Books

July TBR

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I can’t believe it’s July and thus even closer to my birthday along with my boyfriend’s visit. Anyways, back to what you came for.

I’m writing my TBR post a little early because I’m really excited. It’s summer and it’s time for contemporaries. It’s always time for contemporaries, but now more than ever. It’s easily my favorite genre so let’s get into my July to be read pile!

 

 

1 and 2: I Believe in A Thing Called Love and The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Last month, I ordered my dad’s father’s day gifts and picked up both of Maurene Goo’s books for me. I haven’t read either of them and I’m so excited to pick them up. I’ve heard such great things so I figured why not take the plunge? Plus the covers are gorgeous so that’s something!

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3. My Plain Jane by the Lady Janies

For the past few months, I’ve been ordering a new release a month. My pick for June was My Plain Jane by the Lady Janies. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this book and I can’t wait to finally pick it up. My Lady Jane was one of my favorite books I read this year and I’m sure My Plain Jane will be every bit as delightful.

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4. American Panda by Gloria Chao

If you checked out my summer TBR, I included American Panda on it. I have this one on ebook and I’ve heard pretty good things about it. I’ve read the first few chapters and really enjoyed it. I can’t wait to see if it lives up to the hype, too.

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5. I Hate Fairyland Vol 1 by Skottie Young

Pretty sure this is the only non-contemporary book on my list. Either way, this is another summer TBR pick. Ellyn has talked highly about this series and I want to finally give it a try. I don’t know much about it, but I know it’s gruesome but still fun? I’m just happy Hoopla has vol 1 for me to borrow.

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6. Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

The last book on my TBR is Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes. This is a book about a female tennis player who is dealing with PTSD and anxiety (I think?) I’ve been eagerly wanting to read this for months and now seems like the perfect time to.

I’m always on the look-out for books about female athletes and this is on Scribd so it’s a win-win for me.


Those are all the books I plan on reading in July! Just a little side-note: I got a trial for Scribd and I think it’s the best idea I’ve ever had?? It has so many good ebooks and audiobooks so I might try it out for longer than my trial.

Does anyone else use Scribd? Is it worth the money for you? Also, what are you reading in July? 

 

Books · Top 5 Tuesday

Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 science fiction books I want to read

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I can’t believe it’s the end of May already and summer is finally here (almost here?) I’m not really sure, but let’s celebrate with a Top 5 Tuesday post.

This week was another tough one for me, but I enjoy the challenges. I like thinking out of the box and testing myself. We wouldn’t get better if we didn’t. Anyways, I decided since I don’t read much sci-fi, I’d focus on 5 science fiction books I want to read!

If you’re interested in participating in Top 5 Tuesday, all you have do is write up your post and pingback to one of Shanah’s posts. Make sure you pingback to her posts and not just her blog so she can add you to the list.

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5. The Lunar Chronicles series

Okay, let’s get the big one out of the way first. I’ve talked many other times about The Lunar Chronicles and my desire to read it. Up until this moment, I didn’t realize it was sci-fi. I actually thought it was fantasy, but now I’m a bit more intrigued by it.

Obviously, I’m a sucker for a good retelling, but I can’t wait to see how these classic characters are transformed into sci-fi. I’ve heard good things about this series and the author, Marissa Meyer so this one is high on my list.

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4. Brightly Burning

Like I mentioned above, I’m a sucker for a retelling. I have yet to read a retelling of Jane Eyre and that’s what Brightly Burning is pitched as. Even if it doesn’t deliver, I’m excited at the prospect of it. I’d love to see Alex Donne would tell a similar story to a classic but in space.

Of all the books, this is the one I’m most nervous about starting. The other 4 on my lists are ones I’ve heard good things about or am sure I’ll enjoy. As an oddball choice, I’m on the fence with my feelings towards it.

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3. When The Moon Was Ours

This was another book I wasn’t sure was sci-fi. According to Google and Goodreads, it is so it’s on my list. I’ve never read anything by Anna-Marie McLemore but I’ve heard such wonderful things. When The Moon Was Ours seems like an interesting sci-fi book and unlike anything I’ve read before.

I know McLemore has a reputation for writing magical realism, so I’d like to see how she writes science fiction. Honestly, I’m just excited to finally read something by her and see if I love her as much as everyone else seems to.

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2. The Loneliest Girl In The Universe

Confession time: I was supposed to buddy-read this months ago and never did. Oops, anyways this book has been on my TBR since then. Every time I look at the cover, it draws my eye in and makes me want to read it.

Similar to the other books, I don’t know much about it and I don’t want to. I think it’s better doing into sci-fi not knowing much. Either way, this book has been calling to me forever and it’s finally time that I buckle down and read it!

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1. Any and almost all Star Wars canon books

Even though I don’t talk about it much on here, I’m a huge Star Wars fan. I’m pretty new to the franchise (going on 3 years), but it gripped me. Since the new movies, there have been plenty of canon books published about certain characters, different movies and it’s super cool to see a new layer added to the franchise.

However, I have yet to pick up one of the canon books. The two I’m most excited for is Leia: Princess of Alderaan and Bloodline, both written by Claudia Gray. Leia is my favorite character and I’d love to learn about her, her life growing up and the events leading up to The Force Awakens.

There are a ton of books set in this universe and I’d love to get my hands on a few. Of all the books on my list, I’m most excited to tackle these!


Have you read any of the books on my list? Do you have a favorite Star Wars character? 🙂

Any recommendations for someone who isn’t normally a sci-fi reader? 

Books · Shelf Control

Shelf Control #12

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s another lovely Wednesday and I’m back with another Shelf Control. Similar to last week, I’m including a book featuring mental health and I’m so excited for this week’s pick. Let’s get into it 🙂

Before I get into the rules, here’s a brief idea of what this meme is. I’m just going to copy or paste what she shares before each post: Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out my introductory post, here.

RULES

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link in the comments!
  • If you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and…have fun 🙂

We Are Never Meeting In Real Life by Samantha Irby

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Published: 2017 // Length: 288 pages

Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., “bitches gotta eat” blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. Whether talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making “adult” budgets, explaining why she should be the new Bachelorette–she’s “35-ish, but could easily pass for 60-something”–detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father’s ashes, sharing awkward sexual encounters, or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms–hang in there for the Costco loot–she’s as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.


Why I want to read We Are Never Meeting In Real LifeThe main reason I want to read this is that it was featured in Joce’s book club. She focuses on woc authors and I trust her opinion on most books.

Considering this book has a focus on mental health and its cover, I knew I had to pick it up. Roxane Gay also left a review on Goodreads so that’s basically screaming for me to read it already!

Have you read We Are Never Meeting in Real Life?

 

Books · Shelf Control

Shelf Control #11

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s Wednesday and you know what that means? It’s time for another Shelf Control post. Last month, I included first books in series I want to read. Since I loved that idea so much, I’m going to continue to do themed months.

When I looked up May, it’s known as Mental Health Awareness month. I didn’t know that, but it gives me a great idea. Throughout the month of May, I’ll be featuring books I want to read or book on my shelf with a focus on mental health.

Before I get into the rules, here’s a brief idea of what this meme is. I’m just going to copy or paste what she shares before each post: Shelf Control is a weekly celebration of the unread books on our shelves. Pick a book you own but haven’t read, write a post about it (suggestions: include what it’s about, why you want to read it, and when you got it), and link up! For more info on what Shelf Control is all about, check out my introductory post, here.

RULES

  • Write a blog post about a book that you own that you haven’t read yet.
  • Add your link in the comments!
  • If you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
  • Check out other posts, and…have fun 🙂

Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers

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When “Perfect” Parker Fadley starts drinking at school and failing her classes, all of St. Peter’s High goes on alert. How has the cheerleading captain, girlfriend of the most popular guy in school, consummate teacher’s pet, and future valedictorian fallen so far from grace?

Parker doesn’t want to talk about it. She’d just like to be left alone, to disappear, to be ignored. But her parents have placed her on suicide watch and her counselors are demanding the truth. Worse, there’s a nice guy falling in love with her and he’s making her feel things again when she’d really rather not be feeling anything at all.

Nobody would have guessed she’d turn out like this. But nobody knows the truth.

Something horrible has happened, and it just might be her fault.


I’m going to get rid of the when/how I got the book but instead why I want to read it.

Why I want to read Cracked Up To Be: I’ve never read anything by Courtney Summers, but I’ve heard such great things. From what I’ve heard, she’s known for talking about feminism and mental health. Two topics I enjoy talking about!

I know most books focus on popular “students” who are perfect and wonderful. I can’t wait to see one where it’s the opposite. I had no idea this book featured mental health so I’m excited to see how it discusses mental health.

Have you read Cracked Up To Be?

 

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November Wrap-Up

Going into November, I had a huge TBR and I wasn’t sure if I’d actually complete it. It was one of the biggest I’ve set for myself and I didn’t feel as confident as normal. That being said, I was able to read all the books on my TBR and dwindle down my Goodreads to-be-read list. I feel a lot better after getting it cleaned out.

As for the books, I read a total of 15 of the 15 books on my TBR. I don’t think I’ll set another TBR this high because it felt like a lot of pressure. However, since it was anticipated books, most or all got high ratings. I also found some new authors I liked and would read again.

Even with all the hype, there were 2 books I DNFed because they were either not my thing or I didn’t like the writing style.

Books I DNFed

Mean Girls: I was really excited to pick this book up, but it was a rehashing of the movie. I’ve seen the movie multiple times and by chapter 3, I was over it. It didn’t add anything new to the plot and wasn’t worth my time.

Top Ten: If you’ve read any of my TBRs or wrap-ups, I don’t like Katie Cotugno’s writing style or her stories in general. As hyped as they might be, I end up being disappointed and it’s just a big waste of time for me.

1-star reads:

None!

2-star reads:
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Carry Me Home: I actually forgot about this book. I liked the beginning of this story, but it was extremely predictable and made no sense. It was trying too hard to be edgy and it really bothered me. Not to mention, most of the characters were unlikable and most events were too much of a coincidence. Overall, it went from at least a 3-star read to a 2-star read. 2/5 stars.

3-star reads:

Things I’m Seeing Without You: I wanted to love this book so much but similar to Carry Me Home, Things I’m Seeing Without You was too predictable. There were some fun and heartfelt moments, but everything just felt too perfect. Some of the plot twists didn’t make sense and overall, it just fell flat to me. 3/5 stars.

Dress Codes for Small Towns: This was another book I wanted to love, but it fell flat for me. I think I went into it with too much hype. I like the characters and the plot, but I didn’t understand why certain plotlines or relationships were introduced because they fell by the wayside. I think it was just too much hype, but I gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

The Thing with Feathers: Going into this book, I didn’t know much about it besides the main character had epilepsy. It did play a pretty significant role in the story but most of the plot was predictable, some insta-love and the main character would get on my nerves sometimes. Most of the pros outweighed the cons though and I gave it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.

4-star reads

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo: I won’t get into this one much because I did a review of it. It was another paranormal story and I liked it a lot minus a few problems I had with the pacing, writing style and plot at times. 4/4 stars

Sparrow: This was a book I was looking forward to and it didn’t disappoint. It focused on a girl who supposedly had a suicide attempt, her going to therapy and dealing with her life after what went on. Overall, this book was focused a lot more on mental health and I loved that aspect, but the protagonist was a lot younger than I originally thought. It wasn’t a bad read though so 4/4 stars.

Every Heart A Doorway: This is the start of some hyped reads and one I enjoyed. I can see why everyone raves about Seanan McGuire’s writing style and why this series is beloved. I loved the characters, the setting, the doors and the mystery element the story had. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Warcross: Another hyped book and one I enjoyed. It took me a while to get into it, but once I did, I couldn’t put it down. Marie Lu wrote great characters, an original plotline and created such a fascinating world. I wish the next book didn’t take so long to come out so 4/4 stars.

They Both Die At The End: I can finally say I read an Adam Silvera book and I enjoyed it. I loved his writing style, the original plot and how we got to see multiple different POVs on the same day. The only issue I had was the ending because it felt extremely rushed and like the story could have played out differently. 4/4 stars.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass: Said to be a Snow White retelling, this book was so much more than that. I loved the characters, how much they grew and how the overall story played out. I just wanted a little more from the story so it was a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

You’re Welcome Universe: Besides the amazing cover, this story had it all. A diverse main character who was flawed but still stood up for what was right. The plot twist was a little meh, but it didn’t take away my overall enjoyment of the story. I ended up giving it a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

5-star reads:

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Piecing Me Together: I won’t even hesitate in saying this was my favorite read of the month. It was on the same level with The Hate U Give but it’s terribly underrated. Everything was gorgeous including the characters, the story, the nods to Black Lives Matter, the cover and how Watson tackled deeper subjects. 5/5 stars.

You Bring the Distant Near: My other favorite read of the month! This book had everything from lovable characters, a strong plot and asked a lot of questions. I personally loved books that make you think and this one did just that. Plus there were a few nods to the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s which made me smile. Overall, this is a gorgeous story about family, love, culture and what being an American means. 5/5 stars. 

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December TBR

December is always a busy month and I’m sure everyone knows this. While the department I work in will be a little slower, it’s going to be a pretty busy month and I’ve already picked up a lot of hours in the first week.

Honestly, I wasn’t even planning on making a TBR for this month. Since I’ve been doing it forever though, there’s no way I’m giving up now. That being said, my TBR will be relatively small compared to what I’ve posted before.

In December, my plan is to read 5 books and anything I read over will just be something chill and fun.

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1. Down Among the Sticks and Bones 

The first book on my TBR is pretty much a given. I just read Every Heart A Doorway last month and I liked the story, the writing style and pretty much everything else. I’ve heard this is just as good or even better than the first book. I know this book follows Jack and Jill as a sort of prequel to the first book.

I know you don’t have to read the first book but I want to read them in order. I’m so excited to pick this book up and I’m crossing my fingers it’s as good as it’s been pitched as.

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2. The Misadventures of An Awkward Black Girl

During the last week of November, I decided to watch HBO’s Insecure. The show is created, written and stars Issa Rae. That’s why I knew I had to pick up her book since I’ve been hearing a lot about it. The show is one of my new faves so finding her book online was basically meant to be.

I don’t know much about this book, but I don’t want to know much going into essay collections/memoirs. I also read Phoebe Robinson’s book this year so it would add another non-fiction book to my list. Since the show is playing in the background right now, it’s pretty obvious that I’m looking forward to reading this and it should be a quick read, too.

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3. Hold Still 

In 2018, I plan on rolling out a new series and this book is going to be included in it. I won’t give away anything about it yet, though. I really can’t wait to read this book as it is Nina LaCour’s debut. LaCour is one of my favorite contemporary authors and reading her debut will be a nice way to see how she’s grown.

I don’t know much about this story and I don’t really want to. I’ve heard it talks about grief and LaCour writes grief beautifully. The reviews are mostly positive so I have pretty high hopes.

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4. My New Crush Gave To Me

I’ve never read a Christmas YA book so this is going to be pretty special. Well, at least to me and I’ve never heard of this author. I know she’s written a few previous works but I’ve either never heard of them or don’t plan on reading them so I don’t have any idea what her writing style is like.

If you can’t tell, I’m not trying to be spoiled about anything. Lately, I feel like I either know too much or I hear so much about it that it gets too hyped up and I end up feeling disappointed. Either way, I’ve been planning on going into books blind or reading books I’ve never heard of. In this case, I’ve heard a little but not enough to be spoiled or get high expectations.

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5. Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Your girl loves Christmas so I had to add another Christmas book to my list. I’ve never read anything by Melissa De La Cruz, but I’ve heard decent things about her. Considering how long her bibliography is, she has to be doing something. It honestly makes me a little bit nervous to read one of her books, too.

Obviously, this is going to be a retelling of Pride and Prejudice so I’m excited. I read the book in college and I liked it, a lot. I’ve never read a retelling of the story though so this will be my first one. I’m pretty excited to see how she combines Christmas and Jane Austen so I’m equal parts excited and nervous.

 

Considering how big my TBR was last month, I’m excited to have a smaller one and one that’s more chill. While I’m not chill at all, having a chill TBR for December is going to be awesome and set me up for 2018.

I can’t wait to finally start reading and take my time. I know a lot of these books aren’t necessarily super popular, but there are a few I’ve been looking forward to. Basically, I’m just hoping December is a busy but productive month.

What’s on your TBR for December? I’d love to hear them and maybe do a buddy-read with one of my Christmas books. 

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Waiting on Wednesday #6

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine and it focuses on upcoming releases we can’t wait for.

As per usual, I had a hard time trying to come up with books. There are just so many upcoming releases and books I’m looking forward to. It’s crazy to think 2018 is almost here and these books will be coming out soon. Then again, it’s almost Christmas too so holy crap.

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

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Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray // Anticipated Release Date: April 24, 2018

As someone who loved both of Becky Albertalli’s previous novels, this one has me so freaking excited. Not only is the cover completely gorgeous, but it’s going to be following such a great character. I really liked Leah while I was reading Simon and I can’t wait to see what happens with her next.

I’m just excited about anything Becky Albertalli writes. She’s such a queen and I love her so freaking much.

Are you looking forward to Leah on the Offbeat? Follow-up question: Are you looking forward to the Love, Simon movie?

 

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WWW Wednesday #6

It’s Wednesday and that means another weekly switch-off of posts for me. Personally, I really like this because it gives some variety and I’m not always doing the same thing. It’s a fun way to break up Wednesday for me, at least.

Wednesdays are usually my days off too so there’s that. I honestly think I’ve had every single Wednesday off this month so yay! Thursdays are actually my favorite day, but Wednesdays are good too.

Anyways I’m rambling so here’s the deal with WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words! To participate, all you do is answer the three questions she provides and pingback to her. It’s a piece of cake!

The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

1. What are you currently reading?

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Slowly but surely, I’m making my way through my Goodreads TBR list. I’m finally down to my last two at least for my TBR. The others either aren’t released, ones I asked for for Christmas or ones I plan on buying.

Currently, I’m reading Carry Me Home. I’m literally just starting it as I write this post so I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts later. The synopsis is telling me it’s about a girl named Lucy, how she deals with life and how it takes a toll on her family. It just seems like something I’d be interested in and a coming-of-age story.

2. What did you recently finish reading?

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To say I love this book would be an understatement. This book is so freaking good, oh my gosh. If you haven’t picked it up, you need to because it’s amazing. It had a slightly slow start, but once I got over that hump, I honestly fell in love with the story, the characters, and the writing style.

If I decide to talk about my top 10 reads of the year, this one is going to be close to the top. It was such a nice surprise and I’m glad I decided to hold off on reading it.

3. What do you think you’ll read next?

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Holy crap am I excited to read this book! I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about it and it will be the last book to check off my Goodreads TBR. I was nervous if I’d actually meet my goal and it looks like I might. I’m trying not to jinx myself but this book sounds so amazing and like one I’ve never read before.

November has been such an awesome reading month for me and I’m just so excited about the books I read. What book are you currently reading and what do you plan on picking up next? I’d love to hear your answers in the comments. 🙂 

 

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Waiting on Wednesday #5

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine and it focuses on upcoming releases we can’t wait for.

It’s Wednesday and this week, it’s all about the upcoming release I’m waiting on. There are so many books I’m looking forward to. Sometimes, I think I’d have enough books to fill a week’s worth of posts. There are so many good books coming out and I’m so excited and can’t wait to get my hands on them.

Final Draft by Riley Redgate

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The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he’s suddenly replaced—by Nadiya Nazarenko, a Pulitzer Prize–winning novelist who is sadistically critical and perpetually unimpressed.

At first, Nazarenko’s eccentric assignments seem absurd. But before long, Laila grows obsessed with gaining the woman’s approval. Soon Laila is pushing herself far from her comfort zone, discovering the psychedelic highs and perilous lows of nightlife, temporary flings, and instability. Dr. Nazarenko has led Laila to believe that she must choose between perfection and sanity—but rejecting her all-powerful mentor may be the only way for Laila to thrive.

Publisher: Amulet Books // Anticipated Release Date: 2018

I know a lot of people out there who love Riley Redgate, but I have yet to read any of her books. I’ve heard such awesome things and this one seems like it could be another hit for her. Personally, I think I’ll end up relating to the main character and sympathizing with what she does to try to make her mentor happy.

Without a solid release date though, I’m not getting too excited. Hopefully, the release date is announced soon so fingers crossed!

Are you looking forward to reading Final Draft?

 

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Retellings

Even though I haven’t read many, I love a good retelling. It’s such a fun way to refresh an old story and make you fall in love with a story all over again. Most of my list consists of fairytale retellings, but I’m sure I’ve read my fair share of others. Just can’t think of them now, but I absolutely love this prompt.

Eventually, I was able to narrow down 5 books and they aren’t in any particular order because I love them all equally. Without further ado, here are my top 5 favorite retellings.

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#5: Ella Enchanted 

I remember reading this book before the movie came out when I was younger. As I’m sure everyone knows, it’s a Cinderella retelling with a twist. What I loved about this book by then was how magical it was and how it featured a lot of different creatures. It was such a different take on Cinderella and the movie only cemented that for me. Even if you haven’t read the book, be sure to watch the movie. I’m not sure how it holds up today, but I remember loving it a lot when I was younger.

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#4: Princess Princess Ever After

I’m not sure if this is considered a true retelling, but I think it might be. For those who haven’t read it, it follows a girl locked in a tower who gets rescued by another princess. It could be considered a Rapunzel retelling if you really think about it. I could be stretching a little bit far, but this book wasn’t far off. It had everything a great fairy tale does including princesses, a prince, dragons, an evil stepsister and a happily ever after.

I haven’t read any other graphic novel retellings, but this one set the bar high. It’s also an LGBTQ story and it really expands the horizons of what a princess can be. This was one of my favorite graphic novels I’ve read this year so I can’t say enough good things about it.

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#3: Geekerella

I’ll admit it, this one was a total cover pick. I mean, just look at the cover. It’s so bright and fun, there’s no way you could walk past it. Plus I got a free chapter sampler from my Fanmail box subscription so there’s no way I couldn’t have finished it. This book is obviously a Cinderella retelling, but it brought fandom into that world, making it a lot more enjoyable.

Ashley Poston really hit a home run with this book. The characters were relatable, the plot was fun and she introduced a new albeit pretend fandom. This book was easily one of my favorites of the year and I’m glad it’s getting the hype it deserves. It was such a surprise book for me and I’d recommend to anyone who loves fandom, retellings or want a contemporary read.

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#2: Tiger Lily

Tiger Lily is the most recent retelling I’ve read but is easily one of my favorites. A retelling of Peter Pan, this book was sort of a prequel to the original book/film. The book follows Tiger Lily, one of the most underrated and underutilized characters from the Peter Pan franchise. This book breathes new life into the character despite being told from Tinkerbell’s POV.

I’ve never read a book by Jodi Lynn Anderson, but Tiger Lily was written beautifully and made me fall in love with Tiger Lily. While it’s not a typical retelling, it’s almost a better version of the story. There’s a lot of nods to Native American culture, backstory about Neverland and an emotional story filled with romance, heartbreak, growing up and family relationships. I can not say enough good things about this retelling.

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#1: Beastly

A retelling I hold extremely close to my heart is Beastly by Alex Flinn. Beauty and the Beast are my favorite Disney movie so when I heard about this book, I knew I had to pick it up. I’m thinking I read it back in 2010 or 2011, but it really struck a chord with me. It featured a very similar plot to the original but made some vast improvements on it, too.

I remember really loving how Flinn wrote the beast and how he made him sound so monstrous when he was just misunderstood plus his tutor was great comic relief. He wrote great characters who showed growth throughout the novel and actually showed things from the Beast’s perspective.

The movie was okay, but I much preferred the book. You should read this retelling if you love Beauty and the Beast, liked the movie or want a modern/darker look at the original story.

I really loved Shanah’s pick for this week and it only made me want to read more retellings in the future. You can check out her post on Bionic Book Worm Blog along with everyone else’s. Next week is a fun prompt so be sure to catch back then 😉