Top Ten Tuesday: Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection

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 “Most Recent Additions to My Book Collection. Between that wild Barnes & Nobel half off hardback sale and Christmas gifts, I have acquired a good amount of books in the last couple of weeks. I feel equal parts excited and kind of guilty that I haven’t gotten to the ones I haven’t read yet. It will probably be a while before I go on another book splurge unless I’m using gift cards. Covers linked to Goodreads.

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1. My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones – These first five books are thanks to Barnes & Noble’s hardcover book sale. I actually snagged the last copy that the store had of this book. Luckiest I’ve been in years.

2. Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis – Before I even stepped into B&N I had a plan and one of those plans was to get Bad Witch Burning. I had been meaning to read it and it was hard to resist snagging a YA hardback for the half the price.

3. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho – I can’t count the number of times I’ve had this one in my cart. The B&N sale finally got me to purchase it.

4. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland – Even the best plans can be derailed. I went in intending to get this in hardback only to discover my store didn’t have it. But there was a paperback copy and I had come so far and didn’t I deserve a little happiness?!?!?! So I went for it.

5. The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw – I did not intend to buy this book, but I was lured by the price and I knew I probably wouldn’t have bought it otherwise if it wasn’t half off. These adult novels were really hard to resist because it’s so rare to get them at such a cheap price.

6. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong – I put this and the sequel on my Christmas wishlist this year and was so thankful to receive both. They are both really stunning books in person.

7. Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong – Despite my excitement about receiving this one, I am still very much afraid of it.

8. Dragonblood Ring by Amparo Ortiz – Another Christmas gift and sequel that I should probably prioritize now that I own it.

9. Within These Wicked Walls by Lauren Blackwood – I feel like we are going to see so many YA horror in the next couple of years and I am so happy to see books like this one (also a Christmas gift) being released.

10. Soulstar by C.L. Polk – My final Christmas gift to round out The Kingston Cycle series collection. I’ve heard so many good things about this final book, so I’m excited to get to this one as well as the previous novel.

Did you partake in the Barnes & Noble hardback sale? What books were you gifted over the holidays? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit!

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the First Half of 2022

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 “Most Anticipated Books Releasing In the First Half of 2022. This list was going to be impossible to whittle down to only ten titles, so enjoy this list of fifteen most anticipated releases of 2022! Crossing my fingers that these releases don’t run into supply chain issues. I would like nothing more than to see these authors enjoy success in this new year, but I honestly don’t know what publishing will look like this year. Covers linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Ivory Key by Akshaya Raman

2. No Filters and Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado

3. Ophelia After All by Racquel Marie

4. Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega

5. Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa by Julian Randall

6. The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta

7. Lakelore by Anna-Marie McLemore

8. Squire by Sara Alfageeh and Nadia Shammas

9. Scout’s Honor by Lily Anderson

10. The Romantic Agenda by Claire Kann

11. Inheritance by Elizabeth Acevedo

12. The Marvellers by Dhonielle Clayton

13. The Hacienda by Isabel Cañas

14. Breathe and Count Back from Ten by Natalia Sylvester

15. The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes

Are you excited about any of these 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!

Top Ten Tuesday: My Five-Star 2021 Reads

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 “Best Books I Read In 2021. I don’t know why it always seems to work out this way, but I usually read around ten five-star reads throughout the year which makes these kinds of posts sort of easy to put together. I sometimes feel like I give out a lot of four-star reads which makes me an easy reader to impress, but on the other hand I don’t give out a lot of five-star ratings which makes me a hard reader to impress. I am a mess of contradictions I guess. Covers linked to Goodreads.

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1. We Free the Stars by Hafsah Faizal

Why I Loved It: great world-building, hate-to-love romance, fun ensemble cast

2. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Why I Loved It: deals with exploitive and predatory relationships with honesty and thoughtfulness, flawless execution

3. The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore

Why I Loved It: beautifully written, explores trauma while encouraging empowerment, magical realism

4. Witchmark by C.L. Polk

Why I Loved It: quiet fantasy, slow-burn romance, magic and politics collide

5. Monstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen and Monstress Vol. 5: Warchild by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda

(combining these two because I can)

Why I Loved It: graphic novel series that never lets me down, female-centered, multilayered characters

6. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado

Why I Loved It: loveable protagonist, clear genuine voice, sweet romance

7. Nothing But Blackened Teeth by Cassandra Khaw

Why I Loved It: messy characters, tension, Japanese folklore + horror

8. We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Why I Loved It: gutting and honest, will make you cry, unforgettable

9. How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Why I Loved It: gorgeous writing, sex-positive, slow-burn romance, working through personal trauma

10. Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta

Why I Loved It: sapphic slow-burn romance, heart-stopping action, found family, mechas

Have you read any of these or are they on your TBR? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Holiday Wishlist

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 “Books I Hope Santa Brings/Bookish Wishes. Hello, friends, I hope your December is going well. This week’s topic is all about our wishlists. I already know I will have at least a few books under the Christmas tree come the 25th, but probably like every other bookworm, the list of books I would like never really truly dwindles. Here are ten books I would be delighted to get this holiday season. If you would like to see my full wishlist, you can find it here. Covers linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Last Final Girl by Stephen Graham Jones – I have a couple of Stephen Graham Jones books on my wishlist, but this one in particular has really piqued my interest.

2. Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland – I LOVED Raquel Vasquez Gilliland’s sophomore novel, How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe, so I am very eager to pick up her debut novel.

3. The All-Consuming World by Cassandra Khaw – I really enjoyed Cassandra Khaw’s Nothing But Blackened Teeth. This sci-fi sounds like it has some horror elements and also the found family trope, so I must read it.

4. Eartheater by Dolores ReyesEartheater was an incredible read. I listened to the audiobook, but I would really like a physical copy.

5. Eva Evergreen: Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe – I’ve been eyeing this one for a while. It just looks so utterly charming.

6. The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho – I read a library copy of this one and adored it. It would be nice to own a copy.

7. A Sprinkle of Sprits by Anna Meriano – This second book went out of stock for a while, so I actually own the first book and the third book in this series but not this one.

8. The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo – I’ve heard so many good things about this novella series and I have a feeling I will love it as well.

9. Bad Witch Burning by Jessica Lewis – I somehow haven’t read this one even though I love witches.

10. The Good House by Tananarive Due – I really want to read this one, but it is really thick and I think having it in my hands would be better than getting a copy from the library and worrying I would have to return it before I finished.

Have you read any of these? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit. And Merry Christmas and happy holidays, friends!