Bookish Memes Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Was SO EXCITED to Get, but Still Haven’t Read

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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.

We’ve all been or are still there. Buying books we just HAD TO HAVE, but then some or all end up sitting on our shelves for who knows how long. I am very guilty of this. Sometimes it seems like an impossible task to decrease the number of owned books before buying more. But it is doable! I’m trying my best to do so this year and it’s going…well…so-so.

Here are 10 books I was so excited to get, but still haven’t read (but hoping this year will be the year I do!):

  1. Battle Magic by Tamora Pierce
  2. Call It Magic by Janet Chapman
  3. Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
  4. Fairytales From Verania by TJ Klune
  5. An Indecent Invitation by Laura Trentham
  6. Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest
  7. One Jar of Magic by Corey Ann Haydu
  8. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
  9. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch
  10. The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morgenthaler

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Bookish Memes Stacking The Shelves

Stacking the Shelves – May 13, 2022

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).

Tell me about your recent book discoveries. Which books have recently caught your attention?

Happy Saturday, bookworms! This week I added more 2022 releases to look forward to with the exception of one that released last year and another that won’t be out for a couple years more. It’s a lovely list includes a mix of historical, fantasy, romance, lgbtq+, contemporary, and mythology. My recent additions are:

  • A Fate Inked in Blood by Danielle L. Jensen (2024)
  • How to Steal a Scoundrel’s Heart by Vivienne Lorret (May 24)
  • The Rewind by Allison Winn Scotch (November 2)
  • The Other Man by Farhad J. Dadyburjor (2021)
  • Thank You for Listening by Julia Whelan (August 2)
  • The Valkyrie’s Daughter by Tiana Warner (July 26)

I found some pretty great books to read in the future. I’m most excited for Jensen’s book. I love all of the covers for each book listed. The premises for Lorret, Dadyburjor, and Warner’s books intrigue me. And I love the title for Whelan’s novel.

Have a great weekend!

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Bookish Memes Stacking The Shelves

Stacking the Shelves – April 2, 2022

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).

What exciting reads have been added to your shelves recently?

It’s been a pretty good week for discovering new books. This week I added 26 books to my tbr shelves.

One thing I like about the lists below is that all but four books are by new-to-me authors. Adding new authors is like finding hidden treasure because then you get to binge read all their backlisted titles. Yay!

Here are the recent additions to my shelves:

Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi


Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske
Never Trust a Guy With Fangs by Mia Monroe
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
The Last Sun by K.D. Edwards


The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
Heartless by Gena Showalter
A Dance of Silver and Shadow by Melanie Cellier
Heart of the Raven Prince by Tessonja Odette
Wicked Wings by Elizabeth Briggs


A Relentless Rake by Anna Harrington
The Good Girl’s Guide to Rakes by Eva Leigh
Faking Forever by Catherine Bybee
Beauty and the Baller by Ilsa Madden-Mills


The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly-Mei by Christina Matula (April 5)
Heartbreak Symphony by Laekan Zea Kemp (April 5)
The Sign for Home by Blair Fell (April 5)
One Bossy Proposal by Nicole Snow (April 8)
A Veil of Kings and Gods by Nicole Bailey (April 27)
Answers in the Pages by David Levithan (May 10)
Ruthless by Gena Showalter (arc/blog tour) (July 26)
The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna (Aug 23)
Drunk on Love by Jasmine Guillory (Sept 20)

Most I won’t be able to get to for a while, but there are a few standouts that I think I want to read this summer, such as A Marvellous Light, Never Trust a Guy With Fangs, The Once and Future Witches, and Beauty and the Baller.

I also found some really interesting 2022 books that I wish were released like yesterday, like The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly-Mei, One Bossy Proposal, Answers in the Pages, and The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches.

So many new book finds, so little time. Nevertheless, I am bookish-ly happy with this haul.

Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

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Bookish Memes Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books With an Adjective in the Title

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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.

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I hope your week and current read(s) have been going well.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is Books With an Adjective in the Title.

  1. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  2. The Brazen Bluestocking by Tracy Sumner (review)
  3. Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jensen (review)
  4. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (review)
  5. Ungifted by Gordon Korman (review)
  6. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan
  7. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce
  8. The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill (review)
  9. Enna Burning by Shannon Hale
  10. The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (review)

These are all 5 star reads from authors I adore. I highly recommend adding them to your tbr because they are amazing and dazzling and make my heart oh-so happy. There’s no picking a favorite from this list. That would be too painful to do. But I’ve linked to my blog reviews I have, so be sure to check those out if any of these titles sounds interesting.

Have a great day!

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Bookish Memes Top 10 Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring 2022 TBR (5 star predictions)

Top Ten Tuesday blog post

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

What are you most looking forward to reading this spring?

Only five more days until spring! I’m looking forward to warmer weather and flowers blooming, but I’m not looking forward to bugs and mud.

I’m also looking forward to starting my spring tbr. Today I’m sharing the top 10 books I’ll be reading this spring that I think will be 5-star reads.

Half this list includes books from new-to-me authors that I’m greatly interested in reading. The other half are books by authors I love, so I kind of have a better idea of their 5-star potential. The anticipation is high with all of these books!

Here are my picks (in no particular order):

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
"Get a Life, Chloe Brown" by Talia Hibbert (cover)
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Chloe Brown is a chronically ill computer geek with a goal, a plan, and a list. After almost—but not quite—dying, she’s come up with six directives to help her “Get a Life”, and she’s already completed the first: finally moving out of her glamorous family’s mansion. The next items?

• Enjoy a drunken night out.
• Ride a motorcycle.
• Go camping.
• Have meaningless but thoroughly enjoyable sex.
• Travel the world with nothing but hand luggage.
• And… do something bad.

But it’s not easy being bad, even when you’ve written step-by-step guidelines on how to do it correctly. What Chloe needs is a teacher, and she knows just the man for the job.

Redford ‘Red’ Morgan is a handyman with tattoos, a motorcycle, and more sex appeal than ten-thousand Hollywood heartthrobs. He’s also an artist who paints at night and hides his work in the light of day, which Chloe knows because she spies on him occasionally. Just the teeniest, tiniest bit.

But when she enlists Red in her mission to rebel, she learns things about him that no spy session could teach her. Like why he clearly resents Chloe’s wealthy background. And why he never shows his art to anyone. And what really lies beneath his rough exterior…

The Bodyguard by Katherine Center (arc)
"The Bodyguard" by Katherine Center (cover)
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She’s got his back.
Hannah Brooks looks more like a kindergarten teacher than somebody who could kill you with a wine bottle opener. Or a ballpoint pen. Or a dinner napkin. But the truth is, she’s an Executive Protection Agent (aka “bodyguard”), and she just got hired to protect superstar actor Jack Stapleton from his middle-aged, corgi-breeding stalker.

He’s got her heart.
Jack Stapleton’s a household name—captured by paparazzi on beaches the world over, famous for, among other things, rising out of the waves in all manner of clingy board shorts and glistening like a Roman deity. But a few years back, in the wake of a family tragedy, he dropped from the public eye and went off the grid.

They’ve got a secret.
When Jack’s mom gets sick, he comes home to the family’s Texas ranch to help out. Only one catch: He doesn’t want his family to know about his stalker. Or the bodyguard thing. And so Hannah—against her will and her better judgment—finds herself pretending to be Jack’s girlfriend as a cover. Even though her ex, like a jerk, says no one will believe it.

What could possibly go wrong???
Hannah hardly believes it, herself. But the more time she spends with Jack, the more real it all starts to seem. And there lies the heartbreak. Because it’s easy for Hannah to protect Jack. But protecting her own, long-neglected heart? That’s the hardest thing she’s ever done.

Wildseed Witch by Marti Dumas (arc)
"Wildseed Witch" by Marti Dumas (cover)
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A fun middle-grade contemporary fantasy with an all-BIPOC cast, about a social-media-loving tween who gets sent to an ultra-private witch camp.

Hasani’s post-seventh-grade summer to-do list is pretty simple: get a bigger following for her makeup YouTube channel and figure out how to get her parents back together. What she does NOT expect is that an emotional outburst will spark a latent magical ability in her. Or that the magic will be strong enough to attract the attention of witches. Or that before she can say #BlackGirlMagic, she’ll be shipped off on a scholarship to a fancy finishing school for talented young ladies.

Les Belles Demoiselles is a literal charm school. Here, generations of young ladies from old-money witch families have learned to harness their magic, and alumnae grow to become some of the most powerful women across industries, including politicians, philanthropists, CEOs, entrepreneurs—and yes, even social media influencers. Needless to say, admission to the school is highly coveted, very exclusive . . . and Hasani sticks out like a weed in a rose bouquet.

While the other girls have always known they were destined to be witches, Hasani is a Wildseed––a stray witch from a family of non-witches, with no background knowledge, no way to control her magic, and a lot to catch up on. “Wildseed” may be an insult that the other girls throw at her, but Wildseeds are more powerful than they know. And Hasani will learn that there are ways to use magic and thrive that can never be taught in a classroom.

The Bachelor Bargain by Maddison Michaels
"The Bachelor Bargain" by Maddison Michaels (cover)
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Bachelors, beware. For those who keep secrets and prey on the innocent, you will be exposed, with all your dirty little secrets laid bare to one and all. You have been warned…

Lady Olivia Haliford has had enough. Tired of seeing women lose their reputations, futures, and sometimes even their lives to scandal while the men walk free, she is ready to take back power and stand up for women everywhere. Along with her two closest friends, she plans to start an anonymous publication dedicated to dishing the dirt and exposing the secrets of society’s most eligible bachelors. But in order to do so, she will have to make a deal with the devil…

Sebastian Colver, known as the Bastard of Baker Street, is feared throughout London as the city’s most notorious gambling den owner and undisputed king of the underground. His life is nothing but darkness and danger, so he is shocked when the petite lady gracing his doorstep seems anything but frightened of him. He agrees to be a silent partner in the publishing of the Gazette if she will use her connections to sponsor his sister and launch her into Society and away from his dark world.

But exposing the secrets of the rich and powerful can be dangerous. Almost as dangerous as a lady falling in love with the king of the underground.

The Scandalous Vixen by Tracy Sumner
"The Scandalous Vixen" by Tracy Sumner (cover)
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He knew at first sight.
She knew at first kiss.

Helena Astley, Lady Hell to the ton, has plans. To control her father’s shipping business, to live her way, by her rules. Her plan is going remarkably well until one ill-advised kiss invites the duke she doesn’t want but cannot resist into her life.

Hardnosed Roan Darlington, Duke of Leighton, cares little for society or finding a duchess. The only person ever to challenge him is the incorrigible, infuriating Helena Astley. The one woman he’s never been able to forget. When they’re caught in a ruinous situation, Roan offers her an alternative. A sham engagement she can break off after Christmas.

As they discover a world of forbidden pleasure, Helena must decide if she can relinquish a heart she vowed to withhold from the only man powerful enough to seize it.

And Roan must decide if falling madly, passionately in love is worth the risk.

Daja’s Book by Tamora Pierce (reread)
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Outcast Trader Daja, along with her fellow mages-in-training, journeys from Winding Circle to the Gold Ridge Mountains, where drought threatens widespread famine. There, Daja creates an astonishing object: a living metal vine, and Daja’s dealings with her former people reawaken a longing for familiar ways.

Daja must choose – should she return to the Traders or remain with the Winding Circle folk who have become her family?

When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed
"When Stars Are Scattered" by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed (cover)
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Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is hard there: never enough food, achingly dull, and without access to the medical care Omar knows his nonverbal brother needs. So when Omar has the opportunity to go to school, he knows it might be a chance to change their future . . . but it would also mean leaving his brother, the only family member he has left, every day.

Heartbreak, hope, and gentle humor exist together in this graphic novel about a childhood spent waiting, and a young man who is able to create a sense of family and home in the most difficult of settings. It’s an intimate, important, unforgettable look at the day-to-day life of a refugee, as told to New York Times Bestselling author/artist Victoria Jamieson by Omar Mohamed, the Somali man who lived the story.

Inferno by Donna Grant
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I knew what I wanted. And nothing was going to stop me.

King of Dragon Kings. Driven, ruthless, shrewd. The weight of survival for Constantine and his brethren has pushed him to set aside his own yearnings—for now. He’s the most powerful of all Dragon Kings, and Con will stop at nothing to destroy anyone who dares to threaten his existence.

For years, Con has hidden his pain—his desperation—for there is one smoldering beauty that he craves above all else, even if he feels he doesn’t deserve her. However, his enemies are at every corner. There is no one left to trust. But none of that matters anymore: There is only one thing that Con wants. With this one woman by his side, he can fight for the freedom of his fellow men-in-arms. All Con has to do is get her to surrender her heart…and be his for all time.

Built to Last by Erin Hahn (arc)
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Shelby Springfield has spent the last ten years trying to overcome her past, sanding it away like she does the rough spots on the vintage furniture finds she makes over. But as a former child star, it’s hard to forget a mediocre pop career, a meltdown widely documented by the paparazzi, and a huge public break with her former co-star Lyle Jessup. It’s also hard to forget her other co-star and childhood sweetheart, Cameron Riggs — the one who got away.

Anytime Shelby has called, Cameron has come running… And then he runs right off again to chase stories around the world by making documentaries, too scared to admit what he really wants. But when Lyle stirs the pot, getting the two back in the spotlight with a home renovation show, Cameron can’t help but come on board.

There’s something in it for everyone — almost. Cameron wants to come home and set down some roots. Shelby wants to prove to the world she’s not the messy party girl anymore. And Lyle wants to twist the screws on his two childhood friends who had more chemistry than he could dream of with anyone. Sparks and sawdust fly as Shelby and Cameron film the pilot for “Homemade” and battle Lyle’s shenanigans at every turn.

The Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L. Jensen
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A warrior princess trained in isolation, Lara is driven by two certainties. The first is that King Aren of the Bridge Kingdom is her enemy. And the second is that she’ll be the one to bring him to his knees.

The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom enriches itself and deprives its rivals, including Lara’s homeland. So when she’s sent as a bride under the guise of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture its impenetrable defenses. And the defenses of its king.

Yet as she infiltrates her new home and gains a deeper understanding of the war to possess the bridge, Lara begins to question whether she’s the hero or the villain. And as her feelings for Aren transform from frosty hostility to fierce passion, Lara must choose which kingdom she’ll save… and which kingdom she’ll destroy.

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Bookish Memes Stacking The Shelves

Stacking the Shelves – February 26, 2022

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly haul meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews & Reading Reality. You share all the wonderful new books you’ve added to your shelves (physical, ebooks, galleys, library, audio).

Happy Saturday, Friends!

I must know: what books have you recently added to your shelves? Have any skipped the line to the front of your tbr?

Well. It’s apparently been almost a year since I’ve done this particular post. I can only guess it’s because of the rate in which I’ve been adding books to my tbr (a rate that I shall remain blissfully unaware of).

Stacking the Shelves is another fun way to share recent additions to your bookshelves. Maybe get feedback from the community who’ve read it. Maybe discover from others STS posts even more books you just gotta read.

This week I added 14 books to my ebook shelf and overall shelves:

Approved ARCs

  • Wednesday Wilson Fixes All Your Problems by Bree Galbraith, Illustrated by Morgan Goble (June 7)
  • Heat Wave by TJ Klune (July 19)
"Heat Wave" by TJ Klune (cover)
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  • Dark Alpha’s Passion by Donna Grant
"Dark Alpha's Passion" by Donna Grant (cover)
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Community & Browsing Finds

  • We Move the World by Kari Lavelle, Illustrated by Nabi H. Ali
  • The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars by Shivaun Plozza
  • Under Shifting Stars by Alexandra Latos
  • Promised in Fire by Jasmine Walt
  • Untainted by Lilian T. James
  • Puck Drills & Quick Thrills by Eden Finley & Saxon James
  • Sink of Swim by Annabeth Albert
"The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars" by Shivaun Plozza (cover)
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2022 Releases

  • Different Kinds of Fruit by Kyle Lukoff (April 12)
  • Wrath Goddess Sing by Maya Deane (June 7)
  • The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas (September 6)
  • Maya and the Lord of Shadows by Rena Barron (September 13)
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The arcs I’ll be reading before summer arrives. If any other books did move up my tbr, they’d probably be The Boy, the Wolf, and the Stars, Promised In Fire, or Puck Drills & Quick Thrills. I’m pretty dedicated to the immediate tbr I have now, but you never know as my tbr changes frequently.

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Anticipated Book Releases

February 2022 New Book Releases

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Which February releases do you hope to read this year?

Happy Wednesday! I would love to read all of these upcoming titles if I could.

I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea though! It’s another highly anticipated read for me that I’m positive I’m going to love  because it sounds enchanting (fingers and toes crossed!).

Ramón and Julieta and Meet Me in the Margins sound like great romance reads and Only a Monster seems interesting too.

Here are the new releases I’m spotlighting this month:

February 1

The Iron Sword by Julie Kagawa (review coming soon)
Just Right Jillian by Nicole D. Collier (review)
Count Your Lucky Stars by Alexandria Bellefleur
Cameron Battle and the Hidden Kingdoms by Jamar J. Perry
Ramón and Julieta by Alana Albertson

February 8

Not the Witch You Wed by April Asher
With Love from London by Sarah Jio

February 11

Playing for Love by Jeevani Charika

February 15

Meet Me in the Margins by Melissa Fergusan
Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? by Leslie Connor
Crocodile Hungry by Eija Sumner, Illustrated by John Martz

February 22

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh
I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson
Only a Monster by Vanessa Len

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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:

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


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


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


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


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


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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December 2021 New Book Releases

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December 2021 New Book Releases

December 7

The Righteous by Reneé Ahidieh

Innate Magic by Shannon Fay

December 28

Starlight by Olivia Wildenstein

Duke Gone Rogue by Christy Carlyle

It Happened One Midnight by Saranna DeWylde

Bookish Lists Wednesday Wish List

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.

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