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Waiting On Wednesday – February 23, 2022

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Another Wednesday, another day I’m waiting with barely contained excitement for awesome books to be released. This Wednesday, I’m spotlighting Positively Introverted : Finding Your Way in a World Full of People by Maureen Marzi Wilson.

I’ve loved every single book of Wilson’s that I’ve read. Nonfiction usually isn’t my jam, but it helps that her books are humorous nonfiction graphic novels. Each of her books has reflected some part of the introvert in me in all the best ways. So I obviously had to make a post about this upcoming title.

Positively Introverted releases April 5, 2022.

"Positively Introverted" by Maureen Marzi Wilson (cover)
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ABOUT: Discover how introverts can succeed in a world designed for extroverts with this advice-driven collection of words and illustrations.

Self-proclaimed introvert and creator of Introvert Doodles, Marzi Wilson, knows introverts are still a thriving community. Now she’s back sharing her introvert expertise with a brand-new advice-driven collection of words and illustrations, offering insight on how introverts can succeed in life, focusing on relationships, mental health, career success, and more!


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Waiting On Wednesday – February 9, 2022

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


Today’s spotlight is on Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram, a YA lgbtqiap+ boy band romance (yes please!💕).

This story sounds spectacular and feelings. I’m intrigued by the questions already posed by the synopsis. I love the color palette of the cover art – cotton candy perfection! I think this will be a fun, possibly heartbreaking, and engaging read, so I hope there’s a chance at some point this year for me to read it.

Kiss & Tell releases March 22, 2022.

Kiss & Tell by Adib Khorram (cover)
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ABOUT: A smart, sexy YA novel about a boy band star, his first breakup, his first rebound, and what it means to be queer in the public eye, from award-winning author Adib Khorram.

Hunter never expected to be a boy band star, but, well, here he is. He and his band Kiss & Tell are on their first major tour of North America, playing arenas all over the United States and Canada (and getting covered by the gossipy press all over North America as well). Hunter is the only gay member of the band, and he just had a very painful breakup with his first boyfriend–leaked sexts, public heartbreak, and all–and now everyone expects him to play the perfect queer role model for teens.

But Hunter isn’t really sure what being the perfect queer kid even means. Does it mean dressing up in whatever The Label tells him to wear for photo shoots and pretending never to have sex? (Unfortunately, yes.) Does it mean finding community among the queer kids at the meet-and-greets after K&T’s shows? (Fortunately, yes.) Does it include a new relationship with Kaivan, the star of the band opening for K&T on tour? (He hopes so.) But when The Label finds out about Hunter and Kaivan, it spells trouble—for their relationship, for the perfect gay boy Hunter plays for the cameras, and, most importantly, for Hunter himself.


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Waiting On Wednesday – January 26, 2022

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where you spotlight a highly anticipated book.


It’s my first Waiting On Wednesday post of the new year! Hooray! It’s been many months since my last one, so this is long overdue. This Wednesday I’m spotlighting Falling Short by Ernesto Cisneros.

I discovered this book one day long ago while browsing NetGalley. I’m always on the lookout for new MG reads and this one really captured my attention. The idea of the story is interesting and realistic. I like that the two main characters in a way compliment each other in who they are and what they want most. Already, I’m rooting for them to succeed. I think the story will be entertaining and heartfelt.

Falling Short releases March 15, 2022.

Falling Short by Ernesto Cisnero cover
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ABOUT: Isaac and Marco already know sixth grade is going to change their lives. But it won’t change things at home–not without each other’s help.

This year, star basketball player Isaac plans on finally keeping up with his schoolwork. Better grades will surely stop Isaac’s parents from arguing all the time. Meanwhile, straight-A Marco vows on finally winning his father’s approval by earning a spot on the school’s basketball team.

But will their friendship and support for each other be enough to keep the two boys from falling short?


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Top Ten Tuesday: New-to-Me Authors I Discovered in 2021

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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.


Who were some of your favorite new-to-you authors you discovered in 2021?

After reading a fantastic book by a new-to-me author I’m always keen to read more from them. Bonus if they have an extensive back-list of already published work. Then you can binge read and get to know the author better before their next latest title is released.

I found that excitement several times last year. But here are the top ten who easily won a place in my heart and a place on my shelves:

1.  B.B. Alston – Amari and the Night Brothers

2.  Gia de Cadenet – Getting His Game Back

3.  Preslaysa Williams – A Lowcountry Bride

4.  Trish Doller – Float Plan & The Suite Spot

5.  Chad Lucas – Thanks A Lot, Universe

6.  Dustin Thao – You’ve Reached Sam

7.  Negeen Papehn – Set to Music

8.  Alexandra Overy – These Feathered Flames

9.  Nisha Sharma – Radha & Jai’s Recipe for Romance

10.  Alison Stine – Trashlands

Here’s to all of us finding more new authors to treasure and read from!


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Top Ten Tuesday: 2021 Releases I Was Excited to Read But Didn’t Get

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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 2021 releases were you so excited to read but still haven’t gotten to yet?

Last year I read more new releases than any other year of blogging about books. And with a constantly changing mood-based tbr, it’s not surprising that there were an ample amount that I didn’t get to even though I was eager to read.

My Top 10 includes:

1. Steelstriker by Marie Lu

2. Maya and the Return of the Godlings by Rena Barron

3. One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu

4. Fairytales from Verania by TJ Klune

5. Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

6. Rise Up from the Embers by Sara Raasch & Kristin Simmons

7. A Pack of Storms and Stars by Olivia Wildenstein

8. Ten Thousand Tries by Amy Makechnie

9. The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon

10. The Alpha Protocol by Duncan M. Hamilton

I’m trying to rectify this bookish travesty and have some of these on my current Winter TBR, which is basically made up of books I didn’t get to last year. I am determined to see this through, especially since I own much of these titles.


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#SixForSunday: Bookish Resolutions

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.


Do you have any bookish resolutions this year?

A while ago, I listed all my bookish resolutions in my January Happenings post. I wasn’t teetering on whether to do a Six for Sunday post as well. But I like doing these posts, so I’ll just list the top 6 that are imperative for me to accomplish.

  1. Read more books I own (before buying a boat-load more!)
  2. Go to the library more often (because it’s my happy place)
  3. Be a more active blogger (because talking about books is fun)
  4. Donate books (and share the joy of reading)
  5. Finish that first draft of WIP I keep talking about (because if not now then when?)
  6. Read more back-listed titles (and not push them back again and again)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


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#SixForSunday: Sequels I Can’t Wait For

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.

My picks for today’s prompt are sequels I can’t wait to read that I haven’t talked much about or at all. Some of these I’ve been trying to read for years but kept pushing off. I really want to finish/catch up on these series in 2022.

The books I chose are:

Husband Material by Alexis Hall (Boyfriend Material #2) (August 2, 2022)

In BOYFRIEND MATERIAL, Luc and Oliver met, pretended to fall in love, fell in love for real, dealt with heartbreak and disappointment and family and friends…and somehow figured out a way to make it work. Now it seems like everyone around them is getting married, and Luc’s feeling the social pressure to propose. But it’ll take more than four weddings, a funeral, and a bowl full of special curry to get these two from I don’t know what I’m doing to I do.

Good thing Oliver is such perfect HUSBAND MATERIAL.

This Summer 2022, you’re invited to the event(s) of the season.

 

Endure by Sara B. Larson (Defy #3)

At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

 

Wild Sign by Patricia Briggs (Alpha & Omega #6)

In the wilds of the Northern California mountains, all the inhabitants of a small town have gone missing. It’s as if the people picked up and left everything they owned behind. Fearing something supernatural might be going on, the FBI taps a source they’ve consulted in the past: the werewolves Charles Cornick and Anna Latham. But Charles and Anna soon find a deserted town is the least of the mysteries they face.

Death sings in the forest, and when it calls, Charles and Anna must answer. Something has awakened in the heart of the California mountains, something old and dangerous — and it has met werewolves before.

 

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries #2)

It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”. But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…

 

Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen (The Malediction Trilogy #2)

Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.

Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.

To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted.

 

Jorundyr’s Path by Duncan M. Hamilton (Wolf of the North #2)

Jorundyr’s Path is walked only by the brave. It is survived only by the strong.

As Wulfric pursues Adalhaid’s Blood Debt, he soon learns that the path to revenge is never easy, and the desires of men and the will of gods rarely meet. Aethelman seeks answers to questions long ignored. Rodulf chases power and wealth.

From the streets of Elzburg to the dry plains of Darvaros, Wulfric walks Jorundyr’s Path and encounters a world larger than he could ever have dreamed of: filled with friends, enemies, and danger–the crucible from which heroes are forged.


Is there a series you started that you’ve been meaning to continue for forever?


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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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Six for Sunday: Books You Wish For Under Your Christmas Tree

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.

Happy Sunday!

T minus six days until Christmas! I do low-key, chill Christmases these days. I usually do a post-Christmas/New Year haul but I might – with every ounce of bookish strength I have! – hold off on buying more books. One, I bough so many this year and, two, I’m saving up for Six tickets. (More free kindle books are okay though 😄.)

BUT if I was in a bookish mood this Christmas, five of the six books I’d hope would be under my tree are the rest of the Spy x Family by Tatsuya Endo volumes that are currently available in English.

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I read Spy x Family volume 1 this year and it was one of my top favorite reads of 2021. Hysterical, bloody, action-packed, heartwarming. It’s been a long time since a manga series has enthralled me so. I’m also super excited for the anime to come out in 2022 😭💙.

My sixth pick for this prompt would be Undercover Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams.

Cover of "Undercover Bromance" by Lyssa Kay Adams.
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I enjoyed the first book and have been meaning to get back to this series for a while now. I feel so behind but I know the rest will sure to be great as well.


If you celebrate Christmas, what books are you hoping will be under your tree this year?

OR If you don’t celebrate Christmas, what must-have books do you want to get in 2022?


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Six for Sunday: Red and Green Books

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Six for Sunday is a weekly blog post by Steph @ A Little But A Lot where you share 6 books that to share to go with that Sunday’s prompt. To learn more, click here.

Happy Sunday!

‘Tis the season to swoon over beautiful RED and GREEN book covers, which is the topic of today’s Six for Sunday. I love doing any kind of prompt where the theme is a color. This Sunday, I’m sharing covers that I love from six of my favorite books ever.

First up is The Blacksmith Queen by G.A. Aiken (hilarious and utterly captivating!) and Mastiff by Tamora Pierce (so many feels! and those plot twists!).

 

Next, I had to include Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson (magical library with talk grimoires? yes, please!) and Fire by Maria V. Snyder (that ending, wow!).

 

And, finally, Blade of Fire by Stuart Hill (epic, magical goodness!) and A Wish Upon the Stars by TJ Klune (excuse me while I ugly cry in a glass case of emotions!).

 

If you like these Six for Sunday posts and want to join in on the fun, check out the rest of December’s prompts.


What color books do you wish you owned more of?


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