Authors I'd Give a Second Chance

Hi everyone! After an unexpected mini-hiatus caused by the current situation and the hard time I have had the last few days coping with it, I’m back with a new blog post! But before getting into that, I just want to say that I hope you all are doing well and staying safe during this difficult time.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about Books I Want to Give a Second Chance, which were books I had DNFed in the past and I wanted to try to read them a second time. In this post, I’m going to talk about authors I’d give a second chance, which means that I read one book by them and didn’t like it as much as I hoped but for some reason I think I could enjoy a different book by those authors.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This is the author that inspired this post. I read one of her books – Certain Dark Things – and I didn’t like it that much, but there were enough elements in it that I found interesting so I knew I would read another of her books at some point. Add to that, the fact that I have two friends who absolutely adore Moreno-Garcia’s books and I was even more inclined to give her another chance. Actually, I’m currently reading another book by her – Gods of Jade and Shadow – and I’m happy to say I’m really enjoying it.

Zaida Polanco

Zaida Polanco wrote one of my most disappointing books of 2019 – Crush, Interrupted – I hated the hero in the group and the writing was pretty bad, but I’m always looking for new Latinx romance authors and I own two more of her books that I haven’t read, so I’m REALLY hoping it was just a case of that one book didn’t work for me. The book I want to try next is Swing Batter Swing.

Alisha Rai

Last year there was so much hype surrouding The Right Swipe, so I had huge expectations when I decided to pick it up and while I didn’t dislike it, I didn’t like it as much as everyone else seemed to. I felt disconnected from the characters and I never got fully into the story and I think it may have been the writing style that made me feel that way. Nonetheless, I’m giving the second book in the series – Girl Gone Viral– a chance to see if I enjoy it and hopefully I will like Alisha Rai’s writing more.

Avon Gale

I read The Love Song of Sawyer Bell two years ago and unfortunately didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped, mainly because I wasn’t completely sold on the romance and I didn’t feel the chemestry between the characters. Nonetheless, I have heard great things about some of her other books and I’m always looking for more authors who write queer romance novels, so I’m hoping to enjoy Off the Ice, which is the most popular out of all her books.

Arthur Conan Doyle

I’m a huge fan of the Sherlock Holmes’ movies and tv shows adaptations, so I was really disappointed when I read my first Sherlock book – A Study in Scarlet – and I really disliked it. The book had a weird structure, it jumped to 20 years in the past in the middle of the book to tell a story that had nothing to do with Sherlock, we actually don’t see Sherlock and Watson for most of the book, which was what I was interested in. Nonetheless, I’m hoping other stories are better and I’m planning to read A Scandal in Bohemia next because I have heard great things about it.

What authors would you give a second chance to? Is there someone on my list that you think really deserves a second chance?

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Looking Back at My 2018 TBR

Looking back at my 2018 tbr

Hi everyone! At the beginning of the year I wrote two posts about some books I wanted to read in 2018: 8 Books I Want to Read in 2018 and 2017 Releases I Want to Read in 2018. Since December is here, I thought it would be a good idea to check how many of those books I actually read.

Let’s start with the 8 books I wanted to read in 2018:

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I read 6 out of the 8 books and I really liked all of them, out of the 2 books I didn’t read, I still want to read one of them and I’m taking the other out of my tbr.

Now, for the 2017 releases that I wanted to read in 2018: 

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Unfortunately, I didn’t do a good job with these books. I only read 3 of the book out of 6 and I will try to read another before the year is over.

Did you read the books on your 2018 tbr? Have you read any of the books on this list? What books are you expecting to read before the end of the year? 

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August 2018 Wrap Up

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Life Update 

  • There’s not much to tell, I have basically been preparing to move to Spain for a year on the 20th of September. So there’s being lots of paperwork, packing my apartment, and spending time with friends and family during August.
  • The only other thing is that I’m hosting the #LatinxBookBingo and that had been so well receive, especially on twitter,  which has made me really happy and it has made the whole experience feel extremely especial.

What I Read 

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (4,3 stars): I really enjoyed this book, it has a soft male love interest, which is rare in romance, it has #ownvoices autistic rep, there’s a lot of chemestry between the two main characters and the book is really steamy and there’s a lot of sex scenes, which I like, but if it’s not your thing be aware.

The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar & Michelle Schusterman (4,3 stars): I loved this book, I loved all three main characters, I loved the female friendship and I loved the premise of the three conventions. Also, there’s two really cute romances, there’s lesbian rep, non binary rep, mexican rep and I think there were well handled.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud (4,3 stars): I loved the two main female charaters in this one and I loved the fact that it’s a Moroccan inspired fantasy. Here’s my review!

Useless Magic by Florence Welch  (3 stars): This is basically a book with the lyrics to a bunch of Florence + The Machine songs, there’s a few doodles and phrases that are added, but not much of this is new. Nonetheless, I listen to all the songs as I read so I had a good time.

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World by Debbie Tung (3,5 stars): this was relatable for me as an introvert, it was funny and it was a quick read.

Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie (3,6 stars): This is the first Hercules Poirot book I have read in which he’s trying to solve a case from the past and I still enjoyed it but it didn’t blow my mind. Honestly, I have started to notice the repetitive elements that Agatha Christie uses in her novels, so the books are losing a bit of their appeal.

Dr. Strange Beard by Penny Reid (3.6 stars): I liked the two main characters and I liked he fact that they used to be  best friends but haven’t spoken in years, the plot was a bit predictable but not entirely, I didn’t like the time jump between the last book and this, and I didn’t like that we saw so little of the rest of the Winstons.

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale (3,2 stars): The plot of this was really predictable,I wasn’t completely sold on the romance, I didn’t really felt the chemestry between the characters, but it was still fun to see a cute f/f romance.

The Chase by Elle Kennedy (3,4 stars): I liked the chemestry between the characters nad I liked the way in which the relatioship developed. Also,  I really liked the female friendship in this and the side characters.

Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G. (3,4 stars): Best friends to lovers is my favorite trope, so I enjoyed that aspect of this book, the conflict at the end was a bit dumb and it relied on miscommunication, which I didn’t like, but overall, it was a fun read.

Sincerely, Arizona by Whitney G. (3 stars): This was just an epilogue for Sincerely, Carter. It was cute, but that was it.

After the Kiss by Lauren Layne (3,6 stars): This is like anothe version of How to Lose a Guy in 10 days and it was actually really fun to read. The main characters are very different but they have a lot of chemestry; the male main characters is the serious and a bit dominant kind of guy, but it wasn’t excesive, and the female main character, whom I liked a lot, is charismatic and nice.

Love The One You’re With by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): This book has an amazing love interest, he is flirty and a bit cocky, but he is a nice guy from beginning to end. I also liked the female main character and how heartbreak was shown in the story.  I enjoyed the battle of the sexes aspect of the story and the chemestry between the characters.

Just One Night by Lauren Layne (3,5 stars): This is a friends to lovers story, but the actions and conversations of the two main characters didn’t show them to be as good friends as it was being said they were. That definetely lowered my enjoyment of the story, just like the fact that I didn’t like the male main character that much. However, I did like the female main character.

The Trouble With Love by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): I really liked both main characters in this book, I could relate a lot to the main female character, who was an introvert and kind of quiet and serious, I liked the fact that they had history and there was all the mystery surrounding their failed engagement 7 years before.

Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne (3,8 stars): I loved that this story revolves around two sportwriters and it touches a bit on how difficult it is to be a woman in the sport industry. I really liked both of the main characters. The main problem I had with this is that the female mc had self-esteem issues and she could go more than a couple pages without mentioning that she wasn’t pretty or sexy or desirable, and it definitely got a bit repetitive.

On the Blog 

Here’s everything I posted this month on the blog:

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read any of them?Tell me what happened in your life during August! What did you read? What did you post? 

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9 Books with Lesbian Main Characters

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Hey guys! I’m finally out of my blogging slump and I couldn’t be happier. To get back into schedule, I decided to start with 9 Books Monday, which is a feature here on Bookish Wanderess where I talk about books that are focused on marginalized group (Here are the 9 Books Monday posts I have written so far). The idea is that on Mondays, I’ll talk about 9 books that have positive representation for a minority/marginalized group.

This series is not only to recommend books that I have read to you and to talk about books I want to read, this series is also a reminder to me that I need to expand my reading and search for books that allow me to know other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. Today, I will talk about 9 books with lesbian main characters.

3 Books I Read and Loved

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

A lesbian biracial girl + references to the movie industry: things about set design, location scouting, casting, shooting + a small mystery +  a lovely and quiet romance. I had so much fun when I read this and I have heard nothing but good things for #ownvoices reviewers. Maybe that has to do with this being an #ownvoices book!

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera 

This is one of my favorite books of all times. The main character in this book is Latinx and queer (#ownvoices!) and I love the fact that this books deals with a lot of important subjects related to intersectional feminism.  Also, this is #Ownvoices.

Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O’Beirne

This book has two main characters: an Australian-indian lesbian girl and a bisexual girl. The book is about a competition- where both girls meet- that’s similar to a model UN but it takes place in a summer camp. This book not only has great representation, it also has a very interesting concep and it’s not that well known, so you should check it out!

3 Books on my TBR 

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie

Lesbian pirates + giant sea animals + intriguing plot = what more could I need? I can’t wait to read this, it sounds like something I would love and I have heard nothing but good things from #ownvoices readers.

As I Descended by Robin Tally

A Macbeth retelling that has Hispanic characters and folklore, an f/f romance, an m/m romance and a disabled character. I can’t not wait to read this, I’m really intrigued!

We are Okay by Nina LaCour

This is a slow and  quiet story about grief and at the center of it are two girls that used to be in a relationship and that haven’t seen each other in a while. I have heard great things about the way the representation. Honestly, I liked Everything Leads to You so much that I’m really excited to read another Nina LaCour book.

3 Books Releasing Soon 

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell by Avon Gale (September 25th 2017 )

An indie rock band that’s going on tour + a female lead singer + a classically trained female violinist + kisses and lots of chemestry = the perfect contemporary that I want to read RIGHT NOW! That’s all I have to say about this one.

A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo (October 17th 2017 )

This is a phycological thriller with various queer female characters and a Chinese main character. I’m really intrigued by the synopsis of this book and especially by the cover. I have never read any book by Malinda Lo, but I have heard amazing things about all of them and about the representations in them. I can’t wait to read this one.

Spinning by Tillie Walden (September 12th 2017)

A graphic novel about figure skating and coming out, but also about outgrowing a passion. It sounds fascinating, especially because I have never read anything about figure skating. I haven’t hear that much about it, so I’m not sure about the representation but I’m hoping is good.

Have you read any of these books? did you enjoy them? Are you planning on reading any of them? Do you have recommendations for books with lesbian main characters? 

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