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Wednesday Wish List [Middle Grade Edition]

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Happy Wednesday!

For this Wednesday Wish List, I wanted the list to have a theme: middle grade. I love reading middle grade and try to read it as much as I do any other genre. They’re always so fun, wholesome, heartfelt, and real.

So this Wednesday, I’m wishing for:

Starfish by Lisa Fipps

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Ever since Ellie wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her fifth birthday party, she’s been bullied about her weight. To cope, she tries to live by the Fat Girl Rules–like “no making waves,” “avoid eating in public,” and “don’t move so fast that your body jiggles.” And she’s found her safe space–her swimming pool–where she feels weightless in a fat-obsessed world. In the water, she can stretch herself out like a starfish and take up all the room she wants. It’s also where she can get away from her pushy mom, who thinks criticizing Ellie’s weight will motivate her to diet. Fortunately, Ellie has allies in her dad, her therapist, and her new neighbor, Catalina, who loves Ellie for who she is. With this support buoying her, Ellie might finally be able to cast aside the Fat Girl Rules and starfish in real life–by unapologetically being her own fabulous self.

 

Maya and the Return of the Godlings by Rena Barron

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*minor book 1 spoilers*

The threat from The Dark is far from over. Twelve-year-old Maya knows this. After crossing the veil between the two worlds, saving her father, and narrowly escaping the sinister clutches of the Lord of Shadows, tensions between the human world and The Dark are higher than ever. And even worse, Maya’s orisha powers as a godling are out of control.

Now a guardian in training, Maya spends her days patching up veils with her father and cleaning up near-disasters like baby wormholes that her erratic powers create. But when Maya and her friends discover that something went terribly wrong during their journey to bring her father back to the human world, they are forced to return to The Dark and restore what they left behind, the one thing keeping the veil from falling: her father’s soul.

The Lord of Shadows is mobilizing his forces for an all-out war against the human world. And this time, Maya and her friends will need all the help they can get. Even if that means teaming up with their greatest enemies, the darkbringers.

 

Unsettled by Reem Faruqi

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From Pakistan to Peachtree City—Nurah’s stirring story of finding your place.

When Nurah’s family moves from Karachi, Pakistan, to Peachtree City, Georgia, all she really wants is to blend in, but she stands out for all the wrong reasons. Nurah’s accent, floral-print kurtas, and tea-colored skin make her feel excluded, and she’s left to eat lunch alone under the stairwell, until she meets Stahr at swimming tryouts. Stahr covers her body when in the water, just like Nurah, but for very different reasons.

But in the water Nurah doesn’t want to blend in: She wants to stand out. She wants to win medals like her star athlete brother, Owais—who is going through struggles of his own in America—yet when sibling rivalry gets in the way, she makes a split-second decision of betrayal that changes their fates.

As Nurah slowly begins to sprout wings in the form of strong swimming arms, she gradually gains the courage to stand up to bullies, fight for what she believes in, and find her place.

 

The Elephant in the Room by Holly Goldberg Sloan

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It’s been almost a year since Sila’s mother traveled halfway around the world to Turkey, hoping to secure the immigration paperwork that would allow her to return to her family in the United States.

The long separation is almost impossible for Sila to withstand. But things change when Sila accompanies her father (who is a mechanic) outside their Oregon town to fix a truck. There, behind an enormous stone wall, she meets a grandfatherly man who only months before won the state lottery. Their new alliance leads to the rescue of a circus elephant named Veda, and then to a friendship with an unusual boy named Mateo, proving that comfort and hope come in the most unlikely of places.

 

The Witch Boy by Molly Ostertag

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In thirteen-year-old Aster’s family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn’t shifted . . . and he’s still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.

When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help — as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require even more courage to save his family . . . and be truly himself.


Do you read middle grade? Do you have a favorite middle grade book or is there one you really want to read?


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Wednesday Wish List – May 26, 2021

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

What book(s) are you hoping to buy next?

I know I did an huge book haul earlier this month, but I wanted to share other books from my wish list. Below are either series I’m continuing or new to me authors. Maybe after summer I can get these books.

Triad by Brittany Weisrock

Athena Whiteridge, born into a powerful prophecy, along with her brothers, Anders and Atlas, form the Triad. Set to rule as Alpha of her pack, this wolf has a secret—Athena possesses abilities to manifest fire, capable of shifting into more than a mere wolf.

On a mission, Athena is rendered dumbstruck by an unsuspecting human, Kalen Ryan. All her strength and skills can’t save her from falling for him. Except—wolves don’t take humans mates. Without understanding their intense connection, the pair leave club Zephyr.

Forced to face a council of leaders and her family, Athena must explain how Kalen is beyond the Barrier and in the Unseen. In attempts to fend off concerns—Athena uncovers her father, Cyrus’s deceit and treachery that runs deep.

The trouble is only beginning. . .

Join the Whiteridges, as they navigate betrayal, love, and battle an ancient evil in a race to save humanity and the Unseen.

Thrax by Christina Bauer (Angelbound Origins #4)

Myla Lewis has married Prince Lincoln, and now they’re expecting! All the after-realms rejoice. Myla should be happy too, but she has a serious problem. The day after their honeymoon ended, Myla’s real husband disappeared. The man who’s sharing her bed is an impostor…

The Rookie by Abigail Owen (Fire’s Edge #2)

To escape exile, Aidan Paytah has had to prove himself worthy. Every second of every damn day. He fought with everything he had to earn his precarious place on the Huracán team of dragon shifter enforcers. He can’t fail or afford distractions, no matter how temptingly sweet. Total loyalty to the clans and dedication to his team is the only way.

Sera Morrison lost her parents and her husband in short order, leaving her a single mother running her family winery alone. Nothing could ever have prepared her for the discovery that she’s a destined dragon mate. But once she finds out, there’s only one man she wants–the one who walks away.

However, the Alliance Council has its own agenda. They want to use her as a political pawn and force a mating that could ultimately kill her to save the High King. Aidan has no choice but to kidnap her, even if it means their close proximity reinforces their own mating bond. And mating with him could end up being a far worse fate for Sera….

High Heat by Annabeth Albert (Hotshots #2)

Smoke jumping is Garrick Nelson’s life. Nothing, not severe injuries nor the brutal physical therapy that follows, is going to stop him from getting back with his crew. But when a lost dog shows up on his front porch, he can’t turn her away, and he can’t take care of her on his own. Thankfully, help comes in the form of his new sexy, dog-loving neighbor. As they work together, trying to re-home their little princess, Garrick can’t resist his growing attraction for the other man, even though he knows this guy isn’t the staying type.

Rain Fisher doesn’t take anything too seriously. He dances through life, one adventure at a time, never settling in one place for too long. When his hot, conveniently buff, neighbor shows up on his doorstep, dog in tow, Rain’s determined to not just save the adorable puppy, but her reluctant owner as well. He never expects their flirtation might tempt him into stay put once and for all…

Danger lurks everywhere for Central Oregon’s fire crews, but the biggest risk of all might be losing their hearts.

Reaper’s Legacy by Joanna Wylde (Reapers MC #2)

Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart-and her virginity-to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn’t have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach’s step-brother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he’s never forgotten.

She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious-her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach’s a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger to be Noah’s only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands-with the help of the Reapers Motorcycle Club-to give them a better life.

Living with outlaw bikers wasn’t Sophie’s plan for her son, but Ruger isn’t giving her a choice. He’ll be there for Noah, whether she wants him or not. But Sophie does want him, has always wanted him. Now she’ll learn that taking a biker to bed can get a girl dirty in every way.

The Warrior King by Abigail Owen (Inferno Rising #3)

Meira Amon is the most reserved of the phoenixes, finding computers easier to deal with than people and their messy emotions. But she wants revenge against the Rotting King Pytheios for the murder of her parents just as much as her sisters. Offering herself as a queen for their ally, dragon shifter King Gorgon of the Black Clan, only makes sense.

Just one problem…

Samael Veles worked his lowborn ass off to become the fiercest warrior of the Black Clan. He has pledged his life to protect his king at all costs. Yet somehow, in the middle of war, he took one look at a woman in a reflection and gave up his heart. When that woman turns out to be the phoenix promised to mate his king and help bring peace to their kind, he has no choice but to accept it.

Until her fire unexpectedly destroys the king after they’ve wed. Now Samael must choose between his loyalty to his clan and protecting the queen who might be his mate from his people’s wrath, one of which will unlock a destiny no one could have ever imagined…

Better Than People by Roan Parrish (Garnet Run #1)

It’s not long before their pet-centric arrangement sparks a person-centric desire…

Simon Burke has always preferred animals to people. When the countdown to adopting his own dog is unexpectedly put on hold, Simon turns to the PetShare app to find the fluffy TLC he’s been missing. Meeting a grumpy children’s book illustrator who needs a dog walker isn’t easy for the man whose persistent anxiety has colored his whole life, but Jack Matheson’s menagerie is just what Simon needs.

Four dogs, three cats and counting. Jack’s pack of rescue pets is the only company he needs. But when a bad fall leaves him with a broken leg, Jack is forced to admit he needs help. That the help comes in the form of the most beautiful man he’s ever seen is a complicated, glorious surprise.

Being with Jack—talking, waking, making out—is a game changer for Simon. And Simon’s company certainly…eases the pain of recovery for Jack. But making a real relationship work once Jack’s cast comes off will mean compromise, understanding and lots of love.

A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology edited by Dhonielle Clayton

From We Need Diverse Books, the organization behind Flying Lessons & Other Stories, comes a young adult fantasy short story collection featuring some of the best own-voices children’s authors, including New York Times bestselling authors Libba Bray (The Diviners), Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic), Natalie C. Parker (Seafire), and many more. Edited by Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles).

In the fourth collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world.

AUTHORS INCLUDE: Samira Ahmed, Libba Bray, Dhonielle Clayton, Zoraida Córdova, Tessa Gratton, Kwame Mbalia, Anna-Marie McLemore, Tochi Onyebuchi, Mark Oshiro, Natalie C. Parker, Rebecca Roanhorse, Victoria Schwab, Tara Sim, Nic Stone, and a to-be-announced debut author/short-story contest winner


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🎁 Wednesday Wish List 🎁 – Birthday Edition 🎂

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

Are you planning to buy any more books in time for the holiday season?

Yes, today’s my birthday and what better way to celebrate being *Charlie Brown wah wah wah* years young, I’m doing a Wednesday Wish List post.

This epic wish list features priority books I’m looking to get for my first book haul of 2021. It’s a huge list because I have no shelf control 😂

As much as I love the feeling of holding a physical book in my hands, this haul likely going to be an ebook haul with manga as the few exceptions.

Nearly all of these books have been published.

Currently on my list:

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Ana On the Edge by A. J. Sass
LGBTQIA+, Middle Grade, Sports

An Incurable Case of Love (Vol. 4-6)
Manga, Contemporary Romance

Brothersong by TJ Klune
LGBTQIA+, MM Paranormal Romance

Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein
Fantasy

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Crave by Tracy Wolff
YA Paranormal Romance

Dark Alpha’s Caress by Donna Grant
Paranormal Romance

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
YA Fantasy

Feel the Fire by Annabeth Albert
LGBTQIA+, MM Contemporary Romance

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Forget Me Nat by Maria Scriven
Middle Grade

Her Accidental Highlander Husband by Allison B. Hanson
Historical Romance

Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
YA Contemporary Romance

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales
LGBTQIA+ YA Contemporary Romance

The Royal Tutor (vol. 13 & 14)
Manga, Historical Fiction

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Servant to the Crown by Duncan M. Hamilton
Fantasy

Snow White with the Red Hair (vol. 10 & 11)
Manga, Fantasy Romance, Shojo

Spy x Family (vol. 1)
Manga, Shonen

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakar
YA Fantasy

Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
YA Fantasy

Please let me know your thoughts if you’ve read any of the books above! Are you planning to buy any more books this year?


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Wednesday Wish List – 7/29/20

Happy Wednesday, Bookworms!

It’s been a few months since I last did this post and so much of life has changed because of covid. A lot of decisions are up in the air again – including book buying – because there is virtually no national plan to combat this virus.

But a girl can still dream and think happy thoughts and make wishes upon stars.

Looking back on my last Wednesday Wish List, I actually was able to buy and read a decent portion from that list, which I’m super happy about!

On this Wednesday’s wish list:

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

The Damned by Renée Ahdieh

One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

Inferno by Donna Grant

Yona of the Dawn (Vol. 7-10)

Days (Vol. 8-9)

The Royal Tutor (Vol. 13)

Seven Days: Monday–Sunday by Venio Tachibana


Be kind.

Stay safe.

Wear a mask.

Social distance.

Wash your hands.


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Wednesday Wish List – 4/22/20

Snow White with the Read Hair (Volumes 6 & 7)

The Royal Tutor (Vol. 13)

Yona of the Dawn (Volumes 4-6)

Days (Complete series)

An Incurable Case of Love (Volumes 2-3)

The Queen’s Resistance by Rebecca Ross

Kill The Queen by Jennifer Estep

Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales

Becoming Brianna by Terri Libenson

Rick by Alex Gino

Wink by Rob Harrell

Fae Curse by Eve A. Hunt

Call It Magic by Janet Chapman


What books are you looking to buy next?


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Wednesday Wish List – 2/19/20

I really really want to do another book haul but I’m trying to be good and read books I bought during my last haul and books I already owned. BUT I hope to do another book haul soon because these titles are irresistibly calling my name.

This Wednesday I am wishing for:

Ashlords by Scott Reintgen (book 1)

Snow White with the Read Hair (Volumes 6 & 7)

Brothersong by TJ Klune (Green Creak #4)

The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune (The Extraordinaries #1)

The Royal Tutor (Vol. 13)

Yona of the Dawn (Volumes 4-6)

Days (Complete series)

Angelbound by Christina Bauer (Angelbound Origins #1)

Beyond the Black Door by A.M. Strickland

QOTD: What’s on your Wednesday Wish List? HAPPY READING!!!


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Wednesday Wish List: 8 Books I Need On My Bookshelf

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Book mail is one of the greatest gifts a bookworm can ever receive. It brings so much joy and happiness that is often hard to describe.

You come home and waiting at your door is the box(es) you’ve been eagerly waiting for. Your mood instantly lifts as your heart beats double time.

You open the box – slowly, carefully as not to damage your precious good.

You pull back the lid and there it is: new books = instant happiness.

You pick up your new babies as if you’re holding something fragile and, when no one is looking, take in that new book smell that you wish could be a scent for a candle.

Unfortunately, there are 4 books I need to get through before I can buy more books. That way I earn my book mail.

The following 8 books are currently waiting on my wish list:

*Note: links to Goodreads and My Blog Review

THE DEEP by Rivers Solomon
(with Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)
Pub Date: November 5, 2019

Yetu holds the memories for her people—water-dwelling descendants of pregnant African slave women thrown overboard by slave owners—who live idyllic lives in the deep. Their past, too traumatic to be remembered regularly, is forgotten by everyone, save one—the historian. This demanding role has been bestowed on Yetu.

Yetu remembers for everyone, and the memories, painful and wonderful, traumatic and terrible and miraculous, are destroying her. And so, she flees to the surface, escaping the memories, the expectations, and the responsibilities—and discovers a world her people left behind long ago.

Yetu will learn more than she ever expected to about her own past—and about the future of her people. If they are all to survive, they’ll need to reclaim the memories, reclaim their identity—and own who they really are.

 

THIRTEEN RISING by Romina Russell
(Zodiac, book 4)

The master has been unmasked. Rho’s world has been turned upside down. With her loved ones in peril and all the stars set against her, can the young Guardian from House Cancer muster the strength to keep fighting? Or has she finally found her match in a master whose ambition to rule knows no limits?

My Reviews:
Zodiac – book 1
Wandering Star – book 2
Black Moon – book 3

 

HEARTSONG by TJ Klune
(Green Creek, book 3)
Pub Date: October 22, 2019

All Robbie Fontaine ever wanted was a place to belong. After the death of his mother, he bounces around from pack to pack, forming temporary bonds to keep from turning feral. It’s enough—until he receives a summons from the wolf stronghold in Caswell, Maine.

Life as the trusted second to Michelle Hughes—the Alpha of all—and the cherished friend of a gentle old witch teaches Robbie what it means to be pack, to have a home.

But when a mission from Michelle sends Robbie into the field, he finds himself questioning where he belongs and everything he’s been told. Whispers of traitorous wolves and wild magic abound—but who are the traitors and who the betrayed?

More than anything, Robbie hungers for answers, because one of those alleged traitors is Kelly Bennett—the wolf who may be his mate.

The truth has a way of coming out. And when it does, everything will shatter.

My Review:
Wolfsong – book 1
Ravensong – book 2

THE QUEEN’S RISING by Rebecca Ross
(The Queen’s Rising, book 1)

When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

 

THESE REBEL WAVES by Sara Raasch
(Steam Raiders, book 1)

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.

Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.

Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.

As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

 

AN INCURABLE CASE OF LOVE (Vol. 1) by Maki Enjoji

Nurse Nanase has striven to once again meet the prince of her dreams, so how is it he’s become such an aggravating doctor?!

After witnessing a handsome and charming young doctor saving a stranger’s life five years ago, Nanase Sakura trained to become a nurse. But when she meets the doctor again and they start working together, she finds Kairi Tendo to be nothing like the man she imagined him to be!

 

GLOW OF THE FIREFLIES by Lindsey Duga

Briony never planned to go back to the place she lost everything.

Firefly Valley, nestled deep within the Smoky Mountains, is better kept in her past. After an unexplained fire gave Briony amnesia, her mother disappeared and her dad moved them to Knoxville.

But now her grandmother needs a caretaker and Briony’s dad volunteers her to help. The moment she returns, her whole world shifts. She feels a magical connection to this valley, as if it’s literally part of her somehow.

And when she meets a hot guy who claims he was her childhood friend but now mysteriously keeps his distance, Briony starts piecing together her missing past…and discovers her mother didn’t leave to start a new life somewhere. She’s trapped in the hidden world within the valley.

Now, Briony will do whatever it takes to rescue her, even if it means standing up against dangerously powerful nature spirits. Even if it means giving up her first love.

 

FIRE DANCER by Catherine Jones Payne

Fire is a dangerous magic.

Sixteen-year-old Kyla is preparing for the test of her life: a high-stakes dance competition to win the role of principal dancer in the fire festival’s elite troupe. When she’s not sneaking off into the woods to practice forbidden magic, that is. Among her people, only the men are entrusted with the mysteries of magecraft. But Kyla’s been learning in secret for ten years, and she’s never backed down from a challenge.

As danger ignites, Kyla must maintain a tight control on her magic. For more than her ambition is in peril. She must stay a step ahead of her enemies–a backstabbing dancer, a repressive council, and a crazed arsonist. If she can’t withstand the inferno, the people she loves most will die.

Fire Dancer is the heart-pounding first novel in a trilogy of YA elemental fantasy books. If you like fierce girl power, slow-burn romance, and harrowing danger, you’ll love Catherine Jones Payne’s fire world.


QOTD: What books are currently on your wish list? Or, what titles were in your latest book haul?

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