Most Anticipated Releases (Apr-Jun 2020)

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It’s again time for me to share my most anticipated releases for the next three months! Writing this post is almost surreal right now and I’m realizing how it’s not the first time that thinking about upcoming book releases has been a way to not lose a sense of both reality and time whenever life throws me (and in this case all of us) in a limbo state where I don’t know how things will look in one, two, three months.

I’ve debated with myself how or even if to share this post when I know my reading tastes have changed and that I am likely to not read a lot of these books anytime soon or even to eventually remove them from my TBR. I am constantly torn between only wanting to share the ones I think I am 100% going to read and wanting to share other books because I think they will be important to a lot of people because of their rep.

I’ve decided to share them all without differentiating between the two, and only marked the ones that are my most most most most anticipated with a ✨. I hope this makes sense, so let’s get onto it!

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April

7th

Somebody Told Me by Mia Siegert

 

23rd

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran

 

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May

5th

The Mermaid, The Witch and The Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Network Effect (Murderbot Diaries #5) by Martha Wells ✨

Dangerous Remedy by Kat Dunn

12th

Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

26th

I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

 

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June

2nd

The State of Us by Shaun David Hutchinson ✨

9th

The Dark Tide by Alicia Jasinka

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

16th

➣ The Unconquered City by K.A. Doore ✨

23rd

Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert ✨

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho ✨

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What are your most anticipated releases between now and June?

How many of my most anticipated books of 2019 have I actually read? (Part 2)

Read the first part of this post here!

I’m back with the second part of this, I think it’s interesting to see how just within half a year I had more than half the books from the first part of 2019 in my most anticipated reads. Maybe that’s also because it feels like generally speaking there are a lot more books that get published in the first half of the year? But I also think that because I was going through a bit of a slump AND I was more attuned to my shifting tastes I was able to reduce the number of books I put on those lists.

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Key:

✅ = read

❌ = not read, still on TBR

🚫 = not read, removed from TBR

😔 = DNF’d

Third trimester

(original post here)

Wilder Girls by Rory Power – 🚫

 The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Lee – ❌

 A Little Light Mischief by Cat Sebastian  – ✅

 The Last Hope by Krista Ritchie and Becca Ritchie – ❌

➣  Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – ✅

 Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir – 🚫

 How to be Remy Cameron by Julian Winters  – ✅

➣  The Tyrant’s Tomb by Rick Riordan – ❌

 Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell – ❌

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Fourth trimester

(original post here)

➣ Crier’s War by Nina Varela – ❌

➣ Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – ❌

➣ Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – ❌

➣ The Impossible Contract by K.A. Doore  – ✅

➣ Reverie by Ryan La Sala –  😔

➣ This Will Kill That by Danielle K. Roux – 🚫

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TOTAL BOOKS: 15

✅ = 4

❌ = 7

🚫 = 3

😔 = 1

While I wasn’t surprised that the amount of books was less, I was surprised to see how few I’ve head. Less than a third!! And out of those four, three were ARCs that I read months before their releases.

As you can see, some of them were also victims of The Massive TBR Removal Of January 2020, while others I simply haven’t gotten around to yet. The DNF was an ARC that I could’ve finished but decided it wasn’t worth my time.

I guess there’s not much else to say, so that’s it for this small series. Thanks for following along and I hope it didn’t come across as self-indulgent as it probably was!

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Have you read all of your most anticipated books from last year? 

How many of my most anticipated books of 2019 have I actually read? (Part 1)

Okay so I got the idea for this post from Naty’s blog and I am having fun looking at my old posts.

I’ve been posting four “Most anticipated releases” posts a year since 2018 (with releases from each trimester) and I always know I’m not going to read all of those and that after my post has been published I will inevitably discover something else that I will want to read coming out in those months. But now I want to do some math and see how many books I’ve read and how many I’ve even kept on my TBR.

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Key:

✅ = read

❌ = not read, still on TBR

🚫 = not read, removed from TBR

😔 = DNF’d

 

First trimester

(original post here)

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy (Reluctant Royals #2.5) by Alyssa Cole – ✅

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – ✅

Song of the Dead (Reign of the Fallen #2) by Sarah Glenn Marsh – 🚫

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – ✅

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas – ❌

Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau – 🚫

The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson – ✅

The Fever King by Victoria Lee – ✅

The Last 8 by Laura Pohl – 🚫

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman – 🚫

The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum – ✅

The Perfect Assassin by K.A. Doore – ✅

Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett – 🚫

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Second trimester

(original post here)

➣ The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman – 🚫

➣ Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan – 🚫

➣ Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi – ❌

➣ The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – ✅

➣ Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner – ❌

➣ King of Fools by Amanda Foody – ✅

➣ A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole – ❌

➣ Belly Up by Eva Darrows – 🚫

➣ Chosen Champion by Elise Kova – ✅

➣ Reverb by Anna Zabo – 😔

➣ Middlegame by Seanan McGuire – ❌

➣ Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins – ✅

➣ Kings, Queens and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju – 🚫

➣ We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – ❌

➣ Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – ✅

➣ I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver – ❌

➣ Going Off-Script by Jen Wilde – ❌

➣ A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite – ✅

➣ Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas – 🚫

➣ Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi – 🚫

➣ All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil – 🚫

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TOTAL BOOKS: 34

✅ = 13

❌ = 8

🚫 = 12

😔 = 1

So that was…interesting to see. Also from my part not really unexpected at all! I really go through phases of wanting to read something but then realizing I don’t care enough and there are way too many books to read anyway.

I will also say that I finally admitted to myself that I am a little bit over YA as a whole and I think this has impacted the way I saw some of my most anticipated (especially of the first part of the year).

Earlier this year I also did a massive removal of more than two hundred (!!) books from my digital shelf. I went from 414 to 182 in one evening, and by now I have removed a few more, getting down to 172.

It was only thanks to some internal work (admitting genres I don’t like anymore etc) that I managed to do such a massive removal, so I’m not really counting this post and the fact that I didn’t really read most of my anticipated releases as a negative thing, on the contrary! I am now more in touch with my likes and dislikes, and that’s always a good thing.

I divided this post in two parts because there were just too many books, the next part will come out sometime in the future (read: when I’m out of ideas on what to post fsdhjsh).

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Do you always manage to read your most anticipated releases? 

 

 

F/F February TBR

Today I officially decided to join next month’s F/F February readathon! I am so excited for this, first of all I have a lot of F/F books I own and especially a lot of novellas that were free at some point and I just never get to them, so this is going to be my chance to read some of them. And then any even that celebrates not only F/F relationships but sapphic books in general (like the announcement post explains) obviously is going to own my whole heart.

I decided to just focus mostly on what I already own so I am not joining the challenges, although some of these books definitely meet some of them.

If you want to join but don’t know what to read, make sure to read Charlotte’s announcement that also has A LOT of awesome recs, divided both by genre and by readathon challenges! I also have F/F recommendation posts here and here so make sure to check them out if you need inspiration for joining in on the fun.

I will try not to read anything else, but I am in the middle of my tgcf reread (that’s like, probably 2000+ pages if it was a physical book) and I don’t want to pause it for a whole month, so I will also be reading that although it’s not f/f.

I am sharing here a tentative TBR where I basically just dumped all the books I found in my kindle/audible/shelves that meet the criteria for the challenge and that I think I might read. I definitely know I won’t be able to read all of them but that’s okay! The titles in bold are the ones I definitely count on reading, the other ones are options I’m giving myself in case I finish the ones I want to get to first.

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Books:

👭 Female General and Eldest Princess by 请君莫笑 

👭 Lesbisch für Anfängerinnen: Willkommen in der WG! by Celia Martin

👭 Long Steady Distance by Helena Hill

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Novellas:

👭 A Lady’s Desire by Lily Maxton

👭 That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole

👭 Learning Curves by Ceillie Simkiss

👭 Deadline by Stephanie Ahn

👭 Special Delivery by J.A. Armstrong

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Short stories:

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👭 Swelter by Jules Kelley

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Audiobooks:

👭 Carmilla by J. Sheridan Le Fanu

👭 Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger

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Graphic novels:

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👭Sunstone vol. 3 (and possibly also volumes 4—6) by Stjepan Šejić

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Are you joining the readathon? What’s your TBR? 

Most Anticipated Releases (Oct-Dec 2018)

It’s already time for a new Anticipated Releases post! I feel like I just posted my July—September list but apparently it’s only three months until the end of the year – WOWOWOW this is absolutely fine ahahhahaah who’s panicking not me.

ANYWAY. I tried really hard to make this list as little disproportionate as possible but there’s just too many October releases that I’m excited about, only a few November ones and almost no December ones?? What is this sorcery, @ publishing industry explain this.

I’ve put the ones I’m most-most-most anticipating in bold (the ones I expect or hope I will get to read as soon as they come out and/or the ones I’ve pre-ordered).

 

October

 

 

2nd:

9 from the Nine Worlds by Rick Riordan – The Magnus Chase trilogy means so much to me, and this is the first time since I’ve started reading Riordan’s books that one of these extra books releases, so I can’t help but being extremely excited about reading more about these characters.
Will I read/pre-order it? Yes. I will try to pre-order the physical copy (and y’all know I’m an absolute e-book person) because I’m not sure if the ebook will even exist and because the cover is too pretty. I just need to figure out where it’s best to do it because when I tried to do it on amazon it said it would be delivered two weeks after the release date :/ But I’m confident that I will devour it as soon as I get my copy.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee – I loved book one so I’m fairly excited about this spin-off/sequel which will focus on Felicity (Monty’s sister). She’s a truly badass aroace lady and I can’t wait to see what adventures she’ll find herself in.
Will I read/pre-order it? I don’t think I will pre-order it and I will read it when the time is right. As much as I’m excited for it, I’m just not in a mood for historical fiction and I also feel like having seeing ARCs of this everywhere in the online book community for months has made me less excited about it.

4th:

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty – I was apparently wrong to put it in my previous post but back then the release date seemed to be in September. Anyway, reading the synopsis and having read Moriarty’s Big Little Lies a few months ago I really feel like this is going to absolutely become a favorite of mine in its genre.
Will I read/pre-order it? Depending on the price (I still haven’t checked) I will probably not pre-order it, just because I won’t have time to read it as soon as it comes out. I will buy it as soon as I’m in the mood and/or I have some time to enjoy it, because I feel like it’s one of those books you have to binge. But I’m still super super excited for it.

9th:

Odd One Out by Nic Stone – I don’t know much about this except what the synopsis promises, plus I’m absolutely here for what seems to be a sort of love triangle among queer POC teens.
Will I read/pre-order it? I need to check the price! I might pre-order it.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera – I still haven’t read any Silvera novel, which… yeah,  you can yell at me. But I love Becky and I know this will be good.
Will I read/pre-order it? I actually have an ARC of this that I started to read months ago and then put on hold. The reason for that is that one of the two MCs’ POV was initially very focused on an event he recently went through, the same event I had also recently gone through back when I tried to read it. It was just making me feel even sadder so I had to put it down for my sanity. It shouldn’t be a problem to read it now but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore – confession: I can’t seem to get into magical realism, and yet I keep trying. I’ve enjoyed McLemore’s short stories in two anthologies I’ve read so I’m hoping I will like this too.
Will I read/pre-order it? Probably won’t pre-order it but I’ll wait for more people to read and review it and then either read it or keep it in my TBR forever.

 

 

10th:

The Steel Prince #1 by V.E. Schwab – I’m so excited for this!!! If you don’t know, it’s a prequel to the Shades of Magic trilogy in comic format, and it’s about Maxim’s (Rhy’s dad) life before he became King. The art looks absolutely stunning and I can’t wait to see what Schwab can do in comic format.
Will I read/pre-order it? Yes and yes.

16th:

Pisces Hooks Taurus by Anyta Sunday – I love this series so much, it’s so much fun and it always makes smile.
Will I read/pre-order it? I’ve got an ARC and I’ve already read it and loved it! I gave it five stars, I just couldn’t stop smiling while reading it.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi – I’m almost more excited about what this book represents than about the book itself if that makes sense?? This is an ownvoices story about a Muslim girl only one year after 9/11 and I’m so proud of Mafi for writing this.
Will I read/pre-order it? Depending on the price I might pre-order it but read it when it feels right.

23th:

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas – I’m pissed at Maas for a lot of reasons and I think I won’t read any more of her books after this (except for my ironic buddy read of Catwoman with my friend Rin because we want to make fun of how many times she uses the word purr). BUT this series means so much for me and it’s sort of what got me really into reading full time again and got me into YA fantasy (so much that for almost two years all I could read was YA fantasy). I care so much about some of these characters (not you, Aelin) *cough* Manon Blackbeak *cough* and I just can’t not read the final installment, I just can’t.
Will I read/pre-order it? Ngggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. I want to read it the day it comes out but I don’t want to give Maas any money, do you feel me?

30th:

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta 30th – so this is set in Italy and it seems to have a romance with a genderfluid person (I’m not exactly sure but they might actually be both genderfluid??) and I’m here for this. Am I a little worried about the mafia element in this? Absolutely. I’m still really excited.
Will I read/pre-order it? Depends on the price and how busy I am when it comes out.

This is Kind of an Epic Love Story by Kheryn Callender – this is marketed as rom-com and it’s hella queer, plus it features 1) a bi protagonist; 2) what seems to be a childhood-friends-to-enemies/estranged-to-lovers which is like, one of my favorite romantic tropes ever.
Will I read/pre-order it? I might! I’ll think about it closer to the release date, but it sounds like something cheerful that I’ll want to read to cheer me up (I don’t know about what but I’m always in need for something to cheer me up)

 

November

 

 

6th:

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan – this is another one of those books that I almost feel like it’s already been out for months because basically everyone and their mother has read an ARC of this already. Anyway all I know about this is that it’s Asian-inspired fantasy and it has a f/f romance? Or just queer girls? Probably romance but YEAH it just sounds amazing.
Will I read/pre-order it? I will definitely read it when I can but I might not preorder it if I’m not in a fantasy mood when it comes out. I…hate being such a mood reader but if I’m not feeling in a fantasy mood then it makes much more sense for me to postpone reading it. I also have no idea how my life will look like by the time this comes out so who knows!

Toxic by Lydia Kang – this sounds like it could be a really cool YA sci-fi (which is a genre I’m trying to read more).
Will I read/pre-order it? I have an ARC! I hope to read it before the release date but [see comment above about not knowing what my life will be like]

This is What it Feels Like by Rebecca Barrow – this is like, queer girls in a band and I’m here for it. I don’t know if there’s romance but I don’t care. Also look at the cover, doesn’t it make you want to smile and run through a sunflower field?
Will I read/pre-order it? I might preorder it, I will decide closer to the release date.

 

December

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18th:

The Disasters by M.K. England – this sounds so?? freaking amazing?? Heist in space and stuff. Also it’s marked as lgbt on goodreads and please I need it.
Will I read/pre-order it? I actually just requested an ARC while researching for this post ghsdkgh. Fingers crossed that I get it. If I don’t, I’m pretty sure I’ll pre-order it because by then I’ll probably have time to read it during the holidays.

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I hope this post was useful! I’m enjoying writing these posts because I feel like it’s the only way I can keep track of what’s coming out and when, and even if I miss something I can always go back and see all the releases I was excited about.

Are you excited about any of these? What’s your most anticipated book before the end of the year?

lgbTBR+: Fantasy & Historical Books Featuring F/F Relationships

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Welcome to the second post in this series, in which I share some books that are on my TBR and that have been recommended to me by friends or that I’ve found on goodreads. This is different from a recommendation post because well, I haven’t read any of these! I just want to make it easy for people looking for specific representation (in this post specifically, f/f romance rep) to go through a list because it’s not always obvious from the goodreads blurb what kind of rep is there (also, please, if a book wrongly ended up in this list let me know!)

I decided to merge two genres (fantasy and historical) in this post because I’m not too into historical novels and I didn’t have enough to make a separate post for those (in fact most of these I actually ended up adding while doing research for this post).

Here you can find the contemporary version of this post.

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

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Fantasy:

The Tiger’s Daughter

Breaking Legacies

Ash

Huntress

The Dark Wife

The Mermaid’s Daughter

Ice Massacre

Cinder Ella 

Of Fire and Stars

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

The Dark Beneath the Ice

Girls Made of Snow and Glass

The Warrior’s Path

The Second Mango

Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins

Divine Touched

The Witch Sea

 

Historical:

Fingersmith

The Supreme and Spirited Voyage of Original Sin

The Pirate’s Booty

The Princess’s Bride 

Tipping the Velvet

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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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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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