May 2020 TBR + Goals

May is here and here I am, still making TBRs and goals despite not ever really following through with them. But I’m persistent and stubborn and I want to make them anyways because at least I’m making goals for myself. Even if I never achieve them!

I haven’t blogged in a while because of not only the COVID-19 pandemic and me having to work different hours and being stressed about that, but also because of lack of inspiration and energy for blogging and reading. My mental health over the years has been going through major ups and down, particularity these couple of months of 2020 have been huge down months where I was tired and unmotivated. I have had some terrible days. My struggle with my depression and anxiety is still a work in progress much like this blog and my love for reading. So I just didn’t do anything which made me feel worse but at the same time, I probably needed the break.

But now I’m hoping to get back into this and even If I’m not the best I’m going to do the best I can.

Now let’s transition to the blog stuff, I want to blog hop and comment more. Which is a goal I will always have set for myself. I also want to be productive by writing blog posts ahead of time that way I don’t have to struggle.

I also want to revive my bookish Instagram account. The one I’m barely active on and have only posted 3 things since making it. If anyone wants to give me some ideas on what I could post or some helpful tips let know. Link some blog posts or whatever! I’ll be glad to read anyone’s tips on IG.


TBR

I’m splitting TBR into groups. What I need to read (as in ARCs or books I’ve been given to from giveaways and publishers) and What I want to read (which obviously doesn’t need an explanation) I have plenty of older ARCs I still need to read as well as ARCs that I need to since they are coming out soon and some I’m a part of blog tours. I want to read ARCs so I can actually advocate for future releases and help promote them. Also I just really want to get my NetGalley ratio up so I can request more to read/never read.

Then for the books I want to read, since its Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month I want to read books from Asian & Pacific Islander authors. Then I have Spinning Silver which is a book I started in April, which HI want to finish and then start on Uprooted, because I really enjoy this writer’s work. I also have These Witches Don’t Burn on here because the sequel comes out this month and I want to be on board before I read that. Granted my TBR could change and this isn’t definite.

ARCS TO READ

PHYSICAL/DIGITAL BOOKS I OWN TO READ


Thanks for reading 🙂

March 2020 TBR – A Magic 8 Ball Controls My TBR

Well I hope everyone is doing fine in spite of everything that’s happening in the world right now! If you’re reading this and you happen to not be from Earth, help us. Anyways with the COVID-19/coronavirus stuff going on, I feel like I’ll have more time to read since the best thing to do right now is stay at home. So more time for reading!

Lately I’ve had a hard time deciding to what to read from TBR, because I either want to read everything or nothing at all. So what I had in mind, and this is an idea I’ve had brewing for a while now, is to let a magic 8 ball choose what I read. With a magic 8 ball by side, who knows what it’ll let me read. I’m going to post a stack of a few selected books I’m in the mood for and see what my results are!

Also please don’t judge my poor photography skills and my chipped nail polish.


NINTH HOUSE BY LEIGH BARDUGO

WHAT THE MAGIC 8 BALL SAID: MOST LIKELY.

So that means I’m reading it. I’ve had this on my TBR for a while and I’ve been interested in this one. I’ve seen some people have either super positive or super negative reviews for this, so I can’t wait to see where I fit in.

SORCERY OF THORNS BY MARGARET ROGERSON

WHAT THE MAGIC 8 BALL SAID: OUTLOOK NOT SO GOOD

My blurriest but I didn’t bother to retake it because laziness I guess. Also my phone’s camera WOULD NOT FOCUS. So not only is the picture “not so good” but neither is my this choice because I did really want to read this but I always have April.

WITCHES OF ASH AND RUIN BY E. LATIMER

WHAT THE MAGIC 8 BALL SAID: WITHOUT A DOUBT.

YAY! I’m excited to read more witchy YA. This one is Celtic inspired and it just sounds so cool.

I HOPE YOU GET THIS MESSAGE BY FARAH NAZ RISHI

WHAT THE MAGIC 8 BALL SAID: IT IS DECIDEDLY SO.

I’ve had on my TBR since I saw that stunning cover. This was one of my most anticipated from last year so it’s quite mind boggling that I haven’t even read it yet.

FOUL IS FAIR BY HANNAH CAPIN

WHAT THE MAGIC 8 BALL SAID (PART 1): REPLY HAZY TRY AGAIN

WHAT THE MAGIC 8 BALL SAID (PART 2) : IT IS CERTAIN

REVENGE! SHAKESPEARE! ANGRY GIRLS! CAN’T WAIT TO READ!

THE MIDNIGHT LIE BY MARIE RUTKOWSKI

WHAT THE MAGIC 8 BALL SAID: SIGNS POINT TO YES

Okay so this is apparently a part of the author’s previous series, The Winner’s trilogy. But I don’t think you have to read that to understand this. At least I hope not. F/F FANTASY FOR THE WIN.

THE BELL JAR BY SYLVIA PLATH

WHAT THE MAGIC 8 BALL SAID: AS I SEE IT YES

So yeah I’ve always wanted to read this. I tried reading it last year and the yea before but I never got around to it.

NEVER LET ME GO BY KAZUO ISHIGURO

WHAT THE MAGIC 8 BALL SAID: MY REPLY IS NO

NOOOOOOOO. I’ll have read this another month but I’m definitely reading THIS BOOK THIS YEAR.


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.

My Must-Read 2020 Releases by Black Authors

Hey everyone! I wanted to share some books being released by Black authors this year. Also especially since this is Black History Month and I really want to hype up Black authors coming out with some of my most anticipated books of the year. Add these to your TBR because you don’t want to miss out on these amazing books. I mostly feature young adult but I do have a few adult releases that piqued my interest. Genres range from hit hard hitting contemporaries to

This post was originally going to come out earlier this month but there were many covers revealed. Covers that I think are important to highlight because of the visual representation of Black teens on covers.

YOUNG ADULT

The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow

ADD TO TBR

Aliens + Music + Demi-Ace Rep = A fantastic sounding book. Also I’ve been waiting for more alien books in YA.

A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

ADD TO TBR

BLACK GIRL SIRENS!!! Like I don’t know why anyone wouldn’t think this sounds cool. But it sure fucking is. I’ve been in the mood for fantasy set in the contemporary/modern world and this fits the bill.

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

ADD TO TBR

A queer black girl who decides to run for prom queen only to fall for the competition! This sounds fun and the representation sounds amazing. Add this if you want more F/F romance from Black sapphic authors!

A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice C. Caldwell

ADD TO TBR

“Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals” This sells this whole anthology for me. I’ve been wanting to read more speculative fiction from black authors and I feel like this is a perfect remedy for that. Also the cover is out of this world.

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

ADD TO TBR

This is a West African inspired fantasy that deals with immortal people, demons, and powers. This is the first in a series and I can’t wait to see how it turns out. Also the cover is so gorgeous!

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown

ADD TO TBR

We have another West African inspired fantasy. This features one of my favorite romance tropes, enemies to lovers!!!

Now That I Found You by Kristina Forrest

ADD TO TBR

“A YA novel about searching for answers, love, and your eccentric grandma in all the wrong places”. You had me at eccentric grandma! I’m iffy on stories about famous people but this sounds super cute and also I think its important to support cute love stories featuring Black teens because we need to see Black teens in every kind of story.

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

ADD TO TBR

This is a Nigerian inspired fantasy. This one sounds like it has some found family stuff and dark magical stuff. Which are top notch things I like to see.

Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson

ADD TO TBR

Tiffany D. Jackson is known for writing stories that have twists and darker themes. This one sounds like its tackling an issue that has hit the music industry as of late, that of predatory men. I can’t wait to see what the author will do this difficult topic.

The Summer of Everything by Julian Winters

ADD TO TBR

I LOVE BOOKS ABOUT SUMMER. I LOVE BOOKS ABOUT BOOKSTORES. I’ve heard nothing but great things about this author’s other books and I’m here for any book about a black queer boy. As much as we need stories about hard topics and “issue” books about Black teens, its just as important and necessary to also have contemporaries with low stakes.

Early Departures by Justin A. Reynolds

ADD TO TBR

A “smart, funny, and powerful stand-alone YA contemporary novel, with a speculative twist in which Jamal’s best friend is brought back to life after a freak accident . . . but they only have a short time together before he will die again” Speculative contemporary is one of my favorites and this sounds so good. I still haven’t’ read Opposite of Always yet but I really hope to read that one soon.

Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

ADD TO TBR

I saw this on Twitter pitched as “Queer Black girls overthrowing the patriarchy” and that alone is enough to sell me on reading this. Fairytale retellings are so common nowadays but I think they’re still worth looking into especially if there is a unique and diverse spin on a classic one such as Cinderella. I like that this is taking a darker fantasy approach.

The Voting Booth by Brandy Colbert

ADD TO TBR

Yay to books about teens voting! Yay to books set on one day. Yay to YA contemporaries by Brandy Colbert. I’ve only read one book by her, Little & Lion, but I instantly fell in love with her writing style. Her stories are very slice of life and that’s my favorite kind of contemporary.

When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

ADD TO TBR

While its get to have a plethora of YA about romantic breakups, I think its refreshing to see one about friends breaking up.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

ADD TO TBR

Elizabeth Acevedo’s debut The Poet X gave me chills. It was so powerful and I’ll read anything she writes. This is about two half sisters whose father dies. I adore books that explore complicated family dynamics and I’m excited to see what this talented author does.

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

ADD TO TBR

Do you want to read an Arthurian inspired YA story that doesn’t feature another white dude because society has convinced us Arthurian figures need to be white (they don’t because they weren’t REAL PEOPLE lol).? Then I think we should all look into this new YA series featuring Southern Black Girl Magic. I’ve also been following this authors twitter account I love her personality and taste (she’s a Loki fan). I decided to stan once I made that discovery.

Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh

ADD TO TBR

Through reading books like The Poet X and Blood Water Paint I discovered I really love novels told in verse. “Every Body Looking is a heavily autobiographical novel of a young woman’s struggle to carve a place for herself–for her black female body–in a world of deeply conflicting messages”. I cannot wait for this. Also this is apparently this is the first in a series and I kind of really want contemporary series to be bigger thing.

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

ADD TO TBR

Based off true life events, the Rodney King Riots during 1992 Los Angeles, this is also a coming of age story about a wealthy Black girl and the events that unfold during that period of unrest and injustice . Fun fact this had already been optioned for an adaptation!

ADD TO TBR

I feel like people are going to say that this is a “The Hate U Give” knockoff but I say that we’ll always need stories like this especially with the current state of America. We need to read about about stories about the racial injustices of the past and the ones happening now.

ADULT

ADD TO TBR

2020 is the year of the witches not only in YA but also in adult fiction. This is a dark fantasy about witches of course but also about living in a Puritan society that sounds very cult like (which is always something I’m weirdly interested in).

ADD TO TBR

This is described as part The Handmaid’s Tale, part The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Both of which explore the darker sides of the patriarchal and whiteness that is Western society. There looks like there will be some body horror as it deals with experimentation on humans.

ADD TO TBR

Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing is one of my favorite novels ever and I’ve been waiting so long for another from her. Pretty much an auto-buy author. “Transcendent Kingdom revolves around a young woman named Gifty, now studying to become a neuroscientist, who grapples with faith, salvation, and science after her brother, once the star of his high school basketball team, becomes addicted to opiods”.

ADD TO TBR

I take special interest in debuts novels that sound like an author whose written several books already. This take places during the Civil War in the U.S. and from three POVS; a mother, a daughter, and the daughter of a slave owner. The mother and daughter can heal so there’s a magical element.

ADD TO TBR

Riot Baby is both a global dystopian narrative an intimate family story with quietly devastating things to say about love, fury, and the black American experience” YES TO ALL OF THIS.

ADD TO TBR

This piqued my interest because it sounds similar to Nella Larson’s Passing which is a classic novel that is also about being a white passing black person. This one is about two generations of women. One side who live as Black women. and the other who live as White women.

ADD TO TBR

The synopsis for this is so vague. Ancient evils trying to take over New York City is still such a great premise. I have no clue whether this could be some Lovecraftian/Eldritch horror stuff or Mythology. But I love not knowing what I’m getting into (sometimes). Also NK Jemisin is such a prolific author and I know this is probably going to be amazing.

ADD TO TBR

Atmospheric Gothic mystery about an elite prestigious school? This sounds like it has dark academia vibes and I’m here for it.

ADD TO TBR

I’m not going to lie and say my interest in this book only goes as far as one of the protagonist is the young black babysitter rather than the white mom blogger.This is in fact as like all the books on here own voices and it seem like it will tackle the “whit savior” trope that is found in media about black women. Also if Reese Witherspoon puts her sticker on it there’s probably a good reason.

ADD TO TBR

I’ve seen this hyped recently. I also need to read more from queer black men so I’m up to read this.


Thanks for reading and y’all found some new books for your TBR!

January 2020 TBR

TBRs are hard for me. I like them but they are difficult for me to follow through with. Mostly because I’m a mood reader but also I lack motivation to follow through with a strict reading list.

But in 2020 I’m still on my bullshit and doing TBRs anyways until I can at least finish one.


THE LAST TRUE POETS OF THE SEA BY JULIA DRAKE

This is a YA contemporary romance that deals with mental illness, has a sapphic romance, and is a Twelfth Night inspired story set in a small Maine town called Lyric. Sounds like a whimsical start to 2020.

THE WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY BY KATHERINE ARDEN

The Bear and the Nightingale
The Girl in the Tower
The Winter of the Witch

A trilogy I’ve been DYING to read and I’ve actually picked these from my library so many times but I’ve never started reading them. Maybe its because they seem intimidating. But with all the greatness I’ve heard about this series and now that it’s winter (here in the States) I think its time for this.

THE WEIGHT OF THE STARS BY K. ANCRUM
Dragons & Tea Book Club pick for January

As linked above, this is the Dragons & Tea Book Club pick for January. If you’re interested in joining a diverse book club, you should consider joining the Dragons & Tea Book Club.

I read K. Ancrum’s The Wicker King last year thanks to this very same book club and I can’t wait to read this one. This one is space-y, slow burn sapphic romance, and K. Acrum’s writing is gorgeous.

CONTENT AND TRIGGER WARNINGS: alcohol and drug use, mention of parental death, mild violence, mention of suicide, mention of homophobia (challenged)

TWEET CUTE BY EMMA LORD

I’m going to be a part of the blog tour for this one and its sounds cute. From what I’ve read on the synopsis this is a rom-com style about two teens who run social media accounts for their respective restaurants and have an online Twitter rivalry and maybe…love??? I can’t wait to see what’s in store when I read this one.

DON’T READ THE COMMENTS BY ERIC SMITH

Another book I’ve received as an ARC for an upcoming blog tour! This one has been on my anticipated list for a while. It’s about video games and it sounds nerdy, fun and also relevant to issues that especially POC, LBTQA+, and women face in gaming community.

I KILLED ZOE SPANOS BY KIT FRICK

I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC from the publisher but also a murder-mystery that is inspired by Rebecca du Maurier’s Rebecca and also has been described as similar to Courtney Summers’ Sadie, a favorite of mine.


Let me know if you’ve read any of these yet and what’s on your TBR! Feel free to link your TBRs below. Happy reading 🙂

My Horror-ble TBR 2019

It’s finally the haunting season, It’s October and here in the US that means everyone is prepping for Halloween!

Halloween is one of my favorite times of year and what better way to celebrate this spooky season with some spooky books?

This isn’t going to be a huge TBR. These are some of my high priority horror reads I want to get to this month (despite already having quite a few arcs and other books I want to read alongside this). I just like to make things harder on myself. 🙂

LET’S GET SPOOOOOKY

THE WHISPER MAN BY ALEX NORTH

  • serial killer in small
  • multi generational story
  • sounds creepy af

THE GIRL FROM THE WELL BY RIN CHUPECO – DRAGONS & TEA BOOK CLUB PICK!

  • YA Horror novel pitched as “Dexter” meets “The Grudge”, based on a well-loved Japanese ghost story.
  • Revenge!!!

SERPENT & DOVE BY SHELBY MAHURIN

  • HYPE AF
  • enemies to lovers trope!!!
  • witchy vibes
  • witches vs the church

THE BONE CHARMER BY BREEANA SHIELDS

  • Bone magic
  • that’s really all i know but the cover looks gorgeous

OTHER WORDS FOR SMOKE BY SARAH MARIA GRIFFIN

  • this has been compared to The Diviners so i’m interested just for that
  • haunted house

BEFORE THE DEVIL BREAKS YOU BY LIBBA BRAY

  • I KNOW I Need to read this
  • the third installment of an amazing supernatural, historical, murder mystery series set in 1920s new york

TRULY DEVIOUS BY MAUREEN JOHNSON

  • reading this mostly for the anxiety rep from the MC
  • a murder mystery set in an academy in Vermont?

WILDER GIRLS BY RORY POWER

  • another HYPED AF book
  • i’ve heard there’s body horror and I like some good body horror
  • some F/F stuff in here

HER BODY AND OTHER PARTIES BY CARMEN MARIA MACHADO

  • horror anthology by a queer latinx author
  • THE TITLE IS SO GOOD

A TREASON OF THORNS BY LAURA E. WEYMOUTH

  • a sentient magical house
  • some mystery vibes

That’s my TBR, let’s see if I can at least read 1 book from here. What does your TBR look like for October?

Thanks for reading!! 😀

2019 Anthologies TBR

Last year in around this same time I did a post about 2018 YA anthologies I was excited for and this year has even more great anthologies to anticipate.

Much like last year this year’s anthologies are filled with diverse voices and unique themes.

EDIT 3/9/2019: I added a few more that I discovered after some more research!

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi

I’m excited to read an #ownvoices Black anthology and this features some of my new favorite authors: Renee Watson and Brandy Colbert! This book is already out as of typing this!

Black Enough is a star-studded anthology edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi that will delve into the closeted thoughts, hidden experiences, and daily struggles of black teens across the country. From a spectrum of backgrounds—urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—Black Enough showcases diversity within diversity.

Whether it’s New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds writing about #blackboyjoy or Newbery Honor-winning author Renee Watson talking about black girls at camp in Portland, or emerging author Jay Coles’s story about two cowboys kissing in the south—Black Enough is an essential collection full of captivating coming-of-age stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America.


Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of
Food & Love
edited by Caroline Tung Richmond & Elsie Chapman

What’s better than an anthology about food? An anthology about food featuring diverse voices and cultures and family! I know I’m going to be super hungry while reading this one but it sounds so worth it.

From some of your favorite bestselling and critically acclaimed authors—including Sandhya Menon, Anna-Marie McLemore, and Rin Chupeco—comes a collection of interconnected short stories that explore the intersection of family, culture, and food in the lives of thirteen teens.

A shy teenager attempts to express how she really feels through the confections she makes at her family’s pasteleria. A tourist from Montenegro desperately seeks a magic soup dumpling that could cure his fear of death. An aspiring chef realizes that butter and soul are the key ingredients to win a cooking competition that could win him the money to save his mother’s life.

Welcome to Hungry Hearts Row, where the answers to most of life’s hard questions are kneaded, rolled, baked. Where a typical greeting is, “Have you had anything to eat?” Where magic and food and love are sometimes one and the same.

Told in interconnected short stories, Hungry Hearts explores the many meanings food can take on beyond mere nourishment. It can symbolize love and despair, family and culture, belonging and home.


Color Outside the Lines
edited by Sangu Mandanna

This one is all about interracial relationships and I’m already hearing great things about the stories. I think my most anticipated one is Tara Sim’s which features a F/F Hades x Persephone retelling with Persephone as a Indian MC.

Daniel Ehrenhaft at Soho Teen has bought Sangu Mandanna’s Color Outside the Lines, a YA anthology centered around interracial relationships and the complicated, rewarding and sometimes hilarious dynamics between friends, family, and first loves. The collection features Anna-Marie McLemore, Elsie Chapman, Karuna Riazi, Lydia Kang, L.L. McKinney, Lori M. Lee, Lauren Gibaldi, Tara Sim, Eric Smith, Caroline Tung Richmond, Kelly Zekas, Tarun Shanker, Samira Ahmed and Adam Silvera, and more. Publication is set for fall 2019; Eric Smith at P.S. Literary brokered the deal for world rights.


His Hideous Heart
edited by Dahlia Adler

Edgar Allan Poe reimaginings !!! I don’t really know what else to say but this wow I’m super pumped for this and it also comes out on my birthday.

Thirteen of YA’s most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation.

Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult fiction. Whether the stories are familiar to readers or discovered for the first time, readers will revel in Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tales, and how they’ve been brought to life in 13 unique and unforgettable ways.

Contributors include Kendare Blake (reimagining “Metzengerstein”), Rin Chupeco (“The Murders in the Rue Morge”), Lamar Giles (“The Oval Portrait”), Tessa Gratton (“Annabel Lee”), Tiffany D. Jackson (“The Cask of Amontillado”), Stephanie Kuehn (“The Tell-Tale Heart”), Emily Lloyd-Jones (“The Purloined Letter”), Hillary Monahan (“The Masque of the Red Death”), Marieke Nijkamp (“Hop-Frog”), Caleb Roehrig (“The Pit and the Pendulum”), and Fran Wilde (“The Fall of the House of Usher”).


Take the Mic: Fictional Stories of Everyday Resistance
edited by Bethany C. Morrow

A very timely and relevant anthology about resistance. I love the power that this cover exudes.

A young adult anthology featuring fictional stories of everyday resistance.

You might be the kind of person who stands up to online trolls.
Or who marches to protest injustice.

Perhaps you are #DisabledAndCute and dancing around your living room, alive and proud.

Or perhaps you are the trans mentor that you wish you had when you were younger.

Maybe you call out false allies, or stand up to loved ones. 

Maybe you speak your truth and drop the mic, or maybe you take it with you when you leave.

This anthology features fictional stories–in poems, prose, and art–that reflect a slice of the varied and limitless ways that readers like you resist every day. TAKE THE MIC’s powerful collection of stories features work by literary luminaries and emerging talent alike, including Newbery-winner Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestseller Samira Ahmed, anthologist and contributor Bethany C. Morrow, Darcie Little Badger, Jem Yoshioka, Keah Brown, Laura Silverman, L.D. Lewis, Sofia Quintero, Ray Stoeve, Yamile Mendez, and Connie Sun, with cover and interior art by Richie Pope.

It’s a Whole Spiel edited
by Katherine Locke & Laura Silverman

Another #ownvoices anthology featuring Jewish writers!! I also really love covers that have a bunch of people on them.

Knopf has acquired It’s a Whole Spiel, a YA anthology by Jewish writers, edited by Katherine Locke and Laura Silverman. With contributions from #ownvoices authors including David Levithan, Nova Ren Suma, and more, the anthology will contain contemporary stories with Jewish protagonists who are diverse in sexuality, ability, race, and level of religious observance. Publication is planned for fall 2019.


Hope y’all enjoyed this little post and made your TBR get a bit bigger. Also feel free to suggest some anthologies I missed coming out this year or from previous years!

October TBR

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So I’ve actually been planning out this TBR since July. I wanted to go all out for my reading in October. This TBR features all sorts of creepy and scary monsters and people and settings. Also a super ambitious TBR so we’ll see how far I get.

I also do have some non-October/Halloween books that I still need to finish from my September TBR that I’m not including here because aesthetics (??!?)


WITCHY BOOKS

Toil & Trouble edited by Jessica Spotswood & Tess Sharpe

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather


MONSTERS, DEMONS, & GIRL GANGS

Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson

Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

The Beast Is an Animal by Peternelle van Arsdale


GHOST STORIES

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson


THRILLERS & KILLERS

Red Dragon by Thomas Harris

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris


SPOOKY AUTHORS

Rin Chupeco

The Bone With

The Heart Forger

The Girl from the Well

The Suffering

Holly Black

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Cruel Prince

 

July TBR

Confession time: I had a really awful reading month in June (I only finished 1 book). So I’m trying to make a more practical TBR for myself this month. I do have some ARCs I need to get to this month, so those are priority and also I’m going to be participating in a Read-A-Thon (more […]