Friday, March 30, 2018

Quarterly Review

Here is a round up of all the books I chose not to finish, adult reads, and favorite reads of the last three months.

The DNFs (with links to my reasons why on Goodreads):
Wintersong by S. Jae Jones

Non-Fiction (with links to reviews on Goodreads):
Samurai Rising by Pamela Turner

Adult Reads (with links to Goodreads reviews):
 Acute Reactions by Ruby Lang (contemporary romance)
Always My Girl by Samantha Chase (contemporary romance)
Forever a Bad Boy by Genevieve Turner (contemporary romance)
Love Walks In by Samantha Chase (contemporary romance)
Made for Us by Samantha Chase (contemporary romance)
This is Our Song by Samantha Chase (contemporary romance)

The Best of the Best (links to my reviews):

Patina by Jason Reynolds

A Sky Full of Stars by Linda Williams Jackson

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

TTT: Books That Take Place in Another Country

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed blog hop created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This Week's Topic: Books That Take Place in Another Country

For the purposes of this list, I excluded not only books that take place in the US (where I live) but also books that take place in England. If I added those the list would never end.




(Read the whole series.)





Friday, March 23, 2018

I'm Still Alive! (I Promise)

I haven't been reading much this month. Not because I'm in a slump. I've just been doing mostly rereading. I am teaching a few English classes at our co-op next year and have started working on syllabuses. This is taking a lot of my attention and time right now. There are posts scheduled for next week, and I do hope to get some new to me books read soon so that I can post some new reviews.

I've been so busy, I haven't been doing bookish posts on Instagram or Litsy either. Hoping to get back on that too.

Thanks to all of my followers still here in spite of my erratic posting in recent months. I love you all.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Future Favorites Friday

I take the 2nd Friday fo every month to highlight some upcoming releases I am looking forward to that I hope are Future Favorites. Feel free to do your own post, just please link back to my blog and tell me about your post in the comments.

One of my favorite books of last year was The Dragon with the Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis. I already had the upcoming companion novel down as one of my most anticipated reads of this year, but became even more excited after the release of the gorgeous US cover. Also there is the synopsis. Fairies. Intrigue. Sign me up!!!!

Once upon a time, in a beautiful city famous for chocolate and protected by dragons, there was a girl so fearless that she dared to try to tell the greatest story of all: the truth.

Silke has always been good at spinning the truth and storytelling. So good that just years after arriving as a penniless orphan, she has found her way up to working for the most splendid chocolate makers in the city (oh, and becoming best friends with a dragon). Now her gift for weaving words has caught the eye of the royal family, who want to use her as a spy when the mysterious and dangerous fairy royal family announce they will visit the city. But Silke has her own dark, secret reasons for not trusting these visitors …

Can Silke find out the truth about the fairies while keeping her own secrets hidden?

Release Date: November 6, 2018 (US) from Bloomsbury Children's August 9, 2018 (UK) from Bloomsbury 


I read a lot of own voices debut books last year, but Ibi Zoboi's American Street probably had the greatest impact on me and stuck with me the longest. When I found out her next book was a modern day Pride and Prejudice set in Brooklyn and dealing with gentrification, I was beyond excited. This rapidly made its way to the top of my anticipated YA release list. 

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

Release Date: September 18, 2018 from Balzer & Bray


Lucy Parker's London Celebrities series is one of my favorite romance series. The third book comes out in May and I'm so happy we finally have a cover to show and get ooh an ahh over. Also it's about a circus performer and a special effects artist. I'm so here for this. And so intrigued. 

Once upon a time, circus artist Trix Lane was the best around. Her spark vanished with her confidence, though, and reclaiming either has proved…difficult. So when the star of The Festival of Masks is nixed and Trix is unexpectedly thrust into the spotlight, it’s exactly the push she needs. But the joy over her sudden elevation in status is cut short by a new hire on the makeup team.

Leo Magasiva: disgraced wizard of special effects. He of the beautiful voice and impressive beard. Complete dickhead and—in an unexpected twist—an enragingly good kisser. 

To Leo, something about Trix is…different. Lovely. Beautiful, even though the pint-size, pink-haired former bane of his existence still spends most of her waking hours working to annoy him. They’ve barely been able to spend two minutes together for years, and now he can’t get enough of her. On stage. At home. In his bed.

When it comes to commitment, Trix has been there, done that, never wants to do it again. Leo’s this close to the job of a lifetime, which would take him away from London—and from Trix. Their past is a constant barrier between them.

Release Date: May 28, 2018 from Carina Press


Are there any upcoming releases you anticipate will be favorites?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

TTT: Favorite Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed blog hop created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl.

Diplomacy in my own my name.

Do you find it easy to get drunk on words?

           So easy that, to tell you the truth, I am never perfectly sober.


Safety is an illusion.

Now the trouble about trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed.

If you say a word, it leaps out and becomes the truth. I love you. I believe it. I believe I am lovable. How can something as fragile as a word build a whole world?

I guess love's kind of like a marshmallow in a microwave on high. After it explodes, it's still a marshmallow, but you know, now it's a complicated marshmallow.

If you trust in yourself...and believe in your dreams...and follow your'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy.

Fight with realistic hope,
not to destroy all the world's wrong,
but to renew its good

I think the damned souls in Hell must spend half their time wondering what it was that they really meant to do.

-I can't believe'm talking to the bravest boy I know and you want to quit because someone else has.

-You don't understand. I put so much faith in Dr. Howard. He was my hero.

-Your daddy is always preaching about not putting our faith in  man, not even him.

-Because man will let you down.

-So put your trust in?

-God. And God alone.

-Man can help us, but?

-Man can't save us.

What is one of your favorite quotes?

Friday, March 2, 2018

February Stats

So not anywhere near as good as last month. February was a MONTH. Let me tell you. LOVED A Sky Full of Stars SO MUCH though. I'm still thinking about and unpacking that one.

Did you have a favorite read in February?