Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Most Recent 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 “My Ten Most Recent Reads.” I have not read a ton of books this year and it’s something I’m kind of sad about. I feel like I am missing out on so many books because I am not picking up much. But I am hoping to read more starting this month. I’ve enjoyed pretty much everything I’ve picked up so far this year, so that’s something to celebrate. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Oculta by Maya Motayne – This is my most recent read. It’s the sequel to Nocturna and oh my gosh, I hope I don’t have to wait too long for the next book because the ending for this one took me out. If you enjoy fantasy that delves into colonization, you need to pick up this series.

2. Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert – I needed a book that would make me feel happy after reading the some pretty heavy books and Talia Hibbert did not disappoint. It was the perfect swoony read.

3. The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore – Anna-Marie McLemore’s novels are always heartbreaking and hopeful all at once. The Mirror Season is no exception, but out of all their books, it was probably the most difficult to read as it deals with sexual assault in such an unflinching way.

4. One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite – This was an incredible read about police brutality, sisters, and grief. You know those books that are just so good that you have to put them down just so you can take a breath? This is one of those books.

5. The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk – I really want to read Witchmark, but started with this one because it sounded like the perfect fantasy romance, but unfortunately, it didn’t quite live up to all my expectations.

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6. Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira – I didn’t love this one as much as I hoped, but I can see contemporary fans gobbling this one up.

7. Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon – This was such a great horror MG. I am so glad to see Daka Hermon got another horror book deal because she does horror so well. I’m going to need to see this one turned into a movie.

8. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson – I should have picked up this charming read sooner. I absolutely loved Liz and her story. If you are looking for a feel good, sapphic contemporary, look no further than this one.

9. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson – Nobody rips the rug out from under me like Tiffany D. Jackson. Every novel I have read from her has left a lasting impression. I have never been so angry reading a book and so justified in relishing a character’s death.

10. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko – Unique magical systems, found family, and a protagonist who creates her own destiny, Raybearer is a must read for fantasy readers.

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!

Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Releases with Great Color Schemes

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 “Colorful Book Covers.” I wasn’t sure how I was going to approach this week’s topic, but I was looking through 2021 book covers and there are so many colorful covers out there. The ones that really stand out to me are the ones with great color schemes, so I am sharing some of my favorites with you. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Chlorine Sky by Mahogany L Browne

2. Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

3. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

4. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

5. Where the Rhythm Takes You by Sarah Dass

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6. Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

7. Misfit in Love by S.K. Ali

8. Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating by Adiba Jaigirdar

9. The Wild Ones by Nafiza Azad

10. Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury

Which of these color schemes is your favorite? 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: Spring ’21 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 “Books On My Spring 2021 TBR.” This was a really difficult list to make as there are soooo many Spring releases I am excited for. There are a ton of books in May for example being released. I think aside from September, May is the most popular publishing month. May also happens to be my birthday month and the urge to spurge is very strong. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Oculta by Maya Motayne

Publishing Date: April 6, 2021

2. Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart

Publication Date: April 20, 2021

3. Counting Down With You by Tashie Bhuiyan

Publication Date: May 4, 2021

4. The Ones We’re Meant to Find by Joan He

Publication Date: May 4, 2021

5. Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee

Publication Date: May 4, 2021

6. Illusionary by Zorida Córdova

Publication Date: May 11, 2021

7. Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

Publication Date: May 11, 2021

8. Misfit in Love by S.K. Ali

Publication Date: May 25, 2021

9. The Marvelous by Claire Kann

Publication Date: June 8, 2021

10. The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Publication Date: June 8, 2021

Are any of these 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 That Are Fun to Read

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 Made Me Laugh Out Loud.” I don’t read enough books that make me laugh. I am the kind of reader that likes to be tortured a little bit. So I need to tweak this week’s topic a bit and instead of naming books that make me laugh, I’m listing books that were fun to read. Sometimes tears were involved, but in the end, I just had a great time reading these books. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez – The first book I thought of when I first saw this topic was Sal & Gabi. If there is any book on this list that did make me laugh out loud, it was this one.

2. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas – I had so much fun reading this book. You know those books where the rapport between characters is just so good you can’t help but love them? This is that kind of book.

3. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow – On the surface this is a sci-fi book about an alien invasion, but what makes this one stand out to me is how quietly sweet it is and the cinnamon roll lead characters made this one a really fun read.

4. Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz – This is the first book I thought of when I decided I wanted to do fun books instead of funny ones. I had a blast reading this one. It was just so adventurous.

5. Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert – One of the things that stands out to me about romance books is how much fun I get out of them. They manage to be light and at the same time feel like these great character-driven stories. This is my personal favorite romance novel.

6. Wicked Fox by Kat Cho – I didn’t get a chance to write a review for this one last year, but one of the books that sticks out to me as a fun read is Wicked Fox. It reminded me of the YA books publishing used to acquire before it began to push more grim books.

7. Jade War by Fonda Lee – This is one of the books I was talking about when I said there may be tears, but you’ll still really enjoy the journey. I am still thinking about THAT scene, but Jade War was such a fun and entertaining read.

8. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson – I can’t think of anything more fun than a book full of amazing banter. If you are a fan of rivals to lovers, this needs to be on your TBR.

9. Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdes – This is one of those novels that excels at being both funny and action-packed. It really was the epitome of a sci-fi romp.

10. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – One of the first graphic novels I read was Nimona and I had such a wonderful time reading it. I am actually about to gift this one to my nephew and am really excited to introduce it to him.

What’s the first book you think of when you think of a fun book? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit!