Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2019 Release 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 “Books On My Fall 2019 TBR.” I know it’s been a while, but I wanted to try to get at least one Top Ten Tuesday post in this month. Still not sure how much engagement I’ll be taking part in, but it feels nice to work on something new for the blog. Surprisingly, half of these are adult novels. Not surprisingly, half are fantasy. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring – Publishing Date: Sept. 24, 2019

2. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – Publication Date: Oct. 8, 2019 

3. The Library of Lost Things by Laura Taylor Namey – Publication Date: Oct. 8, 2019

4. The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh – Publication Date: Oct. 8, 2019

5. The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco – Publication Date: Oct. 15, 2019

6. The Book of Lost Saints by Daniel José Older – Publication Date: Nov. 5, 2019

7. In the Dream House by Carmen Marie Machado – Publication Date: Nov. 5 2019

8. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern – Publication Date: Nov. 5, 2019

9. Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri – Publication Date: Nov. 14, 2019 

10. Queen of Nothing by Holly Black – Publication Date: Nov. 19, 2019

Are you also looking forward to any of these? Let’s flail in the comment together! Be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.


The Friday 56: Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

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.


*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!**

“Khalid didn’t feel like going home right away. His mother would ask about his day, and then he would have to lie. If he told her about the conversation with Sheila, she would demand that he go to the Human Rights commission, or that he be made director of Livertech.

Instead he headed to the only place he felt entirely comfortable: the mosque.”

Uzma Jalaluddin’s Ayesha at Last has been added to my growing list of favorite diverse P&P retellings (I’m always on the lookout for more, so give me your recs in the comments!). This one follows two very different Muslim, Indian-Canadians who clash with their first meeting, but who learn to appreciate one another and learn about themselves along the way. You can read my snapshot review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “A modern-day Muslim Pride and Prejudice for a new generation of love.
      Ayesha Shamsi has a lot going on. Her dreams of being a poet have been set aside for a teaching job so she can pay off her debts to her wealthy uncle. She lives with her boisterous Muslim family and is always being reminded that her flighty younger cousin, Hafsa, is close to rejecting her one hundredth marriage proposal. Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. She is irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.
      Ayesha is torn between how she feels about the straightforward Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. Looking into the rumors, she finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.”

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes

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 talked a lot over the last year or so about how much I loved Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda and one of the reasons is that it starred a Latina in space. Ever since then I have been craving more Latinx in space books, but they are few and far between. I am so excited for Valerie Valdes’s Chilling Effect which featured Latinx characters and a found family which is one of my favorite tropes. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

 width=Title: Chilling Effect
Author: Valerie Valdes
Series: N/A
Pages: 448
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: September 17, 2019

      “A hilarious, offbeat debut space opera that skewers everything from pop culture to video games and features an irresistible foul-mouthed captain and her motley crew, strange life forms, exciting twists, and a galaxy full of fun and adventure.
      Captain Eva Innocente and the crew of La Sirena Negra cruise the galaxy delivering small cargo for even smaller profits. When her sister Mari is kidnapped by The Fridge, a shadowy syndicate that holds people hostage in cryostasis, Eva must undergo a series of unpleasant, dangerous missions to pay the ransom.
      But Eva may lose her mind before she can raise the money. The ship’s hold is full of psychic cats, an amorous fish-faced emperor wants her dead after she rejects his advances, and her sweet engineer is giving her a pesky case of feelings. The worse things get, the more she lies, raising suspicions and testing her loyalty to her found family.
      To free her sister, Eva will risk everything: her crew, her ship, and the life she’s built on the ashes of her past misdeeds. But when the dominoes start to fall and she finds the real threat is greater than she imagined, she must decide whether to play it cool or burn it all down. “

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: Books I Read That I Still Don’t Own?!

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’ve Read That I’d Like In My Personal Library.” I usually buy books I really enjoy, but sometimes I’m waiting for a really good deal or fool myself into thinking I already own them. At some point I would like to own the following books, but technically I’m on a book buying ban, so it won’t be anytime soon. Covers are linked to Goodreads.


1. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – I’ve read more Adam Silvera books than I own and the one I do own is the one I haven’t even read yet. I’ve failed.

2. A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano – I’ve technically bought this book, but it was a gift for my niece. I’ve had it in my online cart for months and months, but haven’t bought it yet.

3. Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older – I really want to revisit this series and continue it, but I feel like I have a better chance of doing so if I actually owned the first.

4. The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco – I have a Bone Witch ARC and own the hardback for the sequel. I really want to own the first in hardback so the series can match on my shelf, but last time I checked it was no longer available 😦

5. Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero – This is one of my favorite books by a Latinx author, but despite this, I don’t own it. What a shame.

6. Sadie by Courtney Summers – I think because I’ve heard so many good things about the audio, it has me hesitant to buy the physical novel when I could purchase the audio instead.

7. The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan– One of the most underrated novels I’ve ever read, The Hollow Girl deserves all the praise and my money. Maybe I’ll gift myself this one for Christmas…or Halloween.

8. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork – One of the first YA books I read by a Latinx writer that really stuck with me, I don’t know why I haven’t purchased a copy for my personal library.

9. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour – The was a such sad but beautiful novel. I really wish I would have bought the hardcover, but it looks like I will end up settling for the paperback.

10. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – I’ve only read the first two in the novella series, but I adore them and am hoping to own them at some point. But I can also see the publisher redesigning these covers in the future, so maybe I’ll wait just a little longer.

Which book do you wish you had purchased when you read it?  Any book you wish you owned but is now hard to find? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.