Top Ten Tuesday: Authors I Wish Were More Popular

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 “Freebie (create your own topic).” Freebie week is always fun because I love seeing all the different topics other blogger’s choose. For freebie week, I am sharing ten authors I wish were more popular in the blogging community because I am in serious need of fangirling time. If you’ve read any of these authors and love them as much as I, let me know in the comments. We’ll probably become instant friends. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Lily Anderson

2. Tiffany D. Jackson

3. Courtney Alameda

4. Silvia Moreno-Garcia

5. Rhoda Belleza

6. Zen Cho

7. Elizabeth May

8. Destiny Soria

9. Margaret Rogerson

10. Lilliam Rivera

Are you a fan of any of these authors’ works? Which author do you wish more people in the community read and loved? Leave me a link to your own TTT post in the comments, so I can visit.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Give Me These 2018 Spring Releases Now

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 Spring TBR.” I am simultaneously excited as well as panicking about this week’s list. I have this awful feeling that I will not be able to get to all these books this spring and yet I want, no, I need all of these in my life. I’m trying to be really patient and not preorder the heck out of all these novels, but it’s so hard. Here are my top ten spring releases I’m dying to read. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles – Publication Date: March 20, 2018 – I didn’t know I needed soft boys on book covers until I saw this one.

2. The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan – Publication Date: March 20, 2018 – I’ve read several excerpts from this one and it is so beautifully written. Why can’t I have it?

3. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland – Publication Date: April 3,2018 – This might be my most anticipated book of all of 2018. I preordered way back in December. I’m just really excited.

4. The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo – Publication Date: May 8,2018 – I loved I Believe in a Thing Called Love and I am ready to fall in love again with Goo’s characters.

5. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson – Publication Date: May 8, 2018 – My birthday is on May 7th and this comes out on May 8th. I’m not saying Lily Anderson wrote this book for me, but it kind of feels like Lily Anderson wrote this book for me.

6. From Twinkle, with Love by Sandhya Menon – Publication Date: May 22, 1018 – I finally read When Dimple Met Rishi and loved it. So stoked for this newest novel.

7. Listen to Your Heart by Kasie West – Publication Date: May 29, 2018 – Kasie West has become an autobuy for me. Still, I’m guilty of not reading her latest novel. Must rectify this before preordering this one.

8. Monday’s Not Waiting by Tiffany D. Jackson – Publication Date: May 22, 2018 – The publication date for this one was pushed up two weeks and I cannot be more excited. I am ready for Tiffany D. Jackson’s sophomore novel to undo me like the first.

9. Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova – Publication Date: June 5, 2018 – I’m kind of really in love with this cover redesign even though the cover for Labyrinth Lost is one of my favorites. I have an eARC of this one and am so excited to read it.

10. Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Pérez  – Publication Date: June 5, 2018 – This slot originally belonged to Angie Thomas’s On the Come Up, but since it’s been pushed back to early 2019, I’m adding this debut which is inspired by Tristan and Iseult.

Have you preordered any of these titles? Which spring release are excited for? Leave me a link to your own TTT post in the comments, so I can visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Surprised Me

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 That Surprised Me (in a good or bad way).” I love when an author manages to surprise their readers. Sometimes it’s with a twist, other times it’s with a cliffhanger, and sometimes you’re just shocked by how fast you fall in love with a book. Here are ten books that surprised me for various reasons. I promise this won’t include spoilers. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – This book was a gut-punch and I am still recovering. On a related note, if getting gut-punched is kind of your thing, you need to pick up some Adam Silvera.

2. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson – I feel like reading this book was like finding a diamond in the rough. Nobody told me how fantastically witty Lily Anderson’s writing was!

3. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I knew Silvia Moreno-Garcia was a talented author, but I didn’t realize how gifted she was at writing different genres until I picked up this one.

4. The Merciless II: The Exorcism of  Sofia Flores – I don’t know if I’m more surprised by the gruesomeness of this sequel or that I could not pull myself from it.

5. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – So many things surprised me with this one and it really made me think we need more YA thrillers in general because that was a wild ride.

6. The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes – I will never been over that twist at the end and honestly, I try to block it out most days because it hurts too much.

7. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon – I remember last year when this book sparked a debate about unlikable characters and after finally reading this one, I do not understand why so many people disliked Dimple.

8. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows  – I’m continuously surprised by how much I enjoyed this very silly yet witty book.

9. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – After finishing this one, I had the urge to go back and reread it because I saw everything in an entirely different light.

10. Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry – Another surprise ending that I may never recover from. Seriously, it’s been years and yet the pain is still so fresh.

What’s the last book that surprised you? Any of these surprise you too? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Quotes from Favorite 2017 Debuts

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 “Favorite Book Quotes.” Whenever this topic comes up, I immediately start to panic. I’ve always wanted to be the kind of reader who paused while reading in order to jot down a favorite passage, but I’ve never managed to get into the habit. To make things easier on myself, I’m sharing ten quotes from my favorite 2017 debuts that I totally pulled right from my reviews, so crisis averted. Also note that the last two books are 2017 debuts I read in 2018, but I’m including them anyway. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

“I’m dizzy from holding my breath for so long, maybe for years. And something ugly, hidden deep inside me is threatening to erupt. I can’t hold it back anymore. How do I make it stop before it’s too late?”

2. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

“An earsplitting scream emerges from my gut, explodes in my throat, and uses every inch of me to be heard.”

3. I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

“But I never lost the belief that you could will something just by sticking to it, by being unwavering. By keeping your eyes on the prize. And by doing that, there was nothing you couldn’t control about your own life.”

4. An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

“Just like that the wrongness spread. The breeze dropped away, and the air grew still and oppressively hot. The birds stopped singing, the grasshoppers stopped buzzing, and even the wheat dropped in the stagnant air. The stench of decay grew overwhelming.”

5. American Street by Ibi Zoboi

“This is the opposite of an earthquake, where things were falling apart and the ground was shifting beneath my small feet. Here, the walls, the air, the buildings, the people all seem to have already fallen. And there is nothing else left to do but to shrink and squeeze until everything has turned to dust and disappeared.”

6. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

“…they’re the deadliest killers on the continent…It’s said that they paint their mouths bright red with blood when they go to war. That’s why they’re called the Crimson Army.”

7. The Education of Margot Sanchez

“Everyone in this house hides behind closed doors. We build fortresses to bar people from scaling the walls and getting in. But even with the amount of time we spend sheltering ourselves there’s no way of concealing our problems.”

8. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza

“From his thumb to his index finger, the length of his hand fit cleanly around Rhee’s neck. He lifted her off the ground and squeezed. She felt her windpipe closing. She gasped for air as she tried to claw his fingers off one by one.”

9. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

“The moon was little thicker than a crescent, the light a glitter of blue. Vasya ran, with a panic she could not understand. The life she had led made her strong. She bolted and let the cool wind wash the taste of fear from her mouth.”

10. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

“It was beginning. Her freedom, her independence, her period of learning—about herself, about the world, about her career. She was finally doing it. Here she wouldn’t be Dimple Shah, wayward, Americanized daughter of immigrant parents; she’d be just Dimple Shah, future web developer. People would judge her on her brain, not her lack of makeup.”

Do you keep track of your favorite book quotes? What 2017 debut was your favorite? Be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post in the comments, so I can visit.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Intend to Reread Soon…ish

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 Could Re-read Forever.” Instead of listing books I could reread forever for this week’s topic, I’m listing books that I intend to reread at some point…soon. Some of these are books I’ve meant to reread for years (The Book Thief) and others are books released last year that I’d love to find time to reread this year (A Crown of Wishes). Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – The Six of Crows cast is one of my favorites that I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. I’ve got a very strong affection for every single one of them and would really like to reread this first book.

2. A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi – This is one of my favorite books from last year. The writing, world-building, the slow-burn. Can a book be perfect because this one felt pretty perfect.

3. Windwitch by Susan Dennard – I fully intend to reread this one before the third book comes out next year.

4. When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore – This is one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever read and how could I not bless myself with a reread?

5. Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson – Anyone who has read this one knows why a reread is essential.

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – I’ve always meant to reread this one and I have this lovely anniversary edition, so I need to get it together already.

7. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers – I love this book so much, but haven’t read it in ages. I need to read about my beloved nun assassins who all have a very special place in my heart.

8. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton – This is one of my favorite books, so I feel like I need to reread it at some point.

9. The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – This was my first five-star read of the year. It’s already on my all-time favorite list. I’m so much in love with it that I’m thinking about a reread even though it’s only been about a month since I read it.

10. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta – I need to finally finish this series, but I want to reread this first book first. Wish my luck.

Do you reread books? What is one book that you really want to reread this year? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books That I’ve Deleted From My TBR

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 Decided I’m No Longer Interested In Reading.” This weeks topic would have been so much easier to put together if I hadn’t gotten into the habit of deleting books off my TBR that I’m no longer interested in reading. Seriously, having to rely solely on my own memory for this week’s list does no one any good. Here are ten books that I managed to remember that had at one time been on my TBR. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Ulysses by James Joyce – One upon a time I was gifted this book and thought I could totally read it. So young. So naive.

2. Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch – Listen, we all know Theron stole the show in Snow Like Ashes and I’m not about to see him get treated wrong with the rest of this series.

3. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge – I’ve either really liked this author (Cruel Beauty) or been rather disappointed (Crimson Bound). When I saw how many eh reviews were out there for this one, I decided to skip it.

4. Roar by Cora Carmack – Have you seen excerpts from this novel? The romance is all kinds of cringe-worthy. Won’t be touching this with a 39 and a half foot pole. (Sorry, my two-year-old niece is obsessed with the Grinch song and it just plays in my head constantly now.)

5. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – Have you ever broken up with an author before? I have.

6. Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis – Yikes. I actually bought this one and tried to start it and could not justify continuing it. I ended up donating it to my library.

7. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick – I really tried to like My Life Next Door, but I kind of hated it. I had this other book by the same author on my shelf, but after another book unhaul, I took it down.

8. Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan The Lynburn Legacy remains one of my favorites, but I heard less than enthusiastic things about this novel, so never ended up reading it.

9. Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan – I actually considered preordering this way back in 2015/6, but held off. I’m glad I did because I haven’t seen a single stellar review for it from bloggers I trust.

10. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo – Let’s be honest, I only ever wanted to read this one because of the musical. Have you seen how thick this novel is? I can’t justify the time anymore, so I’ve put the book to other uses…

Can you convince me to put any of these back on my TBR? What’s the most recent book you deleted from your To-Be-Read shelf? Be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post in the comments, so I can visit.