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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My Most Anticipated YA Fantasy Books of 2020 | Blogmas Day 11

Hi everyone! Today I want to talk about my most anticipated YA fantasy books coming out in 2020. I wanted to make a list of books that I actually think I’ll read, that’s why there’s not too many books on this list and why a lot of them are sequels. If you want to know about all the YA releases of 2020, check out the amazing and comprehensive list posted at Book Birds.

Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

This book is about a girl that has the power to erase memories and is kidnapped and forced to do something that hurts her people. After being rescued by a rebel group, she has to go back to her kidnappers convince them that she is loyal to them and complete a mission.

Why am I anticipating it? I love Zoraida’s urban fantasy series, the Brooklyn Brujas, and I can’t wait to read this new and different take on fantasy from her. I have an eARC of this and it’ll probably be one of my first reads of 2020.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

This book is about a girl who’s rejected by her community because her blood is gold instead of red, and then she is asked to become part of an army of near-immortals girls with rare gifts.

Why am I anticipating it? This is probably the most beautiful cover of any 2020 release and I won’t lie it’s the first thing that caught my eye and made me check this book out. But since then I have heard great things about this, specially about its brilliant cast of female characters.

Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

This book is a retelling of one of Andersen’s most brutal fairy tales, The Red Shoes, imixed with the true medieval events that likely inspired it, a dancing “plague” in 1518 . At the center of this book is a Romani girl & trans boy.

Why am I anticipating it? I have read two McLemore books and I loved them. I think their retellings of less well-known fairy tales are so interesting and unique and I love the fact that there’s always so much diversity in them.

Infinity Son by Adam Silvera

This urban fantasy about two brothers, one that has always wanted powers and doesn’t have them and one that never wanted them but has them, and how they become involve with a vigilante group that fights against a gang of specters who can steal people’s powers.

Why am I anticipating it? I have read two Adam Silvera books in the past and I really liked them, so I’m excited to give his first fantasy book a chance. Also, I love supporting Latinx authors and in this case, even more so, becasue the main character in this book is a gay Puerto Rican boy.

House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Mass

This book is about a half-Fae and half-human woman seeking revenge and a fallen angel fighting for his freedom, who end up working together to find a demon that has been murdering people.

Why am I anticipating it? Honestly, I love most of Sarah J. Maas books. I just love them even if I know they lack diversity and good representation. Her writing style works for me, some of her characters are my all time favorites and I’m really excited to see what she does in this new series, specially since it sounds so different from her previous ones.

Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova

Rose, the younger of three sisters, has recently discovered new powers and she’s forced to use them when her father and her are sent to the land of Adas, a fairy realm hidden in the Caribbean Sea.

Why am I anticipating it? I love the Brooklyn Brujas series and I can’t wait to know what it’s gonna happen to this family next. My favorite thing about this series is the complex but lovable characters, the family dynamics and the fact that it includes Latinx folklore.

We Unleash the Merciless Storm by Tehlor Kay Mejia

This series is about a world in which men have two wives: one wife, the Primera, is the man’s right hand and in charge of the machinations of the family; the other, the Segunda, is there to love the husband and provide offspring. The book is the story of the Primera and the Segunda of a powerful man, who fall in love with each other and end up becoming involve with a rebel group.

Why am I anticipating it? I loved the first book in this series and I’m dying to know how the story continues. Honestly, I love the characters in this story so much and I just want them to be happy together, ok? ok. Beyond the complex main characters and the forbidden love story, I loved the way the first book addressed immigration, privilege, poverty and opression.

The King of Crows by Libba Bray

This series is about a group of teens, called Diviners, who have different powers and live in New York in the 1920’s and it’s the story of how they all meet and work together against supernatural forces.

Why am I anticipating it? The Diviners series is one of my favorite series of all time and I can’t wait to read the conclusion. I love the characters in this series and I’m rooting for Sam and Evie to end up together and I’m really curious to see how all the characters are gonna get reunited and how they are gonna defeat the King of Crows.

Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire

This series is about a group of kids who have gone to magical worlds and when they come back they no longer fit into society, so they end up in boarding school created just for them.

Why am I anticipating it? I really like all the books in this series, but I particulary loved the last book, In An Absent Dream, so that makes me even more excited for this one, specially since it’s the continuation of the original story in the first book and we’ll get to see more characters from previous books.

What 2020 YA Fantasy books are you highly anticipating?

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