Monthly Most Anticipated – May 2020

So yeah it’s been a hot minute and everything is just…chaotic. I haven’t blogged in a while and I am going to talk about that more in a future post. But I want to get back into it and be more active than I have been before.

To get to the point of this post, these are some things coming out this month I’m excited for. A lot of stuff I initially would have put in here have been changed because of the coronavirus pushing release dates of many things further into year or even into next year.


BOOKS

MAY 5

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo’s third book featuring two half-sisters who are connected by the death of their father set in New York City and the Dominican Republic. First of all I love the cover and the title. Secondly, I know I’m going to enjoy this book because Elizabeth Acevedo is a master with words and this one is told in verse like her debut, The Poet X.

Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender

This book is about a Black, queer, and transgender teen by a Black, queer, transgender author. I’ve heard good things about this author’s other books and I’m excited to start with this one from them.

The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton

This is described as A Knight’s Tale meets Moxie which is intriguing enough for me. I like the concept of a YA taking place in Medieval Times-esque restaurant. I’m interested to see what the humor will be like and how it deals with sexism and gender.

Last Girls by Demetra Brodsky

The doomsday prepper scenario mixed in with possibly cult stuff? I’m in. When it comes to anything about cults, secret societies/compounds, I’m for some reason really int those kind of stories.

MAY 12

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

Described as “When Dimple Met Rishi meets Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda in this rom com about two teen girls with rival henna businesses”, The Henna Wars is F/F enemies to lovers that many have been waiting with two girls of color. Also it’s set in Ireland which is actually a place I have yet to read about.

By the Book by Amanda Sellet

Not gonna lie that the cover and the pun-tastic title drew me in. So I intentionally am not setting my expectations high only because I’m in for the cuteness.

MAY 19

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

I’m not the type of person who would normally bring up Book Twitter controversy but if you wanted to know my stance on a certain book that was brought up at the beginning for the year for having garbage representation of the Mexican migration experience, fuck American Dirt and read a book about immigration from an Own Voices author.

This Coven Won’t Break by Isabel Sterling

This is the sequel to These Witches Don’t Burn which I started last year but then put on hold and its been that ever since. I was barely getting into the story of the first one but I am interested see where it all goes, continue on with it, and possibly read this one.

MAY 26

Out Now: Queer We Go Again edited by Saundra Mitchell

I’m actually apart of a blog your this for this title and I cannot wait. The synopsis alone sounds so interesting and fun.

“A follow-up to the critically acclaimed All Out anthology, Out Now features seventeen new short stories from amazing queer YA authors. Vampires crash prom, aliens run from the government, a president’s daughter comes into her own, a true romantic tries to soften the heart of a cynical social media influencer, a selkie and the sea call out to a lost soul. Teapots and barbershops, skateboards and VW vans, Street Fighter and Ares’s sword: Out Now has a story for every reader and surprises with each turn of the page!”

FILMS

I would have put more here but most movies are either being delayed later in the year or into next year. That being said there is one film that I’ve been anticipating that wasn’t affected by the coronavirus.

THE HALF OF IT

I’ve already watched this and I plan on reviewing on it because I just want to rave about it. I highly recommend this beautiful coming of age story. This is from a Chinese-American lesbian creator so please support this film so we can get more stories like this in mainstream media.

TV SERIES

There’s only two series that I’m interested right now. I also have a lot of shows I’m still “currently watching”.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power – Season 5

The final season of She-Ra is upon us. It really feels so sudden since this show has only been on Netflix for 2 years. I would have really liked this to have had more episodes/seasons but I am fine with what they have put out and hopefully with what will come. The previous season left off with some interesting cliffhangers and there is so much that needs to be resolved. I’m excited to see how it all ends.

Dead to Me – Season 2

This was a show I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did last year. This had a lot of great twists as well as comedy and great moments concerning grief and trauma. The last episode of the first season ended with a major ciffhanger as shit was hitting the fan.


That’s what I’m looking forward to this month let me know what you’re looking forward to in May and we can chat about it in the comments below.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Monthly Most Anticipated – March 2020

I started this last month so I thought I’d more of this. This month will have way more books than anything else because WOW what a solid month for book releases and especially when there’s a whole day full of amazing books. Anyways these are things I’m interested in that’s happening during the month of March. Let me know some things y’all are anticipating this month!

BOOKS

It’s a good mix of a lot of YA and a few literary fiction releases that really interested me. But this is a huge month of for amazing book releases in my opinion.

march 3

Anna K. by Jenny Lee

When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkowski

Havenfall by Sara Holland

The Winter Duke by Claire Eliza Bartlett

The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu

Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer

march 10

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

The Deep by Alma Katsu

Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

march 17

The Electric Heir by Victoria Lee

Beheld by TaraShea Nesbit

Darling Rose Gold by Staphenie Wrobel

The Eighth Girl by Maxine Mei-Fung Chung

march 24

Lakewood by Megan Giddings

The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

The Herd by Andrea Bartz

march 31

Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang

We Are Totally Normal by Rahul Kanakia

The Sisters Grimm by Menna van Praag

VIDEO GAMES

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

I’M SO EXCITED FOR THIS!!! I haven’t pre-ordered it yet but I plan on it because I want my hands on this game now. I’ve been getting back into Pocket Camp so I can get used to the mechanics of the game. I love using the Switch and I think this game will be so much fun on it. The hype

MOVIES

I only have two movies releasing this that I’m remotely interested watching.

A Quiet Place: Part II

I never saw A Quiet Place in the theater and I might not actually see this in theater since I like watching horror movies alone. But this is a movie I’m genuinely excited to more from. I’m not going to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t watched the first one but if you’re looking for a unique horror premise or just like Emily Blunt being amazing, go watch these movies.

Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Yeah I’m a film snob and I follow along with what airs at film festivals like Sundance and Cannes. This one caught my eye because I like coming of age films. I’ll insert a little description of the plot in case you’re also interested.

“A teenage girl in rural Pennsylvania hops on a Greyhound bus and goes on a long, expensive and distressing pilgrimage to New York City to find an abortion clinic”.


That’s it for what I’m excited about this month. I’m pretty sure I’ll find out that some more things I like will be out this month because I’m always late to the party.

Let me know some things you’re excited for in March.

Monthly Most Anticipated – February 2020

BOOKS

BELLE REVOLTE BY LINSEY MILLER

  • YA high fantasy with French influences
  • all the characters are queer
  • ace rep

ALL THE STARS AND TEETH BY ADALYN GRACE

  • YA fantasy
  • SEA FANTASY WITH PIRATES AND MERMAIDS

THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US BY TRICIA LEVENSELLER

  • YA dark fantasy
  • enemies to lovers ship
  • morally grey characters

THE KING OF CROWS BY LIBBA BRAY

  • YA historical paranormal series
  • I CAN’T BELIEVE ITS HERE AND ITS ENDING!!!

THE SOUND OF STARS BY ALECHIA DOW

  • YA sci-fi
  • fat black girl MC + she’s ace
  • girl meets alien
  • music and books!

NIGHT SPINNER BY ADDIE THORLEY

  • YA fantasy retelling of Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • set in a tundra environment

FOUL IS FAIR BY HANNAH CAPIN

  • YA contemporary
  • TW: sexual assault; rape; violence
  • revenge story !!!
  • Kill Bill vibes

MOVIES

BIRDS OF PREY (AND THE FANTABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN)
Release Date: Feb 7

This is the most invested I’ve been in a film within the DCEU since Wonder Woman and it looks like it’ll live up to my own hype built around it. It looks FUN and that’s pretty much all I can ask for when going to see a superhero flick. Also its directed by a woman of color Cathy Yan and produced by Margot Robbie herself. The SOUNDTRACK IS COOL.

EMMA
Release Date: Feb 21

Emma (2020) may be the Emma adaptation that will sell me on reading the Austen classic (besides Clueless). Not a huge fan of the Gwyneth Paltrow one. I like the actress Anya Taylor Joy especially for her performance in The VVitch. Also Bill Nighy as Mr. Woodhouse is a huge sell for me and an excellent casting choice. Basically reminds of me the casting for Little Women with Bob Odenkirk as Mr. March.

THE INVISIBLE MAN
Release Date: Feb 28

Moreso taken from the Universal film than the book this looks terrifying and dark. Also not too familiar with either the book or the many adaptations of it.


TV SERIES

HIGH FIDELITY on HULU

Listen just tell me Zoe Kravitz is in it and I’ll watch it. BUT seriously this sounds promising for an adaptation of a film about a white dude in the U.S. which is also an adaptation of a book from a white British guy. I love things about music and record stores and this looks fun.

BETTER CALL SAUL SEASON 5 on AMC

I really need to catch up with this show before the new season airs but I really appreciate this show. I’ve mostly kept up with it since it aired and it always surprises me every week.

I AM NOT OKAY WITH THIS SEASON 1 on NETFLIX

So I JUST HAPPENED TO discover this through making this post. This is apparently an adaptation of a graphic novel by the guy who did The End of the F***ing World (WHICH I LOVE) and it also stars Sophia Lillis who I really enjoyed in the Sharp Objects miniseries and the new IT films. Its been described as Sex Education meets Stranger Things because its the coming of age story about sexuality, growing up and whatnot BUT the MC having superpowers. From what little I’ve seen there is a queer storyline with the MC being in love her best friend. I know nothing else so this could go haywire and be bad but I’m hoping it’s good and for success.


That’s that for what I’m looking forward to in February. What are you most anticipating this month?