Top 5 Wednesday: 2018 Wishlist

Today’s #T5W topic is your 2018 wishlist! These aren’t specific books, more like tropes and topics you’d like to read more of. Here’s what I’d like to see more of in the coming year:

  1. heist stories // I’ve read a few (Scott Lynch, Leigh Bardugo, Ally Carter) but I’d like to read A LOT MORE. These are some of my favorite types of stories. 
  2. books set in different countries // I’d love to read for example, a YA contemporary about a Korean girl in South-Korea. Or a Mexican boy in Mexico. I want to read a heist story set in Egypt. I love that we’re getting more diversity and representation in YA, but a lot of those are still set in the U.S.A./U.K. so it would be nice to read fluffy romances, hard-hitting stories and epic novels in every country. Maybe I should look into translated works for this one. 
  3. f/f relationships // I think that in terms of LGBT+ rep, we’re making headway. There’s still a long way to go, though. While I’d love to read books about aro, ace, bi, pan, demi, etc. -sexual main characters, I’d also love to read more f/f relationships. I think that they are mentioned less than m/m relationships? At least, in my reading so far. So I’m going to make a conscious effort to read more widely in the LGBT+ spectrum. 
  4. body positivity and all sizes // In every genre. Seriously. I want to read cute, adorable romances of people in every size. I also want an epic fantasy story with a badass main character who doesn’t wear an XS, is incredibly tall, elegant and has long flowy hair. Of course, those people are certainly out there too. But I’ve read about them so often, I’d like to confirm that anyone can be a badass.
  5. interracial and/or multicultural relationships // There are so many aspects to an interracial and/or multicultural to be explored, and I want to read about it all. Especially in YA contemporaries. This fuse of culture, language, habits, and even religion can be so interesting, and we need to explore that more in literature.
  6. disability // I need more good disability representation in YA.
Top 5 Wednesday: 2018 Wishlist

Ten of the Most Anticipated Reads of 2018

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, we’re talking anticipated reads! I almost forgot it was Tuesday, to be honest. Christmas has left me confused… Anyway, let’s start!

Markswoman (Asiana #1) by Rati Mehrotra // January 23rd // I was sold after reading the first sentence of the synopsis. This book is about Kyra who is a Markswoman in the Order of Kali, a highly trained sisterhood of elite warriors armed with telepathic blades. SISTERHOOD? WARRIORS? TELEPATHIC BLADES? Yes, please.

Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi // March 6th // This is a YA fantasy story inspired by West-African mythology! Doesn’t that sound incredible? It says: ‘With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.’ I actually have a sampler of this book, which I got at YALC. I’m going to read the sampler soon to see what I think so far! 

Circe by Madeline Miller // April 10th // Who is surprised this is on my list? Absolutely NO ONE. I’ve been waiting for another Madeline Miller book for years

From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon // June 5th // Yay for another Sandhya Menon book! I loved When Dimple Met Rishi, and I couldn’t be more excited to read more of her work. This one is about aspiring filmmaker Twinkle and fellow film geek Sahil. Plus, look at that cover… Her covers are all so adorable and beautiful. 

The Heart Forger (The Bone Witch #2) by Rin Chupeco // March 20th // This is definitely one of my most anticipated reads. I loved The Bone Witch so much, and I’m looking forward to discovering the rest of Tea’s journey. I’ll re-read the first book before moving on to the sequel though, because I’m a little hazy on the details.

Fat Girl on a Plane by Kelly Devos // June 5th // All I know is that this is about a fat girl whose biggest dream is to be a fashion designer. I don’t need to know any more than that. I’m hoping to read a really body positive and wonderful book!

Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi // June 19th // First of all, what a gorgeous cover! I’m going to be honest and say I know next to nothing about this book, and I don’t care. I want to read it anyway. 

All That I Can Fix by Crystal Chan // June 12th // So this is about a boy called Ronney who lives in Indiana. In his town, everyone knows Ronny and his family as ‘the mixed-race family with the dad who tried to kill himself, the pill-popping mom, and the genius kid sister’. There’s also something about someone who set animals from a zoo free and now there are tigers and such running around? 

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Guide #2) by Mackenzi Lee // October 2nd // I adored The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and I can’t wait to read more of Mackenzi’s works. Especially when they’re from Felicity’s perspective. 

I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman // January 11th // Alice Oseman surprised me this year with Radio Silence, which has now made its way into my all-time favorite books-list. I need to read more of her work. I watched a lot of her Book 3 Diaries on YouTube, and I can’t wait to see how it turned out!

There you go, 10 books I’m really excited to read in 2018!
Are you excited to pick these up? Which ones are you anticipating?

Ten of the Most Anticipated Reads of 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Will Bring

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, we’re talking about books we’re hoping to receive from Santa! Now, I don’t usually get books for Christmas, so this is more of a hypothetical list. Let’s get into it!

One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid // One True Loves sounds like an incredibly emotional read, and sometimes that’s exactly what I need. It’s a bit out of my reading comfort zone, which is why I haven’t bought it yet. 

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood // I know, I should’ve read this already. But I haven’t. I don’t want to watch the show until I’ve read the book though so I need to get this one soon!

Darien: Empire of Salt (Empire of Salt #1) by C.F. Iggulden // ‘TWELVE FAMILIES. ONE THRONE. WELCOME TO THE EMPIRE OF SALT.’ That sounds a tad… familiar. But at the same time, it sounds really epic and I want to read it. I think I once read some historical fiction by Iggulden and really enjoyed it so I’m excited to read a fantasy one now.

Confession of a Buddhist Atheist by Stephen Batchelor // I have to admit that the main reason I want to read this is the title. It just calls to me?

The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi // This is a historical fiction novel set in India (and LA, I think) that centers around the friendship between two girls -one struggling to survive the human slave trade and the other on a mission to save her. 

Red Sister (Book of the Ancestor #1) by Mark Lawrence // This sounds like an incredible epic fantasy read. I actually have one of his other books, Prince of Thorns,  that I haven’t read yet but heard is really dark and disturbing. I’ll have to get around to reading that soon, but this one sounds just so good! 

Body Positive Power by Megan Jayne Crabbe // I love this woman’s instagram page. Honestly, she’s one of the people who helped me start my journey towards being body positive. I want to support her by buying her book, and I think I’ll get so much out of the book too.

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley // This sounds like a really interesting graphic memoir! I love to cook and bake, which is an added plus here.

Traitor to the Throne (Rebel of the Sands #2) by Alwyn Hamilton // I really enjoyed the first book of the series, Rebel of the Sands, so I really want to continue. The only problem? I don’t own the second book. And I was lucky enough to meet Alwyn this summer at YALC, and she’s really the kindest person. 

Tower of Thorns (Blackthorn & Grim #2) by Juliet Marillier // I loved the first book, Dreamer’s Pool, so much. Juliet Marillier is such a gifted writer! Obviously, I must continue the series. Again: I DON’T OWN THE BOOK. This is why I keep buying books, people. 

There you have it! 10 books I hope Santa will bring -even though I know it won’t happen. Have you read any of these? Which books are you hoping to receive?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Hope Santa Will Bring

The Year of Re-reading | Notes on my re-reads of 2017

It’s almost time for me to show you my list of favorite reads of 2017. I know that it was a Top Ten Tuesday post already, but I didn’t feel like I could write my post already. I know the year is almost over and it’s highly unlikely I will finish a lot more books before it is. But I don’t want to risk it! What if I find an amazing book on December 30th and can’t put it in my list anymore? 

Anyway, while I was looking through the books I read this year for my list, I realized that I’ve re-read a lot of books this year. I’ve always loved re-reading for many reasons. I get to return to a world I love, and revisit characters that I adore. I might notice little plot things I overlooked the first time -or foreshadowing that I just missed altogether. Sometimes I also re-read books to see whether I still love them, years later. So today, I want to take a look at all the books I re-read in 2017!

The Others by Anne Bishop

Books: Written in Red, Murder of Crows, Vision in Silver, Marked in Flesh
How do I feel about it? Still one of my all-time favorites

I re-read the first 4 books in The Others series by Anne Bishop at the end of January. Why? In March, the 5th book would be released and I wanted to make sure the previous events in the series would be fresh in my mind. This happens to be one of my all-time favorite fantasy series. I think I’ve read the first book about 4 times now, and I only discovered it in 2013.

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Books: Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance
How do I feel about it? Loved the first book a bit less, still adore the series overall

This is one of the series that really got me hooked on fantasy in my early teens. I wanted to see what I would think of it as an adult, having read a lot more fantasy. I immediately noticed a difference with the first book. The writing style felt a bit choppy, because Paolini used a lot of really short sentences. He was so young when he wrote this, and I do think it shows. Still, I really loved it -and you can see him grow as an author throughout the series.

Kay Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

Books: Postmortem, Body of Evidence
How do I feel about it? Enjoyed it a lot less than I remember, the crime and scientific aspects are great but the sexism and racism really made me uncomfortable

I remember really enjoying this series as a teenager, so I was dying to re-read them when my mom received the entire series as a gift from someone. I decided to start with the first books, even though they are quite old (which can make an impact on the story when it’s a crime novel that relies on science, in my opinion). To my surprise, I still loved the crime and scientific aspects of the story. But I didn’t like the racist and sexist comment Marino gave, and think the main character Kay should address them instead of just feeling superior to the rest. I will probably re-read the rest of the series at some point, but I’m in no hurry.

Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier

Books: Daughter of the Forest, Son of the Shadows
How do I feel about it? It’s still one of my favorites! Why don’t I hear her books mentioned more often?

I started reading this series when I was a teenager (maybe like 14 or 15?) but I never continued after the second book. I have no idea why because I remember absolutely loving them. I saw them at my local library this year, so I decided to re-read the first two and then continue. I have re-read the first two, but still haven’t continued… These books are absolutely amazing. They’re set in Ireland, and the atmosphere of these is just mind-blowing. I also love the main characters, and how Juliet Marillier addresses some serious topics like rape and its after effects in a thought provoking way.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

Books: The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Goblet of Fire, The Order of The Phoenix, The Half-Blood Prince
How do I feel about it? No explanation necessary, I think. They feel like home.

I decided to re-read these because I needed to wash away the foul taste The Cursed Child left in my mouth. I mean, I always re-read at least one Harry Potter book every year. And this year, I had discovered HP fan fiction. I was all in the wolfstar (Remus/Sirius) feels thanks to fan fiction, when I decided to read The Cursed Child. It then made me so mad that I had to try and re-read all the books to wash away my anger and disappointment. Maybe I’ll re-read The Deathly Hallows during Christmas!

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

the song of achilles

Book: The Song of Achilles
How do I feel about it? Still one of my all-time favorites, still crushed me emotionally

I read this one for the first time in the beginning of 2015, almost 3 years ago! I rave about this one all the time on my blog, so I decided I needed to re-read it to know whether I’d still love it just as much, 3 years later. And I do. This time I had my own hard copy, and used it to my advantage by tabbing all my favorite passages, quotes and moments. Needless to say, I used a lot of sticky tabs. 

Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima

the gray wolf throne

Book: The Gray Wolf Throne
How do I feel about it? Quite enjoyed it -but I do think it’s a filler book

This is a special case. I actually only started this series in 2017! I read book 1, 2 and 3 in the first half of the year and decided it was time to read the 4th and final one last month. Only problem? Because I had gotten so addicted to the books in the beginning and absolutely sped through them, I couldn’t remember many details from the third book. So I re-read it before continuing on to the final one. I actually read this one for the first time this year, and re-read it only a few months later!

Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan

theft of swords

Book: Theft of Swords
How do I feel about it? Currently re-reading, still enjoying it

Finally, my current re-read! I am re-reading Theft of Swords as I’m writing this. I discovered this series in the beginning of 2015 so again: almost 3 years ago! I absolutely adore Royce and Hadrian, the main characters of the series, and have recently read the fourth book in the Chronicles series (prequel series), The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter. It reminded me of my love for these two, so I decided it was time for a re-read. I might finish this before 2017 ends and continue with the sequels, but I can’t predict that right now.

How do you feel about re-reading? Do you like it, or not? Have you re-read anything this year?

I personally really enjoy re-reading. I know I could spend that time discovering a new favorite instead. But there is just something so comforting about returning to a favorite place or characters! Sometimes, that’s exactly what I need.

The Year of Re-reading | Notes on my re-reads of 2017

November Reading Wrap Up

It’s time to talk about the 2 books I managed to read during the month of November. I actually read both of them this week, and they’re the first books I’ve managed to read in 2 months. I’m slowly getting my reading mojo back, I think. So let’s talk about the books!

The Gray Wolf Throne (Seven Realms #3) by Cinda Williams Chima // ★★★★ // I started getting my reading mojo back when my copy of the 4th book in this series arrived. I really wanted to read it and finish the series to find out what happens to my favorite characters. But I didn’t really remember all that much about book 3, even though I only read it in April. So I decided to re-read it. I now know that the reason I didn’t remember much is because not all that much happens in this one. It’s mostly a filler book, I think, to set up the story for the grand finale. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed it. 4 stars it is.

The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Williams Chima // ★★★★★ // And then it was time to read the last book in the series. I LOVED THIS. I will say that if you’re not a fan of political intrigue and politics in fantasy, then you won’t enjoy this book. Politics and life at court is really the main focus of this book. Alliances are made and broken left and right, and it might have given me whiplash. But I really loved this book! I’m so glad I finished the series. Pat on the back for starting and finishing a series within the same calendar year, right?

That’s it. That’s all I read this month. It’s 2 books more than last month! I’m currently about halfway through The Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter (Riyria Chronicles #4) by Michael J. Sullivan. I received my early copy a while ago as a backer of his Kickstarter campaign, and I’m so glad to return to two of my favorite characters ever.

What did you read in November? Have you read the Seven Realms series?

November Reading Wrap Up

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Want (My/Any) Teenager to Read

 Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, the topic is actually: books I’d want my children to read. Now, I don’t actually know whether I ever want to have kids. And I thought it would be more interesting to show you what I hope my teenager(s) (or any teenager for that matter) would read. So let’s go!

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee // First of all, this book is hilarious. I listened to the audiobook, and it made me laugh out loud multiple times. Add that to the fact that it’s historical fiction + has (a bisexual main character + a PoC love interest and best friend + disability rep) + sexism throughout history is addressed = a book I’d want any teenager to read. 

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli // I adore this book for multiple reasons. I love the body positivity, the relationship Molly and Cassie (they’re twins) have, their two moms and little brother, I love Reid, I love Cassie and Mina… Some of the side characters in this book identify as lesbian, bisexual and pansexual, and I love that this is not a story about them coming out. Not that we don’t need those stories too. But to just see them in loving, wonderful and happy relationships? That’s so important too. Most of all though, I love the body positivity and the fact that this is a book about a plus size girl who isn’t looking to lose weight in order to love herself.

All the Rage by Courtney Summers // This isn’t really a ‘pleasant’ book. This is a book that hits you in the face instead. Yet I think this is SUCH an important read for teenagers! It’s about a girl called Romy, who was raped by the ‘golden boy’ of her town. No one believes her. She’s bullied, ridiculed and above all, traumatized (obviously). This book addresses slut-shaming and victim blaming, and I think teenagers need to be aware of it. 

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman // Again, I want teenagers to read this for multiple reasons. First: the main character is biracial and bisexual. What I love though is the conversation about asexuality and demisexuality. A- and demisexuality are so often overlooked and forgotten, and I think it’s important to be aware of them. Another aspect I think is interesting is its focus on education. Alice Oseman addresses that university/college is not necessarily the right path for everyone and that it has nothing to do with intelligence. It’s just about what you love, and what you want to do. 

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne // I was lucky enough to meet Holly Bourne and get my book signed by her. I also told her how much I loved it, and how I think it’s an incredibly powerful and important read. This is the story of Evie, who goes to college (UK – so not university) after recovering from a serious episode of her OCD. She makes friends, talks about feminism, wants to have a boyfriend…She wants to be “normal”. This is therapy and medication positive, which I can’t highlight enough.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller // Will I ever make a favorites list that doesn’t include this book? NOPE. I think it’s a wonderful read for teenagers because they get to experience a (familiar, for a lot of people) story with a gay romance. I love Achilles and Patroclus so much…

Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo // Back at it with the fantasy recommendations. I know that so many people recommend this book to others. For good reason though. Is it perfect? Of course not. It’s a great fantasy/heist story about a group of thieves. But it also talks about body positivity, PTSD, disability, etc. Not to mention Jesper & Wylan’s adorable romance. Seriously, those two will be the death of me.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz // I read this book a few years ago and absolutely fell in love with it. And I need every single person to read it. Understood?

We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie // I don’t think reading this is too much to ask of anyone considering it’s only 50 pages long. It’s a great speech about feminism and its misconceptions.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance #1) by N.K. Jemisin // You might feel a bit confused about this one, because it’s not quite the same tone as the previous 9 picks. But I’d want anyone to give the fantasy genre a try -especially if they were my own children. And I’d want them to join me on a journey of reading fantasy written by PoC authors. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is an incredible read, and I want everyone to try it. 

What do you think of my choices? Do you agree/disagree? Which books would you want your teenager (or any teenager ever) to read?


Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’d Want (My/Any) Teenager to Read