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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Top Ten Tuesday: Tropes That I Refuse to Say Are Dead Until PoC Have a Chance to Utilize Them

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 Tropes.” I feel like my title this week is very wordy, but I couldn’t think of a pithier way to explain what I was doing with this topic. These are tropes I see lots of people say they are tired of, but I won’t be tired of them until I see just as many books with PoC, specifically written by PoC, also being able to utilize them like white authors have. And please, if you have recommendations, let me know in the comment! Also, side note, can we get more of these stories without the obligatory white love interest?

1. Fake Dating – This is one of my favorite tropes, but I can literally count on one hand the number of times I have seen this in a book written by and starring a person of color.

2. You’ve Got Mail – I’ve seen this one multiple times in YA novels, but don’t think I’ve ever see a book with this trope with PoC at the center.

3. The Chosen One – I know there are tons of readers who are over this trope, but do you know that there are still readers and especially young PoC who haven’t gotten to see themselves as the chosen one? Let them have a turn before you cancel it.

4. Fairytale Retellings – No matter how many Cinderella retellings there are, I will never say no to one where a PoC gets to have their happily ever after.

5. Hidden Royal – I want PoC to have a chance to be royalty, including royalty in disguise. I promise to act surprised and everything.

6. Friends to Lovers – Because I do enjoy this trope, but I don’t seem to pick up too many books with it, I’d like to see a few books with PoC featuring this one.

7. Star-Crossed Lovers – Angst abounds with this trope. I secretly love all the angst and need more of this trope but with PoC leads. Also does anyone know where I can stream Still Star-Crossed? I need to binge watch it because I miss it.

8. Vampires, werewolves, angels, etc. – All these creatures have had their shot, except they all seem to be white and PoC also love creature books and want a shot at being the brooding vampire or the mortal who falls for said brooding vampire.

9. Happy Ever After – All the happily ever afters for PoC please. It really doesn’t matter in what form, but so many books about PoC are “issue” books and put PoC’s pain on display for consumption, I’d really like to see more happy books featuring PoC.

10. Hate to Love – My favorite trope ever that I cannot get enough of. I want to see this trope in all forms in books about PoC. I would eat it up. GIVE IT TO ME NOW!!!!!

Are you a fan of these tropes? Which trope would you like to see in books featuring PoC? Give me all your recs! 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: Characters I Met in 2019 I Want to Hang Out With

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 “Book Characters I’d Love to Be Besties With.” I feel like I’ve done versions of this list many times before. I recently did one on my literary soul mates and if I did this topic as it is written, I would end up just naming all of them over again. So for this list, I am going to name ten characters I met in 2019 that I would like to hang out with. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Enrique from The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – I’m not sure Enrique is necessarily my favorite character from this book (honestly, it would be too hard to choose), but he feels like the most fun and I’m certain I’d be cracking up left and right if I hung out with him.

2. Rosa from Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno – A planner after my own heart? I feel like I would have a lot in common with Rosa. We could totally hang out in Port Coral together and she could give me a tour and I could fall in love all over again with this place and never leave.

3. Alfie and Finn from Nocturna by Maya Motayne – It most definitely is not cheating to name two characters at once. These two were a whole lot of fun to get to know and I wouldn’t mind breaking a few laws with them by my side.

4. Silas from Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – Who wouldn’t want to hang out with a demon with a heart of gold? Silas was my favorite character in this one and even though I know it’s dangerous to trust a demon, I just love him so much anyway.

5. Zayneb from Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali – I feel like Zayneb and I would get along really well. We are both always angry at the world and we could totally vent to one another. It would be amazing.

6. Casiopea from Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia – I love practical characters and even though it may seem that I have my head stuck in the clouds, I really am a very pragmatic sort of person. Casiopea and I would understand each other.

7. Zora from Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud– I love Zora’s ambition and her desire to do good in her community. She’s the kind of person I wish I was at such a young age.

8. Sweetie from There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon – Sweetie is literally the sweetest and I too want to be a part of her friend group who are willing to take down any guy who might wrong one of them.

9. Dani from We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia – I definitely relate more to Dani than Carmen in this debut. Poor girl needs some people in her corner and I am willing to help her with spy work.

10. Mira from An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley – This might sound a little weird, but I’ve always been super intrigued by poisons. I’m not saying that this would be my weapon of choice if I were an assassin, but this would be my weapon of choice if I were an assassin. Mira could possibility give me a few tips.

Which character did you meet in 2019 that you would like to hang out with? Who on my list are you curious to know more about? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.