Top Ten Tuesday | Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!


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!

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Summerathon Announcement | 2019

Hey friends! I am finally home from Hawaii! And I am finally getting back into my normal routine! I promise, I will have lots of content for you in June! And I’ve missed you all so much! But today I am here to tell you about a really exciting readathon next month that my friend Amy created and asked me to cohost with her and some friends!


THE DATES:
June 21 – June 27


THE HOSTS:
Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills

Jen @ Pinot and Pages

Heather @ Bookables

Aimee @ Aimee Reads


THE 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.

2. Sunrise colors on the cover: pink, orange, yellow, purple, blue…really, there are so many directions to go for this.

3. Book with a roadtrip, traveling, or vacation

4. Book set in the summer

5. Food on the cover (Or drink! Make it your own!)

6. Drink your favorite summertime drink while reading!


You can totally double up on challenges, or pick whichever ones look most appealing to you! This is a really laid back readathon, and we would just be honored if you joined us! Also, make sure you follow the instagram and twitter and use #summerathon so we can see and boost your photos, TBRs, and wrap ups!

Also, Please also remember that June is Pride Month, so we are really encouraging you all to make your TBRs as queer as possible! Also, there are some really amazing LGBTQIAP+ readalongs and readathons going on in the month of June, too! And you should check some of them out: Eloise, Kathy, & Boston! And there is also Smutathon happening, which I also plan to make my TBR hella queer! 🌈



I’m so excited for all the things happening in June, and hopefully you’ll join us for our readathon! Again, I’m sorry I haven’t been too active in May, but hopefully I’ll be here with consistent content from June on! I love you all, and I hope life is treating you so very kindly! Happy reading!

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May 2019 TBR

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Hey, friends! I am officially in Hawaii are you are reading this! I know, I wish you were all with me! But this month is going to be very busy for me, but in the best way possible! I am in Hawaii for a little over two weeks, and then I am home for two weeks (where I can hopefully get some good reading done) and then I am off to NYC for Book Expo and Book Con! So, I am only going to add eight books to my TBR and hope I get to most of them!

Also, the month of May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month! I always want to be reading ownvoices Asian books, and supporting Asian authors, but especially in the month of May! So hopefully I can incorporate a little more Asian Lit between my travels, too! Also, May 24th is Pan Visibility Day, so I’d like to at least read one book featuring a pansexual and/or panromantic character(s) around then, too!

But here are the eight things that I hope to get to this month:


Gideon the Ninth (The Ninth House #1) by Tamsyn Muir

My most anticipated release of 2019! And I’m going to be buddy reading this one with Madalyn while we are both on different beaches, but pretending we are together!


Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

This is me and Amy’s book club pick for May! And it is a story celebrating ownvoices Korean mythology!


Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

So many of my friends have suggested that I read this! I honestly can’t wait to see if I end up falling in love like they think that I will!


Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

I can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet, but hopefully it is one of the first things that I pick up in May!


Well Met by Jen DeLuca

Ren Faire romance! Do I need to say anything else?


Arranged by R.K. Lilley

RK Lilley has written some of my favorite steamy scenes of all time, so when she dropped this highly anticipated new release, I screamed! I can’t wait to read this one!


Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker

After The Simple Wild, I am now obligated to read everything (and hopefully love everything) by KA Tucker!


Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

This is the bookclub pick for two of my best friends, who honored me so much by asking me to participate in helping host their May book!

Books With Friends
Live show May 18 at 5pm CDT!
With ChloeSpence, & Trinh!



Okay, friends! I think that’s everything! I hope you’re doing well! I hope you’re loving everything that you’re reading! I can’t wait for my blog and my life to be back to normal come mid June! And I hope you all know how much I miss you! Happy reading!

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March 2019 Wrap Up

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Hey, loves! I know this is so late! This month has just been a little wild for me, because I’ve been getting ready to go on vacation to Hawaii! I leave on the 26th, but I’ve just been trying to get as much reading in as possible with my free time. Even though I am very much slacking with reviewing and commenting, but hopefully I’ll get that caught up this week too! And I promise, after May, things will be back to normal again around here on the blog! But I hope you’re all having an amazing April, and I’m sorry this is so late!

What I read in March…
(Like always, you can click the links in each of the titles if you would like to read a more in-depth review of each book and see the individual trigger and content warnings.)


💖 Also, before I get into these fourteen books, I also beta read a fifteenth book for my dear friend Julie, and I loved it so very much. It would mean the world to me if you all added it to your Goodreads TBRS – HERE! 

➽ – Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan – ★★★★★
➽ – Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner – ★★★
➽ – Shades of Magic Vol. 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab &Andrea Olimpieri – ★★★
➽ – On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – ★★★★★
➽ – The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang – ★★★★
➽ – Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – ★★★★★
➽ – Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger – ★★★
➽ – The Devouring Gray (The Devouring Gray #1) by Christine Lynn Herman – ★★★
➽ – Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay – ★★★
➽ – The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu – ★★★★★
➽ – The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – ★★★★
➽ – City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare – ★★★
➽ – Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett – ★★★★
➽ – Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) by Mark Lawrence – ★★★★★

Okay, loves! That’s all! I am so sorry this is going up so late (for me) again! But I hope you all enjoyed! I also hope you’re all having the happiest of reading! I love you! 💛✨

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April 2019 TBR

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Hey, friends! How in the heck is it April? Oh my word! Okay, I’m not sure if I’ve said this on the blog yet – but I am going on vacation this month! Well, I’m mostly going to be on vacation in the month of May, but I am officially leaving at the very end of April! Therefore, I am trying to read ALL the things with my friends, because I’m not sure how much reading I’m going to get done in May, because of all the traveling! So pray for me, because this month I am only going to work, sleep, eat, read, and write book reviews!


If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
April 23rd 2019 by Viking Books
Buddy Read with Kayla! 💗

You Must Not Miss by Katrina Leno
April 23rd 2019 by Little, Brown
Buddy Read with Jane! 💗

➽ The Storm Crow (The ​Storm Crow #1) by Kalyn Josephson
July 9th 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
Buddy Read with AnnaKat, & LaRonda! 💞

Kingsbane (Empirium #2) by Claire Legrand
May 21st 2019 by Sourcebooks Fire
Buddy Read with Julie! 💗

When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Dragons & Tea April Book Club Pick! 💖

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan
I am reading this for Kathy’s Birthday Buddy Read! 💖

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
June 4th 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Buddy Read with Solly! 💗

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
August 6th 2019 by Atria Books
Buddy Read with Heather! 💗

A Prince on Paper (Reluctant Royals #3) by Alyssa Cole
April 30th 2019 by Avon
Buddy Read with Fadwa! 💗

We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1) by Hafsah Faizal
May 14th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Buddy Read with Ju & Fadwa! 💞

Seven Blades in Black (The Grave of Empires #1) by Sam Sykes
April 9th 2019 by Orbit

Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood #1) by Juliet Marillier
I am reading this for Destiny’s Birthday! 💖

Also! I am going to be participating in FantasyAThon this month, too! So all these fantasy titles (plus hopefully a couple more) I am going to be reading from April 5th – April 15th! Also, I hope to vlog it, so expect a video or two from me on my booktube after those dates, too! Okay, friends! I love you all! Let me know what you are planning on reading this month! And I hope you’re all having the happiest of reading! 💗

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March 2019 Book Haul

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Hey friends! I hope you all are having an amazing end to March! Even though I’m not sure how we are even at the end of March… but regardless, I got some pretty cool books this month! And publishers (especially romance publishers) were too dang kind to me, and I truly am going to be living my bookish romance dream life this Spring!💖


PURCHASED BOOKS:

The Weight of the Stars | Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Near Witch
The Shadowglass | Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Steel Prince, Vol. 1 | Review: ⭐⭐⭐
The Priory of the Orange Tree


EARCS FROM PUBLISHERS:

Aurora Rising
The Right Swipe
The Dragon Republic


PHYSICAL ARCS FROM PUBLISHERS:

You Must Not Miss (Thank you Kayla!)
Wilder Girls (Thank you McKinlay!)
The Wedding Party
Girls with Sharp Sticks
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune
Waiting for Tom Hanks
The Red Scrolls of Magic | Review: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (Thank you Heather!)
Mrs. Everything
Swipe Right for Murder
Holy Sister | Currently Reading



And that’s all of them! Holy moly, this was a much bigger haul than I anticipated! But I am so thankful and so privileged. I hope you all are having an amazing day, and let me know a few bookish acquisitions you got this month! Happy reading, loves! 💖

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March 2019 TBR

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Hey, loves! The end of February was truly a wild one for me with my mental health, my reading, and just feeling a little off in the community. But I am hoping March completely changes this weird head space I’ve been in! And hopefully this weekend I get some Vitamin D in me, and film a bunch of videos! But, just a friendly reminder that I truly think all content creators (and all humans, let’s be real) struggle at different points, with so many different aspects of life, even though it is easy to not see with what we show online! But I know it always gets better, no matter what, but here is a typed out reminder that it always gets better, for myself and for whoever needs it right now. 💗

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
June 18th 2019 by Kokila
Buddy read with Madalyn! 💕
This book is going to mean so much to me, and I can’t wait to pick it up! Forever thankful that Madalyn is truly the kindest and most patient soul in the world. So blessed to have her friendship.

Wicked Saints (Something Dark and Holy #1) by Emily A. Duncan
April 2nd 2019 by Wednesday Books
Buddy read with Jocelyn! 💕
Okay, I have followed Emily on Tumblr for a long while, and from the aesthetic boards alone, I am dying to read this one! Actually, I’m starting this with Joce the day this post goes live! But my blog tour stop isn’t until the very end of this month!

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
Buddy read with Krystal & Taryn! 💕
Do I really need to say anything? This book is going to be amazing, because Angie Thomas is a gift to the world, even though we don’t deserve her.

The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang
May 7th 2019 by Berkley
Buddy read with Kathy and Ju! 💕
Speaking of gifts, this book is truly going to feel like that. Especially reading it with these two lovely humans! Ah, I can’t wait!

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
April 2nd 2019 by Albert Whitman
I am so honored to be a part of the street team for this book, but I can’t believe I haven’t started the actual story yet! But I know it’s going to be beautifully perfect just based on all my friends and their reviews!

When the Sky Fell on Splendor by Emily Henry
March 12th 2019 by Razorbill
Buddy read with Chelsea & Madalyn! 💕
I have never read an Emily Henry book, but when one of the loves of my life (who is hosting a readathon where this is the group read) asks you to buddy read with her, it is awfully hard to say no! Also, the premise legit seems 11/10, and I know my two faves are going to make the experience even more amazing!

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
#CatchUpOnClassics!
Oh man, after my last two classics both being two star reads, your girl is scared! But I think if anyone can change up my sad classic streak, it will be Jane Austen!

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
#DragonsandTeaBookClub with Amy! 💕
Oh my word, I mean, I am always excited about the books that me and Amy pick for our book club! But this one? Magical bar? Paranormal activities? Queer characters? Filipino author? The list keeps going, and everything is completely my brand.

Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) by Mark Lawrence
April 9th 2019 by Ace
(Thank you so much again, Alexa!) 💖
I am not ready for this to be over in any way, shape, or form. But I feel so blessed to have amazing friends who gift me ARCs so I can get my tears review out into the world!

Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett
March 26th 2019 by Tor.com
A f/f novella retelling of The Tempest? Please just take all my money! Also, I love Katharine, and I can’t wait for this one! I know it’s going to be phenomenal!

Seven Blades in Black (The Grave of Empires #1) by Sam Sykes
April 9th 2019 by Orbit
Sam Sykes’ Twitter has added so many years to my life, that I am practically immortal at this point! I knew I couldn’t resist finally reading something brand new from him! And I’m all about those assassins out for vengeance, 24/7!

Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee by Jeff Zentner
Traveling book that Julie hosted! 💖
I feel like this is a polarizing one, but I can’t wait to see where I fall. Also, this is my first Jeff Zentner book, too! But expect a review for this one very soon!

Okay! That is everything that I 100% want to read this month, but I am also hoping to get to a few things that I neglected in February because of this weird mindset! So, fingers crossed that I get to all the things! Especially since I think April and May are going to be more hectic with work and with travel! But I’m wishing you all the happiest of reading! And remember, you all deserve the entire galaxy and every star within it! 💗

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