I just wanted to make a quick post to say that I will be taking a break from this blog. I am not completely sure when or if I will come back.
This may not come as a shock to you though. You might have noticed that I have been pretty absent for the last few months. I’ve been sharing a few reviews here and there, but that’s pretty much it. In all honesty, 2020 really messed with my motivation & creativity when it came to making content for this blog. As much as I wanted to create, it just wasn’t happening. So in September, I decided to take a huge step back, hoping that it would help and I’d get back to posting soon. That didn’t happen though. In fact, it actually had the opposite effect on me. In the last six months I have realized that my heart just isn’t into blogging at this point. So it is time to go on a hiatus.
My time here has been nothing but wonderful. I have made friends and I have found some awesome books because of you all. Thank you for letting me be apart of the book blogging community!
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Hi friends! These are eight July-September release that I am SO excited for!
As always, if you want to know more about any of these, their Goodreads pages will be linked.
Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy Release date: July 7 A book about a plus size superhero?? Written by one of my favorite authors?? SIGN ME UP!!
Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power Release date: July 7 This is a YA thriller from the author of Wilder Girls. I was lucky enough to read an ARC and I LOVED it. I can’t wait to have a finished copy on my shelves. Read my full review here.
Ghost Wood Song by Erica Waters Release date: July 14 I just recently came across this book by watching Lacey’s anticipated reads video. It follows a girl who can call ghosts from the grave by playing a fiddle. It sounds SUPER eerie.
Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer Release date: August 4 I am BEYOND ready to get my hands on this book. I haven’t decided if I am going to physically read it or listen to the audio, but either way…I am so excited for a new Twilight book!!!
Fable by Adrienne Young Release date: September 1 Can we just talk about how stunning this cover is?? I really enjoy Adrienne Young’s writing so I have high hopes for her first book in a new duology!
Who I Was With Her by Nita Tyndall Release date: September 15 I’ve have my eye on this book for a while! It sounds super emotional which is my favorite type of YA contemporary! It follows Corinne who is in love with Maggie, but she isn’t ready for everyone to know that she is bisexual. When Maggie suddenly dies, Corinne is heartbroken and alone. The only person who she can turn to and who will understand her grief is Maggie’s ex…
For one reason or another, these books are ones that I think I will give 5 stars to!
Once I have read them all, I’ll come back and give you all an update! Fingers crossed that I am right!
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas Incase you’ve been living under a rock, this is SJM’s first book in a new adult fantasy series. Honestly I can’t believe this is making the list . I have only read one other book by this author and I didn’t necessarily love it. I think the premise of this book is more up my alley than the other book. I read a sampler of House of Earth and Blood and it was so good! I was a bit confused, but the way the sampler ended…I can’t wait to read more!
Dry by Neal & Jarrod Shusterman This is a YA dystopian about a catastrophic drought. I don’t really have any specific reasons as to why I think this will be 5 stars. The synopsis just sounds like something I will enjoy!
Storm by Brigid Kemmerer I seriously can’t wait for this one. This is the first book in The Elemental Series and it’s also Brigid Kemmerer’s debut novel! I absolutely LOVE her writing and I always get lost in her books. I can only assume that the same will happen for Storm.
The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh Okay so I know a lot of people were disappointed in this book. The way it was pitched and the actual story didn’t exactly match up. But y’all, I have a really good feeling that I am going to love The Beautiful! I know very little about it but every time I see it on my shelf I get so excited to read it! Is that enough to think it’ll be 5 stars? I guess so!
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir This is the second book in An Ember in the Ashes series. I read the first book 2 YEARS AGO and haven’t picked up this one yet! I definitely need to reread Ember but I remember absolutely falling in love with it. I can’t imagine not loving this one too!
These are ten April-June releases that I am SO excited for!
As always, if you want to know more about any of these, their Goodreads pages will be linked.
The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson Release date: April 7 This is a gut wrenching contemporary that follows the aftermath of a school shooting. I have already read this and you can read my full review here.
What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter Release date: April 7 This book involves anonymous friendships and a character who has a book blog. I’m sold!
The Betrothed by Kiera Cass Release date: May 5 I really loved The Selection series so I’m really excited for a new royal book from this author!
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust Release date: May 12 This is about a girl who is cursed by being poisonous to the touch. It sounds very fairytale like but I do believe there are also demons in the story so that should be interesting!
The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly by Jamie Pacton Release date: May 5 I recently found out about this book and it’s now very high on my list. Kit works as a wench at a medieval themed resarsunt. She really wants to be a knight, but company policy says that only guys can. Kit goes on a quest to prove that girls can be knights too. How amazing does that sound??
Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston Release date: June 16 This is the third installment in the Once Upon a Con seres. If you couldn’t tell by the title, this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I have absolutely LOVED this series. I am a true blue nerd and these books just make my heart happy. Also, I adore the cover!
The Mall by Megan McCafferty Release Date: June 9 Set in 1991, this book follows a girl who works at….you guessed it, a mall! I have tried so many times to get an ARC of this, but I have zero luck. It seems like this is going to be a really fun read!
Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles Release date: June 2 This is without a doubt my most anticipated release! It involves missing magicians and the circus. It’s kind of giving me Caraval vibes which I LOVE! Beyond excited to pick this up.
My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows Release date: June 2 This is the last book in The Lady Janies series. These books are historical fiction wth a fantastical twist and they are so much fun. I am not very foamiliar with Calamity Jane but I still can’t wait o see what the authors have come up with this time around!
What books are you looking forward to in the next three months??
I honestly don’t even know the synopsis of this book. I do know it involves a sibling relationship and that it will most likely be emotional. It has been on my shelf for a while so it is time to read it.
My wonderful friend Lacey gifted this to me last year! I started it, but never got around to finishing it. I am going to have to go back to the beginning though because I remember nothing of what I read.
I absolutely loved the first book in this duology and The Last Hope was one of my anticipated releases of 2019. I’m not really sure why I haven’t already read this. I need to know what these characters are up to and how they are dealing with things since the ending of The Raging Ones.
This title made it onto many TBRs last year. Unfortunately, I never got around to it. My plan is to reread An Ember in the Ashes and then jump right into this one. I want to be all caught up in time for the fourth and final book that is hopefully coming out next year.
Brigid Kemmerer backlist
In 2019 I found this author and she quickly became one of my favorites. I want to go back and read everything she has published. So this will include the Elemental series, More Than We Can Tell, Thicker Than Water and Call It What You Want
Last year was FULL of beautiful covers. This list could honestly be a mile long, but somehow I’ve managed to narrow it down to my top ten favorites. I have read most of these books, but not all. Goodreads pages will be linked!
I am doing this post a little bit different than I did in 2019. There are so many titles that I’m interested in this year and there is no way I can pick just a few. So I am going to break this down and do an anticipated releases post every quarter.
These books will be released from January-March!
As always, if you want to know more about any of these, their Goodreads pages will be linked.
I swear Emma Mills always has the most beautiful covers. Lucky Caller involves radio broadcasting and fandoms so that is right up my alley. I am expecting this to be a fluffy contemporary with an adorable romance and amazing friendships.
This story follows two time periods where women fall ill to a sickness that makes them dance in the streets until their death. I have never read anything by this author and honestly their backlist titles don’t interest me very much, but Dark and Deepest Red sounds so good! The cover is gorgeous as well.
Okay so before I get real excited for this book…can anyone tell me if this has anything to do with her other series?? I have only read Throne of Glass and I really don’t have an interest in continuing on. Help me out here!
It’s time to share my favorite reads of 2019!! They way I do this is…if I read it last year, it can make it onto this list. It does not have to be a 2019 release!
Let’s talk about some good books!
TEN: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
If you have been around my blog for any time at all, you will know that Leigh Bardugo is my favorite author. Not only do I enjoy her writing, but I just really adore her as a person. I’ll admit though, I was pretty nervous to pick up Ninth House. I very rarely read adult fantasy because it intimidates me so much. Thankfully, I got through this book just fine. Ninth House was ark, gritty and definitely graphic. The characters were complex and fascinating. The ending was so exciting and I am DYING to read the sequel.
NINE: The Wicked King by Holly Black
This is the second book in the Folk of the Air series. I literally got a book hangover from reading this. It took me almost a week to pick something else up. The Wicked King was absolutely wild. The politics were intriguing, Jude & Cardan were everything and Holly Black’s writing was beautiful. Read my full review here!
EIGHT: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian
I picked this book up on a whim and I am very happy that I did! Stay Sweet was so much fun & just what I needed at the time. It is the perfect read for the summer months. Honestly, I am forever wishing I had a place like Meade Creamery in my hometown! Read my full review here!
SEVEN: Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller
This book follows a girl who goes on a road trip with friends to get an abortion. I can’t even begin to explain how eye opening and important this book is. To read what the characters had to go through was infuriating. It is heartbreaking to know that women all over the United States have stories just like Camille’s. These characters and their story will definitely stick with me for a long time.
SIX: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
This is probably the most unique book on the list. Every Heart a Doorway is the first book in the Wayward Children series. It follows characters who have come back from worlds that they opened doors to. This was kind of a murder mystery which I was definitely not expecting, but I loved reading about. I flew through this story. Not because it is short, but because I just couldn’t put it down. I am now all caught up on the series and I am impatiently waiting for the fifth book’s release!
FIVE: The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones
I love everything about this book. The cover is gorgeous, the writing is addicting and the characters were so determined. The Bone Houses was creepy, sad and unique. Read my full review here!
FOUR: Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Declan and Juliet’s story completely broke my heart, but in all honesty I loved every second of it. Letters to the Lost was such a difficult and realistic read. It deals guilt, anger and loss. Brigid Kemmerer did an incredible job bringing light to such heavy subject matters. Read my full review here!
THREE: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. I say that but it’s still so hard for me to explain why I love Evelyn Hugo so much. This book is about being who you want to be regardless of who you are expected to be. It’s about finding your own definition of family. It’s about loving whoever you want to love. The author does an incredible job making you think that all the characters in this book are real people. It’s crazy. If you haven’t picked up Evelyn Hugo yet, I beg you to give it a try!
TWO: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
In all honestly, I could put the entire Illuminae Files on this list. I absolutely loved these books and I am so mad at myself for not picking them up sooner. Gemina is the second book in the series and my favorite! I loved the new characters we met in this one. Hanna is such a gem and will totally surprise you. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I never knew what was going to happen. The authors made you believe one thing and then a twist would happen and you would be left in shock. I am really looking forward to a reread very soon. Read my full review here!
ONE: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
When I read this back in May of last year, I really didn’t have any expectations for it. I knew people were really liking it, but I had NO idea that I was about to read my favorite book of 2019! I completely fell in love with the characters and I think about them all the time. In particular, Grey is now one one my all time favorites. He is hardworking, protective and so loyal. I really adore him. Read my full review of Curse here! I have already read it’s sequel, A Heart So Fierce and Broken and WOW! I am so excited to see where this story goes next.
What were your favorite books of 2019?
If you have done this post, leave your link in the comments! I’d love to check it out. 😀
So I’m actually going to be putting these books into groups…least favorite, disappointing and DNFs. In lists like these, I will include any book I read from last year, they didn’t all have to be 2019 releases.
Please remember that everyone has the right to their own opinion! If you love any of these books, that’s great! I want you to continue to love them. Unfortunately though, I just didn’t fully enjoy them and that is perfectly fine.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Starting off with a bang here. I am so sad that I didn’t love this book or the entire series honestly. I was expecting the conclusion to be mind blowing and wild, but it just wasn’t. It was actually pretty anticlimactic. I was bored throughout most of the book. It kind of felt like a chore to read at times and that is never a good thing. I am still debating whether or not I want to read the prequel coming out this year.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I know this book means a lot to a ton of people, but unfortunately it just wasn’t the book for me. Perks is only 200 pages long and I really think that was it’s downfall. There are so many tough and important issues in this book, but they were barely touched upon. The author didn’t take the time to fully address each topic. I had a big problem with that. I know some people may not agree with me on this and that is okay!
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
I absolutely love Blake’s Three Dark Crown series so I was very excited to read something else from her. Anna Dressed in Blood though, it wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I loved the first half, but was annoyed with the rest. Honestly once certain things were revealed, I was kind of done with the story.
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
I loved Helen Hoang’s debut, The Kiss Quotient. It was cute, heartwarming and steamy. So I was expecting this one to be along the same lines. I for sure thought this would make my favorites list, but boy was I wrong. It wasn’t terrible by any means, it just wasn’t what I was hoping for. The Bride Test was cute at times but for the most part I felt like there was a lack of chemistry between Esme and Khai. I mean, they never got the chance to actually get to know one another. It made it really hard for me to root for them. So yes, this was a disappointing read, but I am still happy that it exists. Helen Hoang, who is Autistic herself, does such a beautiful job showing that Autism is vastly different from person to person. I am still very excited for the next book in this companion series!
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I literally hate that this book is on this list. After reading the Illuminae Files, I was so looking forward to a new story from this author duo. I really struggled to get though Aurora Rising. I didn’t love any of the characters and the plot wasn’t really original to me. As of right now, I will not be continuing on with the series. **Swimming in my ocean of tears**
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Y’all, don’t hate me for this one. I am so sorry to have to include Jude and Cardan on this list. I originally gave this 3 stars, but after thinking about it…I dropped it down to two stars. To me, this didn’t feel like a finale at all. It seemed way too rushed. I don’t know if that was because the publication date was pushed up or what. I think this book needed to be another 100 pages. Some things were left unresolved and others were resolved too quick. It really drives me nuts. There were a ton of other little things that I didn’t like but this isn’t the post for a full review!
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
I only got 40 pages into this before I decided to put it down. I was so confused by what I was reading. I tried to go back and reread certain parts, but it didn’t help anything. I don’t know if I am just dumb or if the writing made everything confusing, but I definitely didn’t want to spend the entire book feeling that way.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
After looking at it’s Goodreads page, am I the only one who didn’t love this book? I got 100 pages in and I just couldn’t get into the story at all. This was one of my most anticipated releases for 2019 too. Big time mad about not enjoying it.
What were some of your least/disappointing reads of 2019?