aka June is almost over
BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ YET IN 2020
I’ve a few books that I’ve enjoyed but few stand out in my mind more than Landline by Rainbow Rowell. It was such an interesting concept and it made me feel cozy and even though it wasn’t light by any means, it didn’t leave me broken. It was just what I needed at the point in time that I had read it. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve definitely read better books, but it set the theme for how I wanted books to make me feel this year (and I didn’t realize how much I would need that kind of escapism…oof 2020.)
BEST SEQUEL YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2020
Night of the Dragon wrapped up all the loose ends quite nicely, even though it hurt me for quite a chunk of it. This was the rallying cry that I needed for 2020. The fighting energy that this motley crew had throughout this book is definitely what we need to continue the Black Lives Matter protests! NEVER GIVE UP!
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
Award-winning YA author Brandy Colbert’s debut middle-grade novel about the only two black girls in town who discover a collection of hidden journals revealing shocking secrets of the past.
Beach-loving surfer Alberta has been the only black girl in town for years. Alberta’s best friend, Laramie, is the closest thing she has to a sister, but there are some things even Laramie can’t understand. When the bed and breakfast across the street finds new owners, Alberta is ecstatic to learn the family is black-and they have a 12-year-old daughter just like her.
Alberta is positive she and the new girl, Edie, will be fast friends. But while Alberta loves being a California girl, Edie misses her native Brooklyn and finds it hard to adapt to small-town living.
When the girls discover a box of old journals in Edie’s attic, they team up to figure out exactly who’s behind them and why they got left behind. Soon they discover shocking and painful secrets of the past and learn that nothing is quite what it seems.
I can put so many books here but I’m most eager to pick up The Only Black Girls in Town. I’m curious to see how Edie, our city girl, copes with this change of scenery. I hope it’s as fun as the cover looks!
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
A young woman living in a rigid, puritanical society discovers dark powers within herself in this stunning, feminist fantasy debut.
In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.
But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.
Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.
First of all, that cover?! Then there’s witches??? And uncovering family secrets???? Plus it sounds suitably spooky. I can’t wait to get my hands on this gorgeous specimen. (Before I typed this up I didn’t realize that this was coming out next month. Oops. But, I’m still super excited for it so, bleh.)
A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.Expected Publication: October 6th
I’ve been following Schwab’s Addie updates on twitter for a really long time now and every time she tweets I get even more excited. Gah!!! I neeeeed this.
I’ve read mostly enjoyable books so imma have to say those authors that are showing their backsides over on twitter. You know the ones I’m talking about so all I’m going to say is stop being racist, inclusivity matters and transphobia is vile.
The fact that I actually read a S. J. Maas book and that I didn’t hate it?! I was pretty vocal about not reading her books and yet, here we are. I’m on the Crescent City hype train.
FAVOURITE NEW AUTHOR
A toss up between Holly Black (which I didn’t expect) and Roseanne Brown. Holly’s writing is so beautiful and addictive. She also made me buy into a couple by book 3 that I hadn’t seen in the first book. Ms. Brown on the other hand… Oooh talk about character development, talk about plot. I mean, I want everything she puts her hands on, immediately!
NEWEST FICTIONAL CRUSH
Khalid – The Wrath and the Dawn. Just the right kind of broody. By no means is he perfect or problem free, but, this is fantasy so leave me be!!
NEWEST FAVOURITE CHARACTER
A toss-up between Gideon and Harrow. They’re both so snarky and broody and I love them and their badasssery. Still want to protect them though even though I know they don’t need my pitiful help. At all.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
Julie Kagawa, how dare you rip out my heart like this! I am devastated that I loved every bit of the abuse that you dished out to me. What a beautiful conclusion to what was an amazing series, everyone should pick this trilogy up. It is everything. And yes, I am mentioning this book again.
But, if I were pressed to choose another book I’d say
SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets CLUELESS in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease
Summer love…gone so fast.
Will Tavares is the dream summer fling―he’s fun, affectionate, kind―but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back. Now Ollie is one prince short of his fairy tale ending, and to complicate the fairy tale further, a family emergency sees Ollie uprooted and enrolled at a new school across the country. Which he minds a little less when he realizes it’s the same school Will goes to…except Ollie finds that the sweet, comfortably queer guy he knew from summer isn’t the same one attending Collinswood High. This Will is a class clown, closeted―and, to be honest, a bit of a jerk.
Ollie has no intention of pining after a guy who clearly isn’t ready for a relationship, especially since this new, bro-y jock version of Will seems to go from hot to cold every other week. But then Will starts “coincidentally” popping up in every area of Ollie’s life, from music class to the lunch table, and Ollie finds his resolve weakening.
The last time he gave Will his heart, Will handed it back to him trampled and battered. Ollie would have to be an idiot to trust him with it again.
It’s obvious why this one made me hurt right? Right.
BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson each for very different reasons. YSSMIAC isn’t a happy book by any means, but there were moments in it that made me so proud of these characters and THAT made me happy. Pumpkinheads on the other hand was just whimsy in a graphic novel.
FAVOURITE BOOK TO FILM ADAPTATION
I’ve not watched many this year, but I did watch Howl’s Moving Castle for the first time and I adored it. I wish I could see it for the first time again.
FAVOURITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR
Oh girl… We’re not gonna do this today. I’ve been somewhat active on insta and twitter and I’m pretty happy with all of it… Do those count?
MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK YOU’VE BOUGHT THIS YEAR
There are just too many beautiful covers to choose from, but this one is blue so I’m biased.
WHAT BOOKS DO YOU NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
New releases — Clap When You Land, Henna Wars, Yes No Maybe So and Cemetery Boys
Back list — Becoming, From Twinkle with Love, I Wish You All The Best
Ok folks, that’s it. I have a post scheduled that should explain my plans for this blog moving forward. Or…at least attempt to explain lol. I don’t know words…
Until next time, keep reading!