m not particulary excited to read book three, I’m just not invested in the characters or the story. I will read Queen of Air and Darkness because I don’t like to leave series unfinished especially when I only have one book left to read, but this will be my goodbye to the Shadowhunters world.

Daugther of the Pirate King Duology by Tricia Levenseller

I read the first book in this series almost two years ago and it was so much fun, it was one of those feel good, fast paced, entertaining YA fantasy books and I definitely want to read the conclusion to the story. Also, I want to read more books with sirens/mermaids on them, so I can’t wait to see how they are incorporated in the second book of this series.

Strange the Dreamer Duology by Laini Taylor

I read and LOVED Strange the Dreamer last year, but after that ending I have been hesitant to reading book two because I’m scared it’s gonna break my heart. Still, I want to know where the story goes and what happens to the characters. This is such a mysterious and well written series that I’m looking forward to seeing how it ends.

Crazy Rich Asians Series by Kevin Kwan

I read Crazy Rich Asians years ago and I read China Rich Girlfriend last month and enjoyed both of them so much. These series is lighthearted, ridiculously entertaining and so much fun! I’m hoping to read the last book within the next couple of months, so I won’t fall in the same trap of waiting years to pick it up.

The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

I read The Fifth Season a few months ago and I wasn’t sure if I was gonna continue with the series or not since the first book is a very heavy book and I ended up feeling devastated and a bit hopeless after reading it. Nonetheless, it’s being a while since that and I’m feeling very intrigued about where the story is going next, so I’ll definitely continue with the series.

The Witcher Series by Andrzej Sapkowski

I read both The Last Wish and Blood of Elves this year after watching the Netflix show and I flew through those books, they are very fast paced and the world they take place in is fascinating. I’ll definitely try to have read at least the first 4 books in the series by the end of the year.

The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson

Reading this series is a project I started in January 2020 and I’m failing miserably at it. I haveo nly read the first book, The Eye of the World, and I LOVED it, I defintely want to continue with the series and I don’t want to let any more time go by without reading the next book because that makes it more likely that I won’t keep reading. I’m hoping to read at least book 2 and 3 before the end of the year.

Themis Files by Sylvain Neuvel

I read Sleeping Giants in 2019 and it was such an interesting and thought-provoking book that I inmmediately made my best friend read it and she really liked it too. Nonetheless, I have heard very mixed things about books 2 and 3, so I’m scared to read them. But then ending of book 1 left me intrigued enough that even if I’m a bit nervious, I’ll continue on with the series.

What finished series you haven’t finished yet? Which of the series mentioned should I prioritize?
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Adult Fantasy Books by Female Authors I Want to Read

Hi everyone! I have been trying to read more adult fantasy in 2020 and I have noticed that most recommendation lists include mainly books by white straight men, because they tend to be the most popular. As much as I have found some really great books throught those lists, the truth is that I read mostly female authors and authors of color and it’s something that I want to keep doing, so I found a bunch of books by female authors – most of them are women of color or queer women- and I made this list of the books that I want to try to read before 2020 ends.

I divided this list in 2 categories: continue reading, which are books or series that I have started and need to finish, and start reading, which are books or series that I want to start. Without further ado, here’s the list:

CONTINUE READING

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

What is this about? This book is about a poor girl who manages to pass a very diffciult test to go to a prestigous milatary academy, and once there she realizes that a war’s coming and she was chosen by a god and given powers that may help save her people, but at a great cost.

Why am I excited to read it? This is inspired by real events from China’s history and I have heard it does a great job of showing the real consecuences and impacts of war in the vulnerable population and that sounds really interesting to me.

I’m actually currently reading this book and I’m really enjoying it so far. It’s very dark, but also a lot more fast-paced that I was expecting. I’m hoping I’ll end up loving it and I’ll be able to read the sequel before the final book comes out in November.

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

What is this about? This book is about a young woman who accidentally summons a djinn warrior and he takes her to the legendary city of the Daevas, where she gets involved with schemes, fights for power and court politics.

Why am I excited to read it? This book is middle eastern inspired, it includes Arabian mythology and the main characters are muslim, which it’s so refreshing after reading a lot of Western inspired fantasy books.

I actually started listening to this last month but I lost access to the audiobook. I did read 60% of it and I have the audiobook back, so I’m hoping I’ll finish it this month and read the sequel before the final book comes out in June.

The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

What is this book about? This is a sequel, so I won’t talk about it, but I’ll say that the series is about a woman looking for her daughter, a man looking for vengeance, people fighting for the basic resources necessary to survive the ‘end of the world’ and mysterious forces whose goals are unknown.

Why am I excited to read it? If I’m honest, I’m not excited to read this, I actually thought that I wasn’t going to. The first book was brilliant but devastating and it made me feel hopeless, so I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read more. But some time has passed and I’m curious to see where the story goes and what happens to the astonishing world and characters that N.K. Jemisin created.

Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri

What is this book about? This book is about a young woman with magical blood and an outcast prince, who make a journey together to save an Empire and throughout that journey, they will question everything they’ve ever believed…including whether the Empire is worth saving at all.

Why am I excited to read this? I love the first book in this series of companion novels, I feel in love with Tasha Suri’s writing, her Indian-inspired world and her characters, and I can’t wait to learn where the story goes.

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Jade City by Jane Fonda

What is this book about? This is basically about a crime family in a fantasy setting where there is magic, and it follows the children of that family as they get swept into a clan war thanks to the apperence of a new powerful drug.

Why am I excited to read it? The whole concept of mixing mobsters, magic, blood wars and street politics sounds fascinating to me and if you add the fact that family is one of the main focuses of the story, this one feels perfect for me. Also, so many of my friends love this book that I’m very intrigued about it.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

What is this book about? This book follows three women faced with an ancient enemy that’s awakening. A queen whose life is at risk and who is in need of an heir, a lady in waiting protecting the queen with forbidden magic and a dragonrider.

Why am I excited to read it? A book with a f/f relationship, pirates, dragons and other mythical beasts sounds just up my alley and if you add the fact that this is a standalone -which is not common in fantasy – I’m even more excited to read it. Also, this one is nominated for the Booktube SFF Awards and since I’m trying to read most of the nominees, this book is a priority.

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang

What is this book about? this is a Japanese-inspired fantasy book about a mother with a violent past, a son struggling to grasp his violent future, an upcoming war and changing dynamics within a family

Why am I excited to read it?: When a self-pub fantasy book gets as much attention as this one has, it has to be good, and when people mention that it represents the direction fantasy should be headed in, I’m intrigued enough to want to give it a chance. Also, I have heard it includes modern technology, which I haven’t seen in an epic fantasy book before and I’m curious.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

What is this book about? This book is a loose reimaging of Rumpelstiltskin, it’s the story of three girls: a tax collector, her hired help and the local duke’s daughter. All of them are on different paths, all promised to different men and all dealing with uncaring or abusive fathers.

Why am I excited to read it? All my friends that have read this describe it as the epitome of feminist fatantasy and that alone has me so excited to read it. Beyond that, the setting of this is a fantasy version of Lithuania and the concept is based on Rumpelstiltskin and both of those things sound amazing.

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

What is this book about?  This book is about a royal bastard, cast out into the world with only his magical link with animals for solace. This magic is rejected by the nobility and he has to hide it when he is adopted into the royal household to be trained as a  royal assassin.

Why am I excited to read it? Robin Hobb is one of the female authors in fantasy that I feel like everyone talks about and The Farseer Trilogy is her most well-known series, so I’m very curious about it. I have heard that it’s impossible not to fall in love with the main character and the magic system is supposed to be outstanding, so hopefully I’ll enjoy it.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

What is this book about? This book is about a great sorcerer who loosed a terrible shadow upon the world and this is the tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance.

Why am I excited to read this? From the classical fantasy books written by women, this one was the one that caught my attention the most and the one that I have seen mentioned more often. I have heard amazing things about Le Guin’s writing and her concepts and themes, so I’m excited to give her a chance.

What fantasy books by women would you recommend? Have you read any of the books I mentioned on this lists? Is there a book on this list that I should prioritize?

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Ranking all the books I read this month aka my February 2020 Wrap Up

Reading Wrap Up

Hi everyone! It’s time for my february wrap up and I’m excited with the new format that I’m using where I rank all the books I read from my least favorite to my favorite book of the month. The ranking is not enterily dependent on rating, so there can be books with lower ratings that are higher on the list than other books with higher ratings and that has to do with my enjoyment of the books.

A couple of weeks ago, I posted my February tbr and I’m so happy to say that I read all the books on it – even if I finished We Unleash the Merciless Storm on March 1st which is why it’s not gonna be in this wrap up. So I read 8 books on my February tbr + 6 more books that were not on it. Here’s how I ranked them:

*Click the book titles to go to the Goodreads page*

My Least Favorite Books of the Month

Unfortunately, this month I read two books that I really disliked and that I had a lot of issues with, specially in terms of characters and writing.

14. Frenemies by Emma Hart (2,5 stars): The writing in this wasn’t good and the main character was annoying, she kept going around in circles about her relationship with the love interest and then she suddenly changed her mind at the end. I think this had lots of potential, but it needed to be longer and better written.

13. Dominik by Sawyer Bennet (2,8 stars): the hero of this book was extremely arrogant and controlling, he was a very two dimentional character and even if he did get a bit better by the end, the improvement wasn’t significant. Beyond sexual chemistry, the characters didn’t have any connection and they barely speak to each other for the first half of the book. Also, the writing wasn’t the best, the inner monologues of the main characters were so repetitive.

The One I Had Issues With, But It’s Not Bad

The books I give ratings between 3 and 3,5 stars are the ones that I have a lot of issues with but they have redeeming qualities and I can see that they are not bad books.

12. American Street by Ibi Zoboi (3,4 stars): This was a quick read but I had a hard time getting into it because I didn’t like the main character, I found her naive and judgemental. Nonetheless, all the other characters were interesting. This book didn’t handle the topic of abusive relationships very well and the ending was rushed and it was deus ex machina.

The “I Mostly Liked Them, But…” Books

The “I mostly liked them, but…” books are the ones I give between 3,5 and 3,7 stars to and they are books that have small things I disliked or I had some issues with them.

11. Unbreakable by Melanie Harlow (3,7 stars): I really liked both of the main characters, they had great chemistry and they were kind and understanding with each other. There was a storyline in this that was predictable revolving around pregnancy and infertility and I think it could have been handled better.

10. Wherever You Are by Krista & Becca Ritchie (3,7 stars): This book was told in dual timelines, at the beginning it did a good job of staying in one timeline long enough to not feel jumpy, but halfway through it started to feel like a bunch of scenes haphazardly put together without a strong narrative behind them and it actually skipped some really important scenes, which annoyed me.

9. The King of Crows by Libba Bray (3,7 stars): Nothing happened in this until the very end and then when the big confrontation took place it was so anticlimatic. The ending was nothing memorable and it felt like the stakes were super low. Still I’m not mad at this book because my two favorite characters got the ending I wanted for them and that was all I was asking.

The Ones I Really Liked

I consider books I really liked the ones I give a rating somewhere between a 3,8 and a 4,4 stars.

8. The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor (3,8 stars): It took me a while to get into this, but when the action started, I got really invested in the story. This book tried to cram to much world building into very few pages and it suffered a bit for it and also I didn’t love the ending, but overall I enjoyed the conclusion to Binti’s story.

7. The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (3,8 stars): This was a highly entertaning read, I really liked the characters and their chemistry was off the charts. Also, I LOVED the way Brazilian culture was incorporated. I know a lot of people were saying that the sex in this book was awkward and I would agree that the first sex scene was, but it got better.

6. Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole (3,8 stars): The plot of this got a bit ridiculous by the end, but I LOVED Portia and Tavish as characters and as a couple, their chemistry was amazing.

5. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole (3,8 stars): I LOVED the main characters! Nya and Johan are precious and I loved seeing them fall in love and get their happily ever after. I think the whole storyline with Nya’s father was resolved in a very weird and rushed way, but beyond that I really enjoyed it

4. Can’t Escape Love by Alyssa Cole (4 stars): This book has the most adorable, nerdy couple I have ever encountered in a romance book. I LOVED both of the main characters. There was a point where this book had me at the verge of tears just because the hero felt confused and sad and that’s a testament of how deeply Alyssa Cole made me fall in love with the characters.

3. American Sweethearts by Adriana Herrera (4 stars): I love both of the main characters. Juan Pablo is such a swoonworthy hero. I really love how sex positive and unapologetically Latinx this book is. (Full review)

2. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (4 stars): Queenie’s voice is incredibly captivating even when her life is spinning out of control. The first half of this book is full of Queenie making terrible choices and getting involved with the most horrific men, who treated her like she was a plaything that was there for their pleasure. But seeing the whole process she went through to get better was beautiful.

My Favorite Book of the Month

My favorite books of the month can have different ratings depending on how good a particular reading month was, but the books I consider new favorites usually are the ones that get a rating of 4,5 stars or more. This month unfortunately I didn’t rate anything higher than 4 stars, but I still read a brilliant book:

1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (4 stars): The world building and magic system in this book were unique, intriging and devastating. The way it mirrors our society was smart and poignant. There were so many twist, some that I saw coming and some that I didn’t, but they all made sense to the story. I loved Syenite and Alabaster and I’m heartbroken over everything they went through. This is brilliant but the last 80 pages made me feel hopeless and angry and devastated and I’m not sure that I will continue on with the series because this book was one bad thing after another and I feel like I can’t handle that.

What were your favorite and least favorite books you read this month? Have you read any of the books on this wrap up? Do you agree with my opinions about them?

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February TBR: Black History Month + Latinx Book Club + Anticipated Releases

Hi everyone! It’s time for my February tbr and I’m very excited to read the books I picked. Most of the books I’ll be reading in February are books by Black authors because February is Black History Month; I also included on my tbr the book pick of the Month for the Latinx Book Club, which is a book by an Afro-Latinx author; and lastly, I included 3 of my most anticipated releases of the year.

As I did in my January tbr, I have a list below with the goals and challenges that I want to keep track of in 2020 and I chose an emoji that represents each one. Next to each of the books on my tbr, I’ll put the emoji of the goal or challenge that that book is going to help me fullfil.

  • Read 20 fantasy books in 2020 (🔮)
  • Read 35 books by Latinx authors in 2020 (🔥)
  • Keep reading diverse books: by Asian authors (☁️), by black authors (🌞), other #ownvoices rep (🌈)
  • Read 50 books by the #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge (⭐)
  • Read the 20 books on my tbr for the #StartOnYourShelfathon challenge (💫)
  • Read a book from a genre that’s not fantasy or romance (🦄)

Without further ado, here is my Febraury tbr:

🔮⭐💫🌞 The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin: This book has been on my tbr for so long, I have heard nothing but great things and I’m excited!

🌞⭐🦄 Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor: I read the first two books in this series almost two years ago and I need to finally read the conclusion to the story.

🔥🌞⭐🦄 American Street by Ibi Zoboi: I’m reading this for the Latinx Book Club, which I co-host on Twitter and Goodreads

🌞 ⭐A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole: I have read and liked two books in this series, so I’m excited to read this one, especially aince it seems to be the favorite of a lot of my friends

🔥🌞The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa: one fo my most anticipated releases of the year since I love Mia Sosa’s Love on Cue series. Release date: Fabruary 4th

🌞 ⭐🦄Queenie by Candice Carty Williams: This has been on my tbr for a year but the synopsis is resonating a lot with where I am in my life right now, so I can’t wait to read it.

🔮The King of Crows by Libba Bray: The Diviners Series is one of my all time favorite series and I can’t wait to read the final book. Release date: February 4th

🔮🔥 We Unleash The Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia: The first book in this series was one of my favorite books of 2019, so I can’t wait to see what happens next. Release date: February 25th

Dominik by Sawyer Bennett: This is the sixth book in this series and I have really enjoyed the previous books, so I’m really excited for this one. Release date: February 18th

What are your reading plans for February? If you want to buddy read any of the books on my tbr, let me know in the comments!

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