2018 Most Anticipated

Ok so I have a lot of books I’m excited for this year, but as I still have so many books from last year to read who knows when the heck I’m going to get to them. The first 3 books are the most most anticipated but after that it’s all about the same.

One the Come Up by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give was one of the best books I’ve ever read and I desperately need t read more from Angie Thomas. THUG was so important and I know this book is going to be just as good.

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Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

This book is a sequel to Simon Vs so of course I’m excited but it follows Leah, a chubby bisexual and I’m honestly just so excited to read about her and the rest of the gang again.

 

 

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

These two are like the dream team in YA contemporary and I am DESPERATE to read this book.

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Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare

I am going to read Lord of Shadows before this comes out I promise, but I finished Lady Midnight recently and so far it’s definitely up there with her best works so I’m hopeful that I’m going to enjoy the rest of the series

 

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

I absolutely adore the Gentleman’s Guide and I really loved Felicity so I’m so excited to read a book about her and hopeful there will be some cameos from her brother.

Throne of Glass #7 by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve gone off Sarah’s writing pretty much and I still haven’t read Tower of Dawn but I still want to know how she finishes this world off. At the time of read them I adored the previous TOG novels and I care greatly for some of the characters so whilst Maas’ writing read very samey to me and her diversity leaves much to be desired I do want to know how it ends

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To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin

To be honest (see what I did there eh) I don’t know much about this book but I’m so thrilled to see a fat girl on the cover that I don’t need to know what it’s about.

 

 

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A Reaper At The Gates by Sabaa Tahir

After how A Torch Against the Night was left off I need this book in my hands right now.

 

 

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From Twinkle with Love by Sandhya Menon

I loved When Dimple Met Rishi and I know this is going to be more adorableness.

 

 

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Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist was so good so I need the sequel and LOOK AT THAT COVER

 

 

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The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

I’m getting repetitive here but I loved Jen’s previous work and I know this is going to be amazing.

 

 

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Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

In 2017 we had THUG and Dear Martin and I think this is going to be just as important as those books. With the way the world is we need books discussing the issues brought forward in these books.

 

 

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Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I’m really excited to see how this series is going to end and I’ve had to wait too long for this book.

 

 

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Emergency Contact by Mary H. K. Choi

This sounds right up my street: awkwardness, romance, texting. I’m so excited and the dude on the cover has tattoos.

 

 

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The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

I’ve seen so much hype about this book and I somehow managed to get a signed ARC so I’ll definitely be picking that up soon.

 

 

Are there any books I’ve missed that you think I should look into?

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DNFs of 2017

I think we all would rather not DNF books but sometimes it’s just necessary. I DNF’d 7 books this year and a couple of them I wish hadn’t had to be this way as I had been really excited for them but it happens doesn’t it? Thankfully I did not pay for any of these books, I either was sent them by publishers or took them out from the library.

How many books did you DNF in 2017?

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Nina is Not Ok by Shappi Khorsandi

Thank you to netgalley and Ebury Publishing for sending me a copy of this in exchange for an honest review. Sadly this just wasn’t for me. I was hoping it would be enjoyable as it was from Shappi Khorsandi who is a pretty well known British Iranian comedian, but that wasn’t the case. I found the main character just sad and the language she used was just really hard to digest. There’s a lot of alcohol abuse in this so if you’re interested please be away of that.

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The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

Thank you to netgalley and Bloomsbury for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. God I was so excited for this one, it was so hyped up on booktube and in general but it was such a let down. It started off with some pretty ableist language around ADHD, which left a bad taste in my mouth but I tried to continue reading but then there was animal violence that was pretty graphic. It wasn’t anything that was shown positively, but as a huge animal lover I just couldn’t continue with it.

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Thank you to netgalley and Hodder and Stoughton for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. Ugh. That’s all I can say about this. The hype for this is unreal. It was all over bestseller lists and everyone was talking about it. As the story progressed I did find myself getting intrigued but then things started becoming apparent to me that the story line heavily involved incest and abuse from an elderly patriarchal member of the family and I couldn’t even stomach reading anymore. It made me sick to my stomach.

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Fifty Shades Darker by E. L. James

Ok so I read Fifty Shades. Backstory: I never planned to but then I watched the first film on my flight to Japan because I was bored and I found it absolutely hilarious. But I was also kind of hooked and wanted to know what happened in the second one. So I read the first book and to be honest it was not as bad as I expected. The writing isn’t terrible and the contract part was just not great but from what I remember the consent was actually not as huge an issue as it was made out to be. So then I started reading the second one and got halfway through before I just couldn’t be bothered anymore because it was just straight up boring and repetitive. If I ever have to read the words “my inner goddess” and “don’t bite your lip” again it will be too soon. And Ana is just really annoying.

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Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown 

Sigh. I was so excited to read this, as soon as I got the ebook from the library I put everything else down but it was just not good. There was a character who was on the autism spectrum and the way the author and by extension the other characters treated him just made me so uncomfortable I couldn’t keep going. We are so starved for f/f representation and I desperately wanted to like it but I didn’t.

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Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

Thank you to netgalley and Bloomsbury for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review. I’ve really enjoyed Sarah Crossan’s previous work but this just wasn’t for me. It was an interesting concept, the main character’s brother is facing the death penalty. There wasn’t really anything wrong with this book I just did not gel with it. I didn’t like the characters and it just did not interest me as I thought it would.

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We Awaken by Calista Lynne

Thank you to netgalley and Harmony Ink Press for a copy in exchange for an honest review. So I’d been excited about this as it has representation of asexuality but it was just weird an boring. I found it a hard slog to read whenever I picked it up and I don’t like feeling like that when I read so I was just not for reading it anymore.

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Favourite Books of 2017

I bring to you my post of my 5 star books that I read in 2017. If I have a review up for them I will link to it. I feel like it’s been a good year for me, I’ve read a lot of books that I thought were super important and diverse and wonderful and I recommend all these books! This list isn’t numbered or anything it’s just the way they were put in when I put the pics in.

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Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Trans Peter Pan from a Trans author!

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It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

A girl doesn’t want to fall in love after her parents divorce but her new coworker makes that difficult.

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Love Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

This books starts off all cute and romantic but then a terrorist attack happens and our MCs life is thrown into chaos.

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

A very sweet romance featuring a trans woman MC written by a trans woman.

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Lady Midnight Cassandra Clare

Cassie Clare’s latest series starts off pretty heartbreaking and it can only get worse.

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Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

A very important story tackling sexuality and sexual assault that made me cry.

The Battle of the Labyrinth and The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

These 2 books raised the bar for this series and I was so glad to finally read them.

Six of Crows Duology #1 and #2 by Leigh Bardugo

The most perfect duology ever. The best characters, the best plot, the best.

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The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Very sweet story between a Jamaican girl and a Korean American boy involving illegal immigration.

Illuminae Files #1 and #2 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Incredible space opera.

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

This book has the firs pansexual character is ever came across in a Book. Don’t sleep on Becky!

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History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

This is heartbreaking. About lost love and grief.

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Sabaa took it up a notch with this instalment and I am dying for the next book.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

What is there to say about this boo that hasn’t already been said. If you haven’t read it where have you been?

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Adorable book with so much representation about teens at a convention.

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Bi boy goes on a wild adventure through Europe in hopes of healing his best friend’s epilepsy.

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

Chinese mythology pops up in modern day California with hilarious and fun results.

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The Fall Time, Cosy Reader Book Tag

Thank you to Lindsay for the tag!

Crunching Leaves: the world is full of colour choose a book that had reds/oranges/yellows on the cover

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The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by FC Yee

If this isn’t on your TBRs it better be after this because it’s amazing

Cozy Sweater: it’s finally cold enough to don warm cozy clothing, what book gives you the warm fuzzies?

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli of course! No boo makes me feel fuzzier than this, apart from maybe Simon Vs.

Fall Storm: the wind is howling and the rain is pounding, choose your favorite book or genre that you like to read on a stormy day

I love to read fantasy on stormy days, though I am struggling with that at the moment because I have so much going on that I feel like I can’t read fantasy well enough to understand it but hey ho.

Cool Crisp Air: what’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

Hermione Granger… is there another answer to this question?

Hot Apple Cider: what under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, hottest thing?

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde. Such a super cute diverse book that everyone should read!

Coat, Scarves, and Mittens : the weather has turned cold and it’s time to cover up, what’s the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

Uh I have no idea, my books are spread everywhere so I couldn’t tell you. Though when I was reading 50 Shades for a laugh on my kindle I was very insistent on not letting anyone else see it.

Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favourite fall time comforts food/foods?

Chocolate, crisps, bread, all the comfort foods. I just love all food.

Warm, Cozy Bonfire: spread the cozy warmth, who do you tag?

Joanne
Raven
Lauren
Twin Tales
Mae

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The Goodreads Book Tag #2

Thank you to Heather for the tag! I’ve done this one before so I’m not going to tag anyone but I did it some months ago so I thought I’d do it again for the questions that would’ve changed!

1. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS “READ?”

Sanctuary by Rebekah Weatherspoon

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2. WHAT WAS THE LAST BOOK YOU MARKED AS TBR?

Truth or Dare by Non Pratt

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3. WHAT BOOK DO YOU PLAN TO READ NEXT?

Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard

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I have this book out from the library so I kind of have to read it next.

AND

Meet Cute

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5. ARE YOU DOING THE 2017 READING CHALLENGE?

Yes I challenged myself to read 100 books and I am at 88 books read (28 ahead of schedule).  I am kicking the challenge in it’s ass.


6. DO YOU HAVE A WISHLIST?

Here.


7. WHICH BOOK DO YOU PLAN ON BUYING NEXT?

I’m trying to stop myself from buying books right now, but I do pop into charity shops every now and again and scoop up some bargains so we’ll see.

 

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The High School Book Tag

Thank you to Lindsey for the tag! Bit too busy at the moment for tagging people but this is easier than my whole posts about my Asia travels haha.

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the creators – Namitha @ TeenMemoir and Jasmine @ HowUsefulItIs
  2. Answer the questions!
  3. Add pictures (if you want to).
  4. Tag five people.

THE QUESTIONS:

A+ on the test: A book or character that makes you smile?

Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli of course. Would you expect anything else from me.

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Sports team: A fictional family that you want to be a part of?

The Weasleys!

Class President: A book that tries to make a difference?

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Is there another answer for this question?

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High School Sweetheart: A book character you have a crush on?

Reid from The Upside of Unrequited!

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Prom Night: A book with a beautiful cover?

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde is so striking to me that even though it's just pink hair I find it so pretty.

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Spring Break: A book you can always turn to when you need an escape?

Harry Potter duh

School Lunch: A book character(s) you want to have lunch with?

Simon from The Shadowhunters books. I feel like he would be such a good person to eat lunch with because you would just have such a good laugh with him.

Halloween Party: A book character you would like to be for one day?

At the moment any character who doesn't have a job because I'm exhausted!

School Bully: A villain you don’t want to go to school with?

I mean Umbridge? Maybe Sebastian from TMI as he's at least closer to high school age.

Graduation: A book with a bittersweet conclusion?

History is All you Left Me by Adam Silvera. Not going to spoil it but if you've read it YOU KNOW

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The Happiness Tag

Thank you to Lindsey for the tag!

List 5 things that make you happy:

  1. My dog, I just love nuzzling her and cuddling her and she just makes me so happy
  2. I get a ridiculously huge buzz out of travelling, even just planning the trip and booking things makes me so excited
  3. My friends make me so incredibly happy, I know if I’m having a bad day even just texting one of them perks me up a bit
  4. Obviously reading makes me happy, otherwise I wouldn’t be here
  5. I love gaming, I love taking the time out of life to just sit and play a game

List 5 songs that make you happy:

  1. Clair De Lune by Debussy
  2. Anything by ABBA
  3. Vibrato by STELLAR
  4. Heroes by All Time Low
  5. What A Feeling by One Direction

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Lauren

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The New Disney Princess Book Tag

Thank you to Eva for tagging me! It was created by Zuky and Mandy.

THE RULES

  • Mention where you saw the tag/thank whoever tagged you because that’s always good fun
  • Tag Book Princess Reviews and Zuky with our posts so we can check out the wonderful Princess fun throughout the blog world
  • Play a game of tag at the end!

 

SNOW WHITE

THIS BOOK (LIKE THE MOVIE) STARTED IT All

Favorite Debut Book From an Author 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, is there any other answer for this?

 

CINDERELLA

A DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH

Just Like Cinderella, You Either Didn’t Expect Much Out of This Character in the Beginning But Turned Out to Be a Total Gem 

AURORA

SLEEPING BEAUTY

A Book That Makes You Sleepy or Just Could Not Hold Your Attention
Honestly? A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas, I was so excited but it was so damn long it took me 2 weeks to read that damn book.

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UNDER THE SEA

A Book With a Water/Ocean Setting
The Seafarer’s Kiss by Julia Ember. This book sounds amazing, an f/f norse mythology take on The Little Mermaid I’m desperate to read it.
 

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BEAUTY AND THE BOOKS

Name a Book With the Best Bookworm/Book Lover
Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee, the MC is obsessed with Anna Karenina to the point where she made her own web series adaptation of it, of course I had to pick this.
 

Jasmine

The Thief and the Princess

Name Book with an Unlikely Love Story (Either in Terms of Romance or a Book You Didn’t Expect to Love So Much)
Chris and Starr were a couple I really didn’t expect to love in The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Of course the focus of this book wasn’t focussed on the romance at all but by the end of the book I really loved these two together.

POCAHONTAS

THE REAL LIFE PRINCESS

Name a Book that is Based on a Real Life Person You Want to Read/Have Read
I really want to read The Devil in the White City about HH Holmes, but I haven’t got around to it yet.

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The Princess that Saved Her Country

Name the Fiercest Heroine You Know
 Kady in Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, she goes onto a plague infested spaceship to save everyone, that’s pretty fierce.

Tiana

The Princess With The Coolest And Most Diverse Crew

Name a diverse book whether it is a diverse set of characters (like Tiana’s group of Naveen, Louis, Ray, and more) or just diverse in general
There are a couple of obvious answers I could go with for this but they’re written by white people and I feel like that goes against what the question is asking really so I’m going to go with Noteworthy by Riley Redgate which I desperately want to read and have heard it’s diverse in race, gender and sexuality.D
 

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Let Your Longggggg Hair Down

Name the Longest Book You’ve Ever Read
Longest singular book is Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon.

Merida

I Determine My Own Fate

A Book Where There is No Love Story/Interest or Isn’t Needed
See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng, it’s all about being a child and finding out life isn’t how you thought it was.

Anna/Elsa

Frozen Hearts

A Book in a Winter/Cold Setting
Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon is set up a mountain I think that can be classed as a cold setting?
 

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How Far I’ll Go

A Character That Goes on a Journey
I’m going to go with a book I’ve already mentioned and say The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas because Starr goes on a figurative journey when she begins to stand up for her race and determines that she does want to have her voice heard.
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The Unique Blogger Award

Thank you to Lindsey for tagging me.

THE RULES:
  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

Questions

1. Do you loan out books? Have you ever gotten one back damaged, what would you do if a friend returned a book slightly damaged?

Occasionally I do, mainly books I’m not so bothered about. And because I’m not bothered about it if they’re damaged it’s not the end of the world.

2. Giving books soundtracks is a thing, this is the reverse: if you had to pick an album to adapt into a book which album would you pick

I feel like Get Weird by Little Mix would make a good contemporary, it has like fun times and sad times.

3. Go-to book reading snack or drink?

Crisps, I spend my life eating crisps.

My questions:

  1. Have you ever been to a bookish event?
  2. Do you ever think you’ll write a book one day?
  3. Have you ever seen an adaptation you though worked better than the book?

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5 Authors I Want to Read More From

This is a meme over on goodreads, I haven’t joined the group because I don’t normally do this but I didn’t have anything to post today and I was like damn what can I do?

Becky Albertalli

If you’ve been following me for long enough you know that I absolutely adore Becky and I just want her to write so many more books.

Rick Riordan

I’m so behind with Rick’s books and I really desperately need to catch up because I feel like I’m missing out so much.

Adam Silvera

I’ve only read History is All You Left Me but so many people talk about how good More Happy Than Not is, and I’m so excited for They Both Die at the End.

Sandhya Menon

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I recently read When Dimple Met Rishi and absolutely adored it so I’m excited to see what Sandhya comes out with next.

Yaa Gyasi

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Homegoing was so good I need to read more!!!!

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