I cannot even begin to express to you how happy I am that is is Summer! I truly cannot wait to relax and just read all of the things that I am able to get my hands on! Most of you know that I just got home earlier this month from NYC, where I attended Book Expo and Book Con, and I was privileged enough to haul so many books! Therefore, most of this list is going to be able the ten ARCS from that convention that I hope to get to this summer!
Okay, loves! Those are the ten ARCs I picked, but obviously I hope to read many more! If there is one here that you would like me to prioritize, please let me know! And I’m wishing you all the happiest of reading this Summer and forever and always! 💕
Happy summer, loves! I can’t believe we are already half way through 2019! It is truly and utterly wild! But what better way to celebrate than to do one of my favorite posts of the entire year? 💛☀
Okay, but now let’s get into the actual tag, where I’m talking about the best books that I’ve read so far in 2019! Also, I made a point to only use each book one time, or else you would be looking at Gideon the Ninth over and over again! And I only used 2019 releases, since that is the majority of what I’ve been reading this year anyways! 💗
➽ 1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2019:
Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House #1) by Tamsyn Muir
➽ 2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019:
Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) by Mark Lawrence
➽ 3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to:
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
➽ 4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year:
The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black
➽ 5. Biggest disappointment:
Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
➽ 6. Biggest surprise:
If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
➽ 7. Favorite new author (debut or new to you):
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
➽ 8. Newest fictional crush:
A Lesson in Thorns (Thornchapel #1) by Sierra Simone
I mean, all the characters, but Auden in particular!
➽ 9. Newest favorite character:
Magpie in You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno
➽ 10. Book that made you cry:
The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum
➽ 11. Book that made you happy:
The Shadowglass (The Bone Witch #3) by Rin Chupeco
➽ 12. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received):
The Red Scrolls of Magic (The Eldest Curses #1) by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
➽ 13. What book do you need to read by the end of the year?:
Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo
➽ 14. Favorite book community member:
I mean, this is the hardest question. I am so thankful for everyone who I am able to call my friend in this community, and all the unconditional support and love you all show me, especially with me taking on BookTube this year! I think I’m actually going to do a Goodreads Reviewer Shout Out very soon on my channel, since *cries forever* I just hit 50k on Goodreads, which I still am completely shocked over. But if you are taking the time to read this, to like this, to comment on this, you’re my favorite book community member, and I am so very lucky to have you on my blog. Thank you. And I love you!
Okay, I think that’s it! I hope you all enjoyed! This is truly my favorite tag ever, and I look forward to doing it every year! If you would like to see, HERE is my 2018 tag and HERE is my 2017 tag! And I’m already looking forward to what 2020 is going to bring! I love you all so much! Happy reading! 💗
Hey, friends! I know my Spring was rather wild due to traveling, but I hope my Summer is a little more relaxed, with a lot more reading getting done! Hopefully, you know that I am cohosting a readathon, called Summerathon, that starts tomorrow! And that hopefully doesn’t feel too exclusionary for my Southern Hemisphere friends (seriously, please join us)! I am really going to try to incorporate all the ARCs that I can into this TBR, because I very much need to read them and I have some pretty exciting ARCs that fit a little too perfectly for some of these challenges! 🌞
1. A Beachy Read:
this can be either a book set at the beach or just a book think would be perfect to read on the beach or poolside.
No Judgments (Little Bridge Island #1) by Meg Cabot
Okay, this one is a little bit of a stretch, but it totally counts, because the main character is going to the Florida Keys to spend some time by herself after she loses someone who she was close with. So, obviously there are going to be beaches! But… in this book she is trying to rescue animals before maybe evacuating because of a very dangerous hurricane! So… this is going to be a unique twist on a beachy read! But I’m here for it!
2. Sunrise colors on the cover:
pink, orange, yellow, purple, blue…really, there are so many directions to go for this.
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
(Buddy read with Jocelyn!)
I mean, I truly don’t think that there is a better book to use for colors of a sunrise, but I am extra excited to read this one because so many of my dear friends have absolutely loved it! I am beyond hyped, truly!
3. Book with a roadtrip, traveling, or vacation
10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston
A Christmas read in June? Why not. It’s honestly my brand’s type of chaos. I am honestly only reading this one because I want to send it off to a dear friend upon finishing, because it is one of her favorite authors of all-time! But this honestly seems like it’s going to be the perfect contemporary, and I’m so very excited!
4. Book set in the summer
Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
(Buddy read with Amy, Jen, & Heather)
Okay, I know this one has flashbacks to the main characters’ summer camp counseling days! So, I might be stretching this one a little bit, but I knew I had to incorporate this book somehow into my TBR!
5. Food on the cover (Or drink! Make it your own!)
Well Met by Jen DeLuca
(Buddy read with Alexa & Riley!)
There is totally a wine goblet and a turkey leg on this cover! Right? Right! This book actually works for a lot of prompts because it is a book set in the summer time at a Renaissance Faire! I also think it’s kind of enemies to lovers, where the people don’t like each other out of the faire, but the characters they play inside the grounds really like each other? And that sounds so unique and I am so ready for it!
6. Drink your favorite summertime drink while reading!
Okay, you all know I don’t really drink that much! And obviously this prompt doesn’t have to be alcoholic in the slightest! But I think I’m going to try something new, or create something new, during my Summerathon Reading Vlog! So keep an eye out!
I am also in SUCH a graphic novel mood, currently! And, let’s be real, this TBR isn’t near queer enough for a June readathon! So, I hope to get to one or all three of these during this readathon week, too! And I’m so excited! 💖
Okay, that’s my TBR! Let me know if you are participating and, if so, what you are reading! Also, make sure you follow the instagram and twitter and use #summerathon so we can see and boost your photos, TBRs, and wrap ups! Happy reading, loves!
June 21 – June 27
Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills
ARC provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review.
“My Tom Hanks is out there, and I’m not going to settle until I find him.”
I’m not going to lie to you all, I have been dreading writing this review. This is probably the book that has disappointed me the most in 2019, so far. I thought it was going to be a cute romcom about a girl, working on a movie set, falling in love. And I suppose it was, but it also has so much bad and infuriating things also in this story.
Waiting for Tom Hanks is about a girl named Annie who (you guessed it) is in search of her life’s romcom hero, who she thinks she deserves to be swept off her feet by. And what better way to look for prospects, than to work on a movie that your uncle pulls strings for you to be the director’s new assistant. And on her first day at set, she meets Drew, the star of this romcom that is being filmed.
“If there was ever a man who was the complete and polar opposite of Tom Hanks, it would be Drew Danforth.”
The best character was easily Annie’s uncle, Don, who was probably pansexual, but the author didn’t put it on page. But he also runs a weekly D&D group, and you all know that is very much something I am passionate about. Also, he was just kind hearted, and showed unconditional love, and I truly always wanted the best for him.
The second best character was Chloe, who is Annie’s best friend, and who is on page bisexual. I have no idea why she would be friends with Annie, but I am happy she was part of the story, and I’m happy the author is going to write about her in the next book.
Annie was just the worst, and being in her head was so unpleasant to read from. From fake *wokeness* to white feminism, to just being dramatic and jumping to so many ridiculous conclusions, from pity party to just doing so many hurtful and dumb things, she is easily the worst main character I’ve read about in 2019. Annie needs to learn boundaries, and respect, and *plot twist* at the end of this book was so horrible, that I can’t even believe that beta readers would not say how horrible it felt to read.
I suppose I should talk more about the white feminism in this book. The white director wanting to film a movie about an interracial relationship, because he is now in an interracial relationship felt really bad. You should want to promote diversity all the time, in all walks of life, not just went it mirrors your life and impacts you and your white-self. Every single time Drew talked about being a feminist because of his feminist mom and how he opened doors and walked girls home made me want to die. Even though I did feel bad for Drew through most of this, because Annie was so insufferable. Also, all the main characters in this book are white! To keep bringing up how *woke* you are, when your entire book is about two heterosexual people, who are white, with all white friends, it doesn’t feel good to read. Especially when the only person of color is a very minor side character (yet, the star of the very movie) who was only written to help the main character very awkwardly at the end of this book. Telling and showing are two very different things, and when you put such an emphasis on telling, while never showing, it makes for a really horrible reading experience. Bringing up how whitewashed media is constantly is just going to make your whitewashed book more obvious.
Overall, this just wasn’t for me. I should have known by the 100th Tom Hanks metaphor by page 50 to just DNF this, but I didn’t. There are so many other amazing romcoms out there, many of which are also being published through Berkley. I just really wouldn’t waste your time on this one, unless you like hurtful main characters, who think they deserve the world, and Tom Hanks movies getting brought up every page.
The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.
Content and Trigger Warnings for loss of a loved one and talk of cheating in the past (not MCs).
Hey, friends! Long time, no Top Ten Tuesday! But oh my word, it feels so good to be back! Especially with a topic as good as this week’s! There are so many good books coming out during the last half of 2019, but I am still going to make a top ten ranking of the ten I absolutely cannot wait for, with a single sentence each that hopefully tells you why!
➽ 10.) Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu
Because anything LGBTQIAP+ with bookstores and witches will always get my money.
➽ 9.) The Tea Dragon Festival (Tea Dragon #2) by Katie O’Neill
Because few things in life make me happier than The Tea Dragon Society!
➽ 8.) Girls of Storm and Shadow (Girls of Paper and Fire #2) by Natasha Ngan
Because seeing an ownvoices queer, Asian book, staring a f/f romance, make The New York Times Best Seller list is all I’ve ever wanted, and all I continue to want.
➽ 7.) The Never Tilting World (The Never Tilting World #1) by Rin Chupeco
Because Rin Chupeco answers all my prayers!
➽ 6.) Dead Voices (Small Spaces #2) by Katherine Arden
Because Katherine Arden is my lyrical writing bae, forever.
➽ 5.) His Hideous Heart
Because this is the anthology to end all other anthologies, because of Rin Chupeco and Kendare Blake reimagining Edgar Allan Poe.
➽ 4.) Steel Crow Saga (Steel Crow Saga #1) by Paul Krueger
Because this is a Filipino author, inspired by his love of anime.
➽ 3.) Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House #1) by Tamsyn Muir
Because, yes, I’ve already read this, but it’s my favorite debut of all time and you all need lesbian necromancers in your life, damn it!
➽ 2.) Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Because I’m that bitch, but you all are, too!
➽ 1.) The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air #3) by Holly Black
Because this wouldn’t be a Meltotheany list without a Holly Black as my #1!
Okay, friends! I hope you enjoyed this half as much as I did writing it up! Please, let me know what is your most anticipated release for the last half of the year! And, as always, I’m wishing you all the happiest of reading!
Hey, loves! Okay, today we are announcing our July pick for the #DragonsAndTeaBookClub! We picked an ownvoices Muslim story, all about love and the importance of being seen. This story is told in alternating points of view, through letters between two teens, while one of them is staying with family in Qatar for two weeks! Both main characters are PoC, one being Trini-Pakistani, and other being biracial (Chinese and white)! Also, one of these characters have Multiple Sclerosis, which is something that is very near and dear to my family’s heart. But this is also a story about Islamophobia, and how it can be quiet and it can be loud, but it is always so hurtful and hateful. 💗
And we hope that you all will join us in our Goodreads Group, too! 🐉☕
But without further ado, our July pick is:
➽ The Dates & Breakdown:
July 8th: (Pages 1 – 68) Zayneb Saturday March 9
Oddity: Unpredictable Creatures
July 9th: (Pages 69 – 134) Adam Tuesday March 12
July 10th: (Pages 135 – 207) Adam Sunday March 17
Marvel: Zayneb at the Perfect Place
July 11th: (Pages 208 – 276) Zayneb Tuesday Marc 19
Oddity… And Marvel: Plotters
July 12th: (Pages 277 – End)
➽ Content and Trigger Warnings:
Islamophobia, racist micro-aggression, cultural appropriation, chronic illness, talk of family death, mention of rape, discussion of war and war victims.
(Thanks to Fadwa’s beautiful ownvoices review!)