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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Books on my 2022 TBR posts that I STILL haven’t read | Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently hosted on That Artsy Reader Girl.  This week’s topic is books from Past TBR Posts I STILL Haven’t Read.

I’m not someone who usually makes tbrs but in 2022 due to a reading slump I have been making them and they have helped me actually read some books. This year, I posted a themed tbr in January with books other people included on their lists of favorites of 2021, then I posted normal tbrs in February, May and June. These are the posts I took into account to make this list:

I did not included the July tbr for this post because the month is not over yet.

Without further ado, here are the books that I included on my 2022 tbrs but still haven’t read:

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke: I read about 13% of this earlier this year and I wasn’t loving it, I didn’t have a problem with the fact that it was confusing because it drops you in the middle of a world and story that doesn’t make that much sense, my problem was that I was a bit bored reading it. I felt like maybe I wasn’t in the mood for it so I put it down thinking I’d read it another time and I still haven’t done it.

The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake: There are so many mixed opinions about this book and that has made me a little nervous and not as excited to read it. Nonetheless, I’m still interested and I’m just waiting for my turn to listen to the audiobook on my library.

The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher: I read 26% of this book a few months ago and I was loving it but it was creepy, and tense, it kept me at the edge of my seat and unfortunately it was making my anxiety worse so I had to stop reading, but I’m hopefully finishing it next month

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson: I started this book and read about 30% of it, but it was one of those cases where I thought “I’m liking this, but if I wait and read it when I’m in the mood for it, I think I’m going to LOVE it” so I decided to wait. I’m planning to pick it up soon.

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata: I have heard this is really weird and really good, and since I enjoyed another book by this author, I’m still looking forward to reading this when I’m more in the mood for it.

Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo: this book is short, I have heard amazing things and I have the audiobook, I have no excuse I NEED to read this.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang: I mentioned recently in a blog post that this is one of the books I need to read before the end of the year, it needs to happen. I really want to read this, I’m just scared because I know it’s gonna be sad.

Our Violent Delights by Chloe Gong: Another book that’s on my list of books I want to read before the end of the year. I haven’t read this because I have lost interest in reading YA, I read like 4 YA books in 2021 and I haven’t read any in 2022, but I really enjoyed book one and I want to know how the series end.

Ace by Angela Chen: I started to listen to this and I feel like I didn’t like the audiobook but I’m not sure I was simply not in the mood for this book and that’s why I felt that way. So I’ll try to read it again at some point, maybe the ebook to see if that works better.

What books have you included on your tbrs this year but still haven’t read?

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Book series I want to finish/catch up on before the end of 2022

I have been feeling less slumpy lately, I’m raeding and blogging more, so I’m making reading plants for what’s left of the year trying to keep my momentum going and finally getting out of this reading slump, and also just hoping for the best. So, to set myself up for success, I chose 5 book series that I want to finish or catch up on before the end of the year, but for all of these series I only have 1 or 2 books left to read, that way I won’t be overwhelmed and I will hopefully be able to read all of the books.

Without further ado, this are the series I’m hoping to finish/catch up on:

The Witcher Series by Andrzej Sapkowski

I have read 5 books in this series. I have two books left to read and one of them it’s on my tbr for this month, so I’m hoping to be able to finish the series before the end of the year. Also, I’m not counting the prequel, Season of Storms, because I don’t think I have any interest in reading that.

Veronica Speedwell Series by Deanna Raybourn

I just finished reading book 6 in the series and I have only one book left – which is An Impossible Impostor -before I catch up with all the already release installments. While I haven’t loved the last 2 books as much as the first 4, I still want to read about the two main characters, Veronica and Stoker, and their relationship, so I’m continuing with this series.

The Poppy War Series by R.F Kuang

I need to read The Burning God but I’m so scared because I know it’s going to be a painful experience. I have been avoiding this book for a year since I read the second book in this series and I don’t want to let this year end without finishing it.

Monk and Robot Series by Becky Chambers

I didn’t love the first novella in this series but since I usually love Becky Chambers’ books, I want to give this series another chance by reading the second novella, A Prayer for the Crown-Shy, especially because I think this series has potential to be a comfort read for me.

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

While I’m not reading YA anymore, I read the first book in this series at the beginning of 2021 and I really enjoyed it, so I want at least to finish this series and I want to do it sooner rather than later before I forget everything that happened in the first book.

What book series do you want to finish or catch up on in the next few months? Is there any series you want to start reading soon?

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May 2022 TBR: so many books by Asian authors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are you planning to read for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month? What are some of your favorite books by Asian and Pacific islander authors?
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May 2021 TBR: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month + new releases

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

Here are the books I’m planning to read:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Ranking all the books I read this month aka My November Wrap Up | Blogmas Day 3

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Hi everyone! For blogmas day 3, I’m sharing my November wrap up. I read a lot of books in November, so I’ll keep this introduction short. As usual, in my wrap ups, I rank all the books I read in a month from least favorite to favorite. Without further ado, here are all the books I read:

MY LEAST FAVORITE BOOK

Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones (3 stars): I don’t know how to feel about this story. It was not what I was expecting at all and I think I would have liked the story I was expecting more than the story this book actually tells. It did some things I hated and it did some things I liked.

THE OK ONE

American Christmas by Adriana Herrera (3,5 stars): This was short, sweet, and heart-warming. I think the plot was interesting but the ending was SO unrealistic and I wish we got to see the characters actually being ok and dealing with things going badly. I do understand that they deserved a happy ending, but at the same time, I can’t say I loved the ending.

THE ONES I LIKED

Wrapped Up in You by Talia Hibbert (3,7 stars): This was short and sweet. Talia Hibbert did an amazing job handling mutual pinning in a short novella. I liked the main characters and their friends to lovers romance.

Blood Rites by Jim Butcher (3,7 stars): I mainly enjoyed this book because Murphy has a big role in it, I really like her friendship with Harry. I like that we got to know more about Thomas, and I also appreciate that we learned more about the different types of vampires. The case in this book isn’t the most interesting, but it is ok.

Death Masks by Jim Butcher (3,7 stars): The beginning is slow and it drags a bit. The books in this series are starting to feel a little formulaic to me. Nonetheless, I ended up really enjoying the second half of the book, the villain this time around is interesting and I always enjoy seeing the recurring side characters.

Burn for me by Ilona Andrews (3,7 stars): I really enjoyed this, but I was expecting more. I like the main characters and their dynamic. But I’m hoping that the plot, world-building and the main character’s powers get more complex and interesting as the series progresses.

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams (3,7 stars):  I really liked the friends to lovers romance in this book and the main characters. But I had issues with the romance not feeling- at some points- like the main focus of the book.

THE ONES I REALLY LIKED

Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera (4 stars): The writing in this book is very captivating, I liked the main characters, I think this does a great job of discussing depression and PTSD, but my favorite part of this book is that it’s a love letter to Puerto Rico and that aspect of it made me so emotional.

Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez (4 stars): I really liked the main character, Camila, the fact that this includes female Fútbol and it’s set in Argentina, the discussions about feminism and femicide, the evolution of Camila’s relationship with her mom, I even liked the romance.

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare (4 stars): I really like the way Tessa Dare writes historical romances. I like the characters in this book, especially Emma, I like the whole grumpy/sunshine dynamic between the main characters, and I especially like how steamy this is.

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev (4 stars): I really like Sonali Dev’s writing, I like the main characters and the romance in this book. But my favorite part is the complicated family dynamics, the presence of all relatives in this book adds a lot to the story.

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline (4 stars): This book has an interesting but devastating concept and characters that you root for. The last half of this book kept me at the edge of my seat and there was a point while reading when I couldn’t help but think “WHAT ELSE ARE YOU GOING TO DO TO THEM?!” There were a couple of things that happened towards the end that weren’t that realistic, but I didn’t mind too much.

Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews (4 stars): The world-building and magic system are amazing, I LOVE the family dynamics and all the side characters, I really like Catalina and I liked Alessandro more than in the first book. I also really liked their relationship, the romance in this book can be a bit cheesy and over the top, but it wasn’t that bad and it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story.

Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski (4 stars): I like the characters in this series so much and I love seeing more of them and getting to know them better through these stories. The complicated relationships between them are so entertaining.

4.The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang (4 stars): This book is brilliant. I’m not the biggest fan of Military fantasy, but this series does it so well that I’m still really engaged with the story. I LOVE the main group of characters so much and I appreciate the way this book discusses colorism, colonialism, and the role of religion within colonialism.

3. Brazen and the Beast by Sarah MacLean (4 stars): I really loved both of the main characters, but especially Hattie. Her fight to be in control of her own life was wonderful. She was witty, she was charming, she was smart. I LOVED Hattie. And her bantering and flirting with Whit was fantastic. I loved Whit too and the two of them together were perfection.

MY FAVORITE BOOKS OF THE MONTH

2. The Stange Case of the Alchemist Daughter by Theodora Goss (4,5 stars): I love the characters, monstrous girls are my favorite thing in the world, I love their relationship with each other and the found family aspect of the book, I found the premise and the mystery really interesting, I love the funny and unique structure in which this book is told, I love that it includes characters out of classical stories, basically I love everything about this.

1.Cementery Boys by Aiden Thomas (4,5 stars): This book is SO GOOD! My favorite thing about this book is the main characters. I love Yadriel and Julian so much. Julian is like a puppy and I LOVE HIM. And the romance between Yadriel and Julian warms my heart and makes me so happy.

Was november a good reading month for you? What were your favorite and least favorite books of the month?

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Hyped 2020 Releases: Will I read them? should I read them?

Hi everyone! A while back, I posted a first edition of this post with books that came out from March to July, and it was so much fun that I decided to write another one of these posts. This time I took into account books that were released in October or books that are going to be released in November or December, and from those I chose the ones with the most hype within the bookish community.

The idea is that I’ll tell you whether I’m planning to read the books or not, and I’m hoping you’ll tell me if maybe there’s a book that I’m not planning to read but that you think I should. Also, I would love to know if you enjoyed or didn’t enjoy one of the book I’m planning to read.

Without further ado, here are the books:

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

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Release date: October 27th 2020

I’m on the fence with this one. This doesn’t sound particulary unique or exciting, but I have really loved the Kerri Maniscalco books I have read, so I’m wondering if I should give it a chance. The fact that this has gotten mostly positive reviews is also making me consider it.

The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

Release date: November 17th 2020

Of course, I’ll read this! I need to read The Dragon Republic first (I’m reading it this month!), but I’ll definitely pick this up soon, hopefully before 2020 ends. I know this book is gonna crush me but I’m ready!

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

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Release date: November 17th 2020

I’m reading this. The little I know about this sounds cool, but the main reason I’m reading this is because the street team did such an amazing job hyping this book and they made me really excited to read it. The whole fake gang war, they had going on on social media really worked!

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories by Holly Black

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Release date: November 24th 2020 

I’m not going to read it. I have zero interest in this, prequels are not my thing, the same book told from a different perspective is not my thing and I don’t need any other info about what happens after Queen of Nothing because I’m ok with the way the series ended.

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

Release date: October 6th 2020

I’ll definitely read this. A fat main character in a romance book? I’m in! We NEED more fat main characters in every genre but I especially would like to see them in romance. This book sounds really cute and I’m excited to read it. And that cover!

Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams

Release date: October 27th 2020

I’m reading this one. It’s a friends to lovers romance and those are my weakness. Also, I loved the first book in the series and, even if the second one didn’t live up to my expectations, I’m hoping this book will redeem the series for me.

Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur

Release date: November 10th 2020

I’m nervious about this one, but I think I’ll give it a chance. It sounds great (I mean it’s inspired by Pride and Prejudice and it’s sapphic), but I have seen some mixed reviews that make me unsure about whether I want to read this or not.

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett

Chasing Lucky (English Edition) eBook: Bennett, Jenn: Amazon.es: Tienda  Kindle

Release date: November 10th 2020

I’m not reading this one. I own two books by Jenn Bennett and I have owned them for a while and I haven’t read them, because YA contemporary is not a genre that I read often. Both of the books I own sound more up my alley than this one, so I need to read those first before even considering this one.

Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

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Release date: November 10th 2020

If I’m honest, I don’t think I’ll read this. The concept sounds interesting, I’m a huge fan of the fake dating trope and if you add traditional Asian parents to the mix, it sounds really fun. Also, I enjoyed Gloria Chao’s debut, American Panda. But again, I don’t read that many YA contemporary books, so there’s just a slim chance I’ll get to this one.

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

Release date: November 10th 2020

I’ll read this. The few YA contemporaries that I still read are mostly written by Latinx authors. Honestly, that’s the main reason I want to read this.I mean, it’s a cute, fun, lighthearted book with a Latinx main character, written by a Latinx author and it has gotten great reviews… what else could I ask for?

From the books I’m not planning to read, is there any that I definitely should read? From the books I’m planning on reading, is there any that I should prioritize or maybe one you wouldn’t recommend?
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