Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Anna-Marie McLemore Quotes

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.” I am the worst when it comes to writing down favorite quotes, but this August, I reread all of Anna-Marie McLemore’s novels and mark down my favorite quotes, so this topic could not of come at a more perfect time. If you haven’t read any of Anna-Marie McLemore’s novels, I highly recommend them. I hope these quotes can sway you if you are on the fence. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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From When the Moon Was Ours:

“All these things reminded her of his moons, and his moons reminded her of all these things. He’d hung a string of them between her house and his, some as small as her cupped palms, others big enough to fill her arms. They brightened the earth and wild grass. They were tucked into trees, each giving off a ring of light just wide enough to meet the next, so she never walked in the dark.”

“People here argued about what the moon smelled like. Some said it was a crisp scent, like pressed linen or new paper. Others said no, it was sweet and alive, like night-blooming jasmine climbing on the first warm night of spring. Others swore it was new and silvery, like lemon soap. But to her, it was Sam. The metal and paper of his moons, the rosewater from his mother’s kitchen, the sharp trace of paint and turpentine she only ever picked up when she was this closed to him.”

“He was a world unmapped, a planet of valleys and vapor seas no one but he had a right to name. If he let her, she would learn the bays and oceans of him. She would know him as well as he knew the maria in the moon atlases.”

From Wild Beauty:

“Fel reached for her, so slowly she could have leaned back and stopped him. He brushed his fingers over her forehead, his thumb warm on her skin. That one point of heat spread through her face. It bloomed in each of her cheeks.”

“Her pride was so sure he could almost taste it on the air, like sugar mixed with the bite of chile powder. She was both shameless and soft, openhearted and vicious. He wondered how she remembered to be all these things at once, how there was any space left in her to lure flowers from the earth.”

“Her heart was poison. It was a close tangle of thorns. Even when it held love, that love came sharp, and she didn’t know how to offer it to anyone except with the edges out.”

“‘Everything we touch, we wreck…’

‘Then wreck me.'”

From Blanca y Roja:

“They knew my heart lived deep in my sister’s ribcage.”

“I was the girl who would never exist in a fairy tale, not just because of the brown of my body but because of my heart, neither pure enough to be good nor cruel enough to be evil. I was a girl lost in the deep narrow space between the two forms girls were allowed to take. I was both too fearful and too selfish. I loved in a way that didn’t hold steady like moonlight but flicked like candle flame.”

From Dark and Deepest Red:

“I could have blamed it on the glimmer, how I pulled him deeper into the trees, a sliver-of-moon early evening that thickened the wood and ash smell of autumn. I could have pretended it was the same swirling magic that brought us the coywolves and light-bulb fireflies.

But the truth was that, in that moment, every moment I had of us lived in the heat between my body and his.”

Are you a fan of Anna-Marie McLemore? What’s your favorite book? Any of these quotes making you want to pick up one of their books? 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: 2020 Fall 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 Fall 2020 TBR.” For some reason I do not have a lot of books on my TBR that are fall releases, so most of these will be repeats from my list of most anticipated reads for the second half of the year. There were so many books that came out this month, maybe publishing should have pushed some to the final three months of the year. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. The Burning God by R.F. Kuang

2. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

3. Rent a Boyfriend by Gloria Chao

4. A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey

5. This Is How We Fly by Anna Meriano

6. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

7. Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

8. Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

9. The Low, Low Woods by Carmen Maria Machado, Illustrated by DaNi

10. White Fox by Sara Faring

Are you looking forward to 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: Favorite 2020 Book Covers

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 “Cover Freebie (choose your own topic, centered on book covers or cover art).” Sorry I haven’t been around lately, but I am hoping to rejoin this meme weekly. This week’s topic is all about book covers. I love a good book cover and wanted to highlight some of my favs from this year. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

2. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

3. Lobizona by Romina Garber

4. Ghost Squad by Claribel A. Ortega

5. The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar


6. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

7. You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria

8. Hide and Seeker by Daka Hermon

9. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

10. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

What’s your favorite cover of 2020? 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: 2020 Summer 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 Summer 2020 TBR.” Sorry not sorry, but I had to make this list fifteen books long. I could not narrow it down anymore. Also want to note that I didn’t list books I have already read (**cough** Mexican Gothic **cough**) because I wanted these to be books I am personally looking forward to, even though I am personally looking forward to other people reading Mexican Gothic, haha. Also these should be in publication date order but with everything moving around, it was a losing battle to try to get it to be so. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Running by Natalia Sylvester

Publication Date: July 14, 2020

2. The Year of the Witchling by Alexis Henderson

Publication Date: July 21, 2020

3. 10 Things I Hate About Pinky by Sandhya Menon

Publication Date: July 21, 2020

4. Court of Lions by Somaiya Daud

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

5. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

6. You Had Me At Hola by Alexis Daria

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

7. Paola Santiago and the River of Tears by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Publication Date: August 4, 2020

8. Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Publication Date: August 25, 2020

9. Tender Is the Flesh by Agustina Bazterrica, Sarah Moses (Translator)

 Publication Date: August 4, 2020

10. Wayward Witch by Zoraida Córdova

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

11. Never Look Back by Lilliam Rivera

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

12. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

Publication Date: September 1, 2020

13. Prime Deceptions by Valerie Valdes

Publication Date: September 8, 2020

14. Land of the Cranes by Aida Salazar

Publication Date: September 15, 2020

15. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

Publication Date: September 15, 2020

Are you looking forward to 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.