Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR List

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.

Hello Readers!

Another TBR list! I always say to myself that I’m going to throw caution to the wind and just not have a TBR list. But who am I kidding? Even if I don’t stick to it, which I barely stick to, it’s nice to have.

With that said, knowing that I probably won’t stick to it, these are the top ten books I hope to get to this summer:

  • Small Town Sinners by Melissa C. Walker
  • Slay by Brittney Murphy

  • Unhinged by A.G. Howard
  • Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
  • Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

  • Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

  • Light it Up by Kekla Magoon
  • Guts by Raina Telgemeier

What books do you, dear readers, hope to read during the hazy crazy days of summer?

(All cover images from GoodReads)

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of The Second 1/2 of 2019

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.

Dear Readers!

Personally, top ten Tuesday topics like this are my absolute fave topics! Why? Because I basically love sharing what books I’m excited about.

Jackpot by Nic Stone

“Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas ‘n’ Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she–with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan–can find the ticket holder who hasn’t claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite…or divide?

Nic Stone, the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out, creates two unforgettable characters in one hard-hitting story about class, money–both too little and too much–and how you make your own luck in the world”

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

“High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.”

The Babysitter’s Coven by Kate Williams

“Seventeen-year-old Esme Pearl has a babysitters club. She knows it’s kinda lame, but what else is she supposed to do? Get a job? Gross. Besides, Esme likes babysitting, and she’s good at it.

And lately Esme needs all the cash she can get, because it seems like destruction follows her wherever she goes. Let’s just say she owes some people a new tree.

Enter Cassandra Heaven. She’s Instagram-model hot, dresses like she found her clothes in a dumpster, and has a rebellious streak as gnarly as the cafeteria food. So why is Cassandra willing to do anything, even take on a potty-training two-year-old, to join Esme’s babysitters club?

The answer lies in a mysterious note Cassandra’s mother left her: “Find the babysitters. Love, Mom.”

Turns out, Esme and Cassandra have more in common than they think, and they’re about to discover what being a babysitter really means: a heroic lineage of superpowers, magic rituals, and saving the innocent from seriously terrifying evil. And all before the parents get home.”

American Royals by Katherine McGee

“Two princesses vying for the ultimate crown. Two girls vying for the prince’s heart. This is the story of the American royals.

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. A future monarch and a backup battery. Each child knows exactly what is expected of them. But these aren’t just any royals. They’re American. And their country was born of rebellion.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The duty. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history. “

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

“Sophie wants one thing for Christmas-a little freedom from her overprotective parents. So when they decide to spend Christmas in South Louisiana with her very pregnant older sister, Sophie is looking forward to some much needed private (read: make-out) time with her long-term boyfriend, Griffin. Except it turns out that Griffin wants a little freedom from their relationship. Cue devastation.

Heartbroken, Sophie flees to her grandparents’ house, where the rest of her boisterous extended family is gathered for the holiday. That’s when her nonna devises a (not so) brilliant plan: Over the next ten days, Sophie will be set up on ten different blind dates by different family members. Like her sweet cousin Sara, who sets her up with a hot guy at an exclusive underground party. Or her crazy aunt Patrice, who signs Sophie up for a lead role in a living nativity. With a boy who barely reaches her shoulder. And a screaming baby.

When Griffin turns up unexpectedly and begs for a second chance, Sophie feels more confused than ever. Because maybe, just maybe, she’s started to have feelings for someone else . . . Someone who is definitely not available.

This is going to be the worst Christmas break ever… or is it?”

The Liars of Mariposa Island by Jennifer Mathieu

“Every year, summer begins when the Callahans arrive on Mariposa Island. That’s when Elena Finney gets to escape her unstable, controlling mother by babysitting for their two children. And the summer of 1986 promises to be extra special when she meets J.C., the new boy in town, whose kisses make Elena feel like she’s been transported to a new world.

Joaquin Finney can’t imagine why anyone would want to come to Mariposa Island. He just graduated from high school and dreams about going to California to find his father and escape his mother’s manipulation.

The Liars of Mariposa Island follows siblings Elena and Joaquin, with flashbacks to their mother’s experience as a teenage refugee fleeing the Cuban revolution.”

Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.

Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.

Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.

And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.”

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

“Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends.

Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1.

But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye.

Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if—instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut—they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . .

What if their last shift was an adventure?”

The Tenth Girl by Sara Faring

“Simmering in Patagonian myth, The Tenth Girl is a gothic psychological thriller with a haunting twist.

At the very southern tip of South America looms an isolated finishing school. Legend has it that the land will curse those who settle there. But for Mavi—a bold Buenos Aires native fleeing the military regime that took her mother—it offers an escape to a new life as a young teacher to Argentina’s elite girls.

Mavi tries to embrace the strangeness of the imposing house—despite warnings not to roam at night, threats from an enigmatic young man, and rumors of mysterious Others. But one of Mavi’s ten students is missing, and when students and teachers alike begin to behave as if possessed, the forces haunting this unholy cliff will no longer be ignored.

One of these spirits holds a secret that could unravel Mavi’s existence. In order to survive she must solve a cosmic mystery—and then fight for her life.”

The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

“No one speaks of the grace year. It’s forbidden.

Girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.

Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. It’s not even the poachers in the woods, men who are waiting for their chance to grab one of the girls in order to make their fortune on the black market. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.

With sharp prose and gritty realism, The Grace Year examines the complex and sometimes twisted relationships between girls, the women they eventually become, and the difficult decisions they make in-between.”

Those are the books I’m excited about, what about you dear readers? What books are you looking forward to? Please share in the comments.

(All book summaries and cover images  from GoodReads)

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Unpopular Bookish Opinions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of the post.

Hello Readers!

I’m going to be honest with you: going into this post I wasn’t sure of any unpopular bookish opinions. Yes, admittedly I had to Google this! I stumbled upon some YouTube videos, and after watching them, I get it. And I have my own opinions that I am going to share with you today!

In no particular order, my top (not ten) unpopular opinions are:

Classics:

I’ve read many classic novels (mostly while in high school) and nine times out of ten I absolutely hated them. I read them, and didn’t get much from them. I couldn’t related to most of them that I read. As a reader I have always thought that it would be better if I was assigned a mix of those classic novels and modern books that I generally feel readers can more easily relate to. I can’t imagine that I am the only one who feels this way.

Hardcover vs. Paperback:

Even though paperbacks are lighter to carry, I definitely prefer a hardcover. Yes, I actually prefer to lug a heavy hardcover book around rather than a paperback. Why? Because paperbacks are easier to damage. And I hate a damaged cover!

I will NEVER read the Throne of Glass Series:

I am not a fantasy reader at all. And even though I know there are many other fantasy books out there that I probably will never read, I feel that this series, as great as it may be, is so over-hyped that that fact has taken any excitement out of the books for me.

John Ambrose McLaren vs. Peter Kovinsky:

I know many people who’ve read and loved Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy. I am one of those people. But when I talk to readers who love these books I’ve realized you’re either Team JAM or Team Peter K. Well, I am 100% on Team Peter K. I feel that that is an unpopular opinion.

Harry Potter is Not For Me:

This is an unpopular opinion I had for quite a long time. Many moons ago, before I had actually read the series, I swore up and down that I would never read the Harry Potter series because it was too long of an investment, it wasn’t a “me” kind of book, but mostly because I felt that because I didn’t necessarily grow up with Harry I wouldn’t get it. Well, I was wrong. I read the entire series last year, and absolutely LOVED it. I’m glad I proved myself wrong!

Audiobooks count as reading:

I will argue this until the day I die. If you listen to an audiobook it 100% counts as reading a book. Just because the person listening isn’t holding a physical book (or e-reader) in his/her hands doesn’t mean that his/her brain isn’t working and processing what they are hearing as his/her brain would physically reading a book. When listening to an audiobook your brain still has to compute and process the words it’s taken in.

Besides this, as a reader, you still have to visualize and imagine the story as it unfolds, they will still experience the book on their own terms even though someone is reading a story aloud to them.

And finally, because I feel this is an opinion that I can go on and on about, I feel that a person who listens to a story being read aloud to them will still learn. If you don’t agree with this, let me ask this question: do you feel children who are read to (by their parents, or even their favorite local librarian) aren’t learning because they physically aren’t reading the books themselves?

Audiobooks count as reading!

Books should look like they’ve been read, especially if you love those books:

While I agree with this to an extent, personally I draw a line at dog-earring, marking, and cracking the spines of those love books. You don’t have to damage a book to show you love it.

So there you have it dear readers! Those are my unpopular opinions. So, what are your unpopular bookish opinions? Please share in the comments!