Top Ten Tuesday: Spring ’20 Releases I’m Excited For

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Spring 2020 TBR.” As you probably know, I don’t like to make TBRs because I inevitably deviate from them; however, I do like taking the opportunity to scream about releases when we do these topics. Also, quick heads up, I will probably be skipping the next couple of Top Ten Tuesday topics. I am finding it incredibly hard to concentrate on putting new posts together and I only have so much mental capacity right now. Will also be a little slow responding to comments and for that I apologize. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

Publication Date: March 24, 2020

2. The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

Publication Date: March 24, 2020

3. The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext  by Felicia Rose Chavez (Editor), José Olivarez (Editor), Willie Perdomo (Editor)

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

4. Ghost Squad by Claribel Ortega

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

5. Incendiary by Zoraida Córdova

 Publication Date: April 28, 2020

6. Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

7. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

8. Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

9. Lobizona by Romina Garber

Publication Date: May 5, 2020

10. Cemetery Boys by Aidan Thoman

Publication Date: June 9, 2020

Are any of these on your TBR as well? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext Edited by Felicia Rose Chavez, José Olivarez, and Willie Perdomo


Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings where bloggers share which upcoming releases they’re most looking forward to. Join us every Wednesday and watch your TBR list multiply.

I finally read José Olivarez’s poetry collection, Citizen Illegal, and fell so much in love with it. The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext was on my radar but shot up to the top of my TBR list after reading Citizen Illegal. If you are looking to diversify your poetry collection, I’d recommend looking into The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext, edited by Felicia Rose Chavez, José Olivarez, and Willie Perdomo and the books that precede it. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Title: The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext
Edited by:
Felicia Rose Chavez, José Olivarez, and Willie Perdomo
Series: BreakBeat Poets (Book 4)
Pages: 225
Publisher: Haymarket Books
Release Date: April 7, 2020

      “In the dynamic tradition of the BreakBeat Poets anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT celebrates the embodied narratives of Latinidad. Poets speak from an array of nationalities, genders, sexualities, races, and writing styles, staking a claim to our cultural and civic space. Like Hip-Hop, we honor what was, what is, and what’s next.”

Are you participating in Can’t-Wait Wednesday or Waiting on Wednesday? Is this book on your TBR? Be sure to leave a link to your post in the comments and I’ll visit!

Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Follow on Twitter, But Haven’t Read Yet

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Authors Who Have a Fun Social Media Presence.” I did a bit of a twist on this week’s topic and am listing ten authors whose social media I have followed for years but whose books I haven’t read yet. Honestly, this list is about a mile long so I am sticking to the ones that make me feel the most guilty. Maybe I have followed them for a long time or perhaps I’ve had their book on my shelf for years. Either way, I ought to get to their books soon. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Aisha Saeed – I have Written in the Stars on my shelf and Amal Unbound on my TBR. One day I will even read them.

2. Adi Alsaid – All his books are on my TBR including Never Always Sometimes which is also on my shelf. May this be the year I finally pick him up.

3. Paul Kreuger – I own both Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge and Steel Crow Heart and have read neither. I do plan to read the latter this year though.

4. Brandy Colbert – I’ve been meaning to get to Little & Lion for years and finally got my hands on it last year, but still haven’t read it.

5. Jason Reynolds – Can you be a fan of somebody without reading them? I still feel like a Jason Reynolds fan even though I haven’t picked up any of his books.

6. David Bowles – I have learned so much from following David on Twitter and this year I finally plan to pick up some of his books. I hope.

7. Mark Oshiro Anger Is a Gift is a book I’ve put off because of how emotionally-heavy it is going to be, but I need to pick it up because Mark has another book coming out soon.

8. L.L. McKinney – I have had every intention of picking up A Blade So Black but just haven’t gotten around to it. I have this one checked out from the library, so hoping I can cross this off soon.

9. Sona Charaipotra – I have an ARC of Symptoms of a Heart Break but never got a chance to read it before the publication date. But I fully intend to soon.

10. Natasha Ngan – I’ve had her first book on my shelf since its release, but in my defense I know you have to be emotionally prepared for some of the subject matter and I just haven’t been in the right mindset for it.

Who do you follow on Twitter or other social media platforms and haven’t read yet? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

The Friday 56: The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.

Rules:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

Her eyes landed on the ledger he’d been scribbling in. “She’s kept you busy, at least?”

“‘Busy’ is a word for it.” He slammed the ledger shut. “I’m working for one of the Empire’s most wanted criminals, and she’s got me doing her taxes.”

This week I am sharing an excerpt from my current read, The Dragon Republic by R.F. Kuang, sequel to The Poppy War. I just started this series this year and was blown away by the first novel. I am continually impressed by the sheer magnitude of the story and how the author has handle the topic of war in both books. Update: I just finished this book and it was emotionally devastating. This is my ghost typing. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “In the aftermath of the Third Poppy War, shaman and warrior Rin is on the run: haunted by the atrocity she committed to end the war, addicted to opium, and hiding from the murderous commands of her vengeful god, the fiery Phoenix. Her only reason for living is to get revenge on the traitorous Empress who sold out Nikan to their enemies.
      With no other options, Rin joins forces with the powerful Dragon Warlord, who has a plan to conquer Nikan, unseat the Empress, and create a new Republic. Rin throws herself into his war. After all, making war is all she knows how to do.
    But the Empress is a more powerful foe than she appears, and the Dragon Warlord’s motivations are not as democratic as they seem. The more Rin learns, the more she fears her love for Nikan will drive her away from every ally and lead her to rely more and more on the Phoenix’s deadly power. Because there is nothing she won’t sacrifice for her country and her vengeance.
      The sequel to R.F. Kuang’s acclaimed debut THE POPPY WAR, THE DRAGON REPUBLIC combines the history of 20th-century China with a gripping world of gods and monsters, to devastating effect.