TTT \\ Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is to share your fall TBR list!

  1. Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand | October 2 – This is a YA horror novel, so woohoo for that. I have not read horror in a while. The author said on her twitter account once that it has girls kissing, angry girls, and creepiness, so I am here for it.
  2. What If It’s Us | Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera | October 9 – I am apprehensive about this book because it’s by two authors who everyone else loves known for queer books, but I have only liked one book each by them. However, since it is queer I feel obligated to read it. It’s about two boys who meet cute and their subsequent relationship.
  3. Rule | Ellen Goodlett | September 11 – RULE was pitched as Pretty Little Liars meets THREE DARK CROWNS, and I will read anything comped to PLL. Basically, the king is dying and he brings his three illegitimate daughters to court, but someone knows all their secrets and is trying to blackmail them to keep them from becoming queens.

 

4. Jack of Hearts | L. C. Rosen | October 30 – This book is about a sexually active gay teen who writes a sex advice column, but then someone tries to blackmail him back in the closet and he has to figure out who’s been stalking him. So basically a dark Simon. Very excited for this one!

5. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy | Mackenzi Lee | October 2 – The sequel to GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE!!!!!! Need I say more? No, not really. GG sequel about Felicity, the sister, with ace rep!

6. A Very Large Expanse of Sea | Tahereh Mafi | October 16 – Tahereh Mafi’s first contemporary novel! That is basically all anyone needs to know about it.

 

7. Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman | September 11 – I didn’t read this author’s first book, but everyone seemed to really like it so I’m feeling optimistic about this one. SBB is about a girl who wants to make music forever with her sister, but then her sister dies, she goes to Hawaii, and it sounds like the kind of sad contemp I used to love. We’ll see if I can love it now.

8. When We Caught Fire | Anna Godbersen | October 2 – I honestly don’t really know what this book is about other than that it’s historical fic, but I’m just excited she has a new book that’s not a series. I loved her LUXE series and have been debating rereading it, so hopefully this one lives up to my expectations.

9. Pulp| Robin Talley | November 13 – I really liked this author’s last book, AS I DESCENDED (lesbian Macbeth retelling), so I have high hopes for this one as well. It’s a dual narrative that shifts between a story about a girl in love with her best friend in the days of Macarthyism and a girl in the present who is doing her senior project on 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. It sounds very cool and gay.

10. A Blade So Black | L. L. McKinney | September 25 – Black Alice in Wonderland retelling yes yes yes I love Alice retellings so much, plus it’s diverse so = !!!!!!

TTT \\ Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is to share your fall TBR list!

  1. Sawkill Girls | Claire Legrand | October 2 – This is a YA horror novel, so woohoo for that. I have not read horror in a while. The author said on her twitter account once that it has girls kissing, angry girls, and creepiness, so I am here for it.
  2. What If It’s Us | Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera | October 9 – I am apprehensive about this book because it’s by two authors who everyone else loves known for queer books, but I have only liked one book each by them. However, since it is queer I feel obligated to read it. It’s about two boys who meet cute and their subsequent relationship.
  3. Rule | Ellen Goodlett | September 11 – RULE was pitched as Pretty Little Liars meets THREE DARK CROWNS, and I will read anything comped to PLL. Basically, the king is dying and he brings his three illegitimate daughters to court, but someone knows all their secrets and is trying to blackmail them to keep them from becoming queens.

 

4. Jack of Hearts | L. C. Rosen | October 30 – This book is about a sexually active gay teen who writes a sex advice column, but then someone tries to blackmail him back in the closet and he has to figure out who’s been stalking him. So basically a dark Simon. Very excited for this one!

5. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy | Mackenzi Lee | October 2 – The sequel to GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE!!!!!! Need I say more? No, not really. GG sequel about Felicity, the sister, with ace rep!

6. A Very Large Expanse of Sea | Tahereh Mafi | October 16 – Tahereh Mafi’s first contemporary novel! That is basically all anyone needs to know about it.

 

7. Summer Bird Blue | Akemi Dawn Bowman | September 11 – I didn’t read this author’s first book, but everyone seemed to really like it so I’m feeling optimistic about this one. SBB is about a girl who wants to make music forever with her sister, but then her sister dies, she goes to Hawaii, and it sounds like the kind of sad contemp I used to love. We’ll see if I can love it now.

8. When We Caught Fire | Anna Godbersen | October 2 – I honestly don’t really know what this book is about other than that it’s historical fic, but I’m just excited she has a new book that’s not a series. I loved her LUXE series and have been debating rereading it, so hopefully this one lives up to my expectations.

9. Pulp| Robin Talley | November 13 – I really liked this author’s last book, AS I DESCENDED (lesbian Macbeth retelling), so I have high hopes for this one as well. It’s a dual narrative that shifts between a story about a girl in love with her best friend in the days of Macarthyism and a girl in the present who is doing her senior project on 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. It sounds very cool and gay.

10. A Blade So Black | L. L. McKinney | September 25 – Black Alice in Wonderland retelling yes yes yes I love Alice retellings so much, plus it’s diverse so = !!!!!!

Top Ten Tuesday: Hidden Gems

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is hidden gems, or books that you love that think deserve more hype, weren’t marketed as heavily as they deserved, etc. I am out of post ideas for this week so I am doing a very delayed TTT as my post for the day. Anyway.

Here are my picks:

  1. DREAMOLOGY & LITERALLY by Lucy Keating–both of these books are so delightful, but I saw no reviews of them when they first came out and nobody talks about them even though they are adorable and magical. DREAMOLOGY is about a girl who literally (no pun intended) meets the boy of her dreams, and LITERALLY is about a girl who realizes she’s being written written about by the author. DREAMOLOGY takes a cliche concept and makes it super unique, while LITERALLY uses a concept I’ve never read before or since. These books are so clever, well-written, and filled with swoonworthy romance that I’m shocked people don’t talk about them more. I love both of them <3

 

2. THIS DARKNESS MINE by Mindy McGinnis–this seems like Mindy McGinnis’ least popular book, but it’s soooooooo good and dark and twisted and heart-stabby. The few reviews of it I saw when it came out were mostly negative because people hated Sasha, the protagonist, which is understandable because she is a very unlikeable overachiever. She starts falling for a guy she normally wouldn’t after learning that she absorbed her twin in the womb, and starts thinking her absorbed twin is taking over her body. It’s a really dark and disturbing look at perfectionism that is not for the weak of stomach.

3. THE UNWRITTEN RULE by Elizabeth Scott (and basically all of Elizabeth Scott’s books)–I loved this book so much when I read it as a tween. It’s about a girl who’s in love with her best friend’s boyfriend and has to overcome their toxic relationship. This book just felt so honest and emotional to me as a kid and is just a great story as well.

4. THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock–this is a book I largely picked up for the cover but boy did it deliver! It’s a multiple POV book set in 1970s Alaska. I loved the setting of this book as it was one I hadn’t read, and all 4 of the stories were very moving and interesting. This is a tiny book that packs a major punch.

5. UNDERCOVER by Beth Kephart–I love many of Beth Kephart’s books, but this one is my favorite. UNDERCOVER is about a girl who writes love letters for people to give to their crushes. I think if this book had been published now and also had a waaaaaay better cover, it could’ve done well in the YA world. It’s like a slightly less fluffy TATBILB.

6. THE NOVEMBER GIRL by Lydia Kang–I read an early draft of this book and loved it then, but loved it even more in its final, published form. I wish this Entangled book had gotten the hype that 27 HOURS did, because it is super cool and unique. It’s a paranormal book with a cool twist and you never know *quite* what’s going on, and it’s very atmospheric and the romance is on point.

7. SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN by Jeff Garvin–this book deserves so much more hype than it got. I saw another library in the system where I work weeded it a while ago and I was so upset because I loved it so much when I read it. It’s about a genderfluid teen who’s not out and writes a blog about their genderfluidity. I thought this book handled the genderfluid stuff really well, no deadnaming or even naming Riley’s birth sex in sight. It was respectful, informative, but also had a plot that moved and was interesting so it wasn’t just a learning experience.

8. NOT OTHERWISE SPECIFIED by Hannah Moskowitz–I can still remember how excited I was when I first read this book. It’s about a black bisexual dancer and her struggle with an eating disorder. This book made my bisexual heart feel so understood and seen. It’s a strangely written book, as I recall, but it was one of my favorites the year it came out for sure.

9. NICE TRY, JANE SINNER by Lianne Oelke–this is another one I got to read an early draft of when I was an editorial intern, and I was super impressed by the final version. When describing it in my review, I think I said something like if my depression had a voice, this book is what it would sound like. I thought Oelke’s depiction of Jane’s depression was so true to life and well done, and is honestly one of the best representations of mental illness I have read in YA. Plus, the writing and story itself is fun, what with the journal format as well as the reality show setting.

10. LIPS TOUCH by Laini Taylor–I had an ARC of this way before Laini Taylor became one of the queens of YA fantasy, and I really liked this book. It’s a small collection of longer short stories, and though I don’t remember much about them now because I read them so long ago, I do remember loving them and thinking the magic used in the stories was really cool and different.

 

Top Ten Tuesday // Poetry

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is a back-to-school freebie, and I figured since people study poetry in school that this would be a good time to write about poetry books I want to read! I’m kind of cheating on this one because I don’t think most teachers or professors would use these books to teach, but in some cases, they definitely should!

EDIT: apparently this is actually next week’s topic. oops!

 

  1. Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur — This one is probably not school material, but if you’re trying to get someone into reading poetry and make poetry more accessible, it’s great for that. My boyfriend and I each bought a copy of this collection on our first date and read it together. According to him, which I think is true, a lot of these poems read like well-written Tweets, but I still really enjoyed it because it got me into reading poetry for fun, and inspired me to try writing some again, which is something I really enjoyed in high school. Rupi Kaur’s poems might not be super high brow or literary, but I think she’s important because of how accessible she makes a traditionally ivory tower art form.
  2. The Princess Saves Herself in This One | Amanda Lovelace — I LOVED this collection. It would be great in a women’s studies course, as would the second book in the series, THE WITCH DOESN’T BURN IN THIS ONE. Amanda Lovelace knows how to put her heart onto a page and her poetry had me feeling all kinds of ways. She also introduced me to the tagline style of poetry, which is something that really speaks to me and that I enjoy very much.

 

 

3. Dropkick Romance | Cyrus Parker — Cyrus Parker is Amanda Lovelace’s partner, so I would be very curious about his (?? unsure of pronouns??) poetry. Apparently this collection features a long-distance relationship, and I’ve been in a couple of those, so I hope to feel very seen in this collection.

4. The Boys I’ve Loved and the End of the World | Catarine Hancock — I follow Catarine Hancock on Twitter and like her tweets, so maybe I’ll like her poetry?

5. Neon Soul | Alexandra Elle — This is a collection of poetry AND prose, which interests me, because poets who write prose seem to do it in very interesting and creative ways. I’ve almost bought this a few times, so maybe along with Cyrus Parker’s book, I’ll get it for my birthday this week.

 

6. Light Filters In | Caroline Kaufman — This author is also cool on Twitter, and, according to Goodreads, is a “teen Instagram sensation” as well. People frown a lot on Instagram poets because they’re not seen as having literary value, but in my opinion, anything that gets people, especially teens, to read, has value. I would be curious to check out Kaufman’s Insta as well as her poetry.

7. Rangoli | Pavana Reddy — I do follow this author on Instagram and I LOVE the poems she posts from this book. They are all so short but beautiful and pack a real punch. They’re a lot about healing, which is something traumatized me often needs. I would be very excited to read the whole collection.

8. Wild Embers | Nikita Gill — Nikita Gill also posts really good stuff on the Twitters and and sometimes poetry excerpts, and they’re all super feminist and badass. She seems like a cool person so I hope her poetry is equally cool.

 

9. To Make Monsters Out of Girls | Amanda Lovelace — I will read everything this woman writes, and I am very excited for this to come out.

10. Honeybee | Trista Mateer — I read this one recently and really liked it. I liked her prose a lot. Mateer is a bi author who writes about a relationship with a woman that ended up with the woman marrying a man because she felt like she had to. The poetry about her bisexuality were really powerful to me, and this is one I would like to own and read again.

Top Ten Tuesday: favorite bookish blogs/websites

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Apparently I’m in the mood for meme posts so here’s a TTT for a SECOND WEEK IN A ROW! shock horror.

This week’s topic is to share ten blogs or bookish websites that you like.

  1. Paper FuryIf Cait’s blog isn’t on over half of the lists this week, I’m going to be super surprised and stage a riot. How do you stage a riot on the internet? Idk but I’ll try. She is probably the most unique blogger out there, which is likely why she is so popular. She is a delightful bean and lets her personality truly shine through her posts. I love all of her posts, from her reviews to her posts about writing, which are always the best and super helpful.
  2. Goodreads. Goodreads is the ultimate book lovers site, and honestly, you can try, but nothing will ever beat it. Really the only thing I can think of to change this site that lets you organize your books by shelves, keep track of what you’re reading, rate, and review books, would be to add half stars. I can spend hours on Goodreads and it is a truly amazing thing.
  3. Drizzle and Hurricane Books. If you haven’t had Marie comment on one of your posts yet, I would be very surprised, because she is probably the most active blogger in the community, at least in my opinion. In addition to enjoying talking to her through comments on our blogs, I also just love her posts. We have similar reading tastes so I especially like her reviews, and enjoy the bullet point reviews quite a lot. She also writes great posts with blogging advice, which I find helpful even though I’ve been doing this for quite a long time.
  4. Edelweiss. This list isn’t really in order, but I would probably put Edelweiss up before NetGalley. I find it easier to browse because there are more options, I can set up my homepage so it shows recent YA books, and I can browse publisher catalogs and tag books that I want to request directly as physical ARCs or make note of ARCs that are going to be available on Edelweiss eventually. Plus, Edelweiss is where I get all of my HarperCollins eARCs, since I have had no luck trying to contact them for physical copies.
  5. The Writing Hufflepuff. Michelle is such a delightful person, and her blog is equally delightful. Her posts on writing are ultra relateable, and I love her posts that feature book aesthetics. I always feel a burst of joy and happiness when I see a new post by her on my WordPress reader or Bloglovin feed.
  6. NetGalley. NetGalley is basically where I go for all of my non-HarperCollins eARCs. Because I am a librarian and member of the American Library Association, I am now autoapproved for a bunch of publishers, which is obviously great for my blog as well because more books = more reviews + books to post about! I don’t find it as easy to browse as Edelweiss but it is faster and generally has a less obnoxious interface.
  7. Word Wonders. I consider Fadwa at Word Wonders basically the celebrity diverse book blogger of the blogging community. Her reviews are always so on point and I adore her discussion posts, both the ones she writes personally and the ones she hosts by other bloggers. Word Wonders is just such a thoughtful blog and is one of my favorites.
  8. Instagram. Bookstagram is one of my favorite things. I find scrolling through my Instagram feed so relaxing, especially since over half of it is book photos. I haven’t figured out how to be successful on it personally, but I’m having fun experimenting and like just looking through everybody else’s photos.
  9. Vicky Who Reads. I only discovered Vicky’s blog somewhat recently, but all of her posts are excellent, particularly her discussion posts. Her posts on diversity, especially those dealing with privilege, are always so well-written and eye-opening. I’ve learned a lot from her, and I really hope that other people do as well, because everything she says about diversity and privilege, particularly within the book community itself, is so on point.
  10. Litsy. Litsy is actually an app, which I wrote about a couple weeks ago. It’s basically a combo of Instagram and Goodreads, and acts as a casual book diary. I’m not as excited about it as I was when I first discovered it because I find it difficult to discover people to follow who are specifically into YA, and there’s not really a way to search for that.

 

top ten tuesday: book mash-ups!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme post hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. I haven’t done a TTT in a long time, so I’m excited to do one for today 🙂

This week’s topic is to write about ten book mash-ups–pairs of books that would make epic stories if they were mixed together!

 

  1. Warcross (Marie Lu) & Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff)

I haven’t actually read ILLUMINAE all the way through yet, but this would make an AMAZING mashup, imo. I’d love to see the world of WARCROSS laid out with diagrams and lines of code with the formatting of ILLUMINAE. WARCROSS is already such a vivid story that it would be super cool to see it laid out like ILLUMINAE.

 

2. The Sky is Everywhere (Jandy Nelson) & Nice Try, Jane Sinner (Lianne Oelke)

I loved the romance(s) in THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE and was entranced by the lyrical writing, but I’d be super interested to see that story told with Jane Sinner’s snarky, cynical voice. Writing is a big part of both stories (the protagonist of TSKIE writes poetry and Jane writes a journal) so it would be cool to see a voice switch.

 

2. Queens of Geek (Jen Wilde) & Inkheart (Cornelia Funke)

My WIP, which I have nicknamed Queer Bookish Novel, is basically this combo. It’s a nerdy, contemporary romance but featuring book lovers.

 

3. 10 Things I Can See from Here (Carrie Mac) & Autoboyography (Christina Lauren)

I really liked 10 THINGS, especially in regards to anxiety rep, and I’d love to see a story with excellent anxiety rep and a writer protagonist like in AUTOBOYOGRAPHY.

 

4. Moxie (Jennifer Matthieu) & Jane, Unlimited (Kristin Cashore)

I haven’t read either of these but I’d love to see a feminist story done in 4 different genres like the story is in JANE, UNLIMITED. I’d like to see more feminism-focused stories in YA in general!

 

5. The Selection (Kiera Cass) & Long May She Reign (Rhiannon Thomas)

LONG MAY SHE REIGN is about a princess who’s something like 23rd in line for the throne becomes the heir because everyone before her is murdered. Imagine THE SELECTION but the winner is chosen because someone murders the rest of the contestants.

 

6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (Jenny Han) & Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins)

Imagine Lara Jean in Paris! Except she wouldn’t cheat on Peter like Etienne cheats on his girlfriend.

 

7. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (Rachel Cohn & David Levithan) & The Brightsiders (Jen Wilde)

Imagine dual narrated BRIGHTSIDERS. Queer rock musician romance that takes place over one night. Can I get a yes, please?

 

8. Splintered (A. G. Howard) & Caraval (Stephanie Garber)

A mad wonderland game with plenty of romance, please and thanks.

 

9. Hunger Games Matched (Ally Condie)

MATCHED, basically, but they have to fight their competition matches to the death to be matched with someone.

 

10. Girls of Snow and Glass (Melissa Bashardoust) & Cinder

I am a huge fan of retellings, I and I thought Melissa Bashardoust’s retelling/Snow White evil queen origin story was so cool. It would be interesting to see it in a futuristic, Lunar Chronicles-like world.

top ten tuesday // purple books!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is to feature 10 books that have your favorite color in the title or on the cover.

My favorite color is PURPLE, and thus I give you 10 purple-tastic books!!

 

  1. Haunting Violet – Anlyxandra Harvey
  2. My So-Called Bollywood Life – Nisha Sharma
  3. The Smell of Other People’s Houses – Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  4. Not Otherwise Specified – Hannah Moskowitz
  5. Until I Die – Amy Plum (does it also count if the color is in the author’s last name??)

6. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
7. Incarnate – Jodi Meadows
8. Smoke in the Sun – Renee Ahdieh
9. A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray
10. Dance of the Red Death – Bethany Griffin

top ten tuesday // i *might* slay an innocent lion to get these books

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is to write about 10 books I would slay a lion for to get my hands on early. But…would I really slay an innocent lion to get a book? I think probably not. But for the sake of the title of this meme we can pretend I would be that heartless. Because lions are cats. And I love all cats (except sphinxes, which are not real cats. sorrynotsorry. they have no fuzz!)

  1. A Thousand Perfect Notes | C. G. Drews – Now I know how international bloggers must feel when they can’t get certain books in their countries because I WANT THIS BOOK SO MUCH BECAUSE IT IS CAIT OF PAPERFURY AND SHE IS THE BEST and I can’t have it 🙁 To be fair, there is always BookDepository, which ships internationally, and I would be willing to pay a lot of shipping for this when it comes out. Honestly, I am not big on abuse stories because they all end up reading the same to me, but it is Cait, and I am SO SO curious about her writing since she talks about it on the blog so much! So therefore I must have it by any means necessary (other than killing a cat, of course.)
  2. A Reaper at the Gates | Sabaa Tahir – I requested an ARC of this book really early on and my Penguin contact told me they were delayed and to request an ARC of it later…then I requested it later and they were still delayed…then I requested it when they were available and was told they were only going to reviewer outlets due to limited copies being made, which was very sad. But this is one of my most anticipated books of the year and I NEED IT but I also need to reread Torch because I don’t think I fully understood everything that happened the first time even though I had heart eyes throughout the whole book.
  3. The Way You Make Me Feel | Maureen Goo – The tragic part of this one is that I was going to get an ARC…but a post office mix-up sent it back to Macmillan and I never got it :””( However, I did get approved on NetGalley so that’s something? I LOVED I Believe in a Thing Called Love, and I can’t wait for a Goo book about food trucks and unlikely friendships and hopefully ROMANCE.

4. What If It’s Us | Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera – tbh, I’m a bit torn about this pairing. I LOVE Becky but HATE Adam Silvera (I’m sorry!) so this could go either way for me. But it’s also BECKY doing gay boys again and they meet at a post office and it’s romance time and my heart 😀

5. Sawkill Girls | Claire LeGrand – I haven’t read a YA horror-y novel in a long time, and this one promises both atmospheric creepiness and GIRLS. Girls kissing and mysterious, legendary monsters has to be good, right??

6. Broken Things | Lauren Oliver – I haven’t liked a Lauren Oliver book since the Delirium trilogy ended, but I have super high hopes for this one. First of all, it’s got MURDER which is always a plus, and also something about an obsession with a mysterious book, and books about books are the best, obviously. I need to know what happened in the woods!

7. Pulp | Robin Talley – So, from reading the synopsis, I gather that this book has…

  • alternating timelines between
  • 2 queer girls
  • pulp fiction
  • best friends romance between girls
  • possible slight mystery

and therefore, I MUST HAVE IT because how cool does 1950s lesbian pulp fiction sound???

8. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy | Mackenzie Lee – I’m not *as* excited to read about Felicity as I would be to read a sequel with Percy and Monty *le sigh,* but I LOVED Gentleman’s Guide, so of course I have to read this book. Lee made historical fic so fun in her last book, and I’m sure I’ll fall for these characters, too.

9. To Be Honest | Maggie Ann Martin – I HAD to have this book since the perfect, glorious, beautiful cover reveal when it was still titled THE STRUGGLE IS REAL (which is a way better title, imo). This book is about a fat girl dealing with pressure about her weight from her mom, plus a little bit of romance. I’m hoping for really good, A++ fat rep in this book because…I super need that right now. I hope To Be Honest is honestly great.

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10. The Boneless Mercies | April Genevieve Tucholke – I was already hooked by the title of this book, but then it got better and better, case in point: dark, STANDALONE fantasy (no series amnesia required!!), mercenary girls, female glory…need I go on? This sounds like a kickass, super feminist fantasy that I needed yesterday. YES PLEASE!!

 

Top Ten Tuesday // Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

I didn’t think I’d be doing TTT again on this blog because for some reason I always used to feel a weird pressure about it, but I just can’t resist the TTT seasonal TBR posts, so here we are, and here are my most anticipated books of spring, minus a few that I’ve already written about on the blog. Special shout-out to I Have Lost My Way, Undead Girl Gang, and The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik because I’m psyched for them but wrote about them already.

MARCH

1. Here So Far Away – Hadley Dyer – Admittedly, I wasn’t excited about this book until recently, but for some reason, I have decided I really want to read it. It’s about a teen girl who falls for a much older guy. I’m really curious as to how that is handled, and hope I won’t be super creeped out and uncomfortable while reading.

2. The Wicked Deep – Shea Earnshaw – I am all for witchy books, so obviously this book is going on the list. I also love weird small town books, and this book definitely fits that bill, too. Curses and mysteries will certainly run wild in this book, and I am very excited to finally dig into it.

APRIL

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3. The Summer of Jordi Perez – Amy Spalding – I haven’t read any of her other books, but the moment this book deal was announced on PW, I knew I had to have it and that it will be a favorite of the year (don’t let me down now, book!). It features a fat MC who is also gay and into fashion; what could possibly top that??

MAY

4. 9 Days and 9 Nights – Katie Cotugno – 99 Days was one of my favorite books the year it came out, and I was beyond thrilled to learn it was going to have a sequel, even though I don’t do sequels or series. I really hope this book lives up to my super high expectations!

5. From Twinkle, With Love – Sandhya Menon – I know I said I wasn’t going to do any repeats on this list, but I just HAVE to include Twinkle because Sandhya Menon is a goddess and this book just sounds So. Good. Yay filmmaker romances!!!

6. Legendary – Stephanie Garber – I adored Caraval much more than I thought I would after being swept up by the hype last year. It was so magical and romantic with such sumptuous and beautiful writing that it was impossible for it not to become an instant favorite. I’m a little nervous about reading this book because I don’t remember what happened at the end of the first one (ugh, series amnesia), but maybe that calls for a Caraval reread?? I loved Scarlet but Tella was a really interesting character, so I am excited and eager to read a book from Tella’s perspective.

7. The Way You Make Me Feel – Maureen Goo – I LOVED I Believe In A Thing Called Love last year, and can’t wait to buy this one and put it on my shelves after a quick devouring. This one is about a prankster who gets into trouble when a joke goes to far and is forced to work on her father’s food truck. Any book with the words “food truck” in the synopsis will immediately go on my TBR list, and after her second book, I really don’t think I can miss another Goo book. 

8. Love & Other Carnivorous Plants – Florence Gonsalves – I’ve been anticipating this one since the book deal was announced as well. It’s technically New Adult, which is exciting, since there aren’t a ton of YA books set in college. I don’t honestly remember what this one was about, but I remember it struck me as super edgy and unique, plus queer!! Give me all the queer books, please!

9. All of This is True – Lygia Day Penaflor – This book is about a group of teens who befriends their favorite YA author, only to find all their secrets laid out in her next book. It’s also told unconventionally, and I love a book with a unique format. Hopefully it translates well as an eARC.

10. apparently I only picked 9 books for this list, and it’s early and I’m too tired to find another one, even though I’m sure there are more. However, another book from March I’m interested in is Chaotic Good, about a girl who is into cosplay but goes undercover as a guy to try to get into the nerd community, but falls for someone. Nerdiness and romance? Oui, please!!