Top 5 Wednesday – My Spring TBR

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these but since this week’s topic is kind of an easy one for me, I’m back at it.

Spring is here in the States, and Spring is always full of new books and so is my TBR because there’s so many new releases out that I’ve been wanting to read for so long. But at the same time I want to prioritize my reading this Spring and make sure I read at least these 5 books I’m going to talk about.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I had a classic rock phase in middle school to high school and this alone brings back those memories. This sounds like sort of a fictional biography of someone like Stevie Nicks or Janis Joplin and I am absolutely here for it. And before someone asks I haven’t read The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo….YET. I am ashamed but I do actually own a physical copy of it now and hopefully I’ll get to it very soon.

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

This isn’t a 2019 release but it does have a new cover with wonderful rep for teens of color. It’s just glorious. This fits the spring aesthetic and I’ve had this on my TBR way too long, so I should get on that shit.

You’d Be Mine by Erin Hahn
Release Date: April 2

I mean I should already be reading this one since I do have an eARC. But I love the cover and I’m interested to see if I will enjoy it despite my love-hate relationship with country music. (I like Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton, and Dixie Chicks and that’s about it).

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
Release Date: April 2

More dark contemporary fantasy please!!! This sounds like a book I would make up in a dream. I’ve heard so many great things and maybe not quite fitting the spring read aesthetic but fuck it because I’ve been wanting on this book to make my dreams come true. Also QUEER characters! Characters of COLOR!

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
Release Date: April 9

Everyone’s been talking about this book for months now and I’m here for the hype especially because it’s a Chinese inspired fantasy and 2019 is going to be the year for diverse fantasy. I think I’m going to love this book as much as everyone else does.


Thanks for reading and hope everyone gets to read a lot of amazing books in spring!

Top 5 Wednesday – Reading Resolutions

Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes on Goodreads. Click here to join in on the fun and find out more about this group!

I know I’ve discussed some of my reading and blogging goals recently but I want to in depth with some of my reading goals and what plans I have for 2019.


Read more historical fiction

There’s plenty of historical fiction coming out this year and I’m so ready to read them! I really enjoy this genre and I didn’t read that much of it last year. I also hope to get around to reading historical fiction that is diverse of course.

Read more sci-fi

Another genre that I consider a favorite that I didn’t enough of last year. In fact I don’t think I read ANY sci-fi novels last year. 2019 has some sci-fi releases that have caught my eye.

Venture into the romance genre

I don’t think I’ve ever actually read an honest to god romance novel and I should definitely remedy that this year. I have a few in mind to read in 2019 and I can’t wait to read a genre that I don’t ever read.

Read more series

I own a lot of series and most of them I haven’t started yet or ones I need to finish. Look out for a series TBR soon from me because I’ll need it!

Complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge – 40 Books

I made my goal 30 last year and I think going a little bit higher is good enough for me. I have plenty of books I own both in physical and digital formats as well as ARCs (thanks NetGalley gods and goddesses!) I’m so ready to complete my Goodreads goal again this year.


Let me know some of your reading resolutions 🙂

Top 5 Wednesday – Most Anticipated 2019 Releases by Authors I Loved in 2018

I know that is an unnecessarily long title but it’s basically what this list consists of. I could make SEVERAL posts about my most anticipated 2019 releases (and I probably will anyways). However I decided to share some of the ones from authors I already like! So here’s my Top 5 (plus one) 


The Wicked King by Holly Black (The Folk of the Air #2)

I know that this one is probably on many people’s Most Anticipated of 2019 lists and for good reason. I had a lot of fun reading The Cruel Prince and I’m dying to get my hands on the sequel! 

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

An Enchantment of Ravens was a very whimsical and charming story and I was so excited to learn that she was writing another fantasy novel. This features a magical library!!! sorcerers!! a heroine who is taller than her love interest!! Y’all would be surprised to know the fact that I learned that the MC is a tall heroine really drew me into this one even more. It’s just refreshing to see that. According to the author she’s 6’3! What a badass librarian! 

Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa (Shadow of the Fox #2) 

After that cliffhanger that was Shadow of the Fox, I NEED this book so badly! Soul of the Sword is sure to be as adventure-packed and fun as the first one. 

Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan

Renee Watson’s Piecing Me Together is not just one of my favorite 2018 reads but also a forever favorite. I admire Renee’s writing so much and the honest way she talks about hard issues such as racism and prejudices. This is about two girls who start a Women’s Right Club at their school. 

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee

Under a Painted Sky was another great book I read in 2018 and there’s plenty of other books by Stacey Lee I want to read. Historical fiction is one of my favorites that I sadly don’t read enough of but this one has really piqued my interest. The MC is a maid who moonlights as a advice columnist. I want to point that the cover is absolutely stunning! 

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph by Brandy Colbert

OKAY one more but I just had to share my anticipation for this one because look at that cover!!! Also I loved Little & Lion and Brandy Colbert’s writing is so great! This sounds like another great slice-of-life, coming of age story that Brandy Colbert did so well in Little & Lion!

Top 5 Wednesday – Friendsgiving Guests

Top Five Wednesday is hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes! You can join and find this month’s topics here on Goodreads! 

This week’s topic is – Characters You’d Want at Friendsgiving. I decided to put together a very eclectic and dysfunctional bunch of characters to liven up my Friendsgiving party. 


The Entire Cast of The Diviners series

This group of teenagers with freaky superpowers would definitely throw a great party, especially Evie O’Neill, the ultimate party girl. But I would especially love to hang out with Theta, Memphis, Henry, and Ling. They all just seem so chill. Plus Henry and Theta can be the entertainment since Henry plays music and Theda can sing. 

Jude & Cardan from The Cruel Prince 

They’d definitely be an interesting pair alright lol, hopefully they just don’t try to kill each other…or everyone else at the party. I would like to try some of that fae food though! But without the enchantment and delusion. 

Isobel & Rook from An Enchantment of Ravens

Another couple that I think would liven things up. Plus Isobel can paint portraits for the other guests! 

Jane Sinner from Nice Try, Jane Sinner

I think Jane would be the perfect person to snark with at the party and she’d most definitely love being surrounded by all these weirdo fae and super powered teenagers from the 1920s. 


Thanks for reading! And Happy Thanksgiving to anyone who is celebrating in the States here!

Top Five Wednesday – Characters I’d Dress Up as for Halloween

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The topic for today is October 31st: Characters You’d Cosplay
– Feature some characters you’d like to cosplay as or you think would make a fun Halloween costume.

There will be more than 5 because I had a fun time trying to figure out what characters I would chose and the outfits that go into them and I just ended in this loophole.

DISCLAIMER: CONTENT WARNING – BLOOD 

Howl Pendragon from Howl’s Moving Castle

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The most fabulously dressed and charming as heck wizard himself! I LOVE THIS OUTFIT SO MUCH.

Carrie White from Carrie

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I did say there would be blood. Carrie White’s iconic moment @ prom night. I think an AMAZING Halloween costume should ideally have fake (or maybe even real) blood.

Sailor Mercury / Ami Mizuno from Sailor Moon

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Fun fact: Sailor Mercury’s birthday is September 10th which also happens to my birthday! So this is pretty much destiny that one day I will dress up as Sailor Mercury.

The Bride / Beatrix Kiddo from Kill Bill

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A badass lady with a sword is my kind of outfit!

Penny Lane from Almost Famous

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I’ll take any chance I get to dress like Penny Lane and her super groovy 70s look.

Agent Dana Scully from The X-Files

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My favorite “tired of everyone’s bullshit” leading lady. I just need to someone to be my Agent Mulder LOL.

Raven from Teen Titans

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One of my favorite goth girls in history. She’s also super cool.

Android 18 from Dragon Ball Z

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One of my favorite Dragon Ball characters and she’s a total badass but she’s also really nice despite what this gif looks like. SHE’S A GOOD GUY…eventually. I swear.

Napoleon Dynamite from Napoleon Dynamite

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I don’t know if I could ever pull of these moves but I do have the dorky awkwardness of Napoleon lol.

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Top 5 Wednesday – Favorite YA Contemporary Covers

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This weeks topic is Favorite Covers but I decided to make it much less broad and more of a focused list, so I went with YA contemporaries because I’ve been reading a lot of those lately and there’s many of these that are on my TBR.


We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

Possibly my #1 favorite YA contemporary cover of all time. The colors are gorgeous and I’m so glad that the trend of illustrated covers is in full effect. I own this in eBook form but  I would love to have a physical copy of this.

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

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Looking at the cover in person, it’s stunning. I don’t know why I really like the shapes and the colors of this one. There is also the paperback edition releasing next year and I love that cover even more!

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I am a sucker for illustrated covers y’all!!!

Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi

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The color scheme of light and pink and gold works so well and this is such a great minimalist cover that is very effective.

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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Well basically Summer Bird Blue and Starfish’s covers are gorgeous, but since I just got Summer Bird Blue in a physical copy, I love it even more. I’m probably biased because blue is my favorite color and I just love to stare at this cover for a few minutes and then snap back to reality.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

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Another minimalist cover that works so well for me. I love the use of red.

Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

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A very cute cover for a cute contemporary! I immediately sought out a physical copy as soon as it was released into the wild.

Top 5 Wednesday – Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations

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The topic this week is a really fun one and got thinking about all the classics that I’ve seen that are modernized versions of those classics.

Here are some of my favorite modern adaptations of classic stories:

Clueless (Emma) – Best 90s movie ever

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (Pride & Prejudice) – Webseries

Carmilla (Carmilla) – Webseries

Bride & Prejudice (Pride & Prejudice) – Bollywood style

Easy A (The Scarlet Letter)

She’s the Man (Twelfth Night)

10 Things I Hate About You (Taming of the Shrew)

Each of these took the basic elements from the works they’re based off of and added more modernized storytelling to them.


Sense & Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility is probably my favorite Jane Austen story after Pride & Prejudice and Emma. I ADORE the adaptation that was made in the 90s which had Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, and Kate Winslet. I think this would be perfect retold in a much more modern way. I could see this as either a mini-series or a movie. Also make it gay.

Persuasion

Another Jane Austen one because her works are pretty easy to adapt. Although I’ve ever seen any adaptation of Persuasion. From what I’ve researched there’s been 4 which is honestly a low number compared to the number of P&P, S&S, and Emma adaptations there have been. I think Persuasion deserves a fresh, modernized take. I think a Netflix movie would perfect for this.

Frankenstein

I would LOVE to see a modern day Frankenstein story. I can’t imagine who I’d want to do it, but probably like HBO or Netflix.

The Great Gatsby

I know the APPEAL of The Great Gatsby is the fact that it takes place in 1920s America and that’s the biggest factor of the story. But just imagine a modern-day Great Gatsby??

I know that the 1920s part is basically an essential part of the story.

Technically the latest adaptation with Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby was sort of more modern, but it still took place in the 1920s.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

This is yet another classic novel that I’ve never seen ANY sort of adaptation of. Not because that most of them are old it’s just that in my experience, they’ve been super hard to find or get a hold of.

The Phantom of the Opera

Okay there’s technically been quite a few modern takes on Phantom buuuuut they’re maybe not the best…lol i.e. Phantom of the Megaplex

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Also in case you wanted to read some modern retellings of classic novels, here a few that you should check out and look out for!

Pride by Ibi Zoboi (Pride & Prejudice)

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood (Little Women)

Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro (Sherlock Holmes)

Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson (The Importance of Being Earnest)

Top 5 Wednesday – Debuts I’m Excited For

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This Wednesday’s topic is a Freebie so I decided to choose this topic because I just love talking about books I want to buy and read even though I have plenty of books. Debuts are also especially fun since it’s that authors first piece of work and there are many debuts that are amazing. 2018 so far has had many great debuts from what I’ve been told and there are even more 2018 debuts to get excited for!

Synopses are from Goodreads.


Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

Release Date: September 4th

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The first part of the synopsis which made me instantly want this book:

Dexter meets This Savage Song in this dark fantasy about a girl who sells magical body parts on the black market — until she’s betrayed.
Nita doesn’t murder supernatural beings and sell their body parts on the internet—her mother does that. Nita just dissects the bodies after they’ve been “acquired.” But when her mom brings home a live specimen, Nita decides she wants out — dissecting living people is a step too far.
But when she tries to save her mother’s victim, she ends up sold on the black market in his place — because Nita herself is a supernatural being. Now Nita is on the other side of the bars, and there is no line she won’t cross to escape and make sure no one can ever capture her again.
Nita did a good deed, and it cost her everything. Now she’s going to do a lot of bad deeds to get it all back.

I am 100% here for morally grey female characters and dark supernatural fantasies. I also believe that this will be a series.  

Home and Away by Candice Montgomery

Release Date: October 16th

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Tasia Quirk is young, Black, and fabulous. She’s a senior, she’s got great friends, and a supportive and wealthy family. She even plays football as the only girl on her private high school’s team.
But when she catches her mamma trying to stuff a mysterious box in the closet, her identity is suddenly called into question. Now Tasia’s determined to unravel the lies that have overtaken her life. Along the way, she discovers what family and forgiveness really mean, and that her answers don’t come without a fee. An artsy bisexual boy from the Valley could help her find them—but only if she stops fighting who she is, beyond the color of her skin.

This sounds like a good hard-hitting contemporary. Also I love that the main character plays football, which will be different for me to read about since most books don’t mention or feature sports too often. Also a bisexual boy is the love interest!

The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth

Release Date: October 23rd

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This is probably my MOST anticipated because this has an amazing premise:

Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge.
When Ev and Phil finally returned to London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves.
Now, Evelyn spends her days sneaking into the woods outside her boarding school, wishing for the Woodlands. Overcome with longing, she is desperate to return no matter what it takes.
Philippa, on the other hand, is determined to find a place in this world. She shields herself behind a flawless exterior and countless friends, and moves to America to escape the memory of what was.
But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.
Content warnings are available via the author’s website: https://www.lauraeweymouth.com/books

I VERY MUCH  appreciate that the author has put up content warnings for this book. I also think another reason why I’m anticipating this one is because I follow the author on Twitter and she seems very nice. But I respect any author who puts content warnings for their books.

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney

Release Date: September 25th

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The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she’s trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.
Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slipping GPA. Keeping the Nightmares at bay is turning into a full-time job. But when Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.

I saw someone describe this as Buffy meets Alice in Wonderland and I never realized how good those two things sounded together. Can’t wait for this one!!!

The Deepest Roots by Miranda Asebedo

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Release Date: September 18th

Contemporary with the slightest twist of magic, this stunning debut YA novel is a fresh and heartwarming story about the power of friendship.
Cottonwood Hollow, Kansas, is a strange place. For the past century, every girl has been born with a special talent, like the ability to Fix any object, Heal any wound, or Find what is missing.
Best friends Rome, Lux, and Mercy all have similar talents, but to them, their abilities often feel like a curse. Rome may be able to Fix anything she touches, but that won’t help her mom pay rent or make it any easier to confide in Lux and Mercy about what’s going on at home. And Rome isn’t the only one. Lux has been hiding bigger, more dangerous secrets.
As Rome struggles to keep her friendships close, she discovers the truth about life in Cottonwood Hollow—that friends are stronger than curses, that trust is worth the risk, and sometimes, what you’ve been looking for has been under your feet the whole time.

This sounds so interesting and I enjoy contemporaries that have some magical elements in them always appeal to me.

Top 5 Wednesday – Books Removed from TBR

So I have to honest I really need to sort through my TBR on Goodreads.

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It’s a little…out of control. Ever since I started Goodreads I’ve just kept adding books and I a haven’t gotten around to deleting the books off my shelves that I know for sure I’m never reading.

These are just some of the more recent books I’ve removed whether its because they are books I have lost interest in or books that I don’t want to read ever because of problematic elements that have been brought up about them.

DISCLAIMER: You can still want to read these, you don’t need to listen to me. 🤷


Ship It by Britta Lundin

This book sounded like it would be something I would love. It has shipping, fandoms, a F/F romance. However after reading some more critical reviews of this I decided not to read this since it’s rep is harmful and there’s a lot of problematic and very questionable content. I’m going to share this person’s video review of this book here because they talk about these issues in a better way than I can. Also a link to this Goodreads review which I feel is also a very great critical review of this book.


Rainbow Rowell’s books

Yeah I know it sounds kind of shitty to be like “I’m not going to read this authors books because of one bad book” but 🤷🤷 what can I say? I just don’t care for some of the things this author has said in the past and Eleanor & Park is something I wish I could wipe from my memory.


A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry

Unfortunately I already I own this one and it was a cover buy ://// But after actually reading some reviews, I’ve quickly changed my mind about this one. I’m linking this Own Voices review for the Puerto Rican rep in the book, which according to the reviewer was done in a distasteful way. Also this book has super low ratings, which I don’t usually let dictate whether I’m going to read something or not, but yikes.


Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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I just kind of lost interest in this series and I never bothered to pick this up. The cover is neat though.


Top Five Wednesday – Books I Want to Read Before the End of the Year

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There’s honestly so many books I could place here but for the sake of not trying to be repetitive, I wanted to mention some of those books that I have the strongest urge to spend all my money and read as soon as I buy it.

Fingers crossed that I’ll get some gift cards for my birthday!!

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The City of Brass by S.K. Chakraborty

Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Thanks for reading,

Sav