Secret Release Blitz: Love Letters (#1—#3) by Anyta Sunday

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Surprise! Anyta Sunday just released not one, not two, but  t h r e e  new novels in her all-new series, Love Letters!

Letters A, B and C are out today, July 31st, and here are the covers and info about them! Reviews are coming out on the blog soon, in the meantime you can enjoy an excerpt at the end of this post.

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Series blurb:

Feisty. Nerdy. Sexy. Secretive.

Greenville has them all.

A small town with big hearts, Greenville awakens at the mercy of Millionaire Row, the wealthy neighborhood across the tracks from Poplar Low.

Bad-tempered boys meet cheeky lovers.

Colliding worlds spark a fire of emotion. Heat rages. Hearts mend. Love is lost. And found.

Love Letters are playful, sexy, contemporary M/M stories that can be read as standalones.

Welcome to Greenville. Come for the sexy boys. Stay for the HEA.


Admiring Ash

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Series:  Love Letters #1

Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self-published)

Release Date (Print & Ebook): July 31st, 2018

Length (Print & Ebook): 41600 words / 222 pages

Subgenre: Light-hearted, sexy gay romance

Direct Link: https://www.anytasunday.com/projects/admiring-ash

 

Book blurb:

A is for Ash Heartford.

Adorable, strong, and independent.

Abandoned by his parents and attached to only one person—his little sister.

Attracted to River, the sultry man who saunters onto his doorstep with startling news.

Always yearning for more River, yet afraid to let him in.

Should he play it safe, or claim his legacy and risk losing his heart?

A is for Admiring Ash.

Tropes: Slow burn, virgin, one true love, happily ever after, related but not, hurt/comfort, forbidden love

Themes: Sudden inheritance, broken family, insta-dad

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance


Begging Ben

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Series: Love Letters #2

Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self-published)

Release Date (Print & Ebook): July 31st, 2018

Length (Print & Ebook): 41000 words / 220 pages

Subgenre: Light-hearted, sexy gay romance

Direct Link:

https://www.anytasunday.com/projects/begging-ben

 

Book blurb:

B is for Ben Spengler.

Brilliant. Bashful. Burned.

Brimming with desire for his BFF Landon, who is beyond compare.

But they aren’t the same Ben and Landon anymore. Not after what Landon did. And didn’t do.

Bitter about his unrequited love.

Bound by a night of drunken promises.

Will the chemistry between them change, or will Ben break first?

B is for Begging Ben.

Tropes: Pretend boyfriend, friends to lovers, virgin, brother-like, jealousy

Themes: Science, geek, alcohol induced oblivion

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance


Challenging Chance

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Series: Love Letters #3

Publisher: Anyta Sunday (self-published)

Release Date (Print & Ebook): July 31st, 2018

Length (Print & Ebook): 32000 words / 182 pages

Subgenre: Light-hearted, sexy gay romance

Direct Link: https://www.anytasunday.com/projects/challenging-chance

 

Book blurb:

C is for Chance Roosevelt-Sutton.

Chiseled jaw. Smug attitude. Wild ways.

Chained to his ego—or so everyone thinks. Except his personal assistant, Brook. He knows better.

Chance is challenged to make his father happy for once, but he needs Brook’s help.

Choosing honesty is too risky, so instead they choose secrecy.

Choked by their pasts, they dream of a better life . . . and

Charm each other into submission.

Will their pasts ruin what they have, or will they grow together?

C is for Challenging Chance.

Tropes: Alpha male, millionaire bad boy, athlete, help/comfort

Themes: Basketball, coming out

Genre: Contemporary M/M Romance

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Excerpt from Begging Ben:

“What do you want from a real marriage?”

Ben paused, clawing back the “you” desperately trying to escape him. Not Landon. He was over that. “I want to have someone who supports me, and vice versa. I want conversations and shared interests. I want common goals, my husband and I, a team. Us against the world. I want to be so close to him that I can guess what he is thinking. I want a man who sees I have failures and flaws but loves me anyway. Who has a fantastic sense of humor and finds joy laughing at the silly things. And . . . .”

“And?”

Ben couldn’t hold Landon’s deeply curious gaze. “I want to be his first choice. Not a backup when the guy he really wants doesn’t want him back.”

The silence that followed felt thick and taut, and Ben struggled to breathe.

Landon sat back with a determined stare toward the road. He licked his bottom lip and his hand rested on the wheel, thumb tapping. “You deserve all that, Ben. That and more.”

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lgbTBR+: Contemporary Books Featuring F/F Relationships

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Welcome to a new series of posts! 

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I love giving book recommendations, especially when it comes to LGBTQIAP+ books. Writing rec post requires reading a lot of books of the same category (for example, with F/F romance) and that you find enough that you would actually recommend to others. Needless to say, that takes a lot of reading time.

Since I’ve done a couple of rec posts recently, I won’t be able to write one again for a while, so I thought instead I’d share the books that are on my TBR and that have been recommended to me by friends or that I’ve found on goodreads. I might not even get to read all of these for a while but I hope this list will be useful if you’re looking for more contemporary F/F recs, and if you’re looking for fantasy recs, stay tuned because that post is going live next week!

Click on a title to go to its goodreads page and add it to your TBR.

Amelia Westlake 

The Summer of Jodi Perez 

Everything Leads To You 

First Position

Under the Lights 

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

We Are Okay

How To Make a Wish 

Her Name In The Sky

Style

Second Kiss

The Paths We Chose

Out On Good Behavior

Roller Girl

The Love Song of Sawyer Bell

The Summer I Wasn’t Me

And Playing the Role of Herself

Dating Sarah Cooper

The Paths We Chose

The Summer of Us

A Story of Now

Skylarks

Long-Distance Coffee

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Have you read any of these books? Is there any you recommend I start sooner rather than later? Let me know!

 

 

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Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart // the biggest lie was the hype

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Summary:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Add on Goodreads

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★★

It took me a while to decide on a rating, I kept going back and forth between 4, 2 and 3 stars. After thinking about it I finally settled on a two and I feel like I’m satisfied with this rating. Also forgive the messy review but it came from the heart and also I didn’t feel like the book deserved any more of my time!

I liked parts of the book and I guess this is even a good book depending on how you look at it but personally? I like to think that after finishing a book, ANY book, I am a little bit of a different person, a better and more informed person, a more sensitive person, whatever. But this book didn’t make me grow. All I got was a story about something terrible that happened in a shitty privileged family and a protagonist who was certainly victim of her upbringing but who ultimately gets to enjoy her own privilege through and through and honestly I don’t think that’s the kind of story we need.

There was literally no point or no moral about this book, the only part I liked was the mystery and I guess the only point of this was about shock value but were the characters or the rest of the story interesting? No.

It was also racist and one of the many things that bothered me was how the racism gets pointed out to the MC by the only POC (why do POC always have to do the emotional labor FOR the privileged white people??), only for her stream of consciousness to be like “omg that sucks! well good thing I’m not racist though” like??????? What’s???????????? the????????? point????????? It also seemed that the family’s racism was one of the turning points that was supposed to convince the reader of how truly shit the family was. The romance was also boring.

This is not even a book about a villain or anything, I LOVE those, but no, this was all about making you feel pity for the MC which in my opinion doesn’t deserve it. It’s just a story about a shitty thing that happened to a shitty person/family and idk I guess that’s not what I read books for.

Down the TBR hole #9

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Down the TBR Hole is a weekly meme hosted by Lia @Lost in a Story. These are the rules:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

(I’m doing a softcore version of this, and some books will end up on my “maybe” shelf!)

TBR count after the last post: 527

Current TBR count: 532

I really don’t know how that happend 😦

Key:

 = keep
❓ = maybe
❌ = remove

 

 

Dark Breaks the Dawn by Sara B. Larson: the cover IS SO PRETTY. I added it because it’s a Swan Lake retelling but the reviews are very meh and the book itself sounds very meh just by reading the blurb. ❌

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge: it has a lot of bad ratings ❌

Life of Pi by Yann Martel: this seems one of those book you have to Get in order to enjoy. I’m generally a person who’s all for this type of book, just not lately and probably not for a while. ❌

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones: I am SO CONFLICTED. This is a book people apparently either love or hate and there’s no real in between. Some of my friends gave it five stars, others one star. I know I won’t feel like reading it anytime soon though. ❌

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini: a lot of people one- or two-starred it and honestly it doesn’t even sound like something I’d enjoy anymore. ❌

 

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen: conflicting reviews and a goodreads blurb that would take me 5 minutes to read? No thanks ❌

The Diviners by Libba Bray: okay, here’s the thing. I added this book because everyone keeps recommending the audiobook for it, which is apparently incredible. And folks, I’m all here for a great audiobook, and I’m even sure that if I started it I would love it, but the thing is I don’t care for this book at all, I’M SORRY. I don’t care for the 1920 aesthetics either, since we’re sharing secrets. I’m just not interested and I know even if I remove it from my TBR it’s going to appear on my timeline again, maybe at a point where I’ll feel like adding it back, but for now it’s going ❌

Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder: you know, I’m really conflicted about this one. I devoured MVS’ books back in…2015? I think 2015. I wasn’t a very critical reader back then so I tended to enjoy a lot of books in a not complicated way, but even then I remember having some issues with these books, especially the trilogy that comes after this sequel series. On the other hand I still enjoyed those books a lot and I’m sure the writer herself improved in the meantime. I don’t know. ❓

27 Days to Midnight by Kristine Kruppa: literally none of my friends have read this or even added it on goodreads?? Maybe 2016!me found the blurb super appealing or something but yeah I don’t even know man. ❌

Beanstalker and Other Hilarious Scarytales by Kiersten White: this sounds really fun and all but I don’t usually pick up middle grade books unless I have an ARC, so this just a matter of not having time for everything. ❌


FINAL TBR COUNT: 523

Have you read any of these? Do you agree with my decisions to keep/remove them from my TBR? Let me know!

 

Most Anticipated Releases (Jul-Sep 2018)

I don’t always manage to read my most anticipated releases on the day they come out (sometimes not even the same year) but I do love daydreaming about them and counting the days until they’re out in the world. Here are my most anticipated summer releases!

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July

Useless Magic by Florence Welch: yes you read right, Florence freaking Welch from Florence and the Machine.

Released July 5th.

The Florence + The Machine frontwoman’s first-ever book will consist of lyrics and poetry, as well as art derived from Florence’s own sketchbooks. Useless Magic will also give fans an insight into Florence’s creative process by featuring some of the subjects and areas which have inspired her writing.

 

Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie: sci-fi is not a genre I go into lightly, but I loved the author’s previous series (The Abyss Surrounds Us) and I know this is going to have a lot of LGBTQIAP+ characters in it as well, so I’m excited!

Releases July 17th.

Aisha Un-Haad would do anything for her family. When her brother contracts a plague, she knows her janitor’s salary isn’t enough to fund his treatment. So she volunteers to become a Scela, a mechanically enhanced soldier sworn to protect and serve the governing body of the Fleet, the collective of starships they call home. If Aisha can survive the harrowing modifications and earn an elite place in the Scela ranks, she may be able to save her brother.

Key Tanaka awakens in a Scela body with only hazy memories of her life before. She knows she’s from the privileged end of the Fleet, but she has no recollection of why she chose to give up a life of luxury to become a hulking cyborg soldier. If she can make it through the training, she might have a shot at recovering her missing past.

In a unit of new recruits vying for top placement, Aisha’s and Key’s paths collide, and the two must learn to work together–a tall order for girls from opposite ends of the Fleet. But a rebellion is stirring, pitting those who yearn for independence from the Fleet against a government struggling to maintain unity.

With violence brewing and dark secrets surfacing, Aisha and Key find themselves questioning their loyalties. They will have to put aside their differences, though, if they want to keep humanity from tearing itself apart.

 

Sea Witch by Sarah Henning: I don’t read nearly as many villain origin stories as I should, and a few of my friends who have read the ARC have really loved it, so I’m excited!

Releases July 31st.

Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

 

Concerto in Chroma Major by Naomi Tajedler: unfortunately I’ve already read this and it was probably the biggest disappointment of this year. Long story short, it’s advertised as targeted towards certain minorities, but I would never recommend this book to anyone (fatphobia and biphobia suck). I won’t be reviewing it on my blog but you can read my rant on goodreads.

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August

Heretic Anonymous by Katie Henry: I found this while doing research on books with atheist representation and it sounds incredible. Plus it comes out the day after my birthday and you can bet I’m going to treat myself (unless I get an ARC first? *bats eyes at publisher*)

Releases August 7th.

Michael is an atheist. So as he walks through the doors at St. Clare’s—a strict Catholic school—sporting a plaid tie, things can’t get much worse. His dad has just made the family move again, and Michael needs a friend. When a girl challenges their teacher in class, Michael thinks he might have found one, and a fellow nonbeliever at that. Only this girl, Lucy, is not just Catholic . . . she wants to be a priest.

But Lucy introduces Michael to other St. Clare’s outcasts, and he officially joins Heretics Anonymous, where he can be an atheist, Lucy can be an outspoken feminist, Avi can be Jewish and gay, Max can wear whatever he wants, and Eden can practice paganism. After an incident in theology class, Michael encourages the Heretics to go from secret society to rebels intent on exposing the school’s hypocrisies. When Michael takes one mission too far—putting the other Heretics at risk—he must decide whether to fight for his own freedom, or rely on faith, whatever that means, in God, his friends, or himself.

 

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch: this was marketed to me as gay pirates and from the first reviews it seems like it’s not very gay nor very piratey, but I’m still curious to read it and see what it’s all about! I also haven’t read anything else from the author so I’m just here for a (hopefully) good time.

Releases August 7th.

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

 

The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie: apparently this takes the typical love triangle situation BUT MAKES IT GAY. Nice.

Releases August 14th.

In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.

Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

 

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: it’s a middle grade Victoria Schwab book, what else is there to know?

Releases August 28th.

Cassidy Blake’s parents are The Inspectres, a (somewhat inept) ghost-hunting team. But Cass herself can REALLY see ghosts. In fact, her best friend, Jacob, just happens to be one.

When The Inspectres head to ultra-haunted Edinburgh, Scotland, for their new TV show, Cass—and Jacob—come along. In Scotland, Cass is surrounded by ghosts, not all of them friendly. Then she meets Lara, a girl who can also see the dead. But Lara tells Cassidy that as an In-betweener, their job is to send ghosts permanently beyond the Veil. Cass isn’t sure about her new mission, but she does know the sinister Red Raven haunting the city doesn’t belong in her world. Cassidy’s powers will draw her into an epic fight that stretches through the worlds of the living and the dead, in order to save herself.

 

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker: apparently also not very but this should be nice and piratey! I don’t know man, I see pirates I add the book.

Releases August 28th.

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, whose lives have been turned upside down by Aric and his men. The crew has one misson: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.

But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command just barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether or not to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?

 

Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft by Various: this anthology is all about diverse witches and all I have to say is a big YES.

Releases August 28th.

A young adult fiction anthology of 15 stories featuring contemporary, historical, and futuristic stories featuring witchy heroines who are diverse in race, class, sexuality, religion, geography, and era.

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September

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren: I’m really not one to get super excited for adult romances before they come out and before I’ve seen reviews, but somehow the blurb made me interested and I also loved Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography so I want to see how they (they’re two people!) do in an adult novel.

Releases September 4th.

Hazel Camille Bradford knows she’s a lot to take—and frankly, most men aren’t up to the challenge. If her army of pets and thrill for the absurd don’t send them running, her lack of filter means she’ll say exactly the wrong thing in a delicate moment. Their loss. She’s a good soul in search of honest fun.

Josh Im has known Hazel since college, where her zany playfulness proved completely incompatible with his mellow restraint. From the first night they met—when she gracelessly threw up on his shoes—to when she sent him an unintelligible email while in a post-surgical haze, Josh has always thought of Hazel more as a spectacle than a peer. But now, ten years later, after a cheating girlfriend has turned his life upside down, going out with Hazel is a breath of fresh air.

Not that Josh and Hazel date. At least, not each other. Because setting each other up on progressively terrible double blind dates means there’s nothing between them…right?

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers: This sounds so heartbreaking and hard to read, I’m actually not even sure when I’ll be able to read it because of all the themes in it, but I will make an effort.

Releases September 4th.

A gripping novel about the depth of a sister’s love; poised to be the next book you won’t be able to stop talking about.

A missing girl on a journey of revenge and a Serial-like podcast following the clues she’s left behind.

Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water.

But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie’s entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister’s killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him.

When West McCray—a radio personality working on a segment about small, forgotten towns in America—overhears Sadie’s story at a local gas station, he becomes obsessed with finding the missing girl. He starts his own podcast as he tracks Sadie’s journey, trying to figure out what happened, hoping to find her before it’s too late.

Courtney Summers has written the breakout book of her career. Sadie is propulsive and harrowing and will keep you riveted until the last page.

 

Here to Stay by Sara Farizan: This is one of those important books that I’m so glad are getting published, especially in today’s political climate.

Releases September 18th.

For most of high school, Bijan Majidi has flown under the radar. He gets good grades, reads comics, hangs out with his best friend, Kenji, and secretly crushes on Elle, one of the most popular girls in his school. When he’s called off the basketball team’s varsity bench and makes the winning basket in a playoff game, everything changes in an instant.

But not everyone is happy that Bijan is the man of the hour: an anonymous cyberbully sends the entire school a picture of Bijan photoshopped to look like a terrorist. His mother is horrified, and the school administration is outraged. They promise to find and punish the culprit. All Bijan wants is to pretend it never happened and move on, but the incident isn’t so easily erased. Though many of his classmates rally behind Bijan, some don’t want him or his type to be a part of their school. And Bijan’s finding out it’s not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends . . .

 

 

Nine Perfect Stranger by Liane Moriarty: I actually just found out about this book but after reading Big Little Lies I definitely want to read more by the author, and the premise sounds so interesting??? I’m just thinking of all the possibilities and the social commentary that’s going to be in this book and I really wish I could read it right now.

Releases September 25th. (I actually found four different release dates for this?? I don’t know who I should trust but I hope it’ll be out in September)

The ten-day retreat at boutique health-and-wellness resort Tranquillum House promises healing and transformation. Nine stressed city dwellers are keen to drop their literal and mental baggage and absorb the blissful meditative ambience while enjoying their hot stone massages. They are all on a path to a better way of living. Or at least a better waistline . . .

Watching over them is the resort’s director, a woman on a mission to reinvigorate these tired bodies and minds. But to what lengths will she go to achieve her goal?

These nine perfect strangers have no idea what’s about to hit them.

 

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab: I can’t wait to reread Vicious in anticipation of this. It’s safe to say that my expectations are sky-high for this and that even a slight disappointment would result in heartbreak (but I’ll still love VES no matter what).

Releases September 25th.

Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

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#T5W: Best Books I’ve Read So Far in 2018

Top Five Wednesday is a book meme that Lainey started and I discovered through the lovely Samantha‘s videos. If you’re interested you can join the goodreads group to get the topics for each week.

This week’s topic is pretty self explanatory and it’s also a difficult one. I’ve read some really good books so far this year and it was a huge challenge to try and choose only five (I excluded the books I reread). I also tried to pick a little more objectively based on overall enjoyment + how objectively good I think the book is, and this is the result.

 

In no particular order:

The Nowhere Girls

Big Little Lies

Far From the Tree

The Hate U Give

I’ll Give You the Sun

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What are the best books you’ve read so far this year? What’s your current or next read?

June Wrap-Up

So. June happened. It really………happened, didn’t it. I’m not going to pretend that it was a good month for me: it wasn’t. One good thing is that I worked all month (I did a paid internship) and that led me to take some important and drastic decisions that I hope are the right ones for me. I also met nice people and got close with my flatmates. Everything else was shit and I feel awful and angry and disrespected. I have to deal with an incompetent person who can’t do his job (landlord) and thinks he can get away with it because I’m always so sweet and I’m in a country where I don’t speak my first language. And what infuriates me the most is that he’s right, because without my flatmates helping me I wouldn’t know how to do shit. Anyway, we’ll see where this goes, sorry for the off topic I guess?

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highlights

• Autoboyography by Christina Lauren: this was so, so, so good. It deals heavily with religious themes and homophobia but I think everything is handled really, really well. The writing was also really good and the best thing is, well I can’t say what the best thing is because it’s kind of a spoiler! But I want to protect Tanner and Sebastian. ★★★★★/5

We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson: I’ve said it before but SDH is a genius. That’s it, thanks for coming to my TED talk. ★★★★★/5

The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan: this book didn’t happen. ★★★★★/5

The Princess Trap by Talia Hibbert: I! love! tropes! This was really tropey and it normally wouldn’t be my exact cup of tea, BUT I knew while going into this that it was very diverse and the tropes just appealed to me. What I didn’t expect was how GOOD the writing was. Also, I love bisexual princes, they’re my favorite trope ever. ★★★★★/5

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway: sometimes you don’t write reviews because you’re lazy or because too much times has passed and you kind of forgot about the book entirely. Sometimes you don’t write reviews because you know your words won’t do the book justice, so you just slap the book in the faces of everyone until they (hopefully) read it. This is one of those. ★★★★★/5

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Unwritten by Tara Gilboy: this is a middle grade novel that’ll come out later this year. I don’t usually request middle grade ARCs but this sounded too interesting to pass on and I’m glad I did request it. I would say that I’m a little surprised at how dark it is, given the target audience, but I’m not a kids expert and I’m sure 12yo me would have loved this.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson: I’ve started listening to this months ago and now I’m actually continuing it. I love it but it’s certainly not something you can listen to while doing chores or something. Anyway, it’s really not that long and it’s not too difficult either, it only requires a little extra focus, but I would 100% recommend it if you’re into science and the universe!

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Because of everything I wrote at the beginning, I didn’t manage to blog as much as I wanted to, especially since it was pride month and I wanted to do something nice, but I didn’t organize anything on time and then June was really Not Good. During the little free time I had I just wanted to read or watch some shows, and I decided to actually do that instead of stressing myself out. I even *gasps* gave up twitter for a couple of weeks. YES, it was that bad.

Usually I manage to write a few goodreads reviews even if I’m not blogging much, but this month I really only reviewed my ARCs and that’s it. In any case, there’s still two posts I wrote that I liked and I think you should check them out!

🏳️‍🌈 Favorite LGBTQIAP+ Books that Don’t Feature AlloCis M/M Relationships: this was inspired by a recent T5W theme, but I didn’t manage to make it on an actual Wednesday and I also didn’t like how the original title was exclusive of ace and/or aro people. Anyway, there’s some great diverse queer reps there, if I do say so myself, so you should definitely read it and add them all to your TBR. And maybe write me a nice comment!

🌈 Pride Flag Book Tag: I love doing tags and this was basically the only proper pride month post I managed to write. I mentioned 6 queer books that mean a lot to me and that you probably should read too.

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Queer Eyes season 2: 

queer-eye-1520005316I’m actually still watching this but I love it even if I think it’s not perfect. Like it could be WAY more inclusive and it just goes to show that being queer doesn’t make you an expert on all queer matters. Like how Tan says he’s never met a trans person and he just states it as a fact. No, he’s met trans people, he just doesn’t know it. But I do appreciate that he wanted to do better and learn. I know there’s also an issue of cis people asking for emotional labor of trans folks, but I think in a show like this that’s still probably necessary to kind of educate the audience in any way.

voltron-exclusive-featured-061318Voltron: Legendary Defender season 6:

No the picture on the side here is NOT fanart lmao it was just the best and funniest episode ever. BUT this season left me with a lot of heartbreak and I wasn’t ready for it at all. That said, I’m happy to keep ignoring the VLD fandom! I learned after season 5 to not go look for fanart or anything and I gotta say the show without its fandom is amazing, 10/10 would recommend watching it.

 

Yuri On Ice:

Official_movie_posterYES I’m rewatching YOI. No I haven’t watched it again since my 12 complete rewatches back in late 2016/early 2017 so I deserve a break, DON’T CALL ME OUT OK.

I also had a perfectly good reason to start rewatching it because two days ago (July 1st) they streamed Yuri on Concert worldwide (IT WAS AMAZING!!!!) AND they announced the title and release year of the movie, something I’ve been anticipating since they first confirmed there would be a movie. And it looks like it will feature Victor’s past (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) so I’M HYPED. I can’t wait for Ice Adolescence (2019)!!!!!!

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How was Pride Month for you? Have you read any amazing books? Also, if you could rec me some good and diverse show on Netflix that would be really cool because I never know what to watch!