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Quote of the Day (from Haikyu!!)

 

quote from "Haikyu!!" by Haruichi Furudate

Today’s quote is from the phenomenal series Haikyu!!: “But nothing would ever get started if they didn’t first think, ‘Let’s give it a try.’”

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Anticipated Books Releasing In 2022

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme originally created by The Broke and the Bookish, but is now run by That Artsy Reader Girl.


Which 2022 releases are you most looking forward to reading?

For today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I want to list my Top 10 for the whole year as I recently did a post about every new release I’m anticipating in the first half of it.

Some of these books I wish I had like yesterday but also I don’t think I’m emotionally ready for yet because the previous book was devastatingly good – so many feels! Others are by new-to-me authors I’m excited to try.

My Top 10 Most Anticipated 2022 Releases are (in A-Z order):

1. Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston (February 1)

Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston cover

2. Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn (November 8)

Bloodmarked by Tracy Deonn cover

3. A Brush with Love by Mazey Eddings (March 1)

4. This Cursed Crown by Alexandra Overy (December 6)

This Cursed Crown by Alexandra Overy cover

5. Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan (January 11)

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan cover

6. Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros (March 15)

Falling Short by Ernesto Cisnero cover

7. The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh (February 22)

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh cover

8. The Heretic Royal by G.A. Aiken (October 25)

The Heretic Royal by G.A. Aiken cover

9. Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez (April 19)

Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez cover

 

10. Remarkable Ruby by Terri Libenson (May 3)

*No cover on Goodreads yet but you can see it on the author’s Instagram*


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ARC Review: Operation Sisterhood by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich #newbookrelease

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Thank you to Crown Books for Young Readers and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Operation Sisterhood is out now!

Cover of "Operation Sisterhood" by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich

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Genre: Middle Grade
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: Fans of the Netflix reboot of The Babysitters Club will delight as four new sisters band together in the heart of New York City. Discover this jubilant novel about the difficulties of change, the loyalty of sisters, and the love of family from a prolific award-winning author.

Bo and her mom always had their own rhythm. But ever since they moved to Harlem, Bo’s world has fallen out of sync. She and Mum are now living with Mum’s boyfriend Bill, his daughter Sunday, the twins, Lili and Lee, the twins’ parents…along with a dog, two cats, a bearded dragon, a turtle, and chickens. All in one brownstone! With so many people squished together, Bo isn’t so sure there is room for her.

Set against the bursting energy of a New York City summer, award-winning author Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich delivers a joyful novel about a new family that hits all the right notes!

 

REVIEW: Operation Sisterhood radiates the joy that can be found between sisters, in family, and in a community. It’s the kind of story I wish I had growing up.

The story takes place primarily in Harlem and the surrounding area. Bo is having a difficult time adjusting to her new family, living situation, and freeschooling without putting a damper on her mother’s happiness about their new life. She worries all these changes will cause her to lose her individuality.

It was interesting following the day-to-day of this new lifestyle Bo is now living in. It’s a warm, loving environment conducive to learning, responsibility, teamwork, self-reflection, and exploration. I love that they live with so many animals too, especially a bearded dragon who seems to enjoy wearing hats.

I love the sisterhood between Bo, Sunday, Lili and Lee. Each sister has a distinct personality and a passion. Bo is a drummer, super organized, and loves to cook. Sunday (Bo’s stepsister) loves to write, is quirky, and plays the keyboard. She tries so hard (sometimes too hard) to make Bo feel welcomed and a part of the family. I forget which twin (Lili and Lee) liked what but one is a huge animal lover while the other is a fashion designer. They also play an instrument (guitar and bass).

These new sisters are expressive, big-hearted, outgoing and enthusiastic. It was great seeing how they worked together to solve problems, make their parents happy, bring the community together, and support one another.

Operation Sisterhood was a good story with a vibrant cast of characters that I think readers will greatly enjoy. I also adore the cover art – I think it sums up the story perfectly.


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2022 New Books Releases I Want to Read (January – June)

2022 New Book Releases I Want to Read (January - June)

What new book releases are you most looking forward to in the first half of 2022?

There are an abundance of great new releases to look forward to this year. Even though I know it would be impossible to get to them all, it’s still fun to make such lists and keep an eye on books in case of sales or mood changes.

The number one read in each month I can’t wait to read are: Daughter of the Moon Goddess (January), The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea (February), A Brush with Love (March), Part of Your World (April), Remarkable Ruby (May), and The Silence That Binds Us (June).

Here’s the full mega list of anticipated 2022 releases:

JANUARY
1 – Digging Up Love by Chandra Blumberg
4 – Operation Sisterhood by Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich (review coming soon)
11 – Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan
11 – The Family You Make by Jill Shalvis
11 – Weather Girl by Rachel Lynn Solomon
11 – The Shattered Skies by John Birmingham
14 – Snow White with the Red Hair (vol. 14)
18 – How to Love Your Neighbor by Sophie Sullivan (review)
18 – Operation Do-Over by Gordon Korman
18 – Joan Is Okay by Weike Wang
18 – Servant Mage by Kate Elliott
18 – Icebreaker by A. L. Graziadei
25 – Getting His Game Back by Gia de Cadenet (review)
25 – His Fresh Start Cowboy by A.M. Arthur
25 – The Map to You by Rachel Stockbridge

 

FEBRUARY
1? – Amari and the Great Game by B.B. Alston
1 – The Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa (review coming soon)
1 – Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier (review coming soon)
1 – Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
1 – Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms by Jamar J. Perry
1 – Ramón and Julieta by Alana Albertson
8 – Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher
11 – Playing for Love by Jeevani Charika
15 – Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Fergusan
22 – The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
22 – I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson
22 – Only a Monster by Vanessa Len

 

MARCH
1 – Turning by Joy L. Smith (review coming soon)
1 – A Brush with Love by Mazey Eddings
1 – Witchlings by Claribel A. Ortega
1 – Wingbearer by Marjorie M. Liu
1 – This Is Not Enough by Anna Kang, Illustrated by Christopher Weyant
8 – The Suite Spot by Trish Doller (review)
8 – Kamila Knows Best by Farah Heron
8 – One for All by Lillie Lainoff
15 – Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros
15 – Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma
22 – The Garden We Share by Zoë Tucker, Illustrated by Swaney Julianna (review)
22 – Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy
22 – Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram
22 – A Million Quiet Revolutions by Robin Gow
29 – Summer Nights with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews (review coming soon)
29 – Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes by Mahak Jain

 

APRIL
5 – Spy x Family (vol. 7)
5 – Positively Introverted by Maureen Marzi Wilson
5 – Alice Austen Lived Here by Alex Gino
5 – She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott & Alyson Derrick
5 – The Blood Trials by N.E. Davenport
5 – Love from Scratch by Kaitlyn Hill
5 – Business Not as Usual by Sharon C. Cooper
12 – No Rings Attached by Rachel Lacey
15 – Snow White with the Red Hair (vol. 18)
19 – Part of Your World by Abby Jimenez
26 – That Cowboy of Mine by Donna Grant
26 – The Damning Stone by TJ Klune
26 – Jagged Little Pill by Eric Smith
26 – In the Key of Us by Mariama J. Lockington
26 – Never Cross a Highlander by Lisa Rayne

 

MAY
3 – Remarkable Ruby by Terri Libenson
3 – Book Lovers by Emily Henry
3 – Chef’s Kiss by T.J. Alexander
10 – Set on You by Amy Lea
10 – Camp Famous by Jennifer Blecher
10 – Wildseed Witch by Marti Dumas
31 – Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper

 

JUNE
7 – Batter Royale by Leisl Adams
7 – Same Time, Same Place by David M. Barnett
14 – The Silence That Binds Us by Joanna Ho
14 – Wash Day Diaries by Jamila Rowser and Robyn Smith
17 – Snow White with the Red Hair (vol. 19)
21 – On Rotation by Shirlene Obuobi
21 – Fake It Till You Bake It by Jamie Wesley
28 – The Black Girls Left Standing by Juliana Goodman
28 – The Song That Moves the Sun by Anna Bright


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2022: January Happenings!

 

January Happenings at The Bookshelf Corner blog

Hello, again! I hope you all had a good weekend and you’re ready to kickstart the new year into high gear. I know I am. Here’s what’s happening this month at The Bookshelf Corner:

Eyes on the Prize: 2022 Bookish Goals

Hello, 2022! There are several goals I want to accomplish this year, but today I’ll just focus on the ones of the bookish variety. I want to:

    • Visit the library regularly
    • Be a more active blogger
    • Donate books I’m no longer interested in reading
    • Reduce the number of unread owned books on my shelves
    • Read more back-listed titles
    • Finish the first draft of WIP
    • Participate NaNoWriMo for the first time
    • Read and/or acquire my very most anticipated 2022 releases
    • Buy more books

The 2022 Reading Challenge I Almost Got Carried Away With

Feeling energized after last year’s success I was toying with the idea of challenging myself to read 200 books this year, but at the last minute decided 150 is more reasonable given my overall 2022 plans.

I don’t have a tbr for this month – there are certain books I should really get done this month, but for the most part I’m just continuing with the winter tbr and going with the flow.

To start the new year, I’m currently reading Bend Toward the Sun by Jen Devon and Starlight by Olivia Wildenstein. The former I’m hoping to finish this week. The latter is around 600 pages so that’ll be a month long read unless I totally becomes unputdownable (which is 100% likely).

Rebranding the Blog for a Better Experience

Lately, I’ve been working on major rebranding for the blog. Some changes have already begun to be implemented, but there are still additional things to figure out, such as choosing a fresh, more modern theme, changing my approach to writing posts, creating a new logo, and designing for accessibility. More on that later once it’s all complete.

Have a great first full week of 2022!

 


 

“Everybody needs a passion. That’s what keeps life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.”
– Betty White,
If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t)

 


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My 2022 TBR List

The Bookshelf Corner's Official 2022 tbr list

Did you or do you plan to make a tbr list for 2022?

2022 is bringing lots of new changes. One of those changes is how I approach tackling my tbr.

Every year I always make a general tbr of all the books I want to read as well as monthly and seasonal tbrs based on my mood. I’m still going to do the latter lists but for my general tbr I decided to just include priority reads.

These priority reads include: back-listed titles, must reads, owned books, recent releases, recently added, and other books I really want to read. Essentially, books at the top of my list in each genre.

It’s still a long list of books as usual, but I tried to narrow my focus based on my reading habits of the past few years.

In 2022, I’m hoping to read:

ARCs
Bend Toward the Sun by Jen Devon
Bet On It by Jodie Slaughter
Turning by Joy L. Smith
Summer Nights with a Cowboy by Caitlin Crews
Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier
The Iron Sword by Julia Kagawa

 

MANGA
Spy x Family (Vol. 2-6)
Yona of the Dawn (Vol. 17-28)
Snow White with the Red Hair (Vol. 14 & 15)
The Water Dragon’s Bride (Vol. 6-8)
Ace of the Diamond (Vol. 4-8)
Attack on Titan (Vol. 1-9)
Let’s Dance A Waltz (Vol. 2)
Ossan Idol (Vol. 2)
Say I Love You (Vol. 1-13)
Heart Break Club (Vol. 2)

 

PICTURE BOOKS
Just Like Me by Vanessa Brantley-Newton
I Am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes, Illustrated by Gordon C. James
Earth Takes a Break by Emily House
Please Don’t Read This Book by Deanna Kizis
The Top Secret List to Becoming a Superhero by Adisan Books
The Angry Dragon by Michael Gordon
The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Memory Jars by Vera Brosgol
Goodnight, Little Monster by Helen Ketteman, Illustrated by Bonnie Leick
When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic, Illustrated by Wes Hargis
Dear Librarian by Lydia M. Sigwarth, Illustrated by Romina Galotta

 

MIDDLE GRADE
One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu
Cathedral of Bones by A. J. Steiger
Ten Thousand Tries by Amy Makechnie
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia
Maya and the Return of the Godlings by Rena Barron
The Girl of Magic and Dreams by Charity Tober
Blended by Sharon M. Draper
Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang
Something To Say by Lisa Moore Ramée
Some Place More Than Others by Renée Watson
Wink by Rob Harrell
Genesis Begins by Alicia D. Williams
Spark by Sarah Beth Durst
A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull
Stella Día Dreams Big by Angela Dominguez
Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty
When You Trap A Tiger by Tae Keller
See You In The Cosmos by Jack Cheng
Going Wild by Lisa McMann
The Elephant In The Room by Holly Goldberg Sloan
The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

 

YOUNG ADULT CONTEMPORARY FICTION
Slay by Brittney Morris
Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

 

YOUNG ADULT FANTASY
Rise Up from the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristen Simmons
These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
Spellbreaker by Charlie N. Holmberg
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Sisters of Sword and Song by Rebecca Ross
Burn by Patrick Ness
The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Realm Breaker by Victoria Aveyard
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles
Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy
Oath Taker by Audrey Grey
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau-Preto
Endure by Sara B. Larson
Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco
Flame In The Mist by Renée Ahdieh
The Sword and the Dagger by Robert Cochran
Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce
Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
The Red Fox Clan by John Flanagan
Return of the Temujai by John Flanagan
Angel Mage by Garth Nix
So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane
We Rule the Night by Claire Eliza Bartlett
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
The Paladin Prophecy by Mark Frost
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
Soulforge by Brian Zeeff
Awakening Shadows by Sydney Hawthorne
Divine Blood by Beck Michaels
Realm of Knights by Jennifer Anne Davis
Air Awakens by Elise Kova
Dragon Academy by Devonnie Asher
The Awakening of Ren Crown by Anne Zoelle
Storm Glass by Jeff Wheeler

 

YOUNG ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
Breathless by Jennifer Niven
All This Time by Mikki Daughtry & Rachael Lippincott
A Totally Awkward Love Story by Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway
Match Me If You Can by Tiana Smith
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

 

YOUNG ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE
The Righteous by Renée Ahdieh
Crave by Tracy Wolff
Deception by Stacy Claflin
Alpha by Regan Ure
Hidden by T.J. Yelden
Prophecy Accepted by Tamar Sloan
Blood of Anteros by Georgia Cates
Golden Curse by M. Lynn

 

YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION
Steelstriker by Marie Lu
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

 

LGBTQIAP+ YOUNG ADULT
Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
I’ll Be The One by Lyla Lee
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
Six Angry Girls by Adrienne Kisner
Timekeeper by Tara Sim
The Black Coast by Mike Brooks
Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun Jonny Garza Villa
Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

 

LGBTQIAP+ ADULT
Fairytales From Verania by TJ Klune
The Black Coast by Mike Brooks
Written in the Stars by Alexandria Bellefluer
In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish
Have Mercy by Christina Lee
Home Plate by Christina Lee
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Right as Raine by Lucy Lennox
In Her Arms by Melissa Tereze
Accidental Honeymoon by Miranda MacLeod
One Golden Summer by Clare Lydon
Line Mates & Study Dates by Eden Finely & Saxon James

 

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Get A Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon
The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood
The Dating Playbook by Farrah Rocha
You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria
The Dating Plan by Sara Desai
The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
While We Were Dating by Jasmine Guillory
A Princess In Theory by Alyssa Cole
Shipped by Angie Hockman
Fairy Godmothers, Inc. by Saranna DeWylde
The Bridal Suite by Rochelle Alers
The Last Second Chance by Lucy Score
Forever Never by Lucy Score
Christmas From the Heart by Sheila Roberts
Christmas At Holiday House by RaeAnne Thayne
All I Want for Christmas Is a Cowboy by Jessica Clare
The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler
Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams
The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Married by Monday by Catherine Bybee
Not Quite Enough by Catherine Bybee
Everything Changes by Catherine Bybee
Forbidden by Destiny by Negeen Papehn
Forbidden by Time by Negeen Papehn
Call It Magic by Janet Chapman
Ride Wild by Laura Kaye
Ride Hard by Laura Kaye
The Investigator by Anna Hackett
Troubleshooter by Anna Hackett
The Bodyguard by Anna Hackett
The Checklist by Addie Woolridge
Waiting On the Rain by Claudia Conner
When You Knew by Jamie Beck
Worth the Trouble by Jamie Beck
The Promise of Us by Jamie Beck
Loving Callie by Julia Jarrett
Just the Two of Us by Ryu Hyang
Protect by Mica Rae
Love at First by Kate Clayborn
Irresistible by Melanie Harlow
Insatiable by Melaine Harlow
Saving the CEO by Jennifer Holiday
No Time for Promises by Lindsay Detwiler
It Started with a Dog by Julia London
Home Is Where You Are by Melissa Grace
Home Again by Melissa Grace
The Exception by Lauren H. Mae & Rosalie Rooks
Seven Days in June by Tia Williams
No Judgments by Meg Cabot
Misconception by Julia Wolf
Rocked by Julia Wolf
Someone to Hold by Patty H. Scott
With You by Jessica Marlowe
Won’t Go Home Without You by Cheris Hodges
The Spanish Love Deception by Elena Armas
Jagged Edge by Cara Carnes
Forever Only Once by Carrie Ann Ryan
Paws Off the Boss by Casey Griffin
Wait for Me by J.H. Croix
Meant to Be by Melody Grace
Before Dawn by Suzanne Halliday
Seaside Summers (books 1-3) by Melissa Foster

 

PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Blaze by Donna Grant
Inferno by Donna Grant
Dark Alpha’s Caress by Donna Grant
A Pack of Storms and Stars by Olivia Wildenstein
Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs
Lost Wolf by KL King
Legacy Found by N. J. Walters
Oath Sworn by Kristen Banet
Her Dragon Protector by Roxie Ray
Moon Kissed by Jen L. Grey
Pack Challenge by Shelly Laurenston
Midnight Kisses by Leia Stone & Raye Wagner
Wildfire Pegasus by Zoe Chant
Wolf Gone Wild by Juliette Cross
Vampire Girl by Karpov Kinrade
Wicked Gods by Michelle Hercules
Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken
Wolves and Daggers by Melanie Karsak
Blood Laws by Lexi C. Foss
Kiss of a Dragon by Alisa Woods
Thrill of the Chase by Layla Nash
Archangel’s Kiss by Anna Santos
Gone with the Wolf by Kristin Miller
Royal Dragon Bind by Ava Ward
Shadow Touched by Becky Moynihan
The Vampire Wants A Wife by Andie M. Long
Mortal Heir by Emma L. Adams
Brock’s Mate by Anastasia Wilde
Tangled in Time by Barbara Longley
Stolen by the Vampire by Roxie Ray & Lindsey Devin
The High Mountain Court by A.K. Mulford
Secret Legacy by Carissa Andrews

 

HISTORICAL ROMANCE
Highland Captive by Alyson McLayne
An Indecent Invitation by Laura Trentham
Catching Him by Aurora Rose Reynolds
A Friend of the Highland Court by Celeste Barclay
Marquess of Menace by Tammy Andresen

 

FANTASY
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
Knight’s Ransom by Jeff Wheeler
Jorundyr’s Path by Duncan M. Hamilton
The Blood Debt by Duncan M. Hamilton
The Tattered Banner by Duncan M. Hamilton
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
Star Mother by Charlie N. Holmberg
Rise of the Ranger by Philip C. Quaintrell
Ruins on Stone Hill by F. P. Spirit
Kingdoms at War by Lindsay Buroker
Gild by Raven Kennedy
The Last Shadow Knight by Michael Webb

 

FANTASY ROMANCE
Starlight by Olivia Wildenstein
The Becoming by Nora Roberts
The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen
Academy of Assassins by Stacey Brutger
First Term by Rachel Jonas
The Second Blind Son by Amy Harmon
A Court of Honey and Ash by Shannon Mayer & Kelly St. Clare

 

SCIENCE FICTION
Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
The Alpha Protocol by Duncan M. Hamilton
Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha
Shockwave by Lindsay Buroker
The Messenger by J. N. Chaney & Terry Maggert
Alien Lord’s Captive by Mina Carter

 

ANTHOLOGY
Blackout edited by Dhonielle Clayton
A Universe of Wishes edited by Dhonielle Clayton


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[January 2022] Book of the Month: Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston

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It’s the first Book of the Month post of 2022! I chose Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston. I chose this first of a series because it was an incredible fantasy story with a likable and relatable main characters, a bunch of supernatural beings, and unique world building. I was so captivated by this story. It was one of my top top favorite reads of 2021. I can’t wait to read what is sure to be a thrilling sequel, Amari and the Great Game.

Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston cover

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Title: Amari and the Night Brothers
Series: Supernatural Investigations #1
Author: B.B. Alston
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Recommended?: Yes

ABOUT: Quinton Peters was the golden boy of the Rosewood low-income housing projects, receiving full scholarship offers to two different Ivy League schools. When he mysteriously goes missing, his little sister, 13-year-old Amari Peters, can’t understand why it’s not a bigger deal. Why isn’t his story all over the news? And why do the police automatically assume he was into something illegal?

Then Amari discovers a ticking briefcase in her brother’s old closet. A briefcase meant for her eyes only. There was far more to Quinton, it seems, than she ever knew. He’s left her a nomination for a summer tryout at the secretive Bureau of Supernatural Affairs. Amari is certain the answer to finding out what happened to him lies somewhere inside, if only she can get her head around the idea of mermaids, dwarves, yetis and magicians all being real things, something she has to instantly confront when she is given a weredragon as a roommate.

Amari must compete against some of the nation’s wealthiest kids—who’ve known about the supernatural world their whole lives and are able to easily answer questions like which two Great Beasts reside in the Atlantic Ocean and how old is Merlin? Just getting around the Bureau is a lesson alone for Amari with signs like ‘Department of Hidden Places this way, or is it?’ If that all wasn’t enough, every Bureau trainee has a talent enhanced to supernatural levels to help them do their jobs – but Amari is given an illegal ability. As if she needed something else to make her stand out.

With an evil magician threatening the whole supernatural world, and her own classmates thinking she is an enemy, Amari has never felt more alone. But if she doesn’t pass the three tryouts, she may never find out what happened to Quinton.


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🎉 Happy New Year 2022! 🎉

Happy New Year 2022

Happy New Year!

A brand new year brings new beginnings and chances

To start anew or improve.

To learn from the past

And forge forward with renewed purpose and unshakable determination.

To live life even fuller than you did yesterday,

To laugh twice hard as you did yesterday,

To smile wider than before.

Because this is your year to make the impossible possible.

I wish you much joy and good health and success in 2022.

And I hope you get to read all the books and get lots and lots more!

Happy Reading,

Christina


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2021 Wrap-Up + The Book, Cover, and Author of the Year

Happy Friday & Happy New Year’s Eve!

Whew! We did it. We made it to the end of 2021. I am forever grateful to books for getting me through this challenging year. I had a lot of great and profound reading experiences throughout the year. Good times I’ll remember fondly. Plus, the blog has grown and achieved a few new milestones, which I’m very happy about.

Without further delay, here’s my 2021 wrap-up along with my top favorite reads of 2021 and the cover/author/book of the year.

2021: Goodreads Reading Challenge

As of this post I’ve read 132 books (maybe 133 if I can finish this final read – A Dragon for Christmas by Zoe Chant – before the ball drops).

Screenshot of completed Goodreads Reading Challenge widget of 132 books of 100 goal for 2021.

December Reviews Posted

I posted 26 reviews this month of mostly 4-star reads. All in all, a good month for books.

Getting His Game Back  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wife by Wednesday  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Am Enough  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Good Egg  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Cool Bean  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sunny Makes A Splash  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Only Mostly Devastated  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Introvert Doodles  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Strictly No Elephants  | ⭐⭐⭐
The Suite Spot  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
Falling for Zeke  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
Welcome to the Ballroom (Volume 1)  | ⭐⭐⭐1/2
Gratitude is My Superpower  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Red: A Crayon’s Story  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Garden We Share  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
House of Beating Wings (excerpt)  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I Am (Not) Scared  | ⭐⭐⭐
We Are (Not) Friends |  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Awakened  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Damaged Goods  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Dragon’s Breath  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’ve Loved You Since Forever  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Goodnight Moon  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Wildfire Griffin  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
All Systems Red  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Restart  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Favorite December Reads

My favorite December reads were Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales, The Suite Spot by Trish Doller, and All Systems Red by Martha Wells.

Favorite Blog Posts I Wrote

Below are posts I wrote from the past year that I had a lot of fun making and sharing.

Top Ten Tuesday: Purple, Gold, and/or Green Book Covers (Happy Mardi Gras!)
Book to Movie Adaptations I’d Love To See
Top Ten Tuesday: Characters Whose Job I Wish I Had
Top Ten Tuesday: Colorful Book Covers
Outfits On Book Covers I Want In My Closet
My Favorite Book Mentors
Top Ten Tuesday: Older Reads I Loved and Will Always Recommend
Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Love An Update On

Top 12 Favorite Reads of 2021

My top 12 favorite reads of 2021 were Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis, Set to Music by Negeen Papehn, Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, Float Plan by Trish Doller, The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison, Brothersong by TJ Klune, Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein, Spy x Family (volume 1) by Tatsuya Endo, Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas, Rock Hard by Nalini Singh, and Feel the Fire by Annabeth Albert.

I highly recommend all of these 5-star titles!

Honorable Mentions:
Bloodsworn  ●  Unplugged  ●  Drawn Together

Covers of the Year

I chose Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao, and Bloodsworn by Scott Reintgen. for Cover of the Year. These stunning, beautiful covers took my breath away. I would gladly have these as wall art decor in my house.

Authors of the Year

For this category, I chose authors whose works I especially enjoyed and really want to read more from.

B.B. Alston  ●  TJ Klune  ●  Whitney D. Grandison

Nalini Singh  ●  Trish Doller  ●  Danielle L. Jensen

Courtney Ellis  ●  Annabeth Albert  ●  Chad Lucas

Book of the Year

This was probably the toughest choice I had to make this year but I chose two books that really wowed me, left a huge impression on me that still lingers, and brought me to tears. Book of the Year went to Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune and At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis!

Final Thoughts – Farewell 2021

While 2021 was a good reading year for me, it’s also put into perspective what I want for myself and this blog going forward. I’ve been slowly making changes in all aspects of my life and 2022 will see the beginning of those wishes implemented. But more on that in an upcoming January Happenings post.

I want to thank you all for reading, commenting, and liking my posts. I am so happy to be in this space, blogging and gushing and reminiscing about all things books. You are the best!

I hope you all have a splendid weekend and a happy New Year!

 

Sincerely,

Christina


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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The Best of the Best Books of 2021: here are my favorites

Hello, again! Happy New Year’s Eve Eve! It’s been a busy while relaxing, reading, and just enjoying my time off work. This break was much needed for everyone.

Today’s post is a rewind, reminiscing about all the books I read this year and sharing the ones that stood out and left big impressions on me.

This year seems harder than past ones because I read so many good books! It was difficult to choose just one for some of the categories I’m using below. But we’re book lovers. Choosing just one book rarely is an option.

In 2021, I surpassed my reading goal of 100 books and read 27,146 pages across 131 books.

I’m still reading “Operation Sisterhood” but will be able to finish before the year is over. That review will be posted January 4 (its release day).

Through much deliberation, here are the best of the best books of 2021:

Best Picture Book was:

Drawn Together by Minh Lê, Illustrated by Dan Santat

Honorable Mentions:
Eyes That Kiss In The Corners Bedtime Bonnet

Best Middle Grade was:

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

Honorable Mentions:
Thanks A Lot, Universe ● Unplugged

Best LGBTQIAP+ Fiction was:

Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

Image via NetGalley

Honorable Mentions:
Ana on the EdgeBat BoyBrothersong Feel the FireOnly Mostly DevastatedOne Last StopThanks A Lot, Universe

Best Young Adult Romance was:

The Right Side of Reckless by Whitney D. Grandison

Honorable Mentions:
Radha & Jai’s Recipe for RomanceYou’ve Reached SamOnly Mostly Devastated

Best New Adult Romance was:

Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein

Honorable Mention:
Bat Boy One Last Stop

Best Adult Romance was:

Set to Music by Negeen Papehn &
At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis

Honorable Mentions:
Feel the FireRock HardFloat PlanA Lowcountry BrideHome to MeWaiting for YouAll Night Long with a CowboyGetting His Game Back

Best Paranormal Romance was:

Brothersong by TJ Klune

Honorable Mentions:
Wildfire Griffin The Boss

Best Fantasy was:

Bloodsworn by Scott Reintgen,
Amari and the Night Brothers by B.B. Alston, &
Celestial by Olivia Wildenstein

Honorable Mentions:
Roar A Swift and Savage Tide These Feathered Flames Gilded Serpent

Best Manga Volume was:

Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo (Vol. 1)

Honorable Mention:
An Incurable Case of Love

Best Standalone Novel was:

At Summer’s End by Courtney Ellis
Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune, &
Set to Music by Negeen Papehn

Best 2021 Release was:

*For this, I’m listing all my favorites because there were too many new releases that I absolutely loved. This year I read more new releases than any other year.*

All Night Long with a Cowboy    Amari and the Night Brothers  ●  Ana on the Edge  ●  Be Dazzled  ●  Bloodsworn  ●  Celestial    Eyes that Kiss in the Corners  ●  Float Plan  ●  Gilded Serpent  ●  Home For A Cowboy Christmas  ●  A Lowcountry Bride  ●  My City Speaks  ●  One Last Stop  ●  Open Your Heart  ●  Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance  ●  The Right Side of Reckless  ●  Set to Music  ●  The Squire  ●  At Summer’s End   ●  A Swift and Savage Tide  ●  Thanks A Lot, Universe  ●  These Feathered Flames  ●  Trashlands  ●  Truly Tyler  ●  Unplugged  ●  Under the Whispering Door  ●  Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business  ●  You Can Go Your Own Way  ●  You’ve Reached Sam

 

So those were some of my top favorite reads from the year. It’s been another amazing reading journey that I’m going to remember fondly. Tomorrow I’ll be posting my wrap up along with my favorite book, cover, and author of 2021.

See you then!


As Always, Happy Reading!!!

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